I thought this Pinterest thing might be a passing phase. Something fun to browse through and then I would get back to reality.
I’ve been Pinteresting again.
And I feel so much better now that I went through and organized my boards alphabetically, with sub categories, all aligning with topics on my blog. I know, I’m insane. But I’m organized. I’m insanely organized. Or my insanity is organized.
I hear many folks complaining or commenting on what a time-suck Pinterest is. It can be. But it can also be a fabulous, FREE, tool that organizes recipes, crafts, ideas…. AND for me, it is just the spark needed to create some wonderful things with my kids.
Here are some of the Pinterest projects that have been taking place around here.
I have had a few requests for updates on our grass heads. They are still hanging around. Some are more cared for than others.
The girls are finding some very creative ways to style hair – to include turning your own hair into a bow. I promise to take a photo the next time they turn themselves into a live Cindy-Loo-Hoo. I did snap this shot this morning of Cait’s Waterfall French Braid. So pretty.
I got almost all of my Lego party ideas from Pinterest and subsequent party blogs. The biggest hits – the Lego party favors.
And I found some inspiration for Harry’s class cupcakes.
PHOTOS ON CANVAS
Usually it is quite expensive to have your photos printed on canvas. I came across a pin that showed that it is possible to Modge-Podge a photo onto canvas. I tried it. It worked. Here is a combination paint/photo Modge Podge project of Grace and her best friend - a 2-part set of paintings as a birthday gift.
So, one evening, while my quinoa was already cooking for dinner, I came across a pin for “mac & cheese quinoa.” The recipe had a number of ingredients and would take another 30 minutes to recreate. My dinner was going to be ready in about 10. I pinned it for later, but it sparked my imagination. As my quinoa finished up, right there in the pot, I added some cream and shredded sharp cheddar. Divine! It didn’t last on the table long enough to photograph it, so today I made some for my lunch. Seriously – just cooked quinoa, cream(or half and half, or milk) and cheese – add to your desired creamy cheesiness - that’s it. For lunch I threw in a handful of spinach. Are you jealous? It was wonderful.
Quinoa Spinach Mac n Cheese.
I have been inspired by so many different shots by professional and amateur photographers. What I have taken away from this are some creative thoughts on how to turn a photo-shoot gone wrong into an good image.
What was supposed to be a photo shoot at sunset turned into a rainy mess – or some interesting Umbrella images.
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In reality, this stairway is fairly ugly, mildewed with lots of chain-link fence. Yet, it can work with the right perspective and highlighting the existing colors rather than fighting them. I will always love these 2nd grade memories of Harry on the stairway to his school.
This is just a teaser for the upcoming fast food fri. A cake – made in a minute in the microwave in a mug. I have multiple options: diverse flavors, gluten full, gluten-free, grain free….. get excited.