Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloweeeeeenie


Don't have too much fun tonight!

See you back here soon.

xoxoxo

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

this and that for Tuesdays Smiles


Just some random bits today. I am off to the doctor later today to get a progress report on the foot and an update on the other funky stuff happening. I just thought I would share a pic from before the Bench Attack as it shall forever be known. 



 The boys got eye check-ups and new specs. Miles had me take his picture with his 3 favorite pairs so that he could make the most informed decision. He slays me with his whit and peculiarities.  These were the winning pair and they mostly live on the edge of his nose.



Last Wednesday I got to help chaperon a field trip to the Clinton Library where I got to see the actual 19th Amendment in person.
I cannot imagine living in a world where I had no voice of consequence.



Speaking of ladies. This is our newest addition. Rosie is her name and finding bugs is her game. Jeanetta says that we are running a Hen Rescue Home as we seem to take in picked on, lonesome or abandoned girls. 

Tomorrow is the the big Hallow's Eve and there is still lots to do in my hobbled condition, so I will leave you with some of my favorite things around the interwebs these days:

Edie is talking about what I have been thinking about.... Margin, Listening, Hospitality

I am dying to try this Cheesy Pumpkin Pie

Have you met Amelia? I am so happy for Alicia and Andy Paulson and their new little bundle. I get teary every time I read one of Posey's post.

I am dying to go to Meg's Craft House. If I threw a party there would you all come?

Have you downloaded the new Cartolina app Mailroom? So cute! I am a sucker for this sort of adorable techy stuff.



Monday, October 29, 2012

make-do {and make lovely} monday - so, what now? and a dining room delimma



 Hello friends. How was your weekend? Mine was good despite my hobbledness. I took a lot of naps (a la pain killers.) Tweeted, pinned,  read, crocheted,  and realized all the things that it is hard to do on crutches. Like taking pictures. Or pouring milk. And showering. Oy vey. 

 We are throwing a Halloween party on Wednesday, and I am trying to go forward with the breakfast nook makeover (slow and steady wins the race) and then before you know it Thanksgiving and Advent will be here, broken foot or not.

But I cannot complain. 

I am just grateful that this did not happen in the summer in 100 degree temps with two birthday parties and back-to-school to deal with. I think that might have been the end of me.

The real villain in this whole story is a very long, solid wood, green bench in our dining room. It was the beast that fell on my foot, and now Sweet Man is determined that it be banished and replaced.

So, confined as I am to staying on my behind, I have spent the majority of the weekend trolling Craigslist and Overstock and Pinterest looking for a solution, and I think I may be more confused than ever. If you have a moment, I could really use some advice on what to do.

To help you get the full picture, let me tell you what the plan is for the dinning room overall:



This is pretty much how it is right now. All plane jane from our house showing days.
The only things I am sure I am keeping are the table and the light blue wainscoting.




At some point we will be adding this vintage paintable wallpaper on the top half of the walls and painting it a shade of yellow somewhere in the light chartreuse family if I can find one I like.

So the next question is regarding the chairs. Do we keep the mismatched look and just build on it? Or do we buy all new chairs in one style?  Or do we combine- keep the cottage bench (not the evil green one) and add 4 chairs? Or do we bite the bullet and get 6? And which style? The wallpaper is a traditional pattern but will be in a funky color. This room sits dead center between the kitchen and the living room and so we travel through it and look at it all day. I want it to have the same sort of casual vibe that the rest of the house has; Urban cottage farmhouse.

So here are my favorite looks, tell me what you think:



Option 1: Classic Windsor. One can never go wrong with a good, sleek Windsor.


Course I would want them in a different color- black is a little stark for us.
This is obviously a more traditional option.


Option 2: Painted metal, french garden chair look.
Fun, kid friendly, the urban element. 


Option 3: Mid-century modern. Easy to clean, a nice counter to the frilly wallpaper.
But do I just like these because they are trendy? Will these hold up?



Option 4: Another version of the Windsor, more of a Shaker style in a raspberry tone. Probably my least favorite for our house, but still worth a mention.

So that is what I am thinking about, all laid up on the couch and hobbled.  What do you think? Which chairs do you think would look best? And how many?   Or should I just stick with what I have? 
Let me know, I will be listening.

Hope your Monday is lovely dear ones.





Friday, October 26, 2012

One More Boot Post


But this time there is no giveaway.
Because really you do not want this sort of boot.
The kind you wear when you broke 3 bones in your foot trying to clean your house.
Yup.
Shoulda stayed on Pinterest, but no, I wanted to straighten the house.
That will teach me.
I am starting a new workout movement called Break Dancing: Cardio on Crutches.
Um yeah.
So that is how I am starting my weekend. How bout you?

(isn't this the silliest thing ever??)






Thursday, October 25, 2012

Need some last minute Halloween Craft Ideas?


Head on over to the At Home in Arkansas blog and see some spooktacular ideas!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Starting Where I Am: A “MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party”


If you have been around this blog even for a short period of time then you know all about our attempt to sell our house and move to a small farm. You also know that it didn't work out as we planned, and that this has been a bit of a wobbly road for me, walking away from that experience. 

Currently, I am working on a new project which involves doing a lot of research and reading. I came upon this quote the other day and it pretty much stopped me in my tracks.

"We want life to have meaning, and want to be fulfilled, and it is hard to accept that we find these things by where we are, not where we would like to be." - Kathleen Norris, Acedia & Me

Nothing sums up the crossroad that I am at more that statement. See the time has come for me to begin where I am and not where I would like to be.  While there are many spiritual applications for this, there are also some very practical  tactile, everyday ones as well.  For instance, burrowing into and fluffing the home I have, not the home I wanted

So, what better time to embrace this challenge then with a painting party sponsored by MyColor inspired by Pantone.



A while back, in the midst of that wobbly road I mentioned before,  Pantone invited me to participate in this fantastic blog painting party. They let me choose three colors from their new line of paints and asked me to link up to other bloggers doing the same thing, and to host a giveaway of their products. 
Free pantone paints? How could a gal say no?




But what to do with the free paint?
Where and how would I use it? And which colors to choose? I was like a kid in a candy store.
Eventually I decided to start in the room we use most- the kitchen, specifically the breakfast nook.
 When we put our house on the market we neutralized several rooms-the kitchen and the dining room taking the brunt of the change.  In the kitchen we painted all the cabinets white and the walls a soft blue. I put up buffalo check fabric for curtains and used mismatched stools at our table. It was simple and clean and it served it's purpose well.
But now that we are staying put I am ready to put my own stamp on these rooms and liven things up a bit.




Recently I acquired four of these stools. While their shape is super cool, very "industrial schoolhouse," their finish lacks pizzazz. The gray is very dull and painted on and the wood seats are pressed board.  I love them, but they need an upgrade.  



Earlier this year I pinned this advertisement thinking I would use this multi-colored look in my dining room.  However I have since changed my plans a bit in there (can we say vintage paintable wallpaper in light chartreuse?) but I still loved the fun look of all these chairs being different colors, and the idea never really left me.
Earlier this fall, while shopping for another project,  I found this fabric which is actually made up of four different patterns, all intended to be individual quilt squares. For me however they are going to be used as-is. I bought two sets so that I could have once pair of cafe curtains. The only change I will make is lining them loosely. 

I adore these happy vintage-inspired patterns and colors, and they really cheer up the kitchen breakfast nook.   Once I found this fabric, I knew I had to paint the stools in different colors as I had originally planned for the dining room.




The colors I chose are Apricot Nectar, Blue Haze and Chrysanthemum . The Arpicot  choice was a bit of a risk for me. I don't use a lot of orange in our home, but every now and then it is good to pull in a color that is a surprise. It keeps things fresh, and adds contrast for the eye. 

I cannot wait to see how all of this comes together. I even have some ideas for new wall art and a table covering, and I am going to paint my curtain rod as well.  My goal is to get the painting done this weekend, and since this is not spray paint (my usual go-to for a project like this) I can set up shop in the living room, put on a great favorite fall movie to watch as I work. 

You will have to come back next Wednesday and see what I have managed to get finished, and how I am doing "starting where I am."

PS- I have also started a Pinterest Board dedicated solely to this project if you want to see more of my inspiration ideas!

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Now enough about me and my projects.
 What about you and your projects? Would you like to win some paint?? 
It's Giveaway Time!
If you’d like a chance to win 3 sample pack of MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® for your own project, simply leave a comment on this post and share how you would use MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® in your next project! For a second chance to win, tweet your project ideas to @MyColorPaints using hashtag #PassItOn. Also check out and like the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Facebook page to get access to the schedule for today’s parties as well as the rest of the parties going on this month! Share your project ideas there for one more chance to win!

I will be announcing the winner next Wednesday when I show you how my project turned out.

And don't forget to hop on over to the other blog parties to see how their projects are coming along, and for the chance to enter their drawings as well!
  1. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill *Go Back to the Beginning!*
  2. Cristi @ Charm Home
  3. Sara @ House Bella
  4. Jerusalem @ Jolly Goode Gal *You Are Here!*
  5. Katie @ Craptastic *Continue to this Blog Next!*
  6. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely




Truth in Advertising Bits: MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® reached out to me to participate in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party. My post represents my honest experience with MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint to use for this project.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

unexpected


This fall has been an interesting one. There is not much about it that has gone as expected.
We did not move to the country.
I do not have a new house to fluff.
And I have been sick a great deal.


Seems like since I caught that bad cold at the end of August  that I have never fully recovered. I have good days and then I have bad days. Sometimes I have several bad in a row and I spend hours upon hours sleeping.


I have to measure out the fun with caution. I have to rest up in order to do something that seems so normal, so easy. Like going to the Pumpkin Patch on a beautiful and perfect Sunday afternoon.


I am taking my vitamins, drinking my juice, and going to bed early. On Monday I will go back to the doctor to see what he says after poking and prodding me on my last visit.



The irony that I am currently working on a project all about choosing a slower life is not lost on me. But as always, I would prefer to choose what slow looks like on my terms. Choosing slow and being forced into slow are two completely different territories. One feels safe and manageable, the other feels strange and foreign.


But isn't that how it is with most unplanned detours in our lives? It takes a while to adjust, to get a lay of the land, to figure out all the back roads, to settle into the rhythm of life in the new here. Even if the detours are good, or necessary. Even if you end up liking where you find yourself.



So here I am. Curiouser and curiouser, waiting to see which way this path turns. 

In the meantime other fun things are still happening- for instance on a complete lark I searched the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites  for my book and Voila! it was there for pre-order! Course the cover is not done yet, but there is a small description and a small bio on me.  
I just about fell out of my chair laughing I was so shocked to see my name there. This entire process never ceases to surprise and amaze me.
If you want to check it out, just go here or here, and if you are a Kindle or Nook user please make sure to request it be published in those formats as well. Thanks friends!





Monday, October 22, 2012

fortunette



Okay, tell the truth. Who gave Eeyore the fortune cookie writer job?





Saturday, October 20, 2012

Bacon Lemonade is the New Bearded Lady



 Our State Fair was this week. I love the fair. I love all fairs - county and state. I don't really love the rides themselves (except for the swings and the ferris wheel) but instead I love their lights and sounds, their garish promises of life altering thrills and adventure for only 4 tickets a ride.

What I love is the food, the livestock and the arts and crafts. All that "blue ribbon" stuff.

This year, the State Fair had a deal where you could get in the gate and park for free from 11-1 during the work week.  On Friday my friend Kim and I took advantage of that great deal and skedaddled on down to the fair (shockingly close to Downtown as it turns out) on our lunch break.

After perusing all our options I came to this conclusion: Fair Food is the new Freak Show.
As a society we may all be too wise and too cynical to be taken in, to pay good money to see a bearded lady or a fire eating madam, but we will for hand over our hard earned money to eat ANYTHING, no matter how unlikely, as long as it is deep fried, topped with bacon, jumbo size or  just plain crazy.
For instance: The Hot Beef Sundae.
Now, what this really is, is complete meal (not unlike all the ingredients in a shepherds pie) all stacked and presented like an ice cream sundae.
It might taste fine (I did not indulge) but it just looks awful. And crazy.





At the fair, the more plain and "normal" a food is the smaller the line.
Polish Sausage? Oh, how last decade.


I do not believe in eating anything at the fair that I can any other time of the year. This includes Pizza, Chinese Food, Waffle Cones and Gyros. 


I also noticed this year that EVERYONE sells lemonade. There was even bacon lemonade this year. Eww. How was that even thought up, let alone followed through on? There is no part of me that wants to drink lemonade. I cannot even imagine.

Also, when did lemonade become the unofficial drink of fairs? Has this always been true and I am just now noticing.


This year I also felt like there was a turkey leg explosion.



Every time I turned around there was a huge grill covered in sizzling, gigantic turkey legs. They smelled amazing but they were the size of my head. 




Corn dogs were everywhere -Jumbo, Texas Style, Texas Size, Regular, Hand Dipped...


And look! More lemonade!


I think teenage boys must be the ones to keep the pizza places open. It just doesn't seem like fair food to me. Maybe if they deep fried it in bacon batter....?


In the end I chose a single jumbo corn dog from this little stand. There was no line (hurrah!) and the little yellow truck looked like it needed some love. I am always a sucker for the under(corn)dog.


With a large side of mustard and a jumbo lemonade and I was all set. The corn dog was good- the breading was fried to a nice golden crisp, and I could tell it was hand dipped by how uneven the final crust was.  The lemonade was slightly watery and a tad too sweet, but it did have almost a whole squeezed lemon in the bottom.


Kim had the BBQ Nachos (another fair food side show- Nachos of many varieties) and I guess they were yummy because she ate them all. They actually didn't look half bad.


On our way out we stopped by the Weird Fried Food headquarters. We placed our orders then waited with a sizable crowd, as we discussed with anticipation our choices - hers was the Do-e-reo (a oreo wrapped with cookie dough, dipped in batter and fried) and mine was the Peacan Pie (pretty much what you would think.)

I am pretty loyal to the Funnel Cake, but it is what I always get.  This year I decided to be wild and crazy, to try something new. What a dumb idea.
The pie was store bought quality,  dipped in a batter, and and drowned and rescued all too quickly from vat of old tasting boiling fat. 
Even though I waited the 4 minutes after I got my pie before taking the first bite  (as instructed by the lady taking our orders,) the batter still had not cooked all the way through and was runny in places. Also it tasted so much of baking powder that I couldn't suffer more than two bites. And the batter that had cooked was soft and heavy, not light and crisp as I had expected. 

I think from now on I will stick to the funnel cake, my trust ole pal.




Even though I get  the appeal of all of these freak-show types of foods, what I really wish is that I could try the foods entered the various competitions. I want to know, how does one become a judge for that sort of thing?
Luckily my friend Melissa picked up this great little cookbook for me so that I can test out the best recipes from State Fairs country wide. I have already made South Dakota's Pumpkin Streusel Sweet Rolls with much success. Next I am hoping to try Jackpot Cherry Pie (Arkansas) and Squash Pie (Maryland) - perhaps for Thanksgiving? Maybe I will even event a new pie or type of jelly to enter into next years competitions. Now wouldn't that be fun?




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