Friday, January 30, 2015


Hello friends! Happy Friday! If you missed my previous announcements, I’ve made a few small scheduling changes here at homework. Nothing major – The Inspiration Board Creative Party will still start on Tuesday but it will stay open two extra days running until Saturday. The features are moving to Monday. On Friday, I’ll be posting The Inspiration Pinboard leaving all of you with a little weekend inspiration.

So without further ado…
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Wishing you all a wonderful and relaxing weekend. See you on Monday.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

INKLING: Free Printable Spice Labels

Sauce Jar Upcycle to Spice Jars with Printable Labels - homework (6)Yesterday I shared my new recycled pasta sauce spice jars. I just love how they turned out and I feel like I’ve made another small step toward organizing and decluttering. I know that there’s no shortage of spice jar labels out there but I still wanted to share the ones that I made with you.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

WELL-ORGANIZED: Upcycled Jars to Spice Jars

Sauce Jar Upcycle to Spice Jars with Printable Labels - homework (5)I’m still getting organized. I suspect it’s going to take me all year and by that time it will be time to start all over again. You know, declutter, organize, rinse, repeat. While I was storing bins in the garage, I discovered I had saved several pasta sauce jars that all matched. Hooray for matchy-matchy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 191 & Playing Card Wine Charms

Wine Charms 4FROM MY ARCHIVES (way back to 2010) | Playing Card Wine Charms

Welcome to The Inspiration Board Creative Party. If you stopped by yesterday, you probably saw my announcement about a new and improved blog schedule here on homework. Not big drastic changes. This link party will still go up on Tuesday BUT, it will now remain open until Saturday. More time to link up and more time for others to check out your links. The features will be moved from Friday to Monday. This will give me the weekend to go through the links and choose the featured projects. Hooray for small changes.

So let’s get this creative party started. Share your creativity by linking up below. I love pinning and sharing your projects. Remember, the features will now be on Monday.

Monday, January 26, 2015

HOMEWORK: A Small Change for the Better

Hello friends! Many of you already know that I’ve been blogging for over 4 years now. When I started blogging my work as a marketing consultant had slowed (aka unemployed). About a year and a half ago, I started consulting again part time. Six months ago the company I was consulting for hired me full time and I’ve been juggling the blog schedule and my job ever since. It’s actually very doable since our son is now in college. I work on this blog in the early mornings (with my coffee), evenings and weekends.

Starting this week, I’m going to make a few small changes to the blog schedule to allow me more time over the weekends to prepare the posts. I want to enjoy the process instead of feeling rushed and stressed to meet deadlines. Currently, I host The Inspiration Board Creative Party every Tuesday and post the features every Friday with my projects on the other days.

Here’s what you can expect starting this week.

Features from the previous link party. This will give me more time to go through the links which I love doing.

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 190 & Inspiring Bowls

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so glad you’re here and we inspired each other throughout this past week. Thank you to all of you that stopped by, commented, emailed and shared projects. I appreciate you so much. In case you didn’t have a chance to swing by, here a little recap of what I shared.

And now for the projects in the spotlight this week.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

ETCETERAS: Easy 5-Minute Canvas Notepad Holder

Easy Canvas Notepad Holder via homeworkI have to confess, I’m a bit of a notepad hoarder. I love pretty notepads and often receive them as gifts. The problem is I love them so much I don’t use them. I’ll grab other bits of paper to jot a note and “save” my pretty notepads.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Inspiration Red Round Up collage | via homework - carolynshomework.comValentine’s Day is around the corner which got me thinking about red. Even if the day of love is not your thing, these red projects are sure to inspire – whether it’s adding a dash of red to your kitchen, upcycling a red wagon or using splashes of red for your next party – red can instantly make an impact.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 190 & Vintage Edged Towels

Towels 1FROM MY ARCHIVES | Vintage Edged Towels

Welcome everyone! I’m so happy you’re here on my favorite day of the week. I love seeing all the projects being linked up throughout the week. If you’re new to homework, I host this link party every Tuesday through Thursday and the features go up on Friday. So thank you so much for stopping by – new and old readers. I appreciate each and every one of you.

So let’s get this creative party started. Share your creativity by linking up below.

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 189 & Hanging Around Inspiration

TGIF everyone!! Phew, what a week. But we did it. We created and inspired each other through another week. Hooray for creativity. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by this week and especially to those who shared a project on The Inspiration Board.

There’s been a lot of discussion among bloggers about link parties, the value of them, whether to keep hosting them, whether to co-host with several bloggers to form a mega party etc. I’ve been solo-hosting my link party for almost four years now. The number of links goes up and down and I’ve toyed with the idea of joining a group or at least co-hosting with someone else. I don’t want a mega party with over 500 links but I’d like to offer you more visibility for your projects. I’m not sure what to do. If you have an opinion, leave me a comment. For now, I’m leaning toward keeping my party small and just here on homework. As always, I post the features on Friday and leave that as the top post all weekend to hopefully give the features additional traffic.

Well, enough rambling about the link parties. Let’s get to this week’s features but first up, here’s what I shared this week.

Here are this week’s beautiful features in the spotlight.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

GOOD TASTE: Game Day Eats (from my kitchen)

Friends, the big game is coming up and if you’re like me, it’s all about the food and snacks. Well, a little about the game but the food is a big part of it. I’ve rounded up some of my very own recipes that I’ve shared here in the past years that make great game day eats. There’s sandwiches, snacks, healthy options, desserts and even a little treat for your four-legged friends. Enjoy the game – enjoy the food – enjoy the fun.

Superbowl Food RoundupFirst up is Classic Game Day Eats – a variety of sandwiches to please everyone.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

HOME ROOM: Freshening the Living Room

Mohawk Carpet Living Room Decor via homework (15)I have a bad case of the organizing and freshening bug. I’ve been moving things around, decluttering and I’m eager to start on some home d├ęcor projects. I have loads of ideas but first on my list was our living room. I was lucky enough to receive a new SmartStrand Forever Clean bound carpet from Mohawk and it was just the inspiration I needed to do some additional freshening to the room.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 189 & Fabric Stamped Valentine Labels

Welcome to The Inspiration Board Creative Party. I’m so happy you stopped by and will hopefully be sharing a project to inspire us with. If you’re new to homework, please leave me a comment so I can “meet” you. If you have a site or blog, let me know so I can visit you. And for all of you faithful linkers who stop by every week, I can’t tell you how grateful I am.

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, January 12, 2015

UPCYCLING: Wax Paper Box to Washi Dispenser

Wax Paper Box to Washi Tape Dispenser via homework (2)The New Year organizing continues! Doesn’t it feel good to make progress in the clutter battle? Last week I shared a round up of recycled storage ideas and absolutely fell in love with a recycled cookie box idea by Aunt Peaches. So as soon as I had an empty wax paper box I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 188 & Inspiring Healthy Resolutions

Happy Friday everyone. We are a little over a week into the new year and it’s starting off with a bang. So many wonderful projects shared on The Inspiration Board this week. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, commented and linked up a project. In case you missed anything this week, here’s what I shared.

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

Thursday, January 8, 2015

GOOD TASTE: 30 Second Egg White, Mushroom & Spinach English Muffin

Egg White Mushroom Spinach English Muffin - homework (8) Friends, I have a new breakfast obsession! And it’s so fast and easy. I’ve discovered that you can microwave an egg white and it’s perfection. Add in some fresh veggies and you have a healthy breakfast sandwich in 30 seconds.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

UPCYCLING: 10 Easy Recycled Storage Ideas

Round Up Recycled Storage Ideas
With the start of the new year, I’m determined to be more organized without spending a lot on new items. What better way to get organized then by upcycling items you would most likely throw out or recycle? I found 10 fantastic ideas for getting organized and then best part is these are all very easily created. The key to getting organized is to simplify and I’m planning on making several of these ideas.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 188 & Embroidery Hoop Vintage Button Heart

Vintage Button Heart  (9)[9]FROM MY ARCHIVES | Vintage Button Heart

I have to say… it’s nice to be back to normal crazy rather than holiday crazy. I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and are ready to create and share. Welcome to the first Inspiration Board of 2015! If you’re new to homework, thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a project – be sure to leave me a comment and introduce yourself. I love meeting new blog friends.

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 on Friday and they remain the top post all weekend!

Monday, January 5, 2015

UPCYCLING: DIY Faux Enamelware Compost Bin

I’m going to be better about composting this year but in order to do that, I need a cute bin on my counter to inspire me. I had the perfect size metal bucket but it was in pretty sad shape.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 187 & Happy Hour Inspiration

Happy New Year friends! What a whirlwind year 2014 was. I’m excited for 2015 and spending another year sharing with all of you. Thank you again for stopping by, commenting and sharing your projects here at homework. If you didn’t get a chance to pop in this week, here’s what I shared.

And now for the projects in the Spotlight this week.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HOMEWORK: 2014 Year in Review Round Up

Happy New Year friends. Thank you so much for such a wonderful 2014. I appreciate each and everyone of you. Your sweet comments, emails and shared inspiration are what keep me going. Before we get too far into the new year, I thought I’d round up my favorite projects from 2014 that I shared here on homework. Enjoy the day friends and here’s to another year of creativity!