dil·i·gence:careful and persistent work or effort

Proverbs 13: 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A very Pinterest Christmas

Well, this was certainly a very Pinterest Christmas for this girl!  I got so many ideas from Pinterest on how I wanted my house decorated, tasty snacks to try, and even on several gifts that eventually ended up under the tree.  If you are not familiar with Pinterest, you have a very serious choice to make right here and now.  You can:
  1. Continue reading to find out what Pinterest is all about.  This is a risky choice because you will inevitably fall in love with the virtual bulletin board and proceed to waste away hours browsing and pinning all kinds of project ideas and dream inspiration.
  2. Stop reading now and continue with life as you know it.
In short, Pinterest is a fun way to organize ideas and blissfully waste hours browsing the interwebs.  Users can set up virtual bulletin board onto which they can "pin" photos (with the link automatically embedded) of design ideas, crafty things, recipes, basically anything!  Then, they can visit their virtual bulletin boards any time they want for inspiration or tutorials, etc.  Seriously, if you haven't tried it, shoot me an email.  I'll be glad to send you an invitation (oh, yeah, that is one drawback - you need an invite from a user).  You also have to be on Facebook.  I don't know the details, but the two seem to be connected somehow.

But, enough of that- back to a very Pinterest Christmas!  I created several gifts based on ideas from Pinterest, but of course, I have been unable to share any deets on the gifts, because I have been afraid their recipients would read!

The first thing I made was a pennant flag for each of my nieces and nephew.  Yeah, yeah, you're probably tired of reading about me and my pennant flags, but too bad.  I'm not through with them yet.  :)

This is sweet Leah's flag.  Her color is pink, so I used some pink fabric and coordinating yellow paisleys so it wouldn't be pink overload.  I got this and all of the fabric I used in fat quarters.  I won't get into what a fat quarter is, but basically it's a square shaped quarter yard of fabric- perfect for small projects like this.  It comes already cut that way, so I didn't have to take 2 bolts of fabric times 5 kids up to be cut.

After I cut the triangles and sewed them to the quilt bias, I stenciled the kids' names with simple craft paint.

 After stenciling, I sewed a small amount of ribbon onto each one for hanging.

And, here they all are, ready for their new home!  I think my sister plans to hang them on the wall above each kids' headboard.  How cute is that?!

My next Pinterest project was this date art (originally found here).  Basically, you just use important dates to make art.  I made this for my sister and brother-in-law.  We have each of their birth dates, their wedding date in red, and then each of the kids' birthdays.  Once I compiled the dates (the hardest part of the project), all I did was select a font and print it out on a piece of $.49 - 50% craft paper from Hobby Lobby.  Then, I popped it in a frame and called it done.

I love the simplicity and the uniqueness and meaning behind this art.

And, the final Pinterest Christmas project was some more beverage coasters from tiles!  I have already described how I made these here, so I won't go into details.  My sister's family is very musical, so I chose paper to use that looks like sheet music.  A little mod podge, and my plain tiles turned into beverage coasters!




  1. I love Pinterest too! And your projects turned out beautifully! I bet the kids were thrilled with their pennants! I made one to hang along a fence at Megan's wedding - it went on for miles!!! ... Emily, you realy need to link up your posts and share! You meet make lots of new blog friends. Need help, just let me know!

  2. Oh, Sharon- I would love to start linking up some posts, but sometimes I feel like just getting content on the blog is hard enough! I want to get out there, I do, but I'm so...new!