Four Things I’d Rather Do

Four Things I'd Rather Do

Shhhh … I have snuck up here to my computer to do a quick post. I started out the day planning to paint my bathroom cabinet. It is kind of a quick fix, as I really just need a whole new vanity. It is shabby in a not so chic way. But, with Thanksgiving coming and having company for dinner Thursday, I thought I’d do a quick paint job and mini-makeover of the bathroom. Nothing like company coming to get me in the mood to do a project! While most of you are thinking about your turkeys, I’m thinking about a bathroom makeover! Here’s why:

Four Things I'd Rather Do

But here is the funny part! I hate painting. No, hate is not a strong enough word. I DESPISE painting. So I have a little system for how to get things done. First I go buy the paint, then I plead with my husband for just a little bit of help with prep work. Once he is in his grubbies and under way with sanding, I slip upstairs and start blogging! Pretty soon he realizes I am not doing the project, HE IS! Love that. Works like a charm.

Four Things I'd Rather Do

I’ve been tagged to play a couple of games! And since it is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the states, we might as well play and be merry don’t you think? I think so. Although I will probably move quickly on to another post because I have so much to get to! I was tagged by My Melange for this first one which I am going to call Four Things I’d Rather Do Than Paint My Bathroom Cabinet. Here we go, five questions, four answers each:

Four jobs I have had:

Editorial assistant, publishing company

Scrapbook consultant (my attempt at being crafty)

Marketing, publishing company

Interior design consultant (the real me!)

Four places I have lived:

Minnesota

about 9 houses in Oregon

Four places I’ve been on holiday (I’m cheating a bit here):

Paris, Germany, England, Venice

New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida

California, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho

Canada

Four Favorite Foods (how can I choose only four, I have to cheat a little bit)

Mexican food followed by Flan

Coffee & Chocolate chip cookies with walnuts

Salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables

Lasagna and garlic bread

Four Places I’d Rather Be (only four? this game is hard for me!)

France

Venice

South Africa

Netherlands

I’ll have to postpone (again!) one of the games where I am supposed to show a picture of myself and talk about it, but I don’t have a working scanner so for now, I’m off the hook on that one! Sorry, I’ll get back to it!

For now, here are the four I am tagging for the Four Things game:

The Feathered Nest – Manuela

Daisy Cottage

Plumwater Cottage

Counting Your Blessings

Oh, no! Hubby is looking for me! Gotta wrap this up and look busy with some other house project so he won’t ask me to work on the painting… TTFN!

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

I might be stretching this a bit, but today my Sweet Escape (which I do every Friday for those of you who are new) is into the realm of holiday lights. Holidays are an escape, right? Of course they are. I was reading Terri’s blog Windlost about her first Christmas in her home. She was trying to come up with a solution for her holiday decorating theme. And as I was mulling it over, I had a thought and I wanted to share it with all of you here. Don’t want to let a thought go to waste.

I have been a big fan of little white lights for my tree for many years. I think it is the whole Disneyland thing, and the fairytale look of it. But last year, on a whim, I brought out the colored lights and put them on my swags down my stairwell. And the funny thing was, I liked it! After years and years of thinking white lights were IT, my heart softened a little bit for those colored bulbs of yesteryear. Once everyone starts doing something and it becomes overdone or at least it becomes common, I start getting restless for something more unique. Or I try to find a new twist to keep my style from looking in a rut.

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree LightsSweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

So, here is a little secret. I bet that colored lights are going to come back with a vengeance. That is my unscientific prediction, not based on anything but my own inkling! White lights will be so passe at some point very soon! Of course, I don’t care about trends so what do I care? I am just saying.

If you are still doing white lights (as I am this year), watch out and mark my words. I’m thinking now that maybe gold or soft amber, or pale green lights might be fresher than white. If you like white, how about instead of the usual little white light, how about a light with a shape or texture? If you like an old fashioned tree, try the beaded lights? Or the amber ones would even give a warmer more old fashioned feel than pure white.

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

I went online in search of light options and was amazed by how many different kinds of lights there really are to choose from. Now I really feel like my little white lights are outdated! Maybe I like those green ones. Or the flickering flame ones. Those ice crystal ones are pretty too! There are lights for all sorts of holiday decorating styles!

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree LightsSweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree LightsSweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Ok, well now you know. There are lots of options, in addition to the classics. Oh, I forgot to mention Hummingbirds. I saw humming birds and tools and all sorts of novelty lights. I think I’d skip the tool lights, unless you own a hardware store, but hummingbirds could be kind of charming.

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights

All lights from www.christmaslights.com

Sweet Escape: Unique Christmas Tree Lights
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