The Pin Junkie: September 2013

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Disclosure:  I received a vinyl wall sticker from Icon Wall Stickers in return for a product review.  All opinions are my own.  

A few months ago I shared my laundry room makeover.

It went from this . . .
To this!

The laundry room looks so much better than it previously did, but I felt like it was still missing something.  It's a very small room and there are three doors, one to the kitchen, one to the garage, and one to the back yard, that are constantly being opened and closed.  I wanted to decorate the walls, but I felt like anything I hung on the wall would be in the way of opening and closing doors and possibly even fall off.  When Icon Wall Stickers asked if I wanted to try one of their vinyl decals, it seemed like the perfect solution!  Icon Wall Stickers has an amazing selection of decals and you can choose from a wide range of colors and sizes.  I chose to use the small size which is about three feet wide and one foot tall.  I've never applied a vinyl wall decal before.  Even though my decal came with good directions, it was really helpful to watch the video on Icon Wall Stickers' website.

Here's what you'll need to apply a vinyl wall decal:
painter's tape and masking tape
tape measure and level
credit card or driver's  license

First, I measured to find the center of the wall and I used a level to make sure the lettering was straight.  Once I was sure the vinyl decal was positioned exactly where I wanted it, I used painter's tape to hold the corners of the decal down.  I used painter's taped because it won't damage the paint and it's also easily removable so I could reposition the decal to get the placement just right.  I really took my time on this step because I wanted the lettering straight.  Although vinyl decals are removable, they're not re-positionable or reusable so I had only one chance to get it right.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Then I used masking tape to tape the middle of the the vinyl decal.  It's important to use masking tape for this step because it adheres better than painter's tape and you don't want the decal to come loose in the next steps.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

With a credit card or driver's license rub over the decal.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Lift the application paper at one corner and pull it slowly and gently away from the backing paper.  Pull only halfway which is marked by the masking tape.  Then remove the backing paper.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Slowly lay the application paper on the wall and as you do so, rub the application paper with a credit card or driver's license as you go.  Start at the middle of the decal and work out toward the edges.  Repeat removing the backing paper and applying the application paper on the opposite side of the decal.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Lift the application paper at one corner.  Slowly and gently roll the application paper down away from the wall.  Work slowly and use your fingers to gently press down any small pieces of vinyl to make sure they're securely attached to the wall.

How To Apply Vinyl Wall Decals

Here's what my decal looked like when I was finished.


Now my laundry room is loads of fun!

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Friday Link Party #36

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:
pumpkin bread recipe
free printable fall subway art

I also had my very first interview a few weeks ago and got a short mention in the article "Pinterest Fail:  Postmortems on Pinterest Disasters" in the San Fransisco Chronicle

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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.

confetti pumpkins
Kim at Made In A Day shared
her confetti pumpkins.

Things to do in the fall
Alma at A Conquered Mess shared
50 Things To Do This Fall.

fall recipes
Allyson at Domestic Superhero shared 
a collection of 35 Fall Recipes.

fall fashions
Leslie at Lamberts Lately shared
some stylish ideas for fall fashions.

My 5K Challenge #5

I finished week three of The Couch To 5K program this week and things are getting harder.  Instead of running for 60 or 90 seconds at a time, I'm running for three minutes at a time.  I haven't run that long (as if three minutes was a long time) since high school P.E. and that was a couple of decades ago!  I don't have a smart phone, so I'm not able to use The Couch to 5K app.  The past weeks' intervals were easy to remember.  Run for 60 seconds then walk for 60 seconds.  This week I kept track of the running and walking intervals old school. 

It worked and got the job done!  I'm also using a stopwatch to measure my intervals of running and walking.  I'm still running 20 minutes a day, three times a week, but the twenty minutes felt shorter this week, maybe because the intervals were longer and I only had to repeat the sessions twice.  

When I started this program, I thought running was going to be grueling and miserable.  I'm really surprised to find that so far, it's not!  The gradual increments of intensity are just right.  It's challenging but not too difficult.  I'm also following the advice of the program which is not to skip ahead or do more than what is recommended for each week even if I feel like I can.  I'm also surprised that I actually like running!  When I'm running my mind, which is usually full of constant rambling thoughts, is finally quiet.  I'm just really focused on maintaining a steady pace and making it to the end of the 3 minutes! 

I'll be honest, there have been a few days when I didn't feel like running and it was hard to get motivated to do it, but I always feel better afterward.  I'm starting to feel like I might be able to do this.  I still have a couple of months before the 5K run.  The Couch to 5K program is supposed to be completed in nine weeks, but I started early because if I get to a week that's difficult, I can drop back a week or spend extra time on a week before moving forward and I'll still be ready for the race this spring.
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 Inspired by this pin for the Couch to 5K running program.

Autumn Subway Art Free Fall Printables

Autumn subway art free fall printables
Autumn Subway Art Free Fall Pintables

I've been seeing a lot of subway art on Pinterest and was inspired to make my own.  I didn't actually  know what subway art was so I had to look it up, and I couldn't really find a specific definition for it.  From what I can tell, subway art is simply the technique of arranging different types of fonts for a very graphic effect to form a piece of art.  I think subway art is my new favorite thing!  I made this one for fall and I can see making different versions for holidays and many other occasions.  I printed one to frame which looked really nice on a small table.  I also made some cards which I'm sharing with you today.   

Autumn Subway Art Free Fall Pintables

Autumn Subway Art Free Fall Pintables

Autumn Subway Art Free Fall Pintables

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Inspired by this pin for autumn subway art.

Get Creative With CafePress

The following is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cafe Press.  

A few weeks ago, I told you about CafePress and how they have many items that can be customized.  From clothing and accessories, to home accents and stationary and everything in between, CafePress has it all and they make it easy for you to personalize.  I decided to try CafePress for myself and ordered a few items.  Customizing was fun, there was so much to choose from!  Delivery was quick and I only had a to wait a few short days before I received a box announcing my goodies had arrived.

I plan on going to a blog conference in February and decided it would be a good idea to have some cards to hand out.  CafePress has a huge selection of business cards to choose from or you can custom design your own, which is what I did. 

CafePress makes it easy to create your own greeting cards.  Last week, I shared how I'm trying to improve my photography skills.  I took this picture of a dandelion, uploaded it to CafePress and made a custom birthday card.  I'm really impressed with these cards and the quality is excellent!  My photo printed out crisp and clear and the card is a good quality, thick card stock. 

I can just imagine the cute party invitations, birthday invites, and Christmas invitations you can make with CafePress!  It's as easy as uploading your favorite photo and getting creative!  Besides stationary, CafePress also has great gifts.  I got this coffee mug that's perfect for the coffee addict I know!

I had so much fun creating my own stationary and greeting cards at CafePress.   Ordering was a snap and delivery was fast.  I'm very happy with the items I ordered!

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin bread recipe
Pumpkin Bread Recipe

It seems like this time of year everyone is sharing their recipe for pumpkin bread, so today I'm sharing my favorite pumpkin bread recipe.  This pumpkin bread smells wonderful while it's baking!  This recipe makes two loaves so you can eat one and give the other to a friend or neighbor, or even freeze it for later.  At our house, we can eat a whole loaf in just a day!  It's that good!  This pumpkin bread is moist, almost like cake and it's great for breakfast, desert, or a snack.  Enjoy!

3 cups sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups pumpkin (1 14 to 15 oz. can)
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  In a large bowl combine sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.
3.  In a separate bowl mix eggs, oil, pumpkin and water.
3.  Add the pumpkin mixture to the four mixture.  Mix well.
4.  Stir in walnuts, if using.
5.  Pour batter into two buttered loaf pans.
6.  Bake for 1 hour.  Bread is done when wooden toothpick inserted into the bread comes out clean.
7.  Cool 10 minutes.  Loosen edges of bread with knife or spatula.  Carefully remove bread from pans and cool on wire racks.  


chocolate banana bread

Friday Link Party #35

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!

Thanks for joining the party this week!  I think we hit a new record!  There were over 220 projects shared at last week's party!  Do you think we can beat that number this week?

Here's what I've been up to this week:
roasted broccoli with parmesan
pallet scrap wood planter box
free autumn printables

I also shared that I've entered three different photography contests.  My "Santa Fe" picture was entered in a contest in which the winner will be determined by popular vote.  I'd really appreciate your vote!  But hurry - the deadline to vote is September 23.  Just click my entry picture and it will take you to the voting.  Thanks a bunch! {Hugs!}

This summer I took a trip to Santa Fe 
and took this picture.
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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.

Pottery Barn inspired fall decor
Kelly at Live Laugh Rowe shared
fall decor inspired by Pottery Barn.

frozen hot chocolate

Leigh Anne at Your Homebased Mom shared
a recipe for frozen hot chocolate.

chicken broccoli pasta casserole
Amy at The Stitchin Mommy shared a recipe for
chicken broccoli pasta casserole.

bundt pan pumpkin
Denise at Denise On A Whim made a cute pumpkin out of a bundt pan.
What a great idea!