With all the help I received when the MR’s folks were here, I kind of got used to the idea of someone lending a helping hand. Now, the girls do chores and help with the dishes and dinner, but my projects are usually my own.
This summer, Baby Girl has been working off the money she owes us from her big trip to Europe last winter, and you can only clean your room so many times. So she’s swept, she’s mopped, she’s picked berries and weeds, she’s rearranged the junk in the side yard (here), she’s painted rocks, and she’s climbed ladders for me. It’s so nice to have an assistant.
Now in case you’re wondering, yes I can climb a ladder, but no I don’t like to do it. After I climbed on the arm of the couch to fix the drapes and wound up falling in the houseplants, the MR told me to stop. That was a few years ago, and my balance really hasn’t improved since then.
Anyways, Baby Girl has helped without judging or asking why and for that I’m deeply grateful. My ideas can be a little out there, so I appreciate not having to explain everything. After spending some time out in the sewing room, I decided to get those completed book pendants off the cutting table. BG even put spackle on the holes I made in the ceiling on my last attempt to hang them.
The pendants look much better hanging up, and they’re no longer taking up valuable space in my work area.
As you can see, I have a lot of stuff out there, and it can get a bit jumbled–creative minds, you know.
But that was not the end of BG’s ladder climbing days. Over a year ago, I showed you the knick-knacks I’d added to the alcoves in the kitchen. They were filled with cacti when we moved in. Once I’d donated the plants to the FFA spring sale, I needed something to fill the void. Well, I was pleased with my collection of decorative bottles, vases, candles, and plates.
Spring of 2012, I’d finally filled each of the alcoves.
Then a friend in the decorator business visited. Afterwards, she mentioned that she liked each of the vignettes, but that they didn’t really go together. She recommended a more cohesive display. Oh, she pushed my buttons. Didn’t she realize those pieces are gigantic? It’s a major pain to find things that are interesting, affordable, and the right scale. I stomped my foot and pouted, but I knew she was right.
So for the last few months, I’ve been keeping my eye open for pieces that might work. Since I had a copper garbage can, I mean vase, and a gold wine decanter, I thought it might be fun to add some silver. I’ve also been trying to incorporate green into our decorating scheme, and when BG saw a vase she loved in greens and blues and another in silver, I brought them home. Yesterday, she went back up the ladder, and we did a little playing.
While I liked this new arrangement, BG liked the two beige vases better. By leaving the beige vases with the blue bottle, we could add some blue elsewhere. So maybe we have a glass, metal, and blue theme going on. I’m not sure it’s anymore cohesive, but here’ what we ended up with.
It’s really hard to tell from this vantage point, but the alcoves vary in height and depth. The the new silver vase is 14.5 inches tall, while the smaller beige vase is 21 inches tall, and the glass pedestal bowl is about 40 inches tall. Some of my finds seemed much smaller when we put them in place. Along with the size issue, each of the alcoves has a three inch drop, so the pieces are arranged on boards and bricks. To add to the fun, a light is positioned in the bottom of each space, so the area for arranging is limited by that as well.
While I’m happy with the additions and subtractions we’ve made, I am toying with the idea of switching the plate display to the middle alcove and filling the copper garbage can with silk hydrangeas and positioning it next to the tall glass bowl. That way we’d have a touch of blue in all but the center alcove. Then I could hunt for a blue glass platter… The possibilities are endless. Maybe I’ll come with something really exciting for the holiday season and switch everything around come January.
Now you may be wondering what we did with the pieces we removed. Don’t worry, we have plenty of places needing a little something. After we painted over the faux-finishing in the bathrooms, they’ve taken on a subdued/bare look. The MR suggested a tall vase for the powder room. I tried one of the tall beige vases, but we liked it better in the alcoves, so I decided to use the hurricane instead.
When you take a closer look, you can see the blue of the inner glass lantern. I used Gallery Glass to paint it and add a little color.
Now we have something besides the sink that’s blue in the powder room.
The painted vase made its way to the master WC.
I swirled paint in this large vase last spring and was disappointed that it turned out so dark, but I like how the navy paint picks up the navy of the tile. Maybe I’ll fill it with water until the paint soaks off and start all over again. I now own a dozen samples of beige, white, and gray paint to mix with the navy–it took us a while to decide on colors.
While the windows are frosted, these pieces obscure a bit of the view of the outside entry. A little privacy isn’t a bad thing.
I will miss Baby Girl’s help when she has all-day volleyball practices starting next week and then heads back to school the Tuesday after Labor Day.
Of course, I always have little furry helpers, but while they’re extremely excited, they tend to be a tripping hazard.
Do you have big or little helpers around the house? Done any rearranging lately? Should I buy some blue silk hydrangeas?