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The Pinterest Project, a Little Delay

I’m a couple of days behind in posting one the Pinterest Project. Tax preparation, a weekend away from home, and a writing deadline have all taken priority. I promised to deliver 31 days, so be ready for the final 7 projects coming very soon!Michelle

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The Pinterest Project Day 18: Virtual Furniture Rearrangement

I love to rearrange the furniture! I do it often enough to drive my family crazy. After taking down the Christmas tree this month, I decided to make a few changes. And then today, I thought I would make a few additional modifications to make room for a new item. As I moved things, I wondered if there was some other way to decide on furniture placement without dragging it into an arrangement only to shuffle it all around again.A Pinterest post featured a free virtual arranger. I took a few minutes to play with it, and it was kind of […]

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Upcycled Cabinet Door to Serving Tray

I’m going through some reader mail ideas that I have saved in a folder. But now, I have realized there were a couple that I never shared. Shame on me! I’m so sorry to those readers who shared their cute ideas and I neglected to share them. Ugh. For example, isn’t this a great idea? Kunika from the Pretty Homely blog [that’s the title of her blog, not my description of her blog] turned an old kitchen cabinet door into a serving tray by giving it a fabulous finish and adding handles. It’s that pretty? I could do this! I have […]

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Pinterest Project Day 17: Trash Bag Dispenser

Someday, I will do a Pinterest experiment with project that take more time. But for now, I’ve been experimenting with short projects. Today, I tried a trash bag dispenser I saw on Pinterest. If you have been following my “project” for all 17 days, by now you know I don’t really follow directions. Can you say controlling? Anyhoo, I saw the picture of this project and figured I knew how to do it. However, afterwards I discovered that the sample and the directions lead to something a bit more durable. Ahem. Next time, I shall not hurry. But for now, here’s […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 15: Necklace Remake

I saw a project on Pinterest using dollar store supplies that inspired me to make over some of my jewelry. I will have to scrounge through some of my stuff for additional ideas, but for my daily Pinterest Project, I decided to try it  with a quick sample.The post that inspired me on Dollar Store Crafts suggested taking a bead or pearl necklace and doubling it in half, attaching ribbon, and adding other embellishments from your own jewelry box. On the sample from Dollar Store Crafts, they tied the ribbon on in such a way to make it single stranded […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 14: Button Bracelet

It’s Day 15 today, but this is a post from yesterday. Shh, don’t tell anyone I was late with day 14. I fell asleep in my comfy chair while browsing through Pinterest looking for a project to try. I decided on a button bracelet just before dozing off, but that’s as far as I got.This morning, I chose some buttons from my craft stash and got out the hemp cord that I already had on hand. It took only 20 minutes to follow the directions from Hope Studios to recreate Jennifer’s project.Here is Jennifer’s version from her blog: I assembled […]

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The PInterest Project Day 13: Kitchen Stand

If you’ve been following my Pinterest Project, you know that I’m trying, or evaluating some project or recommendation from Pinterest every day for 31 days. Since I’m a day behind on this post, I’ll make Day 13 a quick one. I saw a post about a cake stand used by the sink to hold dish soap and hand soap. The original post is on a blog called Natalme. Here is the photo from that blog: It didn’t take me long ot duplicate it. I had a candle stand (remember the 3-wick candle years?) that I wasn’t using anymore for its intended […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 8: Reconditioning a Craft Cutting Mat

My Day 8 Pinterest Project sort of morphed into a Michelle project. This is because my perfectionist and hyper-controlling nature is to modify the instructions on just about everything I attempt. It’s a sickness, I know. But, I used Pinterest, the mecca of all things craft and DIY to see if there was a great method for reconditioning the cutting mats I use with my Silhouette machine.I know, you may be thinking, who sits around wondering how to recondition their craft mats. Um. Weird people like me? Or you may be thinking, what’s a craft mat, and what’s a Silhouette? […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 6 & 7: Home Experiments

I took a break from the blog yesterday, so today, you get a 2 for 1 on The Pinterest Project. Day 6: Fluffy SoapI saw a post on Pinterest about putting Ivory soap in the microwave. Within a minute, it is supposed to get big and fluffy. A photo and instructions on a website called Our Best Bites promised that it would look like this: On that site, they used it to shape fun bath soaps for kids. I needed a kid’s illustration for a chapel service where I was speaking, and seeing a bar of soap change into a […]

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The Pinterest Project Day 5: Shucking Corn on the Cob

I thought I’d take a trip back to late summer for today’s Pinterest project. Remember summer? When it was warm and the gardens were in full production? I miss that. I can’t make fresh salsa from the snow that covers my garden right now. Anyway, I saw a post about an easier way to shuck sweet corn and knew I had to try it. A little bit of a spoiler here–I labeled the idea a fail at the time I tried it. And I thought I would blog about it today to explain how it failed. However, as I went […]

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