OMG ~ I Think I Just Discovered I May Be Color Shy

18 Nov

I recently purchased a new (old) house. And with the exception of the kitchen (a dark neutral) and the powder room (a soft red), I pretty much hate all the wall colors. There is a lot of yellow going on *shivers* and, even if I didn’t hate the paint colors, there are nail holes so big they should be called craters, so  I have to spackle and repaint anyway.

Ask anyone that has ever come to visit me in one of my many abodes and they will tell you I’m not color shy (save, that dreaded yellow). I’m a big fan of every room deserves its own color and, if the entire house isn’t of one palette, oh well. I want my rooms to evoke a mood.

I’ve never been one to follow the leader and do as the masses. On the contrary, I pride myself on marching to the tune of a different drummer.

Despite needing to spackle and repaint so many rooms, I decided I needed to run out and get paint for the front door. Interestingly, this was my first endeavor into the front door painting arena. I didn’t think much about it. Although  I suppose considerable thought should be given to it as it’s the first impression guests have of your house. And the new neighbors will get a sense of who I am when they see that door color change.

Click on the door to open a wonderful article from Better Homes and Gardens to "Refresh Your Front Entry"

Click on the door to open a wonderful article from Better Homes and Gardens to “Refresh Your Front Entry”

So I did, what I thought, was the most sensible thing—I bought red paint for the front door.

Not a bad plan. After all, red doors are classic. Red doors are inviting. Red doors are the most common color for front doors.

And then it hit me—–I’m color shy when it comes to my front door.

Now, I know red is a color and some consider it a bold color so how can I say I’m color shy? Because when I looked at my Pinterest design board, I had pinned a whole bunch o’ doors that were — you guessed it — not red.

There are lime green doors and purple doors and turquoise blue doors trimmed in orange.

Clearly, I like a non-traditional door color and, yet, what did I go and do?

Went old school red.

Sigh.

Well…it’s only paint color and meant to be changed.

So I think the plan will be to paint it red. I rushed out to buy it after all so I might as well go for it.  Plus, red is nice for the holidays. My green Christmas wreath is going to look bitchin’ on it.

And, who knows, when spring rolls around, maybe fushia might speak to me.

Trying to figure out what color would look good on your front door? Check out this short video where Carter Oosterhouse suggests a brilliant plan for trying out different colors on your front door before committing to one.

 

Pin Me ~ Week Thirteen ~ from my Pretty Posies Board ~ Petals Can Brighten Your Day

27 Apr

If you live in an area where you get to enjoy the four seasons, spring is an especially important one.

After a long, cold and snowy winter, you absolutely crave the warmth and color of spring. And pretty posies are the perfect solution to get you out of the winter blues.

photo(10)I really love the look of flower market flowers. There’s something about stems of gorgeous color displayed in various buckets that makes the flowers seem really romantic.

And with the warmer temps these days, you can find lots of flower market at many farmer’s markets. Fresh fruits, veggies and flowers…what’s not to love?

It was difficult to choose from all the gorgeous colors and types of flowers but there’s something about the tulip that just says SPRING! to me.

I couldn’t resist the gorgeous coral color.   photo(11)

Once the flowers fully opened up, the inside reminded me of a piece of cheese.  Can you see it, too?

Happy Thang: The tulips in my garden are starting to grow which means I’ll have more pretty posies soon!

Pin Me ~ Week Twelve ~ from my Product Shopping Board ~ How To Glow With The Best of Them

26 Apr

Raise your hand if you love beauty products?

Aside from shoes and pretty dresses, I don’t think there is anything more gurly than beauty products. And I love them all from nail polish to lipstick, from blush to sparkly creams.

blog mist 4That’s why when I came across the Must Buys From Target pin from my Product Shopping board, I just had to hop over to Elizabeth Dehn’s Beauty Bets blog and find out what goodies she loved.

I think what initially sold me was the J.R. Watkins Body Cream. Here’s what she said, “I could brag about how great this is or I could just tell you that IT SMELLS LIKE COOKIES. I keep it on my desk, apply it to my hands and let that yummy cookie scent gets me through the afternoon slump.”

As I was in need of some hand cream for my desk, love the smell of cookies and could use something to get me through the afternoon slump, I thought this was the product for me.

At lunchtime, I headed to my nearest Target store in search of cookies cream. Turns out they were out of the cream but they did have the body oil. And, as I was in need of some totally awesome and sweet smelling after shower body oil, I thought this sounded like a win!

They didn’t have the Grapefruit Oil Mist that was mentioned in the post but, OH MY, they had something better.

Coconut Milk & Honey.blog mist 3

or

Lait de coco et miel. (In case you want to spiff it up).

When intially applied, you smell better than cookies. You smell heavenly.

The spray bottle makes it super easy to put on and yes, you glow, just like the darlings that walk the red carpet.

The smell eventually fades (which is good because I wouldn’t want it to interfere with my LOVELY perfume).

Your skin is soft. Oh so soft.

And you feel oh so very gurly.

Happy Thang: By the time this post goes out tonight, I will be relaxing under the stars with my Sweetheart who always smells sweet.

Well….unless he’s working in the yard…then, it’s sweaty sweet.

Oh, who am I kidding. It’s just sweaty.

Maybe they make a men’s line?

 

Pin Me ~ Week Eleven ~ from my Perhaps I Might Read Board ~ Hemingway’s Girl

26 Apr

Oh nuts!

You know what happens when you don’t keep up with your blogging? You lose track of dates. And, until you go back and start looking at a calendar, you won’t realize that you think you’re being so good catching up on your blogging only to figure out that you skipped an entire week! Hemingway's Girl

Doh!

So this is Week Eleven’s blog post, but in reality, it should have been Week Eight. I suppose I should shift all my blogs a week, but then I’d never catch up.

At any rate, I scored me a copy of Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck. I had been thinking about possibly reading this book (thus, why it was on my “Perhaps I Might Read” board), but it was Book Addict Katie’s review that pushed me to get it.

Book Addict Katie is funny, intelligent and works in a bookstore so you know she’s got double secret, back door access, to book knowledge that the rest of us can only hope to glean from those so wisely in the know of all things books. She has a blog and you can also follow her on Twitter. She is a Dog Mom to Marshall. And for those of us that are cat owners servants, she has cats (Patches & Rory). And yes, they try to kill her, too.*

Happy Thang: It’s the weekend.

*Note: if you are not a cat servant, this might need some explaining. Those of us that are, try most days to please our kitty kitties. Otherwise, they will make us pay. And it only takes one time for you to receive “that look”** to make you shape up and do their bidding.

**That look is the one they give you as a warning. It says, do what I demand, or else…

And that’s why we all sleep with one eye open.

Pin Me ~ Week Ten ~ from my Shoes Board ~ These Boots Were Made for Country Concerts

26 Apr

What’s a girl gotta do when she wants some kickin’ Cowgirl boots for summer  Country concerts?

Go to Texas of course!

And I did.

Well, I didn’t exactly go for JUST boots. However, when I was there, I did look at many, many pairs of JUSTIN boots. Unfortunately nothing fit right. Either the toes were too crampy or the heels would slip off. I went through at least twenty pairs (some twice, you know, in case this first time was some kind of fluke).

I event tried on pairs at the Rodeo. The nice gal that was helping me suggested I try boot mules. Fashionable? Yes. Look I wanted? No.

I have several pairs of Cowgirl boots. But they are way too warm to wear in the sunshine. Last year, we went to several summer Country concerts, and a bunch of the gals were wearing cute little ankle high Cowgirl boots.

So I’ve been busy pinning mini Cowgirl boots in anticipation of finding the right pair for me.

I’ve search high and low. I contemplated buying them online but, after my experience of trying on so many pairs that didn’t fit, decided I needed to be able to see them, hold them, and put my foot in them to be sure.

I went to Texas. I went to New York City. And I found my Cowgirl boots in Jersey. Thanks DSW Shoe Warehouse!

My new boots are FAB! And I mean FAB! Love, love, love the color and the extra long point of the boot. My toes are comfortable and I can wear a sock in these so no blisters on the heels. Now bring on summer!

My Happy Thang: My Sweetheart set up our patio furniture last night. It’s Friday Night movie night which we’ll enjoy on our swing.

Stop The World ~ I Want To Get Off and Write

26 Apr

Howdy!

It’s been a few weeks.

Beach Day

It’s Almost Time for the Beach

I think if you ask most writers we’ll tell you that, given the opportunity, we’d write all day and night. Too bad <insert life’s demands here> gets in the way.

When I started this blog, it was supposed to be an outlet for new writing. A (hopefully) regular way to keep things fresh and write about whatever was going on in the world or about things that interested me. It was going to be for those times when I was editing/revising/revamping my novels or plays.

Being a creative type, I have lots of outlets to channel that juicy energy. Sometimes it’s writing. Sometimes it’s painting. Sometimes it’s sewing. Sometimes it’s soaking up life for future inspiration.

And so I got away from the regular course of blogging.

Then, I decided to embark on a regular blogging adventure. I created “Pin Me ~ 52 Weeks of Actually Doing Something With My Pins.” My plan was two-fold: blog at least once a week and make something happen with all those pins I have pushed against my virtual cork boards.

I’ve made some delicious recipes, tried some new nail polish and read a good book. And I was also keeping up with the blogging. Until March 14, 2013, when other stuff got in the way.

It’s nothing major. Just home improvement projects here and hockey games there. (Let’s go Devils! Even if you aren’t making the playoffs this year). And a whole bunch of other must dos.

But, alas, that is no excuse to not blog. I made that commitment and, by golly, I will stick to it. (I hope).

I’ve actually been keeping up with my weekly Pin Me stuff. I just haven’t been blogging about it. So what does that mean?

It means I have seven pins to write about and pronto because I don’t want this stretching out to ten, twenty, fifty…

So here’s what you can expect ~ seven blog pieces coming at you fast and furiously. I’ll probably stretch them out over the next few days, but if you follow my blog via email, expect to get a couple o’emails from me back-to-back. I promise once I catch up, that it will go back to once a week. I think that’s a good amount of email to receive. :]

My Happy Thang is that today is Friday! Whoo to the hoo!

PS…what do you think of the new look for the blog? I might be changing it up seasonally. We’ll see how it goes.

Not So Wordless Wednesday

20 Mar

“Writing is…. being able to take something whole and fiercely alive that exists inside you in some unknowable combination of thought, feeling, physicality, and spirit, and to then store it like a genie in tense, tiny black symbols on a calm white page. If the wrong reader comes across the words, they will remain just words. But for the right readers, your vision blooms off the page and is absorbed into their minds like smoke, where it will re-form, whole and alive, fully adapted to its new environment.”

Mary Gaitskill

Pin Me ~ Week Nine ~ from my Exercise Board

14 Mar

stretchSo my Sweetheart and I got a four-month gym membership back in January. We did this because, once the weather gets nice, we prefer to walk our furry ones and ride bicycles.

I’ve been doing the typical treadmill routine and Zumba classes which I adore! Nothing like dancing around for an hour, burning calories, and when it’s over, you say “Wait. What? How can the class be done?” That’s my kind of exercise.

I hurt my ankle a couple of weeks ago so I’ve not been so gym oriented as I would like.

So I decided to hop on over to my Exercise Board and see what I could do in the way of exercise that wouldn’t make my ankle hurt.

The description under this Pin said:  If you sit in front of keyboard all day, you should start doing an exercise called the wall slide immediately. Why? Because it helps to stretch out your neck, shoulders & back

Bingo! This was the one to try.

Opened up the video and this guy is describing what you do. Head, shoulders and butt against the wall. Arms out to the side in a “W” shape. Slowly move them up the wall.

This was going to be a breeze. Easy. No worries.

Oh. My. Gawd.

I had no idea that my shoulders, back and neck were so tight until I did this. Holy Moley. It hurt, but in that stretchy kinda of way that if I kept doing it, things were going to feel better.

If you work in front of a computer all day, you must do this exercise. ‘Nuff said.

Happy Thang: Al l the Tex-Mex I ate last weekend.

Pin Me ~ Week Eight ~ from my Nifty Ideas Board

3 Mar

Can’t believe I’m already to week eight of my Pin Me project ~ 52 weeks of actually doing something with my Pins. For this week, I selected a pin from my Nifty Ideas board.

Not only am I a seller on Etsy, but I’m a pretty active buyer as well. So it’s really no surprise that I would have pinned a fellow Etsyian’s wares. What might be surprising is that I pinned a purse, because I sew, and more specifically, I sew purses.

But sometimes, even when you can make it, it’s fun to just buy it.

Santa brought me an iPad mini for Christmas. I love it for so many reasons, but near the very top is that it’s small enough to fit into my purse. Which got me to thinking that maybe the mini deserved a purse all its own.

Enter in Angela Kay Designs.

I had originally pinned this design thinking I would use it to carry my Kindle. Turns out it’s a two-fer: Kindle or iPad mini, either fits beautifully’

What I’m really tickled about is that I was able to get the actual design I pinned. She has so many to choose from, but I loved this one best.

And ladies, let me tell ya, the pictures don’t do this justice.

ADORABLE fabric inside and out. Fits the Kindle and the iPad mini like a glove. And that closure! So chic and charming.

As someone who sews, I can definitely tell you that Angela’s work is top rate. She has nice stitches and beautiful finished edges.

I believe a woman can never have too many shoes or purses. Am I right?

Happy Thang: Watching my 15 fish happily swim around their tank while I type this blog post.

Pin Me ~ Week Seven ~ from my Things To See at The Met Board

19 Feb

So for week seven of my Pin Me project ~ 52 weeks of actually doing something with my Pins ~ I selected a pin from my Things To See at The Met board.

My Sweetheart gave me a membership to The Metropolitan Museum of Art last year for Christmas and it was one of the best presents I ever received! Whenever we travel, we always go to a museum. My favorite museum abroad has got to be the Museo Nacional Del Prado in Madrid. Beautifully arranged and filled with so many treasures. If you do nothing else, go to see the more than 140 paintings by Francisco de Goya.

I loved my membership so much that I asked him to renew it this year for Christmas (and squee—he did!)

It was very cold on Sunday and seemed like the perfect day to go to the museum (but really, when isn’t it a good day to go the museum)? I had wanted to see the current Matisse exhibit (through March 17, 2013) again. We had taken friends at Christmas time and I wanted a second round to enjoy.

Since we were there to see new stuff and old favorites, I decided to look up one of my pins: The French Comedians by Antoine Watteau (French, Valenciennes 1684–1721 Nogent-sur-Marne) currently on view in Gallery 616.

Comedians

The French Comedians

It is a delightful little painting that combines two of my favorite subjects: theatre and art.  It’s one of those treasures that if you don’t pay attention, you may walk past it. But it’s worth finding on your next visit.

John Singer Sargent ~ Madame X

John Singer Sargent ~ Madame X

Speaking of visits, I’ve had over a year to explore the museum and I still have yet to see all the galleries. The permanent collections have taken a back seat to the fabulous limited engagements. I try to see at least part of a permanent collection when I go but I have so many old favorites that I have to visit (such as John Singer Sargent’s Madame X) that trying to fit it all in a day can prove difficult.

The friends we took in December got a whirl wind tour of the Met. They want to go back (twist my arm) and take our time visiting about three galleries. If you allocated an hour to each, that gives you enough time to absorb the beauty and read the little stories behind the paintings. It also allows you a few minutes here and there to sit down on the benches to give your feet a rest.

If you’ve never been to The Met, it is a marvel. It can be overwhelming trying to decide what to see (Asian Art, Musical Instruments, Drawings and Prints, Egyptian Art, Medieval Art, Modern and Contemporary Art to name just a few). If you really can’t decide, my suggestion would be this.

Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco

Patio from the Castle of Vélez Blanco

Begin in the Patio from the Castle of Velez Blanco. You’ll find this larger than life size patio which was constructed in southeastern coast of Spain, made its way to Paris where it was sold to George Blumenthal who brought it back to his townhouse in New York and upon his death, was gifted to the Museum.

From there, make your way through the Arms and Armor section so you can see the suits of Armor on your way to The American Wing galleries which are three floors tall.

There are so many amazing things to see in this gallery including the entire room that was built around the painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware. This is the place where you will also find several John Singer Sargent paintings (the most important one being MADAME X).

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Washington Crossing the Delaware

While you are over there, stop in the gift shop on the first floor and pick up a copy of STRAPLESS by Deborah Davis. It’s a fascinating read about the painting of MADAME X. If you forget to get it here, no worries. You can pick up a copy in the main gift store where you came in on 82nd & Fifth. They recently put in a bench near MADAME X, so you can rest a bit before you walk across the entire building to the 19th and Early 20th-Century European Paintings and Sculpture.

These are the 800-830 galleries that house many of the famous works you’ve come to know by Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir and Matisse. You can pretty much stand in any of the rooms and spin around and see paintings you’ve seen in books, magazines and movies.

There are lots of benches in these galleries so take the time to take it all in (especially Gallery 822 where you can view Monet’s Water Lilies).

Monet's Water Lilies

Monet’s Water Lilies

Then head down the stairs (or the elevator) to the first floor and take in the outstandingly, beautiful Greek and Roman Art gallery (150-172). Seriously, you can’t possibly go wrong with Greek and Roman statues.  Make sure you make your way down the hallway to the Cycladic Islands statues which you’ll find in Gallery 151.

Greek statue

Greek statue

This will also put you back next to The Great Hall where you began your day’s journey three hours ago.

Please let me know about your adventures at The Met and what pretty little treasures make your heart flutter.

Haven’t been to The Met? What is your favorite museum and why?

My Happy Thang: Anytime I step foot in a museum.