January 12, 2012

Paint, Planning and Playing...

You might have noticed that I've been in a redecorating mood lately. Heck, if you've been on my blog at random times during the day, you'll find me experimenting with color, margins, gadgets and what-have-you.  I guess it's the desire for something different to begin the new year, whether it be on my blog or in our home.

I've been cleaning rooms, tossing, painting and re-thinking the amount of clutter stuff I have. It has always been a mixed blessing for me. So many things I care for and move from home to home, across hundreds of miles. Yet, there are times I feel more that those things own me than the other way around. I'm really getting better at moving things out of here, but it's a daily challenge.

I love the newly painted guest bathroom and I'm slowly sorting my way through paint chips as I try to decide on a new color in the guest bedroom. I want something as quiet and restful as the color we chose for the bathroom. Not the same color, but something that will coordinate with it. I plan to share it with you when I finally make my decision and start putting paint on the walls.

I forgot to tell you the trick I read about on a blog I found through Pinterest. Add a tablespoon of pure vanilla extract to your gallon of paint and you won't have a paint smell permeating the house when you're finished painting. I did this and it really works! (It doesn't affect the color of the paint, either.) All that fresh paint, with none of the yucky paint smell. Magic, I tell you!

Oh, and let me say something about Pinterest. I'm still finding my way around, but it's a great resource. You can bookmark anything you find on the internet into one handy place. (Dang! Like I needed one more place to kill time.) There's a lot I don't know about the site yet (someone told me that she'd seen some of my Brynwood photos "pinned", but I can't find any), but I'll be rationing my time there as I try to figure out how to navigate all the cool places you can get to through them. I have a lot of projects I want to do this year, so I can't be spending all my time there (and believe me, it wouldn't be hard to do).

Last night was Handsome's spotlight solo as he played the main percussion rhythm for Ravel's Bolera with the North Port Concert Band. He was wonderful, so I want you to see him play, too! I haven't downloaded and edited the video yet, but I'll do that today and share it with you tomorrow.

Oh, TOMORROW!!! TAG COMES HOME TOMORROW! As I told my friend, Troy at Junk Exchange yesterday..."There will be rejoicing throughout the land".

11 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Sharon said...

I'm so excited that Tag is coming home tomorrow!!! It seems like he's been gone forever!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Hi Donna, I always wondered if the vanilla in the paint did the trick, now I know (does it effect the color at all?) I bet you are so excited to have Tag Home.... You'll have a wonderful weekend~ Stop by if you get a chance, I started my Give~Away~
Cheryl

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Thanks for passing along the vanilla tip. Whooda thunk it!.

Tomorrow is your happy day!!

Have a great weekend.

Claudia said...

Thanks for sharing that tip about the vanilla!

Yay, Tag is coming home!!
xo
Claudia

sudukc said...

Tomorrow, tomorrow...Tag comes home tomorrow! Can hardly eait to hear all about his adventures...
I too am painting...I knew that big bottle of Vanlla I bought this fall would pay for itself.
And Pinerest? I think I am figuring it out but between the blogs, email, my new tablet toy and pintrest I may never sleep again...
post immediatly please when Tag is home...bet he lets you know he's been gone...now home and back in charge...those eyes will get to you.
Until tomorrow

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Two yeah's! Yeah, you're on Pinterest and yeah, Tag is coming home! I've already found you on Pinterest and am following you. I find it a wonderful perpetual source of great ideas and inspiration. I can't believe 7 weeks have passed already. I know you are thrilled Tag will be home! Enjoy your day! Twyla

Kris said...

Donna - How fun that you are sprucing up your home!! I always love painting - for such a small expense, it changes the world around you!! And thanks for the vanilla tip!! Although, for me, part of the painting experience does include the new smell of paint!! :-)) Kris P.S. It'll be good to have Tag home - all grown up!!

Michelle May said...

Love this blog header the best! So excited Tag is coming home tomorrow! Give him a big smoochie from his Auntie Shell. Totally cool about the vanilla in the paint! Pinterest....I know I'll get sucked in. Being very, very careful! I know I'll get lost for days! hee,hee,hee.

Queenie Believe said...

What an awesome painting tip!!!
Looking forward to the video.
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Createology said...

Oh how I want to declutter and paint fresh colors...alas not to be at this time. You are really inspiring me though. How exciting to have Tag come home tomorrow! Good nights sleep Donna dear...

Patty said...

Yipee Tag will be home! great idea the vanilla in the paint I hope I remember it the next time I paint. I must confess that I pinned a picture from your blog, it was that cute little dog pin you wrote about one day!

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