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I LOVE WHEN MY PROJECTS STIR-UP CONTROVERSY

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Good Morning!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I sure did.

Here is a photo of me and the JTS (hubby), taken by our 9 year old granddaughter Tenley.

She’s a pretty good photographer….considering what she has to work with.

Ray and Kathy Christmas Eve 2013__3

We apparently look better at an angle…

.and the JTS always has to ham it up Smile

Ok, back to the subject of the day….controversy.

I sometimes paint pieces that are a little different….too much something….not enough something….blah, blah, blah.

I love the controversy.

I would rather a project of mine initiate a spirited conversation than none at all.

I would rather it be debated as trashy or classy than just be… “nice”.

 

heavily distressed furniture

I really love how this piece turned out but not everyone liked it.

Some hated it.

That’s ok with me.

It would be a dull world if we all liked the same things.

Funky Junk Donna who just happens to be one of my favorite junkers and bloggers of all time, shared this makeover on I Love That Junk and on her Facebook page.

So I must have done something right!

It drew more than a little controversy on her Facebook page.

She deleted a few comments before I saw them because she didn’t want me to be offended.

The comments I did read were well stated even if the readers didn’t like the makeover.

Some of the Facebook readers were offended by the negative comments and took up for me….aaahhhh.

There were over a hundred comments on the Facebook share.

The statistics were….38 people shared the photo…..90 commented on it….455 likes….

The comments were probably split about 50/50, like or dislike.

If you want to see the Facebook comments on Funky Junk Interiors you can click here.

 

shabby-white-furniture

 

A closer look at the distressing.

 

The next project……

hardware-Christmas-tree

Hardware Christmas Tree from 2012

This little tree was  a hit again this Christmas.

The Hometalk community really enjoyed it and they shared it on the Hometalk Facebook page also.

One reader called it trashy…. or was it tacky.

I just laughed.

I have looked back on past projects of mine and viewed a few where I thought “What was I thinking????”.

I like my tree but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

On the Hometalk Facebook page which you can view by clicking this link,  the little hardware Christmas tree received 988 likes, 202 shares, and 111 comments.

The majority of the readers did like this project.

I know some of you didn’t particularly care for the heavily distressed look of the dresser and you let me know ….in a kind way…..with the comments you left on my original blog post.

I appreciate your feedback, I really do, I thrive on it.

So leave me a comment.

I read everyone of them.

I reply to a lot of the comments …. and I hate that I can’t reply to every one of them.

But I promise to reply to every comment left on this post!!

Kathy

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25 Responses

  1. I happen to love it Kathy, but what matters is that you love it!
    Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers recently posted…Merry ChristmasMy Profile

  2. Rose Heath says:

    You do good honest work! Beautiful creativity & I love following your blog! I’ll check out some of the answers after I get off work this afternoon, but rest assured, any publicity is better than no publicity! Your name — and talent — is out there & you can cetainly take the critiques! You’re a ROCK STAR!

    Rose

  3. Louise says:

    I love your creativity even though it is not my personal style. However, you come up with the most interesting pieces that I can always learn from what you do. On the highly distressed piece that drew so many comments, can you tell me if you applied wax to it? If so, what wax did you use? Thanks, and keep doing what you’re doing! Happy New Year.

  4. diane says:

    Isn’t it interesting what will set people off….I personally love the turquoise knobs and, in the right room, the overall look. I just find it curious that so many people felt the need to respond…but that is what blogging is all about. I look forward to more you have to offer in the coming year. Thanks for sharing!
    diane recently posted…Merry Christmas from our family to yours!My Profile

  5. Janet says:

    I remember when u first posted the highly distressed piece I loved it and actually did more distressing on my pieces for my home! I love unique pieces keep doing it !

  6. Great post! Any publicity is good publicity I say.

  7. chris aka monkey says:

    kathy
    you know i read everyone of your posts and i comment on most,and i have had your back even because i just do not like nasty comments, i feel like the old adage if you can’t say something nice shut your mouth lol, and like i have said before i may not like a piece you have done but i admire your passion…. passion that shows in everything you do xx chris

  8. Gloria says:

    The anonymity that the internet brings along allows people to be rude. Why would anybody have to be mean? Didn’t mama tell you that if you can’t say anything nice, you better not say anything at all? Not everybody is going to like either piece, but there is for sure something positive to point out, even if the overall result is not your cup of tea.

    BTW, I love tea :-) I posted the Xmas tree on my Pinterest, and one day I might plagiarize it!
    Gloria recently posted…Earring holder – Daisy and Grass – Red & Yellow – fits inside a stocking by LolailoMy Profile

  9. Kim says:

    I love that you took a risk with it. There are many things that I do that many don’t like and then I find things that I don’t care for, but honestly isn’t there room for all of it? I love your work. One day I will get to the Nashville Flea Market because of you..

    • Kathy Owen says:

      Thanks Kim. I hope you make it to the flea market. I missed it this month and I am having withdrawals already! I think it’s the first one I’ve missed in at least 6 or 7 months!

  10. Perri Koliadko says:

    i love the person who didn’t like the brick wall…lol. some people are determined to not like Anything! btw…i love the piece!

  11. Christy says:

    I have to say that you are stronger than I. If I had a blog, which I dont, and I had painted something that was similar to this, which I have, and people said negative things about my work, I would have cried. Really, I would have! So I admire your “backbone!” Seems like I have always worn my “heart on my shoulder” and if someone doesn’t like what I do to my furniture (my own furniture), I try to change it. Come to think of it, that’s silly of me. I mean, it’s MY furniture. I once heard someone say, “Surround yourself with the things you love.” I have done that, but when I see looks from others, I start to think, “Hmm, maybe it’s not as great as I thought.” :) Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I really do admire you and all your work.

  12. You had me at stir up controversery, I just had to click! Awesome that you followed your heart. This chest may not be for everyone but I really like it! Very crusty and cool.

  13. Bliss says:

    You know…. There are no Rembrandt’s hanging in my house, they are just not my taste. Just say’n!
    Bliss recently posted…A Christmas Project FAILMy Profile

  14. Krista says:

    I’d buy it in a second, or create one to look like its sister! I love it!! No one is going to have 100% in agreement but that’s what keeps life lively…rock what makes you proud and the ones who don’t care for it can keep looking for what works for them :)

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