It is February and I am almost seeing the light at the end of the winter tunnel. Time to redress the mantle a bit to reflect the coming change. Away with frosty winter and in with a touch of the outdoors.
In the quest for new/old decor I came across this topiary at GW. My plan was to deconstruct, paint the cute planter base white and use it to hold a pot of herbs in my kitchen. I knew I could find a use for the topiary form later.
As I removed the silk ivy and began to see the bare form emerge I thought maybe I would leave it together, paint it all white and add ruffly coffee filter flowers, maybe dyed in aged pastels, for a spring display.
Wait, I think I like it rustic and rough for now. I want to give the mantle a winter garden look, browns and whites, twiggy and sparse. It is perfect!
I took the material filling the wire form and made a little nest for a left over ornament in the perfect state of aged beauty. A worn yet lovely frame, (also GW) and a touch of silver shopped from my house. Of course some old books, always.
Deliciously imperfect and practically free! Just the way I like it. Now I need to dig out my shed antler sconces that have been boxed up for years. They may have found a home!
Do you love the cute details on the planter base? Someone went to a lot of trouble to make it. There are still pencil lines and numbers on the pieces from when they were cut and put together just so. I wish just by touching a piece so lovingly made we could get an image of the person who created it.
If wishes were nickels I would be a rich woman.
Of course there is a holiday approaching and although I do not go crazy decorating for Valentine's day, I still like to acknowledge it subtly. Plus, this is Made That day. So I took a little heart ornament I made and hung it from the topiary form. Just enough!
Oh and a red strawberry salt shaker for balance. Now to find those antlers!
There is a mantle party going on every Friday at The Stories of A to Z, check it out!
Happy February! P.