Yeah. Right. Perhaps it will finally be time to try out my Yaks Traks!!!
Anyway, I got this nutso crazy idea in my head this morning about "doing" the mantle for Easter/Oestre (in honor of the Mother Goddess)/Spring and it's taken nearly complete hold of me already. Geez! I actually nearly ran over to the TJMaxx in the downtown Mall during lunch hour earlier today and -- thank Goddess! -- a few of those really cute small bird plates were still at hand! I grabbed one with "pinky" birds and one with "yellowy" birds; then I saw a larger square-shaped plate with pink and blue birds on it in a sort of "Oriental Abstract Moderne" take -- well, you'll just have to wait to see the photos. I said "YES" and added that to my "to buy" pile. Then I saw this ceramic basket in blues, greens and naturals with two little "blue birds" perched on its rim and that was also added to the "to buy" pile. And, while I was in the check-out line (I kid you not, but I swear they film you and do it on purpose...) I came across this little ceramic bird in a lovely creamy white color. She was decorated with small openings in a criss-cross pattern and I thought she must be a votive. I grabbed her and added her to my stash as I was summoned to Check-Out Number Two. Unfortunately, the opening she has in her bottom is not large enough to fit a votive candle inside (real or battery-operated) but right now she is stuffed with pleasantly scented something-or-other. She's a sachet!
Three plates, the ceramic bird "sachet" and the ceramic "Easter" basket all rang in under $19. Thank you, TJMaxx!
But I digress! I wanted to just show you these neato things instead, both of which I found at Budget Wise Home blog -- and she gave me such inspiration!
In her entry from February 23, 2012 under the heading "New Uses for Everyday Things" comes a revelation about using a cup and saucer to make an elevated serving tray! I've seen plates glued to wine glasses, etc. and I've pretty much thought "how cute" or even "how clever" before, but I don't recall seeing this particular rendition of a very good idea! And just tonight, when I was trying this, that and the other thing trying to get an "elevated" area to "install" a really cute bird house as part of my Easter/Oestre/Spring mantle display and driving myself absolutely nuts, if I had only seen this beforehand! Duh!
|Image from Budget Wise Home.|
If you are a reader here (har!) you'll have seen that recently I've just become absolutely nutso obsessed with birds and, evidently, have been absolutely nutso obsessed with them for years but didn't realize it until, more or less, around February 10, 2012 when I started tearing my bedroom apart, determined to "redo" it. Anyway, tonight I saw this absolutely gorgeously stunning idea for a BIRD MOBILE, and it just made me gasp for oxygen. I mean it!
Check out Budget Wise Home's post on this "bird mobile" from February 28, 2012.
|Image from Budget Wise Home|
Okay, so how did they get the clear fishing line so neatly "stuck" to the sticks? Are those little jewely hooky-things I spy screwed into those branches? Whoa! Way too technical for me and my big fat clumsy fingers! But I'll figure something out...