Edited to Add: I’m joining Kimba’s Garden Party with this post (Taylor’s Graduation Party) so visit Kimba to see lots of fun garden ideas. Also, I’m planning to host a ‘Painted Patio Furniture’ Party next Monday so be working on your projects. If you won’t have enough time to finish, just link up and show us your plans!
First item of business:
I started a Google Reader this weekend. I know, I know, that’s ‘s0 last year’, but I needed a quicker way to look at blogs and I wanted to re-evaluate my list. In the process, I found a few new blogs (mostly design blogs) that I love like this
one and this
one and this
one, but I’m also eager for you to share a few of your favorite blogs with me, especially ones that I might not know about. Share links or names of sites in the comments that I MUST put in my new google reader.
Second item of business:
Upon the urging of one of my blog readers (whom I can’t presently recall) I uploaded my kitchen pics to HGTV’s Rate My Space. I’m a naive soul to such activities and thought it’d be fun to have others (besides you, who are so supportive) critique my work. Imagine my chagrin when I read,
“I love the cottage look but this just looks plain messy and busy to me.”
” I love the cabinet color and the floor, but there’s way too much clutter on the countertop. Why would you put lamps on the countertop? You are cluttering up your work space and lines by doing so.”
You can see the fodder here
and I must add that most people were very kind and encouraging. But I wanted to defend myself and say, “Hey, I’m not a professional here and I was really cooking dinner when my daughter snapped that photo of me in the new kitchen. So, sorry that I cook with pots and pans and other ‘ real’ things on the counter.” But I didn’t. Because I guess I asked for it and with every criticism we receive, there’s usually a certain amount of truth in it. That may be why I’m sheepishly decluttering my countertops this morning and why I will very hesistantly upload any more photos to Rate My Space. I’ll just take your word for it next time.
Why is it that we let a little negativity creep into our heads and camp out there? I love my kitchen and it works for our family. And ‘clutter’ seems to me a small price to pay for the tremendous amount of food and love that flows from its’ countertops everyday!
Meeting Adjourned. Have a blessed week!