Friday, March 15, 2013

Winter is Dead: The Spring Mantle

She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head
And whispered to her neighbor: 
"Winter is dead." (A.A. Milne, When We Were Young)

I will miss this sight.

Our very first Christmas morning in the new house:). 
I will not, however, miss the conditions outdoors that precipitate the need for the fire. My ire for the cold, along with the sun filtering insistently through the windows this past week has ignited my desire for a change.  A minimal change, but a change nonetheless.

Just to provide some context for the progress we have made this year, here is where we were in August.

You couldn't even see the mantle for the first month because we had a sheet over it. Navajo orange was everywhere. They had even painted the molding in the dining room this godforsaken color. 
And here's where we are today.

Oh, the blood, sweat, and tears that went into this room. 
I changed out the pine boughs (which were cutaways from our Christmas tree and have lasted since the end of November!!) for some springy vines and ornamental bulbs purchased for $4.00 at Dollar General. I've had to go low-rent for this project -  my daughter's dancing is cleaning out my funds!!
I also removed the snowflake ribbon and pine cones, going back to something of a clean slate. I like a spare mantle in the Spring. The season makes me feel Puritanical. Even when it whispers.


I think I feel the softness of the lamb rising from the dead grasses. Clean, pure, and innocent. Praise baby Jesus;). ~Alice

15 comments:

Natasha Hoover said...

Oh, wow! More than just the mantle got a do-over!

Sarah Evans said...

Your mantle is lovely - you've obviously worked really hard on your home. I love the captions from your little ornaments too :)

Thanks for linking up!

Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

Sara Dixon said...

LOVE what you have going on! Plus, I dig the bird and the owl a bunch!

Julia Chiang said...

Beautiful.... I just redid our mantle....will try and post too.

Alice in East Washington said...

Julia, I'd love to see it! Post it too:). Alice

Julia Kendrick said...

I love your mantle and I LOVE your owl!! Can you just put him in a box and send him to me? :) Thanks for sharing and I pinned for inspiration. Julia @ www.juliakendrick.com

Danielle said...

Alice, what a huge transformation. The walls are def. better painted the new color. Love the mantel! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

Andi Gleeson said...

Beautiful job! My mantle is in desperate need of a makeover. This inspires me to get it done!

the cape on the corner said...

yikes, that was some before. i love that owl!

Linda Bouffard said...

Nice work. We have to do some of this painting and remodeling, too, this year. Thanks for the update. Linda

DomesticSuperhero.com said...

This is lovely! Thanks for sharing this on Domestic Superhero's link party this week!

Justina Marie said...

your mantel is so cute! I love the owl and the little birds. So cute.
I came across your link on the blog hop and I am a new follower :)

Justina @ http://justinawho.blogspot.com/

Donna Wilkes said...

Great job with that renovation. The new mantel has the soft look of new life for spring. I love the quote you started with - I used to cite this when I taught for the first day of spring.

DomesticSuperhero.com said...

Thanks again for sharing this at my link party last week! I will be featuring it on tomorrow's Link Party Features! Hope to see you back this week! Thanks!

Corey Pauley said...

What a beautiful transformation you did. And all the hard work looks like it has definitely paid off!