greetings! i feel like it’s been awhile…lots to catch up on! i suppose the biggest news in this house if you ask the littlest member, is that rinne is two. (“I TWO!” never get tired of hearing that.) we commemorated the occasion with cupcakes, just the four of us. we had never done that and it was really nice to do such a simple celebration.
they are here in the etsy shop if you love the hearts too.
ok, so we are about to paint our house. the current state is sort of a warm grey with black shutters and door, which is all fine and good. but not me. if you know anything about me, you know i ADORE color. bold colors. it needs to be punched up. not in the way of a purple door or lime green shutters, but just a little more pizzazz. (btw, this was a real estate photo taken circa 2007 when the prior owners bought the house – not present day. I WISH we had grass like that.)
i don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but we have shingles…and painting shingles are tough. white looks kind of odd on shingles, and grey is the next best light color to do. but the right grey – that’s tough. and then you still need trim, shutters and door colors! i had started looking for other shingled houses with paint colors i liked and was coming up empty, until i got out of my car at an estate sale one saturday morning (fave thing to do any day of the week!). i glanced at the house i parked in front of and just fell in love. such perfect paint colors, and what an adorable home! i snapped a pic and showed it to rbb – he liked it too. so then i threw up this photo on instagram…
…and asked on a scale of 1-10, what is the creeper level of leaving a note in a mailbox complimenting the home and asking for paint colors? i got responses all across the board ranging from “slightly creeper…” to “oh i’ve done that and they were super nice and helpful, do it!” so i was planning to drop a nice note in the mailbox the next morning, when one of my friends commented that she knows the wife of the couple who lives in the home, do i want her to put us in touch? um, SO much better and eons lower on the creeper level than a note from a stranger! within 30 minutes we were facebook messaging and she had already emailed the prior owner of the house for the paint colors. she is a DOLL, and i had all of the paint colors in my inbox in the matter of a couple of days. it was amazing. isn’t life so funny? even in this great big city we live in, we’re all connected somehow. i love that.
oh, and NBD, but the house has been in southern living not once, but THREE TIMES. (of course i used this as leverage with rbb saying that i clearly have excellent, extraordinary even, taste and should win any future design-oriented arguments.)
by the way, i am breaking up with pinterest. i have come to grips with the fact that i am just not a DIYer - i really love paying people to do things that they know how to do. and since i can’t make anything with food dye in it (rinne = allergic), that cancels out like 95% of the cute food items i see there. and honestly – i just do not have a desire to keep up with all types of social media. i’m keeping the blog, facebook, and instagram. that’s it! no twitter, pinterest, vine, foursquare, whatever the next thing is. who’s got the time?
but – my blog sometimes has traffic coming in from pinterest, so if a few people have clicked on a photograph, i’ll go and see what it was out of curiosity. 99 times out of 100, it’s this pin:
ok, look past the spelling error – but there was absolutely nothing DIY about that balloon arch at rinne and billie’s 1st birthday party, and i can’t think of how disappointed people must be when they come to the blog expecting to see a DIY for an ENORMOUS balloon arch! no, no, there are balloon professionals for that. call them.
i will leave you with rush’s new “al pacino snoozing” impression…he’s getting pretty good.