It’s the weekend. And I should be excited. I should be winding down. Relaxing. I should be snuggled on the couch with my fuzzy sweater and fuzzy slippers absorbed in a good book … But there’s no rest for the weary. This weekend brings with it a lengthy list of to do’s: 1. There are 80 mason jars that need to be painted. Or spray painted. And second-coated. And distressed. And sealed. And packed for shipping on Monday. 2. There’s that pesky FAFSA college financing application for my son that should have been filled out in January, but I keep putting off …
and off …
3. There are bill collectors who would like their money.
4. There are dust bunnies that need to be wrangled by the vacuum cleaner. Not to mention stoves that need cleaning and counters that need wiping and bathrooms that need disinfecting.
5. There are projects and crafts that need to be created and photographed so I have things to share with you next week.
6. There’s a big blog giveaway I’m organizing that needs a graphic. And follow up emails to all the blogger participants and giveaway sponsors.
7. There are Essential Oils I invested in as a money-making opportunity for the blog, but they aren’t making me money sitting in an unopened box in the entryway.
8. Oh, and I can’t forget to corral our tax receipts together so I can deliver them to the accountant next week. So while I get busy on all those pesky to do’s, I’ll leave you with a link. Just one this time. To this Huffington Post article:
“7 Things That Make Your Home Look Dated”
I’ll be honest, this article stuck with me. And not in a good way. Perhaps it’s the title. It certainly sets a tone for decorating shaming … which is exactly what the article does. Shames you about your decorating choices. And that gets my Jersey up. I mean, we each have our own tastes and styles and should be encouraged to celebrate our individuality.
If you like a chevron, embrace it!
If you’re in love with turquoise and blue, celebrate it!
If you sleep in a reindeer-less sleigh bed, go for it!
And some of the changes the article suggests are expensive. It’s one thing to change out a fabric, but ripping out and installing a new kitchen backsplash? Or buying a new bed frame? Those are big ticket items for my living-by-the-seat-of-our-pants budget.
And if you check out the comments thread, not a single reader was pleased with the author’s advice. They weren’t mean, per se. But I couldn’t help nodding along in agreement as I read.
So, what say you? Is my critique too harsh? Or maybe I’m just as dated as my home …
or annoyed that I’m too busy to snuggle up on the couch with my fuzzy slippers and fuzzy sweater and a good book.
P.S. I share a tutorial on how I made those red, white, and blue mason jars in the crate above on the other blog, Mason Jar Crafts Love. Just click here for the tutorial …
P.P.S. Those red, white, and blue jars in the crate are also listed at the Etsy shop. I’m calling them All-In-One-American-Flag jars. There’s a quart with two pints set (here) …
… and a three pint set (here)…
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You know…I saw the article and was going to say something about it, but you said it better! Have a good weekend, my friend.
I never love it when someone else decides what I should like or not like, change or not change and post or not post about. Pffft! Sounds like you are really busy and busy is good! Your jars are lovely and good for you on the sales!
Yes, you did say exactly what I was thinking after reading that article! Actually, I spent more time reading the comments….what a hoot! Sounds like a busy weekend for you…enjoy! 😉
Merri Jo says
…,the pouf not providing comfortable seating is the only point that I found to be based on logic. I love the x-base stools, but they certainly are widely popular right now, which was the author’s grounds for avoiding turquoise/white chevron & Imperial Trellis fabrics…..
I’d rephrase her premise: don’t decorate with things that are current popular fads, to: don’t decorate with things ONLY because they are a current fad. Most everything in home & fashion decor come in & go out of vogue. It cracks my mom up when she sees someone decorating in mid-century modern & paying hefty sums for things she couldn’t wait to be rid of!
Enjoy your projects (well, maybe not the FAFSA!)
An uppity interior decorator would probably want to pass out if they moseyed through my house. I decorate how I like – or how I could afford. Granted, I wasn’t always in love with how some of my rooms are/had been decorated – but it either wasn’t a priority – or I hadn’t really figured out my style/how best to do it or didn’t have the money to change it much.
Slowly I’m coming into my own, style-wise, and am doing a lot of DIY stuff and I’m liking the results. I’m getting more creative and figuring out what I like and how to make it happen.
I’m of the school of thought that if it ain’t broke, keep it.
Though – I had been wanting a new sofa/living room furniture for awhile and I finally bought something on Friday. It’s awesome and was a good chunk of change (for me) but I’m so excited by it. And it’s pretty timeless and I use the excuse that my current living room furniture is nearly 12 years old and is looking it. BUT I plan on keeping that furniture and putting it in my basement “living room” – so I’ll still get use out of it.
For those who feel like they have to keep up with trends and actually CARE about all that and are so worried what others think – must be so exhausting. I really don’t care if something in my house is dated if I still like it. Plus I’d rather be unique and ME even if it means being “out of style”.
Love the jars. Have spent many years living on Military bases. We always love anything to do with the American Flag and that goes double when it is made in the USA! I am curious as to what you are going to do with those oils! Can’t wait to see….