So it’s been over a year since a blog post! Do I still have any followers? Probably not but I’ll write on anyway.
I think it’s time we talked about Pinterest and how it’s destroying lives everywhere. Well those of us who don’t have a creative bone in our body anyway. Pinterest sucks us in, it captivates us and makes us think we can do anything. Can you turn grandma’s old in pieces dresser into a feature piece – of course! Can you paint a feature wall using craft glue, feathers and washi tape (I still don’t understand what washi tape is, it doesn’t even stick properly!) but yes. You can do it all – because other people can and will show you how!
I am very aware that I lack the creative/decorative gene but I do know that I am pretty good at following instructions. I trick people into thinking I can cook/bake because I follow recipes to the letter. My house I think is quite nice and homey because I pour over magazine until I find things I like and do my best to totally plagiarise and copy it. But to come up with ideas myself? I’m not so great.
But the other day I was online trying to find something to decorate my bedroom walls. They have been bare now for the full 7yrs since we moved in. I kind of think of my bedroom as a place to sleep and that’s about it but the rest of the house has recently been revamped and I was out of projects so I set the bedroom in my sights.
I found this amazing cactus print on the Urban Outfitters page and fell in love!
But it was $199 and oh look, doesn’t ship to Australia. Then I had recollections of our holiday road trip a whole 4mths ago (seems like forever) and driving through allot of desert and cactus and Joshua Trees and started pouring through my photos. Another thing I suck at is photography, my trick is to take 8,236 photos and you’re bound to get some that are good. I had ones that were good! Quite a few which was surprising, maybe my brother in law took them….. HA I had some frames that I had bought with an almost expired store credit that had a light wood frame so I wanted a bit of a wish/wash/desert feel to the photos so I applied a readymade filter that required no playing around to my photos (also am hopeless at Photoshop) and went off to my local Officeworks store to print them. Frames cost $19/each Printing $12 – already well under our $199 – WINNING!
Loved them, but then came the hanging. We rent our place and so I am a massive fan of those Command Stick on hooks. I have had some pictures up for 7yrs now, remove them and there is not a single mark. So I went to measure up, wanting the two frames to sit over our bed perfectly centred. Thought it would be a good idea to teach my 9yr old how we apply maths in the home so invited him to help me measure, assess, deduct and work out where the hooks had to go. 10min in and my hooks were crooked, he was kicked out and doors were being slammed… by both of us. Eventually I got them even but they looked a bit bare, probably not big enough to fill the large wall. So I hit Pinterest…. What to do, what to do…. BUNTING! Of course! I dove into the cupboard and found some silver glitter bunting, because who doesn’t just buy silver glitter bunting on a whim and keep it in the cupboard for the perfect time? I started putting tiny hooks up, got sick of them being in the wrong spot and ended the job with blue tack. DIY Tams style.
Stood back to admire my creative genius….. Decided I’m too old for glitter bunting…… So while I adore my prints and the bunting does fill the wall I think it’s back to Pinterest to see how I can polish this one up – Any ideas?