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Kitchen Impossible

It has been waaay too long. I sincerely apologize. I must remind myself that blogging ,for me, really is relaxing and I must do it more often. Now that our kitchen project is complete, I think I’ll be able to! Curtis and I rent, so we do not really have a say in any major changes to the house, but painting and rearranging can really help things a lot.  (Anyone who watches Restaurant Impossible catch my little nod to the show in the title? Chef Robert is Curtis’ and my favorite. We speak in funny British accents when cooking…..we’re weird, I know.) So we’ve kind of been trying to make our rental a little more ‘us’ and a little more ‘home-y’, mainly meaning getting rid of all the flat white walls throughout the entire house. Remember how all my walls have paint samples all over them? And it was annoying me endlessly? Well, that’s still the case. Except in the kitchen! we finally got around to painting just one room, but it was the one I really wanted done, and it’s the best color ever.

Here’s our old color. A really bright yellow…..and Curtis and me 🙂









Ever since M painted her guest bathroom La Marina blue (from Kelly Moore) I have coveted it so badly I’m almost ashamed to admit it. Almost.

*sigh* I love it so much. It’s the perfect shade of blue-grey-green for me- and my kitchen counters, cabinets, and floors are so glaringly white I felt the darkness would balance very well.

And it does.

*sigh* I really do love it









Also, I rearranged EVERYTHING so I could have counter space. Made the biggest difference ever.









I really can’t even describe how much I love how it turned out! I do my homework in my kitchen now. That’s weird, I know. But if my kitchen is clean (and that’s a big ‘if’, people), it can be a very calming place! Which is awesome on another level, because it actually helps me keep the kitchen cleaner….and the rearranging helped too. Having counter space helps me cook more because I’m not cramped with my two square feet of work room, so then since I’m cooking more, I branch out and cook new things, and then I branch out even more and cook healthier…..and it’s just one great big circle of happy, healthy people who aren’t starving cuz the kitchen’s messy.  I’m not into Feng Shui or anything, but the way a room is arranged totally changes the mood of the room and your mood too. I guess that’s Feng Shui. So maybe I am into it.

All I did was paint for 8 hours and move the microwave. Amazing. 🙂


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Peacock Sunburst Canvas

So last time M and I went into a craft store together, she talked me into buying this pack of Handmade Indian peacock paper just cuz it was pretty. So of course, I did.

I just love all the pretty colors….

I’ve been seeing all these cute ideas on Pinterest for crafts and I’ve totally been getting carried away with hoarding the craft supplies that I buy for them- supposedly saving them for ‘the perfect project’. I think I realized it when M came over to put stuff together for her sister-in-law’s baby shower. She would ask if I had glue and I’d bring out four different kinds. She’d ask for some scrapbook paper and receive a blank stare. ‘Please specify,’ I’d reply, ‘What color? Size? Theme?’. That was when I came to terms with the fact that I have a mini-craft store in my spare bedroom. (I was a little proud of my collection, not gonna lie. I like having options.) So now I have decided to craft for a bit with what I have already.  No more trips to the store. (Glue does not count. But since I have several bottles, I don’t think that will be an issue.)


So for this craft, I was inspired by a Pinterest find using canvas, paint, and scrapbook paper.

Aren’t the colors gorgeous!?









I painted over a canvas I had done awhile ago, just cuz I was sick of it and I really wanted to do this specific project on a larger scale.

I did like the blues…..but this baby needed to be grey. 😦









Then I used my peacock paper and cut leaf shapes out. I saved the scraps- I’m sure I’ll need them for something eventually. 🙂

I have no idea what the real name for that cutting device is, so I call it my ‘roll-y cutty thing‘. It’s truly wonderful. No wrist-soreness even after cutting about a hundred little leaf shapes. It is quite sharp too-  it can cut easily through poster board and fabric! I highly recommend it. I got it on sale at Joann’s. Apparently, it’s called a rotary cutter. I like my name better.

I wanted a sunburst look, so I cut a circle for the leaves to center around and started gluing!

I did sneak in a little piece of lace behind the center circle….just cuz I had some 🙂











The placement and gluing took some time. I spaced them out more the farther they got from the circle (which, you can’t tell here, is located in the bottom left of the canvas).








I like to utilize the sides of my canvases. I don’t frame anything, so the sides need to be part of the art 🙂

Here’s the finished project! I really want to hang it in my kitchen once its painted- the color scheme will work very well together, I think.










I love it. 🙂 But now my canvas supply is seriously depleted…..No. I will use the 8 x 10 ones I have before I go get more. I will be patient. I will….



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