Monday, February 4, 2008

Project Heidi

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

This isn't about keeping up with the Jonses. It isn't about impressing visitors to your home with your designer style. It isn't about obsessing over the latest and best new thing. It isn't about spending money. It isn't about spending all your free time pouring over catalogs and 'wanting.'

It is a little like learning to paint. Or maybe even playing the piano. It is personal expression. It is about finding and appreciating beauty in your own life. It is about creating a spot for your eye to rest and be joyful.

For me, it is not only something I do for myself, but also a way of giving to my family. It brings me joy to create a beautiful personal space for them, and even if they don't know it yet (or isn't something they could vocalize), it is just one thing they will look back on to let them know they were loved.

Some of you may have the artistic thing down. You may find beauty in other ways. You may have no desire to decorate your home. Many of you are way ahead of me in the design department. Some of you would rather have a clean and organized home. Some of you already have a clean, organized, and artistic home. I'm not there, yet.

A few of my readers, however, have asked for a push in the right direction. Project Heidi will incorporate basic design principles, simple projects, and decorating essentials. We might even throw in a few designer challenges presented by Mt. Hope readers. I'm not a professional, and I am not promising innovative and impressive shows of skill and talent. You just get me. Take it or leave it.

Do you have your grass planted? I want to see pictures! Here is a sneak peek at mine. Can you guess what I planted it in?


Jen Rouse said...

I never did find wheat grass, but while looking at seed packets I found a packet of chives, which have that green, grassy look to them. And the packet said it was "perfect for a windowsill garden," so I thought I'd give those a try. Plus, if they actually grow, I can snip the ends and put them on my potatoes! So far, nothing has sprouted, but I'll post some pictures if it ever does. If the chives don't work out, maybe I'll try some of the wheat seeds you mentioned from Fred Meyer.

Heidi said...

Ooh! Chives are a great idea! I may have to copy you. :) They will have the same visual effect, but they're yummy too. Perfect.

My wheat berries from FM seem to be sprouting just fine, though, so if you ever want to plant more you could always give those a try.

Anonymous said...

Wow! That quote from Frank Lloyd Wright really spoke to me. Thank you for sharing it!!

Heidi said...

Jenz~ Isn't that a beautiful quote? It really spoke to me, too. Glad you liked it!

Angela said...

PS I am sending you my bedroom- for the designer challenge- love the ideas!


Heidi said...

Do you have my email? It is heidi (at) poetsgarden (dot) com.

Anonymous said...

I'm toying with the idea of "container" gardening. Any ideas or advice?

Heidi said...

I really like the book Square Foot Gardening (the new and revised edition). I would probably go with something like that. It is really flexible, I think, and you can make it what you want. We did a few squares this past year, and they turned out well. I hope to do more this next year. Other than that, I have no experience. :) I loved having fresh veggies, though. And it was fun for the boys as well.

Jen Rouse said...

I've got a picture of my (extremely tiny) sprouts on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I stumbled my way here through Jen's page and I am so going to do this!! In fact, I am going to do it today!! You have inspired me!! Is my overuse of the exclamation mark bothering you yet?!!!
Sorry, I got a little carried away there. I'll post some pics on my blog when it's done and let you know.

Heidi said...

Jen~ I loved your post, especially the quote. I might have to steal it for my post tomorrow! :) Have fun watching those chives grow.

Embejo~ Please do show us pictures on your blog! I'd love to see your project whenever you get it started.