So it is time for the decorations to go back under the house. This time I won't pack the spare taper candles into the bottom of the crate, as last year's collection had melted in to one big ugly unusable tablet of wax. I'm also intending to cull the broken or damaged ornaments that (hopefully) don't have sentimental value. And I am finally going to op shop the large hard fake gold molded ball thingos I bought over ten years ago that I can't stand anymore. Maybe someone will love them for their tree next year...
And I'll look at all my newly wiped and dusted surfaces (hopefully, depending on energy and enthusiasm levels) and start some new arrangements. It's time to break out old collections of bits and pieces that haven't seen the light of day for a while, add some favourite books and a plant or two to make a display that will give my heart a lift every time I walk past and see it.
I'm using these two books for ideas, as they show wonderful ways to display a great range of objects. I don't read them and feel inadequate or like nothing in my house measures up. Instead I suddenly see things with new eyes, like the rustic pot I had outside with a dying lavender bush that I could put inside for a while and top with cuttings from the hydrangea bush (pic below). Plates placed vertically can be admired on a sideboard or table, much better than if they stay buried in a cupboard.
|Too small for bubble blowing so (wrapped) chocolate coins were a temporary distraction|
|and goodbye to Christmas paraphernalia 2011..|