Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Few Thoughts for Our Homemaking Journals/Exercises

Well, I don't know where my posts have disappeared to. You can get to them through the links on the sidebar, but they don't seem to be showing up when you simply view my page. Does anyone have a suggestion?

Do you have your goals and your "Manager at Home" statement written down in your homemaking notebook? Are you reviewing your goals regularly? Simply reading your goals once a week can keep you focused. You'll find yourself making choices in alignment with your goals and values.

Just for fun: For either your homemaking book or your Book of Days, choose some adjectives or nouns similar to those in the following list. Select the one to five words in each category that appeal to you the most. The items that appeal to you should give you some idea of your natural style. Perhaps, these can be qualities that you bring into your home keeping. You'll also want to consider your family members' styles and tastes, though. Do this quickly. Your first impressions are probably your truest reactions to the adjectives. If you like, share your findings with us.

Category One

  • Warm
  • Loving
  • Welcoming
  • Happy
  • Peaceful
  • Homey
  • Neat
  • Orderly
  • Serene
  • Playful
  • Active
  • Quiet
  • Refuge
  • Casual
  • Refined
  • Lovely
  • Feminine
  • Classic
  • Pretty
  • Functional
  • Comfortable
  • Stimulating
  • Exciting
  • Refreshing
  • Relaxing
  • Unpretentious
  • Down to earth
  • Elegant
  • Artistic
  • Music-filled
  • Sounds of nature
Category II:

  • Urban
  • Rustic
  • Simplicity
  • Basic
  • Curves
  • straight
  • Country
  • Elegant
  • Classic
  • Romantic
  • Trendy
  • Traditional
  • Artistic
  • Natural
  • Green
  • Tasteful
  • Simple
  • Minimal
  • Sentimental
  • European mix
  • American
  • Asian
  • African
  • South American
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English
  • German
  • Native American
  • Western (U.S.)
  • Victorian
  • Regency/Federal
  • Greek Revival
  • Southern (U.S.)
  • Old World
  • _______ (What country's or region's style inspires you the most?)
  • eclectic
  • strongly one style
  • family pieces
  • handmade
  • thrift finds
  • florals
  • solids
  • prints
  • stripes
Category 3

  • Blues
  • Browns
  • Greens
  • Earth Tones
  • Bright Tones
  • Soft Tones
  • Pastels
  • Muted Tones
  • Sunny
  • Spring-like
  • Autumn-feel
  • Winter cool
  • Summery
  • Warm tones
  • Cool Tones
  • Neutrals
  • Creams
  • White
  • Black
  • Taupes
  • Ocean colors
  • Desert colors
  • Country colors
  • Garden colors
Happy homemaking!


Ivy in the Kitchen said...

What a neat exercise! Did you find it or come up with it yourself?

Just to share, my picks were:

Category 1 - Welcoming, Homey, Elegant, Active, Refuge

Category 2 - Country, Simple, American, Tasteful, Gothic Revival (my fill in the blank)

Category 3 - Earth Tones, Muted Tones, Neutrals, Black, White

Seraphim said...

I think this will be a great activity - I'll settle myself down with some tea and cake on the weekend and do it in my Home Journal :)

I haven't been commenting much recently as I've been busy, but I'm still here!


Elizabeth said...

Hi Ivy,

I came up with it based on an idea I saw regarding clothing styles. I love your lists!

Hi Seraphim!

I hope you enjoy the exercise. Share with us when you are through.