I have been keeping busy while digesting this event. I tend to do this when something happens that is difficult to handle. When my husband passed I couldn't sit and mourn. I had to work and mourn. It's just my way, even if it is a bit south of the norm.
The mantle is complete with a garland and matching candles. I also went to the dollar store today and bought $8.00 of supplies to try my hand at a fall flower arrangement. I bought a small metal bucket, 3 sprays of flowers, and three sprays of fillers. For the bottom of the bucket I bought a floral 'frog' and some moss. From the smell of the moss when I opened the package it's not the real thing.
The arrangement doesn't look too bad, but I will ask my daughter to rearrange it to look professional. Thankfully all four of our children got the creative gene from their dad.
|The arrangement I made from Dollar store items. The lighting is not too great because it's night time, but I hope you can see well enough.|
|This picture doesn't look as nice as it does in person. It looks rather sparse here. Keep in mind the room is small and the fireplace takes up a bit of space.|
After the Dollar store we hit up a few garage sales. The weather was nice and we just seemed to run into them. My daughter found 2 items from Pier One - a side table for $7.00 and a picture frame for $1.00. A be speckled picture frame, at that. I found a pair of wrought iron scones that I once saw in the Party Lite catalogue that I paid $3.00 for, tea lights included. I thought they may look nice near the fire place. If not, I loose only a few dollars. Since they are in perfect condition, I could sell them on our local virtual garage sale site. (Most of my décor is from garage sales, gifts, or from thrift shops.)
|I'm not sure how I'm going to stage these near the fireplace. It will come to me soon enough.|
I also cleaned out the pantry. I'm finally satisfied with the results. My problem was I had too much food in it. Food I could never eat before the expiration dates. Food I don't even eat. I figured out I have a problem with stocking food. It's my personal hoarding choice. I will stop buying food because it's on sale. I need to eat out of the pantry and freezer for a while. The overflow is going to the food pantry.
|The finished pantry project.|
Now I have to figure out when to spend money on a sale. If I can get a can of soup for .23 cents, do I get it no matter how much I have in the pantry? I'm not sure. When food goes that low, it's a sure sign that the price is ready to drastically increase.
|All of this is being donated. If I kept it, it would waste. That's a no no in anyone's book.|
If anyone has an idea of how I can look at future purchases, I'm open to comments.