Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Paint The Rainbows--A Pinterest Poser Challenge

I haven't been crafty lately.  I haven't really even been on Pinterest lately. Whaaaaat? It kind of bums me out. I like making and creating and searching for pretty, colorful things.  So the other day when Wade said "let's make a craft," I jumped on it.

I searched for St. Patrick's Day crafts on Pinterest and found lots of shamrocks and rainbows.  We painted a few shamrocks and then decided to paint a giant rainbow.  It was gray and cold outside, the perfect day to paint a giant rainbow.  

This week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* is painting giant rainbows.
*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance. 

We used brown paper that we bought at the Dollar Store. We set out the paint (old, cheap paint we got at Michael's a while ago) and looked at a picture of rainbow so Wade knew what color to paint next.  He sang "Let It Go" while he painted.

As he painted and sang, my heart pounded with love and my head reminded me to enjoy this moment.  Wade will be in kindergarten next year painting pictures with his classmates and teachers.  Our spontaneous let's-make-a-craft-and-go-check-out-Pinterest moments will be rare.  Our moments alone together will be even more rare.

"Oh no!," Wade said looking very upset.  "I spilled blue."

"Wade, geez," I scolded trying not get upset that he had spilled blue paint on all the other colors.  Trying not to get upset that he had ruined our giant rainbow.  

But then my head and my heart reminded me to let it go and be right there in that moment with my youngest child.  

"That's okay pal," I told him.  "It just makes it more colorful."

We had a glorious time painting and singing and spilling paint the rest of that afternoon.  We painted more giant rainbows and little rainbows and I'm so glad that we did.  

Just like that old song about dancing..."if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance," well my advice is if you get the chance/choice to paint giant imperfect messy rainbows, I hope you paint the rainbows.  

Maybe that's the real Pinterest Poser Challenge for all of us, to make stuff and not care if it's all messed up.  To enjoy the process and who we are making the stuff with, even if it is by ourselves. To not only be in the moment but embrace the hell out of the moment.  To be thankful and colorful and loud and messy and original.  

And maybe I'm not just talking about crafts. So yeah, go out and paint the rainbows, spill the paint, add more color, make more messes and memories and feel the love.

Our giant rainbow held up by blue painter's tape and full of blue splotches of paint makes me smile everyday.

Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Come follow me on Pinterest (click here).

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted.
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
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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