Spring Mantel 2014

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsIt’s the season for bunnies here at the Crossroads and they are multiplying rapidly! I’ve been a little slow about getting our mantel decorated, mainly because it’s been so darn cold here in South Carolina. But it’s finished now, and it’s all about the bunnies!

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsI’m featuring this pencil drawing created by my art instructor, Danny Stegall. My sister-in-law and I have been taking drawing lessons since January, and we take turns selecting what we’d like to draw each week. Danny draws along with us and then gives one of us his original drawings at the end of the class. I got the bunny! Isn’t he just beautiful? I have so much to learn about shading and he is a master at it, as you can see.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsNow most people would frame this, and I eventually will. But since it’s bunny time, I matted it and put it on this grapevine wreath that I had previously spray painted white.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsI decided to use a green and brown theme for the mantel since those are some of the colors in our living area, and I found the ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I tucked some green eggs down into the egg cups and covered the top of the mantel with some green Spanish moss. It does a really good job at camouflaging some speakers that sit on the mantel.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsMy White Burlap Bunnies that I made a few weeks ago are hopping along the mantel.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsThe spring arrangement on the left was made with faux spring flowers with a little green spray painted curly willow.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsA green moss bunny is peeking out behind the dogwood blossoms. We have several dogwood trees in the yard, but they aren’t blooming yet.

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsOn the right side is another moss bunny, but this guy is a large one.  He looks like he’s watching all the other frolicking bunnies, doesn’t he?

Spring  Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsI added a few more nests and eggs to the mantel because, after all, you cannot have a spring mantel without nests, can you?

Spring Mantel | Cottage at the CrossroadsIt was so much fun decorating the mantel around Danny’s awesome drawing! Here’s wishing you warm weather, bright sunshine, and a happy spring!

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  1. says

    Jane, how beautiful I had no idea you were taking drawing lessons. You go girl. Your mantel is stunning and I love the shade of green you are using.

  2. says

    It’s beautiful, Jane! It screams Spring & I think we can all use a little of that right now. I think you showcased that amazing drawing perfectly!

  3. says

    Beautifully decorated mantle! I love the drawing, and so glad to hear that you are taking lessons! We should all do something ‘fun’ every now and again!! Blessings, Cindy

  4. says

    Your mantle looks lovely with the fresh greens and whites. The green vase adds perfect balance to the moss bunny. Your design looks so well balanced. I love symmetry when decorating a mantle. I am working on my mantle. It’s a slow go. I have a very homely fireplace so it is hard to get inspired.

  5. Jean Windham says

    Love the “Spring Mantel” but my favorite are the bunnies. They are so cute and just show up so well on the mantel. Great job and I am impressed with your drawing. Jean


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