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We Tried It Wednesday! Play Dough!

This week, I decided to go for something quick and easy – play dough. Here is the link to the original Pinterest save for the recipe I attempted. It promised quick and no cooking, right up my alley. Here are a few shots of the process –

It was a pretty straight forward recipe, just some salt, flour, oil, water and cream of tartar. No way I could screw that up right? Umm…yeah, take a look at what I ended up with. img_2821

I tried adding more flour to get the right consistency, but to no avail.img_2825

This is what it looked like at the point I gave up –img_2826

This project sucked folks. I suggest you stick to buying play dough at the store. I will be posting a video I made of my attempt at fixing said horror later.

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We Tried It Wednesday! DIY Chevron Pumpkin

As I was prowling the interwebs for fun easy fall projects I decided to start a series called ‘We Tried It Wednesdays’. Now today is Thursday so I’m either a day late or a week early – however you want to look at it, but at any rate that’s when the thought came to me so there you go.

For this week, I ran across a pin & thought, hey! I can do that! I had a pumpkin on hand (really? who has a pumpkin on hand? I do, so shut it!), I also had white spray paint & duct tape. The necessary ingredients for the perfect storm. Also the necessary ingredients for home ownership – not the pumpkin, but the other two.

Here is said pin from Homebnc.com who in turn scraped it from Family Circle who in turn probably made some designer’s life hell with the process of taping, painting, edging, taping and repainting. chev

Completely draws you in with simplistic elegance – the moment your eyes focus on the picture, a hormone is triggered that makes your mind think it’s possible. You could totally be Martha Stewart on a budget with a little bit of black & white paint & change the way your house looks.


What you really want to know and what I will tell you – was it worth trying? Well…I’ll let you be the judge. Here is my first attempt at semi-elegant hipster chevron pumpkins. Let’s go through the steps shall we? First, get yourself a pumpkin & a little black sleepy kitty –img_2734

Tape that sucker up Charlie Brown style. Pro tip – I used duct tape. Mostly because that was all I had in the junk closet but also because painter’s tape will NOT stick to a pumpkin…nope, not even frog tape. Your project will now look something like this…img_2741

Looks like a kidnapping gone bad! I will admit this, I was lazy. I only taped the front & some of the sides. I left the back untouched. I sort of lost interest in this after about 15 minutes which was around the same time that my scissors began to stick together from the duct tape. Coincidence? Yeah, probably. Anyways, I grabbed my spray paint & went to town on the pumpkin. First coat kinda looked like it wanted to slide off in some places so I just sprayed the crap out of it again & dared it to drip. I did not wait between coats because I am a woman of limited patience. The spray painting took like 2 minutes if you’re keeping score with the timeline for this project. Here she is – img_2742

Next I went inside, played with my puppy, got attacked by the now wide awake kitty & opened a Dr. Pepper. I did a few other household things, wondered how much longer it would be for my hubby to get home with dinner & checked Facebook, email, Facebook, Pinterest, Facebook again & debated whether a Reese’s peanut butter pumpkin would spoil my dinner. I also wondered if Reese’s would do a chevron pumpkin with white & dark chocolate if I sent in a suggestion. All of that took me like an hour, again for those keeping up with the timeline.

I finally pulled the duct tape off expecting instant awesomeness. I was only slightly disappointed. img_2744

My eyes rolled. My husband laughed. Being the positive & sweet person he his or from fear of a slap, he quickly followed with “well, from far away it will probably look good!” Perfect sentiment, I concur. So dear friends, my take on this project is do it if you have about 17 minutes, (or an hour & 17 minutes if you have attention issues). Do this if you have a pumpkin on hand, some duct tape, & white spray paint. Do this if your house is far away from the road. Do this if only to remind yourself that you are in fact not Martha Stewart & that anyone who does this same project perfectly must also be able to fold fitted sheets.

I did put this sucker on my porch though. Yep, that baby is proudly displayed with every plant I could find that would hide my sloppy handiwork. img_2749

Martha Stewart ain’t got nothing on me!

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Why I Blog

I started this blog for a few reasons. First, I love designing – be it my own home, for a friend or even just fantasy rooms in my head. Secondly, I find myself being asked for advice with color choices for paint, cabinets, fabric and so on. Lastly, because I am hesitant to give my honest true opinion on design directly to said friends and family. You can never tell when they want real advice or if they are just looking for affirmation. I figure a blog is the best outlet for me to share my opinions on design without directly insulting anyone’s design choices. I’m sure it will happen in some form though.

That is the nature of design, it can stir such feelings of pride and passion because at it’s root, design is a reflection of who you are as a person. A good designer is one who can help you express yourself through style choices, so if you have one that tries to understand you, hang onto them! There are more than a few who only know their own style that try to force it on your home. Others only know the style of the moment, HGTV runs their business and your wallet. I still struggle at times with finding my own style, but not because I am a poor designer. My problem is that I love them all! I love all the possibilities, the colors, fabrics. Mid century modern – yes! Traditional – yes! French country – yes! Contemporary – yes! Don’t even get me started on textures…

So, why should you trust my opinion? You don’t. I am simply here to inspire and offer my experience, my failures, and my successes. I come with a bit of street cred though, I was a florist for many years and an interior designer. I’ve also been to trade school for horticulture so that means gardening tips will sneak in here from time to time. Who am I kidding? In spring that may be all you see from me, I have this weird thing for plants to!

This design blog will not be like others that show you artsy staged rooms and poetic photos of lone chairs with an apple on it. I am committed to designing around real life. I see so many beautifully staged design blogs that promise a better life if you just paint your dresser a sheik new color; but in reality, that crap won’t look right or work in your home. I’m gonna save you some heartache or cause it. This is about harsh truths that your best friend wouldn’t tell you. That chalk paint doesn’t always fix the funky table you have in the corner, sometimes it is just junk and you need to throw it out and move on. That is my life’s motto by the way.

Enjoy the blog!