I know I am a little behind the times, but in the last week or two I have immersed myself in the world of Pinterest and more recently, Houzz. Alternatively, these sites can be called Unrealistic Expectations Addiction or Crack for Homemakers. They should both link to Perfectionists Anonymous, or If I Would Just Stop Looking at All These Pictures I Might Actually Get Some of My Projects Done Anonymous.
I am so glad that I found both of these websites, because I was a little concerned that I was not wasting quite enough time on the Internet. Pinterest was created by an evil genius who evidently spent a lot of time like me tearing pictures out of magazines and organizing them by topic. I still have 3-ring binders – big fat ones – with magazine articles in sheet protectors. In the early years of our marriage, I would spend hours tearing out and organizing inspiring magazine articles. Our house would be beautiful! I would make all of my children’s clothing and smile humbly as all of my jealous mom-peers heaped compliments upon my head. It was like playing make-believe. Then I had kids and actually had to play make-believe, and the tearing out of inspiring articles slowed considerably.
How many of those ideas have I acted upon? Off the top of my head, I’d say maybe 5%. But oh, how I love to be inspired.
Houzz is what every home magazine in print should be – just straight up pictures. I don’t want to hear about how you and the architect had to tweak the design, nor do I care that it took two months for your decorator to track down the absolutely perfect paint color to match your $125/yard custom curtains. Just show me the stinkin’ pictures.
So I would write more tonight, but I’m too busy violating Exodus 20:17 (go look it up…and then pin it to my “Habitual Sins” board).