On this, the last day of my time off from work, I got up at 8-ish and started cleaning house and decorating. Well, okay, you're right--first I had my coffee and messed around on the internet, read my emails and a couple blogs, and ordered some fabric I thought I really HAD TO HAVE. But after that, I really did get down to work.
When I decorate, I make a heck of a mess. For a good part of the day, every surface in the house is covered with stuff that's coming down and stuff that's going up. Christmas takes me several days; at least spring only takes one!
Here's a kind of "before" photo. Actually, the table was piled much higher than this at one time, but by the time it occurred to me to take a photo, this is what it looked like. Even my husband asked, "Why are you taking a picture of that mess?!" Ah, he forgets about the blog!
And here's an "after" photo. Better, isn't it?
I wanted to share this little idea with you. I found these little cans at the dollar store, in the wedding stuff, packaged three to a pack. I added some florist's foam and some small silk tulips, daffodils, and a couple other things.
Then I hung them from the pegs on this coat rack. I don't much like the wallpaper on that wall, but I haven't gotten around to getting rid of it yet. Still, I think it turned out kind of cute!
I did the same thing with a tea cup.
Oh, yes, the carrots. See a bunch stuck up on the clock in the upper left corner? They look cuter in person, I think, but you get the idea.
Then I put the last three carrots in a carved wooden basket/bowl. There's lots of stuff you can do with these! I swear the carrots are a lot better than last year's Easter craft experience when I tried out a couple of Martha Stewart's ideas. (You can read about that HERE.)
Around 5 p.m. or so, I was about ready to drop, but my sweet husband got me an iced latte from Starbucks and I found a little more energy to keep going. AND he was kind enough to go out and pick up sandwiches, because at that point, I couldn't even FIND the stove. Now it's 10 p.m. and my house is decorated and reasonably clean. Ah, just in time to get ready for bed so I can get up at the crack of dawn (7 a.m.-ish) and go to work tomorrow. The party's over. But at least it's only a four day work week, and then the party can begin again!