Mindy Obenhaus
Inspired by Color
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I love color. Yet when someone asks what my favorite color is, I’m usually at a loss. I mean, there are SO many colors. How could I possibly choose just one?

Some colors are vibrant.

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While others are more muted.

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And then are those that are just plain indescribable.

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Do you know what this is?

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No, it’s not just a box. This is a very special box.

This is my color box. And while it may seem rather plain and unassuming…

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There’s a treasure trove of color inside.

Okay, so I’m a bit of a freak when it comes to color. I’ll go the paint section of a store simply for entertainment. Color inspires me. And paint is instant gratification. Just ask this chair from my Drab to Fab post.

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What are your thoughts on color? Do you love it or are you intimidated? Does it inspire you or stress you out?

And by the way, what’s your favorite color?


Smells Like Christmas
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Can you believe it’s December 1st? Seems like it was just summer and now the holidays are upon us.

I love this time of year and celebrating our Savior’s birth in grand style. The twinkling lights, the classic holiday tunes that bring back memories of my childhood, sugar cookies and fudge and those aromas that let you know in no uncertain terms exactly what time of year it is.

Yes,  Christmas is a delight for all of the senses.

Today I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you, however it’s not something that you eat. This recipe is all about filling your house with the scent of Christmas. Best of all, it doubles as a great gift idea.

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  • 3 (4-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves
  • 1/2 of a lemon, halved
  • 1/2 of an orange, halved
  • 1 quart of water

Cut lemon and orange into quarters; combine fruit, spices, and 2 quarts water in a large saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer as long as desired.  (Add more water, as needed.)  Any leftover mixture can be covered and refrigerated for several days to be reused.

For gift giving, simply place all of the ingredients except for the water into a clear cellophane bag. I use bags that are roughly 5 x 11 1/2 inches (that’s the size of the package, though there are no dimensions given). These can be bought at party stores or, sometimes, at Walmart in the cake decorating/party section.

Then add a pretty ribbon (I prefer non-wired) and a tag with the instructions on the back. I use plain bookmarks that I get at Walmart, punch a hole in one corner for the ribbon, then print out the instructions from my computer, swipe some glue stick across the back and stick the instructions on. I used Comic Sans in 14 pt font and got 4 instructions per page that I then cut out to fit onto the bookmark. Though, you may have to experiment some to get the right size font/paragraph.

These make great teacher and hostess gifts. Perfect for anyone you want to say thank you to. Trust me, it will get used. And every time they smell it, they’ll think of you. 🙂


From Drab to Fab – Quick Chair Redo
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Do you get bored easily? Especially when it comes to your surroundings?

I know I do. And while I like my little home office, it was just feeling a little drab. And this poor little chair is part of the reason.

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My five-year-old garage sale find, had definitely seen better days. But it wasn’t ready to be put out to pasture just yet. It needed to be energized.

Enter a can of spray paint. Well, three cans actually.

This vibrant red is the perfect shade to breath new life into our sad, blasé specimen.

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That and a new cushion.

And VOILA!

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I love the old gal’s sassy, yet refined new attitude. It’s just the boost of energy my office needed.

Though with Ms. Chair looking so good, it appears my next project will be rearranging the shelves behind her.

Are you a DIY kind of person? I’d love to hear about your latest project.