A Colourful Rant

I have no tolerance for the
intolerant. Ha! In life in general, but
also in this wonderful decorating, DIY, crafting blog world where many of us have
chosen to live cyber lives.

The definition of intolerance is “the unwillingness
or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs.”
One thing we all have in common is that we are all different. And isn’t that
wonderful??? I answer with a resounding… Yes!!!I have to say that I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to comments. The only negative one I ever received was for the hot pink ceiling in my craft room.  I don’t remember exactly what it said but I do recall the word hate being used, and it was, of course, an anonymous comment.

Maybe the pink feather boa pushed this “whoever” over the edge. lol.

I have to admit that I was a little shocked by this comment because to me the “h” word is very powerfully negative, and I don’t use it very often.

This happened a few months ago and I deleted the comment right away, but I recently started thinking about it again. I guess it got under my skin. Probably because at this point in my life I’m trying to live with as little negativity around me as possible.

And I just want to say that I sooo appreciate that 99.999999999% of visitors and followers and bloggers are kind, respectful, and downright wonderful.

Constructive criticism is always welcome… destructive negativity is not.

So I have a hot pink ceiling in my craft room/office. What’s the big deal? Some
people think it’s brave, and others think it’s crazy. Whatever it is… it’s just
me. And I absolutely love it!
It
makes me smile every time I walk into that room, and isn’t that what decorating
is all about? At least in my mind it should be. We should be creating rooms and
projects that make us happy, not just that impress the neighbours, or other
bloggers.I don’t think this was really about my pink ceiling. I’m more interested in why someone would feel the need to leave that kind of a comment. What possible purpose does it serve? All I’m trying to do is be myself, and I’m hopeful that through some of my projects I will inspire others. Not to do exactly what I do, but to express themselves in their own way.
My goal is never about being trendy. I never worry about my decor being out of style because I never worry about it being in style in the first place. I always just do what I love. It’s as simple as that. There’s nothing more freeing than just being yourself, whoever that is on any
given day. Because let’s face it… we’re always changing, evolving, and growing.
And we should be.
My
tastes are not the same as they were 10 years ago and, sometimes, 2 days ago. lol.I can change my decorating mind on a dime, and
that’s perfectly fine with me. But
whatever projects I do it’s because I love what I’m doing, and for no other
reason. They may not all turn out the way I envisioned, but that’s OK.
Sometimes we learn more from our failures than our successes. I try to accept
everything as an opportunity to learn.
I
know that colour doesn’t work for everyone, but please “don’t hate me because I’m colourful”, 
said in my most breathless Marilyn Monroe voice. I don’t hate you, whoever you
are anonymous commenter because you’re not.
I
can honestly appreciate an all white room, even if I couldn’t live in it on a daily basis… and
I’m able to see the beauty in styles that are totally opposite from my own.
It’s about having an open mind, an open heart, and an open soul. It’s about
being willing and able to receive and appreciate what others have to offer.
If
we were all the same what a snooze this world would be. And what would we learn
from each other?Absolutely nothing!
Let’s
celebrate our differences, and applaud each other for them. Let’s learn from
each other and grow as bloggers and, more importantly, as people.

It’s love that makes this blog world go around. Let’s continue to spread the love!!!There’s no room for the “h” word here.

Thanks so much for reading! Have a colourful day!

XOX

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19 Comments

  1. I think it's TERRIBLE to voice that you hate something a person works so hard on. I too, have had to put up with people saying they "hate" something that I have done in my own decorating/painting life. And these were family members that said it! I remember what my mom told me though one time…"You aren't doing it for them, you are doing it for yourself, so ignore them." I want you to know that I love your pink ceiling!

  2. Right on, Sister! And I love your ceiling. I painted one side of my Jack n Jill bath upstairs that color — a few people let me know they thought I lost my mind.

  3. You are dead-on Tuula…life is too short for negativity! Your colorful ceiling makes me smile too! Isn't it interesting how the negative comments are always anonymous? Says it all for me.

  4. I have not really received a negative comment or else I quickly forgot it. I come here because you are a brave, bold woman with a colorful sense of style – your style. No one should make a negative comment on your self expression – it is not the blogging way. I am guilty of one negative comment when I read a post where an inexperienced painter took a hard-to-find Mission oak piece of furniture in perfect condition and painted it – badly. I had to say she had chosen the wrong piece to learn with and I hoped the piece had not been signed. I later apologized to her, but she had not been upset by the comment. So now I think before I write and move on if there is nothing positive to say. I would not be bold enough to paint my ceiling pink, but I could lie on your floor and stare at yours for hours! Who's next up on Tuula's soapbox?

  5. Amen Tuula! I know exactly how you feel! I've gotten negative comments on the color purple and I really don't care. There are shades of purple that I can't stand either but like you said, who wants everything the same? And what would the world be like if everyone was the same in their way of looking, thinking and doing? Blah, blah and blah! So right on, right on, right on, with your shades of pink, however you want to do it!!!

  6. Love you!!! When will people understand that they can choose whatever they like for themselves and others can do the same thing?! No one is forcing them to live with a pink ceiling, or a mason jar soap dispenser (someone commented that you had to be stupid to have a glass soap dispenser – LOL. Buddy you must be one clumsy guy!)

    Anyway, do what you love and share it and those of us who are open and happy with ourselves will appreciate the inspiration.

    Have a happy day Tuula!

  7. This post is so perfect as I start my day. Love your ceiling and your blog. Keep up the great work! (and pbffftt to all the "h" people out there, lol)

  8. I've never understood people who can only appreciate one kind of décor. While there are some styles that I would not copy in my house, I can still see the beauty these styles bring to the homes of others.

    Watching HGTV shows on home buying (way more than I should), I'm always amused when people complain about paint color. Half the time the paint complaint is because it's too neutral, while the others complain that it's too bright. It's paint! They can just repaint if it's not to their liking.

    My response to people who don't like my paint color choices is, "Well, you don't live here, so I never thought to ask what color you would like."

  9. I HATE negative comments lol –
    I don't get it either Tuula – if I don't like something someone has done I simply move on……………..I've only had a couple of negative comments – about painting wood actually – and I know that for some it's almost sacreligious to do so – I just ignore them – BUT I will add this , what is it that we can receive 100 compliments ( for anything – our hair, clothes, home, anything ) and the one negative comment is the one that will stand out???????
    Great post Tuula – and love you pink ceiling – it's cheery – and happy – and oh so YOU
    XOXO

  10. I LOVE your pink ceiling Tuula! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! My granny always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all", pretty good advice for those NEGATIVE NASTIES out there. And PS don't let their negativity bother you at all. You just keep on doing your colorful projects and posting them because there are 99.9999999 percent MORE POSITIVE People out there that love what you do!!

  11. Your colors rock! Follow the beat of your own drum, I say! Some people are just jerks and they have nothing better to do with their life…I almost pity them. Almost.

    Happy Thursday!
    -andi

  12. I'm always baffled at 'ht' filled posts. Why? Why do people feel compelled? I was raised like Suzy…"if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I guess it's easy to hide behind a monitor and say ugly things. At any rate, I love pink and would have never thought in a million years to paint a ceiling that color. However! I'm about to turn a spare bedroom into my craft/sewing/work room and I'm thinkin' about a bright color! You have given me food for thought! Rock on, girl and just be yourself!

  13. Tuula – please don't take negative comments personally – especially from someone that doesn't have the courage to identify themselves and also, doesn't know you !! Your posts are lovely, inspirational and imaginative. God bless you.

  14. Tuula…this is your freakin inspiration space…and you can do whatever you want with it…if
    that idiot doesn't
    like it…she can hit the unsubscribe button…keep up the wonderful inspirations
    I for one am lovin' it…and from all the other comments so is everyone else.
    Thanks for sharin' your blog with us.

    Stampin' Hugz
    Beverley

  15. What a great post today!! One reason I love reading blogs is seeing the creativity of other people. Everyone is unique and have their own preferences but that doesn't mean you can't be inspired by them. I happen to love your use of color and the way you just go for it. I think I've mentioned to you before that I'm one of the "scaredy cats" when it comes to color, but I love what you do with it. We should all be more tolerant and encouraging to each other, but if you can't be…then you should keep your negativity to yourself!

  16. I love the bravery of "Anonymous" Don't worry Tuula we all get it and you're dead right it's what we like in our homes and who cares what they think. Even if they don't like it they show their rudeness by writing that crap. I've had it on my kids room and frankly it's not like I have ever said that people should copy me or that I know anything about anything it's really about sharing what we do. BTW I LOVE the hot pink ceiling!

  17. I loved each and every colorful word in this beautiful post. I love that you aren't afraid of expressing yourself with bold, bright, pretty colors. Anonymous commenters are not able to leave comments on my blog. I am glad you didn't let that comment change who you are. I've really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. I love that you shared even more of your story and who you are all because of that anonymous comment, I guess something good came out of that hateful comment after all…it just makes me love you and your blog even more now.

  18. I can't believe first that anyone bothered to comment if they didn't like it and second that the word hate would be used.

    I see things on blogs that make me shudder, but I just move on. I see things that are beautiful, and comment.

    I love that your ceiling is pink, actually, it is PINK!

    You have the right attitude in dealing with negativity.

  19. Good for you, Tuula! This is a great post, and I could not agree with you more. I just recently had someone accuse me of something I did not do, and of course, it was anonymous. My feeling is that there are just some really sad people out there who try to make themselves feel better by trying to make others feel bad, and the best way to deal with it is to ignore it.

    I think your ceiling is fantastic! I'm a new follower (GFC & Bloglovin') and now I have to go check out the rest of your craft room!