Tuesday, November 25, 2014

When Is It A Good Time To Change Your Mind?

Yesterday afternoon, my friend came to knit for a few hours and now I am three button holes and seven rows away from completing the scarf, however... with all my jars of buttons... and as it so typically goes... I don't have the right buttons. Sometime today I need to fit a visit to Fabricland into my schedule to find the "perfect" buttons and finish. I could just finish it like a without buttons only I want to be able to wear it as an eternity scarf and loop and drape it in whatever way I want without those bulky twists that can happen. I could change my mind but I don't have to and I don't want to so I won't.





When is it a good time to change your mind? IMHO right when you have that niggling that something isn't right and before you do a whole heck of a lot of work heading in the wrong direction. Knowing when this - whatever this may be - isn't going the way you want it to is a skill I developed creating textile art and one that has been completely transferable to other parts of life. It's far more often possible and way less work to stop right at that moment, pay attention, and change directions. Like above. I wanted the original lime of the wall to remain on the fireplace and then didn't like the way it looked so...





... I painted on a coat of purple to give it power and punch and it sure did - too much - so...





... I painted over it with the same grey as the other walls and like the continuous line that is created and the way the grey color showcases the painting and doesn't overwhelm the fireplace. The picture above was taken with a flash and the one below was...





... taken one picture later without the flash. Isn't that color change amazing? In some lights, the grey looks blue and in others purple. Above, it looks like shades of green. LOVE that... except my furniture doesn't always go as well with the "current" shade as I'd like. The brown armoire will be moving to a new room. I really don't like the way it loos against grey and I'm not painting it.





Above is the island with a coat of white primer and below is the island with a coat of black paint. I'm so glad I took a picture at each stage so I could compare the look because even though the island looks fabulous in black instead of opening up the kitchen, it looks like...





... a dark blob and closes the space. This morning, I will paint it back to white. It's one extra coat of paint. I can live with that to get the look I want and to prevent wishing I had paid attention and changed the color when my intuition started nudging. Intuition is an amazing gift - one to pay attention to - even though right now mine is saying how about white grout on those tiles and I'm saying let's wait to see until the counter top is painted and the lime stripe is on. I am not talking to myself. I am talking to my intuition - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - Intuition

I believe in intuitions and inspirations... I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.
- Albert Einstein

7 comments:

  1. I kind of like the black base for the island. In my mind's eye it seems to ground the room (especially since the island 'floats' on legs rather than sits on a base), and I don't see the big dark blob you see. It's good that you trust and follow your intuition, and the finished product will look just fabulous.

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    1. I liked the way it looked as well but when I was sitting in the living room looking toward the kitchen all I saw was black. If the white doesn't work, I can paint it again.

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  2. "I could change my mind but I don't have to and I don't want to so I won't." I often feel this way, at this stage of life, and appreciate that freedom. Equally true, in other situations, is its corollary, "I should change my mind. I don't have to, but I want to." Life continues to present us with challenges.

    The third version of the wall over your fireplace is wonderful; great choice! I admire your insistence on working until things are just right.

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    1. So true. It - and the corollary - are a freedom and they definitely have come with aging. Let's call it wisdom. I prefer that third version too. It has continuity and interest.

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  3. I'm thinking you need to develop some photoshop skills so you could experiment with the colours BEFORE you actually start painting! LOL!! Your persistence in satisfying your inner vision is amazing to me.

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    1. LOL - the white version was primer. It was good to be able to compare the pictures after the fact but I was so sure black was perfect that I went with it - and it was - for the island - but not for the view. I'm intrigued by your comment on my persistence. Am I more persistent than most people? This is just me so it doesn't seem amazing to me.

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  4. Oh yes! I think you are very persistent. I would paint it once and even if it wasn't quite what I was going for, I'd leave it for ages until I got up the energy to fix it again. (By then I'd probably have a different idea anyway.) Either that, or you are much less tolerant than most of us to visual imperfections and will do what it takes until it seems right to you!

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