The Pin Junkie: February 2014

Friday Link Party #56


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:
               Felt Succulents http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/02/dream-when-youre-feeling-blue-by.html Baked Greek Chicken

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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.


Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars
Trish at Mom On Time Out


I Just Got Dumped Brownie Bars
I Just Got Dumped Brownie Bars
Chelsea at Gal On A Mission


Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


Baked Greek Chicken

Baked Greek Chicken
Baked Greek Chicken

This recipe for baked Greek chicken is my kind of meal!  It uses ingredients I already had in the pantry.  Everything mixes in one bowl and cooks in one pan.  (Read easy cleanup!)  You make it ahead of time to let the chicken marinate so when it's time to make dinner, you just pop it in the oven!  Maybe this should be called "Lazy Girl's Baked Greek Chicken."  The thing is, it doesn't taste like you're the least bit lazy in the kitchen.  Just like the oven baked chicken wings I made recently, this recipe smells fantastic while it's baking.  It tastes pretty fantastic too!  The chicken is really tender and flavorful because of the the olives, artichoke hearts, tomatoes, and seasonings.  I love Greek food and I think this chicken is equal to any chicken you'd get at a Greek restaurant.  It makes a big batch, so I halved the recipe.  Want to have baked Greek chicken for dinner tonight?  Get the recipe here.

You might also like these Greek recipes!
Greek Spinach Pie

baklava recipe


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Inspired by this pin for baked Greek chicken.

Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg
Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg

Set in Chicago in the 1940's, Elizabeth Berg's novel Dream When You're Feeling Blue is the story of three sisters: Kitty, Louise, and Tish.  Along with their two brothers and their parents, they all live together and are affected in different ways by World War II.  The girls do what they can for the war effort.  They volunteer at the USO and Kitty even gets a factory job building planes much to the consternation of her father.  In an effort to lift the spirits and morale of the men fighting overseas, each girl writes letters to soldiers they've met at USO dances as well as to their sweethearts. 

The three sisters share a bedroom and the reader is included in the sisters' intimate conversations they share with one another about their hopes, dreams, and fears.  It's through their letters to soldiers and their private conversations that the reader really feels a connection to the characters.  Elizabeth Berg does a excellent job of making the reader feel like they're part of this fictitious family.  With such detailed descriptions and superb writing, you really feel like you are in 1943 and the characters of Kitty and her sisters, Louise, and Tish are people that you feel you know. 

Other good books about World War II

Letters From Home by Kristina McMorris

World War 2 Remembered

Felt Succulents

Felt Succulents
Felt Succulents

Succulents are naturally low maintenance plants, but these felt succulents are 100% maintenance free!  You don't have to remember to water these little guys and they won't mind at all!

I just can't tell you how much I love these cute little felt plants!  I saw them on Pinterest of course and the very same day Pin Junkie Jr. brought home some beautiful ceramic pots he made in his ceramics class.  I took one look at those pots and I immediately got out my glue gun and started cutting felt.

Keri at Shaken Together is the one who came up with this clever project and she says not to worry about cutting out each leaf exactly the same.  Don't worry about trying to achieve perfection while making these felt succulents.  The variation will make them look more natural.  They're very simple to make.  Just cut out pieces of felt and glue together.  You don't even need a pattern.  

For this project you will need:
felt
scissors
glue gun
rocks
small pots or other small containers

Felt Succulents

I've always called these particular succulents Hens and Chicks.  The first plant I attempted to make was too flat and looked more like a lily pad, but the second attempt yielded better results.  Don't they look like the real thing?

Felt Succulent

I love how they sit in those pretty little pots!

Felt Succulent

I think these are as cute as can be! 
Would you have fake plants in your home, or do you prefer real ones?

Felt Succulents

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Inspired by this pin for felt succulents.

Friday Link Party #55


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:
          
            
oven baked chicken wings Bottle Cap Magnets How to get invited to pinterest group boards

There was some big news this week at The Pin Junkie and newsletter subscribers heard about it first!  The Pin Junkie now has group Pinterest boards!  To pin on the group boards and get more exposure for your blog just go to The Pin Junkie on Pinterest and follow the directions on these boards:


Be sure to sign up for The Pin Junkie newsletter so you'll be the first to know about important Pin Junkie news!
 
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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.

coconut oil pie crust
Coconut Oil Pie Crust
by Paula at Call Me PMC


Basic Popovers
Basic Popovers
by Raven at True Blue Baking


polka dot jewelry bowl
Gold Polka Dot Jewelry Bowl
by Selene at Restoration Beauty


tin can flower vases
Tin Can Flower Vases
by Lisa at Fresh Eggs Daily

How To Get Invited To Pinterest Group Boards

How To Get Invited To Pinterest Group Boards
How to get invited to Pinterest group boards

This weekend I finally set up my Pinterest group boards.  I know, I know!   I should have done it a long time ago, but it's kind of a lot of work!  Although I truly love Pinterest, I really wish there was an easier way to invite people to group boards!  Each person who wants to join has to contact you through email (that's a lot of email to deal with) and each person has to be added individually to each board.  Pinterest are you listening?  There has got to be a better way to do this!  Since this is the system we're working with, here's everything you need to know about using Pinterest group boards.
  
For this tutorial, I'll refer to the person who starts a group board as the board administrator.  This is the person who is responsible for creating and maintaining the group board as well as inviting others to pin on the board.  The board administrator can also decide to remove members who don't pin appropriately (see below) and they can delete the entire group board if they choose to.

Contributors are the people who are invited to pin on a group board.

Tips for board administrators:

Make it easy for contributors to join your board by posting clear instructions.  
This is such an important thing to do!  The easier it is for pinners to contact you and join your board, the more people will be part of the board and the more exposure everyone gets for their pins.  Often when I visit a group board, there's no information about who created the board or how to join it.  Many times I'll see "email me for a board invite" in the board description, but pinners can't tell who started the board and don't know who you are or how to contact you.

You can use up to 500 characters in the board description to let people know exactly how to contact you and how to join the board.  If you already have a group board, it's easy to click "edit" to change or update the contact information on your group board.  

How to join a Pinterest group board

Use a separate email address for group board invites.  
As a board administrator, you may want to create a separate email address for your group boards.  This keeps your main email inbox from filling up with group board requests.  It also prevents your main email address from receiving potential spam.  If you do start getting spam, you can easily change your email address without it affecting your main email account.

Tips for board contributors:

Follow the board administrator.
This is Pinterest's rule and you simply can't be added to a group board unless you are following the person who created it.  You must follow the person, not just the board you want to pin to. If the person pins a lot or has a lot of boards that don't interest you, don't worry.  You can always unfollow some (not all) of their boards after you follow them and are invited to their group boards.

Contact the board administrator and ask for an invite.  
This is sometimes difficult to do if the board administrator hasn't left clear instructions. (see above)  Here's a trick.  The first person listed as an editor is the person who started the board and that's the person you should contact.

How to join a Pinterest group board

Know the difference between your Pinterest email, url, and user name.
Your Pinterest email is the email account that you used to open your Pinterest account.  This is where all of your Pinterest updates and notifications are sent to.  If you don't remember what email account is connected to Pinterest, click on your name on the upper right corner.  Click settings on the drop down menu. 

how to find your Pinterest email address

The email address at the top is your Pinterest email address and this is what the board administrator needs in order to invite you to a group board.

How to find your Pinterest email address

Your Pinterest url is the direct web address of your main Pinterest page.  For example my Pinterest url is http://www.pinterest.com/bbrewer/

Your Pinterest user name is how you are known on Pinterest and how people can search for you on Pinterest.

Pinterest user name


Board administrators only need your Pinterest email address and not your Pinterest url or user name to add you to a group board.

Use the correct email address (your Pinterest email) to contact the board administrator
Most of us have more than one email account.  When you request an invite to a group board, send the request from your Pinterest email - the email account that you used to sign up for your Pinterest account.  The board administrator will use your email address to send you an invitation through Pinterest.  If you contact a board administrator from an email that's not connected or associated with your Pinterest account, your invitation will show up in your inbox, but it won't work because it's not connected to your Pinterest account.  

Accept your invitation
Once the board administrator has added you to the group board, you will receive a notice from Pinterest in your email.  If you have your email settings turned off in Pinterest, you may not get the invitation.  Another place to look is in the upper right corner of your Pinterest page.  Next to your name is a red box with a number.  This gives you updates on who has pinned from you and who started following you.  It also gives you updates about who has invited you to group boards.  Look here for your invitation.

how to find Pinterest group board invitation

Pin responsibly
After accepting an invitation to pin on a group board, you must pin responsibly or the board administrator will delete you from the board.  
  • Pin only a few images at a time.  If you pin 10 - 20 images at a time, everyone who is following that board will be flooded with your pins.  
  • Pin images that relate to the board.  If the group board is all about recipes, don't pin something that's about how to paint furniture.
  • Don't pin the same thing over and over again.  People visit Pinterest for new ideas so be sure to pin a variety of pins. 

    Bottle Cap Magnets

    Bottle Cap Magnets
    Bottle Cap Magnets

    I love upcycling projects and this is an easy one!  Turn old bottle caps into fun refrigerator magnets.  All you need are some bottle caps, glue, and magnets.  Just glue the magnets on the back of the bottle caps.  Yeah, it's that easy!

    Bottle Cap Magnets
     

    You can use any kind of bottle caps.  The more variation you have, the more colorful and fun they look on the refrigerator.  Aren't they great?  They make me happy!

    Bottle Cap Magnet

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    Inspired by this pin for bottle cap magnets.