Tonight, I wanted to show you our sunroom, or what I can photograph of it. It is a long, somewhat narrow room and I can't find a way to get a good photo of it, so I will just show you the highlights. Pictured is my pencil tree. It reminds me of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree and there was something about it that spoke to me and I just had to bring it to our house to live. It is decorated with my favorite Christmas memory from childhood, bubble lights. They are not easy to find, so I keep a good supply of replacement bulbs in case any of them burn out, which they do from time to time. Did you ever have bubble lights on your tree? It is totally mesmerizing to sit and watch the different colored lights as they bubble away. It is one of my most favorite things to do at Christmas time. Most of the ornaments on the tree have been handmade by yours truly through the years and it just makes my heart happy to look at this tree.
We have a large entertainment center that holds our dinosaur of a television and all the other things that go with a television - DVR, Wii, DVD player, and a wireless printer for the computer - so much stuff, so many wires. Ugh. Anyway, it serves somewhat as the "mantel" in this room and it has always been decorated. Yes, I have a thing for birdcages. Don't ask why, I don't really know. They just intrigue me. The birdcage always sits on the entertainment center along with the big red candleholder our youngest son gave me for Christmas years ago. You see, I love red glass. Did you know it takes gold dust to make red glass? There's a bit of trivia for you. The red goblets are used as tea light holders (have had them for many years), along with red glass candlesticks and red mosaic candles holders. Throw in some large red and gold ornaments, glittered stars, greenery and lights and you have a beautifully decorated entertainment center. If you look really close, you can also see the red jeweled garland that is intertwined with the greenery.
Our sun room is our tv/family room. All of our movies and games are stored in bookcases, there are cabinets holding overflow of china and casserole dishes that won't fit in the kitchen cabinets, my telescope is housed in this room, and there is a play space for the grandsons.
Next to their little table is a chalkboard that Dan and I made for them to do art on. We used a piece of 1/4 inch masonite that we found precut at Lowe's. It is 4' high x 2' wide. Dan cut the trim from a piece of 1 1/4 inch trim. We painted the entire thing with black chalkboard paint that you can get at any hardware or paint store. We put an anchor chord on the top and anchored it to the wall with a cup hook. The little ones like to throw some elbows when drawing on the board and we didn't want it falling on them.
There are 6 windows across the back of the room and last year I put garland and lights over them. It was a major chore and I decided not to do it this year since we had to move all the furniture to hang the garland, so I used some of my Dollar Tree snow flake garland and I made some 10 " snowflakes from the Martha Stewart paper my daughter gave me. They look very pretty hanging above the windows.
Thanks for joining me on our tour of the little yellow cottage for Christmas, 2012. I so appreciate your reading my blog and hope that it inspires you in some way. Now, it's time for Grandma's workshop to get really busy! I will let you know what we are making - so many fun things for the grandsons!
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