Have you been introduced to the uplifting and romantic paintings of Susan Rios? I discovered them when I began to visit Lady Lydia's Home Living blog
I find these paintings inspire me in my own home-making plans. They help to form pictures and feelings which can be helpful in creating our own homes and beautiful living goals, for the shiny new year ahead.
Taking one picture at a time can be useful. Let's examine the image above as an example.
Can you picture yourself at a table near the window with a clean, fresh tablecloth? Maybe it means putting your little table nearer to the light and finding some lacy fabric to lay over the top.
Can you imagine how pleasant it would be to sit there and pen a thank-you note to someone, and to know of the pleasure that someone would feel when it landed on their doormat on a gloomy day? Maybe you could place a small box of notelets, pen and postage stamps ready for a quiet few minutes of writing.
How beautiful are the delicate roses, the inviting tea-pot and the comfy cushion. Imagine how sweet the fragrance of the flowers and the refreshing taste of tea served in a china cup. Roses can be very expensive, but maybe a single rose in a small vase, or some cheerful seasonal blooms like spring daffodil's, would brighten the room, and the hearts of your family and visitors. Teapots and china cups and saucers can be found in thrift shops (great fun finding these inexpensive treasures). Perhaps there is some fabric lying around that can update a cushion? It doesn't have to be sewn perfectly. I find it is not always best to worry about things showing the dirt, or being scared to use the nice china.
The lady is of attractive appearance, her hair, her clothes, and the pretty handkerchief or napkin shows the care she has taken over herself. Can you imagine how you would feel if you looked your best for the day at home? Instead of casual jeans or jogging pants and trainers, how would it feel to slip on a feminine dress, protected by an apron on top for morning cleaning? Some low heeled court shoes that are comfortable yet feminine. Cut out and hem some cotton fabric and sew lace around the edges - and you have a pretty handkerchief.
Notice the serene expression she has. Maybe she has planned her day well beforehand, and not tried to cram so much in, that she is a frazzled mess by lunchtime. Perhaps she hasn't been stressed and upset by watching depressing news programmes three times a day, or read the nasty gossip on Facebook. Maybe she has taken a gentle walk in the fresh air or prayed or read the Bible quietly to calm her and cheer her. What things can we do today towards our own serenity at home?
I hope to do another post like this featuring her painting. Please let me know what you think.
Happy Home-making ladies
PS Every time I visit here, I enjoy the little cat on the right, who purrs and swipes as I move my mouse around it. Do any of you enjoy it too?