Monday, June 15, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 210 & Al Fresco Dining Ideas

Hello everyone! I’m back from my week of business travel. It was a whirlwind week of meetings, lunches, dinners and more meetings. And even though the business trip was for my other full-time job, the time away was invigorating, exhausting and yet a refreshing break from my normal routine. And now, I’m eager to get back to sharing some fun projects with all of you.

In case you missed anything here at homework, here’s what I’ve shared lately.

And now for the projects featured this week.


Picture-Frame-Herb-Flower-Drying-Rack-1The Painted Hinge shared this fantastic DIY Picture Frame Herb & Flower Drying Rack. I love the vintage look and not only is it functional but a pretty décor piece while the herbs are dryings.

DSC_0976These Blondie Cupcakes with Black Currant Frosting by Lemon and Lime Thyme look delicious and are beautiful to gaze at too.

diy-jewelry-ring-holder-cigar-box-display-craft-handmade-organize-storage-customize-1024x683I love this DIY Ring Box made from a cigar box by Woods of Bell Trees. I’m always digging for my rings and this would be a fun way to organize them.

robot_appliqueThreading my Way shared a great Applique Tutorial with us using this fun robot graphic.

how-to-use-elderberry-syrupI’d love to try making fruit leather and Saved by Grace shows us how using Elderberries and Blueberries.

Bandana-Tablecloth-4The Gracious Wife stitched up this Bandana Tablecloth. Easy on the budget and just in time for your patriotic gatherings.

IMG_7456a-768x1024A lovely and personal graduation gift created by Home is Where my Heart Is.

DSC_8188Everything tastes better when it’s homemade including this Chocolate Mile Syrup by One Little Project.

Make-a-cute-ruffle-fabric-romper-and-add-decorative-elastic-to-the-top-edge-instead-of-encased-elastic.-Check-out-this-quick-tutorial-on-DIY-Crush.-2I don’t think it could get much cuter than this. The little model and the Elastic Ruffle Romper by DIY Crush are darling.

repurposed-globe-cloche-on-plateI’m in love with this Repurposed Globe Cloche by Dukes & Duchesses. What a fantastic way to use an old globe. Mental note: find an old globe asap!


Dining Al Fresco
1. Mexican Bean Salad by My Life Cookbook  2. Antipasto Skewers by Honey & Birch  3. Spinach, Ricotta & Roasted Tomato Tart by Treat Yourself Sweeter  4.  Fruit Kabobs by All She Cooks  5.  Perfect Pico de Gallo by Everyday Made Fresh  6. Orange Italian Mule Cocktail by Honey & Birch  7. Potato Salad by The DIY Dreamer  8. Puff Pastry Tartlets by Lemon and Lime Thyme

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

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 so much for stopping by.



  1. Thanks so much for sharing my robot appliqué template, Carolyn.

  2. Thank you soooo much for featuring my decorative elastic tutorial!!! Have a wonderful week!!

  3. Carolyn~Thank you so much for featuring my canvas saying graduation gift. I'm honored!! ~Linda

  4. Hi Carolyn! Thank you for choosing my spice drying rack as one of your features! :)

    Have a great rest of your week! ~ Michelle

  5. Thank you so much for featuring my pico recipe!! Have a great week!!! - Joanna

  6. Oh, I love the drying rack and the repurposed globe cloche! Thanks for sharing these great ideas! :-)


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