Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [100]

From my archives ~ lemon drop necklace

Welcome to 100TH INSPIRATION BOARD LINK PARTY. I honestly can't believe it! I remember my fist link party - I was so worried that no one would link up but people did and have kept coming week after week. My party isn't one of the big 500-plus link up parties but that's okay... it's just the right amount of guests that this hostess can accommodate. I can still go through the links, visit sites and personally handpick the features.

To celebrate the 100th Inspiration Board, I'm offering a giveaway of a one-month ad spot on my sidebar. It can be for your blog, shop or business {must of course be family friendly}. Enter by using the giveaway widget below.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Extra Credit: living in southern california

7434_102691153076036_2271586_nIf you follow along, you may recall that I’ve mentioned that I live in Southern California. Los Angeles to be exact and to be even more exact, West Los Angeles very close to the beach. The trade off for biking distance to the beach, cool breezes, mild winters and plenty of sunshine is a smaller house. When we were first house hunting, we considered a larger house in different areas but both my husband and myself were willing to sacrifice square footage for the beautiful surroundings and mild weather.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Celebrations: mother’s day blog hop finale & giveaway

Thank you so much for following along on our Mother’s Day Blog Hop. I hope you enjoyed all the projects and found some inspiration to create a diy Mother’s Day gift.
 In case you missed it, I created a Mother’s Day Gift Box made out of an oatmeal canister. You can check out all the great ideas from my co-hostesses at the bottom of this post.

Now on to the giveaway.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Inspiration Board: spotlight {99}

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful week filled with creativity. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, commented or linked up a project this week. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

Blog Country Crock1In case you didn’t get a chance to stop by, here’s what I shared this week. {left} Mother’s Day Gift Box with Crepe Paper Flowers {middle} Spring Patio  {right} Acorn Squash & Wild Rice Casserole

Have a wonderful the weekend – I hope to see you back here next week. In the meantime, enjoy these projects in the spotlight this week.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good Taste: acorn squash & wild rice casserole

Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Casserole via homework | carolynshomework.comWhen we think about casseroles, we, or at least I, usually remember the wonderful casseroles that my mom used to make. One-dish wonders that were creamy and oh-so good. Cooking styles have evolved and so have casseroles. Oh, don’t get my wrong, I still love an old-fashioned comfort food casserole. But there are so many new ingredients and ideas for casseroles these days.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sew & Tell: freshening the patio for spring

It’s definitely spring in my neck of the woods. The weather went from gloomy to fresh and sunny recently. Although I was ready for the change in seasons, my patio wasn’t. The cushions and pillows on my patio furniture have had it. They were old, faded and dingy. I would show you a picture but honestly, they were so bad it’s horrifying.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [99]

From my archives ~ orange and white rose potpourri

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. This is the 99th Inspiration Board - I can't believe it! I know some of you have been stopping by since I started these link parties and some of you are brand new. Either way, I'm beyond grateful that you've chosen to visit my blog and link up at my party. Thank you so much.

Now it's time to show off your creativity on The Inspiration Board. I can't wait to start going through the links.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Celebrations: mother’s day gift box

Mother’s Day is around the corner and a homemade gift is always special. This year I’m going to make some treats and fill up this embellished box that I made.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Inspiration Board: spotlight {98}

Happy Friday friends! Another whirlwind week here on homework. I’ve been working on a lot of new projects and fun things for the warmer weather. One of my bigger projects is to fix up our patio with new cushions and pillows. I just have to clear away a few more things on my craft desk so I have room to bust out my sewing machine! I can’t wait to freshen up my dingy patio.

While I’m trying to remember how to thread my sewing machine, enjoy these projects in the spotlight this week.

IMG_0084 (1)Homemade crepes by Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes. Don’t these look amazing? Homemade crepes with freshly whipped cream and perfectly ripe strawberries and blackberries. Oh my!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Inkling: paper clip & junk mail bracelet

Paper Clip and Junk Mail Bracelet via homework | carolynshomework.comMaking a paperclip chain or bracelet has been around for probably as long as paperclips. I saw a fun paperclip bracelet here that took the paperclip chain to a new level by wrapping paper around each clip to form paper beads.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Little Crafts: yarn octopus

Octopus 9AHave you ever made a yarn octopus? I remember making these when I was a little girl. I haven’t seen one in years and recently saw one on Martha Stewart’s Craft of the Day.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [98]

From my archives ~ branch spools

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. Whether you've been linking up for awhile or are new to the party, I'm so happy that you're here. I know there are so many link parties available and I can't tell you how happy it makes me that I'm on your party list. If you aren't joining the party but just stopped by to see all the amazing projects - thank you, thank you!

Now it's time to show off your creativity on The Inspiration Board. I can't wait to start going through the links.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Dirt: a simple avocado seed gift

Avocado Seed 4-001The other day, I had the best avocado I’ve ever had. It was so perfect – ripe, creamy with none of those weird bruised parts. I love avocados. You can use them in sandwiches, make guacamole, add them to salads or top off traditional Mexican dishes with them. And what would a California Roll be without the avocado?

Friday, April 12, 2013

Extra Credit: steps to a healthier lifestyle

Multi-grain bread with homemade apricot jelly.
This is the year that I’m making more of an effort to live a healthier lifestyle. I’ve mentioned a few things here and there on this blog and I’m taking steps to eat better and get more exercise. I’m also working on getting more sleep but that’s a tough one.

The Inspiration Board: spotlight {97}

Happy Friday everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who came by and linked up on The Inspiration Board. The projects are always amazing and I especially enjoy visiting your sites and getting lost in your posts. If you stopped by to visit this week, I hope you found some creative inspiration and enjoyed the projects. Don't forget, my giveaway for an Origami Owl Locket is still going on. You can find more information here.

Have a wonderful weekend ~ now on the the spotlight.

MHM_1130406114444These paper flowers by Twigg Studios are stunning. The beauty of ranunculus are the delicate petals that are jam packed in each bloom. These paper replicas capture all those elements. Beautiful!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Etceteras: mason jar mania

carolynshomework1004BI was so thrilled to be asked to curate a clipboard for Hometalk. Are you familiar with Hometalk? Hometalk is an online community where homeowners, renters and pros share and help with home & gardening. You can ask questions, get inspired and post your own projects.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Etceteras: floral printables & an origami owl giveaway

Floral Frame 1I’ve been playing around with some of the photos I’ve taken of flowers lately. Pic Monkey has all these fun textures and overlays. Feel free to grab any of the four floral photos below. You can use the on cards, tags or in frames. Add your own text like I did above. {For personal use only}.


Also, I wanted to introduce you to my newest sponsor Mom and Me Origami Owl®.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [97]

Herb Pots 2_thumbFrom my archives | newspaper seedling pots

It's Tuesday - welcome to The Inspiration Board! My favorite day when I get to see what you have been creating. It's truly spring in my neck of the woods. The sun is shining, birds are all over the place and my garden... well that's another story. I really need to get outside and plant some spring flowers and herbs and vegetables. It's on my to-do list and hopefully I can share some pretty garden posts with you soon.

Now it's time to show off your creativity on The Inspiration Board,

Monday, April 8, 2013

Etceteras: inspired by turquoise {crackle paint}

I’ve been experimenting with different crackle paint methods. Awhile back, I tried out the Elmer’s Glue process on this little bird. The crackles were quite large and I wanted to make something with fine crackles.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Extra Credit: living green with white cloud

This post brought to you by White Cloud. All opinions are 100% mine.

Some of my favorite project and crafts supplies are recyclable items. Over the past few years, I’ve shared many “upcycling” and “recycling” projects.

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~96~

Happy Friday everyone! Are you still eating hard boiled eggs and ham leftovers? Well, we made it through another holiday and we’re off and running with all kinds of spring inspiration. Thank you to everyone who stopped by this week – whether you popped in for a quick visit, linked up a project or left a comment, I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

In case you didn’t get a chance to stop by, here’s what I shared this week.

And here are the projects in the spotlight this week.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Good Taste: potatoes au gratin

Potatoes, taters, spuds, Mr. Potato… no matter what you call them, potatoes are a staple in many households. My family loves potatoes. Baked and mashed potatoes are quick and easy side dishes that seem to go with everything. These Potatoes Au Gratin are another family favorite and they always make an appearance at our Easter brunch. This year, I baked up these Potatoes Au Gratin in individual bowls.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fresh Look: maison blanche vanille | hutch makeover {& giveaway}

Maison Blanche Vanilla {hutch makeover} (9)I’m so excited to show you my dining room hutch makeover. I’ve been wanting to paint this hutch for the longest time. But for whatever reason it just never got done.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [96]

Salsa 4From my archives – Shrimp Salsa

Happy April everyone and welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. Did you get fooled yesterday or did you play any April Fools Tricks on anyone? I survived the day without any pranks - thankfully. Well, it's my favorite day of the week when I get to see what you've been up to. Now that Easter is behind us, and we're putting away our eggs, cotton tails and baskets, I'm eager to see what you are all working on.
I have a big post tomorrow - here's a hint... I stepped away from my craft table, took a deep breath and spent two days with a paint brush in hand. I'm so excited to show you tomorrow.

Now it's time to show off your creativity on The Inspiration Board.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Extra Credit: spring cleaning inspiration

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

After the holidays I was gung ho on spring cleaning. I tackled some big jobs like the wood blinds that are all over my house, the screens that have been collecting dirt and dust all winter and dust bunnies that keep multiplying and hiding.

homework: reading {paper blooms}

Paper Flower Jar Lids – from my archives

I’ve made several paper flower projects here on homework. I love working with the different paper colors and textures and turning them into fun embellishments or using them for décor.