Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday's Top Five - Pinterest ideas I'd like to try

I've always loved arts and crafts. And though I'm still a bit awkward in that department (read: I have no talent), I try to make up for it with sheer enthusiasm.

As a kid in elementary school, most of the books I took out of the library involved making some sort of craft at home. We weren't the type of household that had pipe cleaners and styrofoam balls on hand, so all my crafts usually consisted of one of two things: popsicle sticks or empty toilet paper rolls.

Those were the good old days.

For many years now, though, I've just stopped being creative. Having little free time to spare has meant that I only purchase things I need for the house (boooorrrring!), and I only cook when it's required of me.

But, since Pinterest became a regular part of my life a few months ago, I've found that my creative spark is slowly returning.

Naturally, my feelings of "I WANT TO DO THAT" are far greater than my skill level will allow in most cases, but I'm happy to report that I've already begun decorating our home with some simple projects I've seen on Pinterest.

I set up a variation of this art wall down our main hallway......

...... and a notice like this one at our back door.
(Sigh. George.)

I've also tried a handful of new recipes that I found on Pinterest, but there's still so much more I want to attempt. Which brings us to this Friday's topic......

Friday's Top Five - Pinterest ideas I'd like to try:

(Jo's Note: It was REALLY HARD to limit this to just five things. Don't be surprised if you see follow up posts such as "The OTHER top five things I want to try.....")

5) Painted popsicle sticks with velcro

It's true, I just can't stay away from using popsicle sticks with my crafts. But this one caught my attention for another reason -- the byline under this project stated that it was a great way of keeping kids busy and occupied in restaurants.

Ummmm.... SOLD!

The idea behind this is that you paint the sticks with your child, then attach some velcro dots, and VOILA! Instant toy that can be brought anywhere to help keep your kid out of trouble.

And, as an added bonus, it's educational, too, in that you can prompt your child to create letters or shapes with their reusable new toy.

I totally see a hexagon and a parallelogram in my daughter's future.

4) Corner library shelves

We have, like, a million childrens books in our house. And I'm only mildly exagerating on that one.

So far they're all fairly well contained in one or two locations in our home, but I just love the look of this corner shelf, and I want to make this regardless of whether or not we have the need for it.

The rooms (and the wall space) in our home are pretty tiny, and I've already filled near every nook and cranny we have with SOMETHING....... so I'm not entirely sure we have the space at all for this project. 

But, by God, I will keep envisioning this in our home until I can find a spot for it. Even if it happens to be in the laundry room.

3) Melted bead sun catchers

How beautiful are these?? The comments beneath this Pinterest project all state that it was really easy to make, and most of the people just used really inexpensive beads, too.

Easy AND cheap? This project has my name written all over it. 

(*insert your inappropriate thoughts here*)

My only concern with this one is that the sun catcher wouldn't survive our climate. You see, if I'm going to put in the effort to make something like this and adorn it outside by the front window, then I want it to stay out there all year long. 

Including during major wind storms (stupid prairie wind!) and our seemingling neverending winter.

Does anyone have experience with these in the frozen north? Anyone? Bueller?

2) Garden signs


I don't exactly have a green thumb -- or the patience to weed, water, and wait for plants to grow -- but I am all about sticking knick-knacks all over our yard.

And I just love the idea behind these signs!

Right now I'm more partial to the set-up on the bottom, which lists all the places this particular family has travelled together. And the great thing about it is that you can continually add to this sign post over the years.

Like I mentioned above, though, my concern is on how weather-resistant something like this would be. A responsible home owner would winterize their yards and place this item into storage for the 9 months 6 months of snow we get pummelled with each year, but I HATE having to do that.

If we set up this sign, though, then I probably won't have a choice. 

1) US flag made from baseball bats

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but my husband is American. And he likes baseball. A lot.

This flag idea is just so cool and so original and so AMERICAN that he totally wants it in our home. The only problem is that neither one of us is very handy when it comes to power tools. Or paint. Or hammers and nails.

I'm pretty sure that, if I actually attempted this, it would surely end up on that Pinterest Fail website.

So, ummm, anyone want to come over and just make this for me?

I promise I'll make you dinner in return! (And, yes, it will be from a Pinterest-inspired recipe, of course....)


Okay, there you have it..... this is my list of Pinterest projects that I would like to attempt (or have someone else attempt for me.) Time to head over to Divulge with Dani to see what she's got cooking as well.

1 comment:

  1. Those are great ideas Jo! I especially like the popsicle stick idea...with the sun catcher, why don't you hang it from the ceiling inside the house right next to the window. That way when the sun comes in, the catcher will catch the light without the elements.