Sunday, May 30, 2010

Trisha's CPA Party!!!

Well, today was Trisha's CPA Party!  Her husband, Andy, promised to throw her a party when she passed all her test and was officially a CPA!  Needless to say, that was last May.  Trisha finally convinced him to throw her a party to kick off the summer and celebrate!  I made her a lovely cake that was so much fun.  I got the chance to decorate it in front of my mom and grandma.  They loved watching me.  The cake is 1/2 vanilla, 1/2 chocolate with bavarian cream filling and buttercream icing.  The bavarian cream was an experiment that turned out way better than I'd expected and oh so delicious.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Our Basement: Painting

Well, Joe was gone for 2 weeks in Guatemala and I decided to fix up our basement.  It was in desperate need of a new coat of paint and rearrangement.  After much deliberation, I decided on two different shades of a gray with blue tones.  I cut out pieces of paper on a small scale in the shape of the items that we had for out room: couch, pub table, two pub stools, beverage cabinet, coffee table, bookshelf, TV and dart board.  I arranged the items in a scaled room in order to figure out the best set-up.  My dad came for a few days to help me paint and get the room set up for Joe's big surprise. Here's the layout I came up with using

The colors I chose for the room include two different shades.  Choosing this color all began when I had gathered a bunch of color cards to decide what color to paint our living room, kitchen and dining room.  I sneakily asked the hubby what color he would want to paint the basement if we painted the living room a neutral beige or tan.  He picked a blue gray color so I went with it. I picked a bunch of sample color cards up for similar colors and chose the best one for the room. I found the winning colors from Home Depot, BEHR Paint.

The room looks fabulous and I can't wait to finish it up with a new TV and sound system as well as all the decor hung up.  We're still working on a new couch, probably a reclining, black leather sofa.  I LOVE IT!