Best Of March + Fair Weather Party Announcement

April 4th, 2012

Hello hello, how are things?  I’m knee deep in a few projects, paintbrush in hand, but popping in for the monthly roundup of favorite articles from March.  Plus a fun spring/summer party announcement, but first, here are the top ten CG posts from last month not to miss! 

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1. I painted a pale turquoise bureau plus shared my favorite paints for furniture, 2.  a purpose filled home is so important, don’t you agree?  3. An old cottage screen door becomes a new herb planter rack,  4. our kitten Coco-Nut got a new pet bowl stand, DIY style, 5.  Matt weighed in with his ten tips for selling your home, and 6. we announced year two of our charitable work: The Alma Project

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7.  I painted a pedestal and shared all about how to paint a kitchen table  8.  The family room built-ins got a fresh coat of white paint and are much improved.  9.  We modified the bathroom vanity to add a new frame with furniture feet, and 10.  The spring craft link party (over 400+ ideas there) was a great success and you all loved the clay petal vase too, thanks so much!

Now for an announcement – look’s what’s back this spring and summer . . .fair weather link parties april through august

Last year I hosted the Fair Weather Forum parties on a series of more predictable subjects, and I wanted to do it again.  This time I thought of a few ‘out of the box’ ideas because I really love a good theme, don’t you?  Theme parties are so much fun in my world – so let’s mix it up with a few different ideas this year, shall we?  Consider them your virtual cocktail party with an instant icebreaker topic. 

The parties will be on Tuesdays from April through August and every three weeks just to keep it confusing interesting.  They’ll include a series of themes from souvenirs to books to movie characters.  The first party is Tuesday April 17th.  The topic?   Kitchen Gadgets: Good & Bad.  Yes, it’s time to swap kitchen stories.  What are your favorite culinary tools?  Your pizza cutter?  Your two speed cocktail blender?  Ever fallen prey to a late night infomercial and bought a gadget you later hated?  Secretly loved?  Now’s your chance to tell your tale. 

Here’s the official (Tuesdays every three weeks) schedule:

April 17th:  In the Kitchen: Gadgets: Good & Bad  (culinary tools)

May 8th:  Green Thumb, Grow Where You’re Planted (all things garden)

May 29th:  Souvenirs, Shot Glasses Anyone?  (your favorite travel souvenir)

June 19th: Movie Characters: “As God as My Witness…” (your fave movie character(s))

July 10th: Chillin’ and Grillin;’ (what’s on the BBQ)

July 31st:  A Very Good Read (favorite book and why)

August 21st:  Summer’s Best (the best part of your summer was…?)

For a printable schedule of party themes, check out this detailed list of Fair Weather Link Party topics.  I’ll be sure to remind you when one of these is coming up in future weeks.  Hope you’ll join in on the good times!

Now it’s back to some paint projects, see you soon,

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Spring Touches + Kitchen FAQs

April 3rd, 2012

Last week I was all about purging and cleaning and the kitchen was definitely on the list.  I thought it time to spruce up this space with some spring touches and snap a few fresh pics of our kitchen since it’s been over a year since I did so.  I get a lot of questions about our kitchen, especially about the appliances and the countertops and how they’ve held up over time.  Now that we’ve lived in this space for five years, I’ll try to provide some answers to those FAQs.

As for the spring touches, greens and blues are my favorite colors, so when I spied these little striped pots at Lowes last week for $3 each I brought two of them home to sit in the garden window.

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The bay window is wood and we ordered it from Jeld-Wen when we built the kitchen – it brings a ton of light into the space.  That faucet is Price Pfister from Home Depot.  Our kitchen is west facing and because of that we don’t get a lot of morning light, but in the afternoon on a sunny day it’s the place to be.  Plants thrive in the window, and I’ve grown just about everything here from herbs to succulents.

The cabinets were semi-custom by Kemper, they’ve held up really great over the years and I only have to wipe them down about once a month or so.  I’m still loving the off-white color which is officially called “Toasted Almond” by the company but the closest paint color matches are “Floral White” by Benjamin Moore and “Ivory Dust” by Valspar.

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