So I finally figured out what to do with our fireplace mantle.
I've been trying to sort out what to put on our mantle since all the Christmas stuff came down, a decision complicated by the fact that the original print we ordered for the wall actually ended up being too large to fit in the space above the fireplace. (To be fair, I did measure the space, it just turns out that the measurements provided didn't actually include the measurements of the matting and the frame. Lessons learned. But never fear, the Rothko print is now hanging above the couch.)
Anyway, this is obviously not a design blog and I don't know nothin' about birthin' no decoration babies, but what we ended up choosing for our mantle seemed like a nice kind of post for Mother's Day so here you go. Also I don't have anything else to write about.
This mason jar of sticks I made inspired by AB Chao, who was in turn inspired by this other blog. (This is known as "proper attribution.") It was good because we already had a jar, the sticks were free (thanks, backyard!) and the embroidery floss was cheap--it was a good excuse to buy a whole buttload for other projects, actually. This particular endeavor was easy enough that Cal and I could do some of it together, which is where the Mother's Day part of it comes in. We actually wrapped most of those twigs this morning (I don't know what your day looks like where you live, but ours is a Very Rainy Sunday) and they were ready for prime time before lunch. And look how pretty.
The T-Rex wood sculpture is, I think, one of Mack's birthday presents. The thing of it is that it's actually not a very good gift for a 3 year-old (it came flat packed in literally more than a hundred pieces that had to be assembled painstakingly--think lots of wood grooves and slots fitting together) and it absolutely would not hold up to any kind of rough play, which...well, you've seen kids play with dinosaurs, right? Anyway. Not the best toy. But ornamentally, it is fun. So T-Rex lives on our mantle now.
This is the part that Joe made fun of me for getting (it's one of the few purely decorative items I've ever bought, unless you count pillows for the couch), and he keeps calling them "decorative balls." Whatever. I BOUGHT DECORATIVE BALLS. I like them. Shut up. (They're from Target. I can't find a link, but I'm sure you can find them in the decorative ball aisle.)
This poster I got from the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. I have a few prints of Amy Martin's stuff and I really like her work--the colors in this print also match the color scheme of our living room. Also, it's about fire, which is HILARIOUS to me because we're hanging it over our fireplace. (I'm easily amused.) The frame I got from Target, I "matted" it myself by just buying a piece of white posterboard and taping the poster on there before cramming it into the frame. Whatever, it looks fine. TAKE THAT, PROFESSIONAL FRAMERS.
(I should also note that the poster is only $20 and part of the proceeds I believe goes to benefit 826LA, which is a non-profit writing and tutoring center for kids in Los Angeles. You know, in case you need another excuse.)
And now, finally, a pictoral round-up. Literally. See, because..."round-up." ROUND. I slay me. Me and only me, I guess.
And...that's it. How was your Mother's Day? Mine's not over yet but it's raining and I'm about to go take a nap so I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it was a pretty good one.