Wednesday, February 24, 2010

~my problems with blogs/blogging~

Hello, my name is Melaine
{not Melanie as some of you would like to call me}
and I have a problem.
Every morning after the kids get on the bus, I make myself a latte and sit down to catch up on my favorite blogs.
So, what is the problem you ask?
Well, here is a good example.
See the photo below?
Well, it makes me want to turn my husband into a cowboy so we can get horses and live on a farm.
And this photo from here
makes me realize I should
really start de-cluttering and get more organized,
simplify things, ya know?

And Kim, would you please stop rubbing your chickens in my face!
You know our neighborhood does not allow them and I have wanted them for so long! I have always said you need to count your chickens because one day when you are away I am going
to come steal one or two!
You think I'm kidding?

And I may just have to re-do my whole kitchen
after seeing how easy Brooke makes it look!

I am reminded that even though I now own a

good camera I still can't take pictures like this.

I also really need to stop my procrastinating and get on that craft room of mine! Not that mine would look half as good as this friends.

And seeing photos like this makes me want to paint the world gray.
Ugh, there is not enough hours in the day!
Can anyone else relate, or is it horrible of me to keep wanting to change things up, hope, and dream for better things?
Don't get me wrong.
I am so grateful for what I have, I just see photos like these and want to snap my fingers and have them all!
Please tell me I am not alone!
xoxo

75 comments:

Caroline said...

Not alone. I've been told that I will never be content...

well, I'm content in my discontented-ness.

= )

Lori said...

Nope not alone at all! You actually inspired me to lighten and brighten up my living room with a new rug! I just have to keep priorities straight and do one thing at a time!

Hillcrest Acres said...

Oh, you are so not alone. I'm right there with you. As soon as my kiddies are on the bus, I grab a Pepsi and head to the den. I plan on sitting for a few minutes, catching up on my daily blog reads and next thing I know the minutes have turned into an hour or so.

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful photos. I always enjoy looking at your wonderful, inspirational photos that make me want to redecorate.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Oh no, Oh NO! I am entirely cringing inside - I'm positive that I have called you "Melanie" before. People have misspelled my name my forever and it's been one of the tiny annoyances of my life. I try extra hard to get the names of other right! And I've seen your name a hundred times on your blog and have always still read it as Melanie! Ack!

Please forgive me. Duly noted. :)

And I have the same blog problem you have. (And your blog is one of the "worst" offenders!) ;)

-Shannan

Pam @ Design Fanatic said...

Melaine, you are not alone. So much to do (reading blogs & working on projects), so little time!

Becky@Tea Party said...

Your definately not alone! The blog world lets us run wild with design ideas, that can change from just the push of a button from someones upload. I constantly remind myself that my home reflects my lifestyle and my family, which will never be exactly the same as someone elses.

But we can all dream right?

ps...the chicken stealing crossed my mind as we used to have them and don't anymore after moving into town ;) Last week I even started to design a chicken coop in my head!

Katie said...

You are not alone! Funny thing is I feel like this after I see pictures of your home~you are so very talented and I love your style. You have been so much of an inspiration for me with many things I have done to my own home and projects I have started! If I wouldn't have found your blog I wouldn't have done or thought I could do half the things I have dug into! Thank you, Melaine! <3

Barbara said...

You are soooo not alone!
I check in on my blog friends most every day...they inspire me to want to start projects...and then...I look at the clock. OMG! I haven't taken a shower yet, I have to get to work, I need to get started on a homework project, I have a design project I could get paid for if I get it done or the best yet, my husband will be home soon and I haven't decided what to make for dinner, let alone cook it! LOL!
There are just not enough hours to a day!

Mari said...

I could have written your post today...you are not alone at all! I struggle with all the same things.

A Life In Focus Photography said...

it is a very addictive habit. and i love it! i don't care if i have't brushed my teeth yet!

Angie said...

Hello my name is Angie..... Nope your not alone!! ;)

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

I would LOVE to have chickens! Like that's ever going to happen in a Washington D.C. suburb.

Great photos!

Angie said...

Forgot to say that the only difference between us is your home is one of the ones that make me want to jump up and change everything! ;)

nell ann said...

You are so completely absolutely not alone!!! I wish I had 100 rooms so that each one could look like my favorite blogs. : ) I turn on sesame street and bloghop. I'm going to write a letter to PBS that SS should start being longer!

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

Oh you are so not alone in this problem! My husband is about to kill me with all the grand ideas I have been pulling out lately! Also, now I want chickens again - gosh darn it why did I have to see those chickens and love them! And why do I love chickens?! Also, that kitchen with those old trophy cups - oh my gosh!

Linda said...

I feel like it's part of our make-up, the need to create- we are always creating all around us! We can't help it LOL!

momof3girls said...

to funny!!! I always feel like such a under achiever when I read some the super mom's blog!!! I feel like I should write an apology letter right there and then to my kids and hubby! Then I get excited with inspiration (sorta like Bridget Jones) and think, "right now today this is where it all changes" I am inspired I whip out my spiral make a list of things I need to work on the projects I have seen, I glance quickly at the clock and AHHHH!!! It is time to go pickup the kids!! Really that is just my crazy days, normally I am calm and try to keep my prioritize on track by being a list maker. but still... I have my days!!! Thanks for your blog!

Audrey said...

You have inspired me as those blogs have inspired you. So know that you are not alone. :)

Kris and Jen said...

Too funny!!! I too have a problem and spend way to much time on blogs/ blogging and then an hour before my husband comes home I am frantic because I have so much to do! LOL! I also want to paint the whole house gray today!! Love it lately. Thank you for coming out:) Jen @ http://www.inyourbackpocket.blogspot.com

Irene b said...

sure you are not alone!!!but is good to be inspired and dream!
kisse from italie

Irene b said...

sure you are not alone!!!but is good to be inspired and dream!
kisse from italie

Susan said...

I know just how you feel!!!

It's the worst for me when one great blog leads to another, and then to another, and then I completely forgot how I've gotten somewhere in the first place!!!

Chez Zizi said...

You are not alone. I feel the same way. I also feel like I wish I would go out of my box and try some of the things I love in my own home.
In time my friend, in time (a t least that is what I tell myself).

Zizette

susie said...

Melaine, Angie at offers beginner photography classes online. Hope this helps.

http://www.angieseamanphotography.blogspot.com/

paige said...

are you kidding?
yes...i think i need a cowboy, allwhite home, painted wood floors, farmhouse kitchen, well--an entire farmhouse, great knowledge of photoshop
AND
the chickens too

now....back to the reality of the darn laundry!

{great post}!!

Amy R. said...

You are not alone! I have the same blogging sickness and I drive myself (and my husband) crazy most of the time. I do not have the time right now with little ones at home, but I still find a way to make changes though, just cheap ones.
I just love your blog!
Amy

beachy keen girl said...

I totally understand...so many favorites. And so many unique and fun decorating styles! What's a girl to do?! ;)

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh Melanie,
I completely know how you feel! I see these beautiful blogs and their homes and feel like my own home is so inadequate compared to theirs. And don't get me started on my photos, they always turn out yellow! Help!!! I love your blog though, and I am so excited I just found it. I am now a follower!
Have a great day!
Sincerely,
Melinda
Alabaster Rose Designs & 15 Bella Vie

Ryan said...

Count me in too. I do the exact same thing. And I want it all right NOW. Its awful. We need to for a support group or something

Hana said...

Ummm no, you are NOT alone! We should start a support group "Dreamers Anonymous". Hi, My name is Hana and I am a dreamer...and addicted to blog stalking, and design coveting...

:o)

Between You and Me said...

You are so not alone. I've sat down to do a post like this one so many times...I just have a hard time narrowing it down to 5 or 6!!!

Misty said...

YOUR blog does this to me!!!!

Patty said...

I feel that way every time I look at all the blogs I have bookmarked!!!! The rooms are so inspiring and gorgeous, I just have to steal the looks. My house is always in a state of change!!!!

Amanda said...

Yep, just as bad as you here....guess why? Because I seriously want YOUR family room! lol

dewgiesgirl said...

Melaine, just take a look at all your before and after pictures to see how far you've come. You know that you are one of the ones making other people want to redecorate their homes...so I guess you are a contributor to other people's dilemas :) Hee Hee!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

You are not alone. I love blogs - I am so happy I discovered this little world. I love all the photo's and ideas. I saw the chickens as well and wanted them for my own. There are so many beautiful rooms and it just makes me strive to make my home a better place. Your post was really funny and I could strongly relate!

Dear Lillie said...

Ahhh - I am so embarrased! I wrote your name as Melanie on my blog when featuring My Sweet Savannah a few weeks ago - I just went and fixed it and your name is now correct! So sorry about that! I don't have that trouble seeing how my name is the most ordinary name of my generation, Jennifer =), but noone spells my daughter, Lillie's name right! Anyway, I am with you on this blogging problem!

Miss Obara said...

Nope. not alone!

Emily said...

I'm in the Exact same boat.

Kacey said...

You're not alone! On the one hand, I don't know what I'd do without the blog world. On the other hand, I think I'd definitely be a lot more content with what I have - and my to-do list would be much shorter!

Robin said...

You are so not alone.

Laundry needs to be done, I'm surrounded by toys and clutter and the kids need to be woke up from their naps - - yet here a sit, blissfully reading and dreaming!

Jenn said...

Amen...You have me hooked on your blog! :)

Crystal said...

Amen, you are absolutely not alone. I have so many thoughts of my own and then add only the great blog ideas. What do you get?? A overzealous, pracrastinating and overwhelmed housewife, yikes. I am trying to work on this scattering of ideas, not doing to well at this moment :) It is great to know you are not alone though.

Have a blessed week.

Ms. Bake-it said...

You are most definitely not alone. I see so many ideas floating around blogland that I would love to incorporate into my home thus leaving me sometimes feeling a little discontent. But I too am grateful for what I have. There is nothing wrong with us wanting to spruce up what we have and sigh wistfully at pictures of other bloggers' homes. It is what inspires us to make the best of what we have and to be even more creative than we thought we were.

~ Tracy

Rie said...

Oh no! This post almost makes me think blogging about my love of design isn't a good idea. I would never want anyone to think less of themselves on my account (not saying that's true of anyone with me, but even the thought of that makes me sad). I'm going to do a post soon on how "dreamhomes are relative". Ideals can change so much based on so many circumstances. In our case, we have a blind daughter whom we adopted a year ago, and let me tell you, that has TOTALLY changed our perspective on what a "dreamhome" requires. It's part of the reason we'll be moving back to Suburbia! Anyway.... I personally blog about design because I just love it so. I would hope I would love it so no matter what house or apartment I lived in. I enjoy other's blogs because of the inspiration they give me. I'm thankful for your post though, and makes me realize how much more *real* I could and should be in relating with others.

Tina said...

Hi Melaine:) You are certainly NOT alone my dear!! You have just pretty much summed up my days:) I am so happy and feel so grateful for what I have too... but these pics are just too tempting and then I want to do it all. May I say that your blog is one of the ones that unravels me too (in a nice way). I get so much inspiration from you and just have to change something whenever I read your posts:) Hope you have a wonderful day, that latte sounds so good I am off to the kitchen to make one and who knows what else I will change while I'm in there:) ~ Tina xx

Michelle F said...

Me too. I know what I like but can't say exactly what my style is.

katiedid said...

Well....I am new to you lovely blog and realize my problem with blogging is that I keep finding new excellent blogs, and I cannot keep up with them all!I am so glad to have found yours through Things that Inspire. I will be back now I have added you to my bloglist!!

Tami SouthStreetShabby.blogspot.com said...

You are certainly NOT ALONE! I find myself dreaming about homes and furnishings that I didn't even know I liked and certainly didn't think they were my 'style'. What's up with that? I dream about adding a room like 'that' and an entry or laundry room like 'that'! Sometimes I'm so exhausted after redecorating in my head, that I need to take time out.
Tha one thing we can all agree on is this...all of these blogging 'friends' have wonderful vision and imagination...and thank heaven's for that...I couldn't afford to make all the changes that I make in my head. Nice to be able to see them in blog friends homes. :-) Tami

chair up said...

I'm guessing it's not a good sign when you're dreaming about blogs at night! I keep telling myself I'm going to take a break, but I can't bear the thought of missing out on something. It's like I have this craving for whatever it is I am getting from reading all these blogs....hmmm, the word addiction springs to mind.
Every time I see people write Melanie, I do a little cringe on your behalf:o)
Angex

Jeanne Oliver said...

You are so sweet to include my studio! Just think of all the people drooling everyday over your home!!! I love Brooke's kitchen..seriously amazing!

Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

Your blog is one of my favorites. I love your style and personality you put into it. Everytime I visit, I want to go and paint, sew and decorate everything white(cream) and shabby! And, no your not alone. :)

Carolyn said...

You are definitely not alone!

Carolyn

Fearless Nester said...

And what a wonderful addiction it is to need our daily *fix* of inspiration! When I need more, I just come here. Great post Melaine! ~Lili

Tamra said...

My husband is a Cowboy, I have chickens, I have all the necessities of my royal rustic life like ironstone, silver and burlap and yet.....I AM SOOOOO ADDICTED TO BLOGS!!!!!

I have to be careful when I sit down or the next thing I know it's one in the morning and I still can't stop!

Oh and yes Brooke's kitchen makeover was too die for. So simple yet so elegant and such a transformation. That's what keeps me coming back for more.

Amy said...

you see my problem with blogging is that it inspires me to do all these things as well, but i end up spending the ENTIRE day blogging...

WhiteWhispers2u said...

LOL~So true to the comment above.Addiction~isn't easy to walk away.

I think I will just call you Mel to be safe.......I did know your name, maybe not how to pronounce it.

Your home is beautiful be proud~Happy 2 be U! If a house is ever really done it's time to move on.~Kim or K is fine

thedomesticfringe said...

I can totally relate. There's so much inspiration out there. I love each picture more than the last.

-FringeGirl

Chrissy said...

Well,this is the best post I have seen in a long time,love your humor!! Oh,and I feel your pain,sometimes blog hopping is a bad thing!!! All the best,Chrissy

AK-Magnolia House said...

Well, I feel your pain! Sometimes I think. OK. Just one more picture, one more blogger page and then I am shutting down till the evening. Then 3 hours goes by...But guess what?? We all owe it to ourselves to enjoy life to its fullest and therefore to enjoy what we like to do on our own time. lol
Great post. AK

Morning T said...

I am with you 150% and posted something similar last week. UGH...so many beautiful and inspiring blogs...so little time!!
Yours is fabulous by the way.
Hugs~
T

Natasha said...

OK, so CLEARLY you are not alone, that we have established....

Now what to do about this??
I think that all bloggers are dreamers, I think we have found an outlet and a community to share our passions and frustrations, a place for us all to share our dreams, get advice, steal as well as share good ideas, but most of all a place to find inspiration to carry on in our own, not always so glamorous, lives.

great blog entry, clearly what we are all thinking!! ;)

Northen Light
http://so-much-more-than-nl.blogspot.com/

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I can totally relate. Blogging has been so fun and motivational for me, but it has also made me feel discontent about a lot of things in my home. It's hard to not get caught up in the numbers and trends and ideas and on and on. I have to constantly remind myself of the things that are really important.

Fawn @ Patina Soul said...

I agree with Miss Mustard seed.
It's so easy to get caught up in all the pretty stuff. We are all so blessed...we just have to remind ourselves often, if not daily of that. So many beautiful homes in blog land...but nobody shows the storage rooms or the junk drawers. ;)
Great post!

Linda Q said...

So many ideas, so little time!
I agree and understand, Melaine!!
And I got your name down.
Linda

Dreamy Whites said...

Dear Melaine,
Okay you are so darn cute! Yes I know the feeling, Your blog does it to ME all the time. I am the type of person that can paint and repaint. But I also feel so blessed to have discovered all the amazing talent that is out there, LIKE you. I get so excited when I see something new, I have to admit it might put me in a frenzy and all the furniture in the house might get completely rearranged. Or it makes me get the paint out, and repaint a room in a weekend. But I must admit I love the excitement of finding something inspirational. Your blog was one of the first blogs I came across, and was blown away. You made me want to put my foot into blogging. Your hard work inspires so many. You know how many nights my sisters and I have talked about you and your blog. A LOT. Keep up the great work, and maybe I'll learn how to run the saw because of you, now that would be a miracle.
Take Care,
Maria
p.s I love being in contact with you, you are a real sweetheart. Thanks for putting one of my pictures on your post and a link to me. You are the real inpsiration!

Kathy said...

You hit the nail on the head with this one.....I am glad there are other dreamers out there just like me....so many times I wonder why I can't be content, is this an illness?

Fabulously french said...

You are not alone, I think that we all suffer from the same illness and what a fabulous illness to have :-)

It is one illness that I hope there is no cure for.....

Leeann x

HSPIN said...

I spend the first 2 hours of my morning doing the EXACT same thing... collecting ideas, pictures, techniques,,,, then I scramble to get the kids to school with high hopes of implementing some of these ideas while they are gone... only to come home and spend the rest of the afternoon cleaning the house to get it READY to implement said ideas.... then the kids are back and I haven't started a damn thing!

Life was a lot simpler when the only web-sites with ideas were Apartment Therapy and Martha Stewart. Alas,,, the blog-o-sphere has rocked my world (WHAT??? Ideas that a normal person can ACTUALLY DO???)

Bennett & Co. said...

I totally agree. There are times that I can't read blogs at night because I then can't sleep. My head spins with ideas. I tap into your blog every morning. You gave me the inspiration to create my own: http://BennettandCompany.blogspot.com

Thanks - enjoying MSS...

cindy said...

I'm with ya!....it's fun to dream though...some of these bloggers are SO talented, (you included).

Sylvia (at) Lily's Pad and Petals said...

Oh boy - I can sooooo relate !

Berlin Deluxxe said...

I am delighted to have discovered your blog, all so lovely!

mimi charmante said...

and I keep telling you - sneak a pair of hens in!!!
have a fabulous weekend,
xx

Kare@Trublue2 said...

Love this post Melaine!! Great minds think alike! I recently came across Dreamy Whites and the minute I read Maria's bio and saw that picture of the cowboy hat, I had to wonder...

"A cute cowboy for a husband" sounds so cute! Gee, would my husband, the incurable prepster, ever consider becoming a cowboy so I could say those cute words? I still laugh at the thought of it!

You are so not alone! And My Sweet Savannah was one of my first addictions, by the way...

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