31 Days of Pin-testing: Making, Baking, Scrubbing, Watching, Crafting, Stretching, Drinking and Learning

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I'm still kicking myself for not having the forethought for creating Pinterest.

Oh, sure, there have been other products that I'd wished I'd brought to market, but for years, I've been in professionals that required visual boards. In order to bid for a job, or sell a product to a client, I would need to create boards covered with images, photos and drawings. Not always, but certainly most of the time, these boards were beautiful. Glued to a poster board, torn pages from magazines with coordinating colors or themes would express either our development teams idea or forecast the trends for the upcoming year.

These colorful mosaics would be stacked against my desk for future use and revisited for personal enjoyment. At home, it wouldn't be much different. I would tear pages from my favorite catalogs of living spaces I would one day hope to occupy. Lists of craft product would get shoved into an already over-stuffed binder, while images from Tastespotting would clutter my computer screen until the day I tried the recipe at home.

So you see, the notion of Pinterest has been hovering around my brain (and the brains of another zillion folks) for years. But rather than feel discouraged that I wasn't brilliant enough or techy enough to introduce this web concept to the world, I've learned to embrace it and, quite frankly, fall in love with it.

Testing the variety of pins on Pinterest to see if they really do work or actually taste good was a lot of work, but tons of fun.
Testing the variety of pins on Pinterest to see if they really do work or actually taste good was a lot of work, but tons of fun. | Source

So, because I spend a fair amount of my time on Pinterest,

I thought I'd spend an entire month testing out the many ideas that folks around the world share. I was wrapping up a photo-a-day project and wanted to start my 31 days of Pinterest on the first day of October. In order to make this project more manageable, I first did a little homework and a bit of prep work. I'd wandered my way through Pinterest many times before, but never really explored all the categories. I thought I would choose as much from as many of the catagories as possible for this project. I also thought that the more organized I was at the outset, the more success I would have and the more pins I could try.

Here are the categories that I chose my pins from:

Pinterest Categories
Home Décor
Holidays & Events
Health & Fitness
Gardening
Film, Music & Books
Design
DIY & Crafts
Products
Womens Fashion
Technologies
Quotes
Animals
Education

I began by organizing a calendar schedule.

I printed a blank calendar and began jotting all the pins that interested me into a day of the week. As I should have known, I began scribbling in more ideas that the month had days. I would need to show a little restraint. When I could fit no more onto the calendar (meaning that I had no more time in a single day to accomplish anything else) I stopped.

I then proceeded to make a list of supplies that I would need, groceries to shop for, stores to visit. With my planning completed, I was ready to begin.

The image on the left was taken from Pinterest.
The image on the left was taken from Pinterest. | Source
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Day 1-Coffee Cubes with Almond Milk and Chocolat

It's difficult to imagine that when I began this project, the weather in New Hampshire was still warm and my lawn was still green.

I still had a bag of coffee cubes in the freezer for a few iced coffees and dropped them into a glass of almond milk. My beverage didn't look nearly as beautiful as the one I'd seen on Pinterest, but the drink was tasty.


Later that night, I sat down to watch Chocolat, a movie that I'd heard so much about and had yet never seen. Delightful. The story was wonderful and I could listen to Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench all night. In the future, this would be a great project: A month of watching movies recommended by pinners-hum......

Anyway, the movie was charming. I craved a mug of hot aztec chocolate for weeks. I should read the novel.

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Day 2-DIY Poison Ivy Killer and Growing Scallions at Home

If at all possible, I wish to use all natural products, particularly in my garden and on my lawn. We have, at the far end of our property, a rather large patch of poison ivy. I have tried a similar concoction, but thought that I would try this suggestion of mixing a gallon of white vinegar and one tablespoon of Dawn dish soap. I poured the mixture into a spray bottle and headed down to the ivy patch. It works great, but do be careful. What you spritz does die, so take caution that you don't spray nearby flowers or plants.

We use a great deal of scallions and leeks when we cook so I was anxious to try this trick from Pinterest. In a small mason jar place your scallions. When you need them, snip off parts of the green. Change the water every few days and, if possible, place the jar in sunlight occasionally.

Scallions are generally inexpensive, but using this method, affords me one less trip to the market. It works perfectly.

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I'm not completely satisfied with the way the silverware comes out of the dishwasher, but overall, this is the best recipe so far.The soap powder is very easy to make, makes a large quantity and saves a bunch of money.I found all the ingredients at my local market except for the essential orange oil. I buy that at my coop and I add a drop or two because I like the smell.This recipe makes a large batch of soap powder.I have an old dishwasher, in all fairness, perhaps part of my dissatisfaction is the machine. I can not say for certain.
I'm not completely satisfied with the way the silverware comes out of the dishwasher, but overall, this is the best recipe so far.
I'm not completely satisfied with the way the silverware comes out of the dishwasher, but overall, this is the best recipe so far. | Source
The soap powder is very easy to make, makes a large quantity and saves a bunch of money.
The soap powder is very easy to make, makes a large quantity and saves a bunch of money. | Source
I found all the ingredients at my local market except for the essential orange oil. I buy that at my coop and I add a drop or two because I like the smell.
I found all the ingredients at my local market except for the essential orange oil. I buy that at my coop and I add a drop or two because I like the smell. | Source
This recipe makes a large batch of soap powder.
This recipe makes a large batch of soap powder. | Source
I have an old dishwasher, in all fairness, perhaps part of my dissatisfaction is the machine. I can not say for certain.
I have an old dishwasher, in all fairness, perhaps part of my dissatisfaction is the machine. I can not say for certain. | Source

Day 3-Homemade Dishmachine Soap and No-Fry French Fries

I have been attempting to make a dish machine soap for some time now. I have tried a variety of ingredients and methods all in my hope of ridding my life of the retched chemicals in store brands. The recipe that I followed this time produced a huge quanitity. Had I been thinking properly, I would have only made a half recipe, alas, I have enough soap powder to last six months or so. It is the best that I have made so far, but I'm still not entirely satisfied. I like my dishes to come out spotless, particularly my silverware. Before the rinse cycle, I even add a splash of white vinegar, but it only helps marginally.

We ate our fries with a garlic aioli and our homemade catsup that has tons of flavor. It's easy to make. I post the recipe on my profile page.
We ate our fries with a garlic aioli and our homemade catsup that has tons of flavor. It's easy to make. I post the recipe on my profile page. | Source

Although the weather is becoming chillier, we are still grilling and we like french fries with our burgers. We don't always have french fries, they are a treat for us, but what if they could be made in the oven and taste just as delicious, would you try them? Well, we did and they were.

The recipe posted on Pinterest was from Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook. I had seen an Ophra recipe once where her private chef coated the potatoes with egg white for crispness. I wanted nothing to do with that. Paltrow's recipe couldn't have been simpler. The key is to pat the potatoes completely dry. Highly recommended.

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Day 4-Watermelon and Coconut Water Beverage

Don't be fooled by the picture of the watermelon. I took that photo earlier in September when I could still buy watermelon at the market. We like to whip up watermelon margaritas every now and again, so I cube the watermelon, toss the chunks into a plastic bag and place the bag in the freezer.

Even using frozen watermelon, this drink wasn't bad. When I saw it on Pinterest it looked so refreshing. I tried it after a workout and it was good. I can take or leave coconut water so I, most likely, won't make this again.

Day 5-DIY Liquid Handsoap, Kubrick and Coppola

On this day, I had planned to make handsoap and watch two movies that I had never considered watching before.

Let me begin by saying that I have made liquid hand soap before. I love the fact that I can save so much money making my own, but I haven't created the ideal product yet. The recipe that I followed also made an enormous amount so I won't be needing to make more for some time, but when I am ready, I'll continue to tweak the recipe. Overall, the hand soap does what it's intended to do and that is to clean, but the consistency of the soap is not pleasant. I shall describe it as, well, snot. Sorry, for that rather vulgar description, but it is accurate and therefore, not as I had hoped.

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Marie Antoinette trailer

At the movies...

I enjoy action movies and thrillers and tend to gravitate toward them and often miss out on good movies because of it. I had never seen a Kubrick movie, nor had I seen Marie Antonette by Sofia Coppola, a movie that I had considered a "chic-flick".

Now, I'm not a movie critic and will not pretend to be one. I can only tell you whether or not the movies appealed to me and, indeed, they both did.

Kubrick's film style drew me in and although the story was a bit odd to me, I didn't feel as though I had wasted my time. As for Marie Antoinette, I thought the movie's visually stunning colors were worth admission (or rental fee, in my case). As a history buff, it may not have been entirely telling, but it's a Hollywood movie. It is entertainment, after all.

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Day 6-Apple Enchiladas and Pumpkin Spice Blend

Many of the pins that caught my attention during this project were fall related and that included recipes using apples and spices.

I have always purchased pumpkin spice blend. I thought this mix of spices would be perfect for the pumpkin pie I would surely be making for Thanksgiving. I generally buy small quantities of spices from my coop, knowing that I will use them before they lose their flavors. Keeping that in mind, I made enough pumpkin spice blend to fill a small container. Here are the spices that I used:

INGREDIENTS: 4 tsp ground cinnamon-2 tsp ground ginger-1 tsp ground cloves-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg-3 tsp allspice

I added a wee-bit of the spice blend to my next Pinterest recipe: apple enchiladas. These were very easy to make and smelled wonderful baking in the oven. If you're craving a warm treat on-the-fly, this recipe is for you. I served it with a small scoop of cinnamon ice cream and it hit the spot. Although, I prefer an apple pie, something with a buttery, flaky crust, the flour tortillas in this recipe work well and you can make just enough for two or enough for a kids' overnight party.

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I collected a large bag of acorns and used them for several projects. I have a few more that I am spray painting gold.These little gems are next on my list. They'll look wonderful on a gift or tree.Pinterest can lead you to crafters and venders around the world that sell lots of items.
I collected a large bag of acorns and used them for several projects. I have a few more that I am spray painting gold.
I collected a large bag of acorns and used them for several projects. I have a few more that I am spray painting gold. | Source
These little gems are next on my list. They'll look wonderful on a gift or tree.
These little gems are next on my list. They'll look wonderful on a gift or tree. | Source
Pinterest can lead you to crafters and venders around the world that sell lots of items.
Pinterest can lead you to crafters and venders around the world that sell lots of items. | Source

Day 7-Painted Acorns

It's a perfect time of year when my husband and I take our dogs for long hikes in the woods. It is there that I always have the urge to gather up pine cones and acorns for some craft project or another.

Wanting to ship my folks in Florida a bit of New England, I painted some acorns various fall colors and created an autumnal wrap. Here is how you can make the same gift wrap:

A DIY Fall-Inspired Gift: Painted Acorns, Leaf-Shaped Gift Tag and a Box of Autumn Harvest Ginger Cookies

As I searched the Pinterest pages, many ideas popped up for painted acorns and felted acorns. This, too, happened to be one of the easier projects that I selected for the month. If you are able to gather acorns, gather enough for future use. You never know when you'll want to use them.

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Day 8-Cleaning Your Car Headlights with Toothpaste

There are plenty of pins that seem implausible and ridiculous, at best. I came across this suggestion for brightening your car headlights using toothpaste and thought it absurd.

I drive an older vehicle and my headlights have become hazy, so I thought I'd at least give it a try. It's just toothpaste after all.

To my surprise-it worked. Honest.

Day 9-Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Jewelry cleaner is one of those things that you need only buy once and when you need more, you can just add fresh ingredients.

My first thought is this: If in doubt, bring it to a jewelry and have the item professionally cleaned. I have tried the aluminum foil trick before only to discover that you shouldn't leave you silver for too long or it will turn.

I tried this recipe because of the basic ingredients used. It worked and with ingredients that I generally have in the house.

Natural Jewellery Cleaner Recipe

Day 10-Peppermint Infused Vodka

Years ago, my husband and I had this fabulous pineapple margarita with jalapeno infused tequila at this bistro in Montana. Ever since, we've been infusing spirits with different ingredients.

After seeing a pin for infusing vodka with peppermint candy, I thought I'd try it. Today, you can find many spirits infused with fruits and herbs being sold at specialty stores, but making your own at home is very easy. To warm up a cup of hot chocolate, I've generally added a splash of schnapps. After trying this pinner's suggestion, I'll continue to use the schnapps.

After only a few hours, the candies dissolved into a sickly mess of pink slush. No thank you.

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Day 11-Collecting Words of Wisdom

Many people share quotes on Pinterest. If you are seeking inspiration, affirmation or something to write in a card, look no further.

I enjoy reading the quotes I find and some make their way in to a quote book that I have been keeping since I was in junior high. The other reason that I enjoy looking at the quotes, is the variety of fonts that people use, many of which can be found online for free. Free fonts always come in handy.

This is the quote that I saw one day while planning this Pinterest project. It inspired me to call up a friend and share some tea. Happy.

Day 12-A Foot Soak and Lawn Fertilizer

I use gallons and gallons of white vinegar in my home. I use it for canning, cooking, cleaning and laundry. I love white vinegar. I feel the same way about epsom salt. Epsom salt is a very handy ingredient for so many purposes.

Here are two that I opted for on this Pin-testing quest:

  1. epsom salt and apple cider vinegar foot soak
  2. epsom salt and water plant fertilizer

Epsom salt is inexpensive and is loaded with nutrients. Nutrients that many plants crave. Why spend tons of money on commercial plant fertilizers when this is so readily available and costs cents?

After a long day on your feet, a foot soak is heavenly. Sure, the apple cider vinegar makes your piglets smell a bit like your spilled salad dressing on them, but your feet feel refreshed.

Two thumbs up.

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Apply warm wax to those areas you wish to remove hair. Pull wax from skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeat.Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring cook on high heat.Bring to a rapid boil.Continue to cook the sugar until it becomes this beautiful amber color.Spoon some of the warm wax in your palm and roll.Roll it in your hand until it makes a soft ball.
Apply warm wax to those areas you wish to remove hair. Pull wax from skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeat.
Apply warm wax to those areas you wish to remove hair. Pull wax from skin in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeat. | Source
Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring cook on high heat.
Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring cook on high heat. | Source
Bring to a rapid boil.
Bring to a rapid boil. | Source
Continue to cook the sugar until it becomes this beautiful amber color.
Continue to cook the sugar until it becomes this beautiful amber color. | Source
Spoon some of the warm wax in your palm and roll.
Spoon some of the warm wax in your palm and roll. | Source
Roll it in your hand until it makes a soft ball.
Roll it in your hand until it makes a soft ball. | Source

Day 13-DIY Sugar Wax

Like many women, I have paid good money to have spa professionals rip hair from body. It is torture that requires reservations and a goodly portion of our pay checks. Go figure.

I thought I'd give this diy sugar wax a try. I thought the pain would still be a sure thing, but at least I could keep a bit of my dignity and a few bucks.

As the sugar wax cooked on the stove, I wasn't sure if I should smear it over toasted pecans and drizzle those with chocolate or ball it up and rub it on my face. It smelled too good to use as a depilator.

Well, I did, in fact, use it to remove the tiny hairs above my lip. Yes, it brought tears to my eyes. Yes, I was tempted to abandoned this foolish pursuit for beauty in exchange for sticky buns coated with this luscious caramel. But, I continued. It worked fairly well. I'm a dark haired brunette. It didn't work wonders. Shaving is quickest. As for the removal of my mustache, next time I'll just bleach it.

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Day 14-Crafting with Small Toy Animals

I love hosting dinner parties, so when I came across this little pig painted white, I couldn't stop thinking about the endless possibilities of crafting with those little animal figurines found at the craft shop and feed stores.

As a celebratory gift, I bought and painted an elephant and placed it atop a cupcake. My head is spinning with ideas on how to use these toy animals. Another pinner, cut animals in half, painted them different colors and glued a magnet on the flat side. They were then used as animal magnets. You can often find these little creatures at Goodwill. A great way to reuse and repurpose.

The colorful animals glued to the jars are from Pinterest.
The colorful animals glued to the jars are from Pinterest. | Source
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Day 15-Homemade Naan

I've wanted to make homemade naan for awhile now. We love Indian cuisine and make it often, but I always buy naan at the store. This was a very easy bread to make and worth the little effort it required. Because it does need a bit of time to proof, roll and fry, it might be best to make it on the weekend. Budget Bytes posted the recipe and the cost breakdown of making naan at home. For $1.27 it was worth it to try.

We had leftover naan and decided to freeze it to see how it would taste after being frozen. With a quick pre-heat in the oven, they were still quite good.

My husband liked them so much, that we're planning on making them again soon and making our own gyros. Big thumbs up for this pin.

If you are a foodie and want to learn how to prepare foods from all around the world, Pinterest is a great place to look around. Search the many recipes and you will discover new blogs and websites that lead you to authentic cooks that share their expertise and tips on where to find those hard-to-locate ingredients.

The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi

The Whisperer
The Whisperer

If you enjoy thrillers-this book is a must read. This may be one of the best books that I have ever read. I was unable to put it down.

 

Day 16-A Recommended Book and What to Read Next

I enjoy reading and as an avid reader Pinterest is a great source for learning about books and getting reviews. I decided to read The Whisperer and requested it from my local library the first of the month. It was such a gripping read that I finished it in a few days.

I then discovered this great tool that allows me to type in books that I've enjoyed and find similar books to read:

What Should I Read Next? allows me to get recommendations from registered readers, although you do not need to register to use the site. Here are a few other sites that can help you to find that next great read:

Whichbook

Lazy Library

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Easy to carry, great for on-the-go. The fold-over clutch is fashionable and I can match them to many outfits.Without the portfolio inside the fold-over, the clutch is large enough to hold all sorts of goodies and keep it's shape because I used several layers of stiff interfacing.Other than the red tassel, I was able to use fabric from an older project. Ultimately, these clutches cost be the price of one tassel. With a coupon, the tassel cost me $2.50-not bad.As it turned out, I didn't have enough fabric for both clutches to fit my portfolio, but I'm happy with the final results.Don't forget to add embellishments to your clutch to make it more personal and interesting.
Easy to carry, great for on-the-go. The fold-over clutch is fashionable and I can match them to many outfits.
Easy to carry, great for on-the-go. The fold-over clutch is fashionable and I can match them to many outfits. | Source
Without the portfolio inside the fold-over, the clutch is large enough to hold all sorts of goodies and keep it's shape because I used several layers of stiff interfacing.
Without the portfolio inside the fold-over, the clutch is large enough to hold all sorts of goodies and keep it's shape because I used several layers of stiff interfacing. | Source
Other than the red tassel, I was able to use fabric from an older project. Ultimately, these clutches cost be the price of one tassel. With a coupon, the tassel cost me $2.50-not bad.
Other than the red tassel, I was able to use fabric from an older project. Ultimately, these clutches cost be the price of one tassel. With a coupon, the tassel cost me $2.50-not bad. | Source
As it turned out, I didn't have enough fabric for both clutches to fit my portfolio, but I'm happy with the final results.
As it turned out, I didn't have enough fabric for both clutches to fit my portfolio, but I'm happy with the final results. | Source
Don't forget to add embellishments to your clutch to make it more personal and interesting.
Don't forget to add embellishments to your clutch to make it more personal and interesting. | Source

Day 17-Sewing Fold-Over Clutch Bags

I'd seen fold-over clutches many times on Pinterest. There was a leopard print that caught my fancy and that's when I decided to make one. As it turns out, I was never able to find just the right fabric, so I scoured through the remnants that I had in my closet and came up with enough fabric to sew two bags of various sizes.

The larger of the two fold-overs fits my smaller portfolio and I can slide it right into the clutch. The smaller clutch is perfect for a night out when I really only need a wallet, phone and lipstick.

Both bags were very easy to sew and require no special sewing talent. There are many different tutorials online, so I won't repeat a how-to here, but here are a few suggested sites.

  1. DIY: Leather Fold Over Clutch | Say Yes to Hoboken
  2. Confessions of a Craft a holic: DIY Foldover Clutch
  3. Little Pincushion Studio: DIY Painted fold-over clutch..

If you are planning on sewing a fold-over clutch, don't forget embellishments. You could certainly sew a zipper at the top of your bag for security. I did not. However, for a bit more flair, I added a tassel to my red fold-over.

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Day 18-Coffee Body Scrub

Rarely, do I purchased beauty creams and scrubs. I do, however, like to make my own on occasion. We always have coffee in our home, so this scrub was added to my list of pins to test. Takecoffee grounds, mix with brown sugar and head to the shower. While I can't attest to it's cellulite busting powers, I can say it's a fabulous body scrub. The only down-side to this beauty routine is the scrub makes an awful mess in the shower. The grounds are splashed around anything and everything that is in one's shower. Before I can rinse off and step out, I must rinse the walls, the shelves, the shampoo bottles and glass to rid the tiny specks of coffee. I kinda still think it's worth it.

Side note: I may keep a small stash of scrub near my kitchen sink. After cooking with onions or garlic, using the coffee scrub will help to eliminate the smell from my hands.

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Day 19-Learning to Draw

There are critics out there that feel Pinterest is only for those interested in beautiful imagery. In part, that is true, but I personally think that Pinterest can and should be used to discover much more than a stunningly designed kitchen or eye-grabbing dress.

Search the categories for topics that interest you and you will, I have no doubt, find learning tools. Mashable is on Pinterest and has lots of learning tools and gadget suggestions. If you are a teacher, there are many resources for age-appropriate crafts, educational tools and more.

For something a bit silly, I learned how to draw a bee. I'll add this to my resume later.

Day 20-Listening to the Band Called Bond

I wanted to explore the Pinteresting world of music and add a few new songs to one of my playlists.

I listened to music from around the world which is one of the coolest facets about Pinterest. The world is just a click away.

I found a pinner named Keane's World and discovered a group called Bond. It makes me want to learn how to play the violin more than ever.

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Day 21-Fairies in a Jar

I was so looking forward to crafting this, but I would ultimately not be able to locate white glow sticks anywhere. I had hopes of making this for one of my nieces, in addition, I was going to hang Halloween glow-orbs from a tree near our house for the trick or treaters, but I was unable to make those either.

In the future, if I decide to try again, I can order clear glow sticks online or perhaps turn to The Idea Room and make my own glow-in-the-dark slime.

[One of the helpful facets of Pinterest is that if one of your ideas doesn't pan out, there are dozens of others to choose from. I had my vision set on the white glow sticks, but I saw that other pinners posted pictures of fairies in a jar using blue and green glow sticks. If you haven't found what you are looking for, keep looking it's out there]

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Day 22-Sewing a Tie and Learning Various Ways To Knot It

I like to wear ties, so when I came across a pin that pictures several different ways to knot a tie, I decided to add a new leopard print silk to my wardrobe.

I would have preferred to buy a leopard tie, but couldn't find one, so I opted to sew one. I used one of my husband's ties as a template and managed to wrestle with the fabric and the sewing machine (I dislike sewing silk. It wiggles all over the place).

My tie looks nice. It is not perfect, but fine for a gal who will most likely wear it tucked into a blouse or beneath a sweater.


Here is a helpful tutorial, if you are interested:

How To: Sew a Necktie » Man Made DIY or you could try this one also:

How to make a custom made

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This recipe allowed me to make 6 large bath fizzes using the molds and a few bath balls, the size of a small snowball.The ingredients to make bath fizzes are all easy to locate at your local market and feed store.If you can't find citric acid at the grocers, look in the canning section at your local feed store.I used the same tim molds that I use to make desserts and brioche.You can see how dark I made the purple for my spritz. It didn't work easily and I gave up, eventually.Here is a look at how much the bath fizz bubbles when it hits the water.I filled each mold nearly to the top except for two. I wanted to see how easy it would be to remove them from the molds. I had no problem on any of them.Here is one of the bath balls I made. Simply shape a ball from the powder once you have misted it.One bath fizz is plenty for a single soaking.With a bit more practice, this could be an easy craft and would make a fun gift for a girl's party or hostess gift.
This recipe allowed me to make 6 large bath fizzes using the molds and a few bath balls, the size of a small snowball.
This recipe allowed me to make 6 large bath fizzes using the molds and a few bath balls, the size of a small snowball. | Source
The ingredients to make bath fizzes are all easy to locate at your local market and feed store.
The ingredients to make bath fizzes are all easy to locate at your local market and feed store. | Source
If you can't find citric acid at the grocers, look in the canning section at your local feed store.
If you can't find citric acid at the grocers, look in the canning section at your local feed store. | Source
I used the same tim molds that I use to make desserts and brioche.
I used the same tim molds that I use to make desserts and brioche. | Source
You can see how dark I made the purple for my spritz. It didn't work easily and I gave up, eventually.
You can see how dark I made the purple for my spritz. It didn't work easily and I gave up, eventually. | Source
Here is a look at how much the bath fizz bubbles when it hits the water.
Here is a look at how much the bath fizz bubbles when it hits the water. | Source
I filled each mold nearly to the top except for two. I wanted to see how easy it would be to remove them from the molds. I had no problem on any of them.
I filled each mold nearly to the top except for two. I wanted to see how easy it would be to remove them from the molds. I had no problem on any of them. | Source
Here is one of the bath balls I made. Simply shape a ball from the powder once you have misted it.
Here is one of the bath balls I made. Simply shape a ball from the powder once you have misted it. | Source
One bath fizz is plenty for a single soaking.
One bath fizz is plenty for a single soaking. | Source
With a bit more practice, this could be an easy craft and would make a fun gift for a girl's party or hostess gift.
With a bit more practice, this could be an easy craft and would make a fun gift for a girl's party or hostess gift. | Source

Day 23-DIY Bath Fizzes

With cold weather quickly approaching, there are fewer things that I like more than a glass of wine, a great book and a warm bubble bath.

Bath fizzes seemed like an easy item to make. If you are not a patient person, I would recommend that you craft something else, unless you opt not to add color to your bath fizzes, as I did.

After mixing the ingredients in a bowl, the directions say to spritz the tinted water mixture into the powder until you have achieved the desired color. I had chosen to blend lavender oil into my bath fizzes and therefore, chosen to add a light purple tint. After several minutes and no success, I changed my plan and opted for no color at all.

As far as crafts are concerned this one was fun and I'm happy that I tried it. I don't need to try it again, however. Next time I'm in the mood for a warm bath, I'll just warm a few drops of lavender oil in a bit of warm milk and pour it into my bath. Lovely.

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Day 24-Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella. Easy, delicious-what's not to love about it, especially when I came across this recipe posted by chocolate guru David Lebovitz.

I decided to make a few small containers for a few friends. I had these heavy glass votive holders and some fun ribbon-perfect for the Halloween giving.

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Progress is very slow. In order to achieve the correct color, I must apply at least three coats of paint before moving the stencil sheet.
Progress is very slow. In order to achieve the correct color, I must apply at least three coats of paint before moving the stencil sheet. | Source

Day 25-Mummy on a Shelf and Stenciling a Hallway

On this day, I finished with one of the easiest projects of the month and decided to report on the most difficult of the month.

Let me begin by telling you about the mummy on a shelf. The moment that I saw this little creature on Pinterest, I knew that I was going to make at least one or two. With a few simple supplies I found around the house, I was able to make several movable mummies like Camilla Fabbri did on her blog Family Chic. It took only a few hours and I made the mummies while watching TV.

The mummies were made in little time, while my next goal of stenciling a small hallway off my kitchen is still not complete. My first thought was to craft this tin foil nightstand. I had never seen this done before and thought I could manage a project like that in a few hours. But before I could run to the craft store and buy some Modpodge, I'd already come across a few pictures on Pinterest of wall stencils. The rooms looked beautiful and after a bit of research, it seemed that painting stencils was darn easy. Alas, I was bound to stumble upon at least one project in this month of projects that would bring me to my knees in frustration. This was that project.

The failures of this project are entirely my own. I chose to use gloss paint (it is recommended that you use a flat). I chose two dramatically opposite colors (it is suggested that you use paint colors that are only slightly different in tone). I also chose to paint a hallway with four doorways, extremely small corners and walls with light switches, heat controls and fire alarms.

I am making progress and I am happy with the results thus far. My husband, of course, thinks that I am a bit off my rocker, but perhaps that sentiment is no different than any other day when I'm tackling another one of my various craft projects. I'll keep you posted.

Once the donuts had cooled, I dropped them in a paper bag with powered sugar and gentle tossed about.
Once the donuts had cooled, I dropped them in a paper bag with powered sugar and gentle tossed about. | Source

Day 26-Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Baked donuts are a nearly guilt-free treat (I said nearly) that I enjoy baking during the colder weather. There are a variety of recipes to be found online and you'll be inspired to bake some yourself after seeing all the luscious photos on Pinterest.

Because October is really apple season in New Hampshire, I wanted to try a new recipe for apple cider donuts. Smitten Kitchen is one of my favorite blogs and the image of the sugared donut holes is what captured my attention. Ultimately, I would forego the deep fryer, alter my recipe and bake them. Perfect with a cup of coffee.

I packaged a few donuts for my father-in-law. I saw these adorable cloud stickers on Pinterest and made a few using Avery sticker sheets. With the smaller scraps, I cut out a few tiny droplets for rainy days.

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On the same day that I found these little cloud stickers, I happened upon a pin for diy milk cartons. I didn't get around to trying this craft, my local hospital cafeteria sells tiny milks and they are perfect for a dessert buffets and whimsical desserts, so I've just gone there to buy a few. I've included the link here, however, because these look ideal for so many fun projects in the future.


Paper Crafts | Paper Crave:

This is a wonderful site jammed full of great paper craft ideas, inspiration, sources and tutorials. You'll find the milk carton tutorial here, as well as, hundreds of other paper craft projects-have fun.

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Day 27-S'mores on a Stick and Using Coconut Oil as a Moisturizer

For the last few weeks, I've been applying coconut oil to my hair and as a body moisurizer. I've been using coconut oil to cook with for years, but hadn't considered it as a cosmetic ingredient.

I'll report this: my hair is soft. Softer, I can't say for certain. When applied to my face and arms the oil soaks in quickly and leaves no scent. I like the idea of using the coconut oil because I always have some in my pantry and I'm not one to buy bottles of creams and lotions.

s'mores on a stick:

You may think I'm a tad crazy but I do not like s'mores. I've always thought them far too sweet and I would much prefer a stack of Graham Crackers and a glass of cold milk, but then I made a few s'mores on a stick and have since changed my mind.

Rather than use crushed Graham Crackers for the s'mores, I used left over crushed animal crackers that I needed to make the apple slab pie. I also used a bittersweet chocolate rather than Hershey's (I'll admit, I do not care for Hershey chocolate at all). The picture that I found on Pinterest, as you can see, didn't torch the marshmallow. To me, the burnt sugar of a melted marshmallow is the best part, so I placed each s'more under a flame briefly. YUM.

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Day 28-A Month of Yoga

So when I penciled in the pins that I wanted to try for the month, I added this one to the end of the month hoping that I would, in fact, be diligent about my exercise routine. Well, I'll honestly report to you that I have never eaten so many treats in one month as I have this month, nor have I exercised less.

Oh, I didn't abandon all hope, I ate in moderation and continued working out. I just wasn't a stickler about it.

There are so many exercising tips, healthy recipes and motivational quotes on Pinterest, as you search through, keep in mind that it's just as easy to discover good-for-you pins as it is to uncover the tempting and wicked.

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2 E Main St, Warner, NH 03278, USA
[get directions]

Do you do better working out with others? Here's a local yoga studio that offers classes to fit most everyone's schedules.

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Day 29-S'more Treat Bags

We don't get many trick-or-treaters. With only a few area kids, we're able to make treats a little bit special.

This cellophane bag filled with s'more fixin's worked well and I had a few extra to tuck into the Halloween treat packages that we ship to friends and my folks in Florida.

[There are so many gift ideas on Pinterest. If you are searching for ideas for a particular occasion, simply search "gift ideas" or "gift ideas under $20 dollars"]

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I used a combination of apples, as indicated in the recipe. I might try this recipe again, but substitute the apples with mincemeat.This recipe called for crushed animal crackers which I also used for my s'mores on a stick.I added a few teaspoons of the pumpkin spice blend that I made earlier in the month.I used only a single layer of dough on the top and bottom of my pie. I was a little short and had to piece the corners, but it worked out just fine.Boiled cider adds an amazing flavor to many fall recipes. You can buy this item at kingarthurflour.comThe boiled cider glaze tasted very nice, but I would omit a glaze in the future. I would have preferred the crust plain or simply dusted with powdered sugar.This pie slices nicely and has a great flavor. If I have the occasion to make it for a large crowd, I would certainly make it again.
I used a combination of apples, as indicated in the recipe. I might try this recipe again, but substitute the apples with mincemeat.
I used a combination of apples, as indicated in the recipe. I might try this recipe again, but substitute the apples with mincemeat. | Source
This recipe called for crushed animal crackers which I also used for my s'mores on a stick.
This recipe called for crushed animal crackers which I also used for my s'mores on a stick. | Source
I added a few teaspoons of the pumpkin spice blend that I made earlier in the month.
I added a few teaspoons of the pumpkin spice blend that I made earlier in the month. | Source
I used only a single layer of dough on the top and bottom of my pie. I was a little short and had to piece the corners, but it worked out just fine.
I used only a single layer of dough on the top and bottom of my pie. I was a little short and had to piece the corners, but it worked out just fine. | Source
Boiled cider adds an amazing flavor to many fall recipes. You can buy this item at kingarthurflour.com
Boiled cider adds an amazing flavor to many fall recipes. You can buy this item at kingarthurflour.com | Source
The boiled cider glaze tasted very nice, but I would omit a glaze in the future. I would have preferred the crust plain or simply dusted with powdered sugar.
The boiled cider glaze tasted very nice, but I would omit a glaze in the future. I would have preferred the crust plain or simply dusted with powdered sugar. | Source
This pie slices nicely and has a great flavor. If I have the occasion to make it for a large crowd, I would certainly make it again.
This pie slices nicely and has a great flavor. If I have the occasion to make it for a large crowd, I would certainly make it again. | Source
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Day 30-Apple Slab Pie

Years ago, I had read about something called apple slab pie. It is my understanding that it is a southern recipe and is perfect for large crowds. I found a few examples of apple slab pie and thought that I would give this one a try.

While I wasn't certain how sweet this sweet treat would ultimately taste, I opted to reduce the sugar in the pie and in the glaze. I also had a small amount of boiled cider left over and used that to pour atop the pie. My glaze wasn't a glossy white but rather a caramel-color that seeped into the crust. It did, however, have a really nice apple flavor.

Overall, I think this was a very easy recipe to follow and worth the time if you are serving a large family or attending a function.


1. Use a paper grocery bag and 2. remove handle. 3. Unroll paper handle. 4. Wooden dowels can be found at baking and craft stores. 5. Glue paper handle around dowel and secure with twine (like a broom) 6. Snip paper to look like a broom.
1. Use a paper grocery bag and 2. remove handle. 3. Unroll paper handle. 4. Wooden dowels can be found at baking and craft stores. 5. Glue paper handle around dowel and secure with twine (like a broom) 6. Snip paper to look like a broom. | Source

Day 31-Crafting Tiny Cocktail Brooms

As I've mentioned, Halloween near my home tends to be quiet. We live in the country and parents generally don't allow their children to hike the backwoods of rural New Hampshire for a Hershey's Kiss.

Because we do not get tiny ghosts and goblins visiting our house, we can usually indulge in a little Halloween spirit of our own. I had found so many fun cocktails on Pinterest it was difficult to choose which one I wanted to make. Perhaps my brain cells were exhausted from my month of über-crafting, but when my husband arrived home from work and offered to simply pour a couple of Black and Tans, I quickly agreed.

As a last effort, I stuffed one of these tiny witch's brooms into each pint, raised my weary hand, made a salute and took a gulp.


Goodbye, Pinterest, until tomorrow.......

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What have YOU discovered on Pinterest? 20 comments

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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

You have brought pinterest to life. I have a small account and add when I think about it. Do you feel it is a really good way to promote products etc. I know what you mean when you see something developed that you had in mind. Many times for me. This is totally fabulous hub. I am bookmarking, voting down the line and sharing on facebook.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

This is a great idea for a hub! I pin a lot of hubs on Pintrest as well as cool website articles but I've yet to try any recipes. Hopefully I will have a printer soon and can play with things. Enjoyed reading this, voted up, useful, interesting and shared!


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Thank you, ladies, for reading this hub and for your lovely compliments. I'm smiling right now because, to date, this was THE most ambitious hub project. I really did work all month at a furious pace to try all the pins and more that I left out of this article because my hub was becoming to long. I like to challenge myself and with an already hectic schedule, this project was a doozy! I thank you for sharing it-I'd love to get more feedback on it.

Yes, Carol, I do think Pinterest, as a platform, is very powerful and I think it will grow further. More and more creative-thinking people are learning how to pin captivating images to get their personal messages across.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

This Hub is incredibly informative and entertaining, a brilliant way to use Pinterest. Rated way Up and more.


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alifeofdesign 4 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Patty, thank you for the praise. I learned quite a bit and love sharing with everyone. I greatly appreciate the Vote Up!


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

This is so cool. I am a huge pinterest fan. I don't get there as often as I would like but when I go, I have a tendency to stay a long time. It is so much fun to see everything that is there.

Thank you for sharing this. :) Pinned :)


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Hi pstraubie48. I know! If I don't time myself, I'd be on for days. Glad you liked the hub and THANK YOU for pinning ;)

Best Regards,


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I am just in awe at your time and effort you put into this Hub! I love it! I really can't decide which idea you tried that I like better, but I can tell you I won't be trying the coffee bath rinse!

You just did an incredible job on this Hub, I'm voting it UP, and sharing, and I'm going to PIN too. So you can find it on my board.


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Brilliant! I don't go much on pinterest but must admit, it could be addictive. There's just plenty of beautiful and useful stuff to look at. I commend you for this awesome hub. No doubt, you have put a lot of effort and time to create this and it's all worth it.

Fantastic!


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

mary615, indeed, this was one of my most ambitious projects yet. It was great fun, but I won't be doing an entire of month of testing again!!That you for pinning it. I'm hoping that more people will see this hub, I think that for all those pinners out there, it would inspire them to test, as well.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

CrsSp, thank you for reading-so happy that you enjoyed it. Pinterest is addictive ;) There are times that I visit the site hoping that I will simply enjoying looking at all the images and not clip a recipe or project or craft. That's quite a test for me apparently because I generally clip two or three recipes and half a dozen crafts and add them to an already over-stuffed project folder.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

This is amazing that you used so many of the ideas you found on Pinterest, and were able to keep up with it all month. I have thousands of pins, but haven't tried many of them. I haven't consciously tried any of them, but I think I manage to use an idea or two from memory. You've shown how many different kinds of ideas are out there, and that it is possible to stop pinning and actually start using the ideas. Voted up.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Hi Millionaire Tips, That was part of the difficulty of this project was keeping up my energy to test the pins all month. When I first started looking for pins to test, my goal was to tackle as many categories as possible. Some are easier than others as you would expect, but I, too, was surprised how many topics there were on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the Vote up. Best Regards,


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

Searching "sewing a clutch" brought me to this hub which turned out to be a delightful look at Pinterest, which I am planning a post on. Obviously, this piece is a treat for me. :) Finding the painted clutch post was icing on the cake! Looking forward to checking out the other links.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

That's fabulous! This was a fun (albeit a huge) project, but I'm so pleased that I did it. I'm a big fan of Pinterest and all its' potential. Of course, I also enjoy Pinterest because it satisfies or stimulates my creative side. The clutch was rather easy to make. I hope that you have the opportunity to make one. I think that is one of the things that I like most about Pinterest. It show folks that you do not have to be super crafty to make some wonderful things...I think so many people deny themselves this satisfaction because they doubt their own abilities. I'm so pleased you found my article and thank you for commenting. Best Regards,


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This is indeed a very interesting review of the pins you tested. I would say the pins most of the time are great and do justice to themselves.

voted up and interesting. Shared.


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vertualit 3 years ago from Bangladesh

Completely interesting topic!! Thanks for sharing.. voting up!!!


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bridalletter 3 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I am hooked! Now I will try the toothpaste on my car, so glad that works. I really wanted to make those cute Halloween treats last year, but the cost is high when you get 120 kids. Many useful ideas and recipes. The animals are great, mine will end up stuck in cement.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Wow! You have been really busy. I don't use Pinterest a lot, but I know other people that like to use it. I think you are now a Pinterest Queen more than anyone I know!


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire Author

Thank you, all, for reading my hub and taking the time to comment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this topic and, as you can see, I did as well! Most certainly, bridalletter, try the toothpaste! I'm thinking about devoting another month to Pin-testing, perhaps sometime this winter. I'll keep you all posted. Best Wishes to you-

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