Happy Easter weekend! I am so excited that I finally finished my sacred Easter tablescape design, “Consider The Lilies.” You might have seen a few sneak peek photos in my Decorating For Easter with Vintage and Thrifted Treasures post.
The tablescape was inspired by a beautiful, sacred vintage postcard which reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture:
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
I just love this antique postcard depicting Jesus holding a little lamb and lilies. I found it at a local antiques shop back in March for only fifty cents. What a treasure! I knew right away that I wanted to add it to my spring dough bowl centerpiece for Easter.
Next to the postcard is a mossy nest with some vintage nativity sheep, a reminder that Jesus is the good shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep.
I had already been thinking of adding lilies to my centerpiece for Easter after finding a vintage style “Le Lis” botanical canvas at Hobby Lobby. The canvas hangs on the butler door in the dining room just behind the dining table. Since various lilies bloom all summer in Kentucky, I will be keeping this canvas on display for a while.
While I love real lilies, the scent is too strong for our allergy-prone family. I was so excited to find these beautiful faux lilies at Dollar Tree! If you are a regular blog reader then you already know that I love shopping at Dollar Tree and challenging myself to come up with elegant displays and crafts using Dollar Tree finds (like my DIY Five Minute French Country Lavender Peat Pots.)
I arranged the lilies in with the faux tulips that I already had in the vintage crock. I also used some faux asparagus plant as a filler and to add some texture.
I am still loving a mostly neutral and green color scheme in the dining room that I have used since early March. I kept the main elements from the centerpiece I created for my Rustic Farmhouse St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape featuring my medium dough bowl, a couple of vintage crocks, faux white tulips, mossy eggs, moss spheres, faux herbs and bird’s eggs.
After St. Patrick’s Day I removed the antlers and shamrocks from the dough bowl and replaced them with green excelsior grass, more mossy eggs, and a few more faux spring plants in peat pots.
I also added a spring “cloche in a cloche” displayed on a pedestal to one end of the dough bowl.
Under the tiny cloche is the cutest little whitewashed clay pot filled with moss and a little bird egg on top of a ironstone butter pat.
I am still using my white and gold rimmed Dollar Tree dishes, but for a different look I switched the green striped farmhouse place mats that I have been using all spring with crocheted ones from Hobby Lobby. Each place setting is topped by a bundle of faux herbs.
I lucked into some burlap chargers at a recent yard sale, so I decided to use those too. I love the look of the burlap with the crocheted lace place mats. In the background you can spy the beautiful, vintage hand painted tray I scored at a thrift store yesterday. I didn’t notice until after I took the photo that the colors of the tray and the postcard are similar, which turned out to be a nice little design surprise.
I have been growing more and more fond of using pops of color in with my every day neutral decor palette so I was immediately attracted to the colorful flowers on the tray. I think it is just beautiful and so perfect for spring and summer.
My Family Dollar .60 green stemware is getting a lot of use this spring! I also used it in my Vintage Dishes and Daffodils Easter Table for Two. I was excited and honored that Victoria Magazine featured one of my photos from the post in their official Instagram Instastories.
On each end of the farm table I kept the same candle holders with moss spheres that I used for my St Patrick’s Day tablescape. For Easter I added some shabby white cast iron candle holders with white pillar candles.
On each end of the table a concrete garden bunny is sniffing out an antique ironstone bone dishes filled with mossy nests and eggs.
Just a couple of days ago I found two vintage green depression glass sorbet cups with beautiful gold filigree trim. They are so dainty! I hope to find a couple more on my future junkin’ adventures. I filled them with gold foil wrapped chocolate eggs. I took a couple of pictures with the glasses on the table, then I styled them on the antique mirror shelf on the wall behind the farm table.
The pretty faux lily of the valley also ties in with the sacred Easter lilies theme. Behind the ironstone pitcher is a recently thrifted vintage egg platter, just in time for Easter! We will be coloring eggs tomorrow and it will be fun to arrange them on the platter.
The table is set and the dinner and Easter activities are planned. Now, most importantly, it is time for some quiet, reflective observance on Good Friday and for preparing our hearts for the blessed celebration of the true meaning of Easter.
1When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’ ”
[The earliest manuscripts and some other ancient witnesses do not have verses 9–20.]
9When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Dear friends, I hope you have found this post to be inspirational, both visually and spiritually. I pray that you have a blessed weekend and a very Happy Easter!
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