Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Don't quit your day job...


It all started because I wanted to do a simple little table top.  You see, I had that new book, One Thousand Gifts, and I had an empty nest. I thought it might be nice to copy the nest on the cover and display them together.


I also found these pretty blue ceramic thingies at Cracker Barrel. I had it in my head to pile them in that treasure box that I've yakked about along with the word grace. (Well, actually, I had it in my head to tile out the word eucharisteo, but it didn't fit.

So I chose grace.

And I wanted to put them on the side table near my prayer chair. In my head, it was going to look wonderful.

On the table, it just looked blah.
Clearly not enough stuff for the space.

So I added a plant.  I'm pretty sure something either taller or shorter would have been better, but this happens to be the only plant alive here right now.

It still looked blah, and just too dark. This is not the look I'm going for.

 I thought maybe an old window behind it would help.

It's still just too dark to me.
 I thought maybe it needed more blue so I changed out the grace thingie.

Fixed the letters and tried another plant holder.
I don't like this one any better than the first one.  

Then I flew this little bird to the top because I'm a remedial table topper and was trying to have more blue and more height.

Tried it with just the bird on the box.
Didn't like that either.

Folks, no matter what I did, I just didn't like it. I'm so disappointed because I really do think the concept was a good one and would be nice for the Easter season.

I have dinked with this stupid thing for a day and a half because I'm too stubborn to quit. I moved it to the foyer and even the half bath. I moved it to the kitchen on the baker's rack. I didn't like it there well enough to move out all my new red accessories.

I was (and am) so frustrated that I lined it all up on the fireplace with some more blue stuff.  I sort of  like it against the white, but that presents yets another problem.

I had to remove the picture that usually lives there because it clashed. Now, I have a huge gaping white hole behind it. I could put a mirror behind it, but the one that fits is brass. I don't think that would look very good, and no... I'm not willing to paint it for the sake of a seasonal mantel.

So there's the whole ugly mess.
If anyone can fix what ails it, I would truly appreciate the advice.

Clearly, I'm not linking to any parties.
I do have some pride, you know.


no spring chicken said...

You are precious!! It was just as much fun as you thought it would be jumping around with you from image to image! So how about the window behind the whole shebang again? Maybe vintage easter images printed from the internet) in blues in the panes? I'm feeling it with you. So disappointing when things don't match up with the image in our heads.

Blessings, Debbie

Red Couch Recipes said...

This reminds me of the book"If You Give a Pig a Pancake." I like them all! So I am not help here and I like the idea of making a little vignette inspired by a book you love! Have fun feathering little birdie! Joni

Big Fat Mama! said...

You are SO funny!! I think the end picture is just right! :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

See, this is why I stick to cooking and pigs! The whole decorating thing can get a bit overwhelming for me... Personally, I like them all but think the window behind the display really adds something. Of course that opinion does come from a woman with dancing pigs in her header:@)

Denise said...

Hi Debbie,

I can certainly relate to your frustration. I feel like I've been going through this in various rooms of my house for 15 years now. I personally prefer the tablescape with the nest, the blue "ceramic thingies" in the box with the bird on top, and the vintage window behind. That is a great tableau! I love the toile curtains in your kitchen (I've got a thing for toile).

I've been keeping up with your posts, even though I haven't done a table in about six weeks. Life got really busy all of a sudden. I really LOVED your tablescape last week about golf and the Masters Tournament. That was so creative! You are so funny, your posts make me laugh out loud. I especially enjoyed the posts about "Miss Whimsy" helping you re-design your blog. My husband and I have decided that BlogSpot can be VERY quirky. I was trying to add pictures to my sidebar last night, and things were disappearing and re-appearing. I got so aggravated, I told my husband I felt like I needed to be put in "Time Out". Anyway, I finally got it straightened out this morning. Please stop by my blog and see my tablescape if you have a chance.

Denise @ Forest Manor

southerninspiration said...

You are's all about the evolving process, isn't it? It would take me being there with my hands on everything to actually figure it out. I think the only thing wrong with the vignette with the bird on the box with the greenery in the middle is that the greenery just needs to be a little bigger/higher. If you could move it so that it's the tallest thing, that might work. But you do have a good eye to pull it all just walking by it every so often and rearranging it, right??? Been there, done that, many a time!!
Take care.. and enjoy the process!

southerninspiration said...

What about putting the window behind the things on the mantle? and maybe add a vintage card or art'll get it right!

Dayle said...

Well I happen to like that mantle, just as you have it, Miss Decorator Debbie. I predict in a day or two that "gaping white hole" will actually grow on you. I did a new shelf in my bathroom not long ago (hey, I haven't even posted about that little happening either), going from crowded to airy. Took me a few days to love it, but now I do.

Ann said...

Love it all, actually, but I can understand your frustration, Debbie. On going battle here as well.

I do echo the suggestion of putting the old window behind the whole thing, but perhaps use some clear blue stuff to put behind one or two of the windows?

Notice the use of the word "stuff." CRS has set in and I forgot what the "stuff" is called. It's like a plastic piece of paper, but clear .... and comes in lots of colors. LOL! I think you can also get it in patterns, but I like the idea of a solid blue ... sort of like "cheap" stained glass.

Good luck with it!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Well, I liked it in the first spot, so I'm no help! I think it's adorable, Debbie.

What if you added more green to it. Not sheet moss because that would go everywhere. I'll have to think, but I think it's cute!


Sheila :-)

FrouFrouBritches said...

Well, I like the last pictre of the tabletop with the box open and the bird on top. I LOOOOVE the vintage window!!! LOOOVE! Anyway, the mantle looks good too. Would the vintage window show up on the mantle since it's a white wall? I love the toile curtains from the kitchen shot! Looove toile!

At The Picket Fence said... this is only my very, very humble opinion...but I thought ALL of them looked great! Maybe it was just that I was so thrilled to be getting to see more of your lovely home (kinda felt like 'Tom' there for a second!) but I agree that the last one against the white is makes it all really pop. What about putting that window up there on the mantle with a wreath hanging from it? I gotta say, I'm loving decoratin' Debbie just as much as Yakkin' Debbie! :-)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Hi Debbie,

My mom is a designer who paid a girl $50.00 yesterday to come in and help her with a paint color for her living room yesterday! She suggested a sage green, green being mom's favorite color. I said next time call me and send me the bucks! I have been laughing all day. We are all loosing it.

Yours is quite pretty actually. You do need height and something to replace your picture I think. I've seen a lot of shutters and mirrors a big mirror hanging around? The birds, nest and book are lovely!!!

Hang tight.

Anonymous said...

Aunt Debbie,

I love this post! I also like all of your locations. For the mantle, what if tried to do some sort of vase with twigs for height? Just an idea.

Kathleen said...

I like the arrangement in front of the window pane!
It looks lovely, and I love GRACE, my mom's name and my gdau's middle name!
Amazing Grace! :)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Too much fun...sounds so like a conversation of my friend aka Ethel and I aka Lucy have all the time...only we have to do the pictures through our cell phones.
Well I so enjoyed and all of them looked great. Now my son just bought tons of those windows to resell...wooden windows for an old gym.

Love the Grace...I not sure I can say the other word right...LOL

Sherry said...

I think it all looks good. I have the same problem when I photograph anything on the interior of the house, away from a window. When I use natural light it makes everything look good.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I laughed all the way through!! Thank you that was so funny, I'm a crafter not a decorator! I will tell you though to give yourself credit, at least you recognize when it is not right, even if you don't know how to get it right. I see a lot of things on the web that i am going WHAT!


Custom Comforts said...

I like the window and the blue bird, but maybe, a frame is just the thing. I think you're entirely too hard on yourself, because it looks very nice, but then it doesn't matter what other people think if we don't like it ourselves. You entertained me tonight :)

Carol said...

How annoying! I do like the window....a lot! I say prop it up on the mantel with the rest! All the components of the vignette are lovely.

Angel said...

Debbie, I love it all but I'm in no position to judge. As I write, I have a picture that has been leaning against the wall for weeks because I can't commit to hanging it - not sure where it will look best. So I have total empathy! :) But, honestly, I do love all your cute knick knacks and think they look lovely on your mantle.

Babs said...

Too funny! I do the same thing and then finally give up and try something else another day. I did like the one with the window behind it though. I'm not good at vignettes, so you won't see me on to many of those parties.
Hope you get it sorted out,

elizabeth said...

I enjoyed reading about your evolving/revolving decorating. I do the same thing!

Jennie said...

This is a selfishly motivated comment. I want you to post more like this...because *this* sums up every.single. attempt I have ever made at decorating. And it makes me feel better.


Hopefully one of your more-gifted friends will have something helpful to offer!

Amy Kinser said...

Hey girl! You are so funny and I would love to be there tweaking that little vignette with you. I think it all looks pretty.

I'm with the ladies who said to try the window behind the stuff on the mantel. You can always add a thing or two to the panes or leave it blank. You know I love using old windows. Remember also that you can write on the glass panes with a paint marker.

Ms.Daisy said...

I'm going to echo a lot of commenters who said they'd go back to the one with the window behind the tableau. I liked that one a lot...see I'm no help at all! I like the way you think, though.


Sue said...

Boy, can I relate. Why do you think I never post my kitchen or family room ~ 2 rooms with that problem and I can never get it right!!

Back to your dilemma, I like the window, how would that look on your mantel? Just the book, the nest, the grace and the window. Simple and spare...

Any which way, I love the book you are featuring. It's a beauty!

Anita said...

I swear you are so funny that I don't even notice what you think is "wrong" with your vignette adventure! Really Debbie your writing just draws me right in, and the linky party line, well I can't stop laughing. I play with things forever here, then always go back to the way I had it in a photo from 2 years ago. I don't like change!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Debbie! I so loved this post because I can so relate!! LOL! I have faith that you
WILL find a perfect way to display your treasures! blessings ~ tanna

Denise said...

So sorry I won't be much help as I struggle with the tabletop "stuff" too. I actually think you're on the right track with the whole thing. You probably do need some height with your plant. I also like the whole thing in front of the window. (Either on the table or the mantle). Not sure which of my daughters suggested the twigs in a vase, but I like that as well. (Twigs & birds just seem to go together?)

I also liked the idea of either a wreath or more writing on the window.

At least you're trying...I am not.

Barbara F. said...

This was so funny and charming, and boy can I ever relate! I am still trying to do a spring/Easter arrangement that I could take a decent shot of and put on my baby blog. It just isn't happening for me. Not from a lack of inspiration, that keeps flowing into my computer, I think I need to just take a deep breath, relax and see what happens. I am rather linky-challenged :-)

Barbara F. said...

And now I'm following your blog! xo,

Tricia said...

Oh, I'm so glad to know others also struggle with creating satisfying vignettes! It takes me a LOT of playing to get things to look "right." But it IS fun, and if I'm not under time pressure (with guests arriving momentarily, say), I like the creative outlet.

Crickit said...

I actually really liked it on the table with the window pane behind it! You are very creative...don't be too hard on yourself. :)


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debby, I really loved the table vignette with the window behind it! You are soooo funny! I thought all of the vignettes looked so pretty. You can come vignette at my house any time you want to! laurie

Sharon Kirby said...

This wouldn't have been nearly as much fun or funny if you hadn't photographically documented every permutation! You crack me up...

I like the last picture on the mantle. But I think I'd add the window. I really liked the window - it gave it that outdoors indoors kinda feel. Plus, Mr. Bluebird would really like to think that he's still free, and looking in your window - and not trapped on the mantle with a bunch of rogue blue ceramic thingies...

Grace =


...and I think you nailed that!!


The Decorative Dreamer said...

I just had to weigh in on this one too,even though I am officially on break. LOL! I like photo no.7 from the bottom up! The original vignette with the window pane, white planter and blue letter tile holder. I would add a white lace runner here of some sort if you have it, maybe battenburg or anything lighter in color and pattern that matches the lightest blue floral balls? Remember doing vignettes is fun because you end up changing it all out again very soon anyway! :)) LOL!

Rettabug said...

I'm laughing in recognition with you! I do the same fact, have been working an Easter table to death this past week!!! LOL I understand & commiserate with you, but honestly, I think you're hard on yourself. ALL OF THEM look GREAT!


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