Friday, December 10, 2010

Color Crave: The Fix

I mentioned recently that I am pining for color.

Well, here's a lesson I'm learning (over and over again) this year: I have all I need.

Of course, in a perfect world, carrying that knowledge around in my pocket would effectively eliminate the part of me that wants to try something new/switch things up/paint my black cabinet kelly green.

But it's no secret - this world is far from perfect.

I am prone to episodes of "the grass is greener", only in my view, it is also lusher and requires fewer mowings. I idealize in such a way that the impossible is realized - at least on paper, in my mind.

This fickle girl used to satisfy her whimsy-itches with a tube of Silverstone lipstick or a $0.99 bottle of Wet 'n Wild, but as she grew, so did the stakes.

A gallon of Behr Premium Plus runs more than a buck, you know.

It's all too easy to browse around this eye-candy storehouse and decide that my kitchen would look so much better if only I could have gotten the white cabinets, like she did. Maybe I should toss these boring beige curtains and order up some fun! Maybe I should scrap the whole darn thing and start from scratch.

These are thoughts torn straight from the pages of my noggin.

But sure as sugar, I'm beginning to see a new path - edged in fieldstone, beautiful as all can be. The grass isn't necessarily the greenest, but the mower hasn't made it out of the shed for months.

I am creative at my core. Beauty is my motor oil. Fluffing my gasoline.

These are truths.

But that's not all of them...

Beauty uncovered trumps beauty bought.

Perspective kicks desire's can.

This journey is far from over. I will never be immune to wanting something new. And new things are not always bad things. But I am drenched in gratitude that for whatever reason, at this particular season, my eyes and my heart are learning to take a different view - to just look around at the color in my world, more noticeable than ever against my sea of gray/black/beige.

It's begging to be believed, this truth: I have all I need.

48 comments:

  1. You jumped in my head and pulled my thoughts.... My mind is never settled!

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  2. "Beauty uncovered trumps beauty bought."

    I love that.

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  3. And when we realize that we have all we need, the world seems a little fuller, a little greener, and those pesky white cabinets seem so very far from our minds. Merry Christmas.

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  4. wow girlie, you said it. Looking back over this year I cringe as I see how much money from our very tiny budget I wasted on Earthly treasures...and how much time I wasted on the Heavenly ones. I've been very intropective about it all, when I figure it out (ha!) I plan to blog on it. Contentment's a comin'. A new year, a fresh start!

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  5. Vibrant message! Blog hopping is the worst for making us less than satisfied with our surroundings. Encouraging creativity is one thing. Validating covetousness is another. I always love your blog.

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  6. Such an important reminder...I have boxes and totes of who knows what and yet the desire to spend remains. Making due with what I have and loving it, now that's creativity.

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  7. Good call...reARRANGE, reuse, recycle. I can do it!

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  8. I see red. Quite a bit of it. I'm just saying. Also, why do I have this overwhelming urge to drag myself out of bed this a.m. for a clementine?

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  9. YES!!!! Kelly green! Then a big monogramed ND in Gold leaf on the front!

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  10. Well, your house looks pretty colorful to me! Now, you are making me want what you have--it's a vicious cycle! So nice to realise the truth that you have everything you need. You are one lucky duck!

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  11. You are so wise. I learn so much from you.

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  12. Well, if THAT post isn't filled to the tippy-top with truisms!

    Your spots of color are lovely.

    My approach to decorating? Paint the walls white, scatter about lots of green potted plants (though I fail at this more than I succeed), and big airy windows with no curtains (or just lace). This way my multi-colored (and bunged up) bar stools and brown leather sofa (with a huge hole smack-dab in the middle) fit in just fine!

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  13. great perspective - and i love the tea towels :)

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  14. So true. I get "the wants" too but I have so much and need nothing. Re -arranging is such a good feeling. Just moving a few things and highlighting others makes the whole place feel new.
    Decorating, fluffing and merchandising is pure fun for me. A real passion. I am resisting buying anything new b/c I have plenty I can rotate. Remind of this the next time go to Home Goods of the antique store!
    PS Kelly green sounds awesome... check the oops cans out at the paint store. If anything, I am a bargain shopper. Never one to pay full price!

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  15. It's those new lenses that God's trying to fit so snuggly upon our eyes.....hmmmmm.....right there with you Sister. It's a battle that I fight every second of the day. Something that has helped for me......my mind goes straight to the needs out there that are so much bigger then my "need" for something new. Just a thought........didn't seem Jesus cared to much for any"thing" new - the new He wanted was a transformation of hearts...."the old has gone, the new has come."

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  16. Well said! Thanks for the reminder. I find it hard to quiet my creative mind and be content. Have a great day!

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  17. Very well said! I get the itching too alot but just need to realize I already have so much do I really need more? Traci

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  18. love this...and i'm thinking your new perspective is prettier than any thing that can be bought.

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  19. are those alphabet letters yours??? I LOVE them! I have a collection of bland boring 'R's, since that is what my last name begins with. I am so drawn to color, yet also to neutral..Like you I am in a season of contentment, that I know is meant to be a "life" instead of a "season". Again from the perspective of eternity, we all have more than enough.

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  20. These things have been my prayer as well. It's hard to be content sometimes or even most of the time. Thank you for showing me some beauty in this post!

    And, hey! The sun is actually shinning over here in Seattle today! That's definitely beautiful!

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  21. Well said, i get the "wants" way to often. Hop over to allthingsvintage88.blogspot.com and check out the contentment quote. I love it! Sara

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  22. Hi Friend,
    Recently, I have been following along silently, enjoying your words, loving your heart, and being blessed by your sweet spirit. My life seems to be drowning in uncertainty, but I always find joy in your posts. Thank you! However, nothing can draw me out of my silence like the power of color...!!! I love color, and love that you are finding joy in the color you already have. : ) Your life is filled with my favorite kind of color, the color of love. A house busting, bursting, oozing full of "LOVEly" color. It is contaigous, heartwarming, and the goal for at least my home! Thank you for reminding us that color is all around us, we just have to look for it, and for showing us your crayon box...full of the colors of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control. You can come color in my world anytime!!! : )
    P.S. Love the seat cover & the letters on the wall, so cute!

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  23. you are an inspiration! thank you for continually challenging me...in a very good way. love ya, sister!

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  24. I just want to smile after this...
    and that is the truth:)
    xo

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  25. Something to think about....do you get this itch when the days are gray due to the season we are in? The landscape barren because it is resting it's tired self, days shorter equals darker. The color that you crave is asleep underground just waiting for it's turn again. I think I do. I painted my walls a warm putty gray when we moved in last year. In the summer it was cool and refreshing...now it's winter and the walls match the sky. Nothing much uplifting about it. The flower pots that sit right out the window of my kitchen that would dance and wave at me all summer are brown and dead. No color there. This usually really hits hard for me in January when the Christmas decorations and twinkly lights come down. That is where store bought daisies come in. I say it's cheaper than therapy or repainting the entire living/kitchen/dining room in our house!

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  26. You're a smart cookie! Thanks for the reminder. I too have all I need.

    -FringeGirl

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  27. I'm a color girl who lusts after beige. I just have to quiet my mind and be thankful for everything I have. It's hard.

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  28. You and I share some truths, in this instance. I seem to have this revelation over and over again! Maybe one of these times it's gonna stick.

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  29. I love color!!!!! Although when I see the trendier white,grey it does make me think about changing things up but who am I kidding with mostly boys in the house and two dogs colors hide dirt better LOL!!!!!!

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  30. I just came up my rickety old basement stairs from folding laundry amidst the cobwebs. I was thinking to myself, "if I had enough, I would buy two pairs of every style of jeans and slacks--one to hem for flats, and one for heels, just like the editors of 'Lucky' magazine suggest." Thanks for providing some butt-kicking perspective. I was getting so good at contentment for a while, and Christmas comes along with its sultry desire wrapped up in a silver bow. Lord help us. . . and can I borrow that bag? JK

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  31. Oh man...your last line is so powerful. I love your writing. It makes me reflect and reconnects me to everything that's truly important in my own life. You should write a book.

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  32. What a wonderful post!!!! Have a great weekend. = )))

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  33. Keep at this-we need more of this going around. Loved it completely.

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  34. Um. I'm going to eat all your Clementines. Because that's something I don't have enough of personally. I NEEEEEEEEED THEM.
    My stomach tells me this.

    just kidding. Sort of. I really loved this. I love the photos too, they are so cheery. It must be winter over there, you are compensating for your dead flowers?

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  35. You have such a beautiful way with words! Thanks for sharing your heart!

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  36. What could be more colorful than three chocolate colored kiddos dressed in their self chosen clothes for the day?? Our world is very colorful and beautiful, with constant change going on. How exciting is that?? Yes, we do have all we need and want, I can't think of anything else, except maybe a treadle sewing machine that works.

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  37. well said Sham. I too am searching for this contentment. It's my closest friend some days - and my long lost love on others. It's an exciting journey, learning that we don't need those THINGS to please our fickle soul. We have to have it one day, and a year later, we are sick of it. xo

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  38. i like it, more like, i love it! great post.

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  39. LOVE the color.
    glad I'm not alone in my love for it!

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  40. EXACTLY.RIGHT. THANK YOU, MY DEAR.


    (the idea of creating a whole new "christmas scheme" is rattling around in my head and make me crazy) READ: MORE CRAZY THAN USUAL.

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  41. You always have a way of speaking right to me. I have recently be craving more gray and white. I have always used color but like you mentioned, new things cost more than a buck. This post reminds me to just embrace what I have. Now to go and check out the posts I have missed during my unofficial blog reading break :(

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  42. "Beauty uncovered trumps beauty bought."
    Best thing I've heard in a long time.

    It's hard to just be content sometimes. I think it's a decision we have to keep making. A decision to stick to.
    Here's to contentment!

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  43. Um, Shannon (hope it's with an "o" and not an "a"), I'm spending some serious time on your ole blog here, and I'm literally SMITTEN. Could you be more adorable? And your writing is exquisite, making me crave some creative writing. LOVED getting to meet you...and so thankful Layla introduced us. Following you now, girl. :-) shaunna

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