The Pin Junkie: August 2013

Friday Link Party #32


Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!


It's been a busy week!  I went away for the weekend to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary, my son started school, I found time to read a short book and I started working toward my newest goal!  You can read all about it here:

                     
Anniversary Card
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Book Review
5K Challenge

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.


buckets of flowers
Pamela at Flower Patch Farmhouse shared a project
for making a planter from galvanized buckets.


vegan paella
Mireya from My Healthy Eating Habits shared a recipe for
dutch oven vegan paella.  Looks good!


kitchen canister makeover
Dana from This Silly Girl's Life shared her
quick and easy canister re-style.


strawberry key lime margaritas
Carrie at Frugal Foodie Mama shared a recipe for frozen strawberry key lime margaritas. 
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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
The rules for this link party are easy!
Here's what you need to know:

My 5K Challenge



After discovering Pinterest, I was inspired by all the amazing pins of organized closets, mouth watering foods, and beautifully decorated rooms.   After pinning many of these images, I quickly realized I didn't want my Pinterest boards to be a collection of pretty pictures.  I wanted my boards to be true inspiration boards that inspired action, not just wishful thinking.  I originally started this blog to share the projects I complete that are inspired by Pinterest and to encourage myself and others to try new things.  Lately I've been working from just one or two of my Pinterest boards, specifically my craft boards and recipe boards.  Don't worry,  I'll still be sharing crafts and recipes, but that's not the sole focus of this blog.  I have many other things on my boards besides crafts and recipes and I'm ready to set a new challenge for myself and start working on a new Pinterest board.  It's time to start working from the long ignored fitness board.

I'm 5'2" and 121 pounds so I'm not over weight or obese.  However, I'm not healthy and physically fit.  I have elevated cholesterol levels, I feel tired all the time, just doing simple things gets me winded and short of breath.  The point of this challenge is not to see how skinny I can get or how much weight I can loose.  (No thinsperation posts here!)  My goal is to gain and maintain a healthier lifestyle and get in shape.  To do that, I'm setting a goal for myself to  run, walk, FINISH a 5k run (that's 3.1 miles) on May 4, 2014.  I plan on participating in a charity run called Run For The Zoo that raises money for my city's zoo and biopark.

I have to admit that I was hesitant to share this on my blog.  I've never done anything like this before.  I sure hope I can do it!

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 Inspired by this pin for the Couch to 5K running program.

Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven


Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom is the fictional story of Eddie, an 83 year old maintenance worker at an amusement park.  Mitch Albom is an exceptional writer.  He so artfully crafts Eddie's character, that he seems a very believable and real person.  The author's skill is also evident as the details of Eddie's entire life unfold in this short story (less than 200 pages.)

A different view of the afterlife is presented in this book.  The story begins with Eddie's accidental death while working at the amusement park.  When he arrives in heaven, there are no angels or Garden of Eden.  Instead, Eddie meets five different people who help explain to him the events of his life, the meaning of those events, and how they are connected.  This is a very poignant story and even thought I tried not to cry, the last chapter was difficult to read through tears. 

This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm recommending it too!  It's an absolute must read gem of a book.

Anniversary Card


Today my husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary!  I saw this pin on Pinterest and decided to use the idea to make an anniversary card for him.  It was a quick and easy project I made in Microsoft Word.  I found some royalty free clip art and used the spoons on the front of the card.


On the inside of the card I wrote:


I think it's kind of cute, but I realize it boarders dangerously close to being tacky.  My husband's gift to me was perfect!  He knows I like flowers so he gave me this beautiful bouquet of pink roses!  I am lucky to be married to such a wonderful guy!


We usually exchange small, simple gifts like this for our anniversary, but this time we decided to do something a little bit bigger and special to mark 20 years.  We went to Ojo Caliente, a spa and natural hot springs to have some time together just the two of us.  It was very quiet and relaxing.  No phones or computers.  No errands or household projects that needed our attention.  And it was beautiful!  A true oasis in the desert! 
 

Friday Link Party #31


Welcome to The Pin Junkie!  
 I'm on a mission to do the things I pin on Pinterest and try something new every day!
 I'm so glad you're here to party with us!



Here's what I've been up to this week:
I'm noticing a theme here!
                     
Paper flowers
candy bouquet
sunflowers

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There were so many great projects shared at last week's party!  Thanks to everyone for sharing your projects, recipes and tips.  I can't wait to see what you will share this week!  But first, take a look at some features from last week's party.


teacher gift diy gumball machine
 Lizbeth from Dip It In Chocolate made cute teacher gift.
 What teacher wouldn't like to receive this cute gumball machine?


diy hairbow display frame
Violet's Buds made an upcycled hair bow frame.
Great way to keep girls' barrettes organized and looks pretty, too!


chicken pot pie
Paula at Beauty Through Imperfection made home-style chicken pot pie.
 Oh my! That looks good!


how to make your own salsa
 Marcy at Day 2 Day Super Mom shared a recipe for making and canning homemade salsa.  Great way for using up all those tomatoes from the garden.


baked chicken empanadas
Judy from Pursuit of A Functional Home made baked empanadas.
Yummy!

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Now it's your turn to share what you've been working on.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to link up your projects, crafts, and recipes! 
The rules for this link party are easy!
Here's what you need to know:

Sunflowers



Sunflowers just make me happy!  Not all sunflowers though.  I recently got rid of some funky, ugly sunflowers in my hall bathroom and don't miss them at all!  But I have some abusolutely beautiful sunflowers in my backyard.  I can't stop peeking out the window at them.  They're such happy flowers and they're truly stunning against a big, beautiful, blue sky.



I'm also learning how to use the functions on my camera.  I don't have anything fancy, just a $100 point and shoot so there aren't many functions to learn how to use.  I certainly don't have any background or even a basic understanding of photography.  I've never felt that I was any good at taking pictures, but I think part of the problem is that I just don't have enough practice.  I have a few tips pinned to my photo Pinterest board, and I'm tying to learn to take better pictures.  My backyard sunflowers were excellent practice!

 

I really don't know what I'm doing when I take pictures.  My strategy has always been to take a lot of pictures and hope I get lucky with a few good ones.  I must have taken at least fifty pictures of sunflowers!


I think it's easy to get good pictures when you're photographing such beautiful objects in nature.


Easy to Make Folded Paper Flowers

Folded paper flowers
Folded Paper Flowers

This idea came from this pin  on  my paper craft Pinterest board.  This would be a really cute party decoration for a birthday or baby shower.  You could use any color paper you wanted to match your theme.  I didn't have a party, I just made this for fun.  It's so happy and cheerful!

Materials
paper
scissors
glue stick
wooden skewers
buttons
glue gun
floral foam
florist moss or grass (green raffia would work too)
a container

Directions
1.  Cut strips of paper and accordion fold them.  I cut 1 inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch wide strips.  You'll need different sizes for the different parts of the flower.  The 3 inch wide strips will make a wide circle for the flower.  The 1 inch wide strips will make a small circle for the center of the flower. 

 

2.  Use a glue stick to glue two strips of folder paper together.  Glue both ends to make a folded circle. 

 

3.  Push the circles down so they lay flat and glue the center together with a glue gun.  This can be a bit tricky because the folded paper wants to pop up.  Don't worry about making the back look nice and go ahead and use a big blob of glue to make it hold together.

 

4.  Glue one large and one small folded paper disk together.  Glue a button in the center.


5.  Glue a wooden skewer on the back.


6.  I used the same pattern for the leaves that I used for the felt flowers I made recently.  (Go here for the leaf pattern)  Cut out the leaves.  Poke a hole in the center of the leaf and poke the wooden skewer through.  Continue making several flowers for your arrangement.


7.  Place florist foam in a container.  Poke the flowers into the foam.  Cover the foam with florist moss, grass or raffia.  In no time at all you'll have a happy and cheerful flower arrangement!
 
Folded Paper Flowers
 

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Inspired by this pin for paper folded flower.


Birthday Candy Bouquet

birthday candy bouquet
Birthday Candy Bouquet

What do you get for someone who has everything?  How about a candy bouquet!  My friend had a birthday recently and I made her this cute candy bouquet.  I combined ideas from this pin and this pin.  Both are pinned on my food gifts board, but I usually pin gift ideas to a secret board.   Did you know Pinterest has secret boards?  If you pin something to a secret board, no one can see it but you.  It's great for keeping all your gift ideas and other things you want to keep a secret.

This candy bouquet is so easy to make!  You just need a few inexpensive materials and you can put it together in about 30 minutes. 


Materials:
a flower pot
a foam sphere
a bag of suckers (I used dum-dums)
glue gun
ribbon

Directions
1.  Cut the foam sphere in half and place it in the pot.  My foam was just a little too big to fit inside the pot so I glued it to the rim.


2.  Poke the stems of the suckers into the the foam.  I started at the very top and worked my way around and down.  Try not to reposition the suckers while you're working.  If you take the suckers out and put them back in again, they won't stay in the foam securely.

3.  Embellish with some ribbon and a bow.  I just stuck the bow on with a glue gun.  I printed the little "49 sucks" sign, cut it out, taped it to a wooden skewer, and poked it in the top of the bouquet.  Done! 

In 30 minutes you can make a really cute and unique present for less than $5.00.  Not bad!  I hope my friend doesn't mind me mentioning her age, but I can tell you that she really liked the candy bouquet!

Birthday Candy Bouquet

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Inspired by this pin for birthday candy bouquet.