Friday, November 16, 2012

Do da dip...

I don't know how this happened, but this post was published awhile ago, but I never shared it with everyone, so I apologize if you've already seen it...Also, you'll notice some changes around here, (the About Me page, the DIY page, and Our Home page all have some new stuff) so be sure to check it out.
I saw these on Pinterest:
 and was immediately in love. So I made my own.
It was as simple as pulling out the tons of "$5 for a set, wooden spoons we all have in our house," and the "green frog tape we all SHOULD have in our house," and some paint:
I taped them off:
dipped them in paint and let them dry:
This is the only way I could figure out to dry them...hmmm...I should plan better :)
and the end result:
Brightly colored spoons....Red and gold. Kansas City Chiefs for those of you who didn't know. I think they will be perfect for the next time they go to the Superbowl...(for all of you non-kansanites, that was a joke), but they could be fun for any Sunday football game or any other party. I think they could be way more fun in a bunch of bright colors, or as a wedding gift in the couple's wedding colors. I am not sure about washing them yet...let me rephrase that I'm not sure about putting them in the dishwasher...I will, of course, wash them. I'm okay with it though, I only use our dishwasher for huge amounts of dishes anyways (waste not want not) and these spoons will most likely be used for parties, and not so much everyday use (especially since I have probably 5 exact sets of these in my house)...How about you guys? any "dipping" projects at your place lately? Keep it clean people...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I'm lovin it....

Here's what i'm lovin' in November...
Mumford and Sons...
I know lots of people say they like all different types of music...but I literally like all types of music. I've been known to listen to rap, country, rock, indie-rock, jazz (yes sometimes when I'm tired/stressed I listen to jazz in the car on the way home), alternative, and basically anything else. Mumford and sons really struck a cord with me though (get it..musicians..cord...). Anyways, I love their new cd...and all of their new songs. 
I think I'm finally ready to join this decade and purchase an IPad...I know, I'm behind, but I think it will be perfect to take to design meetings with me so I'm almost ready to pull the trigger on that purchase. So, I've been eyeing all of these cute cases on etsy:
This one's my absolute favorite. I love the wood grain style with the cute
Love the chevron, love the pink.
Love the herringbone tweed...It's tailored style makes me happy. And I love that it isn't too feminine or too masculine, anyone could carry it.

This print:
I'll admit it: I'm a huge Harry Potter obviously, I love this print.

These crocheted mug mittens:
These make my tea drinking experience so much better. No more having to hold only the top or only the handle of the tea cup.

Chocolate Peppermint Coffee:
O.M.G. This coffee is soooo good. Try it, please. And then stock up because it's only available around the holidays...
What about you guys? What are you diggin' this month?

Monday, November 12, 2012

Glass of wine, paint brush, and some frog tape...

So here's a post about what happens when you wait too long to do something you've been discussing for a long time, and then have a few glasses of wine, one night around 10.....and unfortunately have excess     paint-brushes, frog tape, and a plethora of paints in your garage:
I've written many a time about painting my front door....I definitely wanted to add some "not so factory build grade" character to our plain white door:


We went over a long list of colors. including: a deep peacock blue, green, and even yellow. The problem: resale...Not a big problem if you're moving in three or four years, by then you will probably repaint the entire door or might just replace the door altogether. But, we happened to know for a fact that this little gray house that we love will be put on the market in about a year and a half...sad face..Therefore resale value is a factor. Our doors are white builder grade and apparently magic doors that are impossible to paint back white. We know this because a year after we moved in, the door to my office got scuffed up (I don't remember how) and I tried to just use some touch up white paint that was left in the garage, it didn't match and you could definitely tell that it didn't match the rest of the door if you look closely, so I tried sanding and trying a different white, still no dice...It's not terribly noticeable and not a big deal on a small part of the bottom of the office door...big deal however, on the entirety of our front door. So we went with another/much more subtle route:

I apologize for the last picture, but it's really hard to get a good picture of the front door during the day.
We went with a neutral chocolate brown. Instead of painting the whole door, we added a little bit of character by just painting the insets. Now I'm deciding if I should paint around the glass too, it needs symmetry but I kind of think it could be overkill. What do you think?
 In the end, I'm very happy with it. It adds character without taking away from the rest of the great room that it opens to, or from my striped entry way wall that is directly next to it, and there shouldn't be any need to paint it again before putting it on the market, and if I do it will probably take 5 minutes. I think this project could be really fun though, with some bright colors, especially on all of your interior doors.
So, there you have it, a simple, quick and albeit probably a little boring project...although I promise it makes more impact in real life.
How about you guys? Any good painting projects out there? Any other magic front doors? Do tell...