Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blog Perfect World

I'm sure I'm not the only one to have noticed this. That overwhelming serenity that just kind of calls out to you when reading some blogs. The photos are meticulous, the houses immaculate, cosy and ever so welcoming. They make you just want to move in, pull up an adorably upholstered comfy chair and pour yourself a hot cup of tea that is surely brewing to perfection to go with your just-out-of-the-oven, freshly baked double chocolate cream scones from Auntie Mae's secret family recipe handed down over 10 generations and never divulged.

I love those blogs, I truly do. But I'm a bit cautious of them. Why? Probably because it is out of my realm of comprehension that anyone could possibly have a life so well ordered and calm and cosy. Could it be true that they really live like that?

Try as I may, it just doesn't happen around here, much to my dismay at times. I can spend hours cleaning up the house. Hours mainly because as soon as I've left one room to move on to another, those little creatures that live here with me follow behind to recreate what I've just undone: the mess.

But it's not just the mess that gets me. It's simply that life doesn't run that smoothly around here. I will admit to trying to pull it off at times through some of my blog posts, but I'm sure the great majority of you reading aren't dupe. You know it's all facade and no substance. You're on to me.

And so today I've decided to drop the charade and show you real life à la Chichiboulie. Starting with the entire batch of cookies I made for my daughter's bake sale at school. Made. And burnt. Every batch. Why? Because I just kept forgetting I had put them in the oven. I know, after the first batch I should have been a bit more vigilent. But somehow after 5 attempts, the result was amazingly the same. 1 point for consistency I guess, but -10 for lack of participation at the bake sale and the very disappointed daughter.

I suppose I could have attempted another batch of cookies given that I currently have 5 sacs of flour in my house, but I lost my motivation. But "5 sacs of flour!" you say? Well, yes. 5. Because I keep ordering it with my groceries. Hubby is convinced that it's on automatic reorder and that I simply forget to cancel it. But I know the truth. Deep down I'm sure we don't have any flour in our cupboard so I order more. On purpose. And now I've been put on flour probation. I'm not allowed to purchase any more until the reserves have gone down. It's a good thing he hasn't discovered the coordinating cucumbers in the fridge...

Sadly, it's not just in the kitchen where things aren't always storybook worthy. My studio is one place that will never be featured in House and Home or even Horse and Hound for that matter. Oh I've seen blog posts of other artists' studios and I drool. I truly do. Unfortunately, those studios aren't my reality. And my reality is a messy studio. This mess has nothing to do with the children I'm ashamed to say. It's all me. 100%. I have an overhelming need to have everything at hand's reach just in case I need it in the next 5 seconds that follow my thought process. This, as you can imagine, can sometimes lead to things not getting put away as they should. I will say in my defense that the photos you're about to see aren't completely recent photos and the mess has changed slightly. Today it doesn't seem too bad, but maybe it's just because I'm used to it.












I hope you've enjoyed your tour of the behind the scenes Chichiboulie that you rarely get to see. Surely I can't be alone in this lack of blissfully idyllic living. There must be more of us out there. I would look around for others in the same predicament, but I've got things to do.

I've got to clean.

26 comments:

Kala said...

lol you are so not alone, my place is not a palace either, and I do not bake. Period. I just couldn't put my kids through it. (5 batches?)

Kreativlink said...

Ahhh Chichi! I'm so with you on that! Don't even have kids as an excuse, imagine! :)

kraplap said...

hihi Chichi ! You must see my workspace .... And I even do not have kids to blame, I can hardly blame my doxie...

ingermaaike said...

I think the messyness is a genetic thing, we all forget to cleant and clear after us here in this house, and then a couple of dogs that will persist in losing hair inside instead of outside..
In fact I should do some dishes and vacuum..

Dina Fragola said...

"Neatness is a sure sign of a sick mind". We are all very sane and healthy :)

Waterstone Jewelry said...

HA! Amen! Loved the post.
Have a picturesque day.

Tara said...

haha it is really sad for those of us who don't even have kids yet that there is no one but us to blame... thank you so much for sharing your "real world" it's nice to know im not the only one :)

syko kajsa said...

Talking about me?? You know what? I think other people's mess look better than your own, I don't even see yours, I'm too busy getting envious of that checkered floor of yours!

Matilou alias Anne Cresci said...

oh... really ? you don't live in a neat and always clean house ? and your desk isn't always so nice with a mood board and cool boxes and ... well chichi, i can't really believe that you don't have that wonderful blog life !
I sure do. with two kids, a job, firneds... just the perfect bliss right :D
MOUHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA !

euh... just kidding...
i really am wondering too how these people do ! and I guess they just do like us, only take the pictures when the kids are all cool dressed, the house tidy, and I guess they spend a LOT of their time on it ;)

The House of Mouse said...

I have to say that I love to keep everyone thinking that my home is one of those idyllic tidy, cosy homes. But really it is the opposite: dog and cat hair everywhere and constant mess. The only time I do a proper tidy is when we are expecting guests or I am planning to take photos of it for my blog! I just like to pretend I am the perfect housewife! (what is is going to be like when I have kids?)

Star of the East said...

He heee 5 batches, you sure would go along well with my mum :)
Don't worry no body is perfect, those blogs are not 'real' :)

Jennifer Rose said...

our place is not tidy either, its clean we just have too much stuff for our small little flat :/ All of my art supplies are within 3 feet of me, so my little art corner is a little crowded :p

you could make a huge cake with all that flour! could carve the pieces to resemble one of your drawings :D

vadjutka said...

I loved this post, and I agree with 100%. I have friend whose flat is as tidy as in the magazines, but she is only 1 out of 100 persons.
I love to watch the pics in these magazines, but I was frightened if I had to live in such a perfect world. I love my little hutch :-)

PS: you could send me those burnt cookies, I love when cookies are little burnt. :-) with cream...yummm!

Rita from alatvian.etsy.com said...

hahaha! I'm so much with you! Our place is always messy: two cats, two teenies and an artist! hahaha!
Thank you so much for sharing!

Cupcake said...

OMG! This made me laugh, especially the part about the flour. I had that problem with powdered (confectioners) sugar followed by the reproduction powers of brown sugar. I have no idea why I kept thinking we were out and kept stocking up on the super industrial size bags at Sam's.
I love your "real life" blog. I also try to keep things real on my blog also but man am I envious of those rainbow and lollipop blogs that I am so drawn too.

ArtMind said...

Hahaha Chichi! I also posted pictures of my mess on my blog before - I prefer that it looks nice and clean though but then we probably wouldn't be able to create, would we? ;) Great post! :)

plainbananas said...

I really enjoyed this entry! I'm a firm believer in creative chaos and all this fuss over perfectly assembled rooms doesn't touch me. People like that are missing out on the good messy life.

aliceinparis said...

AS I read this entry I knew that there would be many comments! We are alike. So many of us have a million things on the go and housework and organization sadly goes to the bottom of the list!
5 batches....ouch!
Cheers, Shelagh

Traci said...

May I please continue to pretend you live in a happy little chi chi land where the few unpleasantnesses are just fuel for a very clever blog? It's a place I like to go to in my imagination when I am suddenly buried by an avalanche of laundry.
: )

Traci

Chichiboulie said...

Oh dear Traci, I'm so sorry to have shattered your image of my hopelessly blissful life, but surely you know me better than that by now! :D

Anytime you want a swap, you just let me know!

The Clever Kitty said...

I can totally relate! My work space(s) are quite chaotic, especially right now as I'm preparing for a craft show this weekend. I say spaces because I have a little stash of projects in just about every room of the house, so I'll always have something near by to grab and work on. ;D

gretchenmist said...

oooh, i laugh because i'm similar to you on this topic! am very messy and completely relate :)

have tagged you for the mini interview if you are interested in playing :)

Melissa Fischer said...

Thank you for that post! I thought maybe I was the only one with a house and life like that! A working studio never is clean- or at least I don't know how to accomplish it! AND- we won't even talk about my house with two small children running CRAZY! Thanks for the honesty- we are there with you!!
Melissa

Meghann said...

LOL, my house exactly, I just choose NOT to show any of that in my blog. I love the flour! That is SO me! I bake with about 6 diferent kinds so I have a TON of it, one whole cupboard is devoted to it. :)

Traci said...

Yeah...I do know you better than that. : ) But I do so like to imagine Chi chi land when I read your blog. Take it as a compliment to your art--your pretty pictures just bring to mind a place that is always happy and always pretty. :D

Traci

Giffysk8s said...

Please don't clean! I feel right at home just the way it is. My kids are all adults, and trust me when I say that someday you will miss their messes. I am so thankful to have my grand-daughter here to make messes and remind me that it's all about the people and not about the cleanliness.

You know, they say that entertaining means you clean your messes and make your house presentable, and that hospitality means your house is a huge mess and completely unpresentable yet you invite people in anyway. Just think of yourself as excelling at being hospitable! LOL I could stand to be a bit more that way. :)