I know, I know, you’re thinking it’s a bit early for Spring anything, right? Actually, it’s not necessarily a Spring centerpiece, it’s just a lighter, fresher centerpiece than what I had, that happens to feature flowers, so let’s just go with it. :-)
I love Winter, I look forward to it all year long. In West Texas, our winters aren’t much to speak of so when I see that the temps are consistently in the mid to upper 60’s, I sadly give up hope of any more cold days, embrace ‘Spring’, and I go on wishing that next year will be different. Sigh..
This was my winter centerpiece.
After Christmas, I was still in the mood for some greenery on the dining room table, minus the shiny bells and red velvet ribbon. Pinecones, brass candlesticks and faux cedar greenery in a wood bowl did the trick.
Until it didn’t.
I’ve mentioned more than a few times about how our homes are a reflection of where we are mentally and emotionally. Good, bad or somewhere in between, and like it or not, they reflect us.
A little over a week ago I started feeling like I wanted to change my centerpiece. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about it. You know what it’s like when you zero in on something you want to change, right? I think it had something to do with the fact that I was finally getting better (after being really sick for a month) and was feeling optimistic and energized. The more I looked at my Winter centerpiece (that I formerly loved) the more I felt uncomfortable with it. Weird, right?
So I knew I wanted something fresh, light and unstructured. I wanted it to feel easy and breezy. These words may not make any sense to you lol but they did to me!
I started by changing my runner. I had been looking for a new runner for a while and couldn’t find anything I liked. So I decided to make a ‘no-sew’ runner from an old wool blanket I had.
Y’all know how much I love estate sales, well, a few years ago, I got three of these off-white lambswool blankets for $15 at an estate sale. Bargain of the year! I washed the hallelujah out of them and saved them for such a time as this.
I pulled out my husband’s T-square to make this as simple as possible. I wanted a new centerpiece and runner but I didn’t want it to take all day. lol
I traced out 14″ by 40″ with a blue pen and carefully cut inside the blue line. Because it’s pure wool (and it’s been washed) it won’t unravel. #winning
Next up, I went searching for old bottles and jars from around the house. Some of these we found at estate sales, one was found in the walls of a turn-of-the-century home we renovated and others have been around so long I have no idea where they came from! lol
I arranged the containers on the runner and started clipping the florals and placing them in the bottles and jars.
This is where I usually got hung up.
“What if it looks dumb when I’m done?”
“I don’t really know what I’m doing.”
“I should wait and look at more examples before I start.”
“What if I picked the wrong flowers?”
Anyone else been there?
Decorating our homes is not much different than anything else in life, we think the ‘experts’ know what they’re doing, and well, we don’t.
I love flowers and have always wanted to incorporate them into my home but didn’t know how to put arrangements together. That all changed last year when I said, “to heck with it, I’m going to try.. and just see what happens!”
And I made a few arrangements and what do you know, I didn’t die. lol
Here is my easy, breezy, light, fresh and unstructured Almost Spring centerpiece.
See how much lighter it feels?
And my no sew wool runner worked perfectly!
I suppose I could have dressed the table and removed my salt and pepper shakers and antique bell to make this more Pinterest worthy but this centerpiece is for me and my home and it feels perfect to me (plus I was short on time LOL). :-)
As time goes by, I may want to add or take away from this centerpiece, but that’s the fun of decorating, it’s not a one and done deal, because we aren’t. We’re constantly growing and changing (hopefully) and our homes should reflect that growth and change. This unstructured, happy-go-lucky arrangement is exactly what I needed and brings a smile to my face when I turn the corner and see it.
If you’re buried under snow I hope this centerpiece brings hope of the coming Spring and if you’re in warmer temps like I am I would love to see what you come up with for your (Almost) Spring Centerpiece!
Blessings on your home,