Inspiring blogs

Happy New Year!  To start off the new year, I thought I would share a couple of projects that I did last year that I didn’t put on my blog.  The great thing is that all these projects were inspired from blogs that I read. Not Pinterest, but from actual bloggers who put their heart and soul into showing you how to make things and introduce you to new ideas.  To me they are where the true inspiration comes from.

I was inspired by Lucy from Craftberrybush to I make my own version of her sugar cookies for Thanksgiving


Hers of course were much more healthy and prettier, I made mine from a box mix.

Give Thanks cookies

Who hasn’t been inspired to paint a wall or door in chalkboard paint from a blog?  It was Janelle from House of Fifty back in 2010 who first introduced me to chalkboard walls.

Chalkboard Wall

I didn’t get to do a wall like Janelle, but I did do a chalkboard door for my daughter’s room.  We already had the old door, I just inserted a thin piece of wood that I sprayed with chalkboard paint.

Chalkboard door

Ever read the blog Before & After?  TONS of inspiring furniture and room makeovers. Plus Lindsay who writes the blog is pretty darn funny in her descriptions of the before and afters

Before chair

Ater Chair

Which inspired me to make a cushion for my daughters settee

Brown settee

But first I painted it white. This was one of those projects that I said to myself “oh that cushion doesn’t look too hard to make”.  Wrong.  It was.  Honestly, I couldn’t of done it without the encouragement I got from my Facebook fan page friends.   Talk about inspiring you to the finish!

White settee with grey cushion

Then Marian from Miss Mustard Seed introduced me to dough bowels awhile back.  Getting her inspiration from The nester.  I had never even heard of these bowls before, all I knew is that I wanted one once I saw their pictures

The Nester with a dough bowel

So I went on a hunt for an affordable one of my own.   I hit the jackpot at a local store in San Diego. I had many to choose from

Dough bowls

I had it in my mind I wanted one on my outdoor table under my Antique sign.  I added faux boxwood balls from HomeGoods.  Figured they would hold up better outside than real ones

Dough bowl

And then last but not least are my outdoor pillows.  Jami from Freckled Laundry is an avid sewer and is always wipping up something beautiful.


I know how to sew, but don’t love to sew.  But Jami gets me excited to sew. So I made 4 outdoor pillows in a trellis pattern for my outdoor daybed {I still have the outdoor curtains to finish sewing, which I started 3 months ago..yikes!} I know my sewing limits, and had the bolster and cushion professionally done.

Trellis design outdoor pillows

There is a lot of inspiration on Pinterest, but I couldn’t live without my blogging community for my real inspiration.  Do you have a special blog that you read that inspires you to create?

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  1. YOUR blog inspires me! 🙂
    I honestly read so many, it’s hard to think right now….I’ve been busy trying to bust the clutter!

  2. I LOVE this post. I participate in a Pinterest challenge on YHL every season, but am so tired of Pinterest credited with all the ideas! Pinterest didn’t create anything. Talented folks are being every project. I love how you’re given credit to everyone. I have seen my projects floating around, uncredited and, even though I’ve made the same mistake (re-pinning something uncredited), it stings. So nice to see credit being given and to see a talented blogger like you sharing your inspiration!

  3. Kelly @ Corner of Main says:

    What beautiful projects Stephanie! And that cushion for the settee does look really hard to make! Yours turned out beautifully! Submit it to Better After!

  4. What a great round-up and love what you did with the inspiration! Those cookies are so cute! And I love the cushion you made for the settee, it’s amazing.

  5. Pam @ Simple Details says:

    What a gorgeous makeover on the setee – did you submit it to Better-After? You should!! I need one of the dough bowls, love the rustic texture, they look good just about anywhere! And your patio is beautiful, the pillows look great, one of my favorite things to sew, too!

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