late night puttering, a little decorating and slices of Christmas tree trunks

gerund or present participle: puttering

  1. 1.
    occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular.


That’s what I’ve been up to after dark these days.

I had forgotten how much I love to just arrange things and move them around and try them here and shift them there and sit and see how it makes me feel while I listen to a song on The Voice. Or get sucked in to the Blacklist … are you watching that show?

living room decorating

Our old license plates (please don’t tell the state of California, Indiana or Maryland) in a metal bin I found on the street, set atop a galvanized box from our shed, beside the beloved Hardy Boys books from Joel’s childhood.

All under our $12 auction church pew with a few more thrifted books, beach found sea urchins and neat candle holders that were a long ago Christmas gift from a college roommate.

**Full disclosure – I took all of these pictures late at night and they were so incredibly bad I retook them all during the day for the sake of protecting your eyes and preventing your headache.**

entry decorating

Four old oars right inside our front door.  Two found in the garage of our house in Maryland and two found in a construction dumpster in our neighborhood here.  Silly neighbors!

Seaglass under a cloche under a bench next to an old Lea and Perrins crate with more tumbled glass in a clear bowl on top.

That little display needs some help but I’m just not sure what. I’m thinking that red bench might look good in light gray or white or cream … maybe.  :)

dining room decorating

The pallet crate next to a few pillows and under our hutch matches our new rug like it was planned that way. The hutch is a $40 auction find that Joel never let’s me forget I didn’t really want. But I have loved since the minute we brought her home.

living room decorating

I’ve shifted and shuffled and rearranged these stacks of books more times than is normal for any one person.

Three simple pine cones with bells in our one pallet slat trough on the bench just inside the front door give our guests a Welcome.

entry decorating

I found myself over-decorating my driftwood Christmas tree from Curacao with all of our traditional ornaments one night and posted this picture on Instagram (@thespacebetweenblog).

living room decorating

And then I woke the next morning to remember that I prefer the rustic, simple nature of the tree with just some seashells, sea urchins and seaglass.

driftwood christmas treeYou’re going to have to do what I do and just look past the lack of trim for now … I’m busy puttering.  :)

But I did keep all of the slices of tree trunks we’ve cut from every Christmas tree Joel and I have had over the years in a little tin I found in our shed here.

slices of Christmas trees

Nope, we haven’t actually gotten a tree every year.  That’s just how we roll.  And somehow we still manage to enjoy the holiday.  ;)

Somewhere along the lines more Christmas cheer creeped on the board and batten wall along with another stray piece of driftwood to hold up Joel’s stocking.  ;)

I really have no idea what to put in the two outside sections above the board and batten wall, if anything, room decoratingThat’s what I find myself gravitating towards.  Just puttering, really.  Reminding myself of what we have, seeing what things I really want to keep around and close at hand.

With many donation trips to Goodwill in between.

I forgot how much fun a living room can be.  :)

And just how far even the tiniest bit of holiday cheer can spread.

Do you putter?  My mom does it all the time, too.  Just add it to the list of things I can blame her for.

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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7 Responses to late night puttering, a little decorating and slices of Christmas tree trunks

  1. Kristy Rohm says:

    I love love love all of the sea glass!!! I could use that in my jewelry making!!! I putter waaaay to much…need to be more organized!!!

  2. $12 pews and free oars – that’s it, I’m moving to FL! Love your tree trunk ornaments – great idea!

  3. cassie says:

    love the oars by the door and all the books!! looks awesome!

  4. Nancy Carr says:

    I love so many of your things, and yes, I putter quite often. Blessings

  5. Glad you are taking a break from remodeling to puttering. That is much more fun. Looks great.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. Jenny Ballard says:

    LOL I’m the Queen of puttering. That’s when it all comes together with over thinking it. BTW I love the church pews.

  7. Jenny Ballard says:

    Sorry. My previous comment should read ‘without over thinking it’ :)

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