Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party [60]

Welcome to the Inspiration Board link party. Whether you’re new to the party or a regular I’m so happy that you’re here. Thank you for sharing your creativity. Also, a special thank you to all of you who stop by and leave comments. You’re sweet words make my day!

What have you been up to? I can’t wait to see. I’ll be going through the projects and featuring some on Friday.

A few rules:
  • Link up your own project - something you created, made, did, etc. 
  • If you have a giveaway, I have a separate giveaway link party - see the Giveaway Link Party tab at the top of the page. 
  • Grab a “homework” button and include it somewhere on your blog. 
  • 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.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Sew and Tell: diy fabric eyeglass case {no sew}

All my life I’ve had perfect vision. It was only recently that I started needing reading glasses. And it’s quickly progressed to stronger lenses and completely relying on them.

I have a pair in every room in the house because I’m not the type to wear a little dangly chain around my neck for my glasses. But for some reason, I’m always misplacing the eye glass cases. I lost my last one during my recent travels. I’m sure it fell out somewhere at the airport while I was fumbling for my boarding pass or at a restaurant while trying to read a menu.

When I got back, I made a mental note to go buy a new case. Then I thought, duh, I’ll just make one. My first thought was to sew one, but why bust out the sewing machine when there’s glue…

To make a quick and easy no-sew eye glass you’ll need:
  • Paper towel tube or wrapping paper tube
  • Fabric
  • Craft Glue

  • Cut your tube to the desired length to fit your glasses.
  • Cut open your tube down the long side
  • Glue your fabric to the outside of the tube and tuck in all edges gluing them to the inside.
  • Use a small line of glue to the inside edges and secure with binder clips.
  • Let dry.

This is much prettier than those silly cases they sell at the drugstore. The cardboard tube adds just the right amount of stiffness so the case will stay upright in your purse.

Plus, I love this fabric. It was in the remnant bin and I’ve been eager to use it on a project.

This is great way to use up a small piece of fabric and very budget-friendly. Add a monogram or other embellishments to make a nice gift.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

The Inspiration Board: link party spotlight ~59~

Happy Friday everyone. I hope everyone had a great week. If you stopped by The Inspiration Board on Tuesday and linked up a project – thank you so much. There were so many fun things to check out. And for those of you who came by to visit, leave a comment or just check out some projects – thank you for taking the time to visit my little blog.

Here are a few of the projects in the spotlight this week.

Beautiful bedding topped off with a stunning vintage button monogram pillow by The Ivy Cottage. So pretty!

Potholes and Pantyhose
Homemade butter by Potholes and Pantyhose. I bet it’s so creamy and fresh – and you don’t need an old-fashioned butter churn to make it.

Design, Dining and Diapers turned a thrift store watering can into a faux vintage planter using Bronzed Metal spray paint. I need to get some of this paint - my mind is reeling with ideas….

The sweetest little ruffle bib by Just Another Hang Up. Pretty calico fabric, buttons and ruffles make it almost too pretty to use.

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Chocolate Swirl Lollipops by Meaningful Mama. This is a fun project that kids can help make and of course eat!

Did you know you could paint wood laminate furniture? Sarah Dawn Designs shows us how using a special primer. I love the stencil work making the piece even more unique.

London Olympics tote bag
The Olympics are almost here! Happy in Red is ready with this Summer Olympics Tote Bag made out of the cutest I {heart} London fabric.

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Rice Krispie Treats on a stick! Brilliant! Our Thrifty Ideas put a different spin on cake pops with these Reece’s Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats. Perfect for a kid’s party to help lessen sticky fingers.

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Creatively Living gave her bathroom a quick change with items from around the house. An old drawer, shells and other knick knacks completely change the look of the bathroom.

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies 5 ed
These sound so healthy that I’m sure they don’t have any calories. Blueberry Oatmeal cookies from Will Cook for Smiles. They look deeeelishous!

This week on the Inspiration Pinboard
Features 59 collage
1. Dollhouse Craft Room – Blackbird has Spoken   |   2. Shell Ring – Northshore Days   |   3. Necklace and Hairclips – Bowdabra Blog   |   4. Single Serving Bath Salts – Say Not Sweet Anne   |   5. Little Bird Earrings – Dianthusa Paris

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.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upcycling: scrappy t-shirt baby hangers

We cleaned out my son’s closet…again! He outgrew another closetful of clothes. I kept a few of the colorful t-shirts to use for projects but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for.

I also found some of those small plastic baby hangers buried in the back of his closet. Keep in my mind my son is a teenager so I don’t know how those hangers have been overlooked all these years. I decided to use the t-shirts and hangers together.

These plastic baby hangers are just the right size for baby and toddler clothes but they’re slippery and the clothes tend to fall off.

Using the old t-shirts, I cut long strips and wrapped the plastic hangers. A dab of hot glue here and there will keep the strips in place.

Smaller strips are tied on to create the scrappy / rag rug look. The strips did take a while to tie but if you cut them all out you can tie them while watching your favorite TV show.

I didn’t have any baby clothes to hang on the hangers for these photos so I used some of my tops that tend to fall off regular hangers.

They work perfectly. The old t-shirts are soft and add padding to the hangers.

These would make great baby gifts. The plastic hangers are very inexpensive and old t-shirts are free! 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Accessories: jewelry giveaway and guest recap

Here’s a question for you… Can a girl have too much jewelry? Normally, I would say no but my jewelry box runneth over!

You may recall I was extremely lucky to be selected to review the new Styled by Tori Spelling jewelry line. Playing with and creating all the jewelry was so fun but honestly, it’s more than I could ever wear. I’m going to use some for gifts but I also created TWO prize packages to share with you.

Blog Jewelry Giveaway_Prize 1
The prize packages are a mix of the Glitz and Boho lines. 

Blog Jewelry Giveaway_Prize 2
Each package will contain; a necklace top, necklace connectors, several necklace bottoms, several necklace pendants and danglers. Fun!

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter entry below and follow the entry instructions. There are several chances to enter.

  • Anonymous and no-reply entries must leave an email address in order to be eligible to win. If I can’t contact you, I’ll draw a new winner.
  • Once the winners are drawn I will send an email to each winner. The winner must contact me within one week or a new winner will be selected.
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I want to thank the following bloggers {friends} who shared guest posts here on homework while I was away. I loved all your projects – you are all a great source of inspiration to me! 

If you aren’t familiar with these blogs, please stop by and visit them for some amazing creativity. 

Guest Posters
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