Monday, February 28, 2011

Kitchen Update: Are The Kitchen Cabinets White?

Nope.  But that's okay, they will be in the near future.

I have shared our goal of getting our kitchen cabinets painted white (originally by the end of February) on several occasions...HEREHERE, HEREHERE, and HERE actually.

It was going to be a birthday gift in a way...a goal with the end result being to have it finished by my birthday in order to start my next year with a sense of accomplishment...tackling one of the bigger projects on our never ending House To Do List.  It was going to be fabulous...awesome...white, clean, crisp, and fresh...beautiful.

But I'm not sure what I was thinking.  Seriously.  It is February...in the Pacific Northwest.  I haven't painted a small figurine, light fixture, chair, or anything for that matter this winter.  That's just how it goes for me.  It's cold and wet...and I don't have a big heated workshop ready for me to lay out a bunch of cabinet doors on sawhorse tables to sand, prime, and paint...and dry.  I'm sure I could have found a way, but it just didn't make sense to push it.  We have so much going on, and although this was a priority, it wasn't practical at all...and I got my hopes up a little too soon.

But you see, I'm not worried...not bummed...not feeling bad about it at all.  Sun will find us here in Washington, and our cabinets will get painted.  It's as simple as that.  Our backyard "Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Workshop" will be built, and by golly, our kitchen will become white.  It will be lovely, and I can't wait...well, I can actually...a little bit longer it seems.  :)

In the mean time, we found a paint color for our walls that will help us begin to transform this khaki castle  into a bright and fresh foundation for some fun pops of color.  I will share with you more about the color we chose soon, and you might be surprised.  Just a little reminder, I am hoping to achieve a lighter neutral foundation in order to layer in color and warmth and coziness.  We're kind of just going to go for it, and see how the chips fall.  It's just paint, right?

So anyhow, would continue to love any insight you might be willing to share on painting kitchen cabinets and any feedback as to choosing the perfect color of white.  I am so open to suggestions.

On a sidenote, it was a great weekend.  We had a family pow wow, and the Mr. and I made some important decisions as far as time management and priorities in our lives.  So excited to take a step in the right direction for our little family of three...feels good and I'm encouraged.  I'll update you when things are update worthy.

I thought I'd leave you with another little kitchen inspiration photo.  Love how bright and clean this feels, with a touch of rustic comfort.  I think I might like a few more touches of color in my kitchen, but this just makes me happy...I feel relaxed just looking at it...and I must say, it gets me excited.

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tinywhitedaisies:

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Contented Me: design inspiration: style swoon

Hope you are looking forward to your week.  Choose something to do this week...maybe a few things...that will give you a sense of accomplishment and joy.  I'm going to attempt to catch up on some household chores (that have really been piling up) and finish up a computer project that has been taking way too long.  Aiming for success!

Happy Monday to you!

Many blessings,

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Worship: Glorious/Our God Reigns by Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels

Two powerhouse voices...all for the glory of God.
Nothing beats it.

Hope you have a moment to listen.
Our God reigns, and glorious is He.




Blessings to you this Sunday,

Friday, February 25, 2011

Favorite Things Friday: Author Max Lucado

Happy Friday friends!  Woo to the hoo for Fridays!

We've had some snow the last couple days.  I was so thankful it came our way, as it's such a welcome dose of lovely after the grey, rainy, and cold gloomy weather we've been experiencing for quite a while now. During this time when winter seems like it should be over and spring shows signs of peeking through (the green daffodil stems are showing themselves in the backyard...yay!), the snow makes the cold feel worthwhile.  Once it's gone...bring on the sun...please?!

Anyhow, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite authors...Max Lucado.  His writing is very conversational...an easy read if you will...but also one that provides such thought provoking questions and calls to action.  Max's (I feel like he's my buddy...we're on a first name basis.) books have helped me examine my life in many ways and offer such inspiration to be a better me...to be a better human being...to be better...period.  His words lift you up, encourage you, challenge you, and lead you to seek God's will for your life.  Have you had the opportunity to enjoy any of his books?  Here are a few titles I love...if you click on them, you can read about them further over on Amazon.


Grace for the Moment Morning & Evening Edition: Inspiration for Each Day of the Year   It's Not About Me: Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy   Lucado 3-in-1: Come Thirsty, Traveling Light, Next Door Savior

A Gentle Thunder: Hearing God Through the Storm (The Bestseller Collection)   Traveling Light: Premier Library Edition   He Chose the Nails: Premier Library Edition
  

Not only does he write for adults, but he also authors some fabulous books for children, all of which I would highly recommend...such great lessons for me...and my son!  I especially love the stories he shares through the eyes of his Wemmicks.  They are precious little wooden folk and their stories are a great reminder of God's love for us.  Here are links to a few of my favorites...I love how you can look inside some of these books on Amazon!  What a treat!  Take a peek!  Children's literature is one of my weaknesses for sure!

You Are Special (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)   If Only I Had a Green Nose (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)   You Are Mine (Max Lucado's Wemmicks)

Because I Love You   Best of All   The Oak Inside the Acorn

You Were Made to Make a Difference    God Thinks You're Wonderful    Just the Way You Are 

Hope you get a chance to love some of these great books as I have.

Happy weekend to you.  
I say that with a big sigh of relief and smile on my face. 
Just the word weekend makes me relax.  :)
Hope it does for you too!

Many blessings,

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Music: Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars (Boyce Avenue acoustic/piano cover)

Seriously one of my favorite songs right now.

It's impossible to feel icky after listening to this song.

To make it even better, the Hubbs randomly blasts this, 
and grabs me for for a dance party.  Love it!

Have a listen.

I know you'll love it too!



Happy Wednesday!
Make it a good one friends!

Big hugs,

Monday, February 21, 2011

Already Changing The Buttons...Couldn't Help Myself!

So I just couldn't help myself.  There is literally a few hours left of the trial, and I just couldn't keep from dinking around for a bit more before the free trial runs out.  Aaaah!  :)  (Seriously, it was as if there was some sort of force pulling me to the computer.  How pathetic does that sound?  And on a holiday...at least we have plans to run out and play as soon as our little buddy wakes up from his nap!)

To start with, the Mr. showed me a couple functions that I didn't really figure out on my own...only because I was too busy going crazy having fun and experimenting with the soul purpose of hurrying up and gettin' 'er done...I can't imagine how fun it would be to really know what you are doing in Photoshop and have the time to just play.  Oh goodness.

Anyhow, that led me to being able to squish and stretch some of the text...and it made perfect sense.  So, the very hungry caterpillar that somehow wiggled onto my first attempt at buttons was not sitting right with me at all.  I knew it looked a bit weirdola, but I was happy to just let it be...for about 5 minutes it seems.  So without changing the whole kit and caboodle, which I very well could have given a bit more time, I just did some minor tweaking and adjusting with what I had already created.

Before

The Very Hungry Caterpillar in the form of colorful polk-a-dots.

 


After

A little smaller...a little stretched...and no more caterpillar.





Alright, so these could literally be signs for the circus or something, but hey...I'm just going for it anyway!  I don't think I am one that could bust out some grand design and then be done with it.  I just don't have the time or the know how right now.  But, it does just go to show that  even when you have no idea what you're doing, you can thoroughly enjoy changing your mind a million times over and come up with a little something that makes you happier than you were before you did so.

Here's to a great...and colorful...week!

 

PS - I'm totally leaving the caterpillar buttons up too.  Too hilarious.  I can't resist.



A Color Change...Blog Header Facelift With Buttons

Hi all!  Hope you had a lovely weekend!  I wanted to bust out a small little change I made this weekend to my blog header and buttons.

In creating Hallelujahs by Holly, I haven't wanted to ask the Mr. for too much help in setting things up.  It's kind of fun to just be adventurous and brave, attempting to figure things out on my own.  Seeing as to how I have absolutely no idea what I am doing am no professional, it has just been fun to doink around and try to come up with some things on my own.  Lately, I have been left feeling like I wanted something a little more polished and representative of me.  So a little change was in order for the blog-o-rama ding dong.

Previously, I have made headers in Picassa with photos and the text tool, and most recently played around with a free program called Paint.net to create some black and white Hallelujahs by Holly images.  But because I lacked the knowledge and skill to use it to its full potential, I found my end product lacking greatly in zip, pizazz, and personality...you know, the important stuff.  My headers and buttons didn't look polished by any means...and as black and white images, they were greatly lacking color...duh!  (Now we all know...I am working on that this year...)

So anyhow, fast forward to recently.  My husband downloaded a free trial of Photoshop for a project he was working on.  With only a few days left on the trial, I thought...shoot...I better give it a whirl before time runs out.  I don't think we will be spending nearly $700 any time soon for this program, but I gotta say.  Cue angels singing, beams of heavenly light shining on the computer, and a collective and harmonious, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh."  Seriously.  Oh my goodness.  I have neglected my computer creative side for far too long it seems.  I fell in love.  Immediately.  It is so easy to use (in comparison to the free paint.net) and really, my mind didn't stop racing with all the possibilities with this program.  Now I know most of you are thinking, "Ummm...yeah...when did you start using a computer...nineteen ninety never (199?)?"  But really people, it's true.  I have never used Photoshop.  My only experience with it was when the Hubbs and I were dating back in college.  He would be doing his homework using Photoshop, and I would be working on my School of Education assignments...glancing over every once and a while to see what he was making.  I had no idea.  Boy have I been missing out.

Well, to get to the point... I had a little fun.  Because I am so indecisive and it takes me a while to finally settle on something, I kept things very simple.  No frills, no gimmicks.  Just a simple, classy look with a pop of color!  I'm thinking the sizing and the proportions might not be perfect...but I just trusted my eye...and visually, I felt at peace.  The exact colors probably aren't totally perfect...but they make me happy...bright, fun, and cheerful.  The polk-a-dots I used to balance the color a bit with a small dose of charcoal grey...hmmm...I am thinking they might not be the perfect choice...kind of looking a little like Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar on my buttons... slightly... he he he... I like that book ...and I am loving them, and they are making me happy too.  I wasn't finding  fonts that I loved and started to feel like it would take me hours and hours to search for free fonts...but these fonts somehow spoke to me...and they make me happy.  And really, because I tend to be a perfectionist when it comes to creating something (although...how does that work, because the laundry mountain in a pile on our bedroom floor might suggest otherwise...and the short window of time I had to even make these...yikes)... I could literally go on and on through a list of a million things that could be tweaked and changed or added or refined, but at this point...I don't feel the need to do that.  Somehow I am learning to enjoy the process in a different way.  Perfection isn't what I long for right now...it's the process of doing it...the learning and the creating...that I desire so much...and looking at the end result...the cute little images in front of me...just makes me happy.  Ta dah!



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Yahoo!  Now as I've mentioned, these are not perfect little creations in my mind...and I still don't really know what I'm doing...at all.  And, there is nothing about these images that screams...Wow!...but I'll tell ya what.  They are a fun little change...and one that I welcome.  In realizing that we don't have a plethora of artsy fartsy/cute scrapbook worthy fonts (and since we recently got a new computer...sleek and sophisticated...not comb over like and uptight...an Apple iMAC for all those that didn't quite get my reference to the commercial...tee hee hee), I took a few moments to downloaded some from Kevin and Amanda.  (Awesome site with lots of freebies.  Thanks guys!)  With this computer, we are kind of starting from scratch in many instances (lifetime PC users up until now)...in what we have and in what we know how to do on this bad boy.   I still would love to find more fonts and do some more creating...free printable art...my Hallelujahs by Holly greeting cards...the list goes on and on.  But with a limited amount of time with a free trial running out, I just wanted to start somewhere.  And you know what?  I feel good about it.  Much better I think.

Truly, it has been fun while it lasted.  Any thoughts?  Suggestions?

Until next time Photoshop, until next time.

Blessings to you in all your creative endeavors friends.
Happy Monday,

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