Save like Nana did. Pretty things up.
This post is about Nanas ability to pretty things up. Nana and Great Grandma might not have always had much but they made everything they had just lovely. There is a lot to be said for a woman touch. A little bit of care and attention can go a really long way. Many things cost nothing at all but lift morale, express love and care and bless others. Some I remember and try and do are:
Making the table look lovely. A fresh tablecloth. Some flowers. A pretty place setting...
A lovely cup and saucer for your cup of tea. I get them from thrift stores. Dad even stuck to bone china. Tea just tastes better in bone china!
Tea in a tea pot. Much of the time I have throw tea bags into the tea pot. But the tea post just makes it seem more special. 😊
Flowers, a nice tray, a jug of water and a glass on your bedside table... do this for a house guest too. Flowers on my bedside table, especially if I have any roses... I can smell them when I wake up and it is just gorgeous!
Jars saved and used to store dry goods, for jams etc.
Sprinkles. Nan put sprinkles on her cakes and cheered them up for us. Icing was tinted palest pink. It melted my heart even as a little girl. This pink icing was used like glue to stick small biscuits (cookies) together.
Clean up your handbag and shoes. They look beautiful again!
The front door area clean and fresh. The mat is clean and it looks welcoming. A wreath on the door.
Jars of preserves lined up on pantry shelves on on the kitchen dresser. Pretty tops on the jars. Pretty labels.
Remember... lace or paper cut along the edges of the pantry shelves. Sometimes newspaper was cut into patterns or scallops. The pantry displaying all kinds of homemade goodies.
Fresh shelf lining.
Perfumed lining in the bedroom and linen press.
Lovely soaps in the linen cupboard to make everything smell beautiful.
Tins. Everything was stored in jars or tins. These had been saved from something else and put into use.
Carrying a basket for shopping.
Sharing garden flowers with a friend.
A handmade gift.
An embellishment on many hand made items.
We can really use a lot of these things and Granny things up a bit. A cupcake or a note in the lunch box, a meal for someone who needs it. A kind note in the mail. Actual snail mail can be such a surprise and a little ministry to the lonely. The sight of pretty stationery is one of the things I just LOVE! What could be better.... oh I know... softly scented stationary!
It often doesn't take much to pretty things up a bit and it is worth it. xxx