Ick. Get me out of here.
The sun was out today, and the ice is finally melting away — leaving pale browns and greens in its place.
This time a year ago, it had been warm for weeks and my daffodils and tulips were already blooming. Not so lucky this year! I’m pretty sure I’m going to miss all my new bulbs when I’m in China for two weeks this month. Sigh… mom will have to take pictures for me.
So, the farmhouse is surrounded by a slow creeping spring, and full of packing piles. And that’s about all there is to report. More projects coming when I get home!
Spring cleaning seems like something that requires entire weekends devoted to (gasp) cleaning. But, tackling small projects can make as much of a difference as big projects. If you have 5, 10 or 15 minutes to spare, try one of these:
Polish leather boots and shoes: 15 minutes (or 3 minutes per pair)
Supplies: polish (black and/or brown, depending on your shoes), buffing brick, polish brush, soft cloth, leather lotion
Clean windowsills and baseboards: 5 minutes per room
Supplies: sponge, soap, hot water
Clean those makeup brushes!: 10 minutes
Supplies: mild shampoo, warm water, clean towel
If you spend more than $1 on a makeup brush, and if it touches your face every day, then you owe it to yourself (and your pocket book) to wash them at least twice a year (I’ve heard that once a month is optimal). It’s easy: fill your sink or a big bowl with warm water and mild shampoo or soap, and soak your brushes. Clean and rinse them individually, and lay on a clean towel to dry (flipping after a few hours). I find that eyeshadow brushes take about 30 seconds apiece, while blush and powder brushes take a few minutes each because they collect so much build-up from daily use. Although I procrastinate on this project every year, I never regret it when I’m done.
Change out your wardrobe: 5-15 minutes
Part 1: scarves!
I keep seasonal scarves within easy reach on a rack between my closet and bedroom door. And I keep more in a basket next to the chaise lounge. And … ok … more in the trunk at the end of my bed 🙂 Can you tell this girl has a scarf addiction? But you can do the same, and it makes for an easy change every season:
before: fall/winter arrangement
after: spring/summer arrangement
The whiskey barrel planter reminds me of my childhood home in San Antonio… mom had them on the back porch, and I learned to walk while holding onto the sides. I saw them everywhere in Austin last week, and just couldn’t resist when I saw one for sale this weekend.
Now everything is getting doused by a nice thunderstorm (which also alerted me to some leaky windows on the porch…) so I’m hoping it all grows by leaps and bounds while I’m visiting this dear friend in NYC!
Enjoy spring, lovelies —
Which it finally started doing this week. I swear, this tulip was an inch shorter when I left for work on Thursday morning. By the time I got home that night, it was pushing last fall’s matted maple leaves up so it could get more sunlight. Stubborn little things, tulips are.
Because guess what? The longest, hardest winter of my life is over (I’m not exaggerating – we’ve had over 80″ here in Minneapolis). Don’t get me wrong – there are as many reasons to love winter as any other season. And I’m sad to pack away the skis and boots.
Except that now I have this: