I finally remembered batteries for my camera and decided to show off the main level for you guys. As I've said before I have no desire to show you some warped version of what my house (or life) really looks like, so I took this in the middle of the afternoon - Henry had been playing in the living room for a while and there were still dishes in the sink and way too much stuff on the kitchen table. (There's no talking, but you can hear Henry babble if you want to.)
Since the point of this blog is show ways of "Making Do" I thought I'd highlight a few things to help emphasize that you don't need to go out and spend tons of money to have a nice home.*
*Going out on a limb here hoping that at least one person thinks that my home is "nice" and doesn't look horrible and patched together
Mantle "Stuff" -
all free from the consignment store
The only decent thing I painted in my college Painting class that my mother framed years ago and then gifted us when we bought the house.
90 % Second Hand, 5% Home/Hand Made, 5% Gift
Homemade Baby Gift from Relative
Souvenir from Concert, Pants Hangers from Goodwill
Items in Top Middle Frame -
WWII Allied Currency from Italy, brought home by my Grandfather
Other Frames -
Souvenir Postcards from "Honeymoon" to Portland
Classics (many gifts from our childhood or from relatives), Photo Albums and Family Bibles
Wooden Roses (an anniversary gift) in vase from Goodwill
Cross Artwork -
Bought from an actual store ... on super clearance
Hammer and Nail Tins -
Been sitting on the counter for two weeks
Book Shelf -
Orange Lamp -
Hand Me Down
Hand Me Down - The Hospice Gift given to my husbands family when his Grandfather passed, given to us when we moved into the house.
Children's Chair -
Christmas Present from Family - Thrifted
Lazy Boy Chair (you can see the top of it) -
Hand Me Down
Flower Pictures -
Store bought, Buy One Get One for a Dollar Sale + 30% off coupon
Girl in a Green Hat Picture -
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Consignment Score purchased on a 50% off Store Wide Sale
Hand Me Down and in the bags some thrifted clothing waiting to be washed
Hand Me Down
Really, save for books and a few odds and ends, there is little in this room that wasn't owned by someone else before us - whether we purchased it or it was given to us.
And lets be honest, my home will never be shown on any fancy "design" blogs and absolutely nothing matches or even comes close, but I'm still house proud - We have a comfortable, cozy little place to call our own and we've done so without spiraling into debt or consuming extravagantly.
I share this little view into our world not to brag or make anyone feel bad (there's too much of that in the blogging world already, both intentional and unintentional), but rather to show you what can be achieved with a little patience and little of the old "Make Do" Spirit. I hope you've enjoyed it!
Girl in a Green Hat Story -
This is actually a picture of yours truly, when I was in 5th Grade. My Grandmothers children's Library was putting on a "Fashion Show" with vintage clothing and I got to be in it. I didn't get to wear what I wanted and was in a bit of a bad mood.
Unknown to us there was an artist in the room doing sketches.
About a year later my Grandmother attend a gallery showing of a local artist and there
glaring staring at her was her granddaughter. I don't know why see chose to make a picture of me, but there it was.
My grandparents arranged to purchase the picture - the original - for me and I "officially" took possession of it when we moved into this home.
It's a great little piece of family history, except that when I look at it all I can think of is a grouchy little 5th grader.