A Blissful Day

A Blissful Day

Well, well, well, my dearies, I do have some things to share! Do you see what is in that photo? Yes, something very very blissful indeed. My new Victoria Magazine came, FINALLY. Hip Hip Hooray! But that wasn’t the only bliss my mail person brought today. No, no, no…I had a little box at my doorstop. The one in the photo marked THE BLISSFUL. Remember my little introduction to my tres chic friend and her formidable boutique The Blissful? If you missed it, check out the post here! Well, not only has Abby indulged me with a special gift, bless her heart, she has sent one along for YOU as well! YES! In that box, wrapped up in tissue is a French delight for the winner of my 100th post give-a-way! I took a peek at it and it is TOO DIE FOR. The most chic of accessories and I know you will want it for yourself. Want to know what it is? All in good time, my pretties! All in good time.

A Blissful Day

Also, I want to thank each of you who shared your thoughts on domesticity on my last post and in personal emails. If you didn’t comment yet on that, feel free to still add your thoughts here. Not everyone desires to knit or make quince jelly (I am one of them, although I could be tempted if I knew what quince jelly was!), but I think most of us creative women have a heart for our home and how we want our life to be. How to balance the demands of this crazy world with the simple joy of creating a home is something many of us wrestle with. We’ll talk about it more soon. I am no Martha Stewart, that is quite obvious, but I too want a little Martha moment here and there. I want it all! I may not be able to tie a French knot while making pate brisee like my friend Alicia, but we don’t all have to define domestic bliss in the same way. We can pick and choose what works for us and just visit Alicia for everything else. I’m just jokin’ with ya, she is more down to earth than anyone, she just happens to be a domestic goddess (and a blogging wonder woman) and I love her for that.

Alrighty, a few more things to share with you! Speaking of Domestic Genius, here is the kind of thing all of us have to do AT LEAST ONCE in our life. To keep us humble. A little mix up between the hand washing dish soap and the machine dish washing dish soap. Luckily I was in the room when I noticed the soap coming out the bottom of the cabinet and flowing across the floor. It could’ve been much worse had I not been there to stop the cycle. Let’s just say it wasn’t me this time. Really! It wasn’t. I know a Domestic Goddess would not do something like this.

A Blissful Day

Lastly, I wanted to share a sneak peek of my in process dining room makeover! It isn’t all the way done, painting is not done, not everything is on the walls and set in place yet, but just because I want to keep it real here, so you can see I am still working on it! Little by little, the way working women have to operate! One way I try to have it all in life is I don’t obsess too much about the choices in decorating. I love it, but it usually just has to come together using what I have or what I can find for a deal. If I have to plan it out too much, forget it. I don’t have time! I want it to look good but I have a life full of things to do and decorating is only one of them. I want to get on with USING the dining room!

You can kind of see in the mirror my cute chandelier shades from Tuesday Morning, a red toile with gold liner. One of the light bulbs is burned out, typical! Anyways, found all 12 of them in one day, that is a miracle in itself. They set the stage for the room and I went from there. Then you can see my new yellow/gold curtains also reflected in the mirror. I am hanging a collection of mirrors over the buffet to brighten things up across from the window and it has really helped. I have the funkiest combed plaster walls and ceiling, and I am keeping them antique white because I would be nauseated if they were a color. They have enough going on in their texture, they don’t need color to add any more pizazz. So, color has to come from everything else. I am probably eventually going to paint the wainscoting a palest buttery yellow. It is a pretty big room, with a baby grand piano in one corner. I will reveal a full room shot soon!

A Blissful Day

Stay tuned, more info on the 100th post extravaganza, more decorating and Christmas ideas, and a few more surprises headed your way! OH! And fungi, I am definitely finding a way to include fungi. I want everyone to feel at home here and if fungi is hip for decorating in some circles, we are going to have fungi. I’m working on it.

The Art of Domesticity

The Art of Domesticity

Life is too short for you to be the caretaker of the wrong details.

–Alexandra Stoddard

This week I read some interesting commentary and controversy around the blogosphere surrounding this book here. The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket. I have not yet read the book, but it looks lovely and I am sure it is well worth reading! While most of the buzz was supportive, a few sour folks were a bit critical about celebrating domesticity, especially when it comes to enjoying the apparently less than chic gentle art of knitting and baking. You can read one of the most critical here. I couldn’t believe how rude the writer of the article was! Grrrrr……

For me, this whole topic of how to live simply in a fast paced world is quite intriguing. As many of us are, I seem to be caught in the middle between the allure of the gentle art of domesticity and the martial arts of daily tasks! Yep, sorry to say, my life is often characterized by me karate-chopping my way through life’s aggravations instead of quietly knitting my children’s socks.

Not surprisingly, life in 2007 can turn even the the simplest of pleasures into a more complicated web of daily tasks. For those who turn their craft into a book or a business, life quickly takes a turn from gentle to more stressful, and life is simple no more.

Even if you don’t have a business, these days we all have the opportunity to blog about our projects. From dealing with crashing computers to learning the not-so-gentle art of Photoshop, blogging about the gentle arts can be enough sometimes to make you want to kung-fu your monitor.

None of our grandmas had to deal with that sort of frustration! They just invited their neighbor for a quilting bee by handing a tasty assortment of baked goods over the picket fence. Doesn’t that sound utterly delightful? It does to me. No cell phones and no computers. No taking an entire day posting about what you did yesterday. There must’ve been a lot less aggravation in that gentle way of connecting. But, at least we are still connecting, with people all over the world every day no less!

So what is a girl to do? Just because life has become a rat race for women, should we give up the gentle art of domesticity to accomplish even more “interesting” things? Oh, my, I sure hope not! I think Jane is on to something by refusing to live like a rat in a maze every waking moment. She is allowing herself the joy of simplicity for at least some precious moments in her day! Far from wasting time, she is savoring it. I think by defining the kind of life we want, we can trim out the excess the world throws at us. It is all in the choices we make for balanced living. Our home is the one place we can create the kind of life we really want.

Can’t a girl have a successful blog, publish a book, have a family, AND make quince jelly & knit if she wants to? Good grief, why not?! Go Jane! I don’t even know what quince jelly is, but I just might try it. Savoring quiet moments can renew your mind and energy in a way that cramming in more chaos can never accomplish. Jane is a smart lady.

Photo (above) and concept from the Purl Bee, instructions for the swatch portraits can be found here.
Thanks to laissezfaire for reminding me about this project and to Liberty Post Gallery for the link to the naysayers article!
The Art of Domesticity
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