Friday, December 12, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 184 & Snow Day Inspiration

Happy crazy time friends. Are you on the crazy train too? We’re on serious final countdown until Christmas and New Years and I still have about a million things to do. I have begun to accept the fact that I will probably never be the person that gets holiday shopping done in October, has the Christmas cards ready to mail at the beginning of December and actually has a tree up and decorated in time to photograph and share here. But that’s okay – we’re all going to enjoy the beautiful holiday season even if everything isn’t picture perfect.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by this week, left comments, entered my giveaway and linked up projects. I’m so grateful to all of you. In case you didn’t have a chance to visit me, here’s what I shared this week.



And now for the projects in the spotlight this week.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

ETCETERAS: Dollar Store Owl to White Glue & Crackle Paint Owl

DIY Crackle Paint Owl via homework (11)One of my favorite things to do is to makeover dollar store items. I’m always on the hunt for fun knick knacks that I come across while strolling around the dollar store.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOMEWORK {Reading}: Holiday Issue Martha Stewart Living & a Giveaway

There’s still time to create handmade or homemade holiday gifts and these ideas from the pages of the holiday issue of Martha Stewart Living are amazing. This story is titled Partners in Craft. I love that title because I love to share ideas and feel like the creative community is all about partnering. The projects featured in the story and in this post were created by members of the Martha Stewart extended family – colleagues, friends, current and past contributors to the magazine.

Cookie Snow GlobesALL STORY PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANNA WILLIAMS

These cookie snow globes are darling. We’ve all seen hundreds of variations of the mason jar snow globe but these take things to a new level. Everything in the jar is edible. Homemade gingerbread cookies, royal icing and little trees made out of hard candy are nestled in a snowy field of icing.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 184 & New Year Paper Fortune Cookies

New Year, New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year, paper, origami, fortune cookies
FROM MY ARCHIVES  |  New Year Paper Fortune Cookies

Welcome to The Inspiration Board Creative Party. I hope you’re all having a great week and enjoying the pre-holiday prep. Every now and then I have to remind myself that having everything perfectly decorated and every package perfectly wrapped is not what it’s about. If things don’t get done, then they just won’t get done. There, I feel better already! Anyway, I’m so happy that you’re here and that you’re going to inspire me with your brilliant creativity.

So let’s get this creative party started. Share your creativity by linking up below. I love pinning and sharing your projects. The features will be up as always on Friday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 183 & Vintage Style Christmas

Happy Friday everyone. If you’re keeping track, there are only 20 more days until Christmas. That means I have approximately 19 days to get everything done. Hmmmm – I don’t think I’m going to make it this year. I mean, I still have pumpkins on my front porch. I obviously need to get moving. I’m taking inspiration from all of the wonderful projects shared this week on The Inspiration Board. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, commented and linked a project this week. I’m so grateful to all of you.


If you didn’t get a chance to visit me this week, here’s what I shared.




And now for the projects featured in the Spotlight this week.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CELEBRATIONS: White & Gold Holiday Hutch

White & Gold Holiday Hutch 2014 via homework - carolynshomework (2)If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek of my gold & white hutch while I was working on it. I love how this turned out and just like every year, I think it’s my favorite one.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

SHOW & TELL: Handmade Market Holiday Gift Guide 2014

Handmade Market Holiday Gift Guide 2014


The Second Annual Holiday Market Link Up was a smashing success. So many beautiful shops shared their wares. I’m amazed at the beautiful products and love to support handmade. If you missed the link up, I host a link party every year for handmade shops and then create a holiday gift guide from featured items.

Here are the shops featured in this year’s Handmade Market Holiday Gift Guide. You can view the items in the slideshow below or in the collages with links following the slideshow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 183 & New Year’s Confetti

Confetti 4[4]FROM MY ARCHIVES |  New Year’s Confetti Matchboxes

Happy beginning of December everyone. Can you believe it? The countdown has begun. Is anyone else suddenly in panic mode? Like every year, it will all somehow get done. Anyway, I’m so happy that you’re here and willing to share your amazing creativity on The Inspiration Board.

So let’s get this creative party started. Share your creativity by linking up below. I love pinning and sharing your projects. The features will be up as always on Friday.

Monday, December 1, 2014

CELEBRATIONS: Dollar Store Coffee Mug Sock Cozy

Dollar Store Coffee Cup Sock Cozy - carolynshomework (7)

We’re officially in the holiday season. O.M.G.!! I have a million things still to do. If you’re like me and need some quick and easy gift ideas, this dollar store coffee mug sock cozy couldn’t be any easier or easier on the wallet.