Putting away Christmas decorations always makes me sad. Everything seems so bare and cold.
It makes me want to…DECORATE!
Fall is such a busy time around here. Actually, so are spring and summer. In spring, we’re rushing to prepare and then plant the vegetable garden and perform spring clean-up of the flower beds. We also celebrate Little Brother’s birthday. Summer brings lots of yard work and garden maintenance. Late summer and early fall mean Older Brother’s birthday, and harvest time! The Vitamix and veggie chopper seem to run nonstop as tomatoes, peppers, squash and the like pour in from the garden. We spend lots of time playing outside and going for walks during September and October. Then, we’re catapulted into the holiday season: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
Then it’s all over, WHEW, and we rest for a bit.
I don’t rest well. My husband claims I have two speeds: “on” and “off.” (He, on the other hand, is an avid rester).
So, I decorate! (And I organize, but I’ll save those posts for another time). I’m cookin’ up a few “decorate with junk” projects at this very moment, and can’t wait to share the final results. Except there are no final results yet, so I’ll show you some sneak peeks of a few projects in-progress.
I found this approximately 3×3 mirror with a solid wood frame at my local Salvation Army on Saturday. It cost $12.99, as you can see, and is the perfect size for a spot near the front door/hall closet where I don my coats and scarves. Currently, I have to run to another room to check out my coat-scarf combo, which is no bueno when I’m in a rush. Which is almost always. I was thinking of using a mirror we already own, which I love, but have been dragging my feet for a year or so because the spot really calls for something bigger than the one we have. So hooray for $13 mirrors at Salvation Army! I’m in the process of painting and distressing and then will need Mr. Native Texan’s help to hang this super-heavy gem. Did I mention we have plaster walls? Mr. Native Texan loves plaster. [UPDATE: See "After" pics here.]
This window frame came from my dad’s barn. For Father’s Day 2012, we all teamed up and gave my dad a gift of our time and manual labor, promising to help clean out his barn. (A task he’s been talking about for years). We finally did so in October, and unearthed many “treasures” that came to live in our very own outbuilding. (To Mr. Native Texan’s great delight). I myself chipped away at the window seal in order to free the glass. I also chipped away as much paint as possible. As for the intended purpose of this chippy frame, I’ll leave you in suspense for now…[UPDATE: See the "After" pics here]
So this would be the other side of the master bedroom, the side that faces the bed. (Click here to read about and see pictures of the other side of the room). From this particular angle, it doesn’t look so bad, but this corner has irritated me for some time now. I love the armoire. I love the lamp, too, which I rescued from our local Habitat Restore and refurbished (more on that another time). The chippy Adirondack chair is fun, too, and has a great story. And I still love the hamper, which was a wedding gift ten years ago from special friends. The problem is the big empty space above the hamper and lamp. From left to right, the furniture goes big to small, with a big gap at the upper right. Not good. It needs some vertical interest! This is the very spot I stare at from my spot in the bed every morning when I wake up and every night as I prepare for bed. I’ve pondered and pondered, considering various solutions. None seemed quite right. Until now. I’m super-excited about this long-awaited project, and am hoping it lives up to expectations!
These are just a few of the ideas swirling in my brain…stay tuned for the end results!
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