I think I am ready in the living room, so let's start there:
Welcome. This area is so hard to photograph because to get a good picture I am either completely reflected in the mirror or my flash is. In any case, I'm sure you can tell that that is my beloved typewriter-a gift from daughter #1 and family for dog-sitting their black lab while they were in Europe. Don't tell her, but we love that dog so much, we really don't need any compensation. But....look what I got. The first time I used this prop was in my Edgar Allan Poe vignette for Halloween. I reluctantly put it away and then was browsing Pinterest one day (or a blog and I liked the idea so much I pinned it-not sure which came first) where I saw someone else use the same typewriter in a Valentine vignette-how brilliant! I simply typed up a note and a Valentine poem and was good to go.
As you see, I was true to my word about leaving my bargain tinsel Christmas rings and candles and holders right where they were. With the addition of the tussy mussy I made several years ago that also has the same tinsel and the XOXO banner, I think it is all pulled together and no longer "reads" as Christmas-and, a few less things to put away for awhile!
So, there you have it. All pretty much finished except the sofa table that is a definite "work in progress". I am O.K. with the bird cage - although I am considering moving it to one of two other places - but, I think I want the long, wooden box here once again filled with candles, lights and vintage Valentines. But, I have no idea where I put the white lights that I used here last year. Maybe they burned out. Wish I had remembered so I could have picked some up at all of the after Christmas sales. Don't know if I can find them now. I did see where Target has some small heart shaped lights in pink so I am heading there tomorrow. Really have no idea where this will end up. As I said-a work in progress.
I am also getting together my list of craft supplies so that I can get started on gifts. Since my gifts for adults are almost always home decor for the holiday, I like to get them done and off in time for the "lucky recipients" to actually use them this holiday. Nothing worse than receiving a gift that has to get put straight into storage and won't be used for 12 more months! I am anxious to get started. Stay tuned!