When we were dating, we had no money. But still we splurged on gourmet expensive suppers and flowers, thanks to Mr. Visa. Now we’re married, older and wiser, and we’ve kicked Mr. Visa out of our lives, which generally means that the high-end eating in AND out came to a slow and painful death, but…on the positive side of things, I learned to cook!
We’ve been affected by the recession like most people, and running our own business makes it quite a ride. This year (like last year….and the last…) I don’t have extra slushy money to go buy my husband a cool new tool from Home Depot. Instead I decided that the best gift I could give us was a really clean and tidy bedroom, one that feels restful from the moment you enter.
This year, my offering for our bedroom was new pillowcases. I made these pillow cases myself last week with some vintage looking fabric. My husband says they remind him of his grandmother. I laughed and said that it was a good thing we happen to have loved her very, very much!
Don’t they look lovely next to the colored artwork my 5 year old thought Mom and Dad would love above their bed?
This was an old antique refrigerator given to us by my husband’s *other* grandmother, who I regret to this day not getting the opportunity to meet. I’d love to fill it full of quilts. Right now it’s full (full!) of old piano rolls for our player piano. Which thankfully is not in our bedroom!
On the floor I have a basket full of silk hydrangeas. I generally do not like *fake* flowers (or even dried dusty ones), but these I could not leave at the store! So I just fluff and dust them regularly and enjoy them.
We don’t keep a TV in our room. Actually, we don’t keep a TV anywhere in the house anymore, but even when we did, the TV was still banned from the bedroom. So was (and is) the treadmill. I don’t like the look of big electronics and machinery in our room. I want our room to be a sanctuary, not a storage room either. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is always clean and neat as a pin.