Welcome to this month’s installment of “Keeping it Real in a Pinterest World,” where Breanne from This Vintage Moment and I explore what it means to live purposefully in a world that bombards us with a million good things.
We’re just two moms on a journey toward being ok with not being able to do it all and fully embracing the season of life that we’re in–with all of its joys and limitations.
Once a month, we’ll share about our crafting fails, what we’re currently saying “yes” and “no” to, and the beautiful reality of daily life. Will you grab a warm cup of something and join us?
We started by taking the front rail off of her crib and watching for any madness to ensue. When she took to it really well and talked of nothing besides getting a big girl bed, we took the plunge and hauled out the twin bed that had been in the basement for two years.
Hey, we just hadn’t been ready yet.
Bedding was pieced together and Hubs constructed the bed.
Bun’s new sleeping digs required that other pieces of furniture be rearranged. And then the wall art had to be moved accordingly. Of course.
And little big girl gave all sorts of input along the way. Of course.
As I hauled furniture this way and that, I noticed her things more than usual. Some pieces I noted with fondness: the handmade tooth fair bird from a dear friend, pictures of me pregnant with Bun, some treasured childhood books and trinkets from my childhood and Hubs’s.
Others brought less happy thoughts: My first attempt at crackle paint on that dresser–should I have just stained the wood darker instead? From across the room, I could also see all the disproportionate imperfections on the “family tree” I painted for Bun.
Maybe I should have added one more row of stencils on the bookshelf. And woah, how many different prints do we have in here, anyway?
I started to think I should check out Pinterest for some more little girl room ideas. I hadn’t consulted it (or any other online sources) much when I did her room the first time.
I love adding handmade touches, refinishing furniture, and I know what styles I like. But I’m not great at having a clear vision for a space before I get started. I kind of just jump in and do/buy stuff I like until a room seems done.
Which mostly works for me. Until sometimes I take a step back and wonder if any of it goes together after all.
And so began my over-thinking of Bun’s room.
But it stopped suddenly when I realized that scouring Pinterest would be opening the Pandora’s Box of DIY. I would see 10 things I wanted to make, lots of amazing little girls rooms in color schemes unlike my own (making me rethink the entire room), and it would probably leave me dissatisfied with my own efforts.
I love Pinterest and refer to it often for ideas and inspiration. But there’s a time when I just need to step back and call the stuff/room I already have done.
I love decorating and treating my home as a kind of canvas. But at a certain point, all the “inspiration rooms” do less for inspiration and more for discontentment or stress with what I have.
So I have to stop browsing for a while.
When I look around Bun’s room, I see handmade items that make me smile, colors and patterns that feel fun and warm and just right for our big girl, pictures that prompt sweet memories, and pretty pieces that function well.
Someday when she’s older, I’m sure I’ll have fun updating it. For now, I think it’ll carry her further into her little big girl years just fine.
For my own sanity–and because it really is good enough—I’m calling it done.
Do you ever need to take a Pinterest break or just call something “good enough?”
Keeping it Real Around the Web
And, in the interest of “keeping it real,” here are some other snapshots of real life from around the web: Jessica on having realistic expectations, Breanne on crafting with littles, and my two cents about saying a purposeful yes.
If you’ve written a post about the beautiful reality of daily life, feel free to put a link in the comments!