Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Mantel

I am soooo struggling with getting in the Spring swing.  I think it is our weather.  Last year at this time I had already been working outside and mowing the lawn. Could be because last year on this date we were in the 80', a high of 43!  Tonight we are expecting some light accumulating snow and 24 hours later....severe storms, naturally! You have to love Tennessee weather.

Due to this lack of spring spunk I am late to the party on spring decor.  I have never "decorated" the mantel for Spring before, but after seeing so many beautiful examples on blogs, I wanted to do a little something. is my simple Spring mantel. 

I will tell you the layout of our living room makes getting decent photos impossible.  If I shoot the mantel, the glare from the front door makes everything washed out, if I shoot from the right to stay out of the shot, I am shooting into a full length door! Grrrr...  The other option is to try photos on overcast days (I have had tons of opportunity with that lately) but that leaves you with dark, dark photos.  Below you will find some examples of all of the above.

The mantel features the cherry blossoms I made recently....I have so enjoyed the bit of color on those grey days lately. 

There is only 1 new item on the mantel....the rest is found or thrifted or shopped for here at home.  Low, low cost....gotta love that!

I made the little birdhouse years ago by updating a plain Michael's birdhouse with homemade clay elements. The ceramic basket in the center is a Goodwill special.  As is the adorable wreath behind it.  The little bird is the new item.  I had purchased him a while back and did not realize until after I put everything on the mantel he has dimension almost like my eggs, weird but cool.

The urn on the right is a found treasure...found in my dad's garage!  I just spruced it up a bit with paint.

The ceramic basket and urn are filled with moss balls.  I have been seeing these everywhere and had to try my hand at making them.  I purchased sheet moss with a 40% off coupon at Michael's and some Styrofoam balls at Dollar Tree and went at it.  Making them was super easy but SUPER messy. I love how they turned out.

Topping off my moss ball filled ceramic find are the dimensional eggs I blogged about here . 

The bunny in the terrarium is also a GW thrifted find....I love that he is waving :)

So, that is my ode to Spring mantel.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!
The Shabby Nest


  1. Your mantle looks so sweet, love the white and especially the white birdie, it all looks springy

  2. Shanee, your mantel is lovely! The accents are perfect for Spring!

  3. ARGH. I knew that the comment I just made didn't post, but I was hoping anyway. I can't remember what I said completely but I did commiserate with you about the difficulty of taking a photo of my mantel.

    And then I told you that I loved yours. I love the way the springy stuff and white looks against the pink of the cherry blossoms.

    I tried to see some real ones yesterday at the beginning of a two week cherry blossom festival. Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms are as unreliable as the rest of spring this year.

    Trying again...

  4. Darling mantel, love the bird and birdhouse and especially the cherry blossoms.

  5. Beautiful, beautiful mantel!...such a great way to user in Spring!!!


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