Tuesday, August 21, 2012

so close!

I'll be back with a Pinterest Project post soon.  I know, I missed last week.  I've been working on one though so it'll hopefully be finished so I can post on that next week!

I thought I'd share my ALMOST favorite picture.  Seriously, I love it and it's just so close to being my most favoritist (yes, that's a word) of all if it weren't for the fact that Caroline's precious smile is being covered up.  That was the extent of our cooperation today for pictures too, so there was no recreating that set up.  

Oh well.  We'll try on a different day.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Frozen Hot Chocolate ::: Project Pinterest

Things are moving slowly over here folks.  Which is not a good thing.  Although I have been pseudo-following the rules of project pinterest for a couple of months, it has only been about a week since I began posting on Project Pinterest so I kind of need this motivation even more--to keep me going on my list of "fun things to try".  I have to keep in mind that project pinterest shouldn't be a daunting task.  Projects and Recipes are really fun to try and PP will do the job at keeping me accountable for trying new things consistently.

This week I'll highlight the Frozen Hot Chocolate treat.  

I've always wanted to go NYC's Serendipity where they serve up the nations most famous frozen hot chocolate so when I saw these on Pinterest I thought I'd give it a try!  

We put the kids to bed early and I quickly made a batch so Tom and I could enjoy them outside on our patio with a game of cards.

The recipe calls for a can of evaporated milk and I thought, "I have that!".  But it turns out I had sweetened condensed milk at home.  I still gave it a try despite that and it turned out okay.  It was entirely too sweet for us.  I had a hard time drinking a fourth of the glass.

I know it was probably from milk switcheroo that it turned out too sweet but I'm sort of turned off by the concept now and don't think that I'll try it again.  I think I'll just wait until I take that long awaited trip to Serendipity to try Frozen Hot Chocolate again! ;)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Project Pinterest"

I'm a total daydreamer.  I could just sit all day long and think about fun things to do, creative things to make, beautiful things to decorate, (dishes to wash, beds to make, laundry to fold, etc) and I'd be good to go.  The problem with all of this is that not a single thing gets done.  Tom is my exact opposite in this area so our relationship works out well together in that he motivates me to do things and get them done and I help Tom...relax and enjoy situations.

Enter... Pinterest .  It's like the world's biggest magazine and it can be...time consuming.  Some days it's a distraction for me and I do it just to relax or other days I will have a specific recipe or project I want to look up (like furniture painting tutorials or room decorating styles, etc).  I started to notice a trend-  I kept pinning things and wasn't following through with doing the projects.

Then I thought of something that motivated me in this area.  I call it "Project Pinterest".  Project Pinterest is simple- Pick ONE project to do a week and do it! Of course, it would be fun to document so I also think it's fun to take pictures of the project but that's not a requirement for me.  If it's a simple recipe or small project I won't be pulling my camera out, but regardless, I'll be completing something creative.  After I complete the project, I've been going back to my pinterest boards and commenting on whether or not it turned out or I liked it, etc.  My goal is to also update on my blog to sort of keep me accountable for getting it done.

I've been doing this for a couple of months now but definitely haven't been on track with my "once a week" goal.  I'll try and do better once I post this ;).

This is a serving tray that I painted from a cheapo ikea serving tray that I bought earlier this summer.  I was inspired by this serving tray on pinterest.  I didn't follow the tutorial because the inspiration tray was porcelain and the tray that I used was kind of wood-cardboard-laminate surface.  I spray painted the edges and handles with a cream colored spray paint and then used chalkboard paint on the tray's surface.

Right now, we're using is as a centerpiece.  I asked Hans for things that he was thankful for and happy about and wrote down his answers while he colored on the other side.  He actually came up with every answer unprompted by me!  That explains the random answer of "turtle" thrown in there!
Anyway, I'm happy with our new tray-repo!  

So, who wants to join me for "Project Pinterest"?  Even if you aren't on pinterest, pick one project or recipe a week and....let's do it!