There’s a hoppin’ spring mantle party today over at Lettered Cottage, which is perfect because my mantle has been staring at me, dejectedly, wondering why it’s been ignored since Christmas, and I can no longer stand the guilt and condemnation.
But that doesn’t explain why I did it all wrong this year. So here’s how not to update a mantle for Spring.
Step 1: Procrastinate
Allow the weekend to pass you by completely, telling yourself you’ll finish the mantle on Monday. Then allow Monday to also pass because you got distracted by a cool idea on Pinterest and had to go fabric shopping. Monday night, finally get around to doing something, but at this point miss any opportunity to collect beautiful spring greens from those amazing cherry blossoms that are EVERYWHERE.
Step 2: Assemble the Cast
This year I pulled in my trusty old Ikea prints…
Plus my handy little leaf plate from TJ Maxx a couple years ago, a handful of books and this happy little bird which is single-handedly spring-ifying my life.
Hello small friend. And welcome.
On the other side, I grouped together some blue, green and white containers. The green wine bottle is from our wedding. The “M” plate is just an extra one I had from my plate wall, and that white goblet? A 50-cent yard sale find from this weekend, which had an unexplained little note in it that said “From Fannie B.”
Thank you, Fannie B.
Then I added some lame greenery that is way less awesome than cherry blossoms would have been.
Step 3: Ponder the Value of Neighbor Relations
My neighbor has a beautiful cherry blossom tree in his yard. In his BACKyard. I can see it from MY backyard. I am coveting my neighbor’s goods. And wondering if maybe it’s not so bad to be the creepy neighbor who sneaks around stealing your greenery? Maybe?
Someday you will be MINE! Muahahaha
Step 4. Wait until the morning to Photograph Said Mantle
The morning – when your two-year-old is eating breakfast. As soon as he heard me clicking the camera, he started saying “CHEESE! CHEESE, Mama!” and making faces for the camera. Get further distracted by the HAM and eggs.