I have had a few different vignettes on my mantle since Christmas, but I haven't taken time to share them with you. I am thinking that next fall I will create a seasonal mantle post and highlight the ever changing displays that come and go in my living room. For now, I want to share this vignette with you.
It is incredibly random, but I love it!
I picked up this bust at the flea market over the weekend. If you have never been to the Kane County Flea, I highly recommend it!!!
I originally had a banner that said "Spring", but I ended up with "Bloom", and I like it!
I also picked up this little architectural piece at the flea. It weighs about 15lbs. It's ridiculous, but I couldn't resist the chippy paint and fantastic rust! Eeeeeeeee!!!! (That's me, squealing.) So sweet!
Does anyone remember the family auction I went to last year? Remember how I waited and waited with all those farmers for this dear, little sewing drawer? I still love her! ;)
I also have a number of old photographs from the auction. I like to think that these two photos are of the same two boys. I have no idea who they are, but I pretend that they are brothers and best of friends. Mmmmmmm....family can be lovely.
Okay. These bird cages are REALLY random. They started out a sort of green and gold color. I lightly spray painted them with brown, but I like the character of the green and gold peeking through. I had the cages sitting on the mantle, but they were empty and just looked...well...empty! I have several different birds that would have worked in them, but that was too expected. So, what did I end up with? A wooden pineapple that I sprayed white for one cage, and a bunch of old, crumpled book pages for the other. I was going for "quirky", but did I miss quirky and head straight to "crazy"? If so, I am totally fine with crazy. ;)
When I needed something small for this vignette, I knew exactly what I was going to use. This little jar of buttons came from my great-grandmother's sewing box. I still use her sewing box and almost everything in it--thimbles, tape, pin cushion, etc.--but this little jar of old buttons is too sweet to be disturbed. I love that great-grandma separated out the neutral buttons and kept them safe in this little jar. I added some other jars of beads and corks that fit with my neutral theme. **Side note: The three jars with beads and corks are just recycled jars. Nothing special. I think they were once a jelly jar, salsa jar, and a candle. I like to keep small jars because you never know when inspiration will strike! When I was creating this display, I gathered several jars from my stash, and this is what I ended up with.
I really liked the way this old pail looked in the vignette, but it needed something. I tried a few different things, and decided some pillows would add nice height and texture. I tied a biece of burlap around a pillow form for one pillow. Honestly, I was going to make a white pillow case for the form, but what would be the point of that? If I hadn't told you it was a just a form with no case, would you have noticed? Probably not! Then I took some left over drop cloth fabric (from an abandoned project!) and quickly made a couple of pillows. Literally, it took less than ten minutes to sew the cases, stuff them with batting, and stitch up the opening. I embellished the small pillow with some twine and a book page "tag", and I rubbed a very small amount of distressing ink across the front of the pillow. For the larger pillow, I just added a scrap of a doily, a few rosettes, and some vintage "pearls". Quick and lovely. My kind of project!
Just another shot of my sewing drawer!
And one more shot of the entire display.
Now I am off to work on a present for my sister--don't tell her, mmmmkay? What are you working on today? Wherever you are, whatever your project, I hope you enjoy the Son!