Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~57~

Thank you to everyone who shared a project on the Inspiration Board this week. Summer recipes, crafts and projects continue to inspire us and I so enjoyed seeing all of your linked projects. If you dropped by to visit, I hope you enjoyed all of the shared inspiration. Here are a few projects in the spotlight this week.

Also, I hope you enjoyed the guest posts this past week. I’ll be back soon.

herringbone3Look what CW Frosting made out of dollar store car mats and sponges! A herringbone stenciled kitchen rug! What a great use of dollar store supplies – imagine the possibilities.

after crate pitcherThe Happier Homemaker took a thrift store crate complete with teddy bear shaped sides and transformed it into nice plain catch all. For the good of all things crafty, she did have to chop off the bears heads but we promise to not report her to the animal people.

8abOpen farmhouse shelves from the Parisian Bamboo. I love these open shelves – they are so versatile for knick knacks, seasonal décor, serving pieces and dishes.

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Berry yumminess. Top: Mixed Berry Frangipane Tartlets by Nifty Thrifty Things. Bottom: Pineapple Juice Fruit Popsicles by Homespun with Love.

washi tape ice cream wooden spoonsWashi Tape wooden spoons for an ice cream party by Meaningful Mama. Fun and oh-so-accurate phrases like; need it, love it, want it!

Gorgeous cupcakes by Lilikoi Joy. Strawberry cupcakes, buttercream frosting, little pearls and ripe heart-shaped strawberries. Beautifully presented and I bet they’re delicious.

005I love this photo holder by Setting for Four. A rock, some wire and a treasured photo are all you need to make this simple project.

DSCN3679I never get tired of owls and these little yarn owls are so darling. Scraponique crocheted one and knitted the other. Either way, they’re a cute pair.

travel pouch-016The cutest little iPhone travel pouch by Raegun Wear. Sweet birdcage fabric and the ric rac detail make this extra special.

spoolbookcase3Love, love, love this spool bookcase by Pink Stitches. A great recycle from an industrial cable spool. The material list calls for a “small spool” – goodness, I wonder what the large spool looks like.

This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
Little Bites
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Little Bites:  
1. Cheesy Horseradish Potato Skins – Want to Get Crafty  |   2. Eat Tray – Shabby Gals  |  3. Chicken Parmesan Sliders – The Grant Life   |  4. Quinoa Patties – Path to Wellness  |  5. Tomato Parsley Pesto – Hello Paper Moon

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


Thank you for visiting.




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Friday, July 6, 2012

Be My Guest: johnnie of saved by love creations

Hi friends,
I'll have the features from this week's Inspiration Board up soon but in the meantime, today's guest is the oh-so creative Johnnie from Saved by Love Creations. Johnnie has created some of the most amazing projects from upcycled objects. Chances are you've seen her beautiful magazine page coiled bowl since it was featured all over blogland. Her blog is filled with wonderful crafts, round ups and fantastic projects. I know you'll enjoy the project she is sharing with us today.


Upcycled Jean Label Bracelet
Hello, Homework readers! My name is Johnnie and I blog at Saved By Love Creations, Printable Decor, and Decor 2 Ad0re{able}. I was honored when Carolyn invited me to share here. This is one of the most beautiful blogs out there and has been an inspiration to me since my first visit.
If you are familiar with Saved By Love Creations, you probably know I am an upcycled project kinda girl, with a slight Sizzix obsession. Today, I am going to walk you through how to make a lovely bracelet from label on your old jeans. In this example, I embellished the final piece with a paper flower, but you can stick whatever you want on there to reflect your style. This project is simple, inexpensive, eco-friendly and quick. Although I do use my Sizzix to emboss the leather, you can absolutely do this project without it.

Label from jeans
Hole punch and eyelet setter (I use Crop-a-dile in this tutorial)
Metal chain long enough for the bracelet to fit wrist
Jewelry Pliers to open and close jumprings
Jewelry clasp for closure
Sizzix and embossing folder of you choice (optional)
Crafter's Pick Glue
Paper Rose
Krylon Clear Coat (to seal paper rose)
Upcycled bracelet tutorial
Make a bracelet from Jean Labels
Once the glue is dry, you are ready to wear your new upcycled jeans label bracelet!
Jean Label Bracelet
upcycled jewelry tutorial
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed. You can find me at all my places:


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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Be My Guest: carol of the answer is chocolate

Hi friends,
Today's guest is Carol from The Answer is Chocolate. I was immediately drawn to Carol's blog because, well, I firmly believe that the answer is chocolate! Over at The Answer is Chocolate, you'll find beautiful paper projects, jewelry, scrapbooking and lots more.

So grab some chocolate and enjoy the beautiful project that Carol is sharing with us today.


Ribbon and Podgeable Bookmarks

Hello dear homework readers. I’m Carol from The Answer Is Chocolate and am so honored to be here sharing a project at Carolyn’s beautiful blog.

We are avid readers in our house and even though we’ve kept pace with technology and read a lot online and via an eReader, for me, there’s still nothing like an actual book. But what’s a book without a bookmark? 

I recently had the opportunity to play with some new products from Plaid. I love Mod Podge and they have a new line of acrylic shapes called Podgeables. I had a couple left over from another project I was working on and they were perfect for my bookmarks.

For this project you will need:
  • Ribbon. I used velvet but anything with some body to it.
  • Ribbon Clamps. Find these in the jewelry supply section of your favorite craft or bead store. Mine are from Michaels.
  • Jump Rings
  • Pliers
  • Charms, beads, anything small w/ a hole that will fit on a bookmark!
Measure your ribbon to the length you want. For standard hardback books, this is about 10 inches. Put your ribbon clamps on each end of your ribbon. I’m not coordinated enough to take pictures while doing this but it’s pretty easy. Slide clamp on, pinch it hard with a needlenose pliers.

Ribbon Clamps

Ribbon Bookmarks

Once you have your clamps on, you can add your embellishments. The Podgeables are acrylic shapes that you can decorate. I used Mod Podge  Antique Matte  to adhere paper to the backs of mine. Then added beads and charms from my stash.
Gear Ribbon Bookmark

The little copper charms are ones I made using Mod Podge Dimensional Magic in gold and a bezel I had in my jewelry stash:

Dimensional Magic Charms

I hope you enjoyed this project . I first made ribbon bookmarks last year and you can see more instructions here.  I would love to have you come visit over at my place. I blog about all kinds of creative things and in case you haven’t guessed from my blog name. my creative passion is fueled by my passion for all things chocolate!

Thanks again for having me Carolyn!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Be My Guest: alexis of jacolyn murphy

Today's guest is the wonderful Alexis of Jacolyn Murphy. Alexis has a custom party and paper business and her blog tells the stories of the things she creates.
In her own words…

I try to make everything a little more special and festive.
Recently a friend said to me,
"the party favors you did just made everyone feel HAPPY".
It made my day.
My custom party and paper business is a dream because I constantly ask myself,
"How can I make this really special"?
"What is going to make people stop and say...Wow?"
Life moves too fast.
My kids are growing up and I want them to try to enjoy all
the big events and the little things that happen every day.
The name Jac o' lyn Murphy comes from combining my children's names,
(Jack + Carolyn = Jac o' lyn)
because they are the inspiration for almost everything I do.


Alexis is sharing her special Fourth of July breakfast with us today. I know you will all enjoy this fun and patriotic party idea. For even more party ideas visit Alexis over at Jacolyn Murphy.

On July 4th we will wake up to
Spacious Skies and

from C (coffee) to shining C (cake)
A soothing breakfast buffet before a crazy, hectic day
Beautiful America...

Have a wonderful day!

Thanks for visiting!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party 57

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Hi friends,
I’m still away but it wouldn’t feel like a Tuesday without the Inspiration Board. If you’re new to the party or a regular linker, I truly appreciate the fact that you’ve come to share your creativity with everyone.

Features for this link party will be slightly delayed [I usually have Features on Friday] but I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to and I’ll get features up as soon as I get back and caught up.

Enjoy the party and all the wonderful guest posters that I have lined up.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc.
  • Link to a specific post, not your blog home page
  • No shops or giveaways – [I have a new Link Party just for giveaways – see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page.]
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on the post you’re linking, on your home page or a page of link parties. Or, if you prefer, add a text link.
  • Follow homework.  You’ll find the “Follow via Google Friend Connect” gadget on the right sidebar.
  • Please visit the other links that intrigue you and make someone smile with a comment or two.
I’m ready to be inspired - don’t forget to add my button somewhere on your blog. Spreading the word helps bring more visitors to your linked project.

Want to host your own link party? Click here to sign up for InLinkz

Thanks for visiting.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Be My Guest: malia of yesterday on tuesday

Hi friends,
I'm away for awhile but I have a lineup of wonderful guests who will be sharing some of their favorite projects. The link party will still be on for tomorrow but features will be a little delayed.

Kicking off this guest series is one of the sweetest bloggers around -  Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday. Malia has a wonderful blog full of crafts, food and other fun things.  Here's how Malia describes herself and Yesterday on Tuesday.

Art is an important part of my life. Much like my morning cup of coffee, if I don't get my art fix, I get cranky! I literally need to be creating or appreciating it on a daily basis. There are so many places to find inspiration: in crafts, design, painting, sewing, style... in illustration, photography and typography... in pieces that hang in a gallery and projects that are displayed in children's classrooms. It's all art to me.

My favorite types of projects are those that involve up-cycling-- rescuing something from the recycling or trash bin and transforming it into something beautiful and useful.


Hi, My name is Malia and I'm a friend and fan of Carolyn's Homework. Carolyn's letting me share a patiotic post with you while she's away.
Have you caught in to Mason Jar MANIA? Me too. I love how versatile Mason Jars are for crafting and organizing (and even recipes). But you can end up with a surplus of Mason Jar Lids sometimes... so here's an idea on what you can do with them, just in time for the 4th of July... Rustic Tic Tac Toe!

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Measure the jam jar lid to cover with paper. Glasses make great templates or use a circle cutter. This one is the Custom Cutting System from Creative Memories. I think it could probably be considered *vintage* but it still works great. You need two sheets of patterned paper. The polka dot paper is from Canvas Corp and the navy stars is from October Afternoon. The red and white gingham is from Martha Stewart. I made two sets of game pieces.

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Use Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the lid.

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Make a grid using washi tape (or duct tape would work well too).

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Use a dot of hot glue on the back of each lid to secure a magnet. Pop into the frame and you're done.

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Patriotic Tic Tac Toe.

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Grab a snack and you're set.

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 Thanks, Carolyn, for letting me hang here today.
Visit me at my blog Yesterday on Tuesday anytime!


Happy 4th of July!

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