Friday, March 25, 2011

Welcoming Spring!

It has been a cold and snowy winter here in New Hampshire and I am looking forward to the Spring thaw.
 Mother Nature has decided to go out like a lion with snow showers falling as I write this post.
I have no fear because I have a fireplace, and I'm not afraid to use it! As a matter of fact, we use it all the time.
I found a tutorial for a 'DIY Burlap and Starfish Wreath' wreath over at 'The DIY Showoff'. I made mine with cotton fabrics in shades of whites, creams and grays.
For my factory cart coffee table, I sewed a simple white table cover with some lovely textured fabric.
A simple gathering of greens tucked into an old wood box, a vintage spool encased with an old rusty bed spring and an antique weight placed on some old books.
Several groupings of found objects complete the entertainment center.
A rusty old license plate is tucked inside a vintage wooden box. The maple syrup season is in full swing, so this old sap bucket seems appropriate and the vintage lunch pail was a gift for my husband a few Christmases ago.
More old wood boxes are the backdrop for a galvanized sifter with a handle that was perfect for propping this lovely copper weather vane with the most wonderful patina. An old lantern and a twig wreath completed this grouping.
This old box is from the 'Sunshine Juice Company' and was a recent find at a local antique shop. It is quite heavy and has metal corners with the word 'Sunshine' raised onto the metal. I added a couple of old gears and another rusty lantern. FYI - I am making another white fabric wreath and will be replacing the gears with the wreath to give it a softer look.
Vintage scales and old books are a favorite of mine and I love finding ways to show them off.
Old license plates are quite the treasured item these days. They are in the $20-$40 range at most of the shops I visit.
Another old wood box filled with some greens and a couple of antique measures I draped the Victorian ladies gloves on the box to add a touch of softness to the otherwise rustic look.
One of my simple rules of decorating is to always use things we love. It is what makes our house into our home
The fire is burning and it is warm and toasty on this cold Spring day. Hope you are enjoying your Spring as much as I am.

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Until next time ~ Suzanne. Print Friendly and PDF
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