In our home this year, I’m keeping seasonal stuff simple. From foods to decorating, it’s quick and easy all, especially through November.
With this in mind, I scanned through my photo stash and in doing so, discovered the “sweet and simple” idea is not a new one around my house.
Of course a bit of sparkle here and there isn’t difficult to achieve.
A little color and shine can go a long way.
Or sometimes just a nice floral arrangement has a lot to say.
And if a big arrangement isn’t your thing . . .
try a basket, a couple plants or garden picks, a scarf and some sparkly items.
Before closing, I wanted to again share this simple and fun poem and kid’s project.
Thanksgiving preparations are at hand.
Menus being made, days being planned.
Arranging rooms for extra seating.
Cleaning, cooking, talking, eating.
The youngest crowd might be ignored.
They get restless, they get bored.
Keep all kids busy with fun projects they’ll like.
Have the older kids help the little tikes.
and OVER HERE
I really enjoy and appreciate your thoughts and comments on my posts, so let me know what you think. And remember, it’s okay to share as long as you give credit where credit is due … to me 🙂
Have a wonderful holiday and make lot’s of special memories 🙂
Later – Cheryl
Needless to say, it’s been a while. In the interim, I’ve had some major health and life adjustments. It took a bit to get right with it, and things are good now, but I can hardly believe it’s Fall, somehow.
So, today, pulling up favorite autumn pics just seemed to be a fun thing to do. Be warned that I LOVE the color orange, one always associated with this time of year.
(TIP) While it brings Autumn to mind, orange is a color that can be used in decor nearly year round, except possibly in December. Today, we’ll have fun with Fall.
It’s a known fact that I decorate the tops of my kitchen cabinets, and the set above has been displayed there, both in Summer and Fall.
(TIP) Sometimes a small change, a pillow or throw, and adding color with accessories like a vase, tin or even a book, can give the feel of the season. Below, a branch and a gourd were natural (and free/inexpensive) elements used.
Many of my (TIP) collected and thrifted pieces are in Autumn hues. So I’ll share some of those here, with you too. FireKing plates for sparkle, an Obert’ painted plate and a MCM C & S set for color. A spray painted, dried floral piece & a little block of walnut from my Hubs’ shop, were added for height and a bit of bling.
(TIP) Use what you have when you decorate. Below, a scarf is a table runner, an old Avon perfume bottle and a small glass ball add shine and interest. A bouquet of items from the yard is casually arranged in a little orange vase, and a pottery server and bowl add texture and ground the entire vignette.
This post alone, has shown you my love of Autumn colors, and shiny things LOL. (TIP) Another easy decor item is plants. They’re very affordable, add beauty and interest, and are down right good for you to have in your home, AND . . . they’re fun.
Everything in this easy little group was found on thrifting trips, except the plant & it’s vase – the vase was my mom’s. The Avon bottle, mail box wall hanging, a scarf and the candle holder were very inexpensive things I found ITW (in the wild LOL).
(TIP) When thrift shopping for decorating items, don’t shop for a specific thing, just buy things you like. Doing that means they will work together with other things you already have.
Many thanks for stopping by today, and I really like getting your comments so feel free to leave a note.
The next post will be a little sooner, but until then I hope all is well with you. It’s often very hard to be/stay positive, but I’m trying and hope you can, too 🙂
Later – Cheryl
Yesterday was gorgeous here and revived spirits and senses. Even though it’s still March in Minnesota and could snow like mad again any moment, one day of warm weather and walks outdoors does amazing things to a person. I decided to “Spring” things up around here and got to work.
The credenza shelves in the hallway entrance were changed from this look, which has been up since Christmas was stored away.
I thrifted some wonderful dishes recently, and the colors steered me towards light blues and whites.
The new arrangement has those dishes with some of my mid-century Japanese blue ware, and several of my glossed white figurines.
Newer Artzzle readers and followers may not know that I have lots of favorite things that have been collected over time. Plates, pottery and miscellaneous decor items, just to name a few. And I know a couple people who would say I bring home “anything I fall in love with”. Well … ? One of my other favorite things is thrifting which doesn’t help!
Plates and pyrex, creamer/sugar sets and salt/pepper sets are just a few items I love.
We live in a small home and like things to be straightened and uncluttered.
I should probably say that we need to keep it that way, because there’s not much free space available for stuff. Now although I’m not a hoarder, I do have me some stuff. So we’ve had to be inventive. I’m a stager/decorator and among my Husband’s many talents is woodworking. Between the two of us, we’ve redesigned all of our closets to better utilize our spaces, and Hubs has made several shelves for displays throughout the house. These wonderful features allow me to change out displays as often as the urge hits me!
I designed this shelf to fit beneath the cabinet bottom. The shelf itself, has two grooves cut lengthwise, to hold several plates. Also, the width is deep enough to hold cups, small bowls and decor items (see earlier picture). We then added cup hooks on the bottom of the shelf for a different display look. This takes up very little space (great for apartments as you can take it with you), and keeps my counters clear.
The front door, with its’ new coat & color of paint, got an Easter Look for Spring.
And scattered about . . .
are smaller glimpses . . .
of Easter and Spring.
I know many of you have small apartments or smaller homes such as ours. How do you use your spaces to display your treasures?
Just want to give a big HELLO & WELCOME to recent new followers. I love hearing from you so feel free to leave a comment. Know that you need to mark the box for follow-up comments.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend. We’ll talk again soon.
Later – Cheryl
If you don’t already know . . . I’ll tell you now, March is my least favorite month. I’d prefer to skip it entirely and go straight to . . . April.
This year, I’m trying to kick myself in the rear, and steer clear of the doom & gloom. March is associated with many things green, so let’s put some of them in a room.
People associate greens with landscapes, and that may be why they feel comfortable using those colors in their home.
A light wallpaper and darker accents are fun here.
A larger concentration is used below. Notice they’ve chosen a monochromatic scheme. This is where varied tints and shades of one color are used. This can be done gradually for the hesitant decorator. Choose one color you enjoy, and work it throughout your space, using light to medium tones, then darker as you become more confident.
The idea of any saturated decor colors is frightening for many of us, though. Greens are not the first choice on my walls either.
Our home has a very open floor plan. Entering the front door, you are immediately in the living room, from which you can also see through the dining room, into the family room, and down a hallway to the private areas. This room (below) and down the hallway, are done in a light, neutral; a custom color I have used for years in other homes as well.
Neutrals’ accomplishments are many. Here, it provides a clean look, a feeling of spaciousness and light, and is a wonderful backdrop for large art pieces. Finally, it visually leads your eye down the hallway, and out to the adjoining rooms. Your rooms should “play nice with each” 😀 , and continuing colors helps unite them, giving your spaces a comfortable flow.
Longtime readers and followers know that I’m NOT afraid of bolder colors and deep tones, but I have a definite plan with all colors as they play throughout my home.
If you are a neutral person, or just not ready for prime time, take baby steps and do a little experimenting, using accessories for your color and interests.
Greens are such fun to work with, and as noted, are the colors of nature which often puts people at ease. The easiest green in decor is PLANTS. Easy as 1-2-3 … colorful, affordable and moveable. (And easy to replace if you have a brown thumb 😦 ).
Set a plant most anywhere and add a few favorite pieces with it. Here, we’re using the MAGIC #3 Rule of Display; 3 different objects, 3 different textures, 3 different weights and heights. Three items are always a great way to start any display, then it’s easy to go from there!
The above plant (variegated hoya) provides it’s own three, with light and dark, and white sprinkled leaves. This plant can also produce cream colored leaves.
USE WHAT YOU HAVE. I’ve had this versatile baker’s rack in three homes. Here it helps me group big plants in one space, for light and easy watering. But small plants work too.
These two are African Violets. They need light but not bright sun. More importantly, they need to be kept damp … NOT dripping but, damp.
And below is a simple (but super) philodendron. It takes quite a bit of abuse. Throw a little water on it, once or twice a week, give it a little light and room to grow. Mine is supported with a little metal stand (thrift store find), but a simple wood stake or branch will work too.
Nature items i.e. wood pieces, stones and collected items, work especially well with greens – but just about any other color too. Pick up several color cards at your favorite paint supply store. Then shop your home for decor items, fabrics (even scarves from your closet). Put all together and just live with them for awhile. It’s a great way to start and then take it from there . . . when you’re ready.
I owed you all a long post, as it’s been quite a while since we connected. I always enjoy your thoughts, questions and comments . . . BUT BE SURE to mark the box below the post, to receive follow-up comments.
Later – Cheryl
Promptly on January 1st, the decor changes in our house. Ornaments are carefully removed, wrapped and safely stored away. The Christmas tree is dismantled and enters it’s box for another year of hibernation. All on New Year’s Day . . . but not this year.
We’ve kept the holiday hanging on a while longer this time. More family coming on Saturday, so I just couldn’t change things out yet.
Red and gold are primaries on the tree and . . .
a lot of red and white pop up too . . .
all over the house.
Our kitchen cabinet tops are one of my favorite decorating spots.
This season was no different, including the stacked shelves,
and a few side arrangements.
This creche of cute characters was a new addition this year, and these other funny little pieces too.
Well, with only two more days to get ready for my company, I had better sign off.
Before leaving, I want to share the beautiful gift I received from a special friend. Thanks Nadean, it’s perfect and I absolutely LOVE them.
Just want you to know that Artzzle is “Still Hangin’ Around” too, and I hope to connect with you more often this year.
Here’s wishing all of us a Wonderful New Year.
Later – Cheryl
For anyone, there are so many things to do and places to be, during the holidays. People have lots of contenders vying for their time.
Those of us with “blended families” have extra scheduling difficulties in this season, as people have to multiply the visits and celebrations. It can be stressful, especially to kids, even after they’ve become adults.
In the past two years, I’ve tried a different approach. We combine Thanksgiving and Christmas into one get-together, and we celebrate in mid-December or early January.
The thought was to aim for less stress directly on the holidays, when so many other duties call. It has worked quite well … except … this year.
So, for the first time – in a long time, even the single celebration has to be split, as schedules just can’t come together.
This year, grandchildren are older, and teenagers have jobs and sports activities and everything included. So even if we’re not trying to use the exact holiday for our gathering, there are still conflicts.
Solution: One family is coming here to our home, and we’re having a brunch instead of a turkey dinner w/fixings. I’m really looking forward to it, as the kids AND grandkids are doing all the cooking. Sounds like fun, don’t you think? Can’t wait!
The other kids who are local, have been remodeling their home and wanted us to visit their place for a get-together. We headed over there last weekend, and had a blast. My daughter-in-law is a marvelous cook and this time, she even made a big vegan dish for my husband. And it was fun to see the new looks in their house.
So, Readers … how will you be spending your time over the holidays? I love when you share in the comments.
And if you’re looking for last minute decorating ideas, you can do a search in the menu bar up-top. Just type Christmas and you’ll find all of the projects and ideas I’ve posted previously, lots of stuff there.
OR, visit Artzzle’s Facebook page. Lots more fun projects there and many are “kid” friendly too.
In closing, I’ll just say that
Whatever your Beliefs or Reasons for the Season,
be Happy, stay Safe and Best Wishes to all!
Later – Cheryl
I’m in the mood to send out a post. My logical side (is that left or right brain?) says “you can’t take time today, to write posts!!! Your ladies are on the road, headed up for their annual July visit”. The other side blurts “Yah, yah … I know … but”.
Logical: “NO but’s. You’ve got laundry to do, beds to make, dusting and dishes. And for pete’s sake scrub out that fridge and the bathtub! Geesh!”
Other side: “I can’t help it! The pictures and writing are just working for me today. I gotta do it!”
Logical: “Well, stop with the ‘buts’ and get your ‘butt’ going then!”
So loyal followers and readers, sharing some fantastic finds for you to drool over.
Oh, just a thought. The scarf pictured above, while NOT a “Vera”, was still a great buy, long-time back, @ $0.75.
TIP: Interesting scarves, of any shape or size, always make both great fashion AND decor statements.
Haven’t mentioned it on ARTZZLE, but I joined a really fun group on facebook. It’s called “Decorate with Pyrex”. A blogger buddy of mine invited me to join.
These people – a few fellas too – collect pyrex, fireking and many other glass and pottery items. They post displays and finds of all kinds. It is a blast, and if you’re interested, I’ll put links at the end of the post.
While I don’t have much Pyrex, I do collect glass (as you regulars know :o) and recently I discovered something I had NEVER SEEN. So of course, I shared it there, but want to show everyone else too.
Ok, for me, this has been a pretty fast post. But now, Ms. Logical is demanding I get all this housework done.
Yikes, I only have three hours!!! ARGH!
Always nice talking with you.
NEW BLOG FEATURE: Going forward, I’ll close with FYI links, mentioned in the post. Here are today’s.
#1. The Decorate with Pyrex sign up page
#2. My ARTZZLE facebook page. I post often here, sharing fun I’ve found from other blogger buddies on fb, including some fantastic AND easy projects.
#3. This is from my Pyrex Blogger buddy. Besides a number of other interests we share, I originally found her here because of the recipes, which work well for T2D’s like me.
I’d sure love to see ya’ at my fb page, but HERE too, so replies are always anticipated.
Later – Cheryl
For a host of reasons, I’m always glad to see
the third month of the year disappear.
Though someone in my life seems to be
on a mission to start a new tradition
to brighten my March with cheer.
It began last year with this little lovely.
And late afternoon today … another knock at my door … brought this beauty.
Though March will be my least favorite month … forever,
my daughter Bri is determined to make it better.
Thanks, Breezer. Luv Ya lots! … Love, Ma
Valentine’s Day isn’t the elaborate celebration it once was, around our place. It’s more of a “stay home and snuggle” than a “reservations and retail” type of holiday, after being married for 31 years . We kind of like it that way … especially in a freezing February! So, it was unexpected (and sort of cute) when, while shopping this week, Hubs wanted me to pick out something for a Valentine gift.
An obvious starting point was the display of mixed bouquets. There were three different prices and assortments presented. Now, don’t get me wrong, many of the choices were fresh enough, that one may have worked. But remember I’m a former florist, so I looked them all over closely. Still, those prices for something that would be gone in a few days gave me pause.
I wanted to keep looking.
We went back to the normal garden department and while the variety and choices were very limited, there was a good sized foliage plant I liked, for a bit more than the flowers. Similar price points. Live plant (non-blooming) vs. soon-to-be dead flowers. Hhmm.
I wanted to keep looking.
Jewelry? Too spendy. Towels … or how about a colorful little throw-rug. Nah. We went past a Valentine’s Day display with candy, cards and bunches of fresh (sort of) tulips. I’m diabetic, so any big time candy purchase, well prob’ly not a great idea, as it’s hard for me to stop on that, when I get going 😛 Just sayin’. The tulips were okay, but Hubs wanted to spend more. Well I was up for that, so . . .
We wanted to keep looking.
We were almost to check-out and I saw a young gal with a little mini rose plant. She pointed to yet another display area. Okay, enough already, people.
Here is what I chose for my Valentine’s gift. A live and blooming plant. A cute little pink and purple cyclamen.
It will bloom for quite a while yet, a week or even longer. And, the foliage will give continued interest until next bloom season (if I don’t kill it first).
Next, a bundle of orange tulips (one of my favorite colors and blooms).
Some low, broken stems were discovered when we got them home . . . so
they got a special “short” vase.
Finally … chocolate. Not just any old candy, but … crunchy M&M’s. These happen to be a triple play of pleasure for me!
First, one of my favorite things. Second, affordable and third, small so I can have just a few at a time without messing up my sugar #’s (with a little supervision from Hubs)!
These all make me smile, and at that $$ amount, I don’t have to feel guilty. It really is true … Little Things can Mean a Lot.
Thanks Dugger. Love you still!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. If you still need some decor ideas, search valentine(s) here on the blog, or check out my pinterest and facebook place.