Wednesday, 9 December 2015

In The Frame

I am really organised. Christmas is a kind of speciality of organisation for me, I start early. I set myself targets, like all Santa presents bought by July. I meet these targets every year. It works better for me than putting the money away and then spending it all at once. Full of the joys of smugness, I set off last week to get a few things sorted that I wanted done before the Christmas hibernation kicks in. Off I went with my list and came home with everything done. Until I looked at the frames above the fireplace. There had been two new frames on my list, to replace the two manky ones that have been hanging since 2007, one of which lost its glass in about 2008 and the other which offers a frame to a photo that is too small for the inset. I hate them.
Reluctant, though, to break my schedule of starting Christmas hibernation last week, I decided to leave replacing these frames until the new year and came up with this idea: I wrapped them. So, now they look like Christmas decorations and their mankiness is masked until they meet their demise in January, a literal papering over the cracks. I love the look and my children think I'm softening in my attitude to Christmas decorating so we're all happy. And, if you have more energy than I do, you could wrap other things in your living room, manky or otherwise, just for the Christmas season.

For the purposes of this post, I thought I'd include other things like this I've done over the years, things that use what you have to fix a problem. Like in our hall. I had plenty of kind-of-matching frames but I needed them at different heights so I wrapped a few cardboard boxes to stand them on.
In the hall and again, below, in our spare room, I'd like to draw your attention to my easels. I received both of these as gifts years ago. Try as I might, however, I don't like painting on an easel, I like a flat surface. But, I love how these can be used for display, an alternative to hanging frames on the wall.

And finally, in the interest of fairness: Holly's painting of Rainbow Dash (yes, I'm sure you knew that's what it was!) is in the spare room and, because everything has to be even in our house, Sadie's flamingo is hanging in the living room.

So, there is always an easy way out even when your organisational skills have failed you. Whatever you may be wrapping or unwrapping this Christmas, I hope you have a good one. See you in 2016!

8 comments:

  1. Looks lovely and festive - if you've spare time you can decorate my house too :-)

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    1. Ha, ha, ha! Don't be fooled, there's no actual decorating going on!! Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, necessity/mankiness is the mother of invention!

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  3. Lovely idea and I love the use of the easel too, might be stealing that one! I am totally ignoring the fact that you do your Christmas shopping so early, I had my eyes covered for that one!

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    1. Thanks Naomi, I really like the easels for display!....Cover your eyes but be assured it's as much to do with paying for fuel at this time of year as it is to do with being organised!!! (AND what follows the organised buying is hardcore brainwashing of children so they ask Santa for some of what was bought!)

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