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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Early spring decorating
Here is a look at some of my early spring decorating. I say "early spring", because, no matter what the calendar says, it is not spring up here and won't be for some time yet. Not the kind of spring with daffodils, crocuses, pussy willows, baby bunnies and chicks... none of that. It's still too cold and snowy. The past week or so has been sunny and quite warm, and much of the snow has melted, but still, I'm not in the mood for traditional spring decorating. So I do early spring decorating, focusing on green for St. Patrick's Day and also on the maple sugaring season which is in full swing right now.
Right inside my front door is my ribbon board, decorated right now for St. Patrick's Day. Here is a closer look at this Irish-themed tag, made for me last year by a good friend. My kitchen island features a maple syrup tin, a maple cookbook and a maple themed syrup pitcher. Here is a maple sugaring-themed shelf on my hutch. In the center are some photographs from sugaring days gone by, arranged to look like a page from an old scrapbook. In front of that are two old maple syrup labels from the days when both my grandfather and my husband's grandfather produced maple syrup for sale. There is also an old sap spile, or spout, from those days. There are also two great sugaring pictures -- one vintage, one new -- which I've put on the same old-looking paper as the photos. On the left is another maple syrup tin, and in the little cake dome on the right is a syrup tin in the shape of a cabin, along with a wooden tree.
This shows the entire hutch decorated for early spring. Green and white on the bottom shelf, some colorful items on the top shelf, and two teapots for one in spring colors on the very top.
And I just had to show a closer look at that sweet cake dome with the maple cabin inside.
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.