Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mantel Re-vamp

I love to spy in on other people's homes to see how they have decorated.  With the blogging world it makes it a lot easier to get a sneak peak into how people decorate.  That is why I am joining the mantel linky party over at the Nester

After taking down the Easter decor my mantel was seriously lacking.  I wanted to change things up a bit so I shopped the house {and Ross}.

I took the picture from my living room. I originally purchased it at an antique store.  I love the monochromatic feel.  The glassware is from Ross.  Candlesticks, vase, & frame are from the thrift store.  I spray painted the candlesticks gold and rubbed them with raw umber.  I sponge painted the plaque thing with cream paint and then sanded it down to see the gold.

It's still a work in progress.  I don't know that I'm loving the hydrangeas.  {Probably because they are not real.}  And Clint asked if I wanted him to put a picture in the frame.  Very funny. 
 I'm sure I will rearrange and rearrange some more but that's the fun of mantel decorating. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Glimpse of Our Easter

There were Techno Dance Parties in the kitchen, Egg Dyeing, Egg Hunts- 4 to be exact{including an egg hunt with my sisters and myself- it was a blast!  Lots of pushing and shoving.}  The Easter Bunny came and left lots of goodies.  We ate lots & lots of food including coconut cream pie- yum! 

Spending the Easter weekend with family and watching General Conference together made for the perfect weekend.   I love the spirit that was felt in my home and the beautiful messsages shared.  I came away inspired to be a better mother & wife. 

My heart melted when I asked Easton who that kind man on the screen with gentle eyes was and he replied, "Thomas Monson."   What a blessing to have a living prophet on our earth at this time.