I've been trying to think of a project or something to keep me busy - it always feels so good to organize something or paint a room - but I haven't yet come up with something I feel like doing. I did notice how sad my (fake) mantel looked the other day. Some people (ie. my friend Kristin) have such talent and taste that they can whip up stunning displays like this:
Not me. This is my mantel:
On the left we have two candles, two gourds I got from my mom, and - for some unknown reason - a pack of felt to put on the bottom of chair legs. The gourds are the extent of my fall decorating.
In the centre of the mantel is a lone white marble (you have to look closely at the above picture). It's been there for months for no reason other than no one has had the desire to move it.
On the right we have Napoleon III and Swimmy II. They have each lasted about two weeks now and appear to be doing well, so hopefully there will be no Napoleon IV or Swimmy III. The pet shop guy said it was healthy for them to see each other because they'll think they have competition and puff up their fins, which is apparently good for their fins. But sometimes they get too excited so Neve puts the Rapunzel book between them to let them calm down. And sometimes a mirror gets placed between them so one of them can see their reflection.
So the mantel could use an overhaul, but I don't know how to do that. The tree branch decal overpowers everything, but I'm not ready to take it down because I still kind of like it. So I don't think this project is going to go anywhere.
Speaking of projects, I stained my deck furniture this summer and always meant to post before and after pictures. Here's before:
And here's after:
It's a big improvement and felt so good to get done. My goal is to come up with a project I can feel good about, and is hopefully more fun than staining those chair backs. What projects you're working on? Maybe someone has a brilliant idea I can copy.