More baskets and painting for cheap decor. Some really good documentaries as well.

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Well, we are still at it! I’m wanting to get the house looking a certain way before the big 50. That is my gift to me this round. I threw myself a big party at 30…then at 40. I was single and so why not? But at 50 I have all the things I wanted for so long. I have a good marriage, healthy, happy children, a charming old home, and I’m a housewife. Then we add a rental property and writing career and wowie! I could not want for a thing more.

Except some more baskets and to go back in time to fix a paint mixing gone wrong. It was bound to happen. I’ve been mixing all these paints we had left over and that others have given us, like a mad scientist, and it all worked out…until lastnight. But we will do the good news first, why don’t we?

My neighbor friend gave me a container of paint to do the side of my cupboard. I loved it so much I ask for more paint and did the whole thing.

Now afters!

And with more baskets…

Ok, so now for the fatal painting job. We took the remaining paint and mixed with white and I wasn’t paying attention when Bali mixed it and started painting because I had made, yet another, new neighbor friend and we were watching Game Changer, yet brain washing another person into plant based eating (no, now you all know I wouldn’t do that! She is already almost plant based).

Anyway…I forgot that white and red makes what color folks? Pink, yes, and that is fine if mixed right but this turned into something disturbing.

It’s a combo of Sante Fe or being in the womb again. Depends on how you’re feeling at the time you’re in the room. This photo is dark and I couldn’t get it any brighter if I tried. We are in a dark, fleshy womb pink. With an orange wall. Hum. Look at Clyde. He even looks upset by it.

One neighbor said she would paint a desert scene. I could balance it out with white wicker furniture. Or we could paint it again.

So, we will ignore it for now until we figure it out. Bali really likes it. Like I said, some white wicker furniture and a desert scene mural.

I think we are done with everything for now. We either finish with painting the orange wall more womb pink or we repaint with a different color, but we are done with our work in the house. For now. When winter comes and we can’t go outside there may be more work.

I’m doing some cooking from my bulk foods and we watched a fantastic documentary new out on Netflix today called Kiss The Ground.

Here is a the link to the trailer and a bit about the documentary. I would strongly encourage anyone and everyone to watch this. It is filled with hope. I had read about much of this over the years and I’m happy to see it all coming together. It is about reversing climate change.

It is on Netflix. This was sent to me by a community member on the Channel. Someone also suggested My Octopus Teacher.

The documentaries that have really changed the way I think, feed my family, and live are:

Secret Ingredients (Amazon), Game Changers, Forks Over Knives, and now this Kiss the Ground, along with The Social Dilemma. All the rest you can see on Netflix.

48 thoughts on “More baskets and painting for cheap decor. Some really good documentaries as well.

  1. I was laughing out loud when you were describing your “womb” room. That is hilarious. The pantry in the kitchen looks wonderful and I like the blackboard. I like baskets too. I never thought of using them as catch-alls in the pantry. I use boxes I get from the grocery store, but the baskets would look better. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. I like that color on your pantry shelf. Has a very rustic vibe to it.. Love the chalk board on the side. The guest room walls on the other hand, yeah, that is something else. Lol! Have fun. Take care. Once again Happy Birthday!!

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  3. Oh Kate nooooo that wall! Had me howling with laughter. If anything, its gotta go, it needs an exorcism 🤣😅🤣💚💚💚 LOVE the pantry shelf in that deep rust red with the natural baskets and chalk board. You’ve done so well, the house is looking beautiful!

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    1. I just love that you have no fear and just go with your gut when you decide to redecorate. I do that too up to a certain point. My husband is very fearful when making changes around the house and has to be gradually and subversively coerced. He also HATES to paint so that is always my job. I learned from an older friend to just to take your time even if it takes a few days. Clean up the brushes and rollers (or wrap in aluminum foil and giant plastic bags and put in the freezer!) and close up the paint at the end of the day. Then start fresh the next day. When I was younger I could knock out a room in a day but I don’t even go there now. Either way, the most important step is to just get started and it will get done . Your house is just getting cuter and cuter the more you are following your heart and your dreams ❤️❤️

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  4. Happy Birthday Kate!!! I love the fleshy watermelon color !!! But if it is unsettling on a wall for you, and your household, then perhaps a change is in order.

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    1. Well, now that you put it that way. Maybe we could paint watermelon seeds and then a rind on the trim…eh? I’m willing to work with it. I would have liked it much lighter. We will see as I wake and observe with my mug of joe each morning.

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  5. I love the pantry shelf color!!! My husband does murals and finishes for a living, he would suggest paint a mural to hide most of the color, repaint it or some people add wainscotting on the bottom maybe a natural wood to break up the color, but that can be pricey, another person once did like barn wood going horizontal up the wall for a accent wall to break up the wall color, hope this helps, I will watch that show on Netflix tonight, have a good day Kate!!

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  6. Love the cabinet color! I watched Kiss The Ground last night…lots of hope. We need farmers, big and small on board to help change our soil, which changes the food and air, which changes our health…less susceptible to viruses, ect.

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  7. Love the color of the pantry shelf. Hard to judge the color in the bedroom in that picture. Maybe add a design or splash of orange on pink wall or vice versa. It might blend them together. Or curtains that contain both colors. It will be fine. You are creative – you got this

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  8. Hahaha I spit my water out laughing when I read about the womb room. 😂 it was bound to happen with all the wild mixing hahahahaha. Can’t really tell from the picture, but it does look like it may be too dark for that room. I’m sure you’ll come up with a fix! Your house is really coming together. I sure enjoy seeing it evolve. Have a great day!

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  9. The dark pink can work! I’d find some curtains in either blue shade off the comforter from the thrift store or even just some white flowy sheers. A couple pictures on the wall, maybe tack up a grouping of baskets or wood shelf with some greens hanging down, a book or two. It wont seem so stark /all pink with a few things to break it up. A small hot pink pillow on bed or hot pink throw blanket at foot of bed. Then it all looks like you meant to.

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    1. I’ll do it!! Bali would not be up for another paint job. Maybe down the road but for now I have to make it work. I’m thinking some white furniture? Paint a dresser? Change out the bedspread, and like you said, some paintings and such. Thank you.

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  10. Kate, your home is looking so cozy, just lovely!! Very warm and inviting. It truly shows in the pictures how much dedication and love you and your family have put to create a beautiful sanctuary!! Really love you pantry cabinet!! I think if my kitchen looked like that I’d definitely want to be cooking, and creating!!! 😉😍

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  11. Oh my, you are so funny! I love the baskets and the color of the kitchen shelving. I will watch the documentary, Kiss the Ground. One of my friends has the book and she said it was great. I like the guest room color, but you can always fix it to your taste.

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  12. The new color on the cupboard looks great! The earth-tone of the cupboard together with the baskets looks very natural, and great for fall. I agree that some white furniture would be a good contrast to the bright wall. 😊Just watched the trailer, looking forward to watching the whole documentary, sounds like it has some great ideas!

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  13. Don’t spend more energy and money on furnishings and murals to try to compensate for an awful color (womb pink, LOL!) You’ll never be satisfied with the results. That color will always bother you. Well, it would bother me. Paint allows us an easy do-over. Are you not a fan of shades of green?

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  14. Thank you for recommending “Kiss the ground.” I watched it and if we do not get our act together, we are really putting our future generation in danger. We have got to take climate chnage seriously to save Mother Earth.

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  15. You should check online to see what you color you can mix with the pink paint (if you have any left) to change the color. Fr instance if you mix pink and brown and a little red you get a terra cotta color.You can mix those little bottles of acrylic paint with your gallon of latex paint. Just a thought.

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  16. Dear Kate,
    This is a more personal message and does not need to be shared.
    It is certainly just an opinion. I wanted to write you since you have started the new blog. Before that, with all books recommended and especially the one of Connie Hultquist (which I purchased because of your recommendation and very much enjoyed), I had the impression the you have understood that Christianity is the only path. Dear Kate, I do not want to teach but only to share: there is only one Truth and only one correct Path. It is like in mathematics, science or as your children know that you are their mother. It is more than one when we want to be the gods of our small world. And we take a bit from here and a bit from there to create our own salat which makes us feeling a bit better. I will not write more for now because I want you to not skip my message but I will return just because you are very dear to me. I am senfing you a small story on the buddhism vs. Christianity (2min reading):
    https://journeytoorthodoxy.com/2013/05/why-a-chinese-buddhist-became-an-orthodox-athonite-monk/
    Chris

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    1. I appreciate your care, I really do, however, I absolutetly do not believe there is one truth and one path being Christianity. I believe there are many ways to enlightenment and connection with Infinite Intelligence and Wisdom. There is no one way and that is the Christians mistake to think this and close themselves off to a whole world of ideas and thought. I have tried all religious groups and was never as unhappy as I was with a Christian church. As a matter of fact I don’t want to belong to any church or group ever. It seems a large group of humans often makes rules and gets rigid ideas and ruins things. Please do not encourage me to think or believe a certain way. No that I’ve tried it all and this is where I’m happy and either accept that we won’t agree or think of me as lost if you must.

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      1. Ellen, I’ve been warned by several people that you are over at the Gossip Bakery and that you are trying to find out where I live or get people to discuss it. You have been on my site for a long time sharing your life and mothers death, boyfriends illness and so on and we have all been kind and supportive. It hurts me to know that you are so quick to turn on someone that has done nothing but be supportive and kind. Please do not get people to discuss my address. I have children and I need to keep my family safe. Also, as a witch, you should know that what you put out there will come back to you. If you want traffic to your blog, do it with integrity not by putting someone else down.

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  17. Chris, I find your story absurdly silly and your pretend “opinion” offensive. When you make statements like, “I had the impression the you have understood that Christianity is the only path” you are trying to pass off your personal belief as fact. Don’t pretend you are doing anything but chastising and preaching.

    Christianity is not and has never been the only path to God. If you can’t open your mind to accept that others with different beliefs are on the same path as you, you belong back in the safety net of your tribe.

    Here’s a good quote for you to ponder. Ask yourself, “Are behaviors like mine the reason for Ghandi’s perceptions?

    “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

    — Ghandi

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  18. Dear Kate,
    I am so glad you answered. Thank you very much for hosting us for such discussions in your virtual home. Again, if I deviate too much from the main stream of the blog just do not post my message but I would be happy if you read it.
    Coming back to your answer, no, I would never dare to think that you are lost. Only God knows what is in our hearts and minds. I have enough to think about my state for all my life. As said, I only wanted to share with you my opinion that in every situation there is only one Truth.
    Now, regarding the mistake of the Christianity: Dear Kate, I know that if I would die tomorrow I would have no regrets for choosing a world where I live in the Love of God and the love for each other is the law. No, it does not feel closed but on the contrary, it should open our hearts. I say “it should” because only some really apply it. I wrote you some time ago, one should not judge the Christianity because of some people or for not fitting in a certain community. It is about the message and the life of Jesus. Is there something in th entire world which could be compared with Him? Is the history divided in two for any other person? Aren’t we too much idealizing the other religions just by reading books and looking at their best practicants ? Are we equitable and do the same towards Christianity? I am only thinking at those mothers and grandmothers, often mentioned by you, who conducted their life based on Christian values and did everything they could for their families over hundreds of years back in history. From my point of view, such humble women with God in their souls represent the Christianity and value infinitely more to me than any open minded philosopher or scientist from our decadent time.
    Chris

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  19. Kate, thank you so much for recommending My Octopus Teacher! I didn’t realize that it was filmed in my country of birth, but more so, my birth town! Hearing that South African accent again and seeing the rocky south coast. What a beautiful, nostalgic treat !! I hope you enjoy the doco as much as I did. We emigrated from South Africa, to New Zealand, 12 years ago, but I miss my ocean and those kelp forests every day! When he said that he spent his childhood in the rockpools – that was my childhood too!!

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  20. Don’t know if it’s coming to Netflix USA but the brloved David Attenborough is doing a documentary. The man is 93 and has decided to try and hit us all hard to change our ways, I think before he dies. It will be another hard watch. Convenience for humans is very rarely good for our planet, my little family like yours is starting to really reduce our impact and ignore the convenience of life a little Im not keen on that kind of red but my hubby would adore it too. x

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  21. Those baskets are so lovely. I may need to have a look around our for some as well. My pantry could definitely use the face lift. The color on your shelf turned out great as well. Amazing how everything is just coming together so nicely. I would love to be braver and bolder in decorating my home. I always end up wasting soooo much time thinking about it.

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