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It’s Just My Imagination

It’s amazing how sometimes the smallest changes can spark my imagination.  Michael Luke surprised me Christmas morning with new towels for our bathroom.

Ever since we went to visit my sister last year and felt how much softer her towels were than ours, we had been wanting new ones.  Not only were they softer, but larger than normal towels… beach towel size.

Our previous towels were a cream color, which looked pretty good in the bathroom.

I love this new aqua color though.  I think it gives the bathroom a lighter, more open feel.  Who knows?  It could just be the fact that my eyes enjoy a change in color.

Anyway, ever since I hung them up, I have been inspired to make other changes to the bathroom.  Changes to make the room more efficient, organized, and cleaner.  Does anybody turn to their Ikea Catalogue for organization ideas?  I have found a few good ideas there, as well as a few other places… including my imagination.

I’ll work on collecting all my thoughts, ideas, and pictures together and share them with you in another post.  This doesn’t mean that we are about to embark on a complete renovation of the bathroom.  These will just be a few things I would like to change over time.

Have your ever made a simple change to a room that sparked a flood of ideas to transform the rest of the room?

FYI:  Sorry these pictures are so yellow.  My camera is still MIA from our trip this past weekend.  I promise better ones next time.

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Christmas 2011: Table Decor

We are trying to get in the Christmas spirit here at our house.  Yesterday, Michael Luke brought down all the Christmas decorations from the attic.  Normally, I completely transform the entire downstairs into a winter wonderland, but since we have a newborn to take care of, I think I am going to have to scale it down… it’s hard to decorate and do chores between feedings.

So far, I have only had time to set the table for Christmas.

I used garland for the centerpiece of the table.  The garland is really thin and has seen better days but works well bunched together on the table.  Since I hung the sparkly red Christmas ornament from the chandelier, I knew the centerpiece for the table needed to be linear.  I used small silver and gold glass ornaments but felt like it still needed a pop of color, so I added some of our red Christmas ornaments.

I love that our green chargers from our everyday dishes work perfectly with our Christmas dishes as well.  The shape of the charger reminds me of poinsettia leaves.

The napkins in the glasses give a little height to the table.  These are actually paper napkins.  I have some beautiful red cloth ones, but there were only four.  So I used white instead.  I think they work just fine.

Besides the pack-n-play in the background, the dining area looks ready for Christmas.

Here is a shot looking from the living room into the dining area.

You may have noticed our lack of chairs.  To save space and make the room look larger, we use two benches for the main seating.  We have two chairs that can be used at the ends of the table if needed.  It always amazes me that we can actually seat up to eight people.

With our table set and decorated, I am ready to decorate the rest of the house.  What about your house… Is it decorated yet?  Are you going all out or scaled back this year?The Lettered Cottage

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Over and Under

Wow!  Our life has been crazy busy lately… and our little one isn’t even here yet.  These past couple of weeks we have found ourselves over committed and under productive.  Basically, we have ended up with some sort of class (pregnancy), Bible study, or church about four out of five nights a week.   It starts  to wear a person down quickly.  Our chores haven’t had any sympathy for us either (we can’t convince the cat and dog to do them while we are at work).

Hopefully, this chaos will change soon… for a little while.  We only have five weeks left until our due date!  So Michael Luke and I better make the most of our time.

I did manage to find a little time to work on the inside drawers of the changing table.  Not that it is a pressing matter to take care of before the little one arrives, but it is on my list of things to do.

(You can read more on the changing table here.)

Here is what the inside of the drawers looked like before I started working on them.

Looks like I captured part of my green sock too.

And here is what it is looking like with a little Mod Podge and tissue paper.

I really love the pop of color and texture it adds.  I’ll explain the process of how I did it in another post.  Let’s just say it might have taken a little longer than I originally anticipated (twice as long).

Anyway, thankfully we are less than 24 hours away from the weekend and maybe some rest.  Is anybody else in need of some extra rest?  Or a robot named Rosie to do all your chores?

Oh, and that in the top left hand corner may or may not be my bag packed and ready to go to the hospital.

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