• Goals: 101 in 1001

    Posted on April 18th, 2012 Sarah No comments

    I am at it again.

    For those of you who know me you know how much I love a list or two or three or… Well, I love to make lists. I have lists of groceries, chores, to do, to make, places to go, music I’m interested in, books I want to read and on and on. Awhile ago a friend introduced me to an alternative to New Year’s Resolutions. She suggested that one year might not an appropriate way to set goals. I’d never thought about it really. But let’s say you have a new years resolution to plant new flowers in the front yard. During a year you really only have a particular window of opportunity to accomplish that (early spring). If something comes up and you miss it, well so much for that goal. But what if you had 1001 days? That’s approximately two and three quarters of a year. Hmmm.. that’s 2 maybe 3 springs to accomplish that goal. And what if your goal was a little bigger, like lose 50 lbs. Maybe you need a bit longer to accomplish it. The idea of 1001 days was growing on me and so I tried it. I created my first list in 2008. It concluded in June 2011. I did o.k. I didn’t finish everything but I learned a lot. I learned that some of my goals sound good but really weren’t that important to me and I learned some things that are important need some motivation to tackle. So I’ve created my second list and I am posting it here to hold myself accountable and I promise to blog about some of these goals here too!

    Find my current list here.

    See my first list here.

  • Valentine’s Mantle

    Posted on February 13th, 2012 Sarah No comments

    Seriously it’s the day before Valentine’s and I am just posting pictures. Wow. If I am going to give this blogging thing a good go, I’m going to have to get a better rhythm. Anyhow several of these yarn wreaths have caught my attention on Pinterest lately. The first to make me say ahhh was a fall wreath from Décor Chick. See it here with a tutorial.  Check out the Valentines version she did here. Here’s a Christmas one at Mandi Being Crafty. And one more awesome Valentines wreath and tutorial at Remodelaholic.

    Valentines Mantle

    As for my first go with a yarn wreath… What do you think? Pretty simple. I thought I’d keep it clean and fresh. Maybe next year I can add some felt flowers or another embellishment but for now it’s great.

    Actually I have never really decorated for Valentine’s Day. This year my #1 daughter ask me to. “Uh o.k.” The wreath was the only thing that took a little work. About an hour and a half of my time (twice). Other decorations you see include paper doilies tied to mason jars with red bakers twine, a couple of pink votive candles, 2 vintage mason jars filled with candy (conversation hearts and red hots) and a vase of pink carnations. It’s a good thing the candy jars were up on the mantle my #2 daughter kept asking for the candy hearts. I guess they are her favorite. I sneak her a few here and there while daddy’s not watching. Hence why the jar is only half full. We did tell her though she could have the whole jar on Valentine’s Day. She’s having a little trouble with patience and I don’t think I am helping.

    In all honesty though, it was because of the wreath that I am posting so late. I made one that fell off the hook and hit the tile in front of the fireplace. Note to self: Don’t make these wreaths out of Styrofoam. They don’t hold up. Ooops. Lesson learned. I am thinking of making another for the Fourth of July. Another wreath on Pinterest has caught my eye from Naptime Crafting and I am thinking of copying it. Check it out on my Holiday Decorating Board at http://pinterest.com/sarahmenini/holiday-decorating/.

  • Chip It!

    Posted on February 10th, 2012 Sarah 1 comment

    I just found a fun new tool to play with. It’s called Chip It! by Sherwin Williams.


    Here’s how they describe it:

    “Chip It! instantly identifies the main colors in any image you select, matches them to more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors, and creates a Chip Card with the original image and its color palette.”

    It’s so fun. Basically while browsing the internet… or while browsing Pinterest, you see a particularly pleasing picture. Any picture really. A sunset, a beautiful room, a fun outfit or even a pile of toys but with colors that seem to talk to you. Right click on the image and select “copy the image URL”. Then visit Sherwin Williams Chip It! page at http://letschipit.com/. Paste the URL into the text box that says “Enter an Image URL”.


    It creates a custom chip board instantly identifying the top 5 colors in the color palette. Wow… how cool. Sherman Williams lets you save the color palette for later with a Chip It! account. They will save it for you. You can even create different Chip Books. Make one for every room in your house if you want OR turn around and pin it to one of your Pinterest boards! I now have a new board called Color Pallets (http://pinterest.com/sarahmenini/color-palettes/). I may just create an online mood board for each room with pictures of products, styles, designs, organizational tools and COLOR PALETTES. How cool is that! Can you sense how giddy I am becoming with all the ideas!

    Oh but in true infomercial style…. It Gets Easier Folks…. Sherwin Williams has made it easier. Did you notice that other little box next to the “Enter an Image URL” this one says “Drag This To Your Tool Bar”. Well that’s just what you do.. drag it to your tool bar. Now while browsing you can click on it in your tool bar and hover over your inspiration picture. A little Chip It! icon appears. Click it and your color palette is revealed. Wowzers!


    I am having way to much fun. And I thought I could waste a lot of time on Pinterest alone. Only it does get a little tricky. You can’t Pin a Chip It! from Pinterest. Are you with me? If you want to save a color palette from a pin to your pinterest board just right click and “copy the image URL”. Now put that into the Chip It! page. Just like we did above. Now you can Pin that custom Chip It! Phew. Oh and one more thing. Don’t forget to copy where your original picture came from and put that in the Pin box to describe your pin. That will give credit to the original source of the picture.

    Now excuse me for a bit while I go Pin some Chip It! projects on my Pinterest mood boards. Winking smile



    Disclaimer: The opinion above is strictly that MY opinion. I did not receive any compensation, money or other to review this product. I simply enjoyed playing with it and wished to share my thoughts. Although  this is a tiny and new blog with just a few friends as readers, should Sherman Williams read and take note of this post. I would gladly accept free paint or even a coupon cuz I LOVE to paint. –hint, hint and wink, wink!

    For questions or concerns contact me at sarah{at}raisingpotatoes{dot}com.

  • Maintenance Monday’s

    Posted on February 6th, 2012 Sarah No comments

    Today is Monday and it feels so unproductive. Ughh.. I hate that feeling. But in truth, I think I have been really productive.

    I put a coat of paint on the laundry room wall project. I have done a couple loads of laundry. Ok they aren’t folded but they are clean. I’ve cleaned the kitchen, taken out the trash. I’ve stopped to nurse a couple times and I have read and answered all my email. Is that productive enough?

    Then why do I still not feel like I’ve done anything. Maybe cuz it is all maintenance. Yep Monday’s are about maintaining my home and cleaning up from the weekend. Another mom I know told me once that she doesn’t do chores on weekends. Really?? Yep her husband has a break so should she. I adapted that plan pronto… No chores on weekends. LOVE IT.

    But Monday’s…. Uggghhhh.

  • Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

    Posted on January 31st, 2012 Sarah No comments

    I keep saying “I should blog about this”. Well enough with the Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda’s. Here I go.

    I’m going to try my hand at blogging. The idea of an online Journal that I can share my family and friends is intriguing. Hopefully this blog will inspire me (maybe someone else too), hold me accountable, organize me and my projects, and occasionally let me vent.

    Does that summarize what I want in a blog? Hmmmm… We’ll see.

    image from:http://cdryan.com/blog/hindsight/