Spring Has Sprung
By Jason Parker Counce
This winter has been brutal, week after week. Snow, ice, bad driving conditions … and that was just in GasLamp's parking lot! If only this wasn't February, and spring was here already. While anxiously awaiting some sort of relief, a hint of green or a blooming plant – even a garden chair – will brighten up even the darkest, overcast day.
With this yearning for spring in mind, "Spring Has Sprung" is the theme of the front collaboration booth this month. The displays feature wonderful items that have been stored away for winter, but now have a place out in view. At the center are old, green window screens floating around (just like those from the "Wizard of Oz"), seen in the photo at right. A metal and zinc table makes the perfect potting bench, with metal chairs and concrete statuaries. And yes, dirt – you have to have all the staples for a springtime garden. Oversized “Butterfly and Bugs” Pillows are just the right touch here and there. Baskets soon to be holding Easter eggs, or that prized geranium later this summer, are more fun than utilitarian. (Pale blue planter, $32; Booth B-309. Rare Victorian Jardinière, $865; Booth B-234. Butterfly pillow, $45; Booth B-309. Concrete figural bird bubbler, $65; Booth B-114).
Metal and wood tables set with flower pots and urns only need a nice group of people to sit down and enjoy the view (photo, left: table and chairs, $575; Booth B-309. Ceramic frogs, $69, and concrete parrot, $185; both Booth B-225). On the wall is a round mirror recycled from an old, outdoor table base, which anchors the groupings of tole tin floral painted trays and paintings.
Another sun-friendly spot is the vintage café table (photo, right: table, $375; Booth B-110). From the Homecrest Furniture Co. of Michigan, the chairs are re-upholstered with Waverly’s “Florabunda” fabric, with two extra throw pillows. A garden cherub holding a puppy cheers up the scene ($75, Booth B-110).
A few birdbaths make their way indoors to hold birdseed, ivy and violets; even a metal ferris wheel holds plants (photo, left: large birdbath, $220, and small birdbath, $159; both Booth B-114. Ferris wheel, $85; Booth B-225. Planter $310, Booth B-231).
A pair of concrete goddesses watch over a wicker, child's fainting couch (photo, right: statues, $270 each, Booth B-114. Couch, $305; Booth B-231).
In just about any setting, needlepoint pillows and footstools are always a springtime staple year-round for their floral appeal (photo, below left).
Once spring is here and the bulbs are peeking up out of the ground outside, we will be gardening and planting. For the days at hand, get out that lightweight jacket or sweater and enjoy the front booth view. All you have to do is dream of warmer days, for they are just around the corner.