Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Careful- she's got that crazy look in her eye.

Maybe it's 'cause it's been cold, dark, & gray for days, or maybe it's 'cause I've parented, cleaned, Christmas prepared, taken out the garbage, wiped bums, etc. largely by myself for weeks upon weeks--




OR it's just that I've had 50ish comments plus one really annoying text from a very anal family member,

BUT, I've got a bone to pick.

Source: piccsy.com via Mandi on Pinterest



Heads to bust.

Butts to smack.

Please regard that I don't get many "rude" comments (and for that I should be grateful)-- these are just annoying. What am I referring to?

Oh. . . ya know. . .

-Did you know that my pantry overwhelms the space?
Have you been in my kitchen to know? Do you know my pantry? Do you call him at home?

-Did you know someone had the cajones to tell me my "EAT" sign is off centered? AGAIN?
Have I not addressed this and the reasons for it one beeeeelion times?

-Did you know that the mirror in my bedroom is in an awkward spot?
Awkward? You're awkward. How's that?
-Did you know that I've been chastized for blogging non-project posts?
I thought I addressed that here.?.

No-- none of these (and the 50ish others I've got in the last month) are a biggie. BUT.




BUT--

Can't we all, just, get along? Even if it's true, do ya have to say it? Do I have to pull a "Miss Manners" and tell you that nitpicking people to death is bad manners?

You know how I see it?

Our blogs are the virtual equivalent, if you will, of an invitation into our homes. It's similar to inviting me into your house, and the second I step foot in the door, I start pointing out every little thing that bothers me.

"Hey, there's a sock under your couch."

"Did you know how badly your baseboards need to be cleaned?"


And so forth.



I guess I'm tired of taking a picture, and going, "Oh I should re-take that picture because someone will comment on _____." Or "I'll just photoshop that out because I don't want a comment about ______", Or "I'll have to put a disclaimer to stop comments on ______."

To be Frank, (I'll be Frank, you be you) if it's my house, and I took the picture, I'm aware of it. None of us should have to attach a disclaimer to ev.er.y.thing.

"Yes I know my house is messy. . . just ignore that. . . "

Do you get these too? Will you share them with me? Maybe over some ice cream with hot fudge sauce?

Thanks for letting me share with you. I'm feeling better already.

55 comments:

Heather H said...

Agreed!! 100%! Seriously what's the deal with some people! Are they so insecure about themselves they have to point out everyone else's flaws! I LOVE bloggers that have flaws because it makes them so much more "real" and relate-able! Don't change a thing! I have adopted a new motto of "screw expectations", pardon my boldness. It is just I realized how many things in my life I do certain ways not because I want to but because it is expected! Well I threw all expectations out the door and I am just going to be me and be happy, so screw expectations! :)

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

What the--what? WHO? Who has time to comment about such things? Seriously? WHY? Oh those poor things. They must be so unhappy with their own lives and HATE what a happy and fun home you obviously have, the poor dears. It's hard being perfect! Don't take it to heart. It's just because you are like HUGE in the world of blogging so of course there's gonna be jealousy!
I love your blog exactly as is, and want to wash the mouth of whoever said your pantry overwhelms the space out with soap!!!!!!!!! Filthy mouth! Dirty lies!

Nicki Rocky said...

I too totally agree! In fact I often don't post on my blog because of such concerns!

I love your blog it is the ONE that I REALLY look forward to a new post on and one of the reasons that I LOVE it so much is the fact that you tell it like it is and show it like it is (which is still a million times neater than my house btw!).

If people want to nitpick go elsewhere! Keep the faith Mandi x

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

I don't get why people have to point out anything that could be construed as negative on someone else's blog. Your blog is great! Don't let those people get you down. I guess they never learned that if you have nothing nice to say you should say nothing at all. What a waste of energy and time to actually write up any of those comments!

Jill Ann said...

People's lack of social graces are hilarious. Do they even read your blog or just look at the pictures? Because if they did they'd realize you don't give a flying fart what people think. Morons.

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

People are such D bags sometimes. I had one lady give me a lecture about how I need to proof-read my posts better because otherwise I will never get any sponsors because my blog isn't "professional" enough. Who ever said I wanted sponsors? I'm not trying to be Young House Love here. Can't I just post crap when I feel like it and how I feel like it?

Your blog is my favorite in the world, and I could care less if you don't post ugly projects every 2.4 seconds like some blogs, because your blog is freaking hilarious, and theirs are not. Theirs are boring and take 34902843 shots of the same thing at slightly different and awkward angles with too many close-ups (pet peeve alert, pet peeve alert) Not to mention that the projects you do are actually LEGIT. If I see one more ugly pillow tutorial I'm going to lose it. Well not really, just think to myself how ugly that pillow is, then click to a different website.

JOY L. said...

You're freaking AWESOME and they can shove it!! Lol.

In the south we like to say "Bless Their Little Hearts", when you really want to scream mean cuss words!

Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House said...

Oh my. Do I EVER understand where you're coming from on this one. Don't change a thing.

Desire Empire said...

Your cute catchy writing got me in today.

Love your wise words.

I wonder why people have the time to critsize.....me thinks that smacks of a little envy. Take it as a compliment....they're jealous.

Have a great Christmas. Looking forward to more funnies from you next year.
Carolyn xx

Amanda said...

Well that just makes me mad. People are just mean, or clueless. I'd like to think they don't know what they're saying may be hurtful or just plain rude.

Don't listen to them; your blog is my absolute favorite! People just need to learn to keep their opinions to themselves.

I, personally, hope you keep making "over-sized" pantry doors and "off-center" spice shelves because I love, love, love them!

Jessie said...

I'm so sorry! What dirtbags! I posted on my blog once that I died my hair red and put a picture. An "anonymous" commenter, of course, put "liked it better blonde". Well, thank you. The internet just makes people be super bold and super blunt since they don't have to put a face with their words....I'm imagining super ugly people sitting in super ugly houses writing super mean things just to make themselves feel better.

Sorry and I love you.

Samantha said...

I much prefer blogs that are real, I can't stand the blogs where everything's perfect....cos then I know they're big fat FAKERS! :)

Samantha said...

I much prefer blogs that are real, I can't stand the blogs where everything's perfect....cos then I know they're big fat FAKERS! :)

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Please don't change a THING about your blog!!! It's seriously my favorite, and I always look forward to your posts.

I'm sorry you've had some not very nice comments lately, but in reality, nasty comments usually stem from jealousy, which totally makes sense since you're awesome!

P.S. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas :)

Jessie K said...

Good grief, if you're house is messy then mine should cordoned off and declared a toxic waste site!!!! I don't see that at all, rather your total and complete awesomeness! Maybe they see that, too, and that's why they have to nitpick. Stupid people. Mandi of Vintage Revivals is coauthor to a blog called My Favorite Hate Mail. Maybe you've heard of it? Anyway, it's always fun to bash haters and mean commenters on there! :)

Taylor said...

This one wasn't about a project... I really need a sarcasm font. I love your blog, I love your writing, and I love everything about your home. If you had a crazy stalker lady... it would probably be me. (Where can I get that sarcasm font?!) Keep up the good work!

Emily said...

People are just lame. Why do they waste their time commenting on something they don't like. Why do they think you want their input. I am just amazed at what some people say.

I will come eat ice cream with you anytime.

Dede said...

Wow. That just blows my mind.

I love the point you make about the fact that you are inviting us into your home, and I thank you. I'm so sorry you've been getting snarky comments.

Merry Christmas girl!

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

dear mandi,
i love you.
you might already know that. but after this post i might seriously contemplate leaving my husband for you...interested? we can make us a house of molding...well you can make it... i'll watch and supply water and chocolate. wait. where was i? oh yes. luvvv-- truwwww luvvv.
love kim.

ps. did you know that your eat is not completely centered over your spice shelves. just saying.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Like everyone else has said. Your blog is a favorite. You know I am and will always be a Mandi fan. I might be a bigger fan if you would fix your EAT sign though. I kid I kid. Love ya.....

Suesan said...

Dear Mean Blog Commenters, leave my Mandi alone. She makes the world a brighter happier place for the rest of us. She shows us that off center Eat signs can look absolutely amazing when punctuated by the world's most adorable spice shelf. She teaches us that molding makes the world go round and the house look awesome. She gives us the best there is, so you just back off and leave her be, m'kay?!

Thanks,
Suesan

ps. Mr. Mailman should be knocking on your door any day with a little Ohio love from yours truly.

Libby said...

[sarcastic font:] Well excuuuuusssseee you for buying a house that the silly builders didn't realize that you would need a layout that would help things that you may or may not make be centred.
[friendly font:] (I cruise real estate (MLS) sites and I know some of the houses and the photos don't reflect the actual size/proportions of the rooms so I can't judge if your EAT sign/spice cabinet are there because of miscalculations or because the house layout dictates it. Either way I love your house & blog as is.)

Silly people. They aren't welcome inside your home anymore.

I'll bring over gingerbread cookies for us to munch. Maybe even the burnt ones to toss at the Scrooges.

Merry Christmas!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Mandi, well said! We are not magazine covers, we are lived in homes and people don't like something... yeah, change the chanel! I never mess with a girl with all caps on! Brush it off, it's not worth another minute of your day!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Make that channel before someone comes along and corrects me!

Ani said...

Hey! I'm coming over from A Girl And A Glue Gun. Fun Post! And Oh so true... Thanks for putting a fun spin on something we all have to deal with at some level or another. :) Good luck to you with your commenters. :)

C Lysager said...

I am not a blog commenter, but lately i have been wanting to comment on yours just to tell you how awesome I think you are. So when I read your post today I decided today was the day to say, I think you are great. Your blog is one of the only ones I read anymore and I love when I see a new post from you. You have a great personality that I relate to and I think you are amazing to do all that you do. So keep doing what you are doing and everyone else can suck it!! Love Ya!

KellyMac said...

I think you are brilliant! I look forward to your well-wriiten, hilarious, and creative posts. Non-project posts are welcome anytime! Keep on keepin' on, girl!

emily s said...

Hey Mandi!
I've been reading your blog for over a year now...religiously. Never commented, frankly because I'm lazy and people tend to say the same stuff over and over. I love your projects and quite possibly your name is common knowledge at our house as the epitome of awesome. Your house is phenomenal, but what I check in for EVERY day is the witty commentary. I almost pee my pants over the honest, witty, and endearing (well sometimes) banter you have with yourself.

Haters will hate.. blog on, because I pretty much think that I love you.

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

Absolutely everything you do is amazing and fooey on everyone else!!

Kristen said...

You made me laugh outloud. And I had to share htis with the hubby. So true! Not sure why people do that. Or say something really rude and then try to make it better by adding "lol" or a smiley face. Love your quotes.

pogonip said...

Trolls always bring out my wicked and evil humor. Hey, they basically asked for it. No, actually they BEGGED for it!

I love your stuff and I especially love your sense of fun. Caps On!

Autum said...

Just add my voice to the choir singing your praises. I just skipped over a slew of blogs in my google reader and stopped on yours because I knew I'd enjoy whatever I happened to find here. It's your humor and genuineness that makes me want to read, not a bunch of projects thrown out there for the sake of having content. Keep on keepin' on sister. We love you just the way you are.

LaurMKK said...

I am new to your blog, and I must say you had me in tears....of joy. I love your style frankness (tee hee) and wit. Keep it coming, and if you need a pick me up I will send you pictures of my dust bunnies. Laur

The Egan 4 said...

I love love love your blog!! I love your ideas, the work that you do is right up there with And White!! You are an amazing person/Blogger.

Too many blogs now a days are over the top commercialized. Give aways left and right... You are just down to earth and aren't in it for the money...

Keep up the great work.. and blogging!! Love your sense of humor and you!!

Caleb's mom said...

i hEART your blog and your house. you make me laugh out loud at work ALL the time. and inspire me to do things that I really have no clue how to do?? SO i have to get my dad to help me.. Have a wonderful Christmas! Oh and your kids aint bad either.. :)

ACW said...

I'll be over in 30 with a 6 pack - and I'm not talking beer, I'm talking a half a dozen bottles of sweet, sanity saving red wine!

And I'll bring one for myself too.

Karen said...

Well, apparently their mommas never did them any favors...you know like teach them that little nugget of wisdom that says " If you don't have anything nice to say, SHUT UP!!!" or something to that effect. I guess, some people simply must bitch or they will blow up. Such a sad sad state of affairs. Ignore them and love the rest of us 'cause the ones who think you are FABU are far greater in number and we will simply drown them out. HA!

Karen said...

P.S. you inspired me to learn to miter so I can share some of your moulding fabulousness in my home. Will send a link when I get some finished! I am a miterin' newbie so it is slooooooow going for me
:0)

Matt Owen said...

My wife thinks you're my internet girlfriend because I have to tell her everything that goes on here. Also, women who use power tools are hot. But you already knew that.

Layne Bushell said...

Dear Losers with a third nipple,

Go away. If you don't like the way Mandi posts, just go away and don't read her blog. This is her personal blog. She can post however, whenever and whatever she wants. She is not a "for money" blog. You won't find any ads here. She just shares with us what she likes to do.

You don't have to read this blog. Go away and leave your thoughtless rude comments to yourselves. And if the EAT sign is off center... SO WHAT...it's not your house, you don't have to look at it so again, I say to you...just go away.

I'd also say can you do what she does? Do you have her skills and ability? Also, try READING her words....she explains why she does what she does.

So go away and let the rest of us love and admire her work because there is no one with more awesomesauce than most of us combined.

Jen said...

Really. RREEE-hheeee--HHHEEEE-LLY? I've never met you in real life, but you're like... the awesomest. Your blog is my abso-tute favoritest because I love the way you write and how "human" you are. You don't profess to be a perfect person, have a perfect family, or make perfect things. I follow a number of blogs, but yours is the one I check for new posts EVERY day. Not just "when I get the time." Please, keep on like you've been keepin' on and give the LOSERS with THIRD/FOURTH/FIFTH nipples the number of a good plastic surgeon. (That falls under the category of being "gracious," right?)

Most of all, have a jouful Merry Christmas, and don't let the fartblossoms of the world bring you down. Love to you, and your beautiful family.

Jen said...

PS. Did you update Plants vs. Zombies lately? I'm waaay addicted to the new "I,Puzzle" thing.

Belchamber4 said...

I LOVE your blog. You make me laugh and are full of amazing ideas.

Gwynn Gang said...

You are right about opening up your home. Thank you for doing that. You've inspired me AND my husband to create like we never have before. I still have to email you pics of my entertainment center. AND, AND: did I tell you we are DOING the wainscoting using your blog as inspiration? Our walls are textured, and we didn't feel like sanding to achieve a flat looks, so we had to buy some cheap wood and cut panels for the back. We are putting it up the week after Christmas! You inspire me and my husband and I am grateful you let us into your home everytime you post. Thank you for your inspiration to DIY-ers everywhere!

Gwynn Gang said...

PS: people that say mean things to you just need to go eat glue while you and I eat ice cream.

Leslie@leserleeslovesandhobbies said...

I love your pictures. It's nice to know that others out there are real people too. Kids running around with butt cracks showing, kids picking their noses, sagging diapers...I'm just sad you didn't post a picture of the "Baby Ruths" floating in the bath tub. That woulda been the bomb-diggity. Hehehe.

WhettenWild said...

Some people need to get a life and do something besides think of things that they can insult people about over the internet. Seriously people, how do have the time for that! And seriously....the EAT sign AGAIN! YES MY CAPS ARE ON AND I AM YELLING!

Happy Housewife said...

Your blog is my absolute favorite. The best thing about it is the realness. Please don't change a thing!

Ignore those who don't have manners and cannot remember to keep quiet when they can think of nothing nice to say.

mab said...

A-stinkin-men! I am a terrible photographer. Terrible. And I know it. And someday I'll get around to working on that... after I finish wiping butts and cleaning my house and getting those last boxes from our move unpacked and working on a billion projects and being a wife/mom/daughter/sister/friend.... so I refuse to post apologies about my lack of skillz or my house or any crap that is my bidniz and not my readers'. So, amen for being real & you and using your CAPS LOCK to call out the rude commenters...

P.S. I love your blog. It makes me happy to be named Mandi. :)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Honestly? People actually take the time to point out that something is off center? Seems a little OCD to me.
You have a great blog. It's fun, it's real and you get an amazing amount done in what looks like a ridiculously short amount of time.
I just delete comments I don't like. But I've only had one that was intentionally mean, so I think I've been lucky.

Maureen said...

Dear Mandi,

I don't know the full story about what happened and understand that you can't go into more details BUT I hope you ripped them a new one. Too many times I have held my tongue and then regretted it later.

But the real reason I'm leaving you a note is to wish you a Merry Christmas and that I hope your holiday is all you want it to be.

Maureen

LE FITNESS- Pilates and Personal Training said...

I'm so glad you called your "haters" out! I love your blog because you tell it like it is & you embrace your life the way it is. Try not to waste anymore energy on those people because there are more of us who love your blog just the way it is.

fixitfaerie said...

Some people are rude and ignorant. IGNORE THEM. I like your blog. So there.

Teri said...

It's shocking to me not only that people take the time to post negative comments, but that they do so to YOU. Of all people. Seriously. Your blog is my favourite. No disclaimers needed. People's lack of social graces makes me ill.

Toula said...

I <3 you and this post!!

Some people need to simmer down! If we're taking the time to sit and read your blog it's because we find it and you enjoyable. How rude of these people to pass judgement on someone and something that brings joy to their day. Anyone ever heard of "He who is without sin cast the first stone"? Are their lives and homes perfect in every way? I doubt it.

You're doing a fantastic job with this blog and your time and effort is very much appreciated!