Monday, April 23rd, 2012

reverse psychology

I’m beginning to think reverse psychology works really well on me. If you remember in my post about the kitchen pegboard, Mike declared “no more projects for the house”. This statement lit a fire within me and made my brain explode with lots of ideas to do for the house. Now, I can’t claim that if Mike had said the opposite that my inspiration fountain would have dried up. Who knows though.

Anyway, while Mike was out of town last week at his yearly AAE convention I got the urge to get creative one more time for this little farmhouse of ours. There was a blank wall above our t.v. that was silently driving me insane. Why? Because this wall was a huge, empty canvas that was just screaming for something to be done to it. The obstacle I was having trouble with though was the giant t.v. right smack in the middle. I didn’t feel like it would look right if I just hung a bunch of family pictures above it because then I would be constantly reminiscing about the memories in the photos instead of watching my important television programs. We can’t have that now can we?

I had pinned a bunch of ideas on Pinterest, but nothing seemed like the right thing to do. I’ve always loved seeing the way people hang wall letters randomly among other wall decor, and then it finally hit me. I would go crazy with wall letters! It turns out Joann Fabrics has quite a collection of paper mache and wooden letters in various fonts and sizes, and I happened to purchase them when they were 50% off and also found a free shipping coupon code. Score! I decided to take the initials of each of my family members and randomly scatter them around a giant H (please don’t make me explain why I would use an H…tee hee). I went to the local craft store and found acrylic paints for way cheap, and I got to work. I also painted a couple of the letters metallic silver just to add a shiny pop. I must say I’m very pleased with the outcome. And, if you’re wondering, I used velcro to hang the letters on the wall. Why didn’t “they” come up with this idea years ago?

letter collage in living room

Another project I’ve been aching to do is organize my darn den. When we moved in I just kind of threw things into drawers/bins/shelves/etc. and didn’t really focus on organization. This method has really come back to haunt me as I’m constantly finding myself trying to track down receipts, bills, documents and such. I decided I needed to get my act together and get the den organized. I’ve always been bothered by the lack of space on my desk, so I opted for a new system. I found this desk organizer on Amazon and loved how it keeps all the supplies off the desk. Another thing that troubled me was the lack of light, so I bought one those clicker lights at the dollar store. I’m so relieved at how much simpler and cleaned up the space is now.

organized den

One last thing before I depart. While Violet was supposed to be eating lunch today she kept turning around and just being plain cute. I couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and snapping a few pictures of her. I really need to get into a better habit and take pictures ‘just because’.

violet should be eating lunch
violet should be eating lunch
violet should be eating lunch

7 Responses to “ reverse psychology ”

  1. Micah Geary says:

    Love the letters. Super awesome idea, might have to copy it one day! Violet is getting so big.

  2. Jenni says:

    The lettering idea is really great – LOVE the result. Your organizing makes me weary, though. I really want to have it all organized, but this whole work thing really eats up my time. Maybe someday…

  3. Julie says:

    So wait….you caved and did another project BEFORE Mike adopted more animals? Hee,hee! I know what you mean about getting ideas when you are not supposed to. Seth told me one month that I couldn’t buy anymore books til the next month and suddenly I thought of 85 million books I needed to own right away. I guess it is that same principle where you go shopping for clothes with money and there is nothing cute, but when you are borke you want every outfit you see. Anyway….the letters look really good and huge THANKS for the velcro tip. I have been needing to hang a J on my wall by my family pictures and it is just sitting here because it is made of chipboard and I couldn’t think of how to get it to stick.

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    I like how you can see all the kid finger smears on the TV.

  5. Erin says:

    Clearly you were due for another project because Mike brought home more animals 🙂 It looks so cute, I think your house qualifies for one of those decorating and organizing magazines that I keep buying in the checkout isle at the grocery! Now can you come organize & decorate my house? – Living in a house with construction going on is driving me nuts! Now that I’m better things are progressing again with the addition – but I find I’m so busy and not home a lot due to all the kids activities so I feel like I don’t have a good long stretch of time to just hoe out and organize. The time I have at home seems to be cooking, laundry & just keeping the house reasonably clean 🙂 Violet is getting cuter by the minute.

  6. Shoebox Princess says:

    Hmmm, I thought I posted already. In fact, I know I did.

    Anyway, nice letters! And because Mike pointed out the kid finger smears on the TV, I had to look for those. But seriously, I like that you used silver. I’m a big fan of silver.

    Bio-let is berry berry cute.

  7. Shoebox Princess says:

    PS I finally remembered the other thing I said in my comment that got eaten by the internet.

    Please come to my house and organize the cords under my work desk.

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