A pale rose blossom from our garden with just a hint of blush, and in her other hand is a handmade ornament from Santa Fe... There are really some pretty blossoms in our garden, because it has really been raining here. We love desert rain! As I type, there is a pitter patter on the roof.
Did you enjoy the holidays? We did. I'm going to miss brined turkey, the lights, and hiding presents. Now, for me, just temporarily, the daily routine seems a little mundane after all the festivities. But my new puppy is snuggles and company, and it is also fun to watch the pets play together. She looks like she is smiling when she creates mischief.
Here we are trying to get work done in the backyard. Madeline and Francis. I had let them run free, because the backyard is completely enclosed as long as the gate is shut. (Francis always does. ) However, she puts everything in her mouth just like a baby, because she is. :) So after numerous removals of seed pods, scraps of wood, and flower bites, I dragged the puppy enclosure to the yard, so she could play, but not get hurt while working. Francis took it in stride.
She also had a puppy hair cut, because it was getting so tangled due to the fineness of the puppy hair.
I don't really put away all the decor until after the sixth; growing up, it was a tradition that my mother honored: the baptism of Jesus, the feast of the magi, or Christmas depending on, which Christian tradition people follow. But I have straightened up a bit, so we did some furniture rearranging.
My spouse removed the desk that was here. Then I moved this chest that was used as a side table to the back of the couch, and placed a container for mail on top after sanding the top. Over the years, this chest has received a lot of use, and some objects damaged the finish in a few spots. Did you know that some plastic toys take the finish off furniture? Doll stands for one... Sort of scary in more ways then one. However, I did not want to paint this piece, because I like the finish. So, I used an inexpensive rectangle block of sandpaper that I purchased from the shop that sells Annie Sloan, then I sanded with the grain.
Now some of the mishaps on the finish are a little more blended and distressed.
Did you know that this is the time of year to purchase linens and baskets? I found a great deal on a down comforter. My first one is from the 90s, and it wore so well. I bought it on the 7th floor ? of Macy's Union Square in S.F. That's a long time ago!
In closing, since late summer, we have been working on a big project! But on a minor scale, it involves the desk that we just moved. And it is exciting that we are nearing completion. So soon a weekly series is coming on a project that is almost complete :)
Thank you for visiting.