Friday, July 5, 2013

The Inspiration Board: creative party spotlight ~ 108 & 109 ~

Happy Friday everyone! I’m back but still getting caught up. Life moves at such a fast pace that it’s amazing how far you fall behind when you’re away for awhile. I’m slowly digging myself out and will be back with some creative projects soon. In the meantime, today I have double features to share with you. Features from The Inspiration Board [108] and [109]. So today’s post is absolutely brimming with inspirational projects. 

Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit or share their projects in the past few weeks. Enjoy!

[ Features from The Inspiration Board 108]

aka-design-zebra-and-cheetah-bowlsDid you know that Sharpies now come in metallic colors? They do and aka design didn’t miss a beat by creating these stunning animal print bowls.

DSCN2156Grow Creative has painted the sweetest little blue bike for some summer inspiration. I love a good classic art project like this simple design done in water colors.

Vintage-Book-Page-Tablescape-Apple-Blossoms-AnExtraordinaryDay.net_An Extraordinary Day has combined several trends to create this lovely tablescape. Vintage blue mason jars, book pages, and delicate blossoms all ready for everyone to take a seat and enjoy. I’m thinking  the setting is perfect for tea and scones or a light lunch with friends.

vintage tea party max and meSpeaking of tea, this Vintage Style Tea Party by Max and Me is sweet perfection. The stars of the show are those magnificent tissue paper pom poms hanging on the wall. Everything else is perfectly understated – the vintage birdcage, bunny cloche and simple cake and milk.

IMG_9211I never feel guilty eating strawberry shortcake. You know, because it’s in the fruit category. With Luck Blog shares her recipe for homemade strawberry shortcake perfect for a summertime get together. Yum!

6-DSCN6434I think I’m going to start a Potting Bench Pinboard because I keep running across fantastic ideas to reuse items and turn them into a potting bench. I love this idea from Restyled Junk. An old screen door turned potting bench and painted a fantastic color.

5_thumbAre you addicted to Instagram? I have to confess, I’m an Instagram newbie but so far I love it. Allons-y Kimberly used Instagram prints to cover two huge sliding closet doors in her rental.

passionshake.blogspot1You would never have guessed that this pretty wicker holder was once a lamp shade from Bali. A little paint job by Passion Shake and it’s transformed into a piece that works with lighter and more delicate décor.

pinkpuff1-781x1024If I had a little girl this is what I would imagine for her birthday party. Pretty in pink tissue paper pom poms, paper lanterns and tulle by Windsor and Main would make any girl feel like a princess.

Features  108-001The Fourth of July was yesterday but I still wanted to share these great red, white and blue dessert ideas so you could file them away for the next patriotic event. Oh My Creative jazzed up some pretzel sticks with sugary fireworks and Hungry Happenings created white chocolate flying sprinkles or fireworks shooting out of cupcakes.

The Inspiration Pinboard from -108-

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Clockwise from top left:  Grapefruit Sangria – Will Cook for Smiles  |  Healthy Monster Juice – Mommy Testers  |  Orange Strawberry Popsicles – Grow Creative  |  Cherries with Lavender Sauce – Thimbles Bobbin Paper and Ink  |  Banana Berry Pops – Allison’s Skinny Jeans  |   Everything White Sangria – Pink Recipe Box  |   Coke Float Cupcakes – The Tip Toe Fairy

[Features from The Inspiration Board 109
IMG_5084Strawberry Chantilly Cream Meringue. Just the name of it sounds melt-in-your-mouth good. Lemon and Lime Thyme made these wonderful meringue nests, filled with Chantilly Cream and berries and topped with chocolate shavings. Oh.My.Stars!!

suitcase table1HI love this vintage suitcase side table by Artsy Vava. The bright red suitcase on that wonderful table base. The bonus is the storage inside the suitcase. Perfect for magazines, remotes or even your knitting bag.

Candied-Lemon-Peels-willcookforsmiles.com_I’ve been wanting to make candied citrus peel for the longest time. Will Cook for Smiles made these candied lemon peels that look beautiful and I’m sure are amazing. I can’t wait to make these.

Ashbee Design Upcycled Bottles (4)A stunning and striking project by Ashbee Design. Upcycled bottles spray painted flat black and decorated with wood veneer cut into triangles. Absolutely gorgeous!

IMG_5234To me, this is the perfect summer meal. Greek Chicken Gyros & Tzatziki Sauce by Lemon and Lime Thyme combines so of many of my favorite things. The grilled chicken, the fresh greens and that yogurt based sauce that is heavenly!

IMG_7366bSuch a sweet baby girl nursery by So Much Better with Age. The palest pink walls and pretty décor. I love the vintage shelf in the corner turned mini coat hanger.

Untitled 3CuriositaEllya has me rethinking my next cake. Her naked or non-frosted cake is beautiful and since I’m a little frosting-challenged this would be the perfect type of cake for me to make.

IMG_8968I’ve seen a lot of flip flop refashions and even did one myself but this quick and easy sandal refashion by Deepi’s World is so much fun. The little wooden beads give the sandals a whole new look.

4th-July-Classic-Cherry-Pie1This classic cherry pie by True Blue Baking was made for the Fourth of July complete with pretty star crust cutouts.Any type of crust top can be made so this tasty treat can be enjoyed year round.

diy-patriotic-silverwear-caddyOne final patriotic project that had to be shared. A diy silverware and napkin caddy distressed and painted in the stars and stripes by Creative Dominican. Perfect for all your summertime outdoor gatherings, even after the Fourth of July.

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Features 109Small Grannies – About Crochet  |  Felt Cuff – HGK Handmade  |  Sourdough Starter – The Tip Toe Fairy  |  Patchwork Apron – Windsor and Main  |  Kitchen Sink Cookies – Thirty Handmade Days

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Thank you again to everyone who linked a project and to everyone who came to visit. I loved looking at all the projects and visiting your sites.

Thanks for visiting.

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my suitcase table! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my Bananaberry Quick Pops!

    Allison @

  3. Thanks so much for the feature! You made my day :-)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    With Luck Blog
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  4. Thanks so much Caroyln for featuring my Firework Chocolate Pretzels! Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July!

  5. So many pretty and inspiring ideas - love them all!
    Thank you for featuring my wicker holder :) hugs x

    Agi @ Passion shake

  6. Thanks for featuring my Sprinkles will Fly Cupcakes. I'm happy to be included along with so many wonderful projects.

    Beth @ Hungry Happenings

  7. Hello Carolyn,
    Thanks for featuring my small grannies among those other lovely features.
    Have a great weekend!

  8. Thank you Carolyn for saying the nicest things and for featuring my Mason Jar/Book Page tablescape.

    Hope your long holiday weekend is extraordinary!!

  9. Thank you Carolyn for the super nice comment and featuring my Patriotic Silverware and Napkin caddy. Have a wonderful day.

  10. Thank you so much for the feature and your kind words xx

  11. Thank you so, so much Carolyn for featuring my Cherry Pie, you have made my night!

    Have a great weekend!

    Raven J.

  12. This is totally awesome! Thanks for featuring my Sourdough Bread and my Coke Float cupcakers. Thanks so much!

  13. Thank you so much for featuring my Naked Butter Rum Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting. Hope you are having a fantastic 4th of July so far.

    I see you next week..


  14. Thanks for the feature! Have a great week :)

    Liefs, Audrey

  15. Thank you so much for both of my features...Yipppyy! Elisa

  16. Thanks so much for featuring my everything white sangria! I hope you have a fabulous week :)

  17. Some beautiful photography in this batch of ideas. Thanks for featuring my up cycle painted bottles - and for hosting the party.

  18. Thank you so much for the feature!! Hope you're having a great week ;)
    Jamie @ Better With Age

  19. Thank you so much for featuring our bowls!


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