For several years now, I have been reading The Nester’s blog. Her thoughts on simple decorating are encouraging —- even I can create a little beauty around me with a few minutes and a little effort.
Last fall, I was inspired to decorate my kitchen island with a blue pumpkin. But it wasn’t quite right — my island needed something with a bit of height. After some trial and error, my blue pumpkin perched on a pedestal. And I was happy.
My very practical husband and sons laughed at my pumpkin perched on a pedestal.
But I didn’t care. I loved my pumpkin’s aqua color, the bumpy skin and his pedestal perch. He was a bit of beauty and calm amid the kitchen chaos that my eye could rest on ——- “Breathe,” my little pumpkin seemed to say. “See how I don’t fret and toil. Rather, I sit quietly on my pedestal and just BE . . . . .umm, well, uh, um, a pumpkin!”
This little peaceful vignette didn’t last though. When I stepped out of the kitchen, I would come back to find that someone had messed with my pumpkin perched on a pedestal.
This year, the tradition has continued. After I searched everywhere and came up empty-handed, Sid finally found a blue pumpkin for me at Tractor Supply.
I happily retrieved my pedestal from a high pantry shelf and created my little peaceful vignette on my kitchen island.
Then I left the kitchen and returned to this . . . . . .
My pumpkin on a pedestal decor is a silent, teasing conversation between the kids and me. I clear away their additions, leaving my pumpkin in peace. When my back is turned, they add a little silly to my vignette. They are creatively stretched, finding new and interesting additions — something sure to catch my eye and make me smile.