So. I may have mentioned, back in the fall sometime, that I am working on my family room. (If you follow me on Pinterest, you have probably checked out my "Family Room" board, and you have an idea of what I am going for!) It is a slow process, mainly because I don't want to put anything in the room that I don't really love. Since I am very particular, it is taking awhile to complete. The only project that I have shared regarding the family room is the lamp, which I do love!
Sometime in October, I started clearing out the family room and switching out furniture. The walls were bare and I was ready to pick out a paint color. The problem was, my schedule was not allowing me time to choose colors, and I knew that even if I did pick a color I wouldn't have time to paint with the holidays rapidly approaching. So, my walls stood bare for about a week. Then I started going crazy in the bareness, and I had to put something on the walls. STAT!
Honestly! Wouldn't this make you a little nuts?!
Oh my! It was a Friday afternoon when I snapped. Our home bible study group was coming over in a few hours. I didn't want to run out to buy anything because, remember, I didn't/don't want to put anything in this room that I don't really love. I did concede, however, that if I was using items that I already had laying around it wouldn't be wasteful to decorate in the interim, and then just put them back into the "to-be-made-into-something-fabulous" pile that continues to grow in my basement. ;) I went to said pile and grabbed a bunch of random items. I had loads of black, plastic frames, which I spray painted a variety of colors. I had an old mirror that I attached new eyes and wire to. Then I just started hanging the items, trying to add some life and color to the room.
What do you think?
It's a little crazy, and most likely temporary, but, in my opinion, it is waaaaaaaaaaay better than a blank wall! Oh! Notice that broken plate? Of course you do! Funny story...
I was in a hurry to get my wall together before bible study, and I didn't have the right sized plate hanger. I remembered seeing a great tip on Pinterest about gluing a safety pin to the back of a plate to make an invisible hanger. Fantastic! Well, fantastic if you follow the directions and use the right glue. But, remember, I was in a hurry and didn't have hours to let the glue dry, so I decided to use hot glue. Go ahead and laugh, but you know you would have been tempted... Anyhow, the plate hung perfectly...for about 45 minutes. Then it crashed to the floor. I started laughing and just cleaned up the pieces and was getting ready to throw it away, but my son was crying. CRYING!
He said that the plate was so pretty (he was only five at the time, so I feel okay sharing this, but when he is older I will have to start getting his permission before I write about him!) and it was just the right color and that it was still "useful". That was his word. Useful. So, the next day, I found the correct plate hanger, and I hung the broken plate. Some people have joked about it, and I joke back that I could preach a sermon on that broken plate.
Well, I am not joking now. I love that little, broken plate because it reminds me of me...or, all of us, really. We are broken, but not destroyed. We still have value. Worth. We are useful. Pretty even. It reminds me that no failure is final. That I will not be tossed aside. That there is a purpose that only I can fill, a place that will be empty without me. I really could preach a sermon on this...Keep hanging on little, broken plate, and I will too!
Enjoy the Son!
P.S. If you look in the mirror in the picture above, you will get a sneak peak at the next project for the family room! ;)