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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring Mantle

When I started planning how I would decorate the mantle for spring,  I had in my mind that I would use the existing empty picture frame that was on the mantle and somehow have spring flowers spilling out of it.

The picture frame is hung with a thin silver wire from a hook in the ceiling....and is about 4 inches away from the fireplace....just enough room for a row of styrofoam blocks to be placed behind the frame to hold the flowers in place.
My frame is not a shadow box in the traditional sense, but for lack of a better word...I'm going to call it!    A shadow box in traditionally a "deep frame used to display three dimensional items...with a glass front"...    anyway,  close enough!
There is a small area in front of the frame to add some more spring touches....
I have a miniature bird house on the left side of the mantle....
On right side of the mantle....
I have another miniature bird cage....
and two sweet birds.
It would be so wonderful to fill my shadow box with fresh flowers......  

but....that is not an option!

I have used silk iris....

and tulips,  plus an assortment of what I call "filler" flowers and greenery.
There is  a chalkboard,  some pink and black polka dot rain boots,  and a little white duck on the hearth....

April showers bring May flowers.
If you look HARD,    there are some very realistic silk flowers to be found.     

I bought these iris at Ben Franklin many years ago....they are hand wrapped and look pretty realistic.....
When it gets closer to Easter,  I will add some bunnies and other touches of  Easter to my spring mantle.

I am so ready for spring to come!


  1. Penny, very lovely. And I hear you about Spring - it can't come soon enough to Kansas!

  2. Penny, this is unbelievable. I can't imagine where you store it all and how you keep it looks so awesome! Love, love, love it. Thanks for inspiring and sharing.

  3. Oh Penny, that is just gorgeous! Your silks look so real, truly awesome! Spring is absolutley in your home, love it~

  4. Hi Penny! Oh, my goodness! Look what you've done now - this is so beautiful! You really have the touch!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Penny this is so pretty and love the ruffles on the mantle with the pink flowers.

  6. Penny, How pretty…. I love your decorations and style. Did you make your mantle scarf? It is adorable...

  7. Just the flowers coming out of the frame..

  8. Penny, your entire mantle is just exquisite. Love the ruffled mantle scarf. You provide us all with so many ideas, so imitation is the best form of flattery. We're turning into a bunch of Copycats!! Thanks for inspiring.

  9. So pretty and fancy....thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. So elegant and beautiful! Thanks for sharing! ~Liz :)

  11. Just gorgeous! Your spring mantle is amazing. I love the flowers in the frame, the birdcage..everything so pretty

  12. I love the flowers spilling out of the frame!

  13. Well, that is a happy sight! What a mantel!! Wow.

    Thank you for mentioning our party url. Much appreciated. Penny, can I ask you to do us a favor: could you please make our url a real link? Thank you so much! Have a happy week! ~ Rose

  14. I love it all! Every single thing about your mantel. PINK chalk would have been pretty on the blackboard too..or the leaf green...It's all so sweet. What a great idea with the frame. I always decorate around what I have already..instead of changing all of it. I never would have thought of doing that. :) I learn something all the time from you!

  15. Penny this is such a pretty mantel. I love the large picture frame with the flowers popping says Spring to me also. Thanks for sharing each week at TTF!

  16. Very cute. It's like what I see when I go boutique shopping. Great job.

    Shannon ~

  17. Penny,
    Just beautiful!! Love all the sweet Spring colors!! Every time i see one of oyu matles, i so wish I had a wall to put on on!! LOL!!
    I returned the Powder Room to normal yesterday and packed away all the Snow Buddies. Hopefully, that will mean no more snow!!!! But I will not hold my breath on that one!!


  18. Such a pretty, feminine, girly, lacy, beautiful mantle. And such a smart idea to hang the frame from the ceiling so you have room to build your display behind it. Kathy

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    1. Hi Penny, just to let you know your one of my features this week at Creative Mondays :)

  20. That's just beautiful Penny. Spring is blossoming on your mantel.

  21. Your mantle is so beautiful! The flowers look so realistic, and the little birds are so sweet!
    Debbie :)

  22. Oh my goodness! This is so romantic. Just beautiful!!

    I hopped over from the Winthrop Chronicles link up :-)


  23. Beautiful Spring Decor!!
    Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop!

  24. Penny your fireplace has such beautiful detail! You've decorated it beautifully! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  25. Oh, Penny, this lovely Spring Mantle makes my heart happy! The flowers and the little birds make me remember that Spring is *just* around the corner! ♥ Thank you for sharing this at Treasure Box Tuesday! PINNED! :)

  26. Penny, you just amaze me. What an awesome mantelscape you've created this time! I think those rain boots may be my favorite part of the whole thing--what a wonderful added touch!

    Thank you for sharing this at Grace at Home. I'm featuring you this week!

  27. The flowers just make it, Penny! They are so realistic and beautiful!

  28. The flower arrangement looks very pretty. Thanks for sharing on Sweet and Savoury Sundays, stop by and share with us again this weekend!

  29. So soft and full of Spring! I can't wait for those May flowers...

  30. Your mantel is fantastic! so beautiful and elegant! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  31. Your mantel is so very pretty, and you have given me inspiration! I love how you tucked the flowers in behind the frame, your flowers are ever so pretty! I love the boot on the hearth. Everything so very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday's Best, your creative inspiration is so inspiring!


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