Happy Easter to you! (At least for the next five minutes. Then it's Happy After Easter Until Next Year.)
I've been having a bit of trouble with my camera settings lately, getting the right lighting and focus, but my nine year old daughter managed to snap the stunning hibiscus photo above. What you don't see is that the rest of the bush isn't in all that great a shape. But back to that concept in a few minutes.
So here we are with another post for my Simply Spring series. This week's edition is for Easter.
Sort of. We'll get back to that, too. It's more about real every day life.
I've been redecorating our living room a little at a time for the past few weeks. I was plotting it even before that. It started with a very old print that I inherited from my mother: "Hailing the Ferry" by Daniel Ridgway Knight. It has been in her family for generations. My father brought it to me last year, as it was the one big thing of hers that I wanted after she passed away. I copied this image of it off of Amazon because I couldn't get a decent photo of it behind the glass in the frame. Even this one doesn't have quite the same tones of blue in the sky.
Anyway, I got to wishing that my whole living room could be decorated in the brown, tan and blue tones from the painting, instead of the burgundy and yellow scheme we'd had for over 10 years. I took this photo about four years ago. The couches didn't have as many stains then. And they didn't sag so much and they didn't have rips. Ick. Really time for a change.
I hatched a two phase redecorating plan on my iPod in the Evernote app. Phase 1 included minor repairs and deep cleaning of what we already had. Truth be told, I skipped most of phase 1 and went straight to phase 2 - replacement!
I'm not one to want to blow a lot of money. As a mom of 10, I prefer the thrifty approach, which takes more patience because you have to wait for the right deals.
First up, I bought the area rug at Old Time Pottery for $35. Then I found a brown couch (with recliners at both ends) at the Christian Sharing Center thrift store on sale for $100. I bought those last month. And then I waited for another brown couch. I mean actively waited because I made the rounds of thrift stores as often as I could. I found the second couch this week at Salvation Army, marked down to $140, also with recliners at both ends. Though not a perfect color match to the other, it was good enough for me! It was delivered yesterday morning.
At that point, with company coming for Easter today, I decided to kick it into high gear. In spite of lot of other errands I had to run for my kids yesterday, I managed to buy six sets of blue taffeta curtains (enough for the two big windows), four throw pillows, the blue egg wreath, the lace table cover, and the small blue sign on the wall. Phew! It was quite a pain getting the first set of curtains up since I had to move a bracket. I got so crabby that in the best interest of my children's sanity I left the house for an hour. I zipped across town to the Joann craft store where I had seen the wreath earlier in the day. (I should have bought it the first time I saw it, but two of my kids were rushing me.) It had just been marked down by 70%, so I got it for only $6. Sweet deal! The whole room redo cost me less than $500, and more than half of that was for the two couches.
I finished everything up around midnight. "Everything" does not include carpet or paint. Maybe later. Much later.
Here's the big picture so far, then the little pictures.
|Sign from my bookshelf|