Headband Bookmark | Adventures in Pinterest

My six year old loves to read and to be read to. But with summer, her regular bedtime routine has been completely obliterated since I promised she could play outside until dusk. In So Cal, that’s right around 8:00pm and after a shower and brushing teeth, bedtime looks a lot like lights out.

We’ve been trying to make our way through a summer reading list, sneaking in a few chapters between running errands and afternoons at the pool. I pinned this No Sew Elastic Bookmark craft from Thirty Handmade Days months ago and knew it was exactly what we needed to bookmark the 800 books she’s currently making her way through.

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If I’m being honest, I pinned the bookmark craft and never looked at it again. Raise your hand if you do that to. That’s the whole point of these Adventures in Pinterest posts – to go back through my Pinterest boards and actually make a project I’ve pinned. Anyway, I knew the bookmarks would be super easy to make. I grabbed a couple of elastic headbands on clearance at Old Navy and way too many buttons from the craft store.

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The problem with not looking at the original pin again was that I didn’t realize I would need flat elastic headbands. I got the ones that are knotted off. It works but what the heck do you do with the knotted part? I moved the knot to the back of the book but then the book doesn’t lay flat or stack nicely with a set. Whatever. You could move it to the top and give your book at mohawk too. I like the idea that I the knotted elastic head bands can be adjusted for thinner or thicker books, too.

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Fun, right? The bonus here is that my daughter really likes to wear headbands in her hair and these totally double as an accessory. Not my original plan, but why not?

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Succulent Gardening | Adventures in Pinterest

My neighbor recently suggested I should fill the two empty urns flanking my front door with succulents. Apparently, the pots filled with dried out dirt weren’t really doing it in terms of curb appeal. I sort of agreed.

I searched Pinterest for how to put together an arrangement of succulents and found some really pretty stuff – including this photo from Better Homes and Gardens. I loved the combination of plants used and that they identified the exact plants to get. I also found this photo which made me laugh hysterically like a 12-year-old boy.

We checked out several garden centers and I found myself totally overwhelmed at the number of succulents available. I couldn’t find the plants BHG suggested – which totally pains me because I wanted that exact look – but bought some that were close enough.

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a. Senecio String of Bananas

b. Senecio vitalls

c. Aptenia cordifolia

d. Sedum Gold Moss

e. Hens and Chicks Krebs 2

I didn’t buy the right amount of plants because I feel like things should be grouped in odd numbers and didn’t realize this oversight when I was filling up my cart. Oh well.

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I feel sort of meh about the final product and hope that it will fill in a little bit. At the very least, the urns look way better than before.

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Adventures in Pinterest: December

I swear Adventures in Pinterest has really changed the way I pin things now. I am no longer mindlessly re-pinning. I pin with intention – mostly. I also pin for engagement (but that’s a whole different story and one you will eventually hear about). Anyway…on to this month’s projects!

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December has been prime for pinning, hasn’t it? Admittedly, I am beyond ready for something in my feed that is not a Christmas cookie or decoration. However, today’s projects are both Christmas related.

First up: Addressing Holiday Cards

Here’s the original pin and related post from Nest of Posies.  I loved the handwriting, vintage postage stamps and washi tape. I would be excited to get this card in the mail! It makes me want to see what’s inside. Love.

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Here’s my version:

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This was actually kind of fun. I prefer to hand address my holiday cards and dressing up the envelope with washi tape and funky handwriting made it less of a painstaking task.

Second: Holiday Treat Gifts

Here is the original pin and related post from Catered Crop. Though the original pin features the paper tag, I was drawn to what was inside the mason jar. We have several family friends with allergies and I thought a jar full of non-chocolate, peanut-free candies was a great gift alternative.

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Here’s my version. Ok, not rocket science but definitely just as cute.

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So, what did you make this month? Add a link below. If you aren’t a blogger but want to play along, you can post your photo to my Facebook page!

Adventures in Pinterest: Halloween Edition

Today kicks off a monthly challenge called Adventures in Pinterest!

Quick backstory: Last month, Anna from In The Next 30 Days challenged myself, Megan from MamaBub and Jessica from Chaos and Love Shop to actually execute one of the eleventy-billion recipes or projects we’re always pinning over on Pinterest. It turned out to be really fun. So, from that, a monthly challenge amongst friends was born. Want to play along? Work on your own project, write about it, and link up on October 30th.

Check out my project below!

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While curating ideas and looking for inspiration for our annual Halloween party, I found this pin from the insanely talented ladies behind Eighteen 25. How hard could it be to make these yarn wrapped letters?

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I had a hard time finding the the cardboard letters. The ones I found at Hobby Lobby were only a couple inches tall and my plan was to put it on our hood just like the one in the Eighteen 25 photo. Instead, I found letters made of MDF that were plenty big for the space.

The problem? Wrapping yarn around those letters was incredibly time consuming (which is disclosed in the tutorial at Eighteen 25). It took me nearly an hour to wrap one of the O’s. And it was especially tricky in the curves of the letters. I tried a couple different ways and all looked terrible.

Plan B? Use a wide ribbon instead. That surely would take a lot less time to wrap the letters, right. True. But, those curves yielded bunchy ribbon and I hated it, too.

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Plan C? At this point, I’m pretty much over these damn letters but I want so badly to have them at my Halloween party. So, we painted them the same color as the yarn and the ribbon. Meh.

Plan C 2.0? Paint them with black chalkboard paint. Why chalkboard paint? I don’t know. For some reason, I thought the finish would look cooler than just regular old black. It didn’t. It just looks black. And it took like ten coats to cover the green paint.

I made the cute streamer bunting too but forgot to snap a photo before the string slipped out of the scotch tape and ended up on my floor. At second look, I actually think those are zeros instead of O’s.

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I know. I painted a couple of letters. But, I had the best intentions just poor execution!

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Easter Bunny Wreath Tutorial

It’s a rare occasion when I actually execute a craft I pin on Pinterest but last Easter something got my creative juices flowing and I found myself at the local craft store picking up what I needed to make an Easter Bunny wreath.  Here’s the thing, I kept seeing this adorable bunny wreath pinned but it linked to an Etsy Shop where the wreaths were priced anywhere from $69 – $75 plus $15 shipping.  Ouch, right?  I thought I could easily make wreath and I’m sure for a fraction of the price.

Here is my Easter Bunny Wreath tutorial.

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Materials:

– one 8″ metal boxed wire wreath form (for the head)
– one 12″ metal boxed wire wreath form (for the body)
– three packages floral cloth wire
– one roll of 1-1/2″ wired satin ribbon in any spring color
– three or four 5′ Spring Egg and Pip garland (you’ll need one for the ears and the rest for the body)
– wire cutter tool
– glue gun, optional

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How to make an Easter Bunny Wreath:

– Fit garland to the front of each wire wreath round securing with floral wire.

– You’ll want to wrap the garland around the wire wreath so that it appears full.

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– You can keep your wreaths”branchy” looking or tuck (and glue) all those little branches into the other secured pieces.

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– Wrap both wreaths with the garland.  Be sure to reserve one garland for the bunny ears.

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– Tightly secure the 8″ wreath to the 12″ wreath using floral wire (or something similar).  

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– Use the remaining garland to shape into bunny ears.  I removed the eggs from this garland to easily manipulate the branches.  

– Gather the garland at the bottom and secure with a rubber band or floral wire.

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– Tightly secure the bunny ears to the 8″ wreath. 

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– Tie wire ribbon around neck into bow.

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– Hang from wreath hanger.

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The whole project cost me about $40.  The biggest expense came from the garland but if you have time to shop prices, you can definitely find them deeply discounted.  It took me about an hour total to complete this particular Easter Bunny wreath.  Be warned: it can be heavy, so make sure all of your attachments are secure.

Like what you see?  Please pin this Easter Bunny Wreath to your boards!  Thanks!!

Happy Easter!