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My First Completed Pins

As you may know, I have become mildly obsessed with Pinterest. Not a day goes by when I don’t visit the site, and I even found a way to use it professionally. Yeah, I’m that good  😉

It’s almost impossible to spend time on Pinterest and not want to be more crafty. Christmas seemed like the perfect time to let the “pinspiration” take over.

Mason jar crafts are rampant on Pinterest. I went with two different mason jar ideas that I had pinned: Christmas Treat Jars and “In-A-Jar” gifts.

Christmas Treat Jars


I made four of these jars using almonds, almond M&Ms, and, since almond M&Ms were quite scarce, mint M&Ms. To maintain the layered look, I used a cup of the given treat for each layer. If you make these jars and use nuts, it’s important to use unsalted nuts only. Apparently, salt will ruin the other treats in the jar.

In-A-Jar Gift


I used this pin more for inspiration than strict instruction. I decided to make four “Manicure In a Jar” jars that included:

  • Manicure gloves (which to my great surprise, we extremely difficult to find)
  • Mini nail clippers and emory board
  • Nail buffing block
  • Hand lotion
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ghirardelli chocolates – for the pampering factor

I used my Xyron Create-A-Sticker (5″) to attach ribbon around the rim of each jar. Then I stuck a curly Christmas bow on top. I used my Cricut to craft up some Christmas-y tags. Luckily, my most recent cartridge acquisition included a tag shape, the “To:,” and a snowflake. Perfect!

Duct Tape Flower Pencils


After completing the jars, I set to work on one more project – Duct Tape Flower Pencils for my niece. I pinned this idea from Pioneer Woman, and it was a huge hit.

I made a bouquet of five flowers. Four were pink with silver accents, and one was the reverse. Once I got into a groove ripping the pieces of tape, I wanted to keep going. They were rather fun to make. I happened to have a tiny vase, so I stuck a piece of colorful ribbon around the neck of the vase and put the pencils in it. Perfect packaging for the gift.

With all the pinning I have been doing, I am proud that I actually followed through on a few of them. I feel so productive  🙂

Are you on Pinterest? If so, have you taken action on any of your pins?

Keep Calm and Pin On

If you haven’t already discovered it, let me introduce you to Pinterest.

At any point in your life, did you have a bulletin board? Did you ever pin pictures or clippings that inspired you? Or did you pin things that made you smile, laugh? Did you pin pictures of beautiful places you wanted to travel to?

Even sans bulletin board, do you clip ideas out of magazines or catalogs? Maybe decorating ideas, workout routines, or DIY projects?

Pinterest lets you do all of this virtually. You create boards, typically around a theme, and then you pin images from around the internet onto your boards. While it seems a little silly at first, you can quickly see how useful it can be.

For instance, one of my boards is “My Dream Home.” When I see house ideas on blogs, other websites, or in catalogs (with images I can find online), I can pin them to my board. When the time comes to build our new place, I’ll be super ready! I’ll know what I want and have the pictures to show for it  🙂

If only I had this when I was planning my wedding. There are some incredible wedding ideas on there!

The other selling point for me…I’m a notorious catalog and magazine clipper. I dog-ear pages, cut out the pictures and ideas I want to save…and have no good place to put them. Now, I have a place – a virtual, space-saving, eco-friendly place  🙂

Here are some of my fun finds:

So many variations on the s’more – S’mores Cookie Bars

Lots of ideas for the house, like kitchens

utensil rack traditional kitchen

And a frightening number of dream laundry rooms.

inspiration contemporary laundry room

Way more important – lots of ideas for our outdoors spaces.

Pinterest inspires me to want to be crafty – like making a dry erase board out of an old window.

And then, at other times, it just makes me laugh…

A few books totally died as I wrote this post.

Squirrel Photo Bomb


Join me on Pinterest. You won’t be sorry.

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