A few weeks ago I was surprised with this lovely gift from Rosie at Journey to Charm. For now, it is perched in front of me on my desk with it's sweet thank-you card peeping out of the top. I have decided that Rosie's suggestion for a plant was the best idea and so I have been shopping for the "perfect" plant. In the meantime, it brings a smile to my face every day.
And the teacup card? From Susan at Writing Straight From the Heart. I've watched Susan progress (in a very short time) from a brand new blogger to a whiz-kid at the computer. She always has beautiful pictures and something positive to say.
When Do We Have Enough?
I really love visiting decorating blogs. I also love visiting "minimalist" blogs. Rather schizophrenic, in my opinion, and destined to make me even crazier than I already am.
Many of the minimalist blogs are really a bit over the top. Personally, I not planning on living with 100 things, nor do I think doing so will "save the planet." On the other hand, some of the decorating blogs (that I no longer visit), really stressed buying more and more "stuff" - most of which was really expensive.
In the middle we have the "normal" people, struggling with day to day decisions and wanting their surroundings to be pretty without putting the family in financial jeopardy. Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage and Jan at Bobbypinsboardwalk come to mind. I've also noticed many of the "decor" blogs are moving into new areas and exploring new options for their lives such as Cindy at My Romantic Home.
Right now I'm in the process of piling stuff up in by barn (garage) to either give away, list on Etsy, or sell at a (GASP) garage sale (it's been enough years that I've forgotten the pain of the last one.) I feel like I'm drowning in "stuff", even though I am far removed from a hoarder type. Much of the "stuff" is left-overs from when I had a space in an antique mall and some of it is just the "I don't know what to do with it stuff." I'm even getting rid of some of my books - now that's a biggie!!
The questions for you are:
How much is enough and what really matters to you?