Isn’t that Pinteresting?

Be Inspired, Crafting December 7, 2011

Have you checked out Pinterest yet? If not, let me know and I will send you an invite. It’s my new favorite spot to find inspiration for crafting, recipes, style, home decor and more! I wanted to share a few Pinterest-inspired successes from the past week.

I have a set of vintage ornaments that I bought a few years ago in Tombstone, Arizona.  They are beautiful and interesting, so I wanted to highlight them in my decorating this year.  Last year I put them out on a silver plate, but this year I was looking for a way to put them on a wall somewhere.  Since we are renting our house and not allowed to paint, it can be a challenge to get a little color on the walls.  I saw this cute idea on Pinterest,
and made it into a larger display using cheap frames from the local thrift store.  I was a little nervous that the kids might throw a ball and smash the entire display, but it was in fact my husband who threw a sock towards the laundry room and hit the pretty pink ornament in the turquoise frame.  Oops!  At the base of the display is my vintage nativity that my parents scored for me on Ebay a few years back.

vintage ornament display
vintage ornament displayNext up, we have the letter B.  I had found a large B at the thrift store for 99 cents and was pondering what to do with it as it was an ugly shade of green.  Pinterest to the rescue!  I found the pin below and decided to go for the faux metal look.  And the tutorial even used the same exact letter that I had.  Perfect!
The B turned out great, and the project was simple.  I added it to my eclectic Christmas “mantle” which is actually the top of a bookshelf since we currently don’t have a real mantle to decorate.
christmas mantleFor the next project, I combined this pin with this pin and made a photo collage canvas for our friends (and one for us too).  You can see the scrapbook paper that I glued to the edges of the canvas in this pic, but I ended up painting over it with black paint because I liked the finished look better.  This made a fun Christmas gift for our friends!
Last, but certainly not least, was the out-of-this-world grilled sweet potato salad.  We went over to our friend’s house for dinner and she had pinned this recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.  I told her, if it’s from Kalyn’s blog, it has to be good.  I couldn’t wait to try it.  Wow, we were not disappointed!
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Kalyn's KitchenThe salad was one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time.
grilled sweet potato saladEveryone ate avocado white bean wraps that night, but we didn’t have any gluten-free wraps to use, so I made myself a bowl.  The combination of flavors was perfect.  The grilled sweet potato salad, the avocado and white beans, a spicy chipotle slaw, salad greens, pineapple and a little jack cheese.  Yum!


Are you on Pinterest?  If so, leave me your link in the comment section.  If not, leave me your email address so I can send you an invite!

Have you made anything from Pinterest lately?  I would love to hear about it!  If you have any photos of recent projects, post them in our Flickr group.

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  • Reply Christie Gosch December 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Hi Alysa,
    Yes, please send me an invite!

    • Reply inspiredrd December 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Done! Check your inbox.

  • Reply Ann Dunaway Teh December 7, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’ve just gotten on Pinterest and have been exploring some. So far I’m mostly using it for pinning recipes I want to try! But I love the other ideas I see around as well. Maybe I’ll become more crafty as a result! :)

    • Reply inspiredrd December 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

      Ann, I have seen so many people try crafty things for the first time because of Pinterest. I really think Pinterest is creating a crafting movement!

  • Reply Jen December 7, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I would love an invite! Such cute ideas.

    • Reply inspiredrd December 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Invite sent!

  • Reply Amanda Armstrong December 7, 2011 at 10:46 am


    Your vintage ornaments look so great! I’ve been pinning away too – finding great easy meal ideas and kids activities for babysitters. Its all under my Babysitting Tips board.

    Have a great rest of your week:)

  • Reply Kandice Tiggas December 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I JUST got my invitation accepted yesterday… I requested it WEEKS ago, but so far I LOVE it… so fun and… inspiring :)

  • Reply Becky Pallack December 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    My Pinterest is at if you want to follow me. I’ll follow you back :)

  • Reply Sarah December 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve been waiting _weeks_ for my invite. I look forward to organizing my browsing one day soon. :o)

    • Reply inspiredrd December 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Sarah, I just sent you one, I hope you get it quickly!

      • Reply Sarah December 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

        Received! Thank you ever so much!

  • Reply Angel December 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I love Pinterest. Chad says it’s like getting a bunch of magazines in the mail, but for free. I’ve made several recipes and I’m even going to try some crafts for Christmas gifts, and you know that is waaaay out of my comfort zone.

    Great post as always, Alysa!

  • Reply betsy December 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Great ideas! I love your mantle, it looks great! I have a Pinterest-inspired craft night with my girlfriends tomorrow night. Can’t wait.

  • Reply Kalyn December 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I love, love, love Pinterest. Your house looks amazing. Please come and decorate mine now. (And thanks for featuring the Sweet Potato Salad; one of my favorites.)

    • Reply inspiredrd December 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Thanks Kalyn! I have never been much of a decorator, which makes me love Pinterest even more.

  • Reply Tina Stehr December 7, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I would live an invite:). I love the picture frame idea!

  • Reply Stephanie December 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Oh, yes, I adore Pinterest. It’s a wonderful site. I check it daily and get so much inspiration there.

  • Reply Hillary December 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    Loving Pinterest too! A couple of things that I’ve tried out:

    Follow me too @

    • Reply inspiredrd December 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      Those are cute Hillary! I especially love the pearl necklace. I followed you!

  • Reply Betsy December 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I would love an invite to Pinterest! Thank you so much!!!

    • Reply inspiredrd December 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm


  • Reply adele jenks December 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Can you send me an invite? I am feeling out of the loop :) thanks!

    • Reply inspiredrd December 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

      I sent one through Facebook!

  • Reply Denise Strauser December 31, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Hi, Could you send me an invite…We’re adopting and they have some wonderful ideas for our son’s room. Thanks!

  • Reply mary helen politte January 5, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I am new to pinterest, but love the ideas I’ve received!

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  • Reply Kristina April 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Please send me an invite!!! How do I become a part of Pinterest? How do I “grab someone’s pin”? Please help! I am a longtime crafter, upcycler, mom, interior designer, cook (that word just doesn’t give the joy of cooking any justice, LOL), gardener, and all around inquisitive woman!!! Unfortunately, I am new to this blogging, Pinterest, tweeting “thing”, PLEASE help! Thanks a TON!!!

    • Reply inspiredrd April 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      I just sent an invite to your email!

  • Reply maria June 7, 2012 at 3:49 am

    I am totally addicted to Pinterest.

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