Easter Mantel + Link Party

April 10, 2011

Hello hello, hope you all had a lovely weekend!  I realized on Friday I had advertised an Easter link party come Monday morning, then scratched my head wondering what I could pull out of my little bag of tricks.  I admit, I wasn’t feeling very inspired, especially since we’re not hosting Easter dinner or an elegant brunch like we did last year.

What to do, what to do?  Drumming fingers, thinking thinking…  Hey, how about a  switcheroo on the mantel, that’s always easy and fun, cause it’s only been a month since I last changed it!   Yeah, the mantel.  Some fresh flowers and a few flea market finds from the past, and a new (albeit simple) mantelscape is on display.

cg easter tulips mantel

I found the candlesticks below at a thrift store last year. I speculate they were donated because their stripes are not perfectly symmetrical, but that’s why I like them so much.  They have a very ‘Liberty of London’ feel, and were an easy buy at $5 dollars for the pair.

The candlesticks inspired the pastels ~ not my favorite colors to decorate with, but acceptable for the Easter season.   A simple glass jar filled with tempting chocolate morsels plays off the colorful botanical design.

cg candlesticks

I also made this butterfly bunting out of a fabric remnant and a vintage handkerchief I found at an antique store.

cg handkerchief bunting

cg tulips butterfly bunting

Four Steps to Make Handkerchief Bunting:

1) Assemble ribbon, handkerchief, ½ yard of fabric, scissors, and fusible web.  2) Cut handkerchief into four quarters and complementary fabric in the same size squares  3) Create handkerchief and fabric triangles with fusible web, seal edges together.  4) Attach ribbon with fusible web or sewing machine.

bunting steps

The bunting, although whimsical, was a little too girlish for my taste, especially with the mantel decorated in pastels.  My daughter happily whisked it off to her bedroom where it is now strung across her window.

Those boy and girl busts were a lucky find at a flea market last year, they remind me of my two smallest children.  I believe the most important thing when decorating your home is to surround yourself with the things you love, or put objects on display that remind you of who is special in your life.

cg easter mantel

Finally, I bent over backwards to craft these extremely complicated Easter eggs, Jackson Pollock style.  Only the brainiest dare attempt!   Step one: paint eggs.  Step two: fling another color of paint across eggs.  Wipe brow in sheer exhaustion at the complexity of this craft, then display in shredded tissue paper and call it a day.

cg paint splattered easter eggs

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What about you?  What Easter inspiration do you have to share today?

Link up any of your Easter ideas, past or present, through this Thursday (April 14th).

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