I'll add my set-aside framed pictures to the walls after Christmas when this becomes my writing corner.
--but it all turned out as I'd wanted.
The touches of green gingham on these tiny walls are across from the green gingham curtain I have dividing the kitchen and dining spaces and diagonal from the green hutch in the corner, and already this small apartment looks so much cozier and so much more tied-together as a result.
He snuggled up with it again last night when I unpacked it from its box. The green snowflake cookie ornament next to it was a gift from Mom, as was the Chickadee ornament below that she painted.
The pastel green patchwork pear was from Mom too and is actually a pincushion.
. . .Pale green ice skates from Mom,
glittery pink deer from Mom,
a sign from my friend Madai,
a dear and detailed ornament from Aunt Laurie of the Cratchit home from A Christmas Carol,
a pink snowflake cookie from Mom,
a salt dough ornament I made of Stuffed years ago,
another Chickadee mom gave me,
and a few ornaments I've found, like this snowy window from a thrift shop about ten years ago,
two $1 doves from Barnes and Noble I glued together and joined with a heart,
a simple gingerbread man from the $1 bin at Target,
and so many snowflakes and handmade salt dough hearts.
The only ornaments that seem to be missing this year are the pink candy cane salt dough ornaments I made years ago. I've found the yellow, blue, and green ones. An afternoon spent watching a Christmas movie while twisting salt dough into candy canes would be lovely, though, so. . .one of these days. Next is Christmas card-mailing, and the sewing of an in-joke ornament for my dad, and otherwise I'm all set until a few days before the holiday when I begin baking. I finished my Christmas shopping November 29th. I get a little more organized every year, and despite having worked so many hours of overtime the past three months, this really is the most on top of things I've ever been with all this. 'Am quite proud of that. 'A few weeks now, then, to slow down and just enjoy it all. . .to look up from a good book every few pages to admire the newly-patched walls, and to nap with Stuffed in front of the string lights. Bliss. ♥