Last week I shared my 5 favorite new products from the CHA winter trade show, and tomorrow I’m going to share some of the images, displays and people who inspired me while I was there… but today, I’m going to keep in real and show you the sad, dreary little spots in my house that need some serious inspiration and TLC.
That’s right… I’m going to share the ugly with you. This is not a Before & After post, this is a This-Is-Terrible-How-Can-You-Call-Yourself-A-Craft-And-Lifestyle-Blogger!? post.
Let’s start with The Mantel From Hell. You know I hate my mantel, right?
This is its current condition.
A) That dark paneled wall that HH says I can’t paint. It makes it difficult to do anything. The whole shebang is off-center and asymmetrical as well. Diff-E-cult to work with.
But it’s late January… still no excuse for:
B) The remains of an arrangement from my blue and green Christmas.
Yeah…. pathetic. It was festive, now it’s just kind of a holiday graveyard.
Which brings me to:
C) These little cute little green trees. Well… they were cute and green and sparkly when my sister brought them over on Christmas Eve. They were in the kitchen, but after Christmas I moved them to the mantel, where I promptly forgot to water them or give them any care or attention whatsoever.
They are still green and sparkly, but that is only because it turns out that their Christmas magic was sprayed on them in the form of green dye and glitter. Now they are stiff little Tree Skeletons.
D) Mercury glass. Shoved out of the way. Sitting in a clump. Mad glass, sad glass, no class.
My goal is to have this mantel prettied up and ready to share on Monday. Somebody please, please hold me accountable. Monday, OK? (**** Um, OK…Tuesday…)
Then there are the two other wall spaces that get me all cranky when I look at them…
The dark, boring hallway…
It needs paint, it needs a gallery wall, it needs something. So far I have only had enough energy to get irritated whenever I walk by. This is one of the next projects that has to happen around here. Ugh. (When did I get so lazy…? I love to paint. What’s wrong with me?)
The other area that Has. Bothered. Me. Since. We. Moved. In. Here. is the dining room wall.
We’ve been in this house 4 years, and the only thing I’ve done to this wall is to glower at it and talk smack about it behind its back.
A) I have creative “writer’s block” when it comes to doing anything about all of this space. I love the Family Rules subway art I made a few years ago, but I think it’s time for it to go somewhere else. It’s too small for that big wall.
B) See? More space. (That’s part of why I love Halloween. I can just fill it up with bats.)
And because I’m Keepin’ It Real today, I’m just gonna share C – F too.
C) Candle wax I need to make into new candles. Hubs just loves it when I leave that kind of thing sitting around. pfft. Not.
D) Misc paperwork that sits on the table and gets scooped aside into piles at dinner time. And then left there. Sometimes for days…
E) Silver bowls that should have been put away right after Christmas. Hubs loves these sitting around too.
F) Kid paper work, headphones and someone’s water bottle collection. (Does anyone else have people who leave half full (I’m an optimist) bottles of water all over the house?! Makes me nuts!)
I know I’m not the only one with rooms like this. Right?
I’m hopeful that what I saw at CHA will spur me into action somewhere (anywhere!) in the house. See you tomorrow with my CHA inspiration post.
Wish me luck!
(*********UPDATED: The mantel update will be posted Tuesday, 1/29/13. That’s what I get for promising things without first checking my calendar! Duh. *********)
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