October 3, 2013

bringing more color to my writing space

When I was still planning to create a full-out writing oasis, I started a project to add color -- and literary inspiration -- to my future patio. Like when I finished up my loveseat, I realized this next project was better suited for my office than a porch that would get less use.

While I was living in Houston, I bought six small blue and green planters. Sadly, I lost one of the pots last summer in an unfortunate incident where the planter met the pavement. Since that time, they've faded considerably in the sun, and they needed a fresh coat of paint.

Easy enough. I bought some fresh paint at a local craft store and sponge brushes. They were all on a ridiculous sale, so three colors of acrylic paint plus the sponges set me back about $3.50.

While I was happy with how they turned out after I put a couple coats of paint on them (the green especially needed several coats to fully cover it)...

I wanted to give these pots a new look. So I added some pink to the tops.

Not only did the pink become a unifying element for these planters, but I also wanted to bring this color into the mix. By this point in the project, I'd realized I wanted these to be an indoor office feature. I have some hot pink picture frame I'd like to work into the room's decor, and this will be a matching element.

But I still wanted to do something to take these planters and make them more suitable for a writer. I looked to a few other office objects for inspiration. I recently acquired a throw pillow, clock and coffee mugs with literary quotes on them, and I figured writing quotes on the planters would make them more uniquely mine.

Using my best penmanship, I selected three Jane Austen quotes and two Bronte quotes (one from Emily, one from Charlotte) and went to work.

This turned out to be the hardest part of the project. I have fairly decent handwriting, but it was a challenge to keep the letters straight and to make sure I used an appropriate size.

Now that they're done, part of me thinks I might have taken this project a bit too far and made the planters too busy. The other loves that I've brought another writing element into my office.

If you're curious, the quotes I selected for the planters are:
"Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I'm too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever."

"Every atom of your flesh is as dear to me as my own: in pain and sickness it would still be dear."

"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I love and admire you."

Do you know what book each quote came from and who wrote it?

I can't wait to see what my future office looks like with all of these elements combined. I'll be sure to post an update once I move and set up the room.

With two cats who like to eat plants, I'm not sure if I'll actually put any real flowers in these planters, but they might make good storage containers for pens, paperclips, etc.

What do you think I should do with the planters?

And speaking of my Austen love, who's going to follow "Emma Approved," the latest installment from the people who brought us "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries?" I'm pretty darned excited to follow this series, which debuts next week. Here's a blog post from Emma to give you a little background.

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  1. The first quote is from "Wuthering Heights," I'm pretty sure. The second one - Emma? (I just recently watched the movie again, but I don't think it was Emma who said it). The third one ("you pierce my soul") sounds like Austen, but could be Bronte, not sure. The fourth one is definitely "Jane Eyre." And the last one has to be from "Pride and Prejudice."​

    1. Yes, yes, one of those, yes and yes. No. 3 is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite books of all time.

  2. I, embarrassingly enough, have STILL not watched LBD. *hangs head in shame* I keep meaning to. I have the time since I'm not working! I wanted to before the next one started but that may not happen...lol. The pots look great! I think writing in silver was wise. As for the quotes, Wuthering Heights (Catherine, to be more specific), no idea, Austen (but can't recall the novel), no idea, Austen/P&P/Darcy. :)