|Independence Avenue. (Susanriosdeisgns.com)|
Not being able to decide which of two pictures to choose for 'First Impressions', I have opted for both and have made this post into two parts. Here is another gorgeous work by Susan Rios entitled 'Independence Avenue'. (I have had to make this larger so the image is a little blurry - which gives it a dreamy quality I think!) It is clear that anyone would be most enchanted by the first impression they have of this house. Maybe there is a little wooden gate with a latch that we lift, and then we can walk a short distance along old, but clean-swept flagstones to the small shady porch. The home-maker here may have pretended to be a visitor to her own house, checking that her gate is in good working condition and clean- painted, or, if unpainted, the wood varnished and maintained. It is a funny thing that gates and mailboxes and so on, become invisible to those who see them every day - but are very visible to others who pass that way.
I am reminded of that old adage 'A stitch in time, saves nine'. How good it can feel to lovingly polish and maintain these items, when you know what an impression they will make. Maybe then they wouldn't be invisible to the home-maker any more. Every time she looked at them, she would feel happy and contented that they didn't appear neglected. A daily sweep of the path doesn't have to be a chore, but can be a labour of love. A swish over with a besom broom each morning - and it's done.
The visitor to this delightful house could not fail to be cheered by the many pots of flowers and greenery climbing up the house and tumbling around in glorious abundance. Wherever we call home has a place for plants and flowers somewhere. Do not be discouraged if you have planted lots of flowers, but it doesn't look much like the garden here. I didn't realise that gardens take a few years to become fully established. It is a good idea to plant things that will have some colour all year round, climb up walls, fences or trellis, and hang a basket or two from the walls.
As I look at 'Independence Avenue' I wonder why it looks so friendly and inviting. Is it the well-maintained path and general cared-for look of the place? Is it the bombardment of flowers that greet the eyes? (and the fragrances the greet the nose) perhaps the tastefully arranged pots, or that hard edges and corners have been softened by natural greenery. My personal opinion is that the Home-maker has enjoyed, loved, considered and spent time creating this inviting, fragrant first impression for her family, visitors, people passing by, the weary soul and the weary spirit in need of refreshment. She has a heart for home-making.
The second part of 'First Impressions' will feature another Susan Rios work. I hope to post it in a day or two.
Happy home-making ladies. www.susanriosdesigns.com