Do It : Pinterest

Give each Pinterest board a good description using keywords

 

 

As bloggers there are always so many things that we want to do but we run out of time for.  I’ve been wanting to organize my Pinterest boards for SO long but it just seems like it is the last priority.  So once a month, I am going to build in time to do these kinds of things.  All along I’m pinning tutorials, etc. but never take the time to read them.  So today I am taking the day to work on Pinterest.

But wait!  Are you following me on Pinterest?

I had run across an article a while back that instructed to make sure that all of your boards have a good description with keywords.  I went through my boards and realized that most of them had no description.  WHAT?!  We spend a lot of time trying to drive traffic to our sites and it comes down to doing it smarter and more efficiently.  So today I will be double checking my descriptions.
Make sure you have the right category picked for each board on PinterestThe article also mentioned making sure the boards were categorized.  Uh, oops.  They were all over the place or just uncategorized.  Now I know when I’m creating a new board that these things need to happen right away.

Being a late adopter of Pinterest I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do.  Here are some of the articles I will reading today:

Important Pinterest tips you need to know as a blogger.

Secrets to rapid Pinterest growth by bloggers.

How to embed a Pinterest board on your blog.

10 ways to keep your Pinterest clean and organized.

How to organize your Pinterest boards.

5 ways to get more blog traffic from Pinterest.

You can find more great blog business articles right here.  Next month I’m going to look at starting a newsletter.

Please feel free to leave your Pinterest tips in the comments section or the link to a great article.  Oh! and your pinterest link so I can follow you!

 

 

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Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows for Valentine’s Day

Easy No Sew Heart Pillow DIY for Valentine's DayValentine’s Day IS hearts.  Plain and simple.  So I made Easy No Sew Fabric Heart Pillows.   I wanted to make tiny little heart pillows for my kids but guess what?  I hate to sew!  I have been exploring alternative methods for fabric adhering lately.  Luckily, I had a chance to check out the CHA show (full wrap up of all the cool things tomorrow!) last weekend and was given some supplies that were absolutely perfect for this tutorial. (This post is not sponsored but I do want to let you know that I was given product)  While the hold is pretty permanent, I always want to remind you that pretty much all of my crafts are not heirloom quality.  The cost is low and these can be tossed after the holiday.  Or as I am sure will happen in my house, they will be ripped apart and the stuffing will be thrown at each other like snowballs.  That is what happens when you have little boys.

No sew fabric heart pillow diyChoose your favorite fabrics, a pair of scissors and for this I used two kinds of fabric tapes: the Permanent Fabric Sheets and the Permanent Fabric Tape.  I love these tapes and will totally use them again.  Originally I had bought Fabric Fusion to use, but the dry time is too long (well, it’s not really THAT long, but I am a super impatient crafter).

grey and white stripe fabric for heart pillowsI do not free-hand so I cut several hearts out of paper until I found the perfect shape.  Then I made a smaller version to decorate the front of the pillow.  I traced the heart on to the fabric (2 hearts for the pillow and 1 small heart for the decoration) making sure to leave an overhang.  I removed the backing of one permanent fabric sheet and placed the smaller heart fabric on it, making sure to smooth out any bubbles or lumps.  Then I cut out the smaller heart following the outline (Because this is going on the front, I wanted to make sure I could see the tracing.  I just tried to cut just on the inside of the line so you wouldn’t see it on the finished pillow).

orange and red heart with grey and white stripe heartThen I removed the second side of the adhesive sheet and stuck it to one of the larger heart pieces.

Use fabric tape for easy no sew pillowsI turned over the heart and started using small section of the permanent tape.  I wanted to make sure that the fabric would hold together but leave an overhang around the edge.  I just liked that it looks a little floppy.  Once the shape was finished, I started peeling off the back to expose the adhesive.  Then I tried to match up the edges as best I could of the second heart and rubbed to get the tape to adhere really well.  See that one little open spot at the bottom?  That is where you will stuff the pillow.

use stuffing to create a little heart pillowSo then, duh.  Stuff the pillow.  I bought this enormous bag of stuffing 1) because it was on sale for half off and 2) because I couldn’t find a smaller one.  So what that means for you is that I am now going to attempt to stuff everything.  Yeah for puffy crafts!  Once you have it as full as you would like it, use another small piece of the tape to close off the opening.

Easy no sew heart pillow diyPretty cute, right?

heart pillow craft for valentine's dayHow cute would these be as a little bedtime surprise on Valentine’s Day for the kids.  Or even on your hubby’s pillow.

No sew DIY heart pillow tutorialSuper easy, no sew heart pillows.  I want these all over my house.

Valentine's Day Kid CraftHe liked them too.  If you like things all nice and neat use some pinking sheers or some of that fabric edger stuff that stops the fraying.  You know I like my stuff a little messy so these wayward strings do not bother me.  And you guys,  I heart you.  Really I do!

*Full disclosure:  I was given these permanent fabric tapes in a goody bag from the show.  Which was super awesome because I literally was going to go buy them on that following Monday so this saved me about $16.  But then bought the Fabric Fusion for $8 so I’m up just $8.  But still!  Yahoo!

Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer Recipe

Homemade recipeThis is the recipe for the Homemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer that Kristin made for the geometric brunch I shared yesterday.  As I type this I am drinking my coffee with this creamer in it.  I feel warm and fuzzy.  I feel inspired.  I feel nice.  I feel pretty.  Yes.  This creamer makes me feel all those things.  OK, maybe not but it IS really good.

diy-cinnamon-coffee-creamer-recipe-ingredientsKristin followed this recipe for the base and then modified it a little more to suit her taste.  There really are an endless varieties that you can make following this basic recipe.  I intend to make a ton.  Except that I will probably gain, like a million pounds (I don’t blame the creamer – I have a terrible diet in general, I love me a bag of Trader Joe’s Kettle Corn).  The key here is good quality ingredients to really let the flavors come through.

blend-milks-in-blenderFirst you will add the condensed milk and Half & Half to a blender to combine.  I have used condensed milk before but never really paid attention to it.  I was surprised by the smell.  I figured it would smell sweeter or something.  But it is a milk based product after all and it smelled, well, milky.  I don’t know why I am telling you that.

add-spices-and-vanilla-to-blenderNext add the spices and vanilla to the milks and blend again until well combined.  At this point inhale deeply.  It smells amazing.  And imagine you are swimming in it.

homemade recipePour your finished creamer in to whatever jar you want to store it in.  If you put it in one of these super fancy mason jars it is also ready to gift.  Take some to the neighbor.  Take some to a teacher.  Or hoard it for yourself like I did.  I won’t judge.

Home-made-cinnamon-coffee-creamerI am so in love with this recipe.  I am almost out and plan on making some more tomorrow.  It takes next to no time at all and is crazy good and so worth the calories in my opinion.  And when I used it in my iced coffee at the geometric brunch photo shoot, it tasted just like my fave Mocha Cappuccino Blast from Baskin Robbins!!! YUM!

DIY-cinnamon-creamer-for-coffeeHomemade Cinnamon Coffee Creamer Recipe

Ingredients

14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

1 3/4 cup Half and Half (you can really use whatever dairy you like)

1 TBSP vanilla

1 heaping tsp good quality cinnamon

1 TBSP white sugar

Add condensed milk and half and half to blender and combine.  To the milk mixture, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and white sugar.  Blend until well mixed and cinnamon is fully incorporated.  Store air-tight in refrigerator.

That’s it.  Easy.  Kristin suggested adding  1/2 tsp of butter extract (did you know that was a thing?!) to make it taste more like a cinnamon roll!!!  Just be sure to shake it up really well before you use it.  The cinnamon tends to settle at the bottom of the jar.

Thank you, Kristin for sharing this recipe with us!  And a very special thank you to my mother-in-law, Marie, for helping me shoot this recipe.  I paid her in coffee creamer.  See how the creamers were used in the geometric brunch with Paper and Cake.

 

Best of : Craft

Best of Craft TutorialsToday I am sharing some of my favorite craft and DIY tutorials.  This year was super exciting for me, thanks in part, to being asked to contribute craft how-to’s on You Are My Fave.  Many of these links point you over there and it is some of my best work.  And I’m super grateful for my plastic ruffle tutorial (I call it the craft heard ’round the world) which has been pinned like a bajillion times.  Word up.

Plastic Ruffle Garlands (the black, shown above, is made out of trash bags!)

Mini Confetti Shooters (with action shots by Dez and Tam Photography.  I never could have captured the burst!)

Fabric Wrapped Suckers

Macrame Balloon Holders (shot by the hugely talented Jackie Culmer.  This project would not looked nearly so good if she hadn’t helped!)

Boy Scout Pace Marker Inspired Garland

Corn Husk Flowers

Vampire Teeth Halloween Mobile

Bleach Pen T-shirts for kids

No Sew Favor Pouches

Painted Napkins with a Glass Bottle

 

 

Boy Scout Inspired Pace Marker Garlands on YAMF

So while I was away in New York my newest DIY for You Are My Fave went up!  Go check it out.  It was inspired by a key chain project a mommy friend was working on for her Boy Scout Troop.  It is used to keep track of where they are when out in the wilderness.  I feel like the key chain version might also work at shopping malls, large flea markets and parking lots (which are much more practical applications.  I mean, who goes out in the woods without being forced by an ax wielding crazy person??)  But as a garland, I love the possibilities of customizing it or having it just be wall art not related to a celebration.  Thanks, Mel for sharing my project!!

In case you missed it, see my first YAMF post here.