Today marks the beginning of the one month count down to the Victorian House Tour in our town, of which our house will be on... open to the public... for all the world to see... in it's many stages of renovation glory. On more than one occasion Adam and I have made the obligatory "What were we thinking, agreeing to this?", remarks to one another, as we attempt to clean 45 windows and try not to think about the hike we aren't on. You know, it's very clever how the committee invites home owners to be on the tour sooo far in advance that it all seems endearingly possible to turn your dog hair filled, wet towel strewn, 1/2 painted, various colored walls, house in to something out of Cottage Living in what suddenly feels like a very abrupt time frame. A breeze, right? (what have we been doing for the last 8 months anyway?)
In all fairness and kindness, the committee goes out of their way to make you feel that rest assured, whatever you pull together, people will appreciate, don't sweat it. But still, I know with all of you creative, crafty folks reading, you understand the potential for fun and design/style bliss in dressing up an old house for a special occassion, you all get that, I am sure.
So I turn to you... I apologize now for the month to come. You will be sick of me I am sure. But you see, I know your secrets, I know each of you has impeccable taste, ability to create, and an insatiable desire to do so. I will be seeking your help. Like today. On the table, that great wooden box. oh my, what belongs in there? I'm thinking of using it in some way as the table's centerpiece. I'm coming up empty at the moment, what kind of display you would put in there? Plenty of folks will be setting their tables with dinnerware. I was thinking of a family craft table. This is a Bungalow after all, more Bohemian than Victorian. So? Care to share your ideas? I'd be so grateful.
I'll bribe you with food. Tonight's dinner, BCT (bacon, cucumber, tomato) pasta salad with the garden's first chives of the year! Always special, the first herbs. We also had a big and beautiful green salad topped with kalamata olives. I love the simpler meals as Spring gets underway. Yum!