Monday, March 17, 2014

Swing into Spring - Spring Mantel Linky Party

Hello friends! I am honoured to kick off the Swing into Spring
Link Parties brought to you by All Things Home Tours.

 We are kicking off our parties with mantels (don't forget to check out
the rest of the schedule at the end of this post) and who better to co-host
with me than two of the most talented mantel stylists in blog land...
Courtney from French Country Cottage and Kelly from The Lilypad Cottage.
 Pretty awesome, right?
This year, my mantel was inspired by signs
 of Spring and the awakening of gardens.

I wanted the theme to remind me of gardens ready to bloom, nests with
little eggs ready to hatch and nature awakening after its long slumber.
As usual, I like to use simple things I already have at home
but when placed together form a cohesive and fun display.
 I gathered some old and new terracotta pots, some birch logs and a
few nests.  I made bird eggs out of polymer clay and placed them in a plain
tray to display.  I will share the tutorial with you later on this week.
I will also share how to achieve that
imperfect chippy look for your terracotta pots.
 I am never fully satisfied with my mantels, so they will evolve from day to day.
Here is another version before I placed the window frame and removed my sweet deer head.  I also placed a couple of cloches to add a little bit of shimmer to the display.

I painted these cute little teacups holding a nest, especially
for the mantel and will be adding to my Society 6 shop soon.

Nothing too complicated here...

So there you have it...the Spring mantel for this year, 
which will probably change again in a few days. 

And now it's your turn to share your Spring mantel and link up! 
I can't wait to visit your lovely homes, but if your mantel is not ready to
be linked up yet, not to worry as the party will be up for a week.

I will be featuring some of my favourite
mantels on my FB page throughout the week.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit today.

much love,
Here is the schedule for the other Swing into Spring parties.

Monday - Mantels
My Soulful Home

Wednesday - Crafts
Uncommon Designs

Thursday - Vignettes
Home is Where the Boat Is

Friday - Porches & Wreaths


  1. I know what you mean about projects always evolving....I always seem to find something else to change or add long after my pics are taken and photos edited for my post! Thank you for hosting, Lucy!

  2. Very pretty, Lucy! I love how you used all the pots. The mix of nests and flowers really says Spring!

  3. love your mantle, lucy! all the pots are so pretty! i posted my mantle today so off to link up- it was my first time decorating a black mantle for spring and it was harder than the gray was!

  4. Hello Lucy, your spring mantel looks perfect - it does remind me of vignettes I would see at our annual Flower Show - I love your artwork - quite beautiful! I hope you have a blessed week,

  5. beautiful!!!!:) I love your mantel!

  6. Your mantles always look so good. Love this Spring look!!

  7. Your mantle IS inspiring. I love it and may try to recreate it outside on our patio. What wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing.

  8. I've been following you on instagram, who knows why it took me so long to follow your blog! I linked up, thanks for hosting!

  9. Thanks so much for hosting today's party! Your mantel is gorgeous!

  10. Lucy, I Love your mantel. Spring Perfect! Can't wait to learn how to get that aged look on pots, That blue one is especially cute. Thanks for the Party!
    P.S. My link image is black??? hopefully that with fix itself, if not, can you remove it so I can re-add it.
    Emily @ The Wicker House

  11. Your mantel is beautiful Lucy. Love your artwork in the window panes!

  12. You are such a talent! I adore your style... and your watercolors! Just beautiful.

  13. Love love LOVE your mantle, Lucy! The organic elements you include make it so lovely and appealing! I too enjoy "playing" with the design. So enjoy your talents!!! Thanks too for hosting. I'm a day late to the party, but excited to dive in and see the fun springtime goodies. xoxo

  14. Your watercolors remind me of Marjolein Bastin whose work I have admired and purchased for years. The ones you featured in your old window over the mantel are perfect for the aviary-themed vignette. Pinned for inspiration to redo my mantel, but I will be using magazine clippings or reproduction graphics, not my own beautifully created watercolors. sigh...


  15. Whoa. Mantels..I adored how you create this idea! It’s too attractive and I don’t know what to appraise your style, but I do agree both French Country Cottage and The Lillypad Cottage are awesome! Classy design!

    Sebastian of
    Gazebo and Bali Hut Super Store

  16. Hi Lucy! Love your mantle so natural & lovely!! Great being on tour with you...

  17. I love that your mantel is constantly evolving, Lucy. I don't have a mantel but I use the top of my piano the same way and I always walk by and move things around. Then I just have to walk away and leave it! Love the terra cotta pots, too! Thank you so much for joining us on our tour!

  18. Pretty watercolors. Creative styling.

  19. Great post and I love your mantle with all the pots, bird's nests and flowers. Thanks so much for sharing.
    I will be following your blog.


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