Pinterest Challenge Projects

Cue doom music.  It’s November.  (Seriously.  I can’t believe it.  I also can’t believe how often I say “Seriously.”)  Did anyone dress up last night?  Clarice and I went to Market Basket.  It was amazing.  There was no one there.  And we went to JoAnn Fabrics but more on that later. Right now we’re here to talk about what I made from things I found on Pinterest!

My three projects were chicken parm bake:

A dry erase board:

And a fabric-covered bulletin  board:

I’ll just come right out and tell you that one of these projects didn’t actually get done the way I had planned.  I’ll give you a nother hint: it was the bulletin board.  And I’ll tell you why.  In just a second.

First let me say that the chicken parm bake was a raging success.  I had leftovers for lunch yesterday and even at two days old it was just as good as it was on Saturday.  And it was a total crowd pleaser: my man friend, his brother and sister-in-law all gave it rave reviews (and I think it was because it was so good – not because they didn’t want me to feel bad).  As a matter of fact, this was so good and so easy that I am going to tell you the whole recipe and process tomorrow.  For now, though, a preview of my very own chicken parm bake:

I know.  If it looked that good in fluorescent lighting, imagine how good it would look in your kitchen.  (And better still in your belly.)  I’ll give you the step-by-step tomorrow.

I chose the bulletin board and dry erase board projects shown above because we have a blank wall in the kitchen/hall/I don’t really know what to call it because the floor isn’t linoleum and two doors are right off of it…it’s the closest thing to a “central” location we have.  (If you can pin down a central location in such a small space.)  I don’t have a picture of it barren, so let’s dive right into the project.  I started by picking out an 8×10 inch frame at TJ Maxx.  I had a credit there so this cost – technically – $0:

I used the happy man-with-child (weird) picture to lay over some extra fabric Clarice and I bought at JoAnn Fabrics a while back with pillow cases in mind.  From there I just cut around the man-with-child (weird) picture, put in the piece of fabric and closed up the frame.  Just like any regular old photograph.

From there, you can just write on the glass.  I clearly need new dry erase markers.  Easiest, most inexpensive project ever.

The bulletin board project… well.  It sort of didn’t happen at all.  First off, I needed to buy a bulletin board.  Turns out they are wildly overpriced.  And typically gigantic.  The one I finally settled on was the least expensive decent looking bulletin board I could find at $15.  (Thank goodness I already have tacks.  Enough of this breaking the bank business.)  And once I came home, I realized that I couldn’t get fabric over the cork without covering the bulletin board frame, which I actually really liked because it mirrored the frame-turned-dry-erase-board.

So what did I do?  I said, “To hell with it.  I’m going with the flow.”  And here’s what’s flowing as Casa Catie e Clarice:

What say you?   That doesn’t look like enough to fill that space?  Um.  Obviously not.  Which is why I laid out the rest of the space fulfillment plan on the table before taking a nail to the wall.  Here is what I’m thinking:

I changed the direction of the dry erase board for now, and the man-with-child (weird) photo folded in half is a place holder for a to-be-made mail holder.  The CD covers are to-be-hung calendar card  placeholders.

And here’s how I’m thinking it will look on the wall:

Well.  Except the dry erase board will be hanging in the opposite direction and the cork board won’t be nude and the calendar holders won’t be those colors and this could all change immediately.

The entire project (fabricating – ha – planning and hanging) took about 20 minutes.  Which is about how long my attention span was on Sunday afternoon.  Because I was still day dreaming about the chicken parm bake…. mmm… steak… (Who am I?  Did you guess Homer Simpson?  Nice work.)

So let’s get sharing!  Leave a comment about something you made and send me a picture of your Pinterest-inspired project if you have any – you could be an inspiration to us all.

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4 Responses to Pinterest Challenge Projects

  1. Pingback: Chicken Parm Bake | Uncramp Your Style

  2. danielle says:

    I made a warm and cozy neck warmer and added a little lavender…. perfect for vegging out in the winter 🙂

  3. Pingback: Cozy Neck Warmer | Uncramp Your Style

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