It’s that time of year when we are all looking forward to a change in the weather and getting out of the doldrums of winter. Spring has been a long time coming and even though our resident groundhog didn’t see his shadow, it is still cold, rainy, and dreary here in Ohio. I have a feeling we will be experiencing a few more weeks of inclement weather; so what better way to lift my frame of mind than to start decorating some of the rooms with spring in mind?
At the advent of spring, we expect to hear birds chirping in the newly leafing trees and we can often spot their hidden nests filled with eggs up in the tree boughs. With that in mind, I thought I’d bring out my wire cloche, fill it with sweet blue birds and a nest of speckled eggs, and set it on the cedar chest in one of the guest rooms.
The cloche is made out of chippy white garden fencing tied up in a frou-frou knot at the top. It sits upon an old mirror edged in metal. I purchased the cloche from my friend Kathy at the Springfield Antique Extravaganza a few summers back. The two blue love birds sit in front of a nest fashioned from an old strainer filled with moss and speckled eggs.
The vignette is simple. The cloche has been paired with a random assortment of accessories. I laid a vintage lace runner as the base for everything, then propped a framed lithograph against the back wall of the chest. I added in Mr. Sullivan’s vintage black telephone, a stack of old books, a button bouquet, and an old hotel bell.
The room is lightly scented by a sprig of lavender tied up with string.
The well-worn bell still chimes loudly. Wish someone would come when I ring!
The husband saw this phone in one of our favorite vintage stores. He received it as a gift from me on Father’s Day several years ago. Think Mother Nature would take my call if she knew I was asking why she hasn’t sent us warm weather and sunshine?
The button vase was another purchase from Kathy at her vintage sale last summer. She fashioned the button flowers onto some wire and planted them into an old silver-plated bud vase.
It took such little effort to create an area that gave me a sweet smile. And even if the weather outside is not spring-like at this time, at least this one little corner of the room gives me hope that there are sunnier days ahead for us. Birds will soon be chirping, letting us know that they are feathering their nests for their new families. The grass will come out of its dormant phase and add color to the now drab landscape. Flowers will bud and trees will begin to leaf. Nature comes along in her own due course and we follow along right beside her…..
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