Alright, I'm going to let you in on a secret obsession of mine.
It was bound to come out sooner or later.
If I didn't tell you myself, it would quickly have become evident.
I find great joy in arranging things.
There. I said it. Don't judge.
I can spend a lot of time (too much) moving a little thing
a few centimeters this way and that until I am satisfied.
My living room mantle provides an ever-shifting canvas
for indulging this obsession.
To me, composition matters. And so does content, actually.
I think the current trend of chalkboard-everything is great.
It can go too far though.
(Pottery Barn chalkboard rocks, originally priced $16 for four!)
Don't buy chalkboard stuff. Make it.
It's one of the easiest and cheapest homey-crafty things you can do.
But, back to my obsession:
In my slightly neurotic, visually compulsive world,
objects, placed just right,
and a glimpse of a few well-chosen words
have the potential to express meaning
and to encourage thoughtfulness.
This is a Lenten mantle.
Is it just me, or does the multi-layered, peeling,
bleached and time-worn frame on that mirror speak to you too?
Let's take a moment to listen.
Now go shift stuff around and stare at it.
Others may think you're nuts,
but I will understand.