Good Monday morning! The start of a new week ... the end of another IHSW.
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, I did not get to do as much stitching as I had planned this weekend. I did finish the second Silver Bells by Country Rustic Primitives. It looks pretty much like the first one I stitched although I didn't need to fudge the B this time so I'll just share the photo of the first one again : )
I have been having a crisis of sorts regarding the primitive look. Someone posted on their blog recently that they have noticed a lot of people are trading in the primitive look for something else. I can sort of identify with this. Although I love the history of the era ... & heaven knows I love having "old things" ... I can't help but feel that I'm living in a Cracker Barrel sometimes. I've never been a person who likes clutter. I feel overwhelmed by clutter now & as many of you know I haven't even unpacked all my stuff out of the boxes from when we moved here 3+ years ago! Another thing that is kind of turning me off ... & I can't honestly say I'm "turned off" in the strictest sense because again I love the history & I love having "old things" & I love seeing them in other peoples homes (I really envy the flair some of you have for decorating in this style) ... but for me I look around my home just as it is now & I think how many sifters/wooden spoons/rolling pins/whisk brooms/butter churns/old bowls/etc are too many? I have always found it ironic that the primitive motto is "Simplify" yet in many aspects there is nothing simplistic in this decorating trend at all. The pioneers had one of everything they needed & they used what they had. If they were able to have time traveled to this era they would've laughed themselves silly to see us stockpiling & displaying dozens of pieces of graniteware, shelves full of rusty spice tins, & empty old wooden boxes stacked in all the corners. Please don't take this as criticism if you are a person who enjoys this type of decorating. I am not criticizing you or your decorating choice at all! I drool at the photos some of you post of your primitive homes! I'm just saying that I have been thinking over the past year or so that this type of decorating really isn't me. In addition I started getting a bit miffed a while back at the fact that I would go into an antique shop or a peddlers mall & find people charging $35 for a plain rolling pin or $25 for a rusty, bent up flour sifter or $75 for a cracked jar with some sort of funky stain in the bottom. I think this is why I haven't redecorated the top of my fridge yet. Some of the things I have had up there I really don't want to have anymore. My guess is that I am going to keep a few old things but find new homes for the overabundance. What type of decorating trend am I going to follow instead? It won't be anything in particular I'm sure ... probably a slight mixture of things I like, things that make me feel comfortable, things that, for me, make my surroundings "homey" & yes, some of those things will be primitive things ... just not all of them. I've been thinking about this for a long time ... the goal now is to actually do something about it. Then again I may change my mind about all of this tomorrow : )