As each holiday season passes, I promise myself I will be more prepared for the next one. As I do several craft shows and have two shops to decorate at Christmas time, I just manage to throw up (that doesn’t sound right) some decorations around the house. And it usually doesn’t look that bad because we’ve got nice Christmas decorations.
Well, here we are facing Spring head on and guess what? I’M NOT READY!!!! I wish I had all kinds of great excuses why I’m not ready, but I don’t. So I had to call out the lazy decorator in me to fix up this boring mantle. (You’ve seen it before in The Lazy Decorator)
I have some cute “Springy” stuff, I just had to gather it together and throw it on the dining table, like this….
Let’s take a closer look at some of these goodies.
Yeah, I know he’s a goat not a lamb, but just look at that sweet face!
Here is a vintage flocked lamb next to two vintage hard plastic bunnies. Look at the little red nose on the yellow bunny.
Well I futzed for all of 10 minutes, because that’s basically my attention span, and I came up with this…
I know you can’t see it very well, so I’ll give you some panoramic pictures.
I love the vintage Easter card and all the little peeps.
Look at my vintage bunny wearing a small doily on her head. And more peeps.
Well, that’s my 10 minute, low budget (more like NO budget) Spring decorating. The moral of this story is you can decorate with anything and make it look great as long as you are surrounded by your peeps!!!!!
It’s been about a week since I last blogged, however, I have a good excuse. I did a show on Thursday and another Friday through Saturday. Whew I’m exhausted. Now my Christmas shows are done and for the most part, my shops are also stocked for the holidays. It no longer looks like the North Pole exploded in my house. In fact it looks kind of sad.
I hate to skip decorating the house for Thanksgiving, but goodness, it’s only 3 days away. We won’t even be eating here on Thursday, we are having our “veggie” Thanksgiving tomorrow night. Since I am going to make our traditional vegetarian feast for dinner, I thought I might as well spend at least 10 minutes dressing up the mantle in our dining room. Oh, and I’m so cheap I didn’t want to spend any money either!!!! So I gathered some “fally” looking stuff.
I literally stuffed a fall flower garland into the bottom half of a really neat purse. I bought this bag at a thrift shop for 25 cents (note: the top in no longer attached to the bottom). I’m still thinking of what to do with the top flap that has the handle still attached. That might be fodder for another blog when I get desperate for ideas, like next week! Then I hung a “craft fail” hang tag over the top.
I changed out the white candles in these wood sticks for rust colored ones. Then I tore a piece of sheet music and taped it around the candle. This precision operation took all of 30 seconds. And just FYI, when I got done I noticed the piece of music is called Gondolieri, which is Italian for gondoliers. I guess with a little alcohol imagination you could consider the Mayflower a type of gondola!
Next I made a little banner for my Steiff squirrels to hold. This is where I spent the most time, all of 5 minutes! (Note to self, don’t use hemp twine on tiny banners because you may use words that would make a sailor blush). Lastly I slapped a votive candle in the glass candle holder I got for a whopping 25 cents. And voila….my lazy (and cheap) decorated mantle.
I have so many things to be thankful for I could not even begin to list them all. But most of all I am thankful for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross so that all who believe in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life! I wish you, my dear readers, a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.