After

My Facebook feed, after last week’s post, proved my point. The first few comments were from those looking through a camera lens.Then everyone tried guessing what was different.

That’s when the magnifying glasses came out. None of the guesses were correct! (Not even my family members who live here guessed correctly!) One even decided she needed new glasses!

The problem was everyone was studying the “after” picture, not the “before” picture! I included a link to the “before” picture, but that didn’t help.

Here is my kitchen “before.”

New Kitchen "New Kitchen for Five Bucks" frugalfish.org

Do you see anything that could be improved? Here is my kitchen “after.”

My kitchen "The big Picture" frugalfish.org

Since I made you wait a week, I will tell you. I touched up the paint on the back of the stove. It was a glaring flaw to me but not to anyone else!

We see the flaws, our friends see the kitchen. If you are using your house as a reason not to entertain, forget it. Your friends will never see the flaws that you see. But if something bugs you, fix it!

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The Big Picture

How do you view your home?

  1. Through rose-colored glasses?
  2. Through a camera lens?
  3. Through a magnifying glass?
  4. Through a microscope?

When I took the photo of my kitchen cabinets after their cosmetic makeover, one thing was glaring at me. It was horrible, I was sure everyone would see it and comment.

No one noticed.

Not one.

Obviously, everyone was looking at the picture differently than I did. Those who use rose-colored glasses see everything as perfect. They overlook flaws and clutter. We do the same thing when we walk by the pile of papers on our desk and ignore it.

Those who look through a camera lens are seeing the big picture. The flaws are there, but they don’t mention them. That is how most people look at our homes. They see the pile of paper but overlook it.

We tend to look at our homes through a magnifying glass. We enlarge the flaws until those are the only things we are looking at. Through a magnifying glass, the pile of paper is spilling over the desk onto the floor. We make it a bigger deal than it is.

A microscope enlarges bacteria, and other things, that are not clear to the naked eye. One who looks at your home through a microscope will see the paper as a pile full of allergens. They look for dirt and expect to find pathogens lurking there.

To see your rooms the way most see it, take a picture of it. Study the photo. If there is anything that looks like it could use a little TLC, fix it!

That is what I did. It didn’t take any money, or elbow grease, and I only spent 5 minutes fixing it. I wonder if anyone will even notice the difference?

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Secret to Reading Boring Materials

I am currently reading “The Bond Fund of America Annual Report.” I intend to read the booklets on all the funds in which my husband has invested.

I finished reading the booklet from my health insurance company. I was unhappy with my company when it said online that my “rescue inhaler” was no longer covered.

Seriously?

After reading the booklet, I found I could get refills on my rescue inhaler if I ordered them through their mail order division. I admit it was not exciting reading, but it is information I need to know!

Every year, I intended to read my health insurance booklet, but it ended up in the pile on my desk of things I should do. I finally learned a secret to reading boring materials – a paragraph or page each time you use the bathroom.

I am not pushing multitasking. I am saying we spend more time on the throne than we realize. I put the booklets in with my regular magazines and catalogs. I read a page, leave a book marker in it, (usually a subscription postcard) and put it in the back of the magazine organizer I keep in the bathroom. That way, I alternate reading something fun, with something boring.

“Make it fun and it will get done.” flylady.net

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St. Patrick’s Day 2017

The glass block is now “wearing the green!” I filled it with pale green, glass stones and propped 2 cookie cutters inside. I used some quilting material as a background. This time, I wrapped the copper lights around the outside of the glass block. I love the way the light filters through the glass stones!

St. Patrick's Day Glass Block, "St. Patrick's Day 2017" frugalfish.org

Irish Snowman "St. Patrick's Day 2017" frugalfish.orgThough tired of the snow decorations, but I displayed my Irish Snowman. He is standing guard at the end of my hallway. (There is also snow on the welcome mat, but it has Cardinals on it and my husband is an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s fan. That Christmas mat will probably stay there until Easter!)

 

 

Irish Towels "St. Patrick's Day 2017" frugalfish.orgThe spring towels alternate with green towels. I couldn’t resist pinning on the mouse hiding behind a Shamrock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape "St. patrick's Day 2017" frugalfish.org

A touch of yellow is in most of my St. Patrick’s Day vignettes. There is yellow in the material in the runner on the kitchen table. I added a yellow ribbon to the black candlestick to bring out that color. The Irish sleeve garter fits snugly around my flameless candle.

 

Lighted Shamrock Wreath "St. Patrick's Day 2017" frugalfish.org

Of course, we need lights! I wrapped the cord around the lighted Shamrock to attach it to my new wreath. The green and white lights would only go around one window, but they light up the wreath.

 

On the front door is the wooden wreath I made last year. It changed every month after that! My tip for the week is to look through your fabrics and ribbons when you are decorating. You can use fabric as a runner or as a background.

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