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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.

 

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.

A Little Halloween DIY During Hurricane Sandy Frankenstorm

29 Oct

So nothing like being stuck indoors to get the creative juices flowing. As we got ready for Hurricane Sandy and the great Frankenstorm to arrive, I broke out some stuff to get a little DIY Halloween going.

I had wanted to get a paper mache pumpkin, but Michael’s only had skulls. Turns out to be a good thing, because I had the coolest tissue paper from “Lucky Bones Backwater Grille” in Cape May, NJ.

Supplies:
Paper mache skull
Tissue paper
Mod Podge (I used gloss-lustre)
Sponge brush
Scissors
Wax Paper

I used the wax paper to keep my project from being glued to table. You could also use a grocery bag.

Begin by ripping pieces of tissue paper into various sizes. I wanted parts of their super cool logo to show (it’s of a lady wearing a BIG striped hat) so I ripped those out first and then used remaining paper to help cover skull.

Don’t be shy on using the glue. You wants lots and lots to hold the paper in place.

I started around the front of the face because I needed to fold paper into those holes. This is where the scissors come in handy. I used the tip to push paper in behind eyes, nose and cheeks.

The only two places I wanted to make sure to have specific pieces was at the top of the head (so you can clearly see their logo).  And I used the red part of their logo (which says Cape May, NJ) to highlight the mouth.

Other than that, I just randomly ripped pieces of tissue paper up and glued it to the skull. BTW, using tissue paper is super easy to glue to paper mache sculpture and also to yourself. Plan to have to remove some tissue paper from your hands.

The Yummiest and Easiest Apple Pie Recipe

16 Oct

This is the easiest and yummiest apple pie recipe you will ever try. Most of ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now. If you live in an area where you can go apple picking—DO IT! Nothing like the taste of homemade pie made from apples you picked fresh.

A few years ago I went apple picking at Longmeadow Farm and they handed out a small booklet of recipes. This one is called “Grandmom’s Apple Pie”…so you know it’s gonna be good.

Here’s what you’ll need:

♥ 5 to 6 cooking apples (Rome apples are a good choice – I used Cameo apples this time)

♥ 3/4 cup sugar

♥ 3 Tbs corn starch

♥ 2 Tbs lemon juice (you can get this amount from two freshly squeezed lemons)

♥ 3 Tbs cinnamon

♥ 1/4 tsp nutmeg

♥ 3 Tbs butter

♥ dash of salt

♥ 2 pie crusts (top and bottom – I use Pillsbury pre-made – you can find them in refrigerated section of grocery store)

♥ 9-inch pie plate (you can find aluminum ones at grocery store, Wal-Mart or Target)

 

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425.

Step 2: If using Pillsbury Pie crusts, remove from fridge so crusts have 15 minutes at room temperature.

Step 3: Peel and slice apples.

Step 4: Put apples in bowl, add lemon juice and toss. (Tip: roll lemons back & forth before cutting to get the most juice from your lemons).

Step 5: Press bottom pie crust into pie plate. Trim off excess dough around edges. Sprinkle some of the sugar, 1 Tbs of cinnamon and 1 Tbs of corn starch in bottom of crust.

Step 6: Put half of the apple slices in crust.

Step 7: Add half of sugar, 1 Tbs of cinnamon, half of the nutmeg and 1 Tbs of corn starch.

Step 8: Repeat layering of apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and corn starch.

Step 9: Apples will pile high in pie crust. Dot with butter. Add dash of salt.

Step 10: Top apples with second crust. Seal crust. Cut vents in top.

Step 11: For easy clean-up, put aluminum foil over a cookie sheet. Put pie on cookie sheet and bake 50 to 60 minutes or until done.

Step 12: Serve pie with a scoop of ice cream (pumpkin ice cream is particularly good).

The Sketchbook 2012 Challenge

26 Jan

“She decided to start living the life she had imagined.”

My 2012 New Year’s Resolution is in full swing.  It’s been 26 days and I’m imaging, creating and enjoying life the way I always thought I should. This is what I’ve been up to:

~ I’ve been taking full advantage of one of my Christmas presents—a membership to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’ve been three times including having brunch there. I’m planning on going again this weekend.

~ I’ve been mulling over changes to the novel.

~ I’m taking time each night to relax with a good book and some tunes.

~ I have taken an official “chill” stance. No stressing. No fussing. No worries. Issues are just rolling off of me like water on a duck.

~ And I’m making a commitment to doing something with pencils, pens, paper and paint. Just finished a painting that I’ll be listing in my Etsy store. I’ve also discover The Sketchbook Challenge 2012. As luck would have it, I picked up a couple of sketch books before the holidays. The challenge for January is to doodle. So I carry my little book with me and when the mood strikes, I doodle. It’s good fun. Relaxing. And quite enjoyable.

Here is today’s doodle.

Happy Moment of the Day: Forgetting the woes and enjoying the moment.

DIY How to Make A Watch Pendant Necklace Tutorial

25 Jan

There are times when I see something and I just buy it. And there are times when I see something and I think “I can make that.” This was one of those times.

It was actually about two years ago. I saw the In Good Time Necklace on the Anthropologie website. I thought it was a unique way to wear a watch since I don’t really like the feel of a watch on my wrist.

I picked up the sparkly pendant when I saw a pretty tulip shaped one on sale.

When I would go out antique browsing, I would keep an eye out for a small watch face. I didn’t find any until this past fall when I picked up a delicate little number up for $2. Suddenly I was back in business for this DIY project.

I estimate the entire project cost me less than $3. It doesn’t appear that Anthropologie carries it anymore, but at the time, the pendant cost $58.

The image to the left is the In Good Time Necklace from Anthropologie. The image above is the one I created using theirs for inspiration.

The beautiful thing about this time piece is that it can be dressed up or down. It’s stylish and vintage and cool-looking all wrapped into one accessory that is fun, flirty and practical.

So here are the steps I used to create my watch pendant necklace:

1) Gather supplies: watch, two gold jump rings and sparkly pendant.

2) Remove the watch band. Mine actually had little clasps that opened near the watch face which made this a very simple process.

3) Add a jump ring to the top and bottom of the face.

4) Now it was time to attach the sparkly tulip shaped bauble. And then I realized it didn’t have anything I could attach it to. Oof! But wait! I had a small bead and some transite (clear cord).

5) I put the cord through the bead and pulled it through the opening of the bottom of the tulip. Then I tied it onto the jump ring on the bottom of the watch. Yes! Problem solved!

And that was it. My Anthropologie inspired watch pendant was complete.

The last thing I did was string it on a chain I already had. Viola!

Happy Moment of the Day: Creating a little collage of the things that inspired this design.