We were invited into chef Jaime Laurita’s home and I got to take the pictures and act all photographer-y.
And there is a giveaway too!
An autographed package of Jaime’s pasta line.
I just made some last night for dinner and it was AMAZING.
I think that spring has missed the Midwest this year.
All y’all (in my head I am southern ) in other parts of the country are getting spring weather.
And above 55-degree weather.
And I am seeing evidence of it on your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Even some areas of the Midwest are getting it.
But my section of the Midwest isn’t.
Then we got a “reprieve” of a 65-degree day on Sunday.
In the suburb where I live?
The high was 49.
The other areas?
The upsides of the weekend?
Listening to my five-year-old sing “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie.
Reading Andy Cohen’s book, my early birthday gift from my friend Jen and I was up half the night reading it.
Getting a pep talk from my friend Rebecca on Sunday.
I love you, friend.
More than what is “normal”.
I have been known to make mistakes.
More than what is considered “normal” by most accounts.
But I do admit to them.
Most of the time.
So I made a little mistake.
A fail if you will.
I had the best intentions.
It came to me while I was at Hobby Lobby buying the pillow covers for the pillows I “sewed”.
I saw this sitting innocently on an end cap:
A black foam poster board.
I saw it and immediately saw potential beyond a 4th-grade science project, which I am sure these are made for in the first place.
I could make a homemade subway art sign!
My mind was racing with all the “ingredients” I would need…..just chipboard letters (I don’t know why it had to be chipboard. Don’t question my mind. I haven’t in forty years and it has served me well), and some spray paint. And mod podge.
YES, MOD PODGE!!
I sprinted (sadly, I actually did sprint) to the other side of the store and picked up some of these:
Chipboard letters in capital and lowercase.
I didn’t care what the design on them was because I was planning on painting over them.
And they were on sale 50% off!!
My plan is coming together beautifully!!!
So I had this vision in my head.
S u B w A y A r T.
How do I achieve this look??
I arranged the chipboard letters…
I might have had a little help…..
And placed the letters on the foam board in different styles.
And deleted the picture where I made a bad word with my chipboard letters.
Spelled out on my subway art.
Let’s just say it rhymed with ton of a witch.
The five-year-old was not part of the dirty word arranging.
I am bad but not that bad.
So it wasn’t as easy as I thought.
I ended up selling out and just doing the plain old alphabet.
After I settled for the alphabet arrangement, I mod podged the letters onto the foam board.
Great idea, right?
Because this happened:
See the glaring mistake?
This is what dried mod podge looks like.
On black foam poster board.
I wanted to cry.
Because I just threw away 10 bucks on supplies.
I wasn’t ready to concede defeat yet.
I decided I was going to spray paint it.
Spray paint will save my butt!
It is always there for me, it doesn’t let me down and it knows me.
Yes, my old friend Rustoleum was gon’ save the day.
So I hauled my mess outside and spray painted it with some paint I had leftover from a furniture redo
After three coats of paint, here is the final product.
I kinda like how it turned out!
Like a funky city vibe?
Like a vintage sign?
Like a project gone wrong?