It’s Pinterest Challenge Time!

It’s that time again!  It’s Pinterest Challenge time!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, get the full run down over at Bower Power or Young House Love, but basically it’s about taking something you’ve pinned and making in a reality…

I’ve pinned the same thing repeatedly.  I actually feel lame for using it for the Pinterest Challenge because it’s starting to feel overdone, but alas…

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(sources HERE and HERE)

I still  love this idea of taking a Staples engineering print and modge podging that sucker to a giant canvas.  So, I ordered the 36 x 48 print and grabbed one of my BOGO + coupon scored canvases from Michaels.

I started with my original photograph (shamelessly available at my Etsy Shop HERE) and sent the original size to Staples…

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then gathered the necessary supplies and headed to the living room of my friend, Lynn of CaraBella Creative, so she could help me suss out the best way to tackle the project …

because, you know, reading the ACTUAL TUTORIALS would be lame or something.  Are you picking up the foreshadowing yet?

We decided to paint the whole canvas with modge podge, keep the print rolled, align it proper then roll it out, smoothing along the way.  Yeah… not so great.  The paper began to crinkle and stretch the second it touched the glue… so just like ripping off a bandaid, we ditched the slow and steady method for the “just get stuck on” method.  Because… yeah… tutorials…

At that point, it pretty much looked like a failure and a top coat didn’t help either… but LO AND BEHOLD!!!  As it dried, all the crazy ridges went way down… so much so that I sorta thought I should have just told you I added texture on purpose, but, you know, honesty in blogging and all.

6 Here she hangs in my bedroom and I’ve got to say, I love it!

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Note to those that may want to tackle the project, follow Katie’s tutorial on Bower Power HERE… insulation board + glue stick = successful project.  ,

Don’t forget to check out what all the hosts did!

(Not to mention all the linky love and inspiration!)

Katie from Bower Power

Megan from The Remodeled Life

Sherry from Young House Love

Michelle from Decor & The Dog

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Project #2: Card Calendar

There are 32 definitions of the word “pin” on Dictionary.com.  They missed one…

pin [pin] verb pinned, pinning

  • to add an image to a categorized virtual “board” on the site Pinterest.com, by either uploading one’s own image, selecting images from a website, or by “repinning” an image from the Pinterest site’s “stream.”

With that said, there has been a lot of pinning going on around here and not enough doing.  My goal to complete 52 projects this year was born to alleviate that very problem.  I saw this idea, originally posted by Design Sponge, and loved it immediately.  The basic idea is to use a card for each day of the year.  Everyday, you write a little something from that day on only one line.  The first year all the cards will be blank but next year and the years after that, you can go back and read what you did on the same day each year.

So I picked up one of these from Anthropologie in “large” for 20 beans along with a huge stack of 3×5 index cards and a date stamp…

Then started stamping away…

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I dug out some favorite postcards just waiting to be used for a project like this and, due to my container, gave them a little trim to make sure they fit nicely…

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Then assembled…

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And VOILA!

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She’s already in use…

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Here’s to documenting the whole crazy adventure!

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I accept the challenge…

I accept the challenge!  That is, the Pinterest Challenge set forth by two of my favorite bloggers, Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power.  For the “official” rules, click HERE or HERE, but the basic gist is 1) pin something you like on Pinterest then 2) get your DIY on while putting your own spin on it. 

guess-what-time-2 If for some reason you don’t know what Pinterest is and you are wondering what on Earth “pinning” is, take Pinning 101.

So, down to business…

With the holiday season upon us, the Pinterest stream has been flowing with exciting and unique wreath options.  Here are the two that I managed to pin multiple times. 

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I tracked the blue wreath back to its original creator, Etsy seller ItzFitz and the white wreath is originally from Better Homes and Garden.  My “twist” isn’t so exciting, I just decided that since I still most of November before the Christmas decor goes up I’d go for a Fall theme.  Enter Joann’s sale on seasonal items for seasons that have yet to pass…

The Goods:  

glue gun

$0 (from the craft closet)

glue sticks

$0 (from the craft closet)

yarn

$0 (from the craft closet)

scissors

$0 (from the craft closet)

straw wreath (in plastic)

$2.99

4 sheets of felt                

$1.00                                 

Total:

$3.99 + tax

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Here’s to actually completing a project! 

(Que the canned applause)

So, what have you been pinning lately?  I want to see what you are making!

Check out Sherry’s finished project over on Young House Love and Katie’s finished project over on Bower Power!  Go take a look, it’s a crazy link party over there!

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I accept the challenge…

I accept the challenge!  That is, the Pinterest Challenge set forth by two of my favorite bloggers, Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power.  For the “official” rules, click HERE or HERE, but the basic gist is 1) pin something you like on Pinterest then 2) get your DIY on while putting your own spin on it. 

guess-what-time-2 If for some reason you don’t know what Pinterest is and you are wondering what on Earth “pinning” is, take Pinning 101.

So, down to business…

With the holiday season upon us, the Pinterest stream has been flowing with exciting and unique wreath options.  Here are the two that I managed to pin multiple times. 

wreath1 wreath2

I tracked the blue wreath back to its original creator, Etsy seller ItzFitz and the white wreath is originally from Better Homes and Garden.  My “twist” isn’t so exciting, I just decided that since I still most of November before the Christmas decor goes up I’d go for a Fall theme.  Enter Joann’s sale on seasonal items for seasons that have yet to pass…

The Goods:  

glue gun

$0 (from the craft closet)

glue sticks

$0 (from the craft closet)

yarn

$0 (from the craft closet)

scissors

$0 (from the craft closet)

straw wreath (in plastic)

$2.99

4 sheets of felt                

$1.00                                 

Total:

$3.99 + tax

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DSC07384
 DSC07385

Here’s to actually completing a project! 

(Que the canned applause)

So, what have you been pinning lately?  I want to see what you are making!

Check out Sherry’s finished project over on Young House Love and Katie’s finished project over on Bower Power!  Go take a look, it’s a crazy link party over there!

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