Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Neat and Sweet
Spring cleaning and project completion comes early around here. I am a teacher and our longest break of the year is the one between fall and spring semesters. No, most teachers don't get summers off. Sigh. I was reading blogs this morning and was heading back to my home office with a fresh cup of coffee, when this view caught my eye. A clean and organized bedroom. It felt so good, that I thought I would snap a few pictures to share. The light is not good. It is early and winter. This side of the house has a northern exposure making it a bit dim in the winter time. I don't really mind as this means the winter sun is shining through the baking kitchen windows this time of year and the room is simply alive with light. This is a very good thing. Please don't mind that I did not make the bed for pictures - it is more authentic this way. This picture also reveals that I have a grandbaby that often stays with me. The sitting room is perfect for a basket of toys and a crib. I managed to get through the bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom in three afternoons. I purged old sweaters, old shoes and scratchy socks from the closet and drawers. I cleaned out the boxes under the bed and the drawers in the dressers and nightstand. It feels good. My shoes are no longer throwing parties under the bed.
And, my sweaters are neatly folded.
The gloves peeking out from the basket are from a night some thirty years ago. I wore a red dress and flowers in my hair.
This is my nightstand - one of the many places in my home that gets messy easily. What you don't see are the cough drop wrappers and tissue that I pushed ever so slightly to the left for this picture. That is reality - a winter holiday cold hanging on and on. The lamp is another story for another time.
This clock was stitched by mother as a gift to my paternal grandparents. I have it now and the tick, tick, tick of this beautiful piece often helps me fall asleep at night.
This is not an antique, but has that feel. I purchased this sweet Victorian nightie for a special picture with my newborn nearly fourteen years ago. It hangs on the door between my bedroom and my sitting room. See the pretty crazy quilt pendant? Isn't is sweet? My mother made this twenty five years ago.
A pretty antique blouse and petticoat hang behind the door.
My jewelry is in its place.
The blankets are folder neatly on the hope chest.
This sweet dress was made for LibbyLu by my mother. I love it so much.
What now? Well, three rooms remain on the winter break list: laundry room, studio, and office. Which should I work on next?