I believe I have happened upon my style over the years, and it seems to revolve around yarn and books. I like the look of piles of either. Sure there are lots of other elements of home decor that I like as well, I just have no idea how to implement them at my house. I also find myself constantly saying to myself, “I’ll get some pictures hung on the wall in here just as soon as we touch up the paint.” Or, “Goodness, why bother decorating when Beatrix does such a good job with her crayons (or that sharpie she found in a drawer.)”
I am in awe of the moms who opt for white couches (I know one of them, and I love her style, but I don’t know how she does it!) I am tempted to buy everything in brown to match what my kids bring in every day. I keep my couches covered in quilts in an attempt to try to keep the chore of washing slipcovers and scrubbing upholstery to a minimum.
I arrange, and I rearrange. I organize, and I organize some more. But decorate?
Sorry, I don’t have time, and I am afraid that even if I did, I wouldn’t be very good at it.
But I do craft. Not as much as people imagine I do, but it does happen. Even Beatrix has learned the phrase, “Do a craft.” She uses it at really inconvenient times, such as when I am up to my ears in something that really can’t be abandoned (for instance changing a dirty diaper on a crying hungry baby), and she wants my attention. I suggest a book, and she replies, “no. I want to do a craft.” I look at her and think, “But you’re two. What have I created (meaning her)?” Sometimes this crafty stuff can really come back and get me.
When it comes to crafty ideas, I rarely search the internet for inspiration. Sometimes I happen upon it that way, but not usually. I honestly can’t bear to sit in front of a screen for that long, nor would my little ones let me if I tried. I require books. There are lots of craft books out there for children, and while they are all quite lovely I’m sure, I find that sometimes they are more lovely than they are useful. We recently purchased a copy of Teach Yourself VISUALLY Crafting with Kids and I have found it to contain a great collection of do-able crafts for my kids combined with great visual instructions. All of my children have taken turns pouring over all the projects and letting me know which ones they want to try. I like this book, I really do. But, I sort of shot myself in the foot when I decided that rather than go with one of the age appropriate crafts, that we should start with a bottle of Mod Podge (my first ever actually,) some balloons, and a bunch of fabric scraps. I got this idea in my mind that we could make these fabric covered lantern thingies, and I would use them to decorate.
Well, let me say: lovely project, but not with a two year old and an infant. I am sure no one else would be so silly as me to try such a thing. The Mod Podge will be taking it’s place on a high shelf.
And the beautiful colorful lanterns, which we are actually using as a garland, are hopefully detracting from the fingerprints and the broken bits of glass surrounding one of the windows who lost a pane to a rock a few years ago rather than drawing more attention to a spot that really needs a bit of work. Either way, I never claimed to be a decorator.