One of the things I love about our house is the big window directly above the kitchen sink overlooking the backyard. I spent 5 years, and many loads of dishes, staring into a dark corner of a kitchen in desperate need of a renovation. So even 3 years after move-in this view continues to give me so much pleasure.
I didn’t think about the windowsill much until this past Christmas when my mother-in-law gave me two super cute mini poinsettias, perfect for a small ledge. Then coincidentally my aunt gave me a matching candle. And imagine my surprise when my yearly amaryllis opened up into a beautiful deep red colour.
We have a fireplace with a lovely mantle that displays a few “treasures” we’ve collected over the years. Mantles might be the typical place to create lovely seasonal vignettes, however, I’m taking it to the windowsill. It’s all a matter of time. I spend hours chopping veggies, washing dishes, making lunches, supervising crafts, etc. On a good night I might crash on the sofa for an hour and stare mindlessly at a screen or catch up with the hubs. It comes down to simple math, I’d rather create something beautiful where I spend the majority of my time.
Why not do both you ask? See previous paragraph about how I spend my hours 🙂
A couple of weeks ago my 5 year old made a melted crayon suncatcher at our local Art Gallery. I knew immediately where I wanted to hang it, thankfully he agreed.
I’m a little late to the resolution game but I’ve decided that in 2015 I will curate windowsills that delight and inspire me. It’ll be my “thing”. I probably won’t do complete revamps as I prefer a slowly evolving process where seasons and festivities can meet and meld, just like this Christmas and Valentine’s mashup I’m currently enjoying.
True confession: I’m not an overly crafty mama. I do tons of creative stuff with my kids, but thankfully at 5 and 1 they are just fine with my botched attempts that focus more on the process than the outcome, at least for now.
So, anyone have ideas for a St. Patrick’s day theme?