Are you noticing a theme this month? Me too.
I seem to be on a vintage lace and linens kick. I used them in my Vintage Linen Table Runner as well as the Spring Hoop Art last week.
Apparently I’ve been in a vintage/girly mood lately. Weird.
That’s what I love about decorating for the seasons though! I can be all girly and romantic in the spring – and go all modern and decorate everything in emerald green and arrows this summer. Maybe.
So today I’m showing off my Spring Mantel!
It’s all done up with old frames, handkerchiefs and linens, and a sweet pennant and framed cameo – all lined with this awesome moss runner, so it looks like a vintage garden!
I love how soft and Spring-ish everything looks!
Let’s do some close-ups shall we?
I found a fun mix of frames – some are new but with an antique look, and some are old frames that I dressed up with some spring colors to match the handkerchiefs inside.
For the runner on the mantel I used a roll of moss that I picked up at Joann’s. It was an 18″ x 48″ roll that I cut in half. This gave me plenty for the mantel with some left over.
Confession: This thing stinks. Like really smells wonky. I’m hoping as it’s out in the air the smell will fade. Otherwise the summer mantel might be making a sooner appearance than I was planning.
The smell? I’m sticking with strong mothballs. Others have said that it has more of a strong fish smell. Nice. Whatever it is, it needs to disperse. Real quick like.
On the mirror I made a little pennant with fabric and crochet lace, and I hung a cool framed cameo (I picked this up from Earth Cookie at a Queen Bee Market a few years ago) in the center. The bow is made with cool wired burlap ribbon from Tea Party Ribbons.
In the frames I have sweet handkerchiefs or linens – some I’ve found at thrift stores and some are mine and Mr. F.T.’s grandmas. I didn’t cut these, I just folded them around the glass of the frame so that they would stay in one piece. :)
The colored frames were fun to do! I found some old antique frames at a garage sale and I used a dry brush paint technique to add some color to them, to match their handkerchiefs.
This technique is super easy to do.
I started with some antique frames that were cream colored, with brown distressing. If your frames are brown or another color, you could just add a step by brushing on some cream paint first.
Put some light color paint on a plate and add some to your brush. Rub the brush on the plate to get most of the paint off, so the brush feels almost dry. Brush the frame lightly with the paint. This will add some color but keep most of the distressed look.
Now do the same technique with a darker version of the same color. Hit the corners and edges of the frame, and any raised detailing as well.
I think the color really helps the handkerchiefs stand out!
I did 4 of the frames with spring colors. I think they look fun with the mossy runner!
The handkerchiefs underneath the runner were our grandma’s also. Aren’t they fabulous shapes and prints? I love the yellow one – it says “Best Wishes”! Gah. So sweet.
So what do you think? Sometimes it’s fun to just be girly isn’t it? :)
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Tara @ Suburble says
I love your frames! There are many that I would love to have on one of my side tables. I laughed when you described your stinky moss. I hope that it airs out soon for you!
Wow! I love this, Bev, it is so feminine looking! I have a few vintage handkerchiefs, and this gives me some ideas for displaying them!
Leena Lanteigne says
Beatiful mantel! I love finding new and interesting ways to use vintage linens! Thanks for sharing! Hugs, Leena
Melod M. Nunez says
This is just darling! I love vintage hankies and linens myself (and collect them), so this really caught my eye and has charmed me. Well done! :]
This is soooo pretty! :)
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
One word: gorgeous! I am loving your vintage linens phase, my friend. This entire set up looks very fresh to me. (but thank goodness for no smellvision???) I love all of those little frames!
Jenn @Home is Where... says
beautiful! I love the frames!
I like it. Looks spiffy!
This is one of the cutest (if not cutest) mantels I’ve ever seen. EVER! It’s so perfect and fresh and spring-y, without being too much! I’m totally in love. Great job and thank you so much for sharing. Just looking at the pics has perked my mood up.
Dawn Kay says
I have at least 100 handkerchiefs between my mom and my aunt. I never knew what to do with them. You have a great idea on how to use them without cutting them.
Rosalie Barry says
Wonderful ideas and I love the way you harmonized the picture frames to the fabric by your exquisite painting!