Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [100]

From my archives ~ lemon drop necklace

Welcome to 100TH INSPIRATION BOARD LINK PARTY. I honestly can't believe it! I remember my fist link party - I was so worried that no one would link up but people did and have kept coming week after week. My party isn't one of the big 500-plus link up parties but that's okay... it's just the right amount of guests that this hostess can accommodate. I can still go through the links, visit sites and personally handpick the features.

To celebrate the 100th Inspiration Board, I'm offering a giveaway of a one-month ad spot on my sidebar. It can be for your blog, shop or business {must of course be family friendly}. Enter by using the giveaway widget below.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Extra Credit: living in southern california


7434_102691153076036_2271586_nIf you follow along, you may recall that I’ve mentioned that I live in Southern California. Los Angeles to be exact and to be even more exact, West Los Angeles very close to the beach. The trade off for biking distance to the beach, cool breezes, mild winters and plenty of sunshine is a smaller house. When we were first house hunting, we considered a larger house in different areas but both my husband and myself were willing to sacrifice square footage for the beautiful surroundings and mild weather.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Celebrations: mother’s day blog hop finale & giveaway

Thank you so much for following along on our Mother’s Day Blog Hop. I hope you enjoyed all the projects and found some inspiration to create a diy Mother’s Day gift.
 In case you missed it, I created a Mother’s Day Gift Box made out of an oatmeal canister. You can check out all the great ideas from my co-hostesses at the bottom of this post.


Now on to the giveaway.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Inspiration Board: spotlight {99}

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful week filled with creativity. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, commented or linked up a project this week. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.


Blog Country Crock1In case you didn’t get a chance to stop by, here’s what I shared this week. {left} Mother’s Day Gift Box with Crepe Paper Flowers {middle} Spring Patio  {right} Acorn Squash & Wild Rice Casserole


Have a wonderful the weekend – I hope to see you back here next week. In the meantime, enjoy these projects in the spotlight this week.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Good Taste: acorn squash & wild rice casserole



Acorn Squash and Wild Rice Casserole via homework | carolynshomework.comWhen we think about casseroles, we, or at least I, usually remember the wonderful casseroles that my mom used to make. One-dish wonders that were creamy and oh-so good. Cooking styles have evolved and so have casseroles. Oh, don’t get my wrong, I still love an old-fashioned comfort food casserole. But there are so many new ingredients and ideas for casseroles these days.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sew & Tell: freshening the patio for spring

It’s definitely spring in my neck of the woods. The weather went from gloomy to fresh and sunny recently. Although I was ready for the change in seasons, my patio wasn’t. The cushions and pillows on my patio furniture have had it. They were old, faded and dingy. I would show you a picture but honestly, they were so bad it’s horrifying.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Inspiration Board: link party [99]

From my archives ~ orange and white rose potpourri

Welcome to The Inspiration Board link party. This is the 99th Inspiration Board - I can't believe it! I know some of you have been stopping by since I started these link parties and some of you are brand new. Either way, I'm beyond grateful that you've chosen to visit my blog and link up at my party. Thank you so much.

Now it's time to show off your creativity on The Inspiration Board. I can't wait to start going through the links.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Celebrations: mother’s day gift box

Mother’s Day is around the corner and a homemade gift is always special. This year I’m going to make some treats and fill up this embellished box that I made.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Inspiration Board: spotlight {98}

Happy Friday friends! Another whirlwind week here on homework. I’ve been working on a lot of new projects and fun things for the warmer weather. One of my bigger projects is to fix up our patio with new cushions and pillows. I just have to clear away a few more things on my craft desk so I have room to bust out my sewing machine! I can’t wait to freshen up my dingy patio.

While I’m trying to remember how to thread my sewing machine, enjoy these projects in the spotlight this week.


IMG_0084 (1)Homemade crepes by Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes. Don’t these look amazing? Homemade crepes with freshly whipped cream and perfectly ripe strawberries and blackberries. Oh my!