Happy Wednesday to you friends! Thank you so much for all your kind words you shared with me after my “I Got the Blues” post week. I really appreciate the encouragement and can honestly say my blue is slowly to starting to fade. We even found an inexpensive used car to purchase for my husband last week. God has been reminding me of all the blessings I have in my life, for which I am so grateful.
Have you been enjoying your summer vacations so far? Its been unseasonably cool for the last few weeks here in Wisconsin, and we haven’t even set up the kids’ pool or anything yet. I’m not really complaining though, since I’m not one for the extreme heat and humidity. I much rather prefer the mid-70’s with sunshine and a cool breeze.
Throughout the summer months, it’s always nice to change things up in our master bedroom space. We no longer need the heavy quilts and blankets from winter, and everything else can use a good dusting and cleaning. I decided to do just that in our master bedroom this month and boy did it need it!
I washed our windows from top to bottom, pulled down the curtains and gave them a laundering, dusted picture frames and vacuumed up cobwebs in the corners of the ceiling. It felt so good to give this space a freshening up.
I make a simple fabric freshening spray using tap water and some essential oils. I love using a few drops of lavender mixed with tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus for our bed sheets, or to spray on window coverings and shower curtains. This new glass spray bottle from Grove Collaborative is perfect for keeping in my linen closet ready to go.
I found a simple 3-piece comforter & pillow sham set for sale at WalMart that matched our new shower curtain in the white pintuck design. It’s lightweight and perfect for summer bedding.
I wanted something for the end of our bed to break up all the white and after exhausting my search for a vintage quilt that would not break the bank — those puppies can be soooo pricey — I was thrilled when my mom mentioned she thought she had a few old quilts in storage that I could take a look at.
This one was a perfect match for our bedroom and best of all, it used to belong to my great-grandparents. I love when a family heirloom finds a way of making a vintage design comeback!
It’s also been cat-tested and nap approved! Our calico kitty, Sweet Pea, really loves curling up here.
Last but not least, the new blue dresser I refinished in our room needed something for its top. I shared with you last week how I found 2 rustic wood frames on clearance, so I started brainstorming what could go inside. I felt like something in the love department might be appropriate for this space. But I wanted it to be meaningful.
So I went back to one of the scriptures that was read at our wedding, from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I have found that throughout my 12 years of marriage, there have been many times I have had to revisit these verses and remind myself that love is not merely something out of a fairy tale.
God is the ultimate picture of what perfect love represents, and even though I have fallen short of this numerous times, I still strive to achieve these standards in my marriage the best that I can.
I felt it was a good reminder for us to have on display in our bedroom.
I decided to split up the verses onto two 8.5 x 11 sheets, designing each one to spell out LOVE and the verses. They were easy to design on my computer, print off, then place in the frames.
Do you like to change things up in your own bedroom at summertime? Isn’t it nice to say farewell to those flannel sheets and hello to crisp cotton? We’ll sure try to enjoy it while it lasts here in the Midwest!