September Pin it and Do it | Inspiration on Monday

Posted 21 September, 2015 by Trish in Crafty / 12 Comments

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Autumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge


Oh boy did I have big intentions for this Pin it and Do it! But as usual, time ran away from me and I feel like what I did manage to do was thrown together at the last minute (except the cross-stitch). I’m happy with the projects, though, and have pulled a number of pins over to Evernote (my new obsession) to try out over the next month before the October edition.  I hope you guys had fun with the challenge and look forward to hopping around to all your posts!

Pin it and Do it September Progress


Sticky Garlic Chicken Bites from Damn Delicious (My Pin)

Sticky Garlic Chicken

I had chicken in my fridge that needed to be cooked up, but when I went to search my In the Kitchen board on Pinterest, I found it seriously lacking in chicken recipes! I had meant to make this recipe before, so figured now was the time. Besides cutting and breading the chicken, it was incredibly easy and quick. The comments on the website note how salty the chicken tastes and I agree (we ate ours with rice which helped)–next time I’ll be sure to use low sodium soy sauce. I might also add a little more honey. The girls ate their chicken plain with the sauce for dipping.

But even besides the sauce, I love the idea of cutting up chicken breasts, breading it with panko, and oven roasting the little bites. Could be a versatile recipe base and those little nuggets cook up so quickly!


Halloween Spooky Sampler from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (My Pin)

Halloween Sampler Cross-stitch

Now that I’m done sewing all my hexies together, I needed something to keep my hands busy while we watch TV in the evenings. I tried that whole adult coloring thing and meh. So, I decided to pick up cross-stitch! I’ve done cross-stitching in the past, but it’s been at least a decade since I’ve picked up a piece of Aida to stitch. I’m loving this little project so far, even if it does shock me how long it actually takes! It probably takes me 4-5 episodes of X-Files to finish one square. I’m almost done with the squares and then there is a pretty elaborate border. I’m sure I’ll finish it by Halloween, though.


Necklace Organizer from 32 Turns (My Pin)

Necklace Holder

For the past five and a half years, I’ve been looking at the ugly iron holder at my closet entrance. I NEVER iron (unless it’s crafting type stuff, where I actually keep my iron), so it makes no sense for me to store my never used ironing board in my closet. Do you have things around the house that you can’t believe you’ve lived with for so long? (like in Evie’s room I hung an unfinished quilt top over her window to block out the sun…it has race cars on it and does not match her pretty purple butterfly room, but yet the quilt top has been hanging there for two years).

Anyway, now that I’m collecting and wearing statement jewelry a bit more often, I decided I need an actual rack to hang my necklaces on. I went to Home Depot, scavenged for a piece of trim at their cutting area, had Scott cut it down for me, twisted in some hooks, and spray painted everything white. Voila! I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my scarfs–I’m thinking some pretty knobs to screw into the wall.


Ribbon Hairbow from Kids’ Activities Blog (My Pin)

Ribbon Hairbow

This is actually an unfinished project started at the Nth hour. I bought some ruffled ribbon and sewed the little flower, but it still needs to be finished with felt on the back, the actual clip, and the pearl glued/sewn down. Annnnnnd, I’m sure I’ll need to make a second one so that the girls don’t fight over the new clip. Yes, they are already at that stage. Though Evie still likes to chew on her clips rather than actually wear them.


All in all I feel pretty good about the progress. I wanted to make something sweet to eat, but Scott will be out much of this week and I can’t be trusted with goodies. Ha!

Looking forward to doing a few more things by October’s Pin it and Do it!



Pinspiration on Monday

Welcome to the Pin it and Do it edition of Inspiration on Monday! If you have a regular Inspiration on Monday post, go ahead and link it up below. If you’re curious about Pin it and Do it, the rules are simple–find something on Pinterest (or pin something to Pinterest) and do it! Hope you’re here to join the fun!

Inspiration on MondayAutumn 2015 Pin it and Do it Challenge

Link-Up Rules:

1. Link up your post(s) below.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. Please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!


The next Inspiration on Monday will be October 5th. The next Pin it and Do it edition will be Monday October 17th!


12 Responses to “September Pin it and Do it | Inspiration on Monday”

  1. Well, for thrown together at the last minute, I’d say that’s pretty impressive, Lady!
    Your x-stitch is so stinkin’ cute! Oh but I hear you about how time-consuming it is. Which is okay, I suppose…until you get it in your head that you’re going to make all these huge projects for Christmas gifts…
    Can’t wait to see what you tackle for October!

  2. I took a piece of Baltic birch plywood and screwed small brass hooks into it for my fashion (costume) necklaces and earrings. It’s so nice to be able to see everything instead of digging through a drawer. For scarves: knobs would be cool. But you could also buy a couple of Shaker pegs.

  3. Kay

    Oh, I love your Halloween cross-stitch. I used to do cross-stitch and enjoyed it very much. My eyes won’t let me do it anymore. At least I don’t think so. I’ve had trouble with them and decided to limit my eye exertion to reading. This is so cute though. Those little nuggets look tasty and your necklace solution was brilliant. Have a good week, Trish!

  4. I need to make something to organize my necklaces too – my problem is I have something pictured in my mind and don’t have the tools to make it.

    By the way, I’ve tried coloring and have found I’m not too good at it.

  5. Ti

    I finally started painting my daughter’s room. She has been living with the ugliest rose border since we moved into the house over 8 years ago! I could not get that puppy off and then would lose interest but Serena told me about fabric softener and water in a spray bottle and I almost died!! I sprayed on a light layer, walked away and ten minutes later it practically fell off. No residual anything and no chemical smell to worry about. I wish I had known about that trick earlier because I would have gotten rid of it a lot sooner.

    As for necklaces, I’ve seen people use tension rods for their neclaces and at TJ Maxx I saw a scarf hanger which was basically a hanger with 50 two inch circles/holes that you pulled the scarves through but I think a tension rod would work for them too if you if fold the scarf in half and then loop the loose ends through the folder piece.

  6. I never did get around to pulling out that cross-stitch again. I really need to do that one of these days. I have my scarves folded into one of my drawers; I had room after I Konmari-ed everything. My necklaces however are a mess. I have a jewelry box, but it does not work well with statement pieces.

  7. LOVE the cross stitch…especially the little ninja. He owns my heart. lol :-) I have chicken in the fridge – think I’ll make the garlic sticky bites tonight!

  8. That basic idea for the chicken pieces sounds really versatile. I’m guessing you don’t have a lot of chicken pins because of Scott’s dislike of chicken?

    • Ha!!! Probably. I keep thinking that dinner planning would be so much easier if chicken wasn’t so disliked by some of the others (though the girls are coming around).

  9. That chicken looks soooo good! I really have to scour my Pinterest boards for some yummy dinners. I feel like I’m falling into a bit of a rut with my cooking lately. I have to remind myself that my kid probably won’t eat whatever I make so I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself.

    And I so love your cross stitching! You’ve come so far already! I found a few simple ones to do for October, but we’ll see if I get to them. I’d have to look up a few tutorials since I forget how to do it …