What is a Knickknack?


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Knickknacks!

I should probably tell you my definition of kickknacks. For me it is any decorative item that is non-functioning/or I don't need. Just something I like for pure ascetic purposes. so, it can be little ceramic doo-dads, vases, pillows, pictures, dishes, bowls....the list goes on. Granted dishes and bowls do have function and I only really need one set, but.........LOL

According to Websters Dictionary, Knickknack = a small trivial article usually intended for ornament

Pretty darn close to my own definition. always good to know.

Having the attention span of a 2 year old, I get bored very easily. With different little decorative items, I can change the look of an area quickly. No big major repainting job or buying expensive furniture. I can redo a shelf or a tabletop and do a completely different look within an hour and make my room or area have a fresh new look.

I discovered, and gave myself permission, to not feel the need to put EVERYTHING I own out on display at once and all the time. I can change out things, move things around, add things, remove things and just play any time I want to. Woohoo! Freedom!

As any one who reads my blog fairly regularly knows, I thrift a lot. I use my "play allowance" money and buy my play stuff. And that's what it is for me, play. It's fun and when you know you aren't spending a fortune on something, your can venture outside the box and try different things that you would not normally think you like. I have surprised myself by some of the things I have gotten and then found out I really liked...who knew? But, then again,I have gotten things, added it to my home decor, stood back and thought, "What the heck was I thinking?". And down it comes and on Ebay it goes! LOL

A fun example is dishes. I have always loved beautiful china. Didn't matter the style, china is always beautiful to me. But, lately I have been finding some awesome retro dishes and have been loving them! When I bought this little set of retro dishes, I figured I would use them once or twice and then sell them.



But when I set this table, I swear, I felt like I was Mary Tyler Moore playing Laura Petrie in the Dick van Dyke show! It was so much fun. And I absolutely love this little set!

So, now my home changes it's look on a regular basis. Things rarely stay the same for very long. Poor Hubs has had a struggle with this concept. He grew up in a home that everything stayed the same. But, he is slowly starting to understand me. And it has only taken him 10 years. LOL


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16 comments :

  1. That is a great tablesetting! I glad you liked the little sheep. Have a great Easter...Julian

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  2. Wow! Someone with my own philosophy of decoration! Thrift stores have some nice knick-knacks at times, too.

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  3. A great idea, - buy your knickknacks, enjoy them, and then change them before you have to dust them!

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  4. great K post! I love that domed serving piece, so very pretty.

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  5. Diann this is the 2nd week in a row that you and I have chosen the same theme for our Alphabet blogs....funny! Mine isn't until Thur so I might change it...we are so much a like!

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  6. Hi there, Im glad you liked my knickknack sheep. They are getting harder to find. Have a great Easter...Julian

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  7. Hi: I just love your tea set. We share the love of change! In my house, anything that is not nailed down can be sold on Ebay. I call it trading up! Have a wonderful Easter. Blessings, Martha

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  8. Dishes are something I can never seem to make myself give up- I need an intervention! LOL
    xoxo Pattie

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  9. I love the color of your retro dishes.. Thats not a shade we see very often so it really appeals to me.. I looked everywhere for a K and the only thing i could think of was my KITCHEN. Since the last 2 have been yard clean up and trash clean out days I cant take a pic of my kitchen- no way- no how lol...Maybe I can participate next week..

    Happy Easter to you and yours.
    Sonny

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  10. I'm so lovin that dish set you got going Laura..I mean Diann...lol


    "I discovered, and gave myself permission, to not feel the need to put EVERYTHING I own out on display at once and all the time. I can change out things, move things around, add things, remove things and just play any time I want to. Woohoo! Freedom!"

    This spoke to me in volumes since I JUST experienced this freedom about a month ago..and at first it was very overwhelming..NOT show everything? Move items to other rooms? Put some away for seasonal changes?

    I realized that I needed to let go of some of the obsessiveness I carried into my decorating,,,and just let it go and go with the flow..It was freeing!!

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  11. Those dishes and the table setting are just adorable. I'm not usually a huge fan of what is called 'retro' (living through that era once was enough for me), but these are such a great color and shape how could you resist them.

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  12. Nice post for today.

    Thanks for joining in on the fun at ABC Wed. on behalf of the ABC team.

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  13. You have a real gift for decor! I have many, many knicknacks, but my house never looks like that!

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  14. What a lovely tablesetting! Thanks for something new I learned starting with K today! :o)
    I wish I had this eye for table decorating... *sigh*

    Kisses from Nydia.

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  15. Ah, Laura Petrie on DVDyke was my very 1st TV crush!

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

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