I was ready to lighten up the look on the mantel, and I’m also dreaming of being at the beach. So, the beach came to me – on our mantel.
A sand castle provides just the beachy feel I needed.
Behind the sand castle, there is a ship, sailing on the ocean.
My blue Ball jars hold blooms from our white Crepe Myrtle. They’ll have to be replaced with faux flowers, because cut Crepe Myrtle does not last long. I wasn’t even sure it would make it through my photo shoot.
The flowers are backed by shell-shaped plates (Home Studio, Shoreline Collection), purchased at a Kohl’s sale a few years ago.
A vase of seashells anchors each end of the mantel, and a silver star fish has washed up onto the base of each of the lamps.
I ordered the shell-shaped, wooden napkin rings on line. I never remember to read the measurements when I order. I’ve never used these for napkins, because they seem too big and bulky, but they work okay on my beachy mantel.
The sand castle is a votive holder, so I lit the candle inside for these last two pictures.
I want to share another metamorphosis that I am watching closely.
This is our bright pink Crepe Myrtle. You can see that the branches aren’t very sturdy.
But, look at this wonderful, sturdy nest that a Mockingbird has built in the branches. (You may be asking how I know it’s a Mockingbird. I know, because I got a good look at the Mama, as she flew toward me to swat my rear several times while I stood on a ladder, taking pictures! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a mother swat my rear.)
I’m probably not going to get back up on the ladder again, because Mama’s swats almost startled me into falling from the ladder. But I am going to watch closely to see when her babies leave the nest, because I’d like to try to save this well-built nest.
I love having you stop by for a visit. laurie