December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Shopping for Celadon

Hola Darlings!

I am waiting for the gloom to blow over before heading outdoors to start backyard clean-up.  Oh my, what a mess back there after a winter's accumulation of blown-down branches, twigs, leaves and what-not, including probably a hundred pounds worth of nut and peanut shells from my feeding the squirrels and critters.  Actually, I should be working out there right now because it is not raining and the sun is clouded over so it's warmish but not hot.  The weather people have promised hot for later today 78 F -- in SE Wisconsin this time of year.  I watched the complete forecast on tv last night (rarely am up that late, LOL!) and so far in March, we are 11+ degrees above our normal temperatures.  That is just absolutely mind-blowing.

I've been internet window shopping instead, looking for pale blue-green or green-blue celadon rugs and curtains.  I haven't found the right curtains but I did find some very nice rugs at Bed, Bath & Beyond:

This is a Safavieh rug light blue and ivory in the Lyndhurst collection.  It's not "celadon" but I didn't find any color like that for rugs at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  However, it is lovely, particularly the close-ups.  With a new paint job in this tired old family room and the old side panels and sheers stripped from the window, it would give it a totally different look without changing another thing.  Wow!  That is as mind-blowing to me as this crazy un-winter we've had.  Of the four area rugs I saved, this was also the least expensive, at under $110 for roughly 5 x 7.

This another Safavieh rug in light blue and cream from the Majesty line.  It is $188 for a little over 5 x 7 size.  The close-ups are beautiful.  The field has a particularly delicate and beautiful thin thread of gold shaped in a Goddess spiral shape that would be oh so perfect for my home.  It is always difficult to tell from a photograph, of course, but this light blue background looks more on-tone with my celadon horse from TJMaxx. 

This is also a Safavieh rug in sage and brown from the Majesty line.  It's not pale celadon green but I find that green color - at least in this image - quite beautiful.  The brown - meh.  But in close-up views the border looks black, which would tie-in perfectly with my present big black case goods and sofa table/desk tucked behind the sofa.  Quite a contrast, though, from the light blue and cream/ivory rugs above!  I would have to eyeball the rug in person and take the celadon horse with me to see how they go together.  That's assuming this rug would be in stock at one of the local Bed, Bath & Beyond stores.  Did I mention that I hate shopping???  The price point for this rug is the same as the rug above for the same size (a little over 5 x 7), $188. 

This was the most expensive rug I looked at, from the Shaw Century Collection, Lenox Vintage Blue.  For a 5' 5" x 7' 11" (so somewhat larger than the rugs above), $300.  The blue field in this rug is more grey-blue, at least in the photographs, and perhaps not quite as good a match color-wise for what I'm looking for.  But it has much to offer in terms of other colors that could be picked out. 

Did I mention that I hate shopping (again)???  I could look forever and not find the "perfect" area rug at a price I'm willing to pay.  I'm not willing to pay $300 when the $110 rug might "read" better in the room.  Rug #2 is a very close second in terms of look/feel.  Would I be willing to up the ante by $70???

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