mom-mode post # 227- on making cinnamon ornaments

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment


If you have read this blog long enough (and know me). You know I’m a maker. Always been. I always have some sort of project going on. When I don’t have a project going it could only be indicative of two things: 1. something is wrong with me or 2. something is really wrong with me.

For the past few years, I have come up with all kinds of overly involved Christmas Craft projects. This year I wanted to keep things simple, while involving O in the process.

So we made these cinnamon ornaments I found on Pinterest.

It was simple enough, that he was able to help me and not get bored with it. It only takes about 10 minutes to get the ornaments done, then the rest of the process is done in the oven.

I didn’t find baker’s twine at my local Walmart ( we have no craft stores… It’s a small town), so I settled for this red sparkly yarn.

All in all it was a fun little project that can be done in one day and be used the next. I love the idea on the website to use it as gift wrapping decorations. It would be a nice touch to add to a teacher gift, or sweet memento to give to friends. We put them up on our tree and they smell terrific!!!

Of course this is not the only project I have going on… I’ll share my other makings sometime soon!


mom-mode post #201 – on pinterest

July 16, 2012 § Leave a comment


I had taken a month off Pinterest. I didn’t plan on it or anything. It just happened. I guess the novelty finally wore off and I finally had had enough inspiration, placing my needs to obssess on Instagram. But sometime last week I got on Pinterest again. Before I lost precious minutes of my life again, I decided to take inventory of what I had pinned since I joined Pinterest last year. Was it worth spending all that time pinning stuff you will never ever try? Hoarding ideas as if they wouldn’t be there when I needed them ‘someday’? Truth is there are times in my life when Pinterest can be really useful. Party planning time, Christmas gift making, etc. Other times, it really is just a waste of my precious time. Without further ado, here’s part of my Pinterest Inventory, along with my most honest opinion on how each project panned out:

Pin #1 – I couldn’t find a rack quite like this, I settled for something that didn’t really work for all of my lids. Also this idea doesn’t really address how to store the bottoms. My tupperware cupboard is still a mess. But I give this one a 2 out of 5 stars.


Pin #2 – I have used this tip time and again. I am a chronically messy cook and this keeps my ipad intact. I just need to find me one of those neat recipe holders like the one in the photo. 5 out of 5


Pin #3 -I tried to replicate this for my v-day mantel. It didn’t turn out quite like it, but it did what I believe Pinterest is all about: it inspired me. It inspired me to play with watercolors again, one of my favorite mediums. Even O got to play with it. I wish I could find a picture of my version somewhere. 5 out of 5.


Pin #4– We don’t have an ice maker and it I believe it is almost impossible to find ice for sale here in Turkey. This balloon was not only festive but very practical for O’s party back in February. 5 out 5!


Pin #5– I tried this and it was a major fail. Truth is, if you want gorgeous beachy waves you either have to go to the beach, or you have to put your curling/flat/ iron to good work. I don’t believe there’s any other way to do it. But I’ll keep pinning any shortcut ideas for easy simple hair styling! 0 out of 5 stars.


Pin #6– I recreated this for O’s party and it turned out just like it (except we forgot to take a picture). 5 out of 5!


Pin #7– This simple tutorial is just great. I had the best time making these bows. SO easy. 5 out of 5 again!


Here’s my version on my friend’s sweet girl:

This post is getting so long, I’ll have to make another one with some more projects/ inspiring ideas Pinterest spurred on me.

Truth is though, that these are only a fraction of the projects I have pinned. There’s so much more I have hoarded. 😉 Maybe these posts will inspire me to take on my inspirations and bring them to life. Because I believe one can never ever be too creative.



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