Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Yellow Lamp In the Bedroom With Meryl Streep

It's time again for the Pinterest Poser Challenge.  In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**
This should be everyone's Pinterest prayer while they're browsing, oh and it would work for Facebook too.

In college I went through a phase where I was an artist.  Or at least I loved acting like one.  I sketched with pastels and painted.  I painted pictures, walls, flower pots, anything and everything.  Most of my pictures were dark and deep (just like me or so I thought).  Most of my pictures were not very good.

But I loved the splash of color around my tiny dorm room.  Many of those items moved with me several times after college.  When I met my husband, Mr. Beige, he asked if I could get rid of the painted upon items.  Since I was madly in love I obliged and have since lost them along the way.

Over the past 15 years together, my husband has become less beige and much more open to my need for self expression and color and putting my thoughts and feelings out there.  Hello green walls in our dining room and um, hello blog.

So the other night, I was sitting in bed watching a movie and I looked over at my lamp and was inspired.  "It needs to be yellow," I thought to myself.  I hopped out of bed and rushed to the craft cabinet.

 There I found yellow patio paint my kids had used to paint rocks with last summer.  I snuggled back under my covers and started painting.  

While I painted I was watching a Meryl Streep movie, It's Complicated.
I love Meryl Streep.  Who doesn't love her?  There might be just like a handful of people that don't like her.  

She's creative, brilliant, earthy, funny, smart. She's an actress, a wife, a mother.  I know, you're thinking if you love her so much why don't you marry her.  I totally would. Wait, what?  You weren't thinking that?  You mean your brain doesn't sound like Pee Wee Herman?  Well, bottom line I love her.  I don't know her, but I feel like she is brave and compassionate; and tough and vulnerable.  I imagine her to be a little of every character she's played.  If that's wrong, I don't want to be right.

In my mind, Meryl would paint her lamp yellow on a whim.  She would eschew a high-priced yellow lamp for one she could paint basically for free.  She would applaud my plucky craftiness and then she'd make us a beef bourguignon like she did in Julie and Julia.  Okay, I know I've lost touch with reality, but you get what I mean, right?

Back to the lamp, it was instant gratification.  You want a yellow lamp? Boom. You have a yellow lamp.  Pinterest projects don't have to be complicated.  Grab what you have and brighten up a room.  Or reignite a passion.  Ask yourself what would Meryl do?

Once I started painting, I couldn't stop (just like in college, except I wasn't painting eyeballs and scary crucifix looking images...I was goth before it was a thing).  Here's a frame I made with a quote from Meryl as Julia Child in the fabulous movie Julie and Julia.

This simple project included a $1 frame from The Dollar Store, a can of spray paint and old scrap booking paper from the days when I pretended to be a scrapbooker.  Per usual, my cutting sucks and my lines are crooked.  But I think it's a cute addition to my desk.

Cheap.  Easy. Inspirational. Boom, you got it.

Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  

Do tell.

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Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:

Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here

Fake Bangs- click here

DIY Subway Art- click here

Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here

The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. I am currently working on an instagram wall display idea from Pinterest...may take a while but I think it will be worth it. Love the quote.

    1. I want to see the instagram wall display, um, put a pic up on instagram. lol. No really, I want details because I would love to do that.

  2. I love Meryl Streep...she's beautiful and smart and classy. And I love your projects this week! That yellow lamp is gorgeous.