Pinned It, Did It: Striped Painted Cork Board

Alright, let’s admit it, we all spend a lot of time pinning things to our various  Pinterest boards and many with the intention of trying to make ourselves. My DIY Ideas board is growing fast and furious and the other day I thought to myself, ‘I just need to start actually trying to make some of this.’ I think the big issue I have is that part of me feels like I’m being a ‘copycat’ and lacking creativity by using someone’s idea. After thinking it through, I realized that people post tutorials on their blogs for others to make it. So, I’m doing just that, starting with this awesome, and easy little Painted Cork Board.

This version is from The Happy Home

{ painted cork DIY }

And, this is the version I made the other day.

For a full tutorial, you can find it here on The Happy Home.

I’m linking up to some of the following here as well as Funky Junk Interiors, Between Naps on the Porch,

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,Tip Junkie

Pinterest Party with Baxtron {Life}

Happy Monday Friends! D and I spent the weekend in Seattle visiting a bunch of friends and attending our wedding reception party my mom through. Stay tuned for a post on that later list week or early next week! It was incredibly fun and we had about 60 of our closet friends and family there. Some I haven’t seen in so long it was great catching up with them.
Today I’m quest hosting a fun little party over at Baxtron {Life} today. If you have a Pinterest account then you should definitely join in on the fun! Read through the post and you will find the link on the bottom!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

“Pinning!” is a Weekly Pinterest Link-Up
(Share pins, meet others who love “Pinning”, get inspired!)

First Time?  It’s simple just follow these rules:
 Please follow your hosts: Courtney & Kimberly
And your Co-Hosts:
 Link up your Pinterest Inspired Post & Profile below
Make sure you link back to the party!


Each week a winner will be chosen to flaunt the title of “Pinning-est” for successfully wowing us with the best Pinterest find.  The winner will be featured/announced in the following week’s post!


Amanda’s Favorite Pins for this week
My Coral Obsession!
THANK YOU to all who linked up last week!

Courtney chose this week’s “Pinning-est”:Elizabeth from “Love is the AdventureShe pinned a lovely collection of images and inspiration related to being kind to yourself.I felt so refreshed after looking at her post!  And this picture here reminds me of what Zion may look like when she is older! ~ Courtney
Elizabeth! Feel free to grab the button, and flaunt it!

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Feature Friday

Hi Everyone! It’s that time again, Friday! Hope you all have some fun weekend plans. D and I are heading over to the Bend area to do a little bouldering, camping, hiking and just hanging out together. I can’t wait!

Feature Friday: Current Blog Obsession


Well, it’s not exactly a blog but it is definitely worth checking out. Hometalk is a network for homeowners and renters and anyone interesting in the topic of home and garden. You get to share and ask questions about anything related to those topics and it’s such an awesome community. When you create a profile, you can share anything you want whether it is a new project you are working on or you can search for something particular. It’s a wonderful network of like minded people who share and encourage others.

Feature Friday: Instagram Photo

This photo still cracks me up. Earlier this week D and I both went to Whole Foods without the other knowing it and came home with the exactly same thing. Five cans of slice black olives, one larger can of pitted green olives, and two cans of my favorite coconut milk. Its that true love or what?!

Feature Friday: What I’m loving right now {DIY Wall Art}

I am getting so many awesome ideas from wall art found on Pinterest. Here are a few of my favorites so far!

diy wall art~

Via Blue Cricket Design

DIY Wall art

Via Domestic Adventure

How To paint a 'vintage' sign like a pro! Step by step tutorial to turn stock lumber into a vintage, one-of-a-kind sign. #sunshine #beautiful #thegreatpinteresthunt

Via Inspired by Charm

DIY Deer Wall Art

Via Design, Dining, and Diapers

What are you loving this week?

Feature Friday

Hi Friends! Hope you all have had a wonderful week! It’s Friday, the sun is out and we are in full summertime mode at our house! Hope you all have a great weekend. Monday I’ll be announcing a yummy giveaway so you’ll want to make sure and check back then! Plus, later in the week I’ll give you a sneak peek of the changes I recently made to our entryway. It was literally on a whim is coming together nicely!

And now for my Feature Fridays!

Feature Friday – Current Blog Obsession

Tongue Ticklers

I was searching for things to do with pie cherries the other day (see picture below and you’ll know why) and I came across a vegan {and often gluten free} food blog. My first thought was, ‘wow, she takes incredible pictures.’ I love inspiring photos of food and for me, this is one area I’d like to get better at in my photo taking skills.

Harini, the woman behind the blog, lives in a suburb just outside of Mumbai and documents her play with food through incredible recipes and lovely photos of her culinary creations. All though not all recipes on her blog are India, you can definitely find a vast array of them features here so if you are like me and LOVE Indian food, you are luck!

Harini’s explanation as to why she is vegan is thought provoking and honest and something I’ve been wanting to write about on here for awhile. You can find it here.

All in all, Tongue Ticklers is a food blog anyone can gain inspiring recipes from so you should definitely stop by and browse for awhile!

Feature Friday – Instagram Photo

We have several different fruit trees on the property. Although we’ve let most go and the fruit isn’t really edible, these pie cherries sure are. What should I make with them?

Feature Friday – What I’m Loving Right Now {On Pinterest}

I was just telling D how bad I wish we could grow fruit like lemons and avocados {yes, it’s a fruit} and I love how they are in containers.

How to Grow Fruit Trees in Containers


D and I climb in an indoor gym and will be learning to take it outside hopefully later this summer. Not sure I’ll be laying in a hammock like this anytime soon but maybe between two trees in our backyard.

I think I need to look at this quote more often. It’s so easy, especially in cruising bloggiland, to get caught up in all that you don’t have and want. I’m so grateful for what I do have and vow to remind myself of this every single day.


What are you guys loving right now? Come on by and share! I’d love to hear all about it. Have a wonderful weekend!

5 things i love this week

1) Pinterest (Image courtesy of Pinterest). A fun way to organize and share all things you love on the web.

2) Reclaimed Wood Shelves (Image courtesy of Country Living Magazine). I love everything in this photo from the reclaimed wood shelf to the cream-colored ceramic pottery to the bowl of apples.


3) Further Hand Lotion (Image courtesy of I think this is hands down the best hand lotion I have every used. It is the perfect consistency, absorbs quickly, smells clean and pure, and soothes my dry hands quite nicely.

4) My Sorel Boots (Photo courtesy of These things are incredible warm, durable, and not to mention cute. I wear these things whenever I get the chance. I also have the shot version in black with brown and red plaid.


5) Old Suitcases. I love the way the look especially but have also seem them used in innovative ways. Think bedside nightstand. Oh the places they have been!