I spent the weekend painting my bedroom, going from white to green. I prepared the room and painted the first coat on Saturday and then did a second coat on Sunday.
Here are a couple of BEFORE pictures:
As you can see this is after I moved all of the big furniture to the middle of the room. The white was boring and I wanted to add some color to make it a bit more interesting. I chose a green color that I would call Sage Green - it may look different on your monitor.
Here are a few AFTER photos:
I realize these two pictures look different but it's just how the light was hitting the room. I think the 2nd photo shows the color better.
I still need to hang a few things on the walls but it's nice to have it clean and painted. I found a few different wall hangings on Etsy that I think would look good in the room so I need to make a decision about what I want on the walls and get the room finished.
It was a lot of work but well worth it!
We had quite a winter storm over the weekend here in Minnesota with over a foot of snow. You would think that I would have seen enough snowflakes to last me a lifetime, but instead I made some of my own!
One of the best things about having a fireplace is having a mantle where I can hang our Christmas stockings. You are probably familiar with the different types of decorations you can get to hang your stockings on so that you don't have to pound nails into your mantle. There are all different types of figurines or letters that spell out a variety of words such as Joy, Peace and other messages appropriate for the Christmas season.
One problem with choosing a word rather than a figurine is that you may end up with more letters than stockings, and it looks kind of silly to have empty hangers. I chose the word P-E-A-C-E but I only have three stockings to hang. Rather than having empty hangers I decided to make snowflake garlands to hang and add some interest to the mantle.
Here's my mantle before:
And here's my mantle after, with the addition of two snowflake garlands:
Just adds a little something, don't you think?
Tomorrow I'll give you a step by step tutorial to make your own snowflake garland! Everyone needs some snowflakes during the holiday season!
Yesterday I was having a bit of an identity crisis because I was torn between two seasons!
On my kitchen table it was still fall:
But in my living room it was Christmas:
Sorry for the terrible pictures - I'm not sure why they are turned out so bad! Anyway, I managed to get the house decorated for Christmas last night so now I'm living in one season instead of two! YAY me!
This is our center piece, made by my mom, and I love it because it's simple and the colors are pretty. I like birch trees.
How cool is this? This was made by the late Gary Wurdell; he was my boss for 6 years and passed away about 10 years ago. He was a very talented craftsman and he made this for me for Christmas one year while I was working for him. He cut it out on a band saw, can you imagine? It is truly one of my favorite things.
Here's our fireplace mantle all decorated for the Holidays. I love the mantle decorations; the colors are so pretty and it looks so homey. Also, my stocking (I'm Nancy) is the BIGGEST.
Here's close up of a couple of the ornaments hanging from the garland on the mantle. These are precious to me because they belonged to my Grandpa - Papa Olaf. I was lucky enough to get his box of ornaments and I love hanging them here rather than on our tree because they are easier to see. I also have some in a basket in the kitchen.
Speaking of a tree, that's still left to do. We always have a real tree, no taking it out of the box for us! However, that means that we like to wait a bit longer with the hope that when Christmas is over there might still be a needle or two left on the tree rather than on the carpet. I do enjoy decorating the tree and love having it lit in the evenings, even though there is a chance the whole thing could go up in flames leaving us homeless. That would certainly take care of all the decorations I'm tired of, wouldn't it??