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, June 23, 2012

Mantle Wipe-Out Postscript

Well, I put something together for the mantle and it will do.  This is to replace the disastrous wipe-out that happened the other day. 

I had bought a couple of new round mirrors (in a prior post I'd mentioned some new purchases, but didn't go into specifics then), intending to use them for a new look in the living room later this year once I could work out how it would look on paper so I wouldn't be up and down my rickety old ladder and making a million holes in the wall.  I felt that the basketweave sculpture was just sort of hanging out there in space and needed something to tie it down more to where mortals live.  Anyway, I ended up going a somewhat different route from the "framed picture (or map) leaning on mantle" that replaced my first ever attempt at a Spring Mantle, and I ended up using one of the new mirrors. 

I like the new mirror's size and frame, but the color, which had been advertised as an "antique gold" is grotesquely ugly!  I absolutely adore the other somewhat larger mirror I also purchased but it will not fit in the current configuration and I'm saving it to use later -- when I can get down on paper these wispy ideas that keep floating around my brain.  So, here is the latest incarnation of my mantle, post wipe-out:


The now empty frame that used to hold my map of medieval England is propped back up on the mantle (behind the stops that did not fail me!).  I added the set of three flameless candles that I'd been using in my bedroom (purchased for Christmas 2011), pulled out some old copper and brass roses that were purchased years ago at the Renaissance Faire in Bristol, Wisconsin, and added the old and smallish Home Interiors brass candlabra that had been sitting on the coffee table, the candles now burned down to mere shadows of their former 10 inch height.  Voila!  The new mirror is inside the "frame."  I'm sure I've seen this or similar ideas in magazines and online, but it's a first for moi.  Not sure I like it.  I may remove the candlabra, but for now, I'm suffering from decoratoritis and need a break! 

There is supposed to be an invisible "line" that can roughly be drawn through most of the decorating elements on the fireplace wall.  Yep, sacred geometry.  Still working on that...

It's hard to see the awful sickly "gold" color of the frame on the new mirror from this photo (honestly, it's sort of like throw-up color), and I also did some alteration to the color by attacking said frame with a touch-up marker in a medium brown in a mad frenzy this morning.  I didn't stop until the largest "middle" section of the mirror frame was totally browned out.  Streaky but - well, let's just say I'm fast developing a new-found appreciation for the term "shabby chic."  Since it's up on the wall and people can't get too close to the frame to inspect it carefully, my attempt to disguise the awful color will "do" for now.  This mirror is a very good candidate for the "rope mirror" project I've been researching.  I just have to get me some rope...




So, you see I've got this sort of circle thing going on.  Well, circles and rectangles, LOL!  And there's actually quite a large square on the wall too, if you can just fill in the dashed lines I see inside my head.  You know, the squared circle -- an ancient symbol of the universe.  Think Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man...

So, if you didn't know before, now you absolutely know for sure I'm totally nutsoid.

Yeah, that's the other mirror I purchased on the floor to the right of the fireplace; also, you can see part of an old lampshade I'd pulled out last week that's still sitting in the front room -- I was thinking about trying my hand at making a bookpage lampshade by decoupage.  You can also see the rabbit ears for the t.v. (I do not have cable or satellite t.v., I use good enough for cheap old me over-the-air commercial t.v. and need rabbit ears to pull in the digital signal) and the cords from the t.v. and the little lamp are dangling over the left side of the mantle.  And the unfinished paint job on the living room walls (going on 21 years now...)

Even if I knew how to touch up my photographs to make them light, bright, crisp and clear and erase all these glaring bits of "ugly" I wouldn't, because that's just not me and it's not real.  It's not the way I live.  This is what my front room actually looks like.  I love looking at all the pretty perfect rooms in blogland designed to make us all think everything is perfect but perhaps we're just, well, you know, falling a wee bit short.  Talk about insidious!  But that's not real life, not unless you have staff that can clean up constantly and you actually do have invisible cords or invisible outlets everywhere!  So, here I am here as living proof of everyday reality.  Bwwwaaahhhhaaaaaaa (she evilly laughed)!

P.S. I'm posting this (if I can figure out how to do it) at Kristen's Creations "Share Your Creations" Party #42

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