Decor, The Garden, Musings on Life, Vintage and Kitsch Love
Saturday, March 17, 2012
What I'm loving right now...
yes that's a shameless plug as these items are all for sale in my hobby shop...(Loverly Vintage on Etsy, in case you didn't know)...
Items for spring, items for summer, things bright and painted in bright colors...loving the neon trend it makes me feel happpppy!!!
Teapots are awesome as flower vases...and soon it will be time to plant some zinnias which make excellent bouquets of cut flowers!! One packet of seeds gives and gives all summer, not kidding!!
When did I become such a sucker for the double exclamation point?? Communicating via social networking has forced me to try to come up with a proper way to express my enthusiasm...and sometimes just one exclamation point won't do!!
You all saw that episode of Seinfeld, right? Elaine and the boyfriend who didn't use an exclamation point?
I love love love to decorate and then redecorate, add something here, take something away, put it back in again. I swing from no clutter back to a love of clutter but never really in between. I could never ever do minimal. I don't like spare, sparse, clean. I can appreciate it in other people's homes but for me it just won't do. I need things around me that are colorful, personal, nature inspired, silly, and unique.
I tried white on the walls once. Blah. I've repainted my interiors 10+ times in 3 years. Every room has had at least one makeover. I'm a little insane when it comes to color. It just has to be right. And it has has HAS to be inspiring. I need my home to make me think.
I need my walls to make me think of grass or the ocean, a worn book cover, a piece of jewelry. When that happens, my mind wanders and suddenly I'm thinking about flowers and insects and rain and reading and dressing up. In an instant I've taken a vacation and I'm sitting on the couch. That's where I have to live. And that's why I dig decorating so much. When the color and collectibles stop making my imagination work overtime, it's time to switch it up.
Sometimes I'm inspired by a certain object, a great blog post, a page in a magazine, a nice photograph. I'm often inspired by food. Key limes, chili peppers, coffee, blueberries. What better color palette for the home than a lovely plate of delicious food?
I'm also inspired by 60's & 70's sitcom decor...The Brady family had an amazing house as did Samantha and Darren Stevens. Even Archie and Edith had a cool thing going on. I love the coziness in the houses and the bold prints and wood details. And hopefully soon I'll be inspired by something else.
I haven't used this blogger thing in a year, or maybe more. I can't remember my last post, I think it had something to do with Soy Candles. Yes, I am going to capitalize Soy Candles. They were important to me at the time. They represented something new, somehow they meant possibility. But anyway, really, they're just candles. They didn't change my life.
"Soy Candle-era Heather" was the start of the 9 months of not working a regular job, no 9 to 5, no responsibility. It was my make it or break it time. Well, I didn't make it. I may have crushed it a little, but I didn't exactly break it either. I learned a lot about myself. Most of it good, I am still sorting through the bad.
I like work. I like working a schedule for someone else. I like having that responsibility to keep me grounded. It's good to change out of your comfy clothes once in a while and put on makeup for the world. Its good to make small talk with new people. It's good to know which roads are undergoing construction and where the best place is for coffee in a new part of town.
When I wasn't working for someone else, I realized I missed it.
I realized I have really high energy days where I work morning until nightfall and these are alternated on both sides by days where I just want to eat bread and play video games. It's a balance. This is not good when you are trying to fill your non-working days with endless productiveness. Being at home all day meant there were too many weeks when I didn't wash my hair or had vodka for breakfast. Both are fun once in a while but really nothing that should be practiced on a regular basis. And I was practicing both, let's just say, quite often. I now refer to that 9 months of not working as "the year of excess".
Anyway, why am I writing this? I don't know. It's what I thought about when I sat down to make a new blog post.
I plan to blog regularly. For me. To keep a running total of everything I do, everything I've done, to share myself with friends and family who I do not see enough.
I'll keep doing it as long as it's fun and/or therapeutic. If you like it, read it. If you don't, don't.
I've embarked on a new adventure: SOY CANDLES!!! Mixing lots of scents, colors, and retro containers- I think it's completely unique, fun, and stylish!! Here are a few pictures of some of my latest creations:
Peach. Watermelon, and Fresh Basil scented candle in vintage mug....SOLD
Cinnamon Red Hots and Crisp Red Apple scented candle in vintage mug....SOLD
Rain scented candle in vintage hobnail milk glass for sale here: