Pin of the Day: State Souvenir Glasses

Check out these sweet tumblers featured on Country Living:

They vary in price but range from $3-$20. What a fun addition to your glassware collection, or a wonderful gift. I added this pin to my Decor Digest Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

 

Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of sisusa.blogspot.com/

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of allyou.com

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of chatelaine.com

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of kappaprep.com

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of davisdaybyday.blogspot.com/

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of homestoriesatoz.com

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of lacquerandlinen.com

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of flickr.com/photos/frykitty/6191774556/

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of BHG.com

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of centsationalgirl.com

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of fabulouskblog.com

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of HGTV.com

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com/

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of freshhomeideas.com

Whew.

Cheers,

Caroline

Inspiration: Halloween Decor

OK, we’ve covered all the important stuff about the party: the food and drinks. What comes next? Oh, right – the decorations. If you think this list is long, wait until you see my upcoming post on pumpkins. Just so much fun stuff out there! These are all pinned to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board along with all my Halloween loves!

Mason Jar Luminaries, courtesy of jedicraftgirl.blogspot.com

Witch’s legs from pool noodles! Courtesy of halloweenforum.com

Pumpkin Tea Light Holders, courtesy of candleandsoap.about.com

Pumpkin Door Decor, courtesy of thebeehivetimes.blogspot.com

Snake Wreath, courtesy of mcillecespot.blogspot.com/

I mean, you must have a green door. Bur, Franken-door. Courtesy of mel-designs.typepad.com

Paper Pumpkins, courtesy of iheartnaptime.net

More Mason Jar Lanterns, courtesy of thepartydress.net

Candy Corn Vases, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Spider Topiaries, courtesy of craftsbystarlight.blogspot.com

Candy Corn Hurricanes, courtesy of womansday.com

Candy Corn Tree, courtesy of womansday.com

Tin Can Lanterns, courtesy of twoofakindworkingonafullhouse.com

Halloween Soaps, courtesy of thatswhatchesaid.net

Milk Jug Luminaries, courtesy of dreamingdecor.com

Spiderweb Doormat, Courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by Seth Smoot

Ghost Garland, courtesy of dreamingdecor.com

Click link for paper cutout templates! Courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by John Kernick

Cheesecloth Ghosts, courtesy of countryliving.com; photo by John Kernick

Eat, Drink, and Be Scary Printable, courtesy of craftily-ever-after.blogspot.com

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: 7 ways to Ruffle

I love a good ruffle. see kate sew has the simplest guide to creating 7 unique and adorable ruffles on her fantastic blog.

Head over to the original post to get the quick (literally, most of them are 1 sentence) tutorial on how to get your desired ruffle. If you love them as much as she does, there are a ton of ruffle resources on her site as well. Just adorable. This pin is heading to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Sensational Standard Sized Bathrooms

We are in the process of looking for a house in downtown Orlando. The problem is…the houses in downtown Orlando. We have toured some charming houses, most of them built anywhere from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. What is not so charming about them is the bathrooms. We walk all the way through,  I’m mentally repainting walls and refinishing floors and my husband is mentally adding up the cost of all my projects. Then we get to the bathrooms and we both start mentally throwing up. Here are some examples.

Don’t you want them all?

I have stood in these bathrooms. They smelled.  One of them did not even have a working shower, they were using the shower as a giant litter box for their cats. So, yes, we would have to gut them all. I don’t think my husband can pee into a pink toilet. So browsing for some inspiration, I came across a great post from SAS Interiors featuring 12 standard-sized bathrooms that some clever folks have made livable! Cute bathrooms for normal people! Read the whole post (totally worth it!) but here are my 2 faves.

In this bathroom by YHL, they used open elements like the storage under the sink and removing the doors on their linen closet to make this little bathroom seem bigger. I love it!

How cheerful is this? It was featured in BHG and I think it’s fabulous.

So, here’s hoping I land in a house that one of those clever people have ALREADY gotten a hold of. I can’t look at more peach tile. I’m saving these bathroom makeovers to my Decor Digest Board.

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Crayon Art

June is here! This month is bringing a lot of excitement for me: a trip to Boston to start it out and then a trip to New Orleans at the end, plus I am starting the HUGE summer program at the Science Center on Monday! I feel sure there will not be a single dull moment this month.

June is going to be a great month for The Rainy Day Box, too. First of all, it’s raining! Not some wimpy shower, either – I heard the rain before I saw it which makes me feel very cozy and crafty. Naturally I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. This cheerful DIY art looks like a lot of fun to make and I do believe it will be the perfect thing to add some color to my office!

I found a wonderful tutorial here. Her pictures are spectacular and so happy! Basically you get some crayons (personalize it, people!), hot glue them to a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer on high to melt the wax to your satisfaction. Voila! I am pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board and it’s so do-able I think I might just do it today!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Tile Coasters

Today’s post is a definite rainy day project! Simple, beautiful, easily personalized- and you may already have most supplies at your house. These adorable tile coasters from The Cottage Home would be a great gift for just about anyone, or a quick way to spruce up your home or office. They would also be a fun take home for a party like a baby shower! You could also put picture hangers on the back of them and use them as wall art. The possibilities are endless!

One thing I noticed from the comments on the tutorial is quite a few people made them and noticed they were not heat-resistant right away. Once they are dry they should be ok for cold drinks, but wait about a month for them to cure before putting a hot mug on them. This does not worry me as I only have a huge glass of iced tea with me at all times. I can’t WAIT to make some of my own!

thecottagehome.blogspot.com

(Tutorial courtesy of The Cottage Home)

Supplies:
4 square tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (or fabric) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
4 pieces of felt (or cork) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive)
Clear acrylic sealer

1.  Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.

2. Place one piece of paper on center of tile.  Allow to dry.

3. Brush on another coat of mod podge on top of paper.  Allow to dry 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 more times.

4.  After mod podge is dry, take tiles outside and spray with clear acrylic sealer.  Follow manufacturers instructions.  The sealer makes these tile coasters water-resistant.

5.  Allow coasters to dry completely.  Once dry, glue felt squares (or cork) to the bottom center of the tile.

What a wonderful idea! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: OMBRÉ!

Maybe I’m way behind the times here, but I just asked myself…what EXACTLY is ombré? I have pinned a couple gorgeous examples of ombré without being completely clear what it was. So, I googled it…and I LOVE it! According to an online dictionary, it is “having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark”. I define it as gorgeous! This article (yes, from 2008…I am behind) from Martha Stewart gives some great tips and ideas. Here are a couple of my favorite examples from all over the web – they’re also on my Culinary Compilation, Decor Digest, Style Selections, and Party Pins Boards.

eddieross.com

mommadanddaboyz.combeantownbaker.com

vanessachristenson.com

bunchesofbliss.com

alloftheaboveblog.com

stylemepretty.com

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Chickadee Cupcake Picks

Check out these amazing food picks from BHLDN! They are fabric chickadees and according to their website, no two are alike! They are so lovely and unique!

I want to start baking right now! They could also be used for hors d’ouevres…I’m in love. Not to mention they are tiny birds, my favorite thing ever! Saving these to my Aviary Assortment Board!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Rifle Paper Company

This is really sort of a hybrid post – it’s my Pin of the Day and also a Website to Watch…in that I want you to check out this amazing paper company’s website! If you are lucky enough to live in Central Florida like me, you can go to their ADORABLE shop in Winter Park, or one of the many amazing stores they are in across the country! Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Whoa. I just blacked out for a second. So, this is an “image heavy” post. I mean, how wonderful is their stuff? I love stationery and really all things paper so their designs are extra thrilling for me but there’s no denying they’re all beautiful. These designs (and many more to come) can be found on my Paper Portfolio Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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