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Chocolate Easter Bunny Tablescape

 I am so excited to be a part of the Easter Celebratios blog hop hosted by my talented friend Amber at Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

I know you found a ton of beautiful  Easter inspiration for your living room decor from Blue Sky At Home and hopefully you'll find some dining room inspiration here!


 For some reason I find decorating for spring so much more difficult than the other seasons. I don't have have a lot of Easter decor because of this reason, but I do collect faux chocolate bunnies. My largest bunny is the one below. He is made by Martha Stewart and I bought him on QVC.



I like to group my chocolate rabbits together to make more of an impact. This year I decided to create a large vignette of bunnies for my dining room table.




I like to display the bunnies in old urns and silver server sets. 



At each place setting I have a foiled Easter chick, they are also from QVC and look very much like a foiled chocolate treat!




I also brought out my floral egg cups for each setting. Instead of using eggs for the egg cups, I decided on a few carnation blooms.








The mantle got decorated with an eucalyptus and egg garland. The chocolate bunnies on either side of the basket are the very first that I ever purchased many years ago.






The antique chairs at the ends of my table were given to me by my sister. Once the fabric was blue, but since has faded to green. I would like to get them recovered someday, but for now they look nice with my Simply Shabby chic tablecloth.




I found the tablecloth on Ebay a few weeks ago still brand new in an unopened package! I love how feminine and spring like it is!




The bunny below is so precious because its holding a baby bunny, I've never seen one like it before!




Over all I am happy with my display of bunnies!





I always keep an eye out for faux chocolate bunnies throughout the year, as one can never have enough!





The linen cabinet in the dining room also received a few faux foil bunnies as well. These are so darling! I love the pink foil and the gauzy blue ribbons.




My french chair was the perfect spot for a trio of robin's eggs.




I hope you enjoyed my Easter tour of the dining room! I wish you all a beautiful Easter!





Thank you so much for vistiting!


  • -Larissa


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Marie Antoinette Easter egg

This year I wanted to create an unique decoration that would incorporate my love of all things French with my love of Easter. I decided to create a large Marie Antoinette inspired Easter egg using my favorite Decor molds. I was inspired by one of my favorite blogs Edith & Evelyn Vintage, you can see Cindy's embellished pumpkin tutorial here.







The supplies you will need are:



corn starch 

paint brush 


assorted acrylic/ chalk paints of your choice




large Easter egg







I had a few old large Easter eggs already on hand that I decided to upcycle for this project. Mine were already painted gold from a few years ago so I left them "as is" when I started working.





 You will want to use your paint brush to dust your decor molds with corn starch, making sure you coat all of the tiny crevices. 


When that is finished, take your paper clay and press down firmly into the decor molds.







 Take your putty knife and gently scrape away the excess paper clay until you have a smooth surface.



Gently bend the decor molds to loosen your paper clay mold so it comes out nicely.








Take the paper clay mold and add the glue to the backside and begin to decorate your egg. I started with a beaded paper clay oval. Do not worry if your paper clay starts to crack, thats completely normal, it also helps to make your project look more "antique."  Once that was finished, I freehanded the Monogram "M" for Marie Antoinette. Then I added a paper clay floral swag at the bottom for a pretty embellishment.







 Next, I decided what type of paint I wanted to use. I had some left over latex paint in a pretty blue color and I went with that, although you can certainly use chalk paint or acrylic if you wish too! I decided to keep the center of my egg the original gold color and painted the outside blue. 

I let the paper clay dry overnight and the next morning I began to paint the embellishments gold, as well as, carefully painting the monogram "M".







The last step was to gently use dark wax to make the gold paper clay embellishments pop! This step is not necessary. I then placed a gold crown on top for Queen Marie Antoinette!  

I love creating unique holiday pieces that reflect the style of my home! Hopefully this gives you some great ideas as well! Last year I created Cinderella pumpkins in this way, and I will create some more on the blog with you this fall.





Thank you all for visiting!

-Larissa

Vintage Valentines Day Chocolate Boxes

 

Have you started your Valentine's Day decorating yet?  I don't have much Valentine's decor, but what I do collect are vintage heart chocolate boxes.



I absolutely adore vintage heart chocolate boxes, especially in the soft pastel colors.



I have a very small collection of only four boxes. Some are quite stained and tattered, but are still beautiful in my eyes. I found most of them randomly at antique stores for just a few dollars. This year I splurged and ordered the large lacy box in the right hand corner from Etsy.




Even though I don't have a lot of valentine decor, I think my sweet little heart boxes make a big impact.





I wish that candy companies would bring back beautifully decorated chocolate boxes! My husband always buys me a heart shaped box of chocolates each year on Valentines day. The boxes are red and pretty, and I save them because one day they will also be "vintage." He also signs each one which makes them even more special.




I found this vintage figurine of a courting couple at a thrift store for $3. I thought they would be a fitting addition to my valentine mantel.



What are your favorite items to decorate with for Valentine's Day? 



Thank you so much for stopping by!


-Larissa

French Trumeau Mirror

 I want to share a birthday present of mine with you today. 



I have always wanted an antique French Trumeau style mirror.

 







I found one on Facebook marketplace recently. This mirror is unique, as it has painted floral accents all around its gilded  perimiter.



I love the top with its ornate design and antique painting. I have never seen a Trumeau style mirror quite like this one.



I decided to use my birthday money and buy it!   




It looks so nice above the mantel in the living room flanked by my antique church candelabras. The delicate lady sculpture I  found in Florida during our last trip over the summer. She brings such good memories when I see her.





I am very happy with my Truemeau  mirror even though the purchasing process gave  me tons of anxiety!




The seller was very odd and stopped talking to me for a few days! He actually didn't want to take my money until he knew my husband was okay with me purchasing this mirror! It was such a weird situation!




I'm glad that the purchasing process is over and that my Trumeau style mirror is safely home.  This mirror belonged to the seller's wife's Grandmother who received it in the 1930's.



How about you? Do you find dealing with people on Craigslist and Marketplace also very stressful? As of late I find that its extremely stressful as people are selling items that they promised to hold for me before I can get there! I even offer to pay ahead of time! 

Anyways I hope you enjoyed seeing the new mirror. I love it! 

Today I am celebrating my 36th Birthday and its been a lovely day! I wish you all a lovely day as well!

Thank you for visiting!


-Larissa

A Very Victorian Christmas

 

Welch House is celebrating its 121st Christmas this year with a very Victorian Christmas in red!




I decided to deck the front and back parlors this year in a festive red Christmas! The mantel is completely decorated with all thrifted items. I found a very high end Christmas garland at the thrift store this summer, and only paid $9 for it. The garland was already embellished with red Christmas bulbs. To give the garland more volume, I spray painted a magnolia garland gold and added it in.





The ribbon is a beautiful gold color with a deep red velvet damask pattern scattered all about. I found that at the thrift store as well! Only $5 for a large roll.





Pretty velvet poinsettias tucked in here and there.




My centerpiece is a sweet garden statue that I adorned with a gold crown. I love the soft candlelight glow of my antique church altar candelabras. They are so special to me. I found them on Facebook marketplace this fall and only paid $50 each, which is such an amazing price!





Giant bows are a must on the ends of my Christmas garland! I love how they cascade down the fireplace mantel.




The gorgeous red velvet stockings were also thrifted. I love the shape of the toes on these stockings, they remind me of elf shoes.




The stockings really give a Victorian vibe to my Christmas decor.




I love sitting in front of the fireplace and enjoying the lighted mantel. I usually prefer a simple garland, but this year I felt like going a little over the top. lol






The statue on our library table got adorned with a sweet bow this year.





A festive red runner showcases my gold framed family photos.





A photo of my husband and I on our wedding day. We just celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary this month.




The back parlor is very festive as well!




I truly love our red tree this year. As much as I adore my pink trees, the red tree is the most sentimental to me. These are the ornaments from my Husband's childhood, ornaments that I've collected since I was a teenager and of course the ornaments that we have collected since being married.





I will be having one red tree from this year on, its important to me to see our memories on the tree each year. I draped the tree with my thrifted ribbon and gold beads. Satin red ribbons were added, but still something was missing. I really wanted some lighted candles for this tree, and I found vintage set of 16 on Facebook marketplace for $6! They are really beautiful and flicker like a real candle, and for being 30 years old, they work amazingly! 




 

 I saw this vintage bear on wheels as soon as I walked into the thrift store, and I knew I was not leaving without him. He is absolutely darling with a cedar garland draped around his neck and a sweet old dolly on his back. I found the doll for a few dollars and dressed her up a bit with a red ribbon in her hair.





Look how adorable they are! Just the perfect touch for the front of our tree.





Of course our son's Polar Express train is set up under the tree as well...its a tradition around here.





A closer look at our ornaments. If you look close enough you might see an ornament with a paw print, our kitties made their own ornaments this year!





This darling snowman is actually a set of two, I found them at a garage sale, but they are Bethany Lowe designs!




On the piano is our reproduction "T'was the Night Before Christmas" book. I bought this while I was expecting my son.




I have a new print above the piano this season.





Found at the thrift store for around $5 is this amazing Victorian print of two girls with the most adorable snowman!




I love it so much! 





I added some cozy pillows to the tufted lounge.





And candlelight always adds some coziness.






I hope you enjoyed our Victorian style Christmas in red! Almost all of my decor was thrifted! I hope it inspired you to do a little thrifting and create beauty on a budget. Thank you to everyone who leaves me the sweetest comments and visits my blogs, it means the world to me! I love you all!







Also, I would like to share with you that I am a finalist in Cottages and Bungalows Magazine's Christmas tree contest! I was totally shocked to have been picked! I would love it if you would visit this link and vote for my tree, or the tree you love best! To be honest I'm extremely far behind in votes, but anything is possible right? The winner gets a spread in Cottages and Bungalow's magazine next year! This is the photo that I submitted.




I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! This week will be a busy one here at Welch house, lots of cleaning and baking! I'm also hosting Christmas this year! First time ever! I'm so excited!


-Larissa