the big tidy up
Did I show you the glass jars I fancied up for Miss Pepper's birthday party? She loves butterflies, so I filled up these old standby jars of mine and off we went. I sent poor Buddy out in the snow to gather nice bare branches and I dusted them with glue and glitter. I planted the branches in a spot of sculpey putty on the base and sprinkled faux snow to cover. The little feather butterflies are from the craft store, hot glued into place. I was getting a little tired of my Christmas displays, so Pepper's birthday was a good excuse for a change in decor. These jars are so versatile. I'm planning already what to load them up with at Valentine's Day... conversation hearts, of course. Red-hots and cinnamon hearts. Chocolate kisses! Any other ideas?
Isn't it funny how, right in the thick of celebrating the holidays with your friends and family, you can't imagine that it would ever be over, you don't want the fun to end, but by the time January rolls around and the kids are back in school, you can't wait to put the decorations away and start over? It's odd... I love the look of a bare room without the tree and the garlands and all that paper on the floor. Plus just getting in that corner with a vacuum cleaner feels so good. Did I ramble about this before? Anyway, nothing beats a little mid-winter clean up and maybe some moving of furniture and clearing out some cabinets to make way for your new, shiny gifts!
Speaking of which, I have also begun the tedious task of preparing to move. I've cleared out a bunch of "junk" for donation and actually boxed up quite a bit of stuff. Piles have been made and inventory taken. I have to pick up some things for the new house. Today I was admiring the new curtains I got at the fanciest store in town. They are chocolate brown velvet brocade. They're so heavy, I can't believe it. Our carpet also has a brocade pattern in it. I'm trying to accomplish "Victorian refurbish with a modern twist". I have lots of plans to execute before I break my renovation budget so I have to make my allowance go a very long way. I got a very good deal on solid oak hardwood flooring at $3.39 per square foot.
Loopy has been busy too, making jewelry from this new book she got for Christmas. Clara is wearing it right now, but I wore it for most of Pepper's party! I'm sure there will be some more paper clips flying around here in the next little while. Fine jewelry never goes out of fashion...
posted Monday, January 08, 2007