Tag: Pinterest

Cape Cod Droolfest

We are going to Cape Cod this weekend to celebrate our anniversary. As I have been highly anticipating this weekend of sun, beach books and the total lack of house-related projects, I have been oogling at Cape Cod pictures on Pinterest this week.

I thought I’d share some of the summery visions that have caught my eye.


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Hmmm, I feel like I’m there already.

Have a nice weekend!

A DIY Inspiration Board

I joined Young House Love and Bower Power’s Pinterest Challenge last week and I have finally completed my FIRST “I-really-wanna-do-this-cool-idea-I-saw-on-Pinterest” project.

I have been “pinning”, or saving/filing away for a rainy day for you non-pinners, different kinds of inspiration boards for quite some time now.

I knew that I wanted it to be fairly big and easily changeable so it would transform itself over and over again. I didn’t want it to be a static bulletin board of pretty things, but a constantly changing source of inspiration – be it a postcard, take-out menu or snapshot from a recent trip.

I had gotten this old canvas frame off the curb a few years ago. It was originally a huge rainbow print for a little kid’s room, but that got tossed immediately. I had some crazy pink batik fabric stretched over it to decorate my first apartment, but since then it has been sitting around in my “stuff-to-DIY-someday” pile.

First I took the frame outside and I painted it white. (This is one of those projects you can use up the rest of those “paint sample” jars you buy when picking out paint colors… this was Valspar Dove White. A trim color reject.)

For the inside of the frame there were MANY options. I thought about criss-crossing ribbons. I thought about adding chicken wire. I even considered ditching my original project and mounting the frame and putting hooks on the wall inside of the frame for jewelry instead.

In the end I decided I wanted to go for a “floaty” inspiration board look.

I marked out where I wanted to put the strings every 6 inches (because most photos/postcards aren’t taller than that). Then I took pushpins and put them on the spots that I marked.

I used pushpins instead of nails because I wanted the frame to lie flat against the wall. I was also pretty sure that if I had little nailheads sticking up it was going to scratch up my walls when I was moving the board around adding or removing pieces. (Sorry, no in-process pics. My hands were occupied.)

Then I took some fishing line. Always have fishing line. It comes in handy during the most random projects.

I tied it around the bottom right pin and then firmly pushed the pin in as far as could go. Then I snaked the fishing line around the remaining pushpins (across, up, across, up, so on). I tied it firmly around the final pin and cut the remainder off. I did this to avoid having to tie them on every pin, which would also work.

Then I got a handful of mini silver binder-clips (from the Target dollar spot!) and used these to attach my “inspiration pieces”. As you can see, the clips aren’t actually clipping on to the fishing line at all. They are hanging on them so they look like they are floating!

I propped it up against the wall in my office (yes, that’s a new paint color you haven’t seen. I am quite behind on sharing progress here. But it’s summer! Who has time to blog when you can waterski and eat popsicles?) I also leaning it at an angle so the pieces can “swing” a little bit instead of being pinned right to the wall.

It’s a clothesline for ideas.

I am considering adding some doo-dads to the frame (ribbon rosettes? letter cut-outs?) but I leaning towards leaving it as is. I like the simple geometric features the frame already has. The best part about DIY projects is that they are never really finished.

Ahhh, I feel inspired already.

And the best part is I didn’t have to spend a dime. I already had the paint, pushpins, fishing line and clips at home.

Have you done any Pinterest-inspired projects lately?

Pinterest Challenge

Two of my favorite blogs, Young House Love and Bower Power, are teaming up to present a Pinterest Challenge this week.

They explain the challenge here:

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I totally agree with them! I have so many projects pinned that I would love to make. I need to start actually TRYING some of them. My goal is to make some sort of inspiration board/photo hanger like this:

Or like this one…

Their deadline is next week and I am out of town this weekend! I guess I will have to see what I can do!

Join the Pinterest challenge with me! What do you want to tackle?

Farewell Harry Potter

Maybe it’s because I know I’d be in the house of Hufflepuff. I’m not brave enough to be in Gryffinndor. I am too much of a goody-two-shoes to be in Slytherin. Ravenclaw is a close second, but I don’t think I would ever be able to figure out the riddle passwords to get into my Hogwarts dorm room.

Maybe it’s because I feel like I know what Butterbeer and treacle tarts taste like. Maybe it’s because I can feel the warm, cozy buzz of sitting in Honeyduke’s on a chilly winter day catching up on Charms homework.

Maybe it’s because I love the thrill of watching a good game of Quidditch or the idea camping out for the World Cup with friends.

Maybe it’s because I know I would never want to be in the Tri-Wizard tournament, that I, too, would have disliked Lavendar Brown, and would cringe at receiving a howler from my Mom.

Maybe because I think my patronus would be a songbird. Maybe because I can see myself reading the Quibbler with Luna on the train.

Maybe because I think I’d be BFFs with Ginny. Maybe because I think I would start to be good friends with Hermione after I got used to her. (At first she would annoy me.)

Maybe because I know I would have joined the DA to protect my sorry self. (I don’t see myself being very good at defensive spells. Lack of rapid response.)

Maybe this is why I, along with many other people, have gotten lost in J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter.

The last installment of Potter films premieres tonight at midnight. I am going tomorrow night (!!!) and can’t wait!

But I also feel a twinge of sadness. The same twinge I felt when I finished the Deathy Hallows book for the first time a few years ago. There was no more Hogwarts to learn about and explore.

Behold the power of a good book.

Fan fiction here I come!

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? 

-J.K. Rowling, “King’s Cross,” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore

All images from Pinterest.

April: What I’m Lovin’

Don’t forget to appreciate the little things in life! These are the little things I’m loving lately.

1. Jellybeans. Holiday candy? Yes please! My favorite are the Smuckers or Starburst kind.

2. Gilmore Girls. I’m slowly making my way through the seasons in the evenings. Luke and Lorelai, will you get together already?

3. Sunnyside Perfume. This month an era ended. I used up the last of my “So Pink” perfume, which I have been wearing for the last 10 years. I’ve replaced it with “Sunnyside” by Gap. I refuse to spend a lot of money on perfume, and it fits the bill at $15. It smells beachy and citrusy and makes me smile.

4. Sabra Pine Nut Hummus. One word: yum. This doesn’t last long at our house! Whether it’s on veggies, crackers or a sandwhich, we love this flavor hummus!

5. Pearls. Duhhh. How can I pretend I’m at the Royal Wedding without pearls?

6. Pinterest. New obsession! It’s a great place to keep track of all those “inspiration” photos. You can create albums to organize them as well. You can find me here: pinterest.com/katlikesdesign/

7. The Pioneer Woman. I think my friends are sick of me talking about The Pioneer Woman. Check out her blog. It’s amazing. I am reading through her cookbook right now. I just made her pulled pork last weekend (AMAZING) and I am making her cinnamon rolls right now! She’s brilliant and hilarious and her recipes have are easy to follow.

What are you lovin’ today?