I love all the beautifully styled images on the internet and in magazines, but I have to admit that often they leave me feeling bad about myself. My blog doesn't look like that. My studio doesn't look like that. My life doesn't look like that! My computer desk is cluttered. No matter how much I try, I end up with a pile of papers, receipts and art supplies (not to mention the hair products for doing my daughter's hair in curlers last night or the cases of DVDs the kids left sitting on the couch) congregating around my computer. The next basket of laundry finds its way to the window seat as soon as the previous stacks are put away. And only occasionally do I clean my own room (so I don't feel like such a hypocrite when getting on my kids cases about cleaning their room). I especially loved this little pile sitting on the floor near my desk, completely unstyled--although I did snap another picture when I saw the addition of the tiny spider crawling through the scene.
And all is not lost. I do have so much beauty all around me. I just need to narrow my focus and block out the clutter. I love that all three of these photos were taken sitting in the same place. I just need to turn my gaze slightly up and to the left and I have this pile of beautifully dyed felt. The colors are rich, the texture is soft and I can just wrap myself in its warmth.