Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homework: Back to School Ideas to Make Life Easier

1-Round Up Back to School

Where did the summer go? It seems like a minute ago, the entire summer was ahead of us. I had big plans. I was going to get refreshed, organized and ready for fall. And then in a blink, summer is almost over and I’m not refreshed, organized or ready for fall. Oh well, like it or not, fall is around the corner and it’s back-to-school time.

I love all the back-to-school inspiration. I’m in awe of darling bento box lunches with sandwiches in the shape of animals and wonderful embroidered lunch bags. But for me, I need easy and make-life-easier type projects. Back to school means getting organized and ready for the hectic schedule.

I’ve rounded up some ideas that are easy to achieve and some that will make life a little easier as the school activities take over our lives.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GOOD TASTE: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Salt

Tomato with Mozzarella and Basil Salt via homework (1)Summer may be winding down on the calendar but here in Southern California it’s just heating up. My tomatoes are just turning red and I’m starting to enjoy the crop.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 167 & Fall Cornhusk Pumpkins

Cornhusk-Pumpkin-6_thumb3FROM MY ARCHIVES | Cornhusk Pumpkins

Hello, hello! Welcome to The Inspiration Board Creative Party! I’m so happy you’re here and can’t wait to see what all of you have been up to. Summer is winding down but it’s still hot so it’s hard for me to think about fall projects. Hopefully, some of you are ahead of me and will inspire me with your fall inspiration. It’s hard to believe we’re rounding the corner to another season. Before you know it, it will be the mad dash from back-to-school through the holidays!

If you’re new to homework, leave me a comment and introduce yourself. I love meeting new creative friends. So let’s get this creative party started.

Monday, August 11, 2014

INKLING: United States Pin Map

US Map Oh the Places We'll Go - homework (2)As part of the Lifestyle Crafts Studio Team, I also get to use the We R Memory Keepers line of products. So for this month’s project, I went back to basics and created a fun paper project. To make this U.S.A. Pin Map, I really went old school and only used a pair of trimming scissors, craft knife and cutting board. No fancy tools necessary for this project.


Friday, August 8, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 166 & S’mores & More Inspiration

It’s Friday everyone! As happy as I am that it’s Friday, I have to say this impending college move-in day is looming ever closer. We move our one and only kid in exactly one week. As emotional as it is, I have to admit, ideas of redecorating his room are swirling in my head. I’ll keep you posted once the room makeover begins. In the meantime, the pile of dorm room necessities grows ever larger and so does my anxiety. In between checking items off the dorm room list, I shared a few things here this week.



Thank you to everyone who came by this week and a big bloggy hug to those of you who shared your projects on The Inspiration Board. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Here are the projects in the Spotlight this week:
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

THE DIRT: Preserving your bumper crop of basil


Fresh Basil Salt via homework

Did you plant basil this year? I love it. It’s so fun to just snip a bit off and instantly add flavor to your dish. But the basil grows so fast and there’s no way I can use it that quickly. I did a little research and wanted to try a way to preserve my fresh basil. There are loads of options. You can make basil oil, you can freeze small amounts of basil in oil or butter, you can blanch it or you can make basil salt. I was intrigued!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NOTIONS: The Unfinished College Granny Square Blanket

College Granny Square Blanket via homework (7)

I’ve mentioned here a few times that the teen is leaving for college soon. We only have one kid so we are going to be empty-nesters in about a week and half. When people say it goes by quickly, they ain’t kidding! When my son started high school I had just started this blog and wanted to learn to crochet. I must have mentioned it in a post because a reader sent me a crochet book.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 166 & A Repainted Gold Chevron Table


Hi everyone! Welcome to The Inspiration Board. I say it every week but I’m so happy you are here to visit and share your creativity. There are so many link parties and avenues to share projects and I’m thrilled to be on your list. Well, August crept up on us and now we are in full throttle back-to-school mode. Are you ready? I’m not because instead of buying new backpacks and stocking up on brown bags, I’m unbelievably shopping in the dorm and college section at Target and Bed N Bath. Crazy!

So help me take my mind off the impending college move and inspire me with your creativity.

Monday, August 4, 2014

GOOD TASTE: Crockpot Shredded Beef {BBQ Beef Sliders}

BBQ Beef Crockpot Sliders via homework (9)Crockpot recipes are popular for a good reason. We are all so busy, it’s hard to pull together dinner and eat at a reasonable hour. But with a little planning, you can have a delicious meal when you’re done with work.



Friday, August 1, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 165 & Mellow Yellow Inspiration

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Woot. Do you have big plans for the weekend? I’m still in college-kid move in mode, so I’ll be running around all weekend picking up more dorm necessities. I want to thank everyone who visited this week and especially to all of you who shared projects on The Inspiration Board. I love looking through all the links and it definitely takes my mind off my soon-to-be empty nest. If you didn’t get a chance to pop over, there what I shared this week.



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And now for the projects in the Spotlight this week.