Daily Prompt: Cozy as I Please

How fine a line between cozy and sty?

I ponder this as I breath a sigh.

You’ve heard of tea cozies, meet “couch cozy!”  Created by throwing an oversized quilt on my dark sofa.  I am still unpacking and trying to find places for things so they don’t have to be in boxes or on shelves anymore.  Selling or giving away what I can and now starting to throw out my “toxic” clothing that I never wore very much.  The man made fabrics that never breathed or fit very well.  Stuff too worn to donate.  Even changing over to the natural fibers is no guarantee of fabric safety since most use pesticides everywhere now.

I’ve been sick more than well since October until just a few days ago so I don’t really care what my place looks like.  No one can come in and I have not been out much except for water and supplies and do wear a “sick” mask everywhere so I don’t spread my cold or catch something else from all the unbridled sneezing everywhere I go.  I buy my own drinking water since the tap water out here in the sticks is well water, too hard and I can’t drink that softened stuff, gross!

Had to take some plants off the sill because they started dying.  I have some cuttings ready to transplant so I will do this and just keep them inside on my patio table I have right in front of the window for now.  To the far left of the plants you can just see the large silver spoon I use as a spade inside for my houseplants.  I gave away my garden tools when I moved from my house.  This was from our family’s original silver set we used to use during the holidays.  Most of the silver plating is off of them now but I’m glad I can use this piece for something.

Great Daily Prompt choice for right now in my area as we are in sub-zero weather and it is miserable inside and out.  This is expected for the next couple weeks or so.  UGH!!   This older apartment building has a boiler and sometimes the heat is not sent through the building evenly.  I have purchased a small ceramic heater that I use for short bursts if it gets too cold.  What sucks is I am paying extra for this supplemental heat since the heat they supply is included in my monthly rent.  My brothers have it worse further north.  Way more snow and much colder temperatures of 25 below wind chill this morning.  It was maybe 6 below in my neck of the woods.

This was a “cozy corner” in the living room next to the sofa before I condensed much of it down, got some hung and put some of my unfinished work away.

So dangerous for all the party goers celebrating the remainder of our holiday time now.  New Years a few days away, there will be many out traveling the icy roads.  Please be careful out there!  I purchased this super sized Christmas stocking many years ago at a charity function for Children’s Hospital.  Very whimsical!

Still have my oversized opulent stocking hung inside my front door that gives it a cozier look than a wreath.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside Pastel Portraits

Most of my life has been spent as a student of the arts, visual, literary and performing.

I don’t write as much as I used to, but then I don’t read as much either.  I was raised in a musical and artistic family so I have played various instruments and sing.  Took dance lessons for many years and used to be a dance teacher into my early thirties.

I have always loved the visual arts and have studied with various artists of my liking rather than taking additional courses in a school.  I never cared for my art classes throughout my student career.  I found the teachers to be to rigid and the class much too structured.  I started going to art shows in the early 70’s and when I found local artists with techniques I liked, I would ask them if they also taught.  Some did and some did not.  One older gentleman sketched beautiful pastel portraits.  I saw him in a few shows and asked him if he taught, he said no and that was that.  I saw him in another show, again he told me he did not want to teach at this time.  Being retired he still had a part-time job and was not interested.  After he was widowed a couple of years later he was at another show and asked me if I was still interested in learning pastels, which I was because there were not many local artists in this medium that were as talented.  He said he had a few other people that were interested and decided to go ahead.  I was so happy!  He was a great teacher and I really learned a lot.  I have not done much pastels lately and wish I had taken pictures of some of my older commissioned work that was given away or sold.  I didn’t used to take my art that seriously, but I would never dream of letting any work go without a number of pictures to add to my portfolio now.

Below is a slide show of a couple of my “homework projects” given when I was first learning.  I have also included a few finished pieces.

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