Monday, November 19, 2012

Wordy Walls

Second stage of my quotes wall. I've added art to the top since this photo was taken.

I have been on a mission to get my house prettified. No wall left behind, basically. Though I've been tackling my house since the first day I moved in, this last evolution has been one based more on personality and the emotion I want my home to evoke as opposed to just making it more functional. Like most projects, it has taken me way longer than I've ever thought possible, but it has also been one of the most rewarding undertakings as once the work is done it is there to make me feel happy every time I see it.

It all started when I tackled the entry stairway into my house that used to depress me every time I'd walk in or leave. You can't have that, right? Falling into an emotional downslide every time you enter or exit your home is just sad. So I tried to figure out what I'd like to say to my kids as they leave the house. The small messages of encouragement I that I hope sinks into their subconscious and gives them a bit of a boost as they transition from home into the big wide world each day. That turned into my quote stairway with walls lined with prints I made or purchased from Etsy artists and the stair risers 'tiled' with scrapbook paper tiles and highlighted with a quote.

This wall project also involves quotes. Maybe this decorating phase I've been in could be accurately named, "Read My House" or something like that. I guess I like quotes. However, when my 8 year old boy told me that his favorite quote was "May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living" by E.E. Cummings, it was enough to make it worth it to me. The words are sinking in. 

I have a love/hate thing going on with Pinterest, don't you? First, there is the whole 'go there for inspiration only to find that you've sucked away hours on the internet and no longer have time to do a project' aspect to it. Then there are the Pinterest fails, a phenomenon that has sparked several spin-off blogs, all of which I could contribute to many times over, if I wasn't wasting so much time browsing Pinterest to have time to blog.

It was on Pinterest that I discovered a project that birthed this project. The whole thing actually started out as a Pinterest fail for me. If you clicked to see the original pin, you notice it is an art wall for the kids to hang their artwork. Well, that might work if I had different kids.

My kids see such thing as a mission to accomplish. If I give them a box and tell them it is to store their art creations, then they set out to fill that box to the very top, within that very same day if possible. They kick into high production mode and all of a sudden there is no paper left in the house. And that is exactly what happened here. Within a week my husband couldn't find one stack of paper to do his weekly paperwork and these poor clipboards were straining under inch thick paper stacks of random drawings of Pokemon and unicorns. Not that I don't ADORE my kids art. I totally do. I just don't like clutter. Or not having paper to bill people for our business so, you know, we can receive money to buy groceries. 

So, one day after the third stack of papers plummeted to the floor after the clipboard gave out, I sat down, opened photoshop, typed a few of my favorite quotes in simple fonts and printed them out on some nicer quality matte presentation paper. (The stuff I keep hidden from my little Picassos.) I actually made a few extra quotes than I had clipboards for, but that has been fun because I can change out inspiration as the mood sees fit.

My now uncluttered clipboard wall. Yay!

You can click the photo to read the quotes, but the photos aren't the best. They read as follows:

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" Dr. Seuss

"Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing." Leo Buscaglia

"Think. Think. Think." Winnie the Pooh

"When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion." Abraham Lincoln

"Let me guess. Someone stole your sweet roll?" Skyrim Guard (video game joke)

"If music be the food of love, play on" Shakespeare

"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, the most inexhaustible source of magic." Dumbledore

"Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." Steve Jobs

"To be wise is to be eternally curious." Frederick Buechner *I've since replaced this one with another one by Buechner, "Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."

"Put something silly in the world that ain't been there before." Shel Silverstein

"May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living" E.E. Cummings

"Let the Wild Rumpus Start!" Maurice Sendack

I've added some art to the top of the clipboard wall now and am also working on another Pinterest inspired wall enhancement on the adjoining wall that is almost finished. So far that one is working out just swell and I can't wait to post about those results. Even incomplete the project makes me smile. No quotes on the new project, but I do use scrapbook paper and mod podge, which outside of quotes make up the other staples in my ongoing home redecorating projects.

Do you use quotes in decorating? Sometimes I think I'm using them too much. Who am I to bombard my visitors with optimistic propaganda? Ah, well. Words have always moved me and since my eyes are the ones that see this stuff the most, I guess my preference outweighs the few people that might see my wordy house as silly or trite. And it melted my heart today to have my son quote one of my favorite poets, showing me that he does in fact read the words I put out there for him to absorb.

I have a couple empty spaces yet on my walls. Favorite quotes, anyone?


val said...

Oh, Candy. This is wonderful.

And yes, I have also decorated with quotes. At one time we had "Love Your Neighbor" in all the great religions pinned to a curtain on the dining room door.

My favorite quote is one from Pee Wee's Big Adventure:

"Even a kid can be courteous."

This was pinned to the curtains on the French doors for years. We have no curtains on those doors at the moment, but I've still saved the quote.

love you, Val

candyn said...

Thanks, Val! xoxo

I don't know if I love your "Even a kid can be courteous." quote more or the fact that it came from Pee Wee.

And all the Love Your Neighbors? Sigh. That is awesome. Well, you are awesome. So it makes sense. :)

K said...

Sigh....I love this. :o)

candyn said...

Thanks, K! xoxo

shivangi said...

WOW I was just looking at blogs when I saw yours and it was just beautiful and creative.

I love this so much!