Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Windows, Windows Everywhere!

I've decided it's a sign that I'm old when I'm so dang excited about getting new windows for my condo. They were installed on Saturday and I finally hung the new curtains tonight. Well, except for the kitchen window which will have blinds. I've just run out of steam tonight.

Here is a picture of the naked kitchen window. Yes, that yellow is the color of my kitchen and dining room and my cabinets are just like the cabinets we had in the old house on 600 South. In fact, my condo was built in 1978 too so it must have been a good year for whoever came up with this dark walnut look cabinets. They've grown on me and I plan on sanding and refinishing in the same dark. They just need a bit of a refresh.

Next we have the living room with a lovely sage green and a dark tan combo. The walls in here will soon be a dark rusty red, so neutrals will be needed for some sanity.

Next we have Malia's room. She's moved on from the orange and pink that was her Dora the Explorer decor to Tinkerbell in a great purple and limey green. I can't express my joy at the lessened amount of pink going on in her room. Suffice to say, it's a large amount. The wall those are on will be a pastel violet color when I get around to painting the rest of the room.

Finally we have my room. I've gone with chocolate and ruby combo. I've revised my original plan for the bedroom slightly by adding in chocolate to kind of calm things down. The wall these curtains on will be a dark jewel tone purple, two other walls will be the chocolate brown and the final wall will be striped with the purple, ruby red, and a jewel tone orange as well.

Hopefully you have enjoyed your view of proof that I am getting old. I love these windows!!!!!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Art Gallery - the cleanup

Well, it took me far longer than it should have, but I finally got all the evidence of the art gallery off the wall. All that is possible at least. I am mow missing some wall paint and have the added feature of slightly yellowed and reddened areas where the finger paint was the thickest. The parts that look tannish are the parts that are now missing wall paint.

As show here, the construction paper did not fully remove when pulled off the wall. There were quire a few pieces left that were bound to the finger paint.

The finger paint reacted weird (or maybe as expected; I'm no scientist) with the wall paint in some places and peeled off as I was removing the finger paint. I was correct when I remembered that I bought washable finger paint, but apparently when you combine it with construction paper and wall paint it becomes "almost washable" finger paint.

I am still unhappy about this, but at least she picked a wall that I hadn't already painted. I really might have strangled her then.

Friday, April 4, 2008

I have a budding artist in my home

So, I woke this morning to the following on my living room wall:

Yep, those are paintings in various mediums including marker, crayon, and my favorite... finger paint.

Only one of them is actually with finger paint and it's a little heavy.
It's kind of dripping down the paper there is so much on it.

Upon viewing the gallery I asked Malia how she stuck them on the wall and she told me she used glue. After taking a few deep breathes to stave off the urge to strangle I asked her where the rest of the bottle was and she told me that she didn't know. We spent the next twenty minutes searching for what I feared was an open and leaking all over bottle of super glue since that is the only kind of glue I have in my house and I'm pretty sure she didn't run to the corner gas station with her piggy bank to buy a different kind. Eventually she owned up that she had not in fact used glue to stick her lovely pictures to the wall. She had used a different color of finger paint.


Yes, that is yellow finger paint used to stick her pictures to the wall. I give her bonus points for ingenuity, but the urge to strangle is still there a little bit even though it's over 4 hours after discovery. I asked why we spent 20 minutes looking for missing glue that was never around in the first place and she told me that she didn't want to make me more angry. It wouldn't have made me more angry as that was not possible, but it did prolong the amount of time devoted to my anger.

I'm not yet sure if this tops my create efforts as a child as I just went right for the wall. I'll make that decision after I spend the evening scraping finger paint off my walls. I might get lucky in that I think I bought washable finger paint.

I've not yet determined the punishment as I decided it would be better if I waited until I calmed down sufficiently to not include the aforementioned strangulation. I'm open to suggestions.