Welcome, Spring! After a harsh, grey winter, we long to have fresh colour and tokens of rejuvenation and new life all around us. In preparation for greener, warmer days, I’ve been playing around with botanicals and bits of ephemera from my collection to make these springtime scenes.
Pretty pastels – robin’s egg blue, celadon green, soft pink and violet, apricot and daffodil yellow – are complemented by time-stained vintage postcards, each offering its own wish for a bright new season.
I’m partial to antique botanical prints; the gold-framed one shown here, of springtime bulbs, is from Botanicum Postcards, a boxed set of 50 beautifully illustrated cards from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. (They’re too gorgeous to send, really.)
The mason jar got its robin’s egg tint by baking on a mixture of Mod Podge and food colouring – an easy method for colouring glass which I’ll share in a future post.
This shade also appears in the butterfly paperweight. To make it, I took a clear domed paperweight and, again using Mod Podge, glued to its bottom postcard-themed scrapbooking paper layered with a die-cut butterfly. I love how the images are magnified through the glass so you can see every detail!
Floral stationery and a travel-themed, bluebird-adorned pocket watch complete the vernal vignette.
Here, a little cast iron birdie surveys her eggs, nestled in a moss-filled wooden box. The egg print in the background is from another set of 30 botanical and animal postcards: Nature’s Art Postcard Book from the American Museum of Natural History.
The postcards, paperweight and pocket watch all came from Amazon. (I think I might be their best customer.)
I had fun putting these tableaux together and hope you enjoy them, too. Wishing you a happy springtime full of light, colour, fragrant flowers and new ideas!