It’s Pinterest Challenge time again…Yay!
(image from here)
You can learn more about the Pinterest Challenge here and its hosts here, here, here and here. I’m not a true DIY enthusiast, but I do like to use what I have, and I love finding ideas on Pinterest to inspire me. The Pinterest Challenge provides some motivation to do them rather than endlessly fantasizing about all the things I’ll do “when I have the time.”
This edition of the Pinterest Challenge coincided nicely with both the July 4th holiday and my decision to move my daughters, ages 8 and 6, from a shared room into their own rooms.
For 4th of July, I made these cupcakes that I’d pinned from here. I just used basic white cupcake mix and white frosting, supplemented with chocolate chips and food coloring to mimic watermelons. They weren’t anything unusual taste-wise (due to my using just a boxed mix and canned frosting), but the novelty was fun, especially for the kids.
Look at the photos at the links I inserted above, as their photos are better. By the way, I made these on the evening of July 3rd and I’d been a little under the weather the first half of that week. Since the next day was a holiday, I went to bed without cleaning up the baking mess, including the neon green icing and the neon pink batter remnants in a mixing bowl, not to mention sprinkles of sugar and other general messiness. At 4 AM the next morning, my home security system alarm was triggered. Shortly thereafter I had one of the city’s police officers walking through my very messy kitchen (the kids were at their dad’s, thank God). Granted, I wasn’t humiliated at that particular moment, I was completely unnerved by the potential of an intruder and grateful that the officer was there… but as soon as he left, I cleaned the kitchen. And vowed to never go to bed without cleaning the kitchen again.
The cupcakes were fun, but I was really excited to do the other thing I’d pinned, which might be cheating since I did this for the last Pinterest Challenge too, but I was so much happier with the results this time!
I needed lamps for the girls’ new rooms, and I’d long ago pinned the idea of spray-painting lamps to add a little color to a room (here and here). When I spotted these two ugly lamps in the room-changing chaos, inspiration (“pinspiration?”) struck. One had a distressed cream finish that went with nothing in my home. The other was black and felt too dark in my rooms. Both had been sitting in a closet for ages.
I had already started spray-painting my ugly rusted and dented file cabinet; all I needed was a little more primer and some bright colors.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the “new” lamps look!
I’m super happy with the girls’ new bedrooms too, but I’ll wait to reveal those until we have everything put back together. I’m still putting the “office” back together and the girls are still moving their stuff into their new rooms. Soon!