I like to decorate mantels and table-settings, it's like playing.
Sometimes I'm really happy with the end result, and sometimes not so much.
But most of the time I'm very happy while adding a little thing of this here and maybe this nice color there.
This tablescape transported me to a time when I used to do lots of this: playing!
It's Spring break, no school, the days were long, we had all the time to play! Yes, we, me and my sisters! What better friends!
The games were endless, tag, hide and seek, cards, kitchen, but the game I liked to play the most was "A la Tienda" (having a store)! Well, the store I re-created most of the time was something like a grocery store because that's what we had in real life, a small neighborhood tienda.
Each of us created a make believe tienda and then visited each other to "buy" stuff.
There were not many toys to play with, we had to have a big imagination!
Our dusty backyard was the perfect place to find all sorts of things!
Very skinny wooden sticks worked great as pasta.
Light, grainy dirt was our everyday rice.
Outside, on the side of the house we could find all our green material.
The long pieces of grass were converted into beautiful leaks or green onions.
Flowers were picked up for those customers with good taste, the most common were those little white and yellow flowers that grew in between the grass. :)
Empty little boxes were chocolate bars.
Rocks were candies, but the bigger ones were potatoes!
We even ventured into our real tienda to look for items we could use from there!
Bottle caps were dishes or simply cups.
Any box or container that was not in use in the real tienda had to go to ours.
Picture clippings from newspaper inserts were my favorite wall decor.
Of course, we were allowed to have real fruits, which meant our little tiendas were well equipped with them. Bananas, oranges, guavas, mangos.... they were there.
Oh, it was so much fun to find special items, that "one of a kind" that my sisters couldn't find.
A big box, an unexpected colored bottle or a mundane container with a nice shape made the trick.
When everything was ready, my tienda was full of customers and I was happy to have them all, just as happy as I'm going to be celebrating an Easter brunch with my family.
Have a great Easter week everybody!
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