Pin it… or BUY IT on Pinterest!

Have you ever wanted to buy something you see on Pinterest? If you have, there is usually a link you could click on and it’d most likely take you to a site like Etsy or in my case, my Younique website… but now, Pinterest may be changing the game and adding a BUY button. Forget the PIN IT. Soon, you can click on the BUY IT and shop without ever leaving the digital pin board. At least, that’s the rumor I hear. Kinda cool, huh?

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Here are some fun facts about Pinterest:

  • Pinterest launched in March 2010
  • The site brings in 70 million monthly visitors (53 million are in the US)
  • Joy Cho has the most followers on Pinterest – 13.3 million
  • Pinterest is the third most popular social networking site (behind Facebook and Twitter)
  • 80% of Pinterest users are women (and 85% of pins come from women)
  • 47% of online shoppers have made a purchase based on a Pinterest recommendation (that’s more than Facebook and Twitter)
  • The average time spent on Pinterest is 14 minutes per visit (just enough time for me to realize my house is too small to have a cool mud room like the ones in all those pretty pictures)
  • Most pins lead back to blogs
  • Pinterest is worth 5 billion dollars (it brings in no revenue, but is an investors dream)
  • The founder and CEO of Pinterest is a 33 year old man – Ben Silbermann

Want to see what I pin? Follow me and my boards.

Stripes and Chevrons

A striped accent wall

A striped accent wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I learned how to paint stripes on a wall, I did one wall and two rooms. For accent walls or a kid’s bedroom, I LOVE stripes. Then, I taught myself how to paint a chevron wall.

This is how it’s done if you are doing one wall as an accent wall in stripes:

1.) One wall will have an odd number of stripes. This way the same color will be on each end. The first step is to measure the wall horizontally if your stripes are vertical. If you want horizontal stripes, measure the wall vertically. (TIP: Horizontal stripes make the room look wider and vertical stripes make the room look taller.)

2.) Once you have measured the wall, you will decide how many stripes you want OR how wide you want your stripes. This is where you will do some math. If your wall is 108 inches long and you want to paint nine stripes, you take 108/9 = 12. Each stripe will be 12 inches wide. If 12 inches is too wide or not wide enough then change that nine to a higher or lower number until you find the width of stripes you want.

3.) Find the middle of the wall by taking 108 (or however long your wall is) and divide it by two. 108/2 = 54. Since the stripes I’m painting are going to be 12 inches wide. I will go the left six inches and start drawing my straight line with my level and then go to the right six inches and draw another straight line with my level. That is my first stripe, 12 inches wide, and it is in the center of the wall.

4.) From there, you just move over 12 inches, draw your straight line with the help of a level. Repeat till all of the stripes are drawn. Tape and paint!

Nautical Nursery

An entire room in stripes

 

This is how it’s done if you are doing an entire room:

1.) An entire room will have an even number of stripes. This way the colors will alternate and the same color will not meet at the start/end point. The first step is to measure the room horizontally if your stripes are vertical. If you want horizontal stripes, measure the room vertically. (TIP: Horizontal stripes make the room look wider and vertical stripes make the room look taller.)

2.) Once you have measured the room, you will decide how many stripes you want OR how wide you want your stripes. This is where you will do some math. If your room is 648 inches and you want to paint 50 stripes, you take 648/50 = 12.96 Each stripe will be almost 13 inches wide. If 13 inches is too wide or not wide enough then change that 50 to a higher or lower number until you find the width of stripes you want.

3.) For vertical stripes, I start a room in the corner by the door. (This way if your measurements aren’t exact, it’s almost impossible to notice when you reach the end in the corner by the door.) Just use your level to measure the nearly 13 inches, draw a straight line and work your way around the room.

For horizontal stripes, I start in the middle of the room. If the room measures 108 inches vertically, for example, divide it by two. 108/2 = 54. Find that spot (54 inches from the baseboard or ceiling) and mark it. Since the stripes are going to be 12.96 inches wide, I will go up 6.5 inches and start drawing my straight line with my level and then go down 6.5 inches and draw another straight line with my level. That is my first stripe, it’s about 13 inches wide, and it is in the center of the wall.

4.) From there, measure about 13 inches above and below draw your straight line with the help of a level. Repeat till all of the stripes are drawn. Tape and paint!!

Chevron Wall

A chevron accent wall

 

And if you want to go bananas and paint a wall with the chevron pattern, you can watch this video to help you along, or follow these simple steps:

1.) Measure the wall horizontally and divide by two to find the center. Measure the wall vertically and divide by two to find the center. Use a pencil to mark this center. This is your starting point. (Only measure what you will paint, so do not include the baseboard in your measurements.) This is to ensure the chevrons are the same everywhere, so you don’t have a funky looking pattern on one side or the top or bottom.

2.) Decide how big you want your chevrons to be. For my wall, I chose 10 inches – not huge, but not too small. The smaller, the busier it’ll look. Remember the starting point we made? Use a level to measure 10″ above it and make another dot with your pencil. Do the same thing below your starting point. Now, you should have three vertical dots on either side of your starting point.

3.) Now, you are going to use the 45 degree angle part of a level to make the chevrons. (Did you even think you’d use that part?!) I’m also making these 10″ across. I start at the dots (we made in steps #1 and #2) and just move along the wall, flipping the level as I go to get that perfect 45 degree angle, drawing 10″ lines (up and over, down and over, up and over, down and over, etc.) Follow this pattern until you have drawn the chevrons on the entire wall.

4.) Use those pencil chevrons as a guide to tape your wall. Put the tape around the section you are going to paint. When you put your tape on the wall, apply the tape just over the pencil marks so you paint over them. Also, you will want to overlap the tape at the points so it should look like a little X. The X acts as a guide when you use your razor to cut off the little extra to create that perfect point. (There is no need to cut the tape that point to the area you will not be painting. When you are done taping and you look at the wall, the area you will paint in, will appear a little larger than the area above/below it.)

5.) Paint inside the area you have taped off and rip off the tape before the wall is completely dry.

Julianna’s Lemonade Stand

1st Birthday Party Theme

1st Birthday Party Theme

I picked up some garbage at the end of my neighbor’s driveway for my daughter’s first birthday party. An old TV stand turned into the center piece for her birthday party theme – a lemonade stand.

An old TV stand turns into a lemonade stand

An old TV stand turns into a lemonade stand

After measuring how tall the TV stand was, I went to Home Depot and had an employee cut a long slab of wood into as many pieces as he could. What was left over went on the sides. Some pink paint, a printed sign, and four balloons later – a lemonade stand was made!

Personalized Alphabet Art

Alphabet Art

I made this for my daughters teachers at her school for Christmas… and they LOVED it, so I had to share.

You will need wood, picture frames, printed letters, glue, and picture hangers. Paint and wood stain are optional.

First, you need the letters to spell the name of the person you are gifting. You can buy these at a store like Hobby Lobby, but they are expensive – something like $2 a letter. You can search online and send them to Walgreens or CVS to have them printed, or just take the pictures yourself when you are out and about.

Second, you need to count the letters of the name of the person you are gifting. In this case, the teacher’s name is Mrs. Greco. To save space, I took a picture of my daughter with a sign that said, “Mrs.” and it also helped to make it even more personal. (Since it was a Christmas present, she was wearing her Christmas dress by the tree.) So, that would count as 1, then the rest of the name = 5, for a total of 6.

Third, I went to the dollar store and bought six frames. You can spray paint these if you want to go with a different color. You will need to break the stand off the back since you will glue these onto wood. Since they are dollar store frames, it’s pretty easy to do.

Fourth, head to the lumber department at Home Depot or Lowe’s. There is a lot to choose from, but remember this is something that will most likely be hung on a wall, so you don’t need it to be too thick. Once you find a slab, do your best to measure how many frames will fit on it to complete the name you are spelling. Remember to give yourself some slack so the frames aren’t too close to each other. (To fit six frames, I went with 32 inches.) An employee will cut it for you right there in the department.

Fifth, before you check out, make sure you buy a couple of picture hangers to nail to the back of the wood (and pick up some Gorilla glue if you don’t already have it.) If you want to paint the frames or wood, pick up some spray paint too.

Now you are ready to assemble! If you want to paint or stain the wood, do that first. While you are waiting for that to dry, put your letters in the frames. Next, line the frames up to make sure you like the spacing and the way it looks. When you get it set to your liking, one by one glue the frames to the wood. (If you are using Gorilla glue – you will need to dampen the area first… and do not apply too much glue. Keep it away from the edges because Gorilla glue expands after you apply it! I learned that the hard way.) After you get it all glued down, let it dry. Hammer the picture hangers on the back (if you didn’t do it at the beginning) and you’re done!

A Home for the Bows

Bow Holder

Bow Holder

It is sooooo easy to put together and also makes finding a bow A LOT easier.

I got the frame at Hobby Lobby. You can get a frame anywhere, but just make sure there is no glass in the frame. It’s not needed for this.

You will also need some ribbon. I used three different colors and just used a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon on the back of the frame – just run it from the top to the bottom. In this case, I have five rows of ribbon.

My daughter has an excessive amount of bows, so in some spots after I glued the ribbon at the top and bottom, I didn’t cut it right away. I left the ribbon to hang below the frame to clip even more bows onto it.

I picked a spot to hang it on the wall where it is easy to reach to clip the bows off and back on… and that’s it! It really is that easy.