Thought I would share some more of my spring decorations from the little yellow cottage. Most of the pictures are of our mantel and the sofa table. I reused some things from last year and created some new ones for this year.
The painted banner is new this year. In yesterday's post, I mentioned that I used a lot of pink and green because it makes me think spring. I painted the banner using acrylic craft paints and went with tulips for my design. The banner itself is a linen like fabric I bought on a sale table at JoAnn's. I cut it all into banner shaped pieces and pull out some when I want to create a new banner. I just sketched some tulips on the fabric with pencil and then painted in the detail. I am not Michaelangelo, just a craft type painter, but the tulips look so pretty on the mantel. I chose the word "bloom" because it is indicative of spring, awakening, and renewal. Here are some close ups.
On the right side of the hearth is a sign that is really a cabinet door. I painted the border and inset and lettered it with a beautiful zen saying that can be changed any time because the middle is chalkboard paint. The proverb was chosen because it reminds me that we all need to slow down and not sweat the small stuff. Beautiful things happen in their own time no matter what "we" do.
I made this sign from one of the $5.00 cabinet doors I bought at Habitat Re-Store a while back. It has an inset panel that makes the border look like a picture frame which is awesome. I painted the inset with black chalkboard paint so I can change the verse or thought when I want and it can be used vertically or horizontally. The edges are painted with Annie Sloane chalk paint (which is NOT the same as chalkboard paint) and waxed with dark and light wax to give it an aged look. It is done in duck egg blue which coordinates with the mirror to the left of the fireplace.
I will close today's blog with a picture of the fireplace from a different angle. Yes, I am pleased with how it looks.
You have ideas to use, now go try something fun. Happy Spring everyone.
Things to Remember:
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and the grass grows by itself. Zen Proverb