Making the Home
as a woman once told me: try to make things both beautiful and useful... this is Beautility!!
Here are some ideas to "pretty-up"
the home... always ask yourself: what do I have on hand?" This will truly spark
creativity, save you money and force you to use things you already have.
So here are a couple of ideas for the pantry
etc. First, one thing I really like is to hot glue (or whatever glue) lace or a ruffle to
the front edge of shelves. Open shelves or ones behind the doors. You can use baskets or
small plastic bins to keep things neat and in order.
I may have told you that I use gallon jars
I have dozens of them. I make "toppers" for them out of
fabric. I just cut 8" circles and then I hem them with bias tape and then on the
underside I zig-zag very narrow elastic about 1" from the edge (pulling it toward you
as you stitch
then it will gather up when you are finished). Then I sometimes
loosely tie a ribbon around it on the jar
Since I have done this for over twenty
years, I have experimented with different "looks" on the jars. They Look like
Another thing I really like is the counter
that Wes made for me next to the dryer. Its a formica counter-top which sits on a
"frame" ---that is 2 x 4s that also has a plywood shelf. The shelf is high
enough that my laundry baskets fit underneath. So do several other things ( bins of flour,
sugar, beans, rice, a large Rubbermaid tote that holds all my "plastics" )
Anyway, I made a "skirt" for the front of this counter and it is very easy to
keep clean as I remove it from time to time to launder it and then I starch and iron it
and hang it back up.
Lighting makes things pretty!
Most of our light bulbs are pink---GE makes
them.....pink light bulbs make everything in the home look soooo warm and cozy. I
use them in most every lamp & light. They are a little bit spendy, but I try to
stock up when on sale. Our walls are peach & cream sponge painted---and so
they sort of glow. I like it so much and because it is often dreary here in the
northwest, the pink lights give a soft warm feeling in the room. This is especially
nice on the cold & low light days!
Next, I am thinking about bedrooms... one of
the favourite things we have in our bedroom is Christmas lights. I have actually had
different kinds of lights in different windows. (Icicle lights behind a long window
of white battenburg lace valance in living and dining rooms) We have really high ceilings
and we have lace curtains on the windows (bcz they look old fashioned)---behind the lace
curtain I put little white lights...I let the top drape down and then the lights hang down
both sides. They sometimes stay on all night. We have as few "outside
world" reminders in our room as possible. It's a pretty comfortable room.
I always keep it pretty neat and clean bcz it opens right into our dining room and so is
always in view. I try to keep things/stuff to a minimum in the bedroom-----Bed,
small night stand on one side w/ small lamp, treadle sewing machine on the other with a
small lamp... old sec'y desk and a rocker. My husband's dresser and a braided rug on
the floor. I found a dustruffle I like---it's white with lots of dark green leafy
vines on it and it has a matching comforter and duvet (it's way chilly in our home
sometimes!). I have a letter basket on the desk, a little lamp, small framed
pictures and candles on doilies.... and a real narrow bookshelf with some of our
favourite books. Okay---here's my romantic idea... I try to remember to perfume the
bed... it's sort of an invitation... ;-)
bathroom, I sure think it's pretty to have baskets of bath things on a shelf. Soaps,
lotions, oils, bubbles, salts and other good smelling things... A small stack of towels...
a wreath, flowers, sponges, and other things to make it all feel fresh and even romantic!
Don't forget to have candles on the counter and if you have a ledge or shelf around
the bathtub, then assorted pillar candles, votive and candle sticks are wonderful to have.
In the rest
of the home...
In our old farm house, we have glass front
china cabinets on each side of the dining room. I have lace glued to the shelf edges
its pretty flat bcz theres very little clearance for the cupboard doors
anyway, I starched old crocheted edge napkins and have them hanging point down over the
centered on each shelf. I try to make the arrangements look pretty. I do
this on the little pine shelves we have around, too
a handkerchief works well,
set under a tea cup, small picture, candle, flowers
. You get the idea.
Just use whatever you have in your hand
dont be afraid to use things other
than for their intended purpose.
I have tried to use Velcro behind the lace,
but have not been very pleased with the appearance... it's sort of
"bumpy." But I think that was many years ago and the Velcro was very
firm... maybe there are lighter Velcro products, now?
One time I was totally into ribbons and I
tied ribbon bows and glued them to each corner, tied them around all the gallon jar lids,
around the salt & pepper shakers... plants... every thing. Navy ribbons
everywhere. It's funny the different creative sparks that really get carried away!
The following is from Spurgeons sermon,
The Unkept Vineyard
"It is shocking to find men and
women speaking fluently about
religion, and yet their houses are a disgrace to
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