November 24th, 2006
Apparently, “Save Us From Our House”, wasn’t enough. People seem to be taking decorating so seriously, that there is a second show that requires a therapist & a designer. This show is called “Under 1 Roof”. If I wanted to see emotional healing I’d be watching Dr. Phil. I want to see random stuff liquid nail-ed to walls, & watch people fight over paint colors. These shows really make decorating seem like the main emotional problem in these peoples lives. Our world has some serious problems, & these shows just make me think, of all the people in the world who need therapists, of all the people who can’t afford therapy, or who are never given an opportunity to get help, we are giving them to ones who can’t decide what their basements should be?
November 21st, 2006
When I think of Thanksgiving I think of: food, fighting, awkward conversations, pumpkin pie, washing dishes, loud football games, & even manage to throw gratitude & celebration in there. The one thing I don’t think of is the word relaxing. Most of us have lists a mile long of relative’s spouses names, conversation topics to avoid, shopping lists, timed schedules, dishes to buy etc. The average person’s list for Thanksgiving is a mile long. So find your list & cross at least one thing off. (I suggest that it not be ‘dinner’, there will probably be a revolt). This is a holiday, so let’s make it a little easier. So maybe Thanksgiving can’t be relaxing, but maybe it can be relaxing-er. Maybe relaxing-er can even a word…maybe not.
November 20th, 2006
I’m not a big fan of centerpieces on thanksgiving tables. Mostly because that is where the food goes, & if someone has been awake cooking since 5 in the morning, it better be all about the food. So I prefer to bring the decorating element in with napkin rings. They don’t take up much space, they are sparkly, & they add an air of elegance that says “I’m together enough to use napkin rings, yes they are completely unnecessary but I’m just that with it”. Here are some ideas for some easy to use napkin rings that even kids can help with.
1. Tie raffia around the napkin for a harvest look.
2. Cut a few inches of wire ribbon. Then glue the ends together so it forms a ring. This is a sleek modern look.
3. Take a faux sunflower & bend the stem into a circle. Cut off the excess with wire cutters. Then wrap the stem in floral tape for a finished look.
November 17th, 2006
Here is another Martha Stewart thing I can handle: a preplanned Thanksgiving menu. It has everything you will need to buy & even a timed schedule. Plus, the menu shows some creativity without being so different as to warrant protests. (Roast Turkey with Herb Butter and Rich Gravy, Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing, Wild Rice, Walnut, and Cranberry Dressing, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple, Potato and Squash Mash, Cranberry Chutney & Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping). If I’m going to spend all that time/money on cooking it better taste really good, & this menu looks fantastic. Plus I’ve never done anything that Martha-y before. Who would’ve thought I would be able to handle a Martha Stewart Thanksgiving?
November 15th, 2006
I will give points to HGTV for the title “Save Us From Our House”. I pictured a large, two story, cartoon house with teeth, chasing the homeowners down the street. Suddenly a superhero in tights whisks out of the sky to the rescue. The actual show was much less interesting. The show teams a designer & a therapist to bring a family together & well…save them from their house. So while the designer is painting away, the therapist will have the family play drums together or do a ropes course, or something to solve all their emotional problems. I’m all for emotional problems being solved, I really am. My only question is…When did decorating become so stressful & damaging to the mental health? Decorating should be fun, not emotionally scarring. This show really could use someone in a cape & tights.