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Monday, May 2, 2011


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blackout When I took the Easter décor off my mantel, I had Birds, Butterflies, Blooms, and Bows on the Brain!  (And you thought I didn’t have a brain!  Yeah, declaring, in writing, that I have a brain is  probably stretching again!)  I didn’t really have blackouts on the brain, but we had one shortly after I got all of these b’s cluttering our mantel (due to the bad weather), so I lit the candles for a little blackout ambiance!
I am joining these fun events (click on the button to go to the host blog):

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thrifty things fri(The “paintings” of flowers cost $3 each at a discount store; the 2 plates that feature birds were picked up for less than $5 at yard sales, and my champagne buckets were less than $8 each at yard sales.  I hope they will work for my contribution to Thrifty Things Friday and Vintage Inspiration Friday.) 

You can blame this post on Debby at Just Breathe.  I was so sure that everybody in Blogville was sick of seeing me change the scenery on my mantel.  Then, in a comment on my last post, Debby made the mistake of asking me what is on my mantel now that Easter is over.  Debby, you may be the only person who cares, so this post is for you!
It was so kind of you to come by for a visit.  Thanks! laurie


Linda @ A La Carte said...

Laurie I also enjoy the changes you make to your mantel. I love the birds, butterflies, blooms and bows! Makes me ready to change my cubbies! Birds I think! hugs, Linda

Blondie's Journal said...



Debbie said...

Hellllo Mo! This is such a wonderful "Laurie" post. It has all the inspiration that I love to find when I visit here.

The birds are my very favorite. I love those eggs. I have a little collection of bird things in my powder room, and I was thinking about giving them an update.

Thanks, for so much eye candy and inspiration!

Jewel Sauls said...

Love seeing what's on your mantle. Mine are a bit bare - I don't have enough non-holiday/seasonal stuff. (My husband would disagree!) Thanks for the post-Easter decorating inspirations!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I thought your birdy (etc) Easter mantle was wonderful!!
And I want to know how you made that mantle "box" in your header!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing all your "B's". :D
I really like your new header!
This weather is getting on my last nerve. :(
Hope you are enjoying your evening.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, I just love every one of your displays that you create on your mantel. Your birds and butterfly's are fabulous. Always so much inspiration. Thanks for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh no Laurie, I care too!
I love your mantel and this one is just exceptional! What great deals, what fabulous decorating!
Birds and blooms, some of my favorite things!!

xinex said...

I love your new header, Laurie. Your mantel vignettes are lovely. I love the birds!..Christine

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laurie...

Ohhh..and the letter "B" also stands for BEAUTIFUL!!! My friend, your mantel is simply gorgeous decorated in all of those beautiful birds, butterflies, and bows!!! I love it! Of course, I always love how you decorate your mantel and I'm sooo glad that Debbie asked about it! I love your new plates with the sweet birds...sooo pretty! And...I love the two little eggs with the painted birds! They look so delicate! I think your silver champagne buckets look awesome with the pretty spring florals/branches! I used my champagne bucket on my mantel as how it looks! Thank you sooo much for sharing your beautifully "decorated for spring" mantel with us today! You always inspire me, sweet friend!

I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your power during the recent storms. They certainly were scary. I think I told you that my oldest grandson Bud is stationed at Little Rock. He had a tornado take out a large tree in his front yard during those storms down your way. I'm very thankful that the Lord was with him...the rest of the base didn't fair so well! Praise the Lord for His protection!!!

Well dear friend, I just wanted to stop by to say hello and see how you were doing. It has been awhile since I have stopped by for a visit due to the little blogging break that I took. I sure did enjoy my daughter and grandchildren's visit though! I hope that my note finds you and your sweet family all doing well!

Love ya,

PS...Now I'm heading off to find out how your book party with Michael turned out. Can you believe it...I only got on the computer once while my family was here visiting. I am sooo behind now!

SmilingSally said...

No, Debby isn't the only one who admires your decorative flair; I do too! Thanks for sharing all your efforts, Laurie.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Laurie, I worried about you all during these last storms. I hope everything your way is ok. We're still dealing with Insurance people over the roof damage here. Thankfully, no flooding to contend with. Thanks for swinging by I always love when you do.
hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I think you'd have pretties to match every letter of the alphabet! :) Love all the little birds and I adore your new header. You are the most clever one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mary Ann Pickett said...

We had a Black out on Easter...weird as the weather wasn't bad. I love a pretty Bow!

Kathleen said...

You B's are lovely! I could have used a B agel with B utter and a cup of coffee while I B rowsed.
Now my mantle is easy. Same all the time, gkids pics, except for Cmas. I am SO B boring!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We all love to see your pretty things! I'm enjoying a few birds here and there! But now I think I need more! heehee! ♥

aimee said...

i love bird decorations. i love what i won from your giveaway. only i couldnt see putting them away in a cabinet so i put the plates on my wall and my other bird items i won with it! thank you again.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love it. It screams Spring without looking like Easter. Love how it looks in your header photo.

Esther Asbury said...

Love the eggs with birds painted on them. Very pretty mantle!

Diann said...

See Laurie, we all love your mantel redos! I think we all look forward to what you create next in this great space. You always Have fun and beautiful displays! And this one is no exception! It is so pretty in all the Springness of your "B's". Thank you for joining TTF. And I hope you have a lovely Moher's Day!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Love all of your spring "B's".

Debra@CommonGround said...

What a perfect combination, Laurie, I always love your "mantle-scapes"! You do it so well, thanks so much for linking up with VIF! xo Debra

The Charm of Home said...

Your mantel is wonderful. I love it illustrated in your header. Really pretty! Thanks for linking it up!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Laurie~ Your mantle is so pretty! I love all the details and pretties you have on there and loving your candlelight pictures too! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)