Lately I’ve been on a mission to cultivate a home full of beauty, grace, whimsy, peace, and comfort. My house is not without its challenges – teeny, tiny kitchen with very little storage, weird nook instead of a dining room, no yard of my own – but it’s where I am now and rather than wait until I buy something else, I’m making an effort to create the type of home I want here. Bloom where you’re planted and all that. I even declare an affirmation about my home every day:
As part of my mission, I’ve begun allowing myself to buy pretty things for the house. Usually they’re practical items that are also beautiful (I don’t have a lot of room for items that aren’t also useful), and I’m taking tremendous pleasure in adding bits of beauty around the house.
I went on a shopping trip with my two oldest nieces recently, and as we were in the checkout line at TJ Maxx, Elizabeth (Niece #2) found a set of lovely magnets with vintage images of birds, flowers, and butterflies. She hinted strongly that she’d like to have them at her house, but, alas, she was doomed to get clothes, and the magnets came home with me instead.
Aren’t they charming? They make me happy every time I pass by the ‘fridge.
Speaking of things that make me happy, here’s what else is on the upper part of my ‘fridge, in addition to the daily/weekly chore schedule:
Behold, my Official Bragging Rights for completing a “blind folded opstical course” last summer. That was an activity I set up on Sissy Night, and when the kids asked what they’d win for doing it, I said “bragging rights”. Elizabeth promptly set about creating these certificates for each person, and I proudly display my accomplishment.
Also, my favorite Foxtrot cartoon, anchored with a Will Turner magnet. It’s had pride of place since December 2003. Oh, LOTR, those were the days.
More pretty features coming soon!