This post originally appeared on A Little Happy on January 2, 2013.
Let’s face it, resolutions are hard to keep. Fellow ALH contributor, Julia Hohne of Mrs. Vintage, said something that I found particularly profound recently, “I wish I were as fancy as my Pinterest board”. For the record, I think Julia is very fancy! But I’m guessing the message resonates with many, and certainly echoed my own feelings about my Pinterest. I revel in thoughtfully curating a visual collection of some of my favorite things, but let’s be honest, how easy is it to bring the ideas you collect on Pinterest into your own life?
This year I plan to use my pins as motivation to be “as fancy as my Pinterest board”.
My husband and I bought our first house two years ago, and making it a home has been low on the list of priorities. With the exciting arrival of our first baby this year, we are finally motivated to tackle some projects.
We have a very modest kitchen, with builder grade cabinets and formica counters. Given its petite size, I think a simple facelift is achievable this year. I’m into a white on white scheme with classic lines and some vintage touches. See all the inspiration here on my Kitchen Board.
Our master bedroom is priority number two for my home resolution list. Months ago I did a post on my own blog about pulling this room together. And while I’ve picked up a rug, and new quilt and an upholstered headboard, the room continues to be more like the crash pad of a college student, rather than the comfy sanctuary of a professional thirty-something couple. Paint, drapes, artwork and a few new pieces of furniture should make this goal a reality.
Finally, the nursery is probably the most important goal. I had no idea there were so many amazing blogs devoted to nursery design and decor. I’ve decided to keep my nursery board a secret (thanks to Pinterest’s newest feature) for the time being, but I have created a board devoted to littles. There you will find all kinds of pins, including many from two of my new favorites, Lay Baby Lay, and On To Baby – home to some of the most beautiful nurseries you will ever see. How cute are the above baby animal photos from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose?
Nurturing my fledgling business, P.S. Creative and lending support to my husband’s 70 year old family business, Leah’s Pralines are BIG priorities this year, especially in light of the arrival of our little one. We launched a new website for Leah’s before the holidays, and creating some fresh window displays at our retail store is a top goal. Business cards and a services kit are high on the list of to-do’s for P.S. Creative. I’ve collected some inspiring materials on my biz board. I am looking forward to kraft folders, edge painting and tassel garlands this year.
I love DIY projects, but this year rather than just pinning them for later, I will try to actually complete some. The gals at ALH have created a DIYs to try collaborative board which was another inspiration for this post. We talked a while back about bringing our pins to life. You will probably see a few of these ideas on future ALH posts.
I also keep a craft board, from which I hope to hone my knitting and sewing skills in particular. I plan to try my hand at this Baby Blanket from Purl Bee and learn how to sew in a zipper in the hopes of making some simple zippered pouches, like these from See Kate Sew.
Best wishes to all our readers for a prosperous 2013. I hope you all will use your Pinterest boards as motivation to create something special this year! What are some of the projects you hope to tackle?