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Coloring the Table

With two weeks left until Easter and Spring officially under way, I decided to decorate my newly restored dining room table.

I have been itching to decorate it with chalk. I went back and forth on what to draw and finally decided on a table runner with the candle stand as the centerpiece. It was so much fun drawing on the table with chalk. It reminded me of my college days… the table was just a big blank canvas. Except for this was a way cheaper than most of my art projects!

The candle stand had been sitting in the center of the table for several days. Wednesday, I decided to sit down and have a little fun. As I was brainstorming, I just decided to start drawing blades of grass sprouting out of the center of the table. One thing led to another and the grass kept going to both ends of the table!

I didn’t get too heavy on the greenery since it is for a Spring table runner. The best part was if I messed up or wanted to change something I could just wipe it down and start over! Oh, if only everything in life could be that simple.

I couldn’t resist pulling out this turquoise pottery to set the table with. It is Crossroads pottery and is made in Mississippi.

And since I’m not used to having a table that’s not completely covered up I made some impromptu place mats by spreading a cloth napkin out. I just love the way they look with the pottery. They could use a little pressing though. Oops!

The candle holder floats around the house for all sorts of decorative displays. And while I am not much for bunny or egg displays, I couldn’t resist hanging these decorative eggs from the branches.

(If you look in the background, you might catch a glimpse of a bunny that did make it out for Easter and another look at the pom-poms over the mantel.)

Michael Luke and I shared a nice dinner (baked falafel, rice, and zucchini) at our Spring table last night.

So because of my new chalkboard table top, I was able to add a little Spring flair to our table for nothing! I think I am going to like this method of decorating! If turning your table top into a chalkboard is out of the question for you, I have seen chalkboard place mats.

What about you? Have you decorated your table for Easter or Spring yet? Do you have a set of dishes you like to use for Spring?

Oh, and for anyone who might be wondering how my week went, I was able to get the house cleaned. Somehow I managed to find a little more free time than I normally have. Good thing because we have family coming into town this weekend! Here’s to hoping the house stays this clean for more than a few days.

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Pop On the Mantel

Now that we have officially hit Summer Spring I thought I would get in the mood a little by decorating our mantel.

I really didn’t know how I wanted to decorate it but I knew I wanted color. I have seen so many great looking mantels decorated with white for spring but I just don’t have a ton of white decor so I decided color was a better route for me. Plus our mantel and brick are both light in color so a little color would pop out against it.

Like most of my ideas these days I started looking on Pinterest for ideas. I really didn’t find any inspiration until I saw this table top display.


I loved the pop of color the tissue paper pom-pom balls added! Even though its a table top display the concept is basically the same. So the next time I was at Walmart I picked up a packet of tissue paper.

I decided on the multi-color packet because I was able to get a ton of sheets for a great price (it even says “Great Value” on the cellophane) and I figured I could use the leftovers for actual tissue paper for gift bags.

Even though we used tissue paper pom-poms in Noah’s nursery I didn’t make them. So I did a little Google search and decided to use Martha Stewart’s method. The directions are fairly straight forward and simple.

Does it bug anybody else that Martha Stewart is the queen of all things craft, gardening, and cooking but yet she probably doesn’t come up with 90% of the stuff… it ‘s all her staff. Oh, well the method and tutorial worked.

Since, I didn’t have enough of any color to make a solid color pom-pom I decided to go with the ombre look.

I made three pom-poms, used dental floss as string (because Noah was sleeping in the room with the thread), and hung them from the ceiling with a thumb tack.

I planned to hang one higher than the others to hide the brackets of the mirror that normally hangs on the mantel. Varying the height helped also to create some visual movement.

After playing around with some pottery, baskets, and other odds and ends this is what I ended up with.

I really wanted to incorporate some greenery into the decorations since Spring brings so much new life. And since Easter falls during the Spring I added a cross and our “As For Me and My Family We will Serve The Lord” plaque. I think it’s my favorite part.

I think the pom-poms add a whimsical touch to the mantel. Which is not really like me but I think it is appropriate now that we have a little one around the house. I wouldn’t even be surprised if these pom-poms make an appearance at her birthday party later this year!

So for less than five dollars I was able to give our mantel a little pop of color for Spring.

What do you think? Did you decorate your mantel for Spring? If so, did you use neutrals or pops of color?

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