Welcome to the Vintage Easter Joys blog hop! If you are coming over from Debra’s beautiful blog, Common Ground, I am so glad you are here! I am happy to be hosting this hop and to be joining eleven other vintage loving blog friends to celebrate vintage Easter joys with you. Let’s get started!
Today I am sharing some bright and festive vintage Easter treasures and trinkets that I have displayed on an antique secretary. Although it is well known that I am no vintage decorating and collecting minimalist, this year I
might have just gone a little over the top and crammed the secretary full of any junk I could find that was colorful and vintage Easter related carefully curated a collection of bright and festive collectibles to create a shabby-chic cabinet display full of vintage Easter joys!
I got the idea to use the secretary out of necessity, since we are in the middle of installing a DIY shiplap accent wall in our dining room and the house is so disheveled there really wasn’t a good spot for taking pictures this week. We moved the secretary into the kitchen to get it out of the way, and since that is the brightest room in the house (and the rest of the house is a disaster), I just went ahead and decorated it right there in the center of the kitchen! I decided to have fun and style it up like one of my antique booth displays, utilizing every nook and cranny to highlight lots of treasures at once.
The top of shelf really is just a mix of things I gathered up that seemed springy. I made some DIY French country lavender peat pots this weekend and stuffed them with my decoupage Frenchy Easter eggs, and some other vintage inspired Easter treasures. I am really loving bright and vivid colors this spring, especially yellow! The cubbies under the top shelf seemed perfect for a little spring farmhouse theme with colorful eggs and porcelain and chocolate baby chicks nesting in the cubbies.
This beautiful old spring picture is a favorite yard sale find from several years ago. I always enjoy putting it on display for spring and Easter. Some bright daffodils and a dollar store hat-turned-Easter bonnet add more festive touches to the display.
The bright and festive theme this year was influenced by a package of reproduction vintage Easter postcards with the most beautiful, colorful images. I have displayed several in different places on the secretary.
This vintage baby lamb is a free junkin’ find from the owner of a local consignment shop. She gave it to me because she thought it just looked like something I would like. So true! The perks of being a frequent junker at her shop! I dressed the little lamb up for Easter with an antique lace scrap collar and vintage pastel brooch.
The yellow Dutch girl planter is my most recent junkin’ find, just in time for the hop! She is a perfect planter for displaying freshly picked spring daffodils from our yard. “Vrolijk Pasen!” Happy Easter!
Other “finds” include three orphaned vintage chalkware nativity sheep that had wandered off for a few years. I looked high and low for them this Christmas, and even resorted to putting a few on watch on Ebay because I thought they were long gone and wanted to replace them. Yesterday when we moved the secretary to the kitchen, we pried open the fold down desk door that had been stuck for a while, and there I found my wayward sheep…just in time for Easter! I love the sheep grouped with the beautiful antique picture (notice the lamb).
I also found the vintage 23rd Psalm mini-booklet inside the secretary. I used it along with another nativity lamb I had in my stash to create a sacred themed peat pot for Easter.
Because I have been on a yellow kick this spring, I really wanted to use some baby chicks in my displays. I found some sweet vintage-style ceramic chicks and Hobby Lobby that were too cute to pass up and a couple of Easter eggs with vintage chick graphics.
This baby chick is perched on a vintage floral tin with daffodils which was one of my very first finds as a young home owner nearly 25 years ago. I remember paying a quarter for it, just like so many other favorite junkin’ finds over the years.
Moving down to the desk part of the secretary we find more chicks, shabby chic dried roses, antique lace scraps, vintage inspired post cards and antique dishes stuffed full of even more vintage Easter joys.
Several years ago I discovered some foil covered chocolate chicks at Aldi grocery stores. Each year they have continued to carry them and I always buy a package just for decorating even though I can’t eat milk chocolate. They remind me of the kinds of adorable chocolate chicks the Easter bunny would leave in my baskets so many “vintage” Easters ago!
Last fall I bought this gorgeous antique tureen with the purpose of listing in on Ebay, but as my affinity for yellow grew I couldn’t part with it. I am so glad I kept it, as it makes a lovely “basket” filled with bright and festive vintage Easter joys.
The egg holder looks old but it was a recent Home Goods purchase. Last weekend we were shopping at Home Goods and my husband brought it over to me and said, “I just have a feeling you will want this and you can probably use it for your Easter blog stuff, and the green looks vintage…” If I ever questioned if he was on board with all this blogging, I think that answered it! Even though I had made a vow not to buy anything else new for Easter this year, how could I resist that offer? Thanks hon’!
With the exception of the bunnies and birds and Easter touches that I previously shared on my Early Spring Home Tours of the living room, dining room, and kitchen, I have almost all of my Easter decor crammed here on the secretary. It’s certainly has a junky, flea market flare to it and is not really “serious” styling. Working on this post gave me a chance to just play with all my vintage Easter treasures, so it’s been a lot of fun!
There are just a few other small vignettes I added to the living room and a little bit of Easter in the music room I would like to show you before moving on to the next stop on the hop.
I had intended to share this area by the staircase on my Early Spring Living Room Tour, but I ran out of time so thought I would include a couple of extra photos here today. I added just a few bits of vintage Easter to an antique dresser to create a simple, shabby chic vintage vignette. A wire photo holder holds a small collection of antique Easter postcards, and a vintage brass mini-candleabra is topped by some pretty pink bird eggs.
I styled a small gold mirror as a tray with some pretty junkin’ finds. One of my favorite vintage Easter graphics from Graphics Fairy is displayed in a chalk-painted, .25 yard sale picture frame.
A few more eggs on the base of an old brass candle holder, a vintage Easter postcard and some dried roses in a small brass vase make a create a sweet, brocante, Easter vignette. “Joyeuses Pâques!”
I always like to display seasonal music in the music room for the holidays. I just found a vintage school music song book a few weeks ago, so I looked through to find any Easter related songs. “A Song For Easter” is perfect for displaying on a chippy-shabby plate holder. The colors on the graphic also just perfectly tie in with my bright and festive Easter theme this year! A little bird has flown from the mantel and nested on top of two antique, salvaged columns in the corner, waiting to joyfully whistle along as the students sing and play during lessons.
Since this is an Easter blog hop, I feel compelled to point out the lyrics to this song “Christ is risen, Alleluia, Christ is risen Alleluia!” Sadly, songs like these are no longer printed in the public school music books that I have used in my curriculum during my music teaching career. Does anyone remember singing happy sacred songs in music class as a child? I do! Vintage memories!
Any chance I get to share a little music lesson in my blog posts, I just can’t resist! The song on the adjacent page, “Song Of Praise” is also appropriate for Easter. As you can read in the text above the song, the tune is attributed to Franz Joseph Haydn (Hi-den). Notice that we are fast approaching Haydn’s 286th birthday this week on March 31st. This was one of two composer’s birthdays I never missed on my music history exams in college, (J.S. Bach shares the same birthday) since March 31st is my birthday too!
To close my post today I am sharing a basket full of vintage Easter joys, and a very special picture from an Easter Sunday many years ago! Easter is always a nostalgic time for me, full of blessed memories of my parents and grandparents making the day special, and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus at Sunday school.
If the weather was warm enough, my grandfather would give me (and my new stuffed Easter bunny) wheel barrow rides around the back yard which was springing forth with daffodils, and tulips. Just working on this post made me realize why I love daffodils so much!
Dear friends, “May your heart feel all the gladness of Easter” this year!
Thank you so much for stopping by today, I truly hop you enjoyed all the bright and festive Easter joys I shared! Now it’s time to head on over to Michelle’s gorgeous blog, The Painted Hinge. Don’t forget that the hop continues on Wednesday as well, so be sure to come back and follow the rest of the schedule via the links below. The list will be updated as posts go live on Wednesday.
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