The holidays are over and the Christmas decorations have been packed away. (Well, mostly packed away. I can't get to the box that holds my Nativity scene because there's two feet of snow in front of the shed where the box is stored. So for now the Nativity is still on display in the cottage. C'est la vie.)
I'm always ready to get back to my everyday cottage decor after Christmas.
Happy to have a more streamlined, simple winter mantel.
The storage boxes I mentioned in last week's studio update arrived and I organized everything under my work table into neat, stacked containers.
I even have a small space above the stacks for odds and ends, such as a tin or a small box.
Now everything is in order and kept out of sight behind the skirt.
Thanks for all your encouraging comments on my studio reorganization and rearrangement. They spur me to action!
The colors in the new rug I'm twining remind me of a spring garden. I'm using a heavyweight cotton that tends to fray, but I rather like the rustic appearance. It reminds me of farmhouse rugs of the past. The strings you see are loose, and I'll brush those off.
This is the fabric I'm using.
One of the things I enjoy most about twining rugs is choosing a particular fabric and pondering how it will appear in its new form,then seeing it as it comes together and thinking, "Yes! That's exactly how I imagined it."
It seems to be the tradition of many bloggers to share thoughts going into the New Year. A word for the year, goals they've set, and so on. I've chosen a word for the new year in the past and shared it on my blog, and last year at the advent of the New Year I wrote a post entitled Finish Well. You can read it here. I re-read it yesterday and found it means as much to me now as it did when I wrote it. Maybe more.
So, I won't be sharing a word this year, although I have plenty of them rolling around in my head. Instead, I'll share a quote that I wrote in my journal during my blogging break last summer. A quote that sums up what I learned during that time and what has become most important in my life.
"If you find that you're simply too busy for a daily chat with your heavenly Father, it's an indicator that you probably need to take a long, hard look at your values and how you're spending your time." ~ Hugs Daily Inspirations for Women, August 27
No matter what my plans are for the New Year, having time for a daily chat with my heavenly Father will be at the top of my list.
May 2017 bring blessings from God meant only for you.