Winter is hanging on, so I am trying to infuse a little spring indoors. To me spring means new; new life, new growth, brighter light and lighter colors. If spring doesn’t want to visit me I am bound to bring a little spring inside my space by making a few things around here look new and fresh.
Last fall I collected some fallen branches to add to a vase. It was lovely at the time and suited my mood then. This is what it looked like this week. The evergreens have died off leaving needles all over (which I saved to add to the garden plots). With dreary days and plenty of snow this wasn’t what I wanted to look at right now.
It was time to lighten things up. I pulled out some white paint, and some very pale green baby yarn, this is what it looks like now. The green yarn was crocheted into what I hoped would look like leaf buds. I’m considering adding a few more bright colors to awaken spring inside.
It actually looks brighter in person than this picture shows. Here is a close up of one of the “leaf buds”.
Can you see the small gold round thing near the mouth of the vase? These grow wild (weeds) in the field. I’m not sure what they are called but the children love them, and call them fairy houses. Most have a very tiny hole somewhere on the side of each so the children like to pretend a fairy can enter and leave by this hole. I had to highlight it for them as they picked it to add to the vase.
When finished it was time to rinse out the paint brush. Entering my vanity area, I looked away from the view that has faced me every day since I moved in here. It’s depressing to me what do you think?
You can see my owls I purchased from Jen at Winter Owls. I have more I want to do in this area and will share it later, but for now I can’t stand that goldish mirror and the bronze bases to the light fixtures. Here’s a close up of the side of the one light fixture, you can see plenty of paint from sloppy painting over the years.
I have a small can of black enamel intended for metal and while I would love a nickel finish I’m tempted to use the black on this light fixture. I don’t want to remove it, it actually isn’t bad if you don’t notice the base, and repurposing it is more my style. Would you use black or another color?
I have been considering adding white paint to the mirror frame, but the details will take some work to fill in. I decided not to waste what paint was left in the paint brush and started to apply it to the bottom of the mirror frame. I think I like having some of the gold exposed to highlight the details.
What do you think? Paint it all white? Leave some of the gold showing through? I’ve also considered a navy blue to pick up the blue in the tiles you can see at the bottom of the picture. While this frame isn’t something I would have chosen, it is screwed on to the wall and is functional so I prefer to work with it.
There are a few other things I want to get done this weekend, but need a little help physically to get them done. My grand daughter is sick so I’m not sure if they will get done this weekend or next. Keep your fingers crossed I can accomplish them this weekend as I need a little burst of newness to enter the apartment right now.
Now it’s time to get to work. This is an editing job I have recently taken on. Can’t wait to get this pile off my desk.