Thursday, March 1, 2012

Loosing Yourself In Pinterest and Blogs

I normally am a very organized and regimented person.  Daily lists are part of my life which drives my wonderful husband Frank crazy.  After being married so many years, he now starts out his day saying "what is on our agenda or list for today".  Good boy!!!  I rise early, so I do the items on my list that I can multi-task, like start a load of wash/fold the laundry; put the dishes away from dishwasher; make coffee; write down on my list things I forgot the day before; and do a lot of my computer business early in morning just like most women do.  Hence, I have found myself in between those takes spending much too much time reading blogs and pasting fabulous decorating/farming/animal/remodeling/you name it pictures into my pinterest account.  Love, love, love it.  I used to cut pictures out of magazines, now I paste into cyber-space.  Thank you Celli, our daughter, for opening my eyes to it.
Blogs are another avenue to learn and dream.  There are some really talented and fabulous people out there writing on their blogs, which I now follow.  From one blog, that person may talk about another item or person or farming subject or decorating DIY and then you want to follow over to that new person's blog.  Which takes time and I am worried I have become, should I dare say it, addicted to it???  A couple of days ago, I found a pinterest account that Joe Ruggiero posts on and has a blog AND he is on Facebook.  For those people who do not know, Mr. Ruggiero is the first Interior Designer who started the whole craze for ultimately HGTV/DIY programming on television. (Prior to even satellite TV).  He had a wonderful afternoon show where he and a co-star would show decorating/gardening/DIY projects and have an occasional guest.  Mr. Ruggiero was the original designer on the TV show This Old House and other programs.  He now designs Subrella fabrics, furniture, just an amazing and talented Interior Designer.  Making a long story short, I saw a photo he had on pinterest of another wonderful and talented designer that I have followed for over 35 years (prior to Martha Stewart was even known),  Mary Emmerling.  Joe and Mary were together at an antique or design show in Arizona recently and he posted a photo on his blog and pinterest.  I re-pined the photo to my pinterest and made a comment that Mary Emmerling is my all time favorite designer.  Well, Mr. Ruggiero wrote back to me that she was his too!!!  So now, I am thrilled, I have that one moment, that one second, of a contact with a world well known designer.  Because of blogging and posting on pinterest.  I guess it isn't a really, really terrible addiction.  Do you think?
Back to remodeling our hall bath.  Celli and I talked about doing the room recently with a large, damask print wallpaper.  After looking on PINTEREST, and google searching, we found a few patterns we liked and headed towards wallpaper stores.  The first one we got to had great patterns, but for just one wall, it would cost $200.  That ended the wallpaper idea, when I remembered I had a huge damask stencil I had left over from one of my own customer design jobs.  So we purchased some paint, painted the bathroom and we stenciled until about 1:00am and it turned out better than purchasing wallpaper. The shower floor has 1" x 3" marble subway tiles; the bathroom floor has marble herringbone or basket weave pattern tiles.  I will post more photos later.  I have since painted the old vanity black.
Windmill Farm has been working with a committee to get a community garden built in downtown Gridley.  It has taken almost 2 years, but this past weekend our committee joined forces with the Boy Scouts and our boxes were built.  So now we have a fenced in garden area; water; gravel; a load of good compost; and the raised beds are ready to be filled.  Hopefully in a month or so we can start signing up people and organizations;schools anyone who wishes to grow vegetables this summer. We are also going to use it as a learning garden, teach classes later.
Our Raising Backyard Chicken class is this Saturday.  My friend who owns Happy Chick Farm and I worked on the booklet we will be providing and our topic lists that we will be talking about.  She will be bringing some chicks for the people who have signed up to see and learn about their care.  At the conclusion of the class, we will all go out to my chicken coop and they will be able to see my free ranging chickens and coop.  I can't believe the huge response we have had for people to sign up.  A real sign that more and more people are interested in having their own chickens and knowing where their food comes from that they eat. 
Thank you for visiting my blog, happy blogging and pinteresting!!1  A whole new world is out there, just make sure YOU don't become addicted-
Windmill Farm Life and County Design

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