I was hoping to have a personal decorating session with my artist-sister Rachel Anne when she came for Labor Day, but hey, we were too busy eating and catching up with the family, so I had to take matters into my own hands.
Some things were no-brainers, mostly because I really like them, like my prints over the sofa in the family room.
Other things I am keeping just because I love them. And besides, darn it, it took me 10 years to finish embroidering The Lord's Prayer!And my kids' framed artwork in the hall.
Photos are a huge issue. I left tons of framed photos in boxes. What started out as a good idea when we had one or two kids (a picture or two a year of each child) quickly got out of hand around the third or fourth kid. Do the math with that after about 15 years of parenting. Yeah, like I said.
So while I ponder that dilemma, I decided to continue with an idea I started a few years ago - the "Yearbook" wall. This is in our hall. I chose one snapshot that captures a memory for that year. Birth of a child, vacation, etc. Most years it is the family picture we sent out at Christmas. And yes, I'm four years behind on this project, too. Like I said, I'm good at starting things...I will finish this. I will finish this. I will finish this!
So then we move to the breakfast area and things start getting a little less confident. I like all the items I'm using here (mostly grandmother's hand-me-downs). Besides the fact that I am dying to paint this built-in (that is some kind of copper-colored chicken wire on the cabinet doors!), I feel like it's a little blah. Suggestions, please?
Same for this enormous built-in in the dining room. This thing is like 12 feet wide, and yes, that's amber plastic in the cabinet doors. I know you were wondering. Grandma's china is just kind of lost here.
I would post kitchen pictures, but it would take me too long to clear the counters. Let's just say I haven't done much. We had the cabinets painted white when we moved in, so it looks little better than a hospital at this point. Sigh.
The only definite "NO" is this:
Yes, Allie-15 informed me (after I'd put the last nail in the wall, of course) that putting up school/studio pictures is "too Grandma-ish!"
I suppose she's right. They are pictures only a mother (or grandmother) could love.
So I am in the process of collecting photos (I am a lover of snapshots) of all the kids, and I'm going to have them printed in black and white. I have one for everyone except Neal, poor baby. He is underrepresented in the photo department by about a million to one. Once I get them, I'll frame them and replace these "say cheese" pics. One is the photo of Ruthie I posted the other day. Here's one I'm using for Libby-10 that Allie took:Sheesh, for that matter, I should just have the kids take ALL the photos of each other. They're much better at it than I am, and maybe they'll actually get it done.