Thursday, July 31, 2014

Etceteras: A Little Eucalyptus


Every season I change up the décor on my kitchen hutch. I usually introduce a seasonal element or color depending on my mood. Sadly, this summer is getting away from me. Any grand plans for a fresh look with shells, starfish or other summer décor is slowly slipping away.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SHOW & TELL: Nature Sun Prints {Martha Stewart Living} & a Giveaway

MD109213_FINAL_ART_23_reducedSummertime creativity is always better outdoors. The sun, the abundance of nature, the sun! This project featured in Martha Stewart Living is the perfect summer project. Head outdoors and make some beautiful nature sun prints.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 165 & a Brown Bag Wreath

Brown Bag Wreath (8)[2]FROM MY ARCHIVES | Brown Bag Bay Leaf Wreath

Hooray – it’s Tuesday. Welcome to The Inspiration Board. I’m so happy you’re here and willing to share your creativity. If you’re new to homework, leave me a comment and let me know so that I can connect with you. Have you been busy creating or are you soaking in the warm summer days? August is just around the corner and this is when the back-to-school panic sets in. Are you ready? I know I still have a lot of organizing to do before we pack up my big guy and say goodbye at his new college.

Well, let’s get the creative party started. I know I’m ready.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NOTIONS: Twine Wrapped Inspiration Clip Holder

Twine Wrapped Clip Holder | homework

I actually wasn’t sure what to call this project. It’s a piece of wood with twine wrapped around it and paper clips. Let’s go with Twine Wrapped Clip Holder.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 164 plus More Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week and are heading into an even better weekend! Thank you so much for stopping by this week and sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board. In case you missed anything here, here’s what I shared:

Plus, I have THREE amazing giveaways going on right now!

Can you believe it? Enter for a chance to win!

And now for the projects in the Spotlight this week…

Thursday, July 24, 2014

GOOD TASTE: A Rainbow of Granita Recipes

1-Granita Round Up

Every July 11th or 7/11, the 7-Eleven Convenience Stores give away free Slurpees. Have you ever had a Slurpee? They’re a frozen, icy, sugary beverage that tastes so good on a hot day. I didn’t get my free Slurpee this year which made me sad. So I started thinking about how I could easily make something similar. Have you heard of Granita? It’s a fancy Slurpee! Doesn’t Granita sound better than Slurpee? Actually, a Granita is better than a Slurpee and as I was checking out granita ideas, I realized that you can pretty much make them in a rainbow of colors and flavors.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DRESS CODE: Coach Sunglasses and Phone Wristlet Giveaway

  BTS Coach Giveaway

Welcome to the Back to School Coach Sweepstakes

Organized by Mom to Bed by 8 & MPM Network Bloggers.

Coach Bridget Sunglasses combine bold styling with unexpected touches of color in a luxurious modern design. An enameled Coach lozenge accents each temple piece, while gradient lenses offer broad-spectrum UV protection. Perfect for those bright early mornings!

The Coach Legacy Phone Wristlet is a custom-woven signature jacquard and glove-tanned leather combine to give this compact accessory a striking signature look. Finished with a wrist strap and a Coach logo medallion at the snap closure, it keeps a phone and other small essentials safely tucked away. Signature fabric with leather trim. Snap closure. Wrist strap attached. Small enough to tuck away and get on the go.

One reader will receive Coach Bridget Sunglasses & Coach Legacy Phone Wristlet In Signature Fabric.

BLOOM: Fresh Flowers and a Giveaway

1-Floral Post

Over the years, I used countless flowers in my posts here at homework. I’ve created all types of faux flowers and used fresh flowers either as the star of a post or as part of the styling for a post. These are just a few of the times, I included flowers in my photos.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 164 & a Granny Square Birdhouse

Granny Square Crocheted Birdhouse via homework | From my archives | Anthro knock off: Granny Square Birdhouse
Hello everyone! I’m so happy that you are here to join me for The Inspiration Board. I’ve been hosting this link party for over 3 years look forward to it every single week. If you’re new here, leave me a comment and let me know so that I can connect with you. For those of you who have been coming around for awhile, I’m so grateful! So, what have you been working on? Summer is whizzing by. Are you getting ready with back-to-school projects? Or thinking ahead to the fall season? I’ve been busy getting my son ready for move-in day for college. I think I’m going to need a group hug when he leaves…

But for now, on to the creative party. Are you ready to share your amazing creativity?

Monday, July 21, 2014

ETCETERAS: How to Galvanize and Rust a Tin

There are many methods to age metal. Depending on the type of metal and the look you want, you can turn your new metal objects into super rusty pieces, chippy, a patina finish or the look of galvanized metal. I was going for the galvanized metal look and ended up with galvanized metal with rust.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 163 & Good Wood Inspiration

Happy Friday everyone! It’s so good to be back. I’m staying put for awhile but as I announced on Tuesday at the link party, I’ve started working full time again and so things may get a little hectic. My goal is to continue here on my blog as if nothing has changed. Wish me luck…

If things were hectic for you and you didn’t have a chance to stop by this week, here’s what was happening here on homework.

Plus, I have a fantastic giveaway for a $500 Visa Gift Card and HP Chromebook. Enter the giveaway here.


A huge thank you to all of you who stopped by this week, commented, emailed and shared your creativity on The Inspiration Board. You all make me smile and inspire me! And now for the projects in the spotlight this week.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

INKLING: A Colorful DIY Herb Pot

Lifestyle Crafts Herb Pot via homework - carolynshomework (11)The hardest part about being on the Lifestyle Crafts Studio Design Team is deciding what to make. Not because I can’t think of something but because there are so many goodies to share with you. This month, I made something super easy but still fun and cheerful.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

EXTRA CREDIT: Back to School in Style {Tech Style}

Hello friends! I have such a fun giveaway for you today. I seriously just bought a Chromebook and I love it. I’ve been traveling a lot lately and I got it because it’s lightweight and perfect to stash in a carry on, tote bag or back pack. I could even fit it in my purse if I wanted to.

Here’s your chance to win a HP 14” Chromebook plus a $500 Visa Gift Card. Wow! The giveaway is officially called “Back to School” in Style but honestly, who would blame you if you kept the prize for yourself. In addition to this fabulous prize there will be 20 other back to school prize packages. More information is below.

What are you waiting for – enter for a chance to win! Woo hoo.


The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 163 & a rag rug pillow

homework-Rag-Rug-Pillow-56FROM MY ARCHIVES  |  RAG RUG PILLOW

This is a long post, so scroll down to get to the The Inspiration Board Creative Party...

Hello everyone! I’m back. It’s been a whirlwind past month but I think I’ll be able to stay put for awhile. During all the travel which was mainly for my son’s volleyball team and his new college, I was offered a full time position with the company that I consult for. Did you know that I worked part time as a marketing consultant? I’ve steadily increased my working hours all while trying to keep up here on homework.

Monday, July 14, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Beach Vignette by An Extraordinary Day

Every summer growing up, I spent time at the beach. It's my favorite place in all the world. I can close my eyes and dream of splashing waves and sand between my toes.... Ahhhh....   All the dreaming in the world just might not get either of us to the beach. No worries... We can create a beach vignette. Don't roll your really is a sweet band-aid solution. And it's super easy to do.

Coastal beachy tray vignette :: AnExtraordinaryDay.netHave you ever noticed play sand for sale at the garden center? When you sure to buy a bag. may be more than you need, but I'm pretty certain that once you have your bag of sand, you'll be glad you bought it (and it certainly won't break the bank). Plus, you'll find lots of ways to use that sand.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 162 & Summer Bright Inspiration

Hello, hello everyone! How’s your summer going? As you know, I’ve been in and out so I’ve had some wonderful and very talented and generous guest bloggers helping me out lately. I’m so appreciative that they have shared their talents here at homework. And speaking of talents, thank you to all of you who came by and shared your beautiful projects on The Inspiration Board this week. In case you didn’t get a chance to stop by, here’s what my guest bloggers shared:

Please click through and check out their blogs. They are all wonderful.
And now for the projects in the Spotlight this week.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies by It’s Always Ruetten

Hi there, Homework readers! My name is Julia and I blog at It's Always Ruetten! Thank for having me over! I am really excited to be here today to fill in for a great blogger! It's not everyday that one of my favorite bloggers asks me to step in for them. Thanks, Carolyn for the opportunity to introduce myself to your readers!
It's Always Ruetten 
Over at It's Always Ruetten I blog about DIY projects, handmade cards, my attempts at cooking, and other fun adventures about living in the Southwest!

After checking out my recipe below, I hope you'll hop on over and read more about what I'm all about!

So, onto the reason I'm here today! To share a tasty (seriously, OMG) recipe for Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies! This idea came to me after standing in front of the vending machine at my office, indecisive between the raspberry thumbprint cookies and the peanut butter and cracker sandwiches. All it took was finding an old handwritten recipe of my mom's to kick me into gear!

Easy Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookies from It's Always Ruetten

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Summer Projects by Passion Shake

Hello lovely readers of Carolyn's homework! It's Aga here from Passion shake and I'm honored to be guest posting, while Carolyn is away. Since summer season is approaching, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite projects that might get you in the happy crafting mood! Ready?

I love quick and simple DIYs so no worries, you won't see rocket science here! I'll explain to you in a few easy steps how to make these little things you see below. Let's go!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 162 & Chocolate Tea Bag Tags

FROM MY ARCHIVES : Chocolate Tea Bag Tags

Hello friends!
I’m still in and out of town. One more small trip this weekend and then I’m home for awhile. There are some other big changes going on and I’ll fill you in soon. I still have wonderful bloggers guest posting for a few more days while I get caught up and find my brain. I know I left it around here somewhere…

Anyway, welcome to The Inspiration Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. Are you ready to share your amazing creativity?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 161 & Chocolate Craving Inspiration

Hello friends! Welcome to The Inspiration Board Spotlight and a Happy Fourth of July to my U.S. friends. I always love going through all the projects linked up on The Inspiration Board. Thank you so much to all of you that shared a project this week. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by this week, I had some wonderful guest bloggers step in and help me out while I’m in and out of town and here’s what they shared.

Aren’t they wonderful? Please stop by and show these blogs some love. They are all fantastic blogs and full in inspiration. And how for the projects in the spotlight this week.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Watercolor Projects & Printables by Persia Lou

Hey there Homework readers! My name is Alexis, and I am excited to be here filling in for Carolyn today! I blog over at Persia Lou where I write about my latest crafty, crochet, or DIY adventures.

Lately, I have been really into watercolors. I love the layered, translucent look of watercolor. They can be a bit frustrating to work with sometimes because they can be a bit difficult to control, but that element of the unexpected is kind of what makes them so much fun!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Printable Thank You Cards by The Casual Craftlete

Hello Homework readers! My name is Katie and I am the blogger behind The Casual Craftlete. I am a wife and stay at home mom to our almost three year daughter. I started blogging last July to give myself a creative outlet. Some of the things you will find me sharing are easy diy/craft projects, yummy recipes (mostly sweet treats) and my running journey and weight loss. That's where my name came from: Craft and Athlete. Everything I do is quick easy and simple since I spend most of my day chasing around my daughter.

4 {FREE} Printable Thank You Cards

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 161 & a Painted Herb Pot

FROM MY ARCHIVES | An Inspired Herb Pot
Hello friends!

I’m still away but the creative party goes on! It wouldn’t seem like a Tuesday to me if The Inspiration Board link party wasn’t happening. I miss my craft desk but I’ll be back soon and I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to.

Are you ready to share your amazing creativity?