Painting and Other Adventures

Just in case someone was looking for it, I wanted to let you know: the Happy Halloween giveaway has been postponed till next week!I’m really sorry about that! A couple of reasons for it:

Firstly, it’s going to feature TWO prize packs–a MG one and a YA one, but I realized I haven’t finished reading ANY of the YA books. (What can I say? Middle grade is REALLY my favorite genre.) I’ll work on that this weekend.

Secondly, my lovely downstairs neighbor and landlady, Jocelyn, planned a painting session in my apartment today, and I promised to help her. I’d been thinking that I would start reading and then post the giveaway after we were done, but the painting adventure took a little longer than we thought–we didn’t wrap up until just now.

Here is the evidence of all our hard work. They’re also pictures of my kitchen and living room, in case you were curious about where I lived.

BEFORE:

My kitchen--here, I am the Queen of Painter's Tape (see the green bits).

My kitchen–here, I am the Queen of Painter’s Tape (see the green bits).

IN THE MIDDLE:

The first coat of blue! I know it looks like we missed the side where the chalkboard was, but we were going for what they call an "accent wall." That basically means painting a bright color but not over the whole room.

The first coat of blue! I know it looks like we missed the side where the chalkboard was, but we were going for what they call an “accent wall.” That basically means painting a bright color but not over the whole room.

ALMOST DONE:

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Second Coat, and The Painter’s Tape Comes Off! I leave it in a mound beside the drop cloth, because I am a messy human being.

AFTER:

Isn't it pretty?!? We're going to replace the floor soon too, which is why the painting needed to happen today.

Isn’t it pretty?!? We’re going to replace the floor soon too, which is why the painting needed to happen today.

If you peek through the entryway there, you see a door set up above a drop cloth. That’s the bathroom door. I painted that as well. (Jocelyn was painting in the bathroom, which is too small for two people to work in.)

Hmm. This wasn't as good a picture of my living room as I thought...but as you can see, the walls are red. They have been red as long as I've lived here, and the blue I painted today is meant to be a good contrast.

Hmm. This wasn’t as good a picture of my living room as I thought…but as you can see, the walls are red. They have been red as long as I’ve lived here, and the blue I painted today is meant to be a good contrast.

I’m happy to report that we had very few casualties to the messiness of the paint. My shoes took a hit (kind of hard to see in the glare, but the white on the right toe is NOT supposed to be there):

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And Jocelyn’s hands took a beating as well–they were gloriously colored by the time we put the door back on the bathroom.

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Anyway, again, I’m really sorry about delaying the giveaway!! I really hope that you guys weren’t waiting on it, but I’ll still announce the winners on the same day. 🙂

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