Hello, y’all from the very wet and grey low lands. The weather has done nothing to entice me to go out, so I have kept myself crazy busy inside all weekend. This Monday will be the start of me working full time at the office. That is five whole days out of the house and in an office behind a computer or in meetings. Wowie, I’ve almost never worked five-day work weeks. Most of my career I worked four days, and the last years I only had three office days. I really got used to having so much me time, and with the blog and a little side-business and the house and garden, I kept myself nice and busy.
This period of working full-time came rather unexpected. I will reap the benefits of it later, but right now it has me in a kind of panic. I wasn’t prepared for it at all and with Christmas approaching fast (yes I am going to do another 12 Days series this year too) I have been frantically trying to get some projects finished, so I can breath.
My love has been a very good sport, not only has he done the lion share of grocery shopping and cooking, he has also not objected to my stealth Christmas decorating. Here in the Netherlands we really don’t start Christmas decorating very early, most people won’t even think about it until St Niklaas has left the country on December 6. I used to decorate even later than that. But now, in my life as a blogger, I have to start earlier and earlier. Not only to get it done in time, but especially early enough to have some time to spare to photograph it. Cause that is a major hassle this time of the year.
I think next year I am going to do a Christmas in July thing. Decorate the whole house and take pictures when the light is nice and bright and even. This time of year I really struggle to take good pictures of my decor. There either is no sun outside and inside it is like a gray, dark cave. Or the sun is shining and since it is so low it is shining directly into the living room, making my windows look totally blown out and casting huge long shadows everywhere.
Aah, the troubles of a home blogger….. Can you relate?
Anyway. I came here to show you the last bit of Fall decorating I did. I couldn’t resist dressing up my newly painted farmhouse table. I made a vintage grain sack table runner. Easiest no-sew table runner ever, the only thing I needed to do was remove the stitches on the sides and wash and iron it. Ready.
Grain sacks are a very rare find in these parts. I saw quite a few of them when I was in southern France a couple of years ago, but those were crazy expensive. So it totally rocked my world when I came across a huge stash recently, for a very doable price. I got this blue one to keep, and I got a pair of red ones too. I will list them in the shop soon, when I have time and light to photograph them (you can see them on the chair in the left of the picture above) and if I can part with them.
I think the grain sack pairs wonderfully with my white table. I love my white table. I wished I had painted it white eons ago.
The bread board was another recent thrifting find, I had been on the look out for bread boards for some time now and then I found two in one week, go figure. I have hit a dry spell again though, pity because I definitely have room for more vintage bread boards in my life. Hoping to score a round one next.
So are you still in Fall mood? Got the pumpkins still out? Or have you started decorating for Christmas, for real?
And what do you think about my grain sack table runner, great find that one, isn’t it?