Dare to be Different: Just a Thought…

Are you a follower? Do you follow and copy trends that you see so you fit in with the crowd? I think many (or most) of us have done that at one stage or the other in our lives. Think back to when you were a young teenager. Did you dress like everyone else out of fear that you would be made fun of if you didn’t? Did you follow the crowd and cheer for the most popular team “just because?”

I’ll be honest, here… as a teen, my ability to “fit in” was based on what my family could afford, not on what the current style was. And that teenage girl did the best she could to follow trends but never seemed to be able to catch up.

A day or two ago, I posted a photo of our front door on my Facebook page. When we first built our home back about 20 years ago, we wanted it to look different. We were the first home to be built in our neighborhood, and in driving through our community, we noticed that most houses that were being built had brick on the outside. Nobody had flagstone. NOBODY. We wanted to be unique, so that is what we requested from our builder. We absolutely adored it! Our white siding looked fantastic with maroon-colored shutters and a maroon-colored front door. Along with our flagstones, it made a great combination. Sad to say, when the house across the street was built, it had white siding, flagstone and maroon door and shutters. HEAVY SIGH.

My husband counted red and maroon front doors on our street recently. There are approximately 16 of them on our street alone. So our front door has now changed to dark gray to match our newly-painted shutters and porch bench. We enjoy being unique.

Do you enjoy being different? Or are you a follower? I recently bought a new car. Tired of seeing all the silver, white, black and tan cars in my area, I went with a shiney copper just so I would be slightly different. It’s a little thing, I know, but it makes me smile.

As a Realtor, I look at houses on a daily basis, both inside and out. Pinterest seems to dictate how people decorate their homes these days. I see a lot of houses with the same color pallet inside. I see lots of signs with writing on them hanging on walls. Lots of painted pictures created by women who took classes where everyone painted the same exact picture. I just don’t get that, but whatever. Pets are even becoming “the thing” around here. New puppies are springing up everywhere, and even they are ruled by trends. Our dog “Noodle” was a rescue dog, not a trendy dog… but we wouldn’t trade her for the world.

As a quilter, I cringe everytime I see someone post that they really like another quilter’s finished quilt and then turn around and ask them if they can have the pattern… followed by, “Where did you get the fabric and what is it called?” I LOVE IT when people take a risk and do their own thing rather than create a copy-cat version of someone else’s talent.

When was the last time that you designed your OWN quilt? Did you know that it’s entirely acceptable to mix and blend fabrics from different designers? You don’t have to stick with the same designer’s fabric all through one quilt. Mixing it up can give you a delightful look that other people might not have thought to do. Give it a try, and DARE TO BE DIFFERENT!

5 thoughts on “Dare to be Different: Just a Thought…

  1. I live in a condo complex of individual units but, as you can imagine, we are limited in what we may do to make our homes look “different.” Originally you were only allowed a white front door and, in fact, my home was the first one with a screen door (my BFF’s mom was the owner and my BFF asked for the screen door- since it was the model unit, and only two other units had been sold…she got it). Well, a few years ago a board member decided she was tired of her white door and proposed to the rest of the board that they change that by-law. Never mind that the board doesn’t have the power to do that (I was NOT going to educate them on this fact…let them “pass” their new by-laws that would never hold up to a legal challenge). Well, they forgot one little detail….to include a limited, approved palette of colors. So, the dark blue and the maroon and other sedate colors showed up….and I painted MY front door….lime green. Guess what? 4 years later I am still the only one with a lime green door or anything not sedate…I’m also the only one with a fenced in and landscaped backyard altho two doors down there is now an in-ground pool…..I love to be different.


  2. Oh, and I rarely do a quilt using traditional blocks. If I do it’s likely to have weird colors or a strange layout. Mostly I just make one-of-a-kind art quilts…Quirky is my middle name….


  3. I grew up in hand-me-downs and was never in style. I completely failed childhood 101 both at school and at home. I was rejected by my college sweetheart’s mother as not being “good enough” for her son. The best thing that ever happened was coming to Japan. There were few foreigners in those days and the only expectations were to be “different”. That, I could do just being myself. My in-laws loved my uniqueness.
    My quilting has all been made up . I have used patterns only twice and changed nearly everything so as to be hardly recognized. I love to live and think outside the box.


  4. I always thought there must be something wrong with me because I could never seem to stick with a pattern, with very few exceptions like Dear Jane LOL 😉 Some applique is also an exception for me, as I can’t seem to draw even the easiest of shapes. But settings, colors and fabrics make each quilt unique and special for me.


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