I am not going to be so bold as to say that pies are the BEST dessert—who am I to discriminate against desserts? But, I do have a soft spot for those buttery, flaky crusts. Pies are often reserved only for the holiday season, and I quickly came to realize that this was doing them a disservice. Pies should be embraced for every occasion and every holiday! In every color of the rainbow! So that’s exactly what we did.
Pies tend to get shafted because they’re a little more time-consuming, a little more involved, and a little more messy. It’s not always “easy as pie,” people. Luckily, method dish soap helped us combat the mess and provided the solution to our clean freak tendencies! We created six different pies in all the colors of the rainbow for every occasion and when it was all said and done, our beautiful white pie plates were spotless. So let them eat pie!
Every so often on the blog I like write fan letters to artists. Don’t worry, they’re not long or anything. It’s just a little bit of text to express my awe and appreciation. I’m much more contained than I was in my high school N’Sync hysteria days. Please oblige:
What???? Who are you? Can we be friends? Or rather, can I just sit in the corner while you just be? OR, I’d happily come volunteer as your assistant. I’ll do anything you want. Coffee runs even (I’ve never made any but I’ll learn!).
Right?! You know what I’m saying? I mean, the colors, the cleverness. Fruits! Flowers! Cactus! Agh! Maybe I need to learn photography once and for all so I can finally start creating the type of still lifes that live inside my brain…
As you know (remember?), I’ve been struggling to personalize my basement apartment so that it feels like home. And not just any home, but OUR home. Because that’s the trick–making something feel like yours.
Painting the walls is something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, but as small a step as it may seem, it’s been quite a huge step for me. I’ve never ever painted any room I’ve ever lived in. I’ve never lived in a place long enough or felt like it was worth the time or money.
But finally, we made the decision to remain in our apartment for the time we’re here in Utah (we’re here for at least 2 more years). And being so indecisive has helped me feel like investing time, money, and thought into our home will make me feel like we have our own little spot in the universe. I knew immediately that I wanted white walls because I needed to work with a clean slate. But then the whimsical side of me wanted some way to express myself through color, so I’ve been searching for the perfect shade of pink for my house for months. I wanted a peachy/blush pink that wasn’t too in your face. I wanted it liveable yet identifiable pink. I partnered up with Valspar Paint to find the perfect shade. With 3,000 colors to choose from, Valspar had more than enough options. I found the perfect shade in Snow Pa, and as you can see from the video below, I got a little pink happy. This video was SO fun to make. I get happy just watching it!
Valspar has this new line of paint called Valspar Reserve that is both a paint and a primer. With time being of the essence with our busy schedules, any time saving device is welcome so the primer/paint combo is essential. And it only takes one coat! Score! This is now a requirement for every paint project I do and the quality was so great. Valspar Reserve is also extremely durable and stain + scrub resistant so knew it would stand up to any wear and tear and last for a long time.
I went through a long battle in deciding on the right shade. I thought about going darker but ultimately realized that this basement apartment needed light. Loads of it! Valspar Snow Pa was strong yet light enough to feel airy and spacious.
I’m still working on decorating it and styling it, but for now I got a few bookshelves up and am slowly adding to it. The rest of the space needs a lot of help in the furniture department so it will be awhile before I show you that.
And are you ready for this? Some before shots. Ha! I tried out various shades to get this Snow Pa. And notice how my house acts as a prop house.
Gorgeous pink/peach, no?!
For me this little project has been a huge victory. Paint is such a small spec on the home renovation spectrum but it makes a huge impact in the way you feel and how you connect with your space. This little basement apartment of ours is feeling more and ore home the more we customize it.
Thank you Valspar Paint for helping us connect with our home!
We’re taking a break from Halloween and talking important issues: color. As you are probably aware, I have a thing for color that manifests itself into nearly everything I do. In fact, the cop who pulled me over today noticed my brightly colored accessories. Ummm, thanks for noticing? And, does that mean you’re gonna let me go?
No, it didn’t mean he let me go. But that’s another topic for another day.
To celebrate color, I started a little project on Instagram called #CraftTheRainbow where for the next 30 days (well, 28 days now) I’ll be sharing craft projects that complete a rainbow. So far it’s been a ball! Sadly, I do have enough craft supplies to complete many many rainbows so this allows me to actually remember what I’ve acquired and notice how beautiful things can be when placed in the right context.
I’m inviting you to join in on the rainbow action by taking a picture of your your crafty rainbows and tagging it with #CraftTheRainbow. Every time you post you are entered to win a fabulous goody bag of colorful craft supplies. Oooooo, it’s too good!
“Enough with the post-its, girl!” I know, I know, I hear ya loud and clear. But, when a girl’s gotta post-it, a girl’s gotta post it! The post-it projects (here and here) were actually all for this. I was asked to create an “inspiration wall” for a young adult conference here in Denmark and I thought it’d be groovy to finally try out the post-its idea. The theme of the week was “agents for good” and this wall was to serve as a reminder or instigator to do good. They were supposed to write the good things they had done that week on each post it. In all honesty, I thought the project would be a cinch because all you have to do is buy post its and then stick them to a wall. Not quite.
First off, the post-its I could find didn’t really have the longevity I was going for. They curled and fell off. Second, they come in not my favorite color palette.
Solution? Buy paper and cut them down to size. Thankfully, I had a team to help AND a paper cutter. Glee! Though it was more time consuming.
Materials: paper in your choice of colors (I went for rainbow in various lights and darks), scissors or paper cutter, glue gun or glue stick, white butcher paper, duct tape, one real post it to use as a template
Step 1: Cut the paper down to size. I used a real post-it to use as a template and then cut the rest to that size. To achieve this look, use various shades of the same colors. In total I bought about 30 shades of paper.
Step 2: We used white butcher paper to cover the areas we intended to post-it and secured it with duct tape.
Step 3: Start at the bottom of the paper and then layer on top. I started with the light values on the bottom and then worked to the darker values at the top. I also worked from left to right in a rainbow pattern: reds to pinks to oranges to yellows to greens to blues to purples. I didn’t want there to be clean lines of color sections so I made sure to stagger the colors and then throw in a surprise color from another section every now and again.
Step 4: To attach the post it, just put a thin line of glue at the top of the post it and stick. Glue sticks work well, but I felt more secure with a glue gun as I knew it would hold. We tried double sided stick tape too but it took a bit longer.
I had the best time behind me and boy am I glad they were there! I truly thought it wouldn’t take that long to do and I always think that I can do things on my own so I was so relieved when they saved the day. We started at about noon and worked until 6 or so. Originally I wanted to do the WHOLE stairwell, but we ended up only doing three walls because of time. We had one person on the paper cutter, a few people attaching tape to the post-its, and then the rest attaching them to the butcher paper.
Start with the little things, my friends.
Thank you Heidi for being so open to the idea and thank you to all the helpers! And after this project I have a whole new appreciation for this one
More post-it stories here and here and some inspiration post-it projects on my Pinterest