White Roses and Lilacs by Raoul de Longpre, French 1859-1911
In the previous post I shared home-made versions of high-quality and high-priced floral bouquets in interesting containers. The catalog versions of these artificial florals are made of sturdier materials by special designers and that probably accounts for higher prices. The recent Victoria magazine features a lady who makes delicate floral bouquets from clay, pictured, above.
Here is another catalog bouquet that is held in acrylic. The price in this catalog was much lower than those in the previous post - only $20.00
Recently in blog-land there was link party to share what you had done with one of the glass candle holders from the dollar store. I did not join the party because I was not sure I could make the deadline, but I want to show you what I did with my dollar store candle stick. The candle in the round ribbed glass jar is a linen scent, also from the dollar store. The jar has to be affixed to the candle stick with a special glass glue or a type of clay, which you get at fabric and craft stores. I placed a led tea light on top of the candle.
In keeping with my previous post I have made a topiary arrangement on top of the candle holder, by taping a piece of floral foam on a juice-can lid and then taping it to the candlestick. I put small flowers and leaves into the foam to create this bouquet.
I spent the entire day in the kitchen with cleaning and then baking and of course one thing leads to another in homemaking and then the kitchen towels needed laundering. The entire time I was thinking about how hard it might be for a new homemaker to adjust to working all day alone at home.
You may have done a lot of things in schools you attended, as a group,and if you were ever employed elsewhere, there often would other employees around. Homemaking can be a lonely job sometimes and you have to be self motivated and arrange your time to get things done. You might need to have some goals and some rewards as incentives.
One of the best rewards is seeing your house looking orderly at the end of the day. Another incentive to complete tasks is to have interesting things you like to do. I like to choose some small thing that is not really practical or necessary but artistic and relaxing, so the last couple of days I have enjoyed creating florals and centerpieces with things that I believe most people have already or can find very inexpensively.
The other reward, truly an incentive, is knowing the work will not pile up and you will not have twice as much to do the next day and not be twice as tired.
One of the best ways of organizing housework and completing it is to list daily items that must be done every day. And add one extra thing each day that is not something that needs done daily, such as cleaning the fridge, the laundry room, a closet, a drawer or decluttering the front porch. This way, the daily job of dishes, meals and general room-cleaning get done and you make further progress by having one additional thing on your list. I like to include one leisure item on my list, such as reading time or sewing. I have a notebook in which I keep a list of all the things I would like to do, so I am never at a loss for creative or leisure ideas.
I think in all this, there has to be an attitude of contentment and a thankful heart. I am always glad to have heat and lights and hot water. They seem like such luxuries. A sense of thankfulness can create contentment in your life at home.
I was looking at some of the fashions that are coming in the next season, and thinking that many homemakers would want something prettier, so I am working on a sketch of my new "line" of clothing. I expect if I sew it all, I will hang it on the line for a picture.
This is the view from the living room window today.