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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.


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.



Page Turner Resolution for 2013

1 Jan

I’m pretty sure it was just last week when I was making my 2012 resolutions. Where did the last 365 days go?

Simon & Schuster tweeted a quote from one of my favorite country artists, Brad Paisley. It was a simple little statement but it stopped me in my tracks.


And I thought, “Yes!” It’s so true for everyone but especially for a writer. A clean slate. An unfilled notebook. A word of possibilities.

So here goes my New Year’s resolution: stress less.

What does that mean? I’m going to fill my new book with at least one thing every day that makes me happy. I’m going to call it my “happy thang” in honor of Mr. Paisley. While I’d love to say that I’m going to blog about it everyday, the reality is that life is going to get in the way.


I will at least try to recap some of my “happy thangs” every week as I am embarking on another project. My 52 weeks of “Pin Me.”

I love me some Pinterest but I find that I pin away and then rarely go back to review or actually do any of the pins. Oh sure, I tend to pick up products I want when I’m out shopping. And I have made a few recipes here and there, but for the amount of things I had to pin because I didn’t want to forget them, I find myself not executing most of them.

That is all going to change in 2013. I promise to once a week do/make/purchase/ponder/engage in at least one of my pins. It might be a DIY project. It could be a new recipe or I may just enjoy a good quote, but I am going to start utilizing my pins.

So, with that said, be sure to visit my blog again where I will be posting my  “Pin Progress.”

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you today’s Happy Thang. Went for a late breakfast (1pm) with some friends and hung out for a couple of hours talking over coffee.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

PS…What is on the first page of your new book?

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.

Paper mache skull
Tissue paper
Mod Podge (I used gloss-lustre)
Sponge brush
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.

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.