The Ornamental Swan: Mixed Media Junk Journal
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about minimalism and maximal-ism when is comes to ornamental pieces for my home. Within the last month I have cleaned out several rooms and taken out more than a couple large bags of trash. I makes me realize how materialistic I am. I have so many things sitting in the closet that I never use but I hold onto them because…I don’t know why. I seem to have an attachment despite the fact that some items have never been on display in my house. I tend to think that each piece has a dollar sign attached and I can’t give it up because I feel as though I am flushing money down the drain if I part with it.
So, I have many thoughts leaning towards minimalism as I lug a heavy bag of trash to the garage. Until I hop on my FaceBook BoHome decor group and see all the pretty rooms. It makes me want to hop in the car and drive 30 minutes to the nearest Home Goods Store. To be honest, the only thing keeping me from doing that at the moment is my lack of funds and my Hubby’s and my mutual goal to become debt-free by paying off our house. When it comes down to it, I am a maximal-ist. I love a cluster of knick knacks and a couch cluttered with pillows.
One day I will be able to shop at Home Goods to my hearts content. Until then, I will dream and drool over other peoples beautiful house. And practice minimal-spending to the best of my ability.
Are you a minimalist or a maximal-ist?
Creating The Journal Layout
My layout started out as a red background but I really disliked it so I painted over with Green Patina and left a tad of the red peeking through. The StencilGirl Border Stencil has been embossed with red and a 7 Gypsies stamp has been embossed in white. Aside from the Fresco Paints, I used The Green Man Infusion the background. The center medallion is by StencilGirl.
Craft Room Update
As you can see, I still have a lot of organizing and not enough storage. I am looking at some bookcases in the future. This one off of Amazon has caught my eye.
In the other part of our family room is this little retro kitchen we bought for my daughter this Christmas. We got it for a great price off of Amazon. I love how one day it can be $150 dollars and the next day $75. Such a great deal!
On one of the walls is two pieces of furniture missing drawers. I painted those draws gray and they are holding various trims and ink pads. When my hubby gets a chance, those two pieces of furniture will be firewood. And then we will be able to see more of the room. 🙂 And eventually I will decorate.
I am a little behind but here is my cup of tea for Tea Tuesday over at Elizabeth’s. We had this beautiful view a few days ago and I couldn’t resist sharing.