Because it makes me happy! I often see things in my house and other places that make me think. "Hmmm... What can THIS become?" I often find myself reimagining things. I'm a single Mom with a Daughter in college who I am determined to keep from having a huge debt load when she finishes college. I work 5 jobs currently so that we can pay bills and pay her college each semester. God has been good to us and as she has no debt from college thus far. God has graciously gifted us a car (2018) so she has transportation at school and can get around to do what she needs to do. She is currently in a dorm room alone and with the help of the Lord, we are hoping to move her into an apartment for her Junior and Senior years. Noelle thrives on her own and is good at managing her time and is fairly good with managing her finances. I'm thankful for that.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANYWAY, we've been on our own for 14 years now. We've never had a lot, but we've always had enough. I have been creative in doing a lot of things so Noelle wasn't lacking any of the necessities nor was she lacking fun and whimsy in her life. In fact, let's have a quick look at some of the creative things we've done over the years.
Noelle always loved bags. I made the first one from scraps of what I had laying around the house. It was such a hit, she kept it for a VERY long time. When long bags were super popular, I made the second bag. We were really struggling financially, so I made her first day of school outfit from a denim hoodie (Goodwill) that I cut the hood off of, a tank top ($7) and a skirt I made to match the bag. I used an old jean skirt to create the bottom part. We just do what we have to do, right? I ended up making several bags for Noelle's birthday party. We stuffed them with Dollar Store goodies and they were a hit!
Well, why not!?
Valentine's Day is also know those of us with no significant other as S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day). I have learned that I am not interested in anyone the Lord has not placed in my life. Period. Friend, boyfriend, family member... Nobody is off-limits. I have turned my attention to things that truly make me happy and things that make me smile. Enough of that. Hahaha!
I keep a tree up year-round and I decorate it for the holidays or the season depending on what strikes my fancy. This gives me an opportunity to be creative with crafting and inexpensive décor. I also decorate my mantle to match. Weeeeeeeeeelllllllllllllll, since Valentine's Day is on the horizon, I decided to deck out for that particular holiday. The warmth of the glow of lights really makes me feel wonderful and my living room feels so cozy. Here are a few photos of my home as decorated for VALDay!
I keep a dresser in the living room for much needed storage. It was storage in my room but it was way too large. I swapped it out for a chest of drawers I already owned. The dresser now stores linens, rugs and miscellaneous items. I used very simple decorations that largely came from our Christmas décor. The mantle is a beautiful mish-mash. My favorite thing is the painting on the left. My daughter, Noelle, did that for me several years ago. I also love the velvet wrapped heart on the right from my friend, Ronda. The mantle is GORGEOUS at night. The small trees have red heart lights from Dollar Tree. My big tree is a lot of leftover Christmas with Dollar Tree stuff mixed in. I purchased most of that last year and saved it in my plastic Valentine's Day tub. I use tubs to store most of my decorations because they keep everything pristine. No moisture, no air exposure and, best of all, no bugs, spiders or cobwebs! If you want to start decorating a tree, go for it! Do whatever sparks your creativity and makes you smile. You deserve it.
This child's desk came to our home about 10 years ago. Noelle had begun her noellejanae.com website and she was making videos left and right. She wanted her own office because my office was in the house at that time. We had plenty of space and I just couldn't deny her! LOL
The desk came with that large shelf in the back and a couple of other things. The whole lot was $15 I believe and everything is solid wood. The desk stayed with her for years until 2020 when I gave her my grown up desk and took her small desk until I could find what I want. I decided that this little desk could become so much more and I moved it over to my office!
check out the exterior...