But I know *I* need the reminder, so I'm writing up this diddy.
Ever find yourself busily dropping bill and coin at the local craft hole/thrift shop/flea market/antique mall for yet another project copy you saw on some marvelous blog, only to realize halfway thru it (or sometimes a week or so later...or in my case a year later) it just isn't your thang. Um yeah.
(um, not sure what I had in mind when I picked this booger up on clearance,
but I'm hoping some paint will help it...)
Because of my extended holiday from blogging and shelter blog hopping, and my desire to unclutter my space, I've been able to really take a good look at the loot I've purchased over the last couple years since I started ::cottage instincts:: with no outside interference. It's helped me once again filter out what I LOVE as opposed to what I LIKE.
(a wee cabinet that used to belong to my mama that's finally getting a paint treatment that better reflects my taste)
Ask yourself this (and it may hurt a little): What have I purchased because it would make a good blog post OR would make my house look like so-and-so's? I see those hands. How much of that stuff would you have purchased if you DIDN'T have a blog?
(this unfortunate purchase was thankfully not mine....my married daughter picked it up and is now begging me for help to 'make it right'. Yeah, right.)
It's my whole-hearted intention to make my house MY house. Not some other blogger's English or French or Scandinavian cottage, not some other blogger's thrifty hive or on-trend hangout, not some other blogger's flea marketed vintage showplace or prairie farmhouse.....but MY nest. As I've really studied my belongings, I continue to be drawn to themes that may or may not be what's hot on Etsy or what attracts blog followers. And I'm not going to spend one more flipping nanosecond trying to recreate someone else's house or some image in PB or Ballards or Romantic Country Homes. Well, ok, I *might* have spent 2 hours scouring deco books and mags at B & N looking for inspiration.....and I might be oogling some of you's blogs for ideas.....BUT it mainly to get help with using WHAT I ALREADY HAVE. Now there's an idea.
(this beaut has been languishing away in my garage for months
and is now getting some new fancy pants.)
Folks, today I walked away from a solid maple hutch for $40 at Salvation Army. I. Walked. Away. It was painful, yes, but not as painful as watching it sit in my garage until I found time to do something with it, then wait for it to sell on craigslist as I don't have a freaking space left in my home for yet another hutch, thankyouverymuch. Currently my garage is full of half-painted furniture for MY house. Stuff I've been wanting to change and fit into MY nest.
(a $5 steal that is a perfect fit for a bedside table/vanity for my room.)
And just so ya know, I'm not doing all this room/furniture painting and curtain/slipcover sewing and organizing/froufifying for the sake of my blog. I'm doing it for ME ME ME. I'm selfish like that. Of course I *will* share the results with my readers. I can be nice at times. No really, I can.
(a project to make my heart sing....finally some organizers for our double closet...thanks hubs!)
So, as you can see, I'm up to my paintbrush bristles in projects. I didn't even get pics of the room I painted, the other pieces of furniture I've completed, the homeschool office redo, or the sewing projects half-completed. I've got plans in the works (in other words, the paint has been purchased!) for three other rooms and the hallway. I'll be helping my second daughter move into a new studio apartment in an old vintage apartment building too...helping make it homey and comfortable. She's using all my old hand-me-down furniture, so I hope we can find a way to make it hers. I should be good for the next few months. When inspiration and energy strike, go baby.
But do it your way. That's all I'm sayin'.