FWF: Spring Projects + Link Party

March 27th, 2011

Yo Yo, Spring is in the hizouse, are you ready?  I am, but I have a little bone to pick with you Spring, now that you’ve arrived on my doorstep.  You’ve been playing a little game with me, tormenting me actually, and I’m quite upset with you.  You see, January and February are the toughest months for me, really.  There’s just nada going on, and I’m alone, just me and those leftover five pounds from the holidays.  Then March shows up and the sunshine peeks through and Spring, it’s then you become such a tease.

You start flirting with your budding blossoms, your tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. It’s then that I’m suckered outside, and lured to the garden department.  I start planting flowers on the porch.  I get excited for warmer weather, and even make plans to go picnicking.  What a fool I am.  It’s only after I wander outside, lured by your game, that you send me running indoors with another rain shower.  It’s a seductive game you play, Spring, and it must end!!  *shaking fist in air*

Like today.  Today, I packed a picnic and announced (and tweeted!) we were on our way to Sonoma, only to have my plans ruined yet again by another gust of wind and patch of rain.  Ack!  I can’t take it anymore.  Especially when I spent hours this weekend sewing the cah-uuuutest patchwork picnic blanket.

cg picnic blanket

 

And baking my favorite orange cake and cupcakes too.

cg pink and orange cake stands

 

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Room Design GIVEAWAY

March 25th, 2011

Greetings and happy weekend, today I have a giveaway you’re going to love!  Two of my favorite designers Courtney and Lauren joined up a few years back to create kelly + olive, an online decorating service for those struggling to pull their spaces together and have those spaces reflect their personal style.  I’ve been reading their blog for almost a year, and always learn something new from the kelly + olive’s fun loving and fresh approach to interior design.

kelly and olive header

The kelly + olive manifesto?  Read on:

“We know your place should look and feel like you, not like us.  We’ll take a room you hate to be in and make it one you don’t want to leave.  We will ask you what your favorite movie is, your favorite food, your favorite song, and your favorite outfit.  We will ask you where you normally eat dinner and we won’t judge you if it’s actually in bed.  We will help you buy your first piece of art.  We will help you make your first piece of art.

We will ask you over and over if you love it, and if you don’t, we’ll change everything until you do.   We will help you fall back in love with your stuff!”

Are you struggling with a space in your home?

kelly + olive is offering one lucky reader a full room mood board ($350 value) which includes:

kelly and olive mood board

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Make Your Own Colored Chalkboard Paint

March 24th, 2011

It was a dark and stormy night.  Really, it was.  Last weekend, I was home on a Saturday night in my pajamas, experimenting with some brands of colored chalkboard paint, making vases, and halfheartedly watching a movie.  This is the suburban life I lead. 

All of a sudden I had an idea.  What if I didn’t want to stick with the manufactured  colored chalkboard paints I was working with?  What about a DIY version in any color I could possibly imagine?  I remembered that Martha Stewart had published a recipe years ago for homemade chalkboard paint, but I had never tried it.  When I went to find it online I couldn’t.  That dark and stormy night had killed my internet connection.  I recalled it was some combination of non-sanded grout and paint, so I started experimenting, mixing up batches of my own, wondering if this would really work. 

Pay no attention to that Cabernet.  I swear it had nothing to do with it! 

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OK, maybe it did.

sat night in kitchen

 

At first, I came up with 2 tablespoons of grout to 3 tablespoons of paint ~ a combo that was way too thick.  So I kept at it, adding more paint each time, eventually ending up at a formula that was made up of 3/4 cup of latex paint and 2 tablespoons of non-sanded grout. 

recipe test

 

With the blue paint left over from my boy’s room, I created this little toothbrush holder, with my very own homemade chalkboard paint.  Love it!

cg chalkboard toothbrush holder

(If you want to recreate something similar, read this article about applying water based chalkboard paints to ceramics.)

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