Posts Tagged With: (P)inspired project

Ring Around the Kitty

On Wednesday we got to celebrate Bristol’s first birthday! We had a tough time figuring out what to get him for his birthday because well, him and Bella are spoiled and if we get many more cat toys or treats we’re going to end up on an episode of Hoarders. We adopted Bristol last August and in September I was making a wreath that was going to be for the front door to Halloween. Bristol decided that instead, he wanted it. He really had us pegged from the beginning. They aren’t allowed on counters or the table, but they can pretty much do anything else they want to…including claiming the Halloween wreath

He loves to pick up his toys and put them under the wreath/bed/hiding spot and take a running start at them flipping it over. He loves sharpening his claws in the tulle or ripping it apart with his teeth. He also loves to curl up and sleep in it. But after all that playing, the wreath was looking a worse for wear. Also my Bubby is growing up, so as much as he tried he didn’t really fit in the Halloween wreath anymore

He seriously sleeps in this thing every single night while we’re sitting in the living room watching tv. I’m sure you can figure out what Bristol got for his birthday. In case you want to make one for front door…or for your cat, it’s super easy and inexpensive. I used the same foam insulation for this wreath as I did for the Halloween argyle one I made. It looks like this before it has tulle tied to it (this is Bristol helping me make that first one)

I’ve read a lot of people who have problems with wreath forms made like this. I’ve made quite a few of them and had some work and some not work. I’ve had consistently good results (no buckling or bending) when I do one thing. On this foam pipe insulation there is a cut and if I make sure that is on the outside of the ring and not the inside, it works fabulously! It’s also easy to add in extra pieces if I need to make a bigger wreath like I did for my one year old boy. All of our cats have seemed to have favorite colors. Yes, I realize this makes me appear a little crazy, but I’m okay with that. Beau’s was read, Bella’s is yellow, Brady’s was blue and Bristol’s is orange. So I picked up two yards of a peachy and two yards of bright orange tulle netting. I cut pieces to about 12 inches by 3 inches and tied them around the 3/4″ foam insulation and one episode of Revenge later Bristol had his wreath.

He settled right into it! I was even able to get a video of him playing with it and a balled up piece of paper.

He makes me laugh every day!

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Fantasic Damask

It’s true. I kinda love damask. It’s like my catnip really. Ranks right up there with the hubs, the “kids” and s’mores. Way back when during the fall Pinterest Challenge, I had planned to do a planter that I saw on, you guessed it, Pinterest.

Image from Life On the Balcony

I set out looking for a damask patter for a terra cotta pot that I had. I asked what you thought and then decided that it was a whole lotta cutting to do so the project went to the backburner until I could find a damask cartridge for my Cricut or a stencil that fit on my pot. I was looking through my Cricut cartridges not long ago and found one. I don’t know why I didn’t see it the first time but I didn’t. I mean really, I only have six of them. Anyway, I found some things in Ashlyn’s Alphabet that would work out just fine. My damask wasn’t going to be overly intricate like the inspiration one, but it was definitely going to work. My first step was to seal the entire pot. It is important to seal the inside and outside of the pot if you are going to use it for real plants. The reason being that if you water your plants, the clay of the pot will soak up the water and it won’t come through the other side, but it can cause your paint to lift off the pot. So I sealed the whole thing and then I painted most of it white. I only painted the part where my “stencil” was going.

I had some contact paper on hand so I cut a piece to fit onto my mat. I measured around my pot and then divided it by three. I wanted to have my pattern repeat three times and that is the size that I made my first design. I set the pressure on my Cricut to low.

I wanted it to cut through the sticky part of the contact paper but not through the paper backing. I know from previous experience that it’s not easy to peel that paper backing off of the an uber sticky mat. The contact paper just peeled right off

I ended up using two like this and two of another one. I centered them on the pot and took it outside to the deck and my spring/summer painting area. I’m in serious trouble when we get the deck refinished.

I picked out a brownish color. I know that it says London Gray, but trust me, it’s brownish

Then I started painting.

It took a few coats to get a nice even coverage

I let it dry for a day before peeling off the contact paper. Normally I wouldn’t do that, but since I had to paint over the course of a couple days thanks to rain and cold, I waited. I felt like I was five and waiting for Christmas morning. It. Was. Torture. Worth the wait

I heart it. Now I just have to decide what flowers are going to go in there. I’m planting a whole lot of baby’s breath for my brother’s wedding in June. When I say a lot, I mean alot…I have enough seeds to cover a 10’x80′ area. Maybe I’ll plant some in this pot just for me. Maybe I’ll add some red to it. I started some other flower seeds last week. Germination time  scares me. Anyone else? Pictures will come when there’s something to show besides dirt and my pretty pink gardening gloves holding seeds.

Next on the agenda is planter boxes for the deck. Something with a trellis like this

Image from Lumber Jocks

I’d love to grow some veggies in it to snack on while we’re out on the deck enjoying the weather this summer. Yummy. I think I’ll go start building now…

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Simply Challenging

My goal of the year? To simplify my life. Simplifying is not simple though. I’m just trying to keep my eye on the prize. The prize of having more time to spend with my nieces and nephews and having more time to do projects around the house and having more money to do projects because I don’t have to buy things twice just because I can’t find something. Blah. I look at people like Jen at I {heart} Organizing and out loud say “over-acheiver” but inside I’m thinking “She’s my hero!”. Organizing is pretty much what most of my 2012 Simplify Challenge is all about. That and refinishing our floors so I have to vacuum less and wash carpets less. So, here it is, it’s March and I’m slacking people. I’ve organized my s’more drawer and my sock drawer and that’s all. I drove by Dairy Queen yesterday and the sign said “Goodbye resolution – Hello hot fudge sundae”. That’s how I feel. I made a goal for the year, not a resolution so I wouldn’t fall victim to the proverbial hot fudge sundae but I feel like that’s where I am. Sitting in my car in a unused parking lot snarffing down 3 hot fudge sundaes…or s’mores…yeah, let’s go with s’mores.

Last Wednesday, there it was. My motivation to put down the s’more and tackle an organizing project. The quarterly Pinterest Challenge issued by Katie, Sherry and their guest co-hosts Erin and Cassie. When deciding what project to tackle for this challenge, I looked at only one of my Pinterest boards – my “Time to Be Organized” board. That combined with a recent Craigslist find and it wasn’t hard to decide what was going to be happening at our house. There were going to be some changes happening in my creative space! I got this brown bookcase on craigslist pretty cheap. I’m also pretty lucky to have a mom with a van who didn’t mind meeting me to pick it up.

I picked up some Zinsser

and some little rollers (BTW, these are the best for cabinets and stuff like that – Michael painted our whole half bathroom with one of these guys)

Michael and I both had painting projects happening in the basement so we had to take turns painting, but I finally got it all primed (I can’t wait to show you want the hubs did if for no other reason than to brag a little about how talented my hubs is)

Here’s a little tip for you to use between coats of primer and paint. Go to your kitchen and get out your glad wrap

Instead of pouring all your primer or paint back into the can, cover it up with a little bit of this. It will help keep a dried layer from forming and it’s ready and waiting for you again. Keep in mind to not wait too long (like days) because it will start to separate

But for a few hours (even over night) this works great.

After it was all primed and painted, it was time to move it upstairs which meant moving around a bunch of stuff in the creative space to make room for it too. I just had to remind myself that sometimes things have to get worse so they can get better. It was like a little mantra in my head that just kept going over and over and over and over…well, you get the picture

I mean really, just look at the progression…or lack thereof

See, it’s three hot fudge sundaes s’mores. But it’s getting better because I have (p)inspiration! I have fabric…lots of fabric. Sometimes I know what is going to happen with it and sometimes it’s cheap and sometimes it’s designed by one of my bestest friends in high school

Whatever the reason, my fabric stash is getting ca-razy and I need to get it under control. 42 weeks. That’s how long ago I pinned my inspiration for tackling this fabric mess. It’s okay, you can say it. Heaven knows I am. Slacker! I wanted to buy the organizer things that Stef (from Girl. Inspired.) used but I’m a cheapskate frugal gal…and a procrastinator too.  I knew I could make a version that cost me less and still get me organized. So I picked up some skinny little foam core and went to work. Now the real organizers are 10×14 and have these neat little tabbies on them which are way cool and I’m sure they are better than my homemade version. Six of theirs are $8.70 and eight of mine will set you back about $2.10. (If you don’t mind black – or maybe you want black – you can order it from Dollar Tree online for $1 a sheet. ) I used a yardstick to draw lines on the foam core and since my sheet of foam core measured 20×30 I just made them 10×15 – less cutting and less math for this right-brained girl. I can do half and half but I prefer flavored coffee creamer (yuk yuk yuk). To cut the foam core I used a very sharp razor blade. That will give you nice cuts in the foam core that doesn’t rip the inside foamy part and make it all wonky.

After my half and half, I ended up with four organizers for each sheet of foam core (should have bought more).

To put the fabric on, I used straight pins to get it to stay since I didn’t have tabs. Three pins seemed to work the best (got this fabric on Monday at Hobby Lobby and I luuuve it)

I should also mention that this fabric is folded in half and then half again lengthwise to fit on the board. Then I just laid the board down and rolled it. Then when I got to the end, I added a pin on either end so it wouldn’t unroll.

I repeated this process eight times (again, should have gotten more foam core – a situation which I intend to remedy soon) and put them all on the top shelf of my cabinet

I just know that I am going to love this. It will all be right there for me to see and not forget about! Maybe more sewing inspiration projects will come my way now.

I also seem to end up with scraps. Anyone else? My grandma saves scraps and she made a whole quilt out of OPS (other people’s scraps) and had it on display at the quilt show I went to last September. Taking that inspiration, I knew I needed a place for scraps on my fab shelf too. I got some little bins at Wal-mart for $2 each and they match the fabric I have for curtains in that room perfectly. I decided to keep my rotary cutter and a little 4 1/2 inch acrylic square in one of them. I need to find a little mat too. Now when I’m finishing up a project and I have scraps leftover, I can easily grab this little bin and cut it up and throw away the rest that just isn’t usable

So, before the corner of my creative space looked like this

and now it looks like this. The bottom shelf is scrapbook paper that didn’t sell at a garage sale last fall (anyone need some paper?). I put binder clips on the ends so I can label what paper is actually in them. The next row will probably get replaced by more fabric but for now, it has letter trays that I got at Target thanks to a tip from Ashley. I think they are going to get ORBed. The bins on the middle shelf are full of patterns, fabric scraps and Hershey kisses. That’s right, Hershey kisses. Can’t pass up sales with coupons making them almost free! The top row of bins have miscellaneous stuff in them. I’m going to label all of them, but haven’t decided on labels yet.

So there you have it. My project for the winter Pinterest Challenge. Head on over to the challenge hosts blogs to see their projects and all of the other fabulous linked up projects. Better clear some time in your week folks, there are a lot of them! Here’s Katie’s jellyfish, Sherry’s beanbag, Erin’s mason jar chandy and Cassie’s faux antlers.

My other Pinterest challenge projects: State Pride Canvases, ORBed soap dispenser, Fall Argyle Wreath

See other projects that I’ve done with (P)inspiration on my (P)inspired to completed board on Pinterest.

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A Challenging Winter

When I opened up my live bookmarks this morning and found the return of the Pinterest challenge from Katie & Sherry, I was ecstatic! I’ve been planning what I would do since the day after the last one. But, in true Amy fashion, I have no clue what I’m going to do. I’ve gotten no closer! I’ve been pinning wedding stuff for my brother and SIL-to-be’s wedding for the last month. We’ll be using a lot of those ideas…too bad the wedding isn’t in the next week…in a purely Pinterest challenge sense. It’s going to take more time to actually make the wedding parfait!

Image created by the fabulous Miss Katie Bower.

My other Pinterest challenge projects: State Pride Canvases, ORBed soap dispenser, Fall Argyle Wreath

See other projects that I’ve done with (P)inspiration on my (P)inspired to completed board on Pinterest.

Well, time to get moving and pick something! Won’t you join me?

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Cowgirl Up!

So, did you figure it out? Yesterday I showed you this picture and told you the tutorial was coming. If you had this pile of stuff, what would you make?

If you’ve perused my “Because I’m Fun Auntie Amy” board on Pinterest, you probably know. Or if you’re friends with my SIL on facebook, you probably know too. But for those that don’t, it’s a horse…two actually. I originally found the idea on Pinterest (pin here). Charlie from Attempting Aloha does a great tutorial on how she put hers together. We did a few things different, so I thought I’d give you our step by step. Normally I wait till the end to show you the reveal picture, but there are quite a few pictures and steps in this tutorial so you’ll have to keep your eye on the prize. In the words of Katie Bower, I think they are awesomesauce.

Let’s dive right in, shall we? Here’s a list of the supplies (and the cost-ish)

  • Fuzzy Sock – $1 at Dollar Tree (It’s hit or miss at ours)
  • Yarn – $2.50 at Hancock Fabrics
  • Googly Eyes – $1 at Hobby Lobby
  • Feather Boa – $7 at Hobby Lobby
  • Fake Eyelashes $1 at Dollar Tree
  • Glitter Foam (1 sheet each of white and a color) – $2 each
  • String of beads – $1 at Dollar Tree
  • Flower for her “hair” – $3 at Michaels (we bought a bunch of five and now have four left over)
  • 3/4″ dowel rod about 3 feet long ish – $2 at Michaels
  • White spray paint – $1 at Menards
  • Glue gun – $2 at Michaels
  • Glue sticks – $1 at Dollar Tree
  • Fiber fill – $5 at Hancock Fabrics
  • Chair tips – $2 at Menards

First, paint your dowel rod so it can be drying while you’re doing the rest of the horsey. We stuffed the sock with the fiber fill. Don’t be afraid to stretch it to the limits

Then we decided to sew the nostrils. Wrong decision. We couldn’t figure out where exactly to put the nostrils, so we made the bridles. We liked the look of a braided bridle so we took six pieces of yarn and braided them and then tied it onto our horses, just to give us something to gauge distance by. Then using yarn and an upholstery needle We made nostrils

I tied a knot and went into the sock where it would be covered by the bridle and then made the shape of the nostril and went back through the sock and tied another knot under the bridle.

With the nostrils done, I stitched the bridle to the sock by kind of weaving yarn through it. Then I glued the bridle in place to cover the knots. I used hot glue on the chin side of the horse

Then I stitched around it creating a “buckle” just to hide the hot glue

Then we added the dowels so we knew where to place all the other bits and pieces that are being glued and sewn to this poor sock. This wasn’t difficult to figure out, but it was critical. You know that anytime you’re doing a DIY project, you’re bound to think afterwards “Next time I’ll do [insert after-the-fact-idea here]”. Well, gluing the dowel was one of those things. We put a post of glue on the top of the dowel (forgive the very blurry picture, we were moving fast

My do over moment would be to add a line of glue down the side of the dowel too in an effort to help the horsey head stay in place a little better. But, this worked too. We made sure there was some fiberfill between the sock and the top of the dowel, but the dowel was pushed all the way into the heel of the sock. That gave it quite a bit of stability.

Getting the sock horsey neck stuck to the dowel rod we pleated it on the back side that would be covered by the mane and sewed it shut.

Then we glued in small sections around the dowel rod and stuck the edge of the sock on top of the glue line so there was no ugly glue peeking out of the sock

You’ve made it halfway! This is the point where you will want to pause and take a picture and get another cup of coffee. My mom was working on the purple one and I was making the pink one. We were making these for my niece for her birthday and we made two so when her cousin (my niece) or another friend comes over to play, they each have one to play with.

Alrighty, let’s move on. Next up were the ears. Here’s the pattern we used (along with a couple that were cut out). They are three inches wide and three inches tall…or the size of a post it note. We traced four ears for each, two on the color and two on the white.

The reason we did this is because the glitter foam we got was sticky backed so it needed something on both sides. Hello, happy accident.I loved the look of the white ears with the pink and purple inside

We put the mane on (without attaching it) to gauge where we wanted to put the ears. We also decided that with the mane covering the bottom of the ear so much, we folded the ears completely in half. Once the ears were sewn on, we also glued the sides so they would stand up the way we wanted them to.

Then pause for another picture. Kinda looks like a glamor donkey here…

The next step was adding the mane. We cut it into two pieces and because these have a tendency to unravel we hot glued the ends. We wanted the mane to cover up where the ears were attached, so we started by wrapping the boa around the back of the ear and going to the front.

We used yarn to attach the mane, just making tight loops around the boa

Then the boa went back around the ear and was sewn to the middle of the head between the two ears.

Then I pulled the other end up to the outside of the ear, making a sort of loop. We repeated that with the other piece of boa around the other ear. So close to done!!! We took apart a fake flower and hot glued it back together. I know that might seem crazy, but work with me here. We didn’t want to yellow middle of the flower, we wanted something glitzy. We cut a circle(ish) piece of glitter foam for the middle. This also allowed us to sew the flower on instead of just hot gluing. We made a knot under the flower, went through the sock and the middle of the flower and tied another knot. A little bit of glue and the glitter foam was added.

This is where my camera battery went kaput. I know, I know. Bad tutorial writer. But the rest of this is pretty self-explanatory. I will give you a couple pieces of advice. The next step was adding the halter. We stitched four beads back and attached with yarn…hiding the knots under the bridle again. If that bridle ever comes off, you’re going to see a multitude of sins. Then the eyes have it. We glued the eyelashes to the backs of the eyes with hot glue. Cautionary tale: If the tip of the glue gun touches the back of the eye or if you use too much high temp hot glue, the back of the eye will bubble a little bit. Then we glued the eyes to the horses and we thought they were done.

One last finishing touch was chair tips to the bottom of the dowel rod to help protect the horses and little fingers from slivers. One little girl was pretty excited to get them and to start playing with her friend.

She got some red cowgirl boots from her mom and dad too. How perfect.

After a lot of playing, sometimes horses just get tired and need a nap.

They were really pretty easy to do. The hardest part was making sure the horses had even nostrils, ears and eyes. I have plans of making more. I think we should have a whole stable for the nieces and nephews when they come to visit our house.

Be honest, was that the longest tutorial you’ve ever read? Was it worth it? Are you going to make one? As always, I want to see it if you do!

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An Attempt at Artsy

If you spend much time on Pinterest or if you visit many places in blogland, chances are that you have seen subway art. Last weekend, I decided I was going to try my hand at creating subway art. I’ve never been very artsy fartsy. My creativity is pretty much using other people’s art and making something fab. Design fabric? No. Thank. You. I’ll leave that to one of my most wonderful friends in high school. Use the fabric to make a pillow or a curtain or put it in a frame to hang on the wall? That’s more my speed. That I can do. Subway art seemed like something I could do though. I’m all about colors and fonts (hubs doesn’t understand how I could need 532 fonts on my computer, but I do) and that’s pretty much what this is right? I started with Valentine’s Day. I picked out some phrases that are about the heart day and used a digital scrapbooking program to lay them all and pick out my colors. Here’s what I ended up with

I uploaded it and had it printed in an 8×10. Then I grabbed a frame that can only be described with two words 1 – cheap 2- o. I got both at Wal-Mart, which may surprise you considering how much it scares me. But glossy prints scare me too and Wal-Mart is the only place I know of that does one hour prints in matte. It was in need of a paint job, so I set up a paint booth. While our winter has been unusually warm overall, it was still too cold to paint outside with my usual paint setup. So I took on the IF – Improvisation and Flexibility. I found a big box from a Pampered Chef order and set it on the washing machine in the laundry room/mudroom and put the frame in it

A little quality time with some primer and I was on my way to a pretty frame. Remember thin coats so it doesn’t run. Spray. Wait. Spray. Wait. Flip.

Spray. Wait. Spray. Wait

All along, this frame was going to be white so I could use it for other holidays too. But as I was in the laundry room/mudroom/paint storage space priming, this red paint was calling to me

And because I’m just crazy enough that I can hear inanimate objects speak to me, I listened

So glad I did!

Sure I’ll have to buy another frame for St. Patty’s day, but it’s okay, I have green paint for that. Right now, it’s sitting on the dresser turned sideboard.

Since Valentine’s Day is all about love, I want you to know how much I love you guys! So, just in case you like this and want one for yourself, I’ve uploaded it to Picasa so you can download and print your very own! Here’s how it works: Click on this link to take you to the picture. Once there, on the left hand side towards the top there will be a link to download. Click on that and you can pick your poison – open it or save it. Easy schmeasy lemon squeezy right?

How about a quick price breakdown?

  • Frame – $2 at Wal-Mart
  • 8×10 print – $2.50 for one hour (I’m impatient) at Wal-Mart
  • White Primer – $3 at Menards
  • Colonial Red Paint – $3 at Menards
  • Subway art download – 3 hours of my life but free for you here
  •    Total – $10.50

That’s not bad right? You know I’ll be reusing that frame for Memorial day and Independence Day. Hmmm, I need other holidays to use this for. Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. I hope you all enjoy the download! Love you guys!

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Pom Poms and Oranges

When Katie Bower posted these cute little towels, I may have gasped and then made a bee line for the fabric store to get some cute pom poms.

Towels by Katie at BowerPowerBlog.com

I brought home three different colors: one to make towels for my kitchen, one to make towels for my friend Kristen and one that I have no idea what I’m going to do with but thought it would be good. I also was at TJ Maxx strolling the home department (since the nearest Home Goods is 4 hours away) and found some microfiber towels. Katie used flour sack towels, but since I’m a cheapskate frugal gal I was pretty happy to find a deal on some microfibers (also seen here sitting on my craft table). Then it was just some quality time in my creative space doing something other than reorganizing it. For the record, I didn’t do any measuring, I just started pinning and sewing. I folded over the edge of the trim so there was a pom right on the edge of the towel. You might notice that I used two different colors of thread – orange and white.

I wanted to keep an eye on the pom pom trim as I was sewing, so I had the orange thread as my top thread and the bottom thread was white to match the towel. Gotta say it worked out perfectly! Most of the time it’s really difficult to see the white thread on the front of the towel…you know except for the places where I didn’t sew a straight line.

I thought they were so adorable that I decided that my orange loving friend needed some. I mean really, the girl loves orange like I love green. Her Kitchen Aid mixer is even orange

And since her birthday was coming up it was the prefect reason to send them to her. Target also had some orange kitchen stuff and I’m all about theme gifts so I snatched up three of those and tied them with a piece of burlap and put it in a little gift bag that I had on hand and added some orange tissue paper and it was beautiful

And because I’m a good friend (or so I like to think) I added three more things in the bag. Anybody else use (orange) Tide Stain Release?

I swear by this stuff. I goes in just about every single load of laundry I do. Love a good (and pretty disgusting) comparison? One of these was washed with and one was washed without.

No I wasn’t paid by Tide to say that, but if there is a Tide exec reading this, I’d love samples and coupons…just sayin’. I kind of start to freak out when I have less than 10 of these in my laundry drawer. There was no way I was going to send my dear dear friend white towels for her kitchen and not give her some of this stuff.

Let’s get back on track with the towels though. I was also making something else for Kristen’s son and had some felt staches chillin’ my dining room table (because I can’t use my creative space table for anything but embarrassing pictures) and one of them ended up sitting on a towel.

FYI, I think this is so cute and I’m totally going to try my hand at embroidery so I can have a mustache towel. Or maybe a goatee towel so it matches the hubs.

Did you see them on Katie’s blog and love them? BTW, she says they wear well so I’m not worried about them falling apart. So how do you feel about the towels? Do you have strong feelings about mustaches? Or goatees?

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What’s so (P)Interesting?

Have you seen what’s been sweeping through Pinterest yet? It’s a bucket list and I totally just caved and started my bucket list board.  I just started this board, but I’m having fun going through the images. Here are some of my favorites.

 

You don’t need to be on Pinterest to look, but if you want to start your own virtual idea books, you’ll need an invite. If you’re not on Pinterest and want to be, you can request an invite through them (which can sometimes take a week or more) or you can send me your email address to thisDIYlife@gmail.com and I’ll send you an invite in no time!

Maybe you’re on Pinterest but you’re not on Pinterest. Last night I was at book club with some fabulous ladies from church and  two of my friends said “I don’t get how to use it”. I believe that everyone should know how to use Pinterest and since I’ve heard this more than once, I’m going to do a tutorial for y’all. Heidi and Sarah, this one’s for y’all! After you get an invite and sign up you’re ready to start pinning and following and finding so much inspiration everywhere. This is totally going to be just the basics to get started.

When you log into Pinterest you’ll see pins from people you follow so the first thing you need to do is find people to follow. You can start off by following me! When you click on someone’s name it will take you to their Pinterest page. Just to show you what it looks like, I went to EverAfter Blueprint’s page.

Let’s say that you want to follow Andrea and Laura on Pinterest, you can do that in two different ways.

  1. You can follow all their board with just one click by choosing “Follow All”
  2. You can pick and choose which boards to follow

Then when you follow them all it will look something like this

So now that you are following Andrea and Laura and you’re following me when you go to the Pinterest homepage (and you’re logged in)it defaults to show you the pinners you follow

Then if you see something that just so fabulous that you want to repin it or like it or comment on it, you can put your mouse over the pin and three little boxes will appear and you can click on one of them. This is one that my friend Kristen pinned for me

If you click repin a box like this will pop up and you can choose the board you want to pin it to (existing or create a new board). You can also change the description of the pin. If you have your Pinterest account linked to your facebook or twitter account, you can choose to share them there too

Now you can pin! If you want to find more people you can invite your friends or find your friends. Just click hover on your name in the right corner

You can invite friends through with an email address or through facebook (if your account is linked). You can also find friends that are already on Pinterest. Boards will take you to your boards, pins to your pins, likes to your likes. That’s easy right? If you just click on your name instead of hovering it will take you to your own profile page. Here’s mine

There’s a lot going on here so I’ll break it down for you

  1. Your name
  2. People following you and people you are following – you can click on either one to take you to see those lists
  3. Your picture – that’s me and my moms at a 5K race against breast cancer
  4. Click on this button to edit your profile stuff like login info, name, facebook, twitter, website, etc.
  5. This is where people can find you – the globe takes you to my blog, the bird to twitter, the “f” to facebook and the RSS button will take you to subscribe to my feed
  6. This is where you can see what you’ve been doing – comments and likes

  1. Search for pins or people here – if you want s’more recipes, you can just type s’more in this box
  2. Clicking here will take you back to your homepage where you see pins from people you follow
  3. Click here to see your boards…unless you’re already looking at your boards (this is the defualt)
  4. This will take you to see all your pins – these are in the order you’ve pinned them with the newest first and doesn’t have them in categories
  5. These are the pins that you’ve “liked”

When looking at your boards, you can click to edit them. There you can change things like the description of your board or the name of it or the category. If you just want to see your ideas that you’ve pinned, you can click on your board to see the pins on the board

If you pin something and forget to change the description, you can do that when you’re viewing the board. Just hover over your pin like you would do to repin or like and you’ll notice there is an edit button instead of a like button now. Clicking on it will take you to this

Plenty of things you can change here! Let’s say that you click on a pin and it doesn’t take you where you thought it would. If you find the right place, you can change the web address of where it’s found right there.

I think that’s enough to get you started on Pinterest. Please if you have any questions about how to do things, let me know. I’ll be happy to add things to this tutorial or do another one if I get enough questions. I totally love Pinterest and I think that you will too. Now, I’m off to work on my bucket list!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cold, Fluffy and White

I’ve lived in Iowa almost my entire life. Except for a few years when I thought I needed to travel the world and meet some fascinating people, I’ve been here. Every year as winter gives way to spring we shed our gloves, hats, scarves and winter coats and pack them away dreaming of warmer days. Every year, I seem to lose my gloves, hat, scarf and winter coat and as fall turns into winter I end up freezing my tail off for the first 2-3 weeks of winter in a hoodie and sweatpants. Judging by this forecast, I need to go do some coat hunting

Last night our temperature got down to 18 andI know that comparatively speaking 18 isn’t cold. Nothing like the weather that Ana and her family have been building the Momplex in. Sidenote: If you’re not following Ana White, you should be – I’m totally addicted to watching the progress on the house that her and her husband are building for their mamas in Alaska. Seriously, addicted. I even had a dream one night that I flew to Alaska and helped them build…that might be a little creepy.

Our second dusting of snow made it’s appearance yesterday. Literally it was a dusting, but it put me in the mood to make a little something wintery. With  a wooden wreath form I picked up for $2 at Michaels

and a package of coffee filters

and my trusty glue gun and I went to work. I crunched up a coffee filter to make a “flower”

Then, just for kicks I flipped the coffee filters over and crunched up the coffee filter the other way

By turning the coffee filters inside out first, the flowers were fuller, so that’s what I did. I made a pile of flowers

Then I started gluing. First I’ll show you what I did and then I’ll tell you what I would do if I had to do it over again. Deal? So, here’s how I started gluing. Notice how I made a little flat spot on my badminton birdies? Two lines of glue and then the flat bottoms found their permanent home around the outside of the wreath

Then around the inside circle of the wreath and when I flipped it over it looked a little something like this.

Then I added two rows of flowery birdies to this side of the wreath. Here’s the look after taking 40 of these guys and making them pretty

Then I decided to try a new pattern with my next 40. I filled in the entire inner circle of the wreath (glued to the back of the wreath form) then started adding my two rows on the front of the wreath form. Here’s the look after another 40 (80 total)

After 120

Then I finished off the package of filters with the last 40. I wasn’t so bored doing this that I was counting the filters as I crumpled them. The filters were just already separated into 4 sections in the package of 160. This is what the back looked like as I was putting the final outside layer on

And all finished just chillin’ in the dining room

It’s so white and fluffy! So there you have how I did it. If I had it to do over again, I would have glued them all the way I did second half of the wreath – inner circle, two rows on the front, outer circle. Don’t worry about squishing the flowers on the front while gluing the outer circle. I had no problem with it at all. Also, I would have painted the wreath form the color of the wreath. Since I don’t plan on painting this whole wreath, I would have painted the form white. Love a good price breakdown?

  • 12″ wooden wreath form – $2 at Michaels
  • 160 coffee filters – $2 at Dollar General
  • low temp hot glue gun – $4 at Michaels
  • mini glue sticks – $2
  •     Total – $10 if you have to buy it all

I know it’s not Wednesday, but how’s that for holiday decor under $10? I love it and it’s going to look great on our mantle…or above the mantle. I haven’t decided yet for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Enlightened Tomatoes

Are you ready for a Christmas craft that will set you back less than $10? These are sooooo cute too! Last year we took Beau, Bella and Brady out to look at Christmas lights. Crazy right? I mean do cats really care about Christmas lights? Well, two years ago when we were working on the house, we occasionally brought Beau and Bella to the house while we were working to help them get used to it. We noticed that every time we would get to one of the little towns between the old place and the new place, Beau would stand up and look out the window. He followed the Christmas lights on the houses as we drove by and then when we would leave the town he would cry. So last year when our town did a lights festival, there was no way we weren’t going to take our (very spoiled) boy to look at lights and make his brother and sister go along too. We drove around for an hour and when we got back home, Beau Beau cried as if asking for more. It seems that his favorite lights were the ones that were in tree form. I looked last year for some lighted trees on clearance to put in the front yard so Beau could sit in the window and look at them, but didn’t have any luck. Those things are expensive! When I saw this idea on Pinterest I knew that I would be making these for my Beau

Fortunately, my mom and McDad had a couple tomato cages that they let me borrow.

Did you notice that one of them was taller than the other one? Since my plan was for these to go in place of our pots that sit in the front of the house, they needed to be as close to the same as I could get. I was working in the garage by myself so I started looking through all the drawers of Michael’s toolboxes. There had to be some wire cutters in there somewhere but I couldn’t find any. Then I saw this thing

I’ve seen Michael use this about a thousand times. It didn’t seem all that difficult, just a lot of sparks, so I got out a piece of scrap wood and started cutting. I laid the shorter cage next to the taller cage to get the approximate size I needed to cut off the top. Don’t worry, before I started cutting, I called my mom and asked her if it was okay. I’m not into destroying other people’s property. I didn’t get any pictures of it cutting because I was pretty much thinking about keeping all my fingers, but here is basically what it looked like after being hacked off.

If I had been buying lights for this project, I would have probably bought green wire lights. You know I’m all about using what I have so when I was getting out the Christmas decor I found a brand new box of white wire mini lights.

After checking them to make sure they still work (I think they are about 5 years old) I started wrapping them around the cage and immediately thought I was going to have a problem. See how the lights are looking more triangle-ish and less tree-like?

But from the side it didn’t look so triangley. This is after just one 100 light string

As I started wrapping more lights onto the “tree” it started looking more round. I used some icicle lights that we had so I wouldn’t have to buy more lights, but if you’re going to make some of these, you’ll probably need 3-4 strings of 100 mini lights. Here’s the breakdown of what you’ll need

  • Tomato cage – $2.50 at a garden center
  • 100 mini light strands – $2.50 each and you’ll need 3-4 depending on the size of your tomato cage
  •     Total – $10 each

Here is what one completed one looks like all lit up in the garage.

When I get them both out in front of the house, I promise to post another pictures on my facebook page and I’ll update this post too. I’ll have that done by this weekend.  Even though we had to say goodbye to Beau in September (see posts here and here), we’re still going to be putting up lights just like we had planned. We know that Beau would have loved the lights on our house.

Michael and I spent some quality time in the garage on Monday building something for the dining room that just makes me smile.

It’s begging to be painted today!

 

 

 

 

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