Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Suddenly It's Spring

A Spring Mantel

Depending on where you live (and I love, love checking that in the stats of the blog), you may be familiar with "April showers". Well, here in  Brittany where the Little White House is, we have March showers, April showers, May showers, June showers, well I guess you get it!

Suivant où vous habitez, vous connaissez peut-être les giboulées de mars... Et bien nous sommes en plein dedans en ce moment ici en Bretagne (et en général cela dure au moins jusqu'au mois de juin). Cela rend la prise de photos difficile, surtout quand après cinq photos, la batterie lâche! Le temps de la recharger et il pleut!

So taking pictures of the Spring mantel was very difficult: I had to wait for a sunny spell (otherwise my camera takes really crappy pictures) and for the camera battery to reload after taking five pictures. Also, I had to go to work, so I didn't even try to take a picture without me showing in the mirror... Instead I decided to practise my best Kate wave for you!

J'ai descendu le carton "décor de printemps" dans le salon, à la grande joie des chats qui adorent tous les deux les boîtes et trouvent que les oeufs font de super ba-balles.

I brought the Spring/Easter decor box in the living-room. Always a treat for the cats who love playing in boxes and think eggs are balls !

Then the hard thing is to decide what to use and what not to use. I knew I wanted the bird cloche to be on the mantel, because it was a Chritsmas present from my cousin (the one who has a wonderful etsy shop - link on my side bar) and I hadn't used it yet.

I painted the eggs soft colours that I already had on hand and I stole the bouquet. Before you call the police, let me explain.

The back of my weirdly shaped garden has a gate that goes into two of neighbours' gardens. One of the house is actually "to sell" and has been so for two years:  no one lives there and the garden is very neglected. But there's a really nice camellia. Last year, I thought it was really a shame no one was enjoying it.

So this year, I cut a few branches, so at least someone is enjoying the pretty blooms.

Le bouquet vient du jardin de la maison derrière chez moi... La maison est inhabitée depuis deux ans, en vente, et l'immense camélia ne fleurit plus pour personne. Je trouve cela triste, alors, j'en ai ramené quelques branches à la maison.

Spring here is on its way, but it's not coming in a straight line... We just had a hail storm. How is it going in your part of the world? 

Le printemps est en chemin... Mais il ne prend pas une ligne droite cette année. Où en est-il dans votre coin du monde?

 Thanks for stopping by and see you soon.

Merci de votre visite. A bientôt.

I'm linking with:

Vintage On A Dime           Lavender Garden Cottage      Adorned From Above 

No Minimalist Here                Beyond The Picket Fence 

 "OPEN HOUSE" is posted on THURSDAY             French Country Cottage           How Sweet the Sound        

 DIY Show Off                              


  1. Ta très jolie décoration donne tout de même une idée du printemps, même si on continue à se geler et à se mouiller...

  2. The lamps came out great. Love the bunnies so, how can a house remain unsold fpr two years that have kamelia in the garden? Crazy!

    1. The house is still unsold because the owners ask too much money for it, while the house market is not very good here these days... And there's a lot of work to do in the house. I have peeked through the windows, of course!

  3. Hello Magali,
    What a lovely post! Your three little "Hear no evil, See no evil,
    Speak no evil" bunnies are as cute as can be. I have a set that are covering their eyes, ears and mouth, too. They're big and chubby.
    You live in a beautiful part of the world. I'm happy to have found your blog and have just become your newest follower.
    Blessings, my friend.

  4. How beautiful....I love all your decor! That little bird cloche is precious! Good for you enjoying the beautiful neglected camellias! I love mine and am always sad when they stop blooming! They are such gorgeous flowers!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  5. gorgeous spring the bunnies!
    Always love some April showers daughters name is April!
    Bec x

  6. Spring has not shown up yet in NJ although it was expected to arrive yesterday lol love love love you little bunnies the mantle is looking so cute love it all

  7. Hi Magali, Your mantle looks lovely with your spring vignette. I don’t think the owners would mind one bit for you to enjoy those glorious blooms from their garden. Nice there is a gate!!! :) Sweet cloche and bunnies, perfect for Spring and Easter. I’ve been once to Brittany and thought it was beautiful! Here, it’s glorious spring and warm, in the seventies. We will probably get a few more days of cooler temperatures. I’m so ready for spring.
    Happy Spring........

    The French Hutch

  8. Beautiful mantel, Magali! I love the white bunnies! I would do the same thing with regard to the camelias--they are a perfect addition to your mantel. It's been warm and I've been out in the garden every day since last week, cleaning and tidying beds, but last night it poured rain, and probably off and on rain all day today as well. I've got lots of seeds germinating under lights in my basement--can't wait for the middle of May when I can plant them out in my containers and baskets :) Have a great week!

    1. Following your advice, I trimmed my red-currant bushes last weekend. I hope I did well... We'll see next summer. Two of my zucchini seeds are now tiny plants. I'm so excited!

  9. So beautiful, and fresh looking with the white and pastel. Love the ceiling!

    Happy Easter and Spring.

    It's hot here. Last week it was in the 90s. This week in the 80s. We probably won't have rain again until July now when the monsoon comes.

    1. No rain until July seems completely surreal to me. I really enjoy having friends who live in areas so different from mine and so fascinating!

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by. One day it's spring and the next day we're having snow! Your spring mantel looks so pretty, especially those beautiful flowers from your neighbor's garden. Love the eggs in the sweet cloche.
    Mary Alice

  11. i love the colours you painted the eggs. spring can be changeable like that ;)
    you must be looking forward to warmer weather!

  12. Your mantel is lovely. I love your little bunnies and cloche. The Camellias should be enjoyed by you if there is no one to miss them. Thanks for sharing them with us. It snowed here all day. Today is the first day of spring and we are still waiting.....Have a nice week.

  13. Your mantle looks so pretty. We are having an unusually cold month and I really don't like it. I feel like hibernating.

  14. What a pretty mantel! Those bunnies are just darling! It is cold here in New Jersey on this first day of spring. I am hoping it warms up this week!

  15. What a beautiful setting. I am visiting you via No Minimalist Here. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas.

  16. Your mantel is lovely. Not much spring-like here where I live; cold and very windy. You definitely have the Kate wave down perfectly. Have a great week!

  17. I love your mantel! The camellia blossoms are so pretty. We don't have dry weather here (in the Pacific Northwest) until about July, so I know just what you mean! Rain, rain and more rain. Just today I grabbed the camera and shot as fast as I could because there was a patch of sunshine! :-) Happy Spring! ~Angela~

  18. Här i Jönköping i Sverige har vi ingen vår att tala om det började så bra men nu har vi både snö,is och kyla så det förslår. Snart Påsk och vi kan nog inte vara ute som vi brukar för kylan skall hålla i. Sååå inga tunna vårkläder här inte, utan dunjacka och tjocka skor.
    Inne har jag vår med blommor och påskägg som du kan se hos mig.
    Ha en riktigt fin helg hoppas ni har sol det önskar jag mig
    Kram Meta

  19. I love your mantel and those are the cutest bunnies ever. Glad to bring back some Ireland memories for you:)

  20. Wow your room is so pretty along with all your spring pretties! Gorgeous

  21. So pretty. We don't have a mantel to decorate as I don't have a fireplace in Florida. :( I dont think you were "stealing" the flowers. You were harvesting. :) Its ok to borrow neglected blooms. They were meant to be enjoyed. Take care and it's nice to meet you.

  22. The calendar says spring here, but the temps still say winter. Last weekend it was warm (70* F)and sunny. This weekend promises to be rainy and cold. I am kind of glad though. Last weekend we celebrated Tristan's birthday and I had hoped to make an Irish Stew for St. Patrick's day. But it was so warm, and I was so worn out from his party, I barely got dressed on Sunday. This weekend I will get my fill of a hearty Irish dinner and then I will be ready for spring. When it finally decides to arrive.

  23. Magali:
    I am pleased to have you link your spring mantle to Open House! Hope you have a restful weekend!

  24. This is lovely! Sweet, sweet bunnies! Thank you for your nice comment at Brenda's today :) I loved that you said 1200 sf is comfortable in France, because it is to me, too! Really, who needs more than that?!!
    xo, Andrea

  25. My first visit here. I did not realize that camellia would grow in Bretagne – I thought it rained too much. Your flowers are lovely as well as all your pictures.

  26. Love your Spring mantel Magali, it's fab! Love the three little bunnies, so cute!
    P.S. I'd have stolen the camellias too! ;)

  27. I can't stop drooling over that rock wall. The Camelias are gorgeous and yes, I agree; why go to waste. I really wouldn't call that stealing. More like rescuing. I'm waving back and saying. Come join my link party some time. Share Your Cup Thursday. It's all about sharing what makes you happy.

  28. Very pretty! I love the three little white bunnies and the butterfly glasses.
    I'm visiting from DIY Showoff. I hope you can stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  29. Hello! Magali! Love seeing you in the photo - I'll have to confess! I've done the same thing. One of my dear elderly friends had to be taken by her children to a nursing home, there was a large Camellia blooming its heart out - I had to take a few branches and each time I saw the flowers I thought of her. The bunnies are marvelous - love your Easter Mantel - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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