Hey there! How's it going everyone? I'm doing fine, and so happy you've dropped by today.
Thanks to all of you for the comments and e-mails regarding my daughter's big b-day, and the Rocky Road tart that seems to have made all your mouths water. I'm always happy to to be of service in the dessert-recipe-sharing area. And, thank you for the one year congrats. I am still surprised that I made it this far!!
After the post about my painted rug, I realized something needed to be done about this dirty old firebox. I had a heck of a time figuring out just what would work inside here to brighten it up a little, because it's, well, dirty and old.
But, I think, when viewed with all the rest of the room, and the mantel, what I came up with is not too bad.
Considering I whipped this up in five minutes with things I had on hand, just before guests starting arriving for the birthday bash, it's not too bad at all.
AND, I even cleaned out all the ashes beforehand, and swept up all the cobwebs and dustmites.
I mean, how good can an empty firebox look, anyway?
I'm not going to buy stuff to put in here, when the thing actually gets used during the fall and winter.
For actual FIRES.
So, I just gathered up some white candles, ceramic candle holders, and those old lanterns that I had laying around in the garage.
Then I arranged them, and poof, that old, dark, dirty firebox turned into an old, dark, dirty firebox with candles and candlesticks and lanterns in it.
It's okay. I have these mums to brighten up the place. In case my candles inside the firebox trick didn't work, and it's still dark and dirty looking to you, too.
What do you think? Better or not? I know I've asked you for ideas before, and you came up with some good ones. BUT: I don't want to paint the mantle, I like the contrast of the dark antique wood. And the fireplace looks goofy with a basket inside, I tried it. Also, there's a shortage of lovely, white, birchwood pieces (as seen in all the designer magazines) around here right now. The oak I do have available is split, or too chunky, or full of bugs.
So...what to do? Should I leave this, or just empty the whole thing and close the screen? (I know, I need to replace the screen but I can't do that right now, either. Remember, our girl is going away to finish college. And we are paying her way. Which means: No new anything. Ever again!)
I know I can count on you ot be honest with me. Leave me a comment, tell me what you think! But be nice, or I won't share any more dessert recipes with you!!
Also, there's just one more day to enter the giveaway, winner will be drawn on Saturday, July 31.
Until next time,
I'm linking to Show and Tell Friday at Cindy's Romantic Home and Finer Things Friday at Amy's Finer Things. and Friday Finding Beauty at Dipity Road. Go check out these sites, and Thanks to you all Ladies!!