Blogging and Pinterest and the internet is a wonderful thing. We get to peep into other people’s lives and homes and make friends along the way. And yet….
Sometimes I hate it all too. Everyone and the rest of them out there, seems to have it all together so much. All the homes seem to be bigger than mine, more beautiful. All those women are so incredibly creative and original. And it all comes with such a strong message
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I could go on and on. The internet, and this home decor community has given us more freedom to live our dreams and passions than ever before. But with it seems to come this urge for perfectionism.
We can’t just sit around sipping a regular old tea from a chipped mug. No we have to have a special tea that comes in super stylish tins with birds on them (and costs enough to feed a family), and then we have to style that cup of tea along with a homemade cookie and a carefully selected flower that “just happened to wander into the image” and then we take a photo of that and put it on Instagram. So that everybody knows we are drinking our tea in style.
Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, and I play this game along with the best of us.
But after my Christmas decorating spree, after hours of visiting home after home decked out for the Holidays, one even more beautiful than the next, I felt tired, uninspired and unmotivated.
How could I ever keep up? How could I ever measure up? Did I even want to anymore?
If you are a long time reader you noticed my absence this month. January is in many ways not a good month for me. Spring is too far away, the weather is dull and grey, the days are short and there is just not enough light. It darkens my mood, it drains my energy.
And of course during my Christmas break I had been plotting big plans for the new year. From under the Christmas tree everything seemed possible. In January came the realization it all meant more work. And I already felt so busy.
Now before I get you all depressed and moody with me. Let me tell you that the worst of my funk is over. And all it took was a quiet afternoon, creating a bit of beauty in my home.
Not a pinnable decoration. No tutorial to drive in the crowds. Nothing out-of-the-world original.
Just a little decoration in white. My flowering crocus bulbs along with some white accessories. The meringues were leftover from Christmas. Since they are now officially decorations I guess they won’t get eaten at all.
My house felt so empty and hollow after Christmas and I did not have the spirit to redecorate, now this little table decor has helped me over the hump.
And my head is spinning with ideas again, and my fingers are itching to start on some projects. Will they measure up? I don’t know. Will it bring hoards of new people my way? I hope so, but probably not. But as always all those projects come from ideas I have for my own home, my own life, to make it better, more beautiful or more fun. And that are winning projects in my book any time.
Sometimes all it takes is a little decoration to set the mood, in your home, in your head, cause enough is enough.