Winter Pinterest Challenge: Bow Clutch

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I was so excited last week to hear the announcement for the Winter Pinterest Challenge! This challenge was the brain child of two fabulous bloggers (Sherry & Katie) and each time they invite two additional bloggers to help host. The point of the challenge is simple, stop pinning and start doing.  Pick a project you pinned and you have been putting off and get busy.

A big shout out to our fabulous hosts this time around:

For this time around I am FINALLY diving into a project on my new sewing machine.  I have been eyeballing this adorable bow clutch that I pinned (my pin) to my sewing board months ago, way before I even owned a sewing machine.  This project comes from the creative mind of Whitney at Elm Street Life.  She wrote a fantastic step-by-step tutorial showing how she made this lovely clutch.  So here is the final product:

DIY Bow Clutch Sewing Tutorial

I am so happy with how it turned out being this was the first project I have ever made on a sewing machine.  It is not perfect but I love it!  I bought all my fabric from fabric.com.

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The exterior green is European Linen Fabric Fig and the inside liner is Kona Cotton Meringue.  I got the zipper, thread and interfacing at Joann’s.  I bought more supplies to make this again in purple with pink liner too!  Continue reading »


Fall Pinterest Challenge

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Can I just say how excited I was last week when I saw the Fall Pinterest Challenge announced over on Young House Love?!? The Pinterest Challenge was the brain child of Sherry from Young House Love and Katie from Bower Power.  This time around they have teamed up with Our Fifth House and Ugly Duckling House to bring us the Fall Pinterest Challenge.

Pinterest Challenge

For their last challenge, the summer edition, I made this great map canvas art for our living room.  My inspiration this time around came in the form of this neon bib necklace from P.S.- I Made This.  I have been eyeballing it for months after pinning it to my DIY pin-board.

Elle bib necklace inspiration

I wanted to give a nice warm fall twist to this piece and have been meaning to get around to working on it ever since I bought the perfect shell beads about a month ago at Joanns.  Those beads have been sitting on my desk, just waiting for the day that I would get motivated enough to make it happen.  No better excuse than a pinterest challenge right?  Without further ado, here is my fall bib necklace:

DIY Bib Necklace Tutorial

To start out I gathered all the supplies I would need to make this necklace. As I mentioned before, the shell “O” beads were from Joanns.  The copper wire, chain and clasp were all purchased over the last few years from various Etsy vendors.  I am a huge fan and supporter of Etsy and buy most of my beads and findings from vendors there. You will also need your round-nose pliers, flat-nose pliers and cutters for this project. Continue reading »


Canvas Map Wall Art

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For my first ever participation in the great Pinterest Challenge from Young House Love and Bower Power with guests Ten June and Centsational Girl, I decided to tackle a project I have been wanting to do for a while…creating a World Map art piece for our living room.  What better time than now, while we are in the midst of our living room makeover!  And here we are with a glimpse at the finished product:

Finished Map Canvas

Alex and I love traveling and have great pictures and memories from our trips; from backpacking Europe to weekend trips in California.  A few weeks ago we went to Yosemite National Park for a few days and hiked the Panorama Trail.  It was so awesome!  We like to utilize our travels in our home decor, like this Ticket Stub Album Cover, so what a better way than a world map surrounded by pictures from our travels. Going through my pinboards on Pinterest, I was able to draw inspiration from others as to how I wanted my map to look.

Here is my “Pinspiration” from my home decor pinboard…. Continue reading »