Friday, October 30, 2015

FRIDAY: High Five

Welcome to the second edition of Friday: High Five. Five snippets of my week – what I’ve been up to, creating, wearing, what I’ve accomplished or what is inspiring me at the moment. I’d love for you to let me know what you’re “high-fiving” about this week. Leave me a comment and let me know. 

Friday High Five - carolynshomework (3)I’ve been playing around with fall colors and this by far is my favorite color combination. Burnt orange and turquoise. I bought a package of these little tea lights and wrapped a pretty piece of turquoise velvet ribbon around the holder. I think one for each place setting at Thanksgiving will be perfect. What’s your favorite fall color combination?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

UPCYCLING: Grey Felt Fall Treat Tin

Grey Felt Fall Treat Tin - carolynshomework (6)I’m so excited to finally be sharing some real fall projects. First up is this simple treat can. The combination of grey felt, beautiful, crisp  fall leaves and turquoise is quite possibly my favorite fall combination to date.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 230 & Brown Paper Packages Advent

Brown Paper Packages Advent Calendar via homeworkFROM MY ARCHIVES ::  MINI BROWN PAPER PACKAGES ADVENT

Welcome back everyone and a big welcome if you’re new here to homework. Every Tuesday, I host The Inspiration Board where we come together to share our latest and greatest. So what have you been up to? I wish I could say I was on track for the holidays but in reality I’m just getting into the fall spirit. I better step it up!

Last week The Inspiration Board was brimming with fantastic projects. You can check out the features from last week’s party here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 229 & Healthy Choice

Welcome everyone. It’s a brand new week and I’m excited to share the features from The Inspiration Board. There was a record number of link ups last week and I can’t tell you how happy I am that you choose homework to share your creativity. I’ve been hosting this party for years and it’s endured and now grown even with all the mega parties out there. Hooray! In case you haven’t had a chance to stop by lately, here’s a little recap of what I’ve been sharing.

And now for the features.

Inspiration Board Spotlight

Friday, October 23, 2015


Happy Friday everyone. I’m starting a new column on my blog called Friday High Five. These are just snippets of what I’ve been up to, inspirational ideas or anything that we can “high five” over. Woot. Most of these will just be shot with my phone as I muddle through the week. Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here next week. Enjoy the first edition of Friday: High Five.

By the way, this post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link.

Friday High Five - Pressed leaves via homework (2)I gathered these leaves on my recent trip to Washington. I’m sure my co-workers thought this Cali girl was crazy picking up leaves in the office parking lot. I put them in a baggie and packed them in my suitcase. They made it back in one piece and I was able to press them. Upcoming project with the leaves and this pretty grey felt.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

DRESS CODE: Beautiful Bellevue & What I Wore

Beautiful Bellevue & What I Wore - homework (13)
Hello friends. I took my third business trip to Bellevue, Washington a few weeks ago and was in awe of the beautiful seasonal changes, the crisp air and the love the people of Washington have for their beloved Seattle Seahawks Football team.

It's a short flight from Los Angeles to Seattle and the company I work for always sends a town car to pick me up at the airport. It's such a treat and I love feeling so special. I snapped this picture of myself in the town car doing my best celebrity gaze impression.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 229 & Vintage Button Tacks


Happy Tuesday friends and welcome to The Inspiration Board Creative Party. It’s finally starting to feel a little bit like fall in Southern California so I can’t wait to see what you’re bringing to the party so I can pin and file all your ideas. I have a lot of catching up to do – baking, soups, fall décor –oh my, where to start…
So inspire me…

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 228 & Think Pink Inspiration

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend. I finally had some time to get some things done around the house after two back-to-back business trips. It was so nice to just be at home. I didn't even mind cleaning and tidying up. Imagine that! The weather has finally cooled down enough for me to start baking too. I live by the coast so we don't have air conditioning and this last scorching heatwave put the brakes on anything oven related. But now that it's cooler I can try out some of the amazing pumpkin recipes and fall dishes that you all have been linking up.

In case you've missed anything - here's a glimpse at what I've been sharing.

A huge thank you to everyone who's been linking up here on The Inspiration Board. I've been hosting this party for over four years and this past month has seen record link ups - over 300 each week. Woo hoo!! Here are the projects featured this week.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

ETCETERAS: Clearance Desk Lamp Makeover

You probably know this about me by now but I love a good clearance item. Set me loose in the dollar store or clearance aisle in any store and I’m bound to find something that I end of “making over”. The best time to score these deals are after the seasonal sales. I found two desk lamps after the back-to-school frenzy was over for $5.00 each.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 228 & Cranberry Relish Crostini


Can you believe we’re thinking about cranberries and Thanksgiving dishes already? I need to get serious and start on my pre-holiday planning. I’ve probably said this here every year but I’m going to get ahead and start my Christmas shopping early this year. I’ll report back on that later because even though I say it every year, I end dashing around at the last minute. Are you uber organized and on pace for a stress free holiday season? Inspire me and share your fall and holiday projects below. I need your inspiration to get me going.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Spotlight 227 & Amazing Halloween Cookies

It’s so good to be back home after a whirlwind business trip last week. I have some fun pictures to share with you and I’m working on a “What I Wore” post. First I have to get unpacked and survive this blistering heat wave we’re having in Southern California. In the meantime, The Inspiration Board was amazing this last week. Over 300 fantastic and inspirational projects were shared. I’m so grateful that choose homework to share your creativity. Thank you! Thank you!

In case you’ve missed anything here at homework, here’s a little recap of what I’ve been up to.

And don’t forget the 3rd Annual Handmade Shop Link Up is still going on. If you have an ETSY Shop or sell Handmade Items link up HERE.

And now for the projects featured this week.
Inspiration Board Spotlight

Thursday, October 8, 2015

INKLING: Boo Halloween Printable

I have such a fun printable for you today. I’m out of town this week so I didn’t get to print these out and take pictures of them. I’m envisioning these on a bright white treat bag or black bag. You could even print them out and use them as fun tags. How about labels? So many fun ways to use this simple BOO printable.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party 227 & Miniature Crepe Paper Carrots

FROM MY ARCHIVES :  Crepe Paper & Moss Carrots

Welcome everyone. So glad you stopped by. Even though I’m still out of town for work it wouldn’t be Tuesday here at homework without The Inspiration Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to. This time of year has me thinking about knitting with chunky yarn, making soup, and filling my house with white pumpkins. The reality… I don’t know where my knitting needles are, it’s still too hot for soup and there’s not a single pumpkin in my house yet. So please, inspire me!

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Inspiration Board: Creative Party Spotlight 226 & Arachnophobia Fun

Welcome to a brand new week here at homework. Did you have a nice weekend? I spent mine cleaning the house and packing. I’m actually out of town right now – another business trip for the day job. It’s going to be a whirlwind week of airports, meetings, dinners and more meetings. I’m excited though because I bought some cute new fall clothes and splurged on a pair of leopard print pumps. So if my feet hold out I’m hoping to share some What I Wore posts.

So while I’m dashing in and out of meetings, I hope you’re relaxing with a nice cup of coffee as you scroll through these beautiful projects featured from The Inspiration Board.

Let’s start with a little recap of what I’ve been sharing.

And now for the projects featured this week.
Inspiration Board Spotlight

Thursday, October 1, 2015

GOOD TASTE: Los Angeles Times Company Rice

Company Rice via homework - carolynshomework (6)
Years and years ago, I was invited to the Los Angeles Times for a luncheon and presented with an autographed copy of Dear S.O.S.: Thirty Years of Recipe Requests by Rose Dosti. Dear S.O.S. was a popular column for years in the Los Angeles Times. Readers would request favorite restaurant recipes and the column would print them. Now there’s Pinterest and other food blogs where we can instantaneously get copycat recipes. But I still cherish this book and this recipe for Company Rice is one of my favorites.

It’s that old-school type of recipe, you  know, with soup and butter. According to the author, this recipe won her “My Best Recipe” prize in 1972! Yup, it’s an oldie but a goodie. Let’s make some…