We have never been big Easter decorators around here. When the children were young, the holiday often came during spring break when we were traveling. Out of the many years we have been married, there are very few times that we have actually been home for Easter. So, I never really bothered with decorating.
This year is different, though. Not only will we be home for Easter, but we’ll have a townhouse full of company. Our son will be here while his fiancee travels for business. Jordan and her husband will be here, as will her college roommate and her husband. Those four will be running a half marathon on Saturday.
Yikes!! I have been knee-deep into spring cleaning since we returned from Burma last week, and I realized I better pull something together that looks like Easter. I bought this adorable little lacquer tray in Burma after visiting a the factory and watching craftsmen painstakingly go through the steps of making them.
Then I pulled out these vintage milk glass chick candy dishes that were in my stash. And let me just tell you – they did not play nicely when it was time for their close-ups. I must have taken 30 shots of the two, and the white did something crazy. I assume I didn’t get a setting on my camera adjusted properly.
Here’s another look. I like the way the freshness of the white stands out on the green background.
The green in this variegated plant matches the tray perfectly. Then I threw in a pillar candle resting on a silver holder to get my odd number.
It’s simple, but you get the message.
Then in another part of the great room, I switched gears and went with pastels. I pulled out one of my vintage Easter postcards, and put it into the frame I received from my friend Randy for Christmas. You have already seen it here and here.
Since my silver is freshly polished (remember – I’m spring cleaning), I put the frame, along with some little antique pieces on a silver tray and put them on a table in front of a window that overlooks the courtyard.
I layered some faux lemons and another silver tray on a stack of books so that the little yellow peep in the postcard would pop. ( I love a good alliteration)!!
And there’s another simple tabletop. I’ll add some fresh flowers around the room, but I don’t want to buy them till Friday so they will be nice and fresh for the week-end. Be sure to notice the shine on those clean windows!!!
Before I leave, I wanted to share with you some photos I took at the lacquer factory. If you think their working conditions are challenging, you would be right. The quality of the photos isn’t great because the lighting wasn’t good in the room where they were working.
The average worker in Burma earns $2.00 per day. As tourism increases, that figure should increase. Afterall, they are now free, and after living under a dictatorship for several decades, they have hope.