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About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.

The Best Paint Colors for Every Room in the House by Lisa Smalls

It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a space. If the interior of your home has become “tired” in your eyes, a fresh coat of paint may be just the thing you need to spruce up your space.

Here’s the problem with vowing to update the paint colors in your house: picking out a fabulous color is overwhelming. How can you possibly sift through the thousands of shades out there? The answer is, you can’t.

To help narrow down your color choices, and to save you hours of flipping through paint color fan decks, you might consider this:

Color has a psychological effect on our brain. Yes, it’s true. Paint not only keeps your interior interesting, but it actually has the power to evoke an emotional response. Research shows color has the ability to influence things like mood, appetite, and even blood pressure.

With this in mind, choosing a wall color becomes more simple. Knowing the psychological effects behind different colors can help you match the purpose of a room to the perfect color palette.

Here are four colors to consider using in the primary rooms of the home:

1. The Kitchen

Warm colors tend to work well in the kitchen. That’s because colors in this palette are
known to stimulate appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why every fast-food restaurant
features warm hues, this is why. Contrary to popular belief, warm colors can be done
tastefully. The goal is not to replicate your kitchen after the local McDonald’s franchise.

One of our favorite warm colors, is Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Cavern Clay.


Source: Sherwin-Williams

Now that’s a kitchen color we can get behind.

2. The Bedroom

Unlike in the kitchen, stay away from warm colors in your bedroom. Warm colors excite,
energize, and, stimulate our brains. Rather, stick to cool blues and neutrals. Colors of this hue have been scientifically proven to relax the mind and body, bringing tranquility
rather than energy.


Source: iStock Photo. Credit svetikd.

Cool colors are important in the bedroom because they are conducive to sleep. However,
the color on the walls isn’t the only thing that promotes a good night’s sleep. To truly
make your room a sleep haven, consider the lighting, a comfortable sleeping structure
and sources of noise to get your best night’s sleep each and every night.

3. The Living Room

Next up is the living room. The room of congregation, relaxation and Hulu binges. After
a long day, there’s nothing like coming home and crashing on the couch for some R&R.
Surprisingly, a great color for the living room is green.

Here’s why:

Green is said to be the color of balance, harmony, refreshment and comfort. For one of
the most popular rooms in the house, you’ll want this space to be an inviting place to
relax and host guests. Green helps you achieve an inviting ambiance.


Source: iStock Photo

4. The Master Bath

Last, but not least, the bathroom. You can probably guess the best color for your
bathroom is white.


Source: iStock Photo. Credit runna10.

The color white represents cleanliness and offers a cool, refreshing feeling. Just walking
into a crisp, white bathroom will make you want to pop in the shower.

All in all, your paint choices should be a representation of you and your style. This is simply a guide to navigate the endless sea of color options.

You can follow Lisa on her Twitter account @smallzsaysthis


The Salty Road

I was really excited when I saw this feature of the Brooklyn based confectioner  The Salty Road taffy company. A woman kicking ass in a male dominated profession, raising the art of something as simple and low-brow as salt water taffy? I knew two things, one – I needed to share this with you guys, and two – I need to try some of that taffy.

After looking around on their website a bit, I decided to buy a few of their “baby boxes” so I could try more flavors and have less to give away just in case I didn’t care for the flavor. After some needlessly complicated decision making, I selected my four flavors and a few days later I got this delightful little package in the mail.

To do an accurate sampling of the offerings, I selected two classic taffy flavors: Vanilla Bean & Strawberries and Cream, and two unusual flavors: Salted S’mores & Roasted Corn with Black Pepper. Andy and I tried all of them the day they came in and we had a mix of reactions. First of all, it wasn’t Andy’s thing, he is a bit salt sensitive and the crystals of sea salt proved to be a bit much for his personal taste. Me on the other hand, it was one of the big selling points on these tiny treats. My two favorites were the Salted S’mores and the Strawberries and Cream. The former was everything you want from the beloved campfire treat and the smoke element really made it something special. The Strawberries and Cream was a grown-up version of one of my all time favorite taffy flavors. There was a tang to the natural strawberry flavor that drove home the fact that this was made with real strawberries instead of flavored extract. The Vanilla Bean and the Roasted Corn with Black Pepper were perfectly fine, but not quite special enough to be repurchased in my next order. 

Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical when I placed my order. Sure they were featured by Bon Appetit, but it’s taffy – how special can it be? But The Salty Road absolutely delivered. So much so that I am toying with the idea of buying a bunch of the baby boxes as stocking stuffers for friends and family, and I keeping my fingers crossed that there will be some sort of special holiday flavor that I can try out when I do.


Holloween DIY Round Up

I know Halloween is tomorrow, but I figured a few more interesting DIYs might not go amiss. I hope you’re getting all spookied up and if not I hope these will help! Happy almost Halloween?

DIY Strawberry CostumeStudio DIY

DIY Festive Bat DressA Beautiful Mess

DIY Fresh Floral Moon PumpkinThe Merrythought

Elegant Palmistry Inspired DIYEtsy

Red Velvet Spider Web CupcakesFood & Wine

The Witches HeartThe Flavor Blender

 


The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

Sliding back into the Halloween spirit after all of the intensity with Hurricane Michael has been tough, but I am slowly but surely starting to feel a bit of the excitement again. One of the things I have been doing is watching the new Netflix show The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. While this show isn’t Halloween specific, save for one holiday themed episode, Ms. McConnell’s aesthetic is very Tim Burton meets Martha Stewart, and her nightmarish bakes and DIY’s are perfect for this time of year.Before the Netflix show came out, I was only vaguely aware of her work. I’d seen a few things on her Instagram account and I knew that there was a book, but I had no idea how elaborate her world was. 
Of all the creepy things she makes, these little Caramel Nut Spiders are the thing that truly made me shudder. Spiders are one of my biggest fears, and holy crap, do these look too really for comfort. She even ate one – there was an audible crunching sound; it was awful.Spiders aside, there were some very cool edible creations like the cookie spirit boards and the chocolate tea set.Christine is joined in her twisted domesticity by a number of colorful characters such as Rose, a reanimated taxidermy project, Rankle, a mystical mummified former Eqyptian diety, Edgar, a flesh hungry werewolf-eqse creature, not to mention the handsome and murderous Norman. Oh yeah, and a ghostly Dita Von Tease (Vivienne) lives in her mirror. 
So much fun, and I have to tip my hat to Netflix for such a timely release. For all of you creepy crafters out there, you absolutely need to add this to your watch list.

More about Christine McConnell here

Images from here


My Halloween Movie List

We found out that Andy is going to be at a conference the week of Halloween, and that means that I have unfettered control of the TV so I am queuing up my Halloween Watchlist. Honestly, Andy would probably be okay with most of this, but this way I don’t have to feel bad about picking up take out and spending the evenings’ binge watching my favorite spooky movies. Actually they are more spooky-magic-y-ish than scary; I am a huge scaredy cat, and I can freak myself out very easily. Even when I’m not home alone. We watched the first Paranormal Activity, and I had nightmares for a week – poor Andy got punched in the face while I was flailing about one night. Anyway, here is my Top 20 Spooky-ish Movies.

  • Practical Magic

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Nightmare Before Christmas

  • The Addams Family

  • The Craft

  • Pan’s Labyrinth

  • Casper

  • Corpse Bride

  • Edward Scissorhands

  • Stardust

  • The Haunting

  • Interview with a Vampire

  • Queen of the Damned

  • The Village

  • Van Helsing

  • Hellboy

  • Hellboy II

  • Coraline

  • Bettlejuice

  • The Sixth Sense

Honestly, I am really excited. I decided to participate a bit more in Halloween this year, and it has been completely worth it. I can’t believe I resisted for so long! What are the movies on your wishlist? Is there something only mildly scary I should be watching?

Images from here, here, here,and here.