Thursday, August 20, 2015

Do it already!


In my early days of being on Pinterest, I came across this quote.

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I decided then and there, that I would actually follow through on ideas that I had pinned.


Recently, I created a board on Pinterest titled, "Do It Already!" and I have been trying to do one or two of the projects each week.


Yesterday's project was to alter this chalkboard 


to look like this sign I pinned from  Town and Country Living last Christmas.


A couple of years ago, I painted a mirror with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and turned it into a sign.


For the last year, the BEACH sign sat in the garage until I turned it into a chalkboard for Aylin and Joshua's wedding.


One week after the wedding, the chalkboard went nautical for a baby shower.


Getting the right shade of green was the most difficult part because the green chalkboard paint I found online turned out to be a mint green.


Writing on this chalkboard was easier than the others because I gave myself lines.


I didn't want to copy Jennifer of Town and Country Living completely so I separated my upper and lower case setters and added numbers.


The chalkboard will be used at Christmas, but I wanted to show my sister who arrives for a visit today.


Flash cards dress up the chalkboard and a box of quotes seemed appropriate for the vignette.


I need to finish creating one quote card for each letter of the alphabet.


But first, we have to finish redecorating the kitchen which is inspired by this kitchen on my "Do It Already!" board.

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The shelves are hung, but both the walls and the shelves need a fresh coat of white paint.


The pendant lights arrived yesterday - now we have to wait for the electrician to rewire the ceiling.


After my sister's visit, our pantry door will get a facelift of a full chalkboard.

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Steve has to okay every change I have make in his kitchen and he likes the idea of a chalkboard to write his grocery and To Do list on.


We are off to San Francisco next week to visit our daughter and one more item on my "Do It Already!" board will be completed because we have reservations at Chez Panisse and we are all excited to finally eat there.


So, I am curious about my blogging friends - are you on Pinterest and do you do anything with what you have pinned?

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65 comments:

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol.
Love your recreated blackboard. A door blackboard in the kitchen is so useful, I love mine, it's a bifold door to the laundry room.
I have followed Alice Walters since the early 1970's - enjoy Chez Panisse and San Francisco.
xoxo,
Vera

Art and Sand said...

We wanted to eat at Chez Panisse when Joshua graduated from UC Berkeley. His roommate, Brian, worked there all through college - Alice Waters sent Brian on a European internship one summer. Joshua was young then and didn't realize he needed to make reservations. We are excited to be experiencing it now with KC and her boyfriend.

Stacey said...

Oh Carol, you know that I do not claim to be creative at all. I would really like to do the things on my Pinterest boards though. There's so much inspiration out there!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I'm on Pinterest - a lot - but admit I mainly use it for ideas, not to necessarily do what the original creator did. Keeps my creative juices flowing. Inspires me to do *something*.

Mary

Miss Merry said...

I am totally in love with your "Back to School" chalkboard! I am terrific at pinning on pinterest, but don't really accomplish too many pins. Basically just the shower ideas and recipes get done.

ANNE said...

So cute! Love all the Pinterest photos too, especially those mailboxes!

Enjoy your trip xox

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good afternoon my friend! First of all, today was my first meeting back at school, but was a short one. The weather is outrageously beautiful, tomorrow is our first MANDATORY day back to work in the classroom, so I am taking the rest of the afternoon to simply BE inspired, as I am here.

You did an incredible job of not copying exactly the original green board, but getting the basic look and adding your own twist. I LOVE IT. I have been on Pinterest for years and let me tell you, my home has changed a great deal in design thanks to Pinterest! I have decluttered and redecorated thanks to Pinterest. I have done some small projects and baking from this source, so yes, I've done a few things! But I have to say that I found my true art form that I want to perfect: PHOTOGRAPHY. I needed something to accompany my love for language and writing, and photos are the way to go for me. Now that I'm back at school, I'll have to get really creative about what and how and when I'll be taking photos, however! But inspiration comes in many waves, and I love that all of us have some interest to pursue. YOU ROCK, you know! XOXOX

Kim said...

You are quite ambitious Carol. I love the chalkboard and the creations you have on tap! I can't wait to see it all when it's complete. Enjoy your trip and your visit with your sister.

podso said...

I use it mostly for recipes and usually make them and keep or toss as appropriate. And I use inspiration boards if I am planning to do something. But then I also just collect pretty pictures! Have a wonderful visit with your sister!

Renee said...

The chalkboard turned out great. Yes, I am on Pinterest. Love it. I have done some recipes and projects from there. I saw a little giraffe and a knit hat on there and got the patterns. I also do a lot of drawing and have a lot of Zentangle pins to inspire me.

Down by the sea said...

That's a great idea to create a board called "Do it already!" I really started to get into pinterest before we moved looking for new ideas for our new house and garden. Although I have used many of the ideas they are still many that I haven't got around to doing or are no longer feasible! I loving using it to find new things. Sarah x

Jasper's Cottage said...

What a great plan to actually *do* the things we pin. I vow to at least make a few of the recipes I've pinned and I fully intend to implement some of the wedding things for our 30th anniversary party next year. I love all your projects. Enjoy Chez Panisse and if you're coming through Carmel on your way up or back, let's meet up! jonni

Cozy Little House said...

I Pin like crazy, but really haven't done what you're doing. I really like this idea though!
Brenda

20 North Ora said...

I go in spurts! There are so many things I want to do and all of a sudden, I'll do several and then go months with doing none. I am going to try to do better. What's the use of pinning if you don't do some of them, right?

Judy

White Lace and Promises said...

Your entire blog could be a pinterest board. Such a cute post. I love, love, love your blog. Makes me sorry I've been away so long.

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I HAVE done some Pinterest projects... but I haven't made a separate board for any of them. I should probably do that so i can see the completed list. It would probably inspire me to do more!
I like the DO IT ALREADY! phrase...
My word for the year is just "DO." It seems to be working for me! I'm going to college!
Have fun visiting your daughter and enjoy the restaurant.

Jewels said...

LOL you sure are busy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I pin in spurts and this year I hope to use some of the holiday ideas I've pinned. I love this chalk board and how you are doing some of your pins! Great idea to make a pinterest board for that!
hugs,
Linda

Vicky Hunt said...

I make, cook, & recreate a lot of the things I pin! I think I need to create a board titled Tried It! I like your idea too though. I need to go through my boards and pick out some of the things I want to make or cook and add them to it. Love all your ideas!

Jen Kershner said...

I REALLY love your new chalkboard! I love the old school green.

Kathy said...

Pinterest is a guilty pleasure where I spend WAY too much time. It has kind of replaced flipping magazines for me. Sadly, I cannot report I have completed projects on my inspiration board. That will be for retirement!

Laurie said...

Yep, I'm on Pinterest and nope, haven't followed through on a single project, yet. I saw a screened door used as a pantry door, once, on Pinterest. I really thought about doing that, but still thinking I guess.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Yes, I' on Pinterest and my intentions are always good, but I forget to post them. I am going to try and do better. Love all the wonderful project you take on and finish.
Have a wonderful time in SFO and enjoy your dinner.
Mary

Consider It All Joy said...

I do love Pinterest but have only completed a couple of items on my boards. I can't believe how much you accomplish in a day! You are definitely a gifted and hard working woman! Love your 'borrowed' chalk board ideas! Enjoy time with your sister and your trip to SF! Blessings, Cindy

cynthia lee designs said...

I love Pinterest and have done a few things that I have pinned. Love your chalkboard!!
~Cindy

Lorrie said...

I pin in spurts and use my pins for inspiration. There are many things I'd like to make and do, but time doesn't allow. I rarely make something exactly like the pins.
The chalkboard is wonderful!

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Pinterest is awesome and I go on everyday. I love the ideas I get and I do actually do them also. Love your chalkboard how it came out. Can't wait to see the finished kitchen
have a great day
deezie

Kirby Carespodi said...

I occasionally do something that I have been inspired to do by Pinterest, but not often enough!

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Yes, I am on Pinterest and often wonder why. While friends talk of followers and repins and its social aspects, I have decided it is an on line clipping folder of yesteryear for me. I have to admit we had plans for our Greek house kitchen that went flying out the window thanks to a photo I found and pinned to my decorating board. We found a Tuscan kitchen that was exactly what we wanted and used that photo to change our entire focus on the project. High impact!

Art @ Home said...

Pinterest is my favorite social medium....I love it! I do try recipes from my boards, and I've tried several projects. One of my boards is Projects I'd Like to Try! Nice projects you've chosen. I want to see your chalkboard paint in your kitchen!

xo,
RJ

Jeanna said...

Love the chalkboard and its many uses.

I have tried some of the things I have pinned. Although, I do not go to Pinterest very much...not sure why! You have inspired me to get back into it.

Daytona Damsel said...

I mostly use Pinterest for inspiration. If I made all the quilts I have pinned on Pinterest and in books and mags I would have to live to well over 200. LOL Debbie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm definitely a Pinterest addict! Love your version of the green chalkboard sign and pinned it with hopes of actually making my own one of these days:-)

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Omigoodness Carol! I LOVE your penmanship chalkboard!! You are so resourceful and I love your idea of a "Do It Already" board. I also love your kitchen inspiration photo.

Kelly said...

I love the projects you have done so far and are working on currently. I can't wait to see your kitchen when it's complete! I don't pin many craft ideas on my pinterest boards. I mostly pin rooms that I like. I love finding inspiration from color schemes to furniture layout and the way the room is styled.

518Frenchgirl said...

Hi Carol, first thing: a husband that likes the idea of a "to do" list, you are truly blessed. second: you are multi-tasking to the fullest, checking off your Pinterest idea board, re-doing your kitchen, traveling, and blogging! You certainly found the wind in your sail! And finally: The kitchen redo will be amazing, already love the changes. Does this mean your wood cabinets will be painted white-ish as well? Love the pie safe, scale, open shelves and glass canisters. Have a terrific time in San Fran.

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, You accomplished wonderful projects. Love your pinterest pics. The chalkboard is awesome.
Enjoy the fun and process.Have a nice weekend. Hugs, cm

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have been on a roll big time lately! :)

I fooled around with Pinterest for a wee bit ages ago but never kept up with it, truthfully...

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You have been on a roll big time lately! :)

I fooled around with Pinterest for a wee bit ages ago but never kept up with it, truthfully...

Melanie said...

I do make recipes from ones I've pinned on Pinterest, but "crafty" projects...umm, no! I just admire and think "maybe some day", lol. Have a fantastic time in San Francisco!

Diana Petrillo said...

You sure are getting a lot of great use out of that chalk board! I'm in love with your new pendant lights; they're going to look fantastic. Have a wonderful trip to San Francisco!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Love the ideas I get on Pinterest! You have some great ones!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Love your ABC's and 123's chalk board. Loved Jennifer's and now I love your creation. I cannot wait to see the pretty kitchen with all your new touches. Have a great week end.
Kris

The Junque Seeker said...

Love your projects! I'm a prodigious pinner, and enjoy looking through my many boards and admiring what others have created. Occasionally I'll make something based on a pin or use an idea or recipe. It's certainly handier than having folders full of pages torn from magazines!

Art and Sand said...

I see you as being quite creative.

Art and Sand said...

I am starting to pin recipes - mostly for things to bake.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I admire that you actually do what you've pinned for inspiration... I don't pin little projects for now (it would make me crazy not to have time to make them), but I pin a lit of inspiration for the remodel of Cottage.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I'm afraid I'm one of those who Pin and forget, Carol. I do pin numerous photos of whatever I'm working on at the moment and go back for inspiration when I run into problems. I'm impressed with all the projects you've completed and your schoolhouse chalkboard is adorable! You'll love your chalkboard door for grocery lists! I painted our pantry cabinet doors with chalkboard paint years ago, and we love it for making lists or leaving notes to each other. Enjoy your fine dining experience!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Actually I have done a lot that I've pinned. But sometimes my pieces end up very different than the inspiration. That's OK by me since I actually DID something. Have a wonderful time with your daughter and I'm dying to see your kitchen!

Connie said...

I love collecting pins and getting inspiration, but my pins are so numerous that there is one way I could complete their ideas, yet, they do inspire me in so many ways . . . an amazing source of ideas. I'm a very visual person and seem to have a need for visual stimulation . . . Pinterest feeds my creative soul, I love it :)
Enjoy our reservations . . . yum :)

Rustic Maple Elizabeth said...

I like the ideas you have for Steve's (lol) kitchen. I do use ideas gathered from Pinterest. Besides my regular boards I have specific room boards for our home that I mark secret so that I don't have to wade through the bigger boards for specific ideas I plan and do use. Have a great week.

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

I try not to get on pinterest too often because I end up staying there for hours! I loved the quote on the pantry door...too funny. I chalk board painted our pantry door last year which is the first thing you see when you enter the kitchen. I love it. Right now it has all these names of friends who visited this summer....like "Lynn was here" or "Ava was here". It's fun.

chateau chic said...

I know I've said it a zillion times, but you AMAZE me!! That chalkboard is adorable and I can't wait to see all the changes you're making in your kitchen.
Mary Alice

must love junk said...

Good for you! I LOVE that chalkboard-you did an amazing job!
Susan

Nancy's Notes said...

Your chalkboards are amazing! I love Pinterest and have a board and the ideas are all wonderful. I do try many of the recipes! Enjoy your trip out to see your daughter!
Nancy

Rue said...

San Fransisco has some of the best restaurants in the world or at least I think so. I need to visit there again one day soon and try that place. I hope it's great :)

Al your projects are really cute. I'm not a crafty girl, so I don't really try anything like that, but I do make a lot of recipes I find and I also end up doing some version of the decor pictures. Eventually anyway lol

xo,
rue

My thrift store addiction said...

You just did it--love it! The chalkboard looks fabulous!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I do have pinterest and many boards. I also thought San Fransisco had some of the best restaurants too. Great place to gain weight in. Our pantry down in the dungeon doors are done in chalk paint...i can keep an accurate count of what i have and need. After this summer and so many projects I don't wan to just do it, I want to just do nothin!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I have dabbled with Pinterest, but decided to stay away because I know I would get hooked and never get anything done, lol! Love your chalkboard and kudos on your do it already plan! Jane

Mitch said...

This is such a good idea and reminder to make sure I follow through with what I plan to do already! Thanks.

cynthia lee designs said...

Love the chalk board!! Can't wait to see the changes you do in your kitchen.
~Cindy

Have a Daily said...

Carol, I absolutely love both yours and Town and Country Livings chalkboards. The little banner is perfect for Fall. I have a board I titled, "I want to do that". I've done a few of the things, but need to do lots more. I have wanted to paint my pantry door like a chalkboard ever since I saw Kris's from Junk Chic Cottage. I actually have a guy coming on Friday to see about painting all of my doors and trim white. After that I will get er done! lol! Have fun in San Fran. We love going there! Thanks for sharing your talent with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.
hugs,
Jann

Trina Grandinetti said...

Carol, this was just the little spark of inspiration I so needed today. Thank you for sharing. I absolutley love the quote for each letter of the alphabet.

Rita Reade said...

Love your idea! And great chalk signs.

Rita Reade said...

Love your idea! And great chalk signs.