Spring Mantel…

Nature sits dormant under a white, cold blanket.
The sun – taking mercy upon her – warms the earth.
The earth smiles back at the sun…
…with bursting colours and renewed life.
After a long winter…
…plants stretch out their limbs and wave hello.
They dance in the wind and drink the rain falling from the sky.
The sun smiles back …
…and whispers with its warm breath…
‘oh how I’ve missed your beauty’
Creatures awaken from their long slumber…
…and their melodies break the silence of winter.
So there you have it – this is what I have been working on.
I wanted to incorporate eggs into my Spring decor, yet I
wanted it to do it in a unique manner.  I decided to make a
faux bird egg collection like the ones you see at museums.
My creative process often starts in the middle of the night.  
I then take those ideas and transfer them onto my sketch book.
The sketches are not always so detailed.
Because I wanted the eggs to look realistic, I had to make them myself. 
I used air drying clay, allowed them to dry, sanded them and painted them.
I suppose I could have purchased them, but I needed different sizes and shapes.
 In order to mount them, I filed the back so they would sit flush in the shadow box. 
I purchased a candle stick from the dollar store; sanded, painted and aged it.
 I then used Gorilla glue to adhere it onto the frame.
 I think it looks very tender.
As the weather gets a little warmer, I will incorporate touches of green and it will evolve into Easter and then summer.  I am happy with the way it turned, and even though it took a long time because of the drying time, I think it was worth it.

And as we all prepare for our busy week ahead, my sincere hope is that we don’t lose sight of the tragic events occuring in Japan.  That we continue to pray for them, keep them in our hearts and help anyway we can. 

If you’re in a position to lend financial support, I have included a link to the American Red Cross website below:

Have a safe and beautiful week!
much love,
Lucy
p.s.
As you might know, the kiddies are on their March break and I will be spending much valuable time with them.  I will try to post as often as time allows without jeopardizing my time with them.  I will be concentrating on children’s crafts, so if you need any ideas, please stop by.

I will be sharing here:

DIY Club

Also joining the Centsational Girl fair weather Forum
The DIY Show Off
And here

http://www.thestoriesofa2z.com/

Comments

  1. says

    This is lovely. I loved your descriptions under each picture as well. I felt like I was reading a poem! I love the eggs and the birdhouses. Everything looks beautiful all together. You did a wonderful job.

  2. says

    I just found your blog through The DIY Show Off and am in love! I love decorating with eggs year round. Something about them reminds me of so many special things in my own life. The way you have showcased them is beautiful and inspiring!! YEAH!!!!
    Cheers!
    -Colleen

  3. says

    So incredibly beautiful and well done! I collect birds’ eggs, but there are some that you simply can’t get, so you’re tutorial is absolutely perfect. I’m looking forward to trying your technique! So glad I saw your project linked up at the DIY Club! I’m sharing a link with my readers on my FB fan page! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  4. says

    Adorable. Creative. Genius.

    I am having a spring craft linky party and giveaway on my blog this Friday. I would love for you to showcase this wonderful project.

    Details are on my blog today.

  5. says

    Hi Lucy! I’ve just found you via Funky Junk’s SNS! I am in awe! This vignette is so lovely and your faux eggs are so inventive and sweet! I’ve just clicked the “follow” button and can hardly wait to have a look around! So nice to meet you! Happiest of Easters to you and your family!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda – Girl in Pink

  6. says

    Eggs, my favorite! What a clever project and it paid off big. Your mantle looks summery and the egg frame is just perfect. Your blog is lovely it really shows your taste and creative syle.
    kathy

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