Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Coffee Winner & Crafty Goodness

Thanks so much for your unbelievably kind words on my last post. Y'all sure know how to make a girl want to keep on writing. 

The winner of the Starbucks gift card is....

Supermac! {Such a fun name} Supermac, I'll get your address and put your gift card in the mail. 

I thought I'd keep things light for this post and dish about some crafty goodness. Is anyone else out there hopelessly in love with Pinterest

If you've never heard of Pinterest, let me explain. It's basically my room as a teenager {with magazine pictures, ideas and quotes sticky-tacked all over the walls} blown up to the size of the world. 

You can create your own "boards" and organize your boards according to recipes, decorating ideas, fashion, etc. You can then "repin" other people's "pins." It's like having every cooking, fashion, and decorating magazine right on your computer. 

It makes me want to let everything go and do nothing but bake, decorate, hot-glue stuff, write inspiring quotes and take amazing photographs.

Here are some favorite Pinterest inspirations that I've actually tried at home:

The "last iced-coffee recipe" you'll ever need. 


I made a big batch for my family reunion a couple of weeks ago and have decided that sweetened condensed milk is my new best friend. Best iced-coffee I've ever had, hands down.

If you're longing for comfortable accessories, look no further. Behold the T-shirt necklace. These are all over Pinterest and you can make thick, twisty scarves or simple necklaces with nothing more than an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. 

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I used the above tutorial to make one for myself. Cute, isn't it?

I wish all of my bling could be crafted out of stretchy knits and still look fashionable. Alas, I am still a fan of metal. And chunky beads. And ginormous bangles.  

Framed monograms on fabric are another hot item all over Pinterest. I already had a big monogram just sitting in the attic. I found the frame for $2 at Goodwill. Here she is in all her faded and fake-gilded glory.

And here she is now, wrapped up in burlap and coated in white spray paint. My mantle wanted a little makeover and this fit the bill and the budget.

Last but not least, fabric flowers. I've lost count of how many I've made. Old sweaters and cut-off jean scraps have all fallen prey to my fabric flower obsession. The ridiculously talented Emily at Jones Design Company has several simple tutorials on making a variety of fabric flowers. 

I pin them on shirts and purses and hot-glue them to headbands. 

I attached a cluster of these rolled petite fleurs to tiny totes for all of my new nieces. 

They are such fun and happy goodies to use as gifts. I've even thought about opening a little etsy shop and selling them. Because I have nothing else to do. : )  Maybe I'll just stick to giving them away. 

What about you? Have you tried out any fun ideas on Pinterest? 

1 comment:

  1. I am definitely going to do the burlap frame monogram thing!
    What is your pinterest name? (I'd like to follow you)
    Mine is carole or cjbmc.


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