|Gift from The Cook on Fifth Street|
[mischievous smile] No, my dear readers, I don't have one foot in the grave, although my title today might lead some to wonder. I've been literally getting my house in order after the chaos of allowing the snow people to take over after Christmas.
They are not packed away just yet, but the lit evergreen garlands, pinecones, and that beautiful, nebulous goldie cheesecloth stuff has been taken to the basement.
The silver and teal balls remain... they still delight my eyes so!
|cameos of some of the players|
This year I took individual snapshots of the snow people, much like taking school pictures for the yearbook, because once they start leaving their posts on January 31st, they cannot linger lest they melt!
|snowman quilt, embroidery, and tree with frosty balls hanging by silver ribbons|
The snowman quilt came down today because although it's one of my handmade treasures, it doesn't quite hang as nicely as I'd like and by this time in January I have grown weary of its imperfections.
|copycat Currier and Ives dishes|
The plate rack with snow scenes will stay up until the end of February or May (which is when the snow really stops around here).
|winter candles in miniature mugs|
Other knick knacks of winter remain, too, until it's time to bring out February decorations.
|table runner with the Charming Barbara soup tureen|
In the last couple of years, I've added to my seasonal collections with handmade items. Last year it was the aforementioned snowman quilt. This year it was this table runner that combined the colors of the aqua, teal, and silver Christmas balls hanging from the chandelier with the chocolate-colored table cloth and the beige upholstery of the dining chairs and place mats.
|one of our newest residents refuses to leave the table after dinner!|
By the way, I've said many times that quilters should always make a label for the back of their projects. This past week in my church quilt group, Bonnie shared how she embroiders her name on the back of projects she will be keeping for herself, when perhaps a detailed label is not really necessary.
|hand embroidery following the stitching lines of free-motion quilting|
I thought that was a great idea and made that my hand project while watching the presidential inauguration and parade yesterday.
|updated breakfast room: then (on the left) and now (on the right)|
The snow people theme has not been the only focus of my attention this week. We also decided to switch out the furniture in the kitchen breakfast nook using our black table and chair set that matches the black kitchen cabinetry.
|I know you are admiring that white trash bag over one of my sewing machines --|
it's a dust cover!!
AND as if that wasn't enough, after much deliberation, we decided to move the guest room furniture back up to the main floor (from the basement) and to combine my sewing room with my study (no small feat, I must admit).
In the closet of my study-sewing room, our builder made this funny little niche that was good for nothing more than storage of long curtain rods. Beloved pulled out his tools and one morning this week while I was away from the house, he built these nifty shelves for me! I use them to store a number of things, most especially boxes of greeting cards for all occasions. I love it!
We have yet to move the bed up from the basement to the 'new' guest room, so I've got no pictures of that to share with you yet.
Other than that, 'my house is in order,' and it feels really good!