Thanks for listening to my pity party whining. What appalled me upon arriving home was the condition of my house. No, my husband did not do anything nor the animals. I had left it that way. Now I'll confess I quit being Martha several years ago, and it was a freeing moment. BUT (a big "but") there were still snow pictures hanging around the house (in the South we have to use prints of snowy landscapes to get that wintery feel). Was it really April? I immediately blamed all of you in Blogland for seducing me into this world of ever-increasing circles of DIY. Somehow along the way I had gotten so caught up in blogging and painting and distressing and reading that I forgot I actually live here in this house and am responsible for the health and welfare of one husband, two cats, and two dogs. What was I thinking!
Today is the first day I am allowed to use cleaning supplies (and other "harsh" chemicals) so I decided to tackle the mantel in the den since we sit and look at it every day. To clarify, this is just the brick back wall of our living room fireplace with a mantel on it. At some time in our house's past, our den was a carport and this wall was outside.
First I ate my favorite lunch: smoked turkey and Muenster cheese wrapped around baby spinach with fresh strawberries.
( I know I am addicted to blogging - I just took a picture of my lunch!)
Here is the before picture showing my collections of head pottery and a collage i created of Willie at the dog park. It was my late winter display - Easter occurred in another room this year.
The mantel all cleaned off except the mirrors that reside there. Though I think I will remove the left one because in my car is a beautiful mirror babe with chippy pale green paint and a girlish figure. A new dealer moved into the mall yesterday and the rest of us were grabbing as she unloaded. This mirror just spoke to me - you know how it is!
Isn't she glorious! I added books as risers under a white vase, a cast iron white cat and bird eying each other, a spring landscape, a blue vase, and an architectural piece. Rather reserved for me, but I will keep it like this for a while.
The cat was originally strictly Halloween, but I have since incorporated her into spring and summer with all my birds.
I have had this landscape print and the architectural piece for years - they are easy to fit into any vignette.
I know this post was not very instructional or exciting, but it just feels great to be back . In my down time, I have visited many of you and you have inspired many ideas, but first I have to clean this house!