Friday, December 20, 2013

The Inspiration Board: creative party spotlight ~133~

Happy Friday everyone! Ready or not, next week is Christmas. Here’s the reality at my house: a tree that’s not decorated and only has lights on the top half because all our strands died, my traditional d├ęcor of a nutcrackers and evergreen swags are still in the garage and there’s no cute bowl of trendy pastel ornaments on the table. But, I have finished shopping (phew), we have our traditional plan to head to my parents on Christmas day and at some point I’ll break out the iron so that we can be wrinkle-free at Church. So I guess the reality is, I am ready for Christmas.

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

While I look for my iron and start wrapping gifts, enjoy the projects in the spotlight this week.

DIY-Wrapping-PaperThe DIY Dreamer used evergreen and her printer to create this amazing custom wrapping paper. I swear I thought she wrapped the gift in actual evergreen. Fantastic idea.

andreaarch-diy-busy-box1This is seriously the best DIY toy I’ve ever seen. A custom built busy box for a little boy by Arch. The board was loving cut and rounded and then painted. Activities include switches, knobs, a clock dial and a functioning doorbell. Definitely something to treasure and keep forever.

christmas tree ornaments titleIf these little trees by JacolynMurphy don’t scream “Merry” I don’t know what does. I love miniature bottle brush trees and pompoms! Put them together and I’m swooning!

English ToffeeThere were loads of amazing sweet treats linked up this week but I have a weakness, and I mean “can’t stop eating it if it’s around weakness” for English Toffee. The Pin Junkie shares her homemade English Toffee with us.

IMG_2326The smells of Christmas are wonderful and these homemade mulling spice gift jars by Homespun with Love are so pretty. Can’t you just smell the aroma of cinnamon and star anise? Heavenly.

EasywaytoBuildanAdirondackChair_thumSetting For Four shows us how to make an Adirondack Chair. I’m not quite up to chair making in my diy skills but bravo to them for making such a fantastic project. The chair looks so fantastic and cozy with the plaid pillow and pretty trimmings.

arbolito terminado cuadI thought this project by Agus Yornet was so unique. A table top Christmas tree made our of crocheted bottle caps. Super cute and original.

DIY-Clay-OrnamentsHomey Oh My blows me away again with another beautiful project. DIY clay ornaments and hand drawn designs using a Sharpie. Reminiscent of my childhood salt dough ornaments, except my salt dough ornaments weren’t gorgeous like these.

Wine-Cork-Christmas-Ornament2If you’re a wine drinker, here’s a fun project to use up all those wine corks. Virginia Sweet Pea cut down the corks and created this pretty snowflake ornament. The ribbon and glitter add a splash of holiday bling!

2013 dec ornament-0002Here’s another clay ornament that I love. This one by Saraccino is just beautiful. The winter scene was created by using a reverse of a stamp and then painted it a rich blue color. Something to treasure and I love that it’s dated. Make a special ornament every year and imagine the growing collection.

untitled-6656In my opinion – best upcycled sweater project I’ve ever seen. Reposhture creates a  tree skirt from old sweaters. To say “I love it” is an understatement. Fantastic!

rental revival christmas tree with petunia the dogRental Revival shares her modern white Christmas tree but it’s hard to focus on the tree because her dog is so dog-gone cute!

Let’s get Healthy
Good Health - Healthy Food Options Features via homeworkClockwise from top left:  Fresh Cranberry and Orange Winter Popsicles – Twigg Studios  |  Cauliflower Rice – The Haas Machine  |  Spaghetti Squash – Jenn’s Random Scraps  |  Goji Berry Bark with Coconut and Almonds – Homespun with Love  |   Unsweetened Vegan Cereal – Healthy Living Awaits

If you were in the spotlight, please feel free to grab a button.

Thanks for visiting.

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  1. Love that clock and leaf wrapping and everything else! have a wonderful Christmas Carolyn!

  2. Thank you so much for including my wine cork snowflake in your features. I have already clicked through the other features. Wow! This Christmas has brought so many great ideas to blogland. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Thank you Carolyn for featuring our Mulling Spice Gift Jars and Goji Berry Bark!

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  5. Thanks for your kind words as always, Carolyn :) I'm so happy you like my clay ornaments!
    I'm loving all of today's features, especially those bottle brush tree ornaments!!

  6. That is seriously the most awesome activity board I've ever seen! What a fantastic gift from for a carpenter-savvy dad or grandpa (or mom!) to give as a gift and then enjoy with the recipient.


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