I have some updates to some earlier craft posts:
The first one is on Paint Chip Art. I really didn't like the traditional brown oak frame. I thought more of a gray barn-wood look would fit the piece better.
So, I grabbed a grey color sample of wall paint and a rag, and started to rub it on the frame.
I was a little nervous at first but it turned out just how I had hoped it would! I purposely left it looking streaky and shabby.
Here is my final mantle with my "new" frame and some spring items. My sister made me several monkey fists out of rope that really look fabulous...thank you Andrea!! I added a couple of carved spring birds and some small speckled eggs made by my daughter (left over from a former, school science project).
My second update is on my candle holder, also from my sister. After eating the valentine candy, we added wine corks. Then I saw a candle holder using split green peas! So cute!! (Sorry, I don't know what blog it was on.) This is how it looks currently. It is fun to think about all the options out there for this fun centerpiece.