I worked from 6:00 a.m. until precisely 2:03 p.m. -- 8 solid hours of packing boxes and hauling items down to the basement, rearranging the basement storage shelves and then hauling furniture items back upstairs. I thought it would take about 4 hours at the most---boy was I wrong! It's a good thing I scaled back this year.
Forgive me if I sound like I am whining. I am not. I enjoyed the decorations this year and it was worth every sore muscle I am sure to have tomorrow.
While I was taking down the tree in the sled, I had a light bulb moment--why not use the sled for a coffee table? Now that I have the green/garnet color scheme, the rusty old green sled might just work with the glass top from the current coffee table (that I moved into the family room for the holidays). I was excited by this idea, so before 7am, I had already made this coffee table:
I am really loving having a new color scheme to play with. After all the Christmas items were gone, I changed out the corner hutch items--put the green boxes inside and on top then removed a number of book jackets from some hardcovers to make a color-coordinated stacked book vignette.
It was fun doing the hutch. While rearranging the basement shelves, I found a box of eagle sculptures that my son briefly collected. I decided to use them in the living room. It's nice to have different accessories to look at.
Yesterday we switched out valances and put up a green one that I made a few years ago. I am not quite done with the living room redecorating. I could use a few more rusty metal items. But here is where I am at the moment:
It is such a pleasure to look at something other than pink floral -- don't get me wrong--I loved the pink floral, but I have looked at it for 18 years. I was overdue for a change!
I have another large cabinet at the opposite end of this room:
I brought up my cardinal table runner which works nicely with the new color scheme:
Yesterday I changed out the chalkboard in the family room. It used to say 'the night before Christmas and that just wouldn't do for a Jan. 7 dinner party, so I did a quick change to this:
I hope you are all having a great weekend.
Now I have to go shower and get ready to go to my BIL's for his birthday dinner tonight. It is nice not to have to cook. I sure hope I was not supposed to bring anything. Normally it's a potluck affair when we go there, but DH said this time it's not. I had too much to do today to call and check for sure. I will be pretty embarrassed if everyone but me brings a dish!
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