Bottoms. That is what these kitchen chair cushions are intended for. We all must have a purpose in life and that, frankly, is the purpose of these. However, there is no rule that says bottom-hosting cushions should be boring. So, throwing caution to the wind, I hatched a plan for playful cushions (over a year ago) which I finally brought to fruition this week.
For those of you who know me in person, you will know that I am not, outwardly, a whimsical/playful/artsy looking woman. I don't waft in and out of spaces in interesting skirts or have hair in multiple hues of orange. I don't have funky, colourful glasses frames or wear a slash of bright red lipstick as my trademark. I don't even have one funky piece of jewellery that would hint at the True Me beneath my otherwise straightforward exterior. I wear jeans most of the time and black, grey or dark blue a fair bit. Not exclusively, but you get the picture.
However, somewhere in there is a woman who wants to wear red skirts with apple green shoes and rich purple cat's eye glasses frames. While I don't let her out when I'm shopping for clothes, I do let her out in fabric stores and thrift stores around the world. On those days, she runs amok through my imagination.
When I discovered these fabrics, I was pregnant and living in Manitoba at the beginning of spring (which is cold, muddy, icy and just generally yuck). I was thinking about the kind of house I wanted to bring this little person into and I was pretty clear that I wanted them to discover joyful, whimsical, playful bits throughout it. I'm not a huge fan of children-themed things (something, perhaps, we can discuss at a later date) but I love play and, given time and opportunity, creating spaces that charm and delight. Constant moving has hampered that urge in me of late, but I do believe these cushions will help me redress this. I feel a shift from functional to fanciful happening and it feels good.
Now, time to change the kitchen walls from Band-Aid Beige to something a little more pleasing to the eye.
PS: This, for those trying to keep up, is my contribution to Pillow Challenge Week.