Quirk it out.

Quirk it out.

I have a few personal rules and guidelines that I live by. For instance, if you put something in my face and ask me to smell it, my automatic response is “Personal rule! I do not smell things that people tell me to smell.”  Another one is that I won’t ever wear a belt that comes pre-attached to a pair of jeans. Nice try, cheap belt.  Another one is that I will absolutely not go swimming in a river and I make no apologies about it whatsoever.

I don’t care if Gwen Stefani was all, “I’ll be your best friend forever and dress you up in my clothes if you just come swim in this river with me!” I’d be like, “Smell ya later, Gwen.”

Anyway. I do have a point. Another one of my personal guidelines is that quirky people are my favorite people! I seek them out. My whole life I’ve been attracted to those types of personalities that veer away from ‘normal.’ They’re the most fun.

Marisa ditched this perfectly normal matchy-matchy scene and created a totally eclectic living and dining area.  I mean, there’s a pirate ship chandelier. She seems like a riot. I think we’d be great friends.





Check out her blog Moky and Marisa to see all the wonderful details up close, and to get a glimpse of that pirate ship lit up at night!

Do you have any personal rules? I’d love to hear them.



  1. Mumzy
    April 15, 2015 / 6:35 AM

    I WANT THE LIGHT!!!!!!

  2. April 15, 2015 / 6:43 AM

    I also refuse to smell things that people put in my face and tell me to smell. Especially when it’s my kids telling me to smell something, usually their hands or their breath. Yeah, not gonna happen. And quirky and whimsical get big points in my book, definitely.

  3. April 15, 2015 / 6:53 AM

    So much more to thrill the eyes!!!

  4. April 15, 2015 / 7:53 AM

    Love your personal rules! Mine are:
    1. I will never go sledding.
    2. I have a strict MHR (minimum hanger requirement) system that basically means my shirts get the best hangers.
    3. My toenails must always be painted, no exceptions. Wait. Unless I’m changing my color, but even then they can be nuded for no more than 5 minutes.

  5. April 15, 2015 / 8:38 AM

    …panda couch pillow, you will be mine one day xD
    Also, creek swimming is actually alright – mostly non-moving rivers, but smaller, and much less likely to find fishes.

  6. Janet
    April 15, 2015 / 11:46 AM

    Personal rules
    1. I will not wiggle loose teeth, even upon request.

    2. If my husband or kids go play a sport, a shower is required after. There is no, “Well, it was only 4 on 4 football and it was only 50 degrees out so I didn’t sweat.” Too bad, hit the showers, Champ. (The rule doesn’t really apply to me as I don’t play sports and my personal hygiene is never deficient enough that someone else would need to prompt me about it… Does that still count as a personal rule, if it’s my rule- for other people?)

    3. I do not do furniture sets. No matching bedroom sets or even matching end tables- too boring and a missed opportunity for creativity.

  7. April 15, 2015 / 1:02 PM

    NUDED! HAHAHAAAA. Too funny. I love your personal rules. I’m not much of a sledder either. The fun-to-safety ratio is just not enough to risk it. Plus so much work! And you’re cold too? Forget it.

  8. LeeAnn
    April 15, 2015 / 4:53 PM

    That’s a pretty great makeover, especially the pirate ship light.

  9. Maria from Oz
    April 15, 2015 / 7:29 PM

    Rule 1; Touch my feet, I will not be responsible for your broken teeth. Ask the midwife who tried to put my feet in stirrups for forceps delivery of baby number 1.
    Rule 2; I never apologise. Except if you run over my toes in a supermarket with your trolley and continue on your merry way, and I just happen to drop a 15kg bag of dog food on your head in the checkout line….oooops, accident.
    Rule 3; You messed it you clean it!
    Rule 4; Wake me before the sun is even a smidgeon near the horizon and I will not be responsibile for my actions.
    Rule 5; I will never go to bed without at least one thick pair of socks on in winter. No matter how ugly they look.
    Rule 6; You want me to come look at the early snow whilst I am on holiday in Oregon in 10 below temperatures in my pj’s in the morning? Oh Baby, you are not paying attention to the rules are you?
    PS Nice room makeover. Wouldn’t mind that panda cushion at my place!

  10. April 15, 2015 / 7:42 PM

    Ohh, I’m the same way with being tickled as you are with your feet. Unwanted tickling can legitimately ruin my day.

  11. Just Justin
    April 17, 2015 / 12:49 PM

    Personal Rules:

    1. There must be sweet tea in the house at all times. Not because I care about guests or anything…I just really love sweet tea…
    2. No buts (or butts), no cuts, no coconuts…in that order…don’t put your butt in my face unless you want me to whoop it… cut me in line and see if I don’t say something…supermarket line, GW Boutique line, communion line…it is on! I actually like coconuts, but the rule sounds better with it.
    3. No interrupting. If I am singing and you want to talk…do not interrupt me in the middle of a verse…or the chorus…or the vamp…or the bridge… I’ll say, “Okay. I’m done.” I might do an encore so don’t think just because I have stopped means that you can start. (My son hates this rule.)
    4. Do not walk up to me/call me/text me and start asking questions. Please say, “Good morning… Good afternoon… Good evening… Hello… How are you?” <–Pick one.
    5. Lady at McDonald's do not grab my cup by the mouth and/or put your fingers in my cup to hand it to me…you just touched money.

    I have others, but this is a blog… 🙂

  12. April 17, 2015 / 9:44 PM

    Hahaha! These are amazing. The no interrupting of singing rule is the best.

  13. Cathie
    April 19, 2015 / 9:00 PM

    I don’t buy anything from door to door salespeople.
    I don’t do repeat performances of weird sounds/faces.
    If you wake me up, I will maul you like a rabid wolverine.

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