My sister, my niece and I were out shopping before Christmas and one of the items we came across was a magic wand for turning on the Christmas tree lights. I have to admit that I kind of loved that idea. In practice it was a little clunky though. You had to actually push a button on the wand while waving it in the general direction of the tree to get the lights to come on and obviously the waving part was superfluous. It wasn’t a real magic wand, but it did make a fun magical sound.
There was a lot of eye rolling taking place between my sis and my niece as I stood there admiring that magic wand.
But seriously, I could really use one. Except I don’t need it to turn my Christmas tree lights off and on (although that would be handy because every time I lean in to plug in those lights I worry that I’m going to knock a fragile vintage ornament off the tree).
What I really need is a magic wand for redecorating my house. I have so many ideas rolling around in my head and only a very limited amount of time (and money) to execute them all. If only I could wave my magic wand and have a ship lap wall in my bedroom, or wave my wand and have my bathroom repainted in the charcoal grey that I originally wanted instead of the dark greenish gray that I ended up with. Or wave my wand and have my yellowing maple floors refinished.
But no, we all know it doesn’t work that way. Unless of course you have an unlimited budget and can pay someone else to do the work for you while you spend a day at the spa. I assume it goes without saying that I do not fall into that category.
I’ve often written about how much I enjoy blogging, but there is one aspect to it that I find difficult and that is my compulsion to compare my home to other bloggers out there and find it lacking. Between a full time job, writing a blog (or two if I count the Reclaiming Beautiful blog) and painting furniture there is very little time left over for redecorating my home.
I really struggled with that this year as I was trying to take photos for a “holiday tour” of my house. I felt like none of the photos were quite good enough. All I can see as I look around are the projects that I haven’t had time for. I do OK with a staged shot of a particular spot …
But trying to get a good photo of an entire room escapes me.
In the end I gave up on the idea of a full on Christmas ‘tour’ of my house.
So for now I’ve decided to cut myself some slack and go back to focusing on what I’m good at, and that’s painting furniture.
What I love about painting a piece of furniture is that I can generally go from conception to completion in about a week. That’s about perfect for me.
I can stage a piece of furniture in any style that currently appeals to me, take some lovely photos of it, and then cross it off my list as ‘done’. I’m a big fan of crossing things off the to-do list.
So coming up in the new year on q is for quandie, expect to see more furniture transformations and don’t hold your breath waiting for home improvement projects. Deal?