Practicing Pinterest in September

It’s Tuesday, back to work after a 3-day holiday weekend for most folks. (Not me, of course – I work in the restaurant biz while I search for that perfect FT gig) but nonetheless it was quite the lazy day til 5:00 rolled around and it was time to go to work. Tuesday is the day to get back to work, and for me that means catch up here!

A few days ago, I mentioned an idea that I stumbled upon that I am coining Practicing Pinterest. So many of us are guilty of wasting hours on Pinterest pinning so many unrelated things saying “gosh why have I never thought of that?!” or “I could make that!” We pin and pin and pin.. but let’s face it, what is your pinned to actually made ratio? Mine’s not very good, haha. But I’m making an effort to be better. It occurred to me that maybe a schedule would benefit my efficiency when it comes to Pinterest. Maybe a few days should be for browsing and a certain day or two should be for reviewing and making a game plan on actually doing some of those DIY projects. This past Labor Day weekend, I did, in fact, do just that.

A Trio of Frames

Besides Pinterest, I also troll Etsy quite a bit.I look through for different ideas and make a wish list of things and favorite shops. But I also look at some of it and think about how I could duplicate some of it myself, for cheaper. This project was one of those instances. I came across an Etsy shop with a listing for 3 large picture frames painted a bright turquoise color (which is my favorite color, by the way). I did note that the grouping of the three photo frames did give it somewhat of a wow factor. I did move recently, and this made an excellent idea to add to the Practicing Pinterest list because I’m trying to turn this house we moved into almost 2 months ago look like it’s our home and give it the love it deserves.

So, I went out to find three 5×7 frames (I took 3 photos that I love and tweaked them a bit in iPhoto to add that extra special factor and by doing so, Walgreens informed me that if I blew up my photos any more than 5×7 I wouldn’t be happy with the print quality). 5×7 worked perfectly actually up on the mantle over the fireplace.

As you can see, we needed something on that mantle, as it’s looking pretty naked.

Our naked mantle

I found three frames at Hobby Lobby, for 50% off. (Seems like their photo frames are always 50% off – but that works for me!) I picked three white frames because I figured it’s probably easier to spray paint over white rather than black, right? My frames were priced at $11.99 each, but half off meant that I got all 3 for just under $20. I mulled over a spray paint purchase for quite some time though, and finally selected a burgundy color. I usually gravitate towards burgundy and turquoise and grays.. but after we moved from our last apartment, I swore I was going to have more of a theme of colors rather than everything that I like. 🙂

Three simple 5×7 Hobby Lobby Frames $11.99 each

I took those to my back porch and gave them a few coats of the burgundy spray paint and they started to come to life.

Even the pups were interested in my project.

This is the baby, Brooklyn.

I let them dry for about a day. Then I added my newly finished prints also (with an older photo in the middle frame so that I had some dimension with my frames and not all 3 on a horizontal layout- plus I’m still enamored with the print in the middle so it can be the rockstar on the mantle :).) Here’s the finished product:

A trio of frames all spray painted one bold color for instant glam – easy DIY project to add some WOW to your home.

Anthropologie-inspired Flower Vases

My next project from this past weekend was something I saw on another blog, (It’s Overflowing), about replicating ideas that you see other places on a DIY scale. She saw a flower vase at a store, that’s also a favorite of mine – Anthropologie. I’m guilty of walking in Anthropologie and just looking at everything and trying to find ideas that I can replicate at home, because it is a bit on the pricey side. I love the style there though, and they say imitation is the more sincere form of flattery.. don’t they? 🙂

So, like Amee from It’s Overflowing, I took a shot at recreating a vase like those found in Anthropologie. Amee’s post about her adventures can be found here. I found 2 vases at Michael’s Craft Stores ON SALE

Originally priced, these little things were $8.99 each. They were marked down to $4.99 each and I had a $5 off $10 coupon. I bought something else too, but these little vases worked out to being 2 for about $3. SCORE! I already had some flowers at home that I’ve been collecting for another project. I selected two cheery, very different flowers and hot glued those babies onto the vases.

Voila!

Anthropologie-inspired mini vases to add a splash of color in the home. Easy, inexpensive DIY project!

I’ve got another project in the works but I don’t like to show things until they’re finished. Hope this inspires the creativity in you and that you get a grip on your Pinterest account and start making time to do some of those projects you’ve pinned too. You can follow me on Pinterest here to see more of my style!

Thanks for reading!

-LRL

TGIS

Forget TGIF – and I’m usually happy it is Friday, but SATURDAY is the real start of the weekend and the true source of happiness. So Happy Saturday everyone and Happy College Football Day (as I told my man this morning with a kiss on the nose as I left him to make camp on the couch in front of the TV).

Being a Florida girl, I am a Gators fan – but not obsessively. If you want the truth, I’m much more into NASCAR, which is a surprising trait about me – or so I’ve been told 🙂

So while he sits on the couch, for me- today is a day to work on some projects I’ve been wanting to get to and finishing others I’ve halfway started. I came across this idea from another blog, (http://baublesnpopwordpress.com/)  to actually get around to doing those projects that I pinned on Pinterest. I’m going to take it a step further and incorporate this into my schedule every week and call it Practicing Pinterest. Practicing Pinterest will take place once a week (most likely during the Friday-Sunday time) and I hope to pin and share some of these DIY projects that I keep meaning to do, eventually, one day, when I get around to it.. you know how it goes.

So that’s the plan for this weekend, I’m working on a couple. Hoping to have some finished products to share in the next day or so, so plan to swing back soon!

May you have a wonderful and productive weekend!

 

-LRL