I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I’m willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter’s latest trick on the trampoline.
These days I seem to find it a bit hard to look at old photos. I think it has something to do with feeling like time is passing WAY too quickly and my kids are getting WAY too big and I’m getting WAY too much older. But, that being said, there’s a reason why we take photos. We’re trying to capture a moment, right? Hold onto a memory.
Some people count sheep to fall asleep. Or their blessings.
And while I definitely try both of those (plus a little Tylenol PM!) when I’m suffering from insomnia, nothing helps me relax and calm my mind more than envisioning rooms all redecorated. I envision rooms in my own home, my friends’ homes, and homes which only live in my imagination.
I know, I know. I realize it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Honestly, I do. I know that sometimes that wonderful day of thanks gets lost in the shuffle between Halloween and Christmas. I know that we all need to slow down and truly appreciate each holiday as it comes. And I really am thankful and I really do enjoy Thanksgiving. Really!
Do you remember that episode of Seinfeld when George Costanza finally has to come to terms with his Holiday heritage?
It all comes to a head with his father proudly revealing that while other families celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah, the Costanza family celebrated their own unique holiday. Festivus.
And out comes the ‘Festivus’ pole! The person holding the pole gets the opportunity to air all of the grievances they have against the people in their lives.
Yesterday morning found me standing at the kitchen sink washing the dishes that I had no energy to clean the previous night.
After water splashed up onto my sweatshirt I glanced down and noticed an orange spot on the neckline. I looked around in the sink and couldn’t find anything orange that would have caused the stain and after another look at it I realized that it was already dried so it couldn’t have just happened as I was washing the dishes.
That’s when it dawned on me. It was leftovers. The kind that don’t end up in a tupperware.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would be writing a blog post about how to create vignettes I would have said you were crazy.
Actually, I probably would have said you were cra-to-the-zy!
You see, the word ‘vignette’ just wasn’t apart of my daily vocabulary. Not until I became a blogger that is. And then it seemed like it was everywhere.
Along with the word ‘cloche’ which I still don’t think I properly pronounce!
I’m thankful for many things…
I’m thankful for that very first sip of coffee in the morning…I can feel it coursing through my veins and bringing my out of my early morning stupor.
I’m thankful for that moment when I rip off my skinny jeans and pull on my sweats…oh sweet, sweet elastic waistband come to mama.
I’m thankful for the smell of the first batch of Chex mix of the season…but not so thankful for how quickly it disappears in our house!
I’m thankful for dual-purpose decorating.
Like being able to easily turn my Fall Mantel into a Thanksgiving Mantel.