For me the thought of her not missing school for a week or more every couple of months is exciting! For her I am sure she is excited to not have so many sore throats and laryngitis every few months.
So while we are recuperating I took the opportunity to decorate for 'after Christmas'. Sometimes after the holiday's your house can look so empty and plain. Personally, I love it. As I am getting older I find I just want things simpler, easier and less cluttered.
It has been too cold here to plant my little tree's that I bought for my holiday table so I found places for them around the house in my after holiday decorating.
When you first come in the front door I have a small table where I put a little tree, a lamp, a small bowl filled with pinecones and a candle. This is where I want to put a larger entry table, I am still looking!
Straight ahead is the dinning/living room and the massive, massive dark mantel.
I always struggle with decorating the mantel, sometime things just end up looking like soldiers standing there, uncreative and boring. I like this one so far....
Turning around you see the dinning table and buffet. This buffet has a broken leg and is about 100 years old. I want to get new, shorter legs for it, paint it and re-purpose it in my family room as a TV stand. First I need to get some other kind of storage for all the crap I have in it! For the dinning table I cleaned the Epsom salt dollar store glasses I made for Christmas and filled them with pinecones and put them on the table with a wrought iron candelabra. For the buffet, I used my old book craft from the holiday and put my little lamp on it. I also put another little pine tree here.
Finally in my kitchen I cleaned the door fronts (still no handles or knobs) made a sort of coffee/tea station. My hubby hung a new shelf and I decorated it with a rosemary plant and some other things I had on hand.
Above you can see that large Plexiglas countertop saver. We cut on it and really abuse it and it looks brand new. I got it online at Home Improvement.com. They carry 2 sizes, the one above it the large size. I have junky, laminate, 1970's, white countertops that stain and mar easily. I find if I just leave cutting boards out they get used. Since this one is clear and has a lip that covers the front face of the countertop as well it was very attractive to me.
I hope you enjoyed the little house tour. I'm off to care for my baby, poor girl. Till Wednesday!