Put a Bird On It Spring Mantel

I’m soooo not a St. Patrick’s day person, so I’m excited to finally take a holiday break and do a little seasonal decorating rather than holiday.  I mean seriously, doesn’t it still seem like we just finished Christmas? Admittedly, Easter will be sprinkled in here and there shortly, but it will be touches, nothing crazy.  My original plan was to go with lots of soft color, but true to my form, the neutrals and white just seemed to work their way back in and any color I used just didn’t seem to fit.

If I had to pinpoint what it is I LOVE about spring, it’s trees full of blossoms, that smell of snow melting in the warm sun in early spring and the rain that follows, the sounds of thunder, and the sweet sound of birds chirping after the cold, quiet winter.  Apparently birds were what was on my mind when I pulled all of this together, because it started with the printable and took shape from there. (By the way, the double “with” on the printable has now been fixed–your version will be error free.)
I filled a Mason jar with some plastic eggs from Hobby Lobby’s floral section.  And underneath the eggs? Yarn trimmings from some pom poms.  I like to think that I’m not that big of a hoarder, but I was trimming the poms over my lap one night, I just thought the trimmings were so cute and shabby, so I put them in a jar.
The other jar is filled with birdseed I’ve had sitting around because, much to my surprise and my husbands dismay, this stuff causes weeds in our lawn like nobody’s business.  For the sake of our lawn, I’ve been forbidden to feed this stuff to the birds anymore. Soooo, I’m not a hoarder, but I couldn’t throw away bird seed.  Perhaps I’m in denial.

This rose was another Hobby Lobby purchase that I looovve.  I actually bought it so I could recreate some down the line, but it worked perfectly here.  Some driftwood from one of my favorite vacations provided some unexpected filler for the thrifted milk glass vase.

The owl was purchased on clearance after Christmas at World market, and I topped off a shabby bird votive holder with one of my super simple twine balls.

We just finished another snow storm, so for now, it looks like my Spring will remain limited to the indoors.  Is your weather warming up yet? We’re hitting the 40’s this weekend, which is going to feel positively tropical! You Texas, Arizona, Florida, etc folks…I’m JEALOUS!

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  1. says

    I love your blog! The colors and pictures are amazing! I’d love to know your secret for photo software ~ if you’d share. I’m so unhappy with what I have and that is FIRST on my list for March.
    I joined you on Facebook so I can keep up :)
    I found you today from the Linky Party at Liz Marie, where I’m #99. I hope you stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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      Thanks so much. I’ve actually been thinking about doing a post about my photos for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it. The biggest secret isn’t really a secret: I totally LOVE PicMonkey. Lots of easy basic edits. But I get asked questions quite a bit, so I’ll try to get something together in the near future! Thanks for stopping, I’ll make sure and stop over!

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