Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scrapin' off the Burned Edges

We have a treat for you today: a co-authored post! We have a few things to announce and thought it would be best to do so together!

First off, we love this blog.
We have put many hours, thoughts, project time, meeting time, writing time, and our blood, sweat, and tears into this blog for the last 2-ish years. At times we're sure you have noticed that we aren't as "on top of it" with our posts as we would like to be. Even though we generally have a reason for those lapses, and we usually apologize, the truth of the matter is that this is life! It's messy and schedules don't always work like you hope they do. We have had illness strike, new jobs, children, schooling, loved ones pass, vacations, day-to-day stuff, and anything else come up without warning. Quite often these things are more important than anything else in our lives right then and those are our priorities. We are totally ok with that though, because this blog is our hobby. We don't have any sponsors to answer to,and we don't make money off of this. We simply run this blog because we enjoy it. But lately, we haven't been enjoying it like we used to. We feel kinda like GCT Level 3 Burned Toast.

Writing a post most days for the last two years has become too much for us as of lately. In many ways we feel burnt out and that the quality of our posts has lowered.  After stalking reading other blogs we love we've come to realize that we don't have to post every day to have a stellar blog. What we do need is to have stellar content.

So, we've come up with some ideas that will hopefully help rejuvenate the blog and help us scrape off the burned layer of toast and get down to the good again.

What are our ideas? Glad you asked, because we are excited to tell you!

1. The New Schedule.
We will no longer be posting daily. Don't panic though!! We will still be blogging and trying out projects (especially trying out the projects from the awesome submissions you all send us), and then reporting back to you. Now each week though you will get Rachel's Sunday Surprise post, a Pinstrosity Hump Day post on Wednesday, and a Show and Tell Saturday once a month (more on that in a minute). We're sure sometimes we may have a post we just can't wait to share that we might post on the odd Friday or Monday, but for now Wednesday's and Sunday's will be our main post days. We're going for quality over quantity here. You guys are great, and you deserve some awesome posts.

2. Monthly Challenges.
Don't worry, we will not be asking you to dump a bucket of ice water on you head. What will we be asking you to do? Well, we love seeing your projects, and we love to hear about the things you were inspired to do by something you saw on Pinterest. We know that sometimes all it takes is just a small nudge to get working on things you have pinned on Pinterest. So we are instituting Pinstrosity Challenges. Once a month we'll have a new theme. One time it might be a color. Another time it may be a holiday. Sometimes it might be related to a specific room in a typical house. Whatever it is though, we invite all of you to find some inspiration off of Pinterest and do a project that relates to the themes. It can be food, clothing, a DIY craft project, a party, anything. Here's how it will work. We will post up new challenges on the first day of each month at 8 AM (MST). You will have all month long to complete a project that fits the theme and email us a with the results (Pin Win or Pinstrosity). The cut off time for getting projects in is 11:59 PM (again, MST) on the last day of the month. The following Monday or Saturday (whichever is closer depending on where the last day of the month falls) we'll do a Show and Tell Saturday post with the pictures you send in of your challenge projects. Clear as congealed Mod Podge? I hope that made sense. We'll give out more details with this first challenge on October 1st.

The point of this? To get you all testing pins and letting go of your Pinterest fear, and to add some interaction with all of us! Are you with us?

Good! We're excited to have you aboard!

3. Future Posts
We have a good list going of posts, and series of posts, that we want to do. They range from tutorials, to videos of us testing out iffy pins, to holiday related shenanigans. We want this to be fun for you and for us. As said above, we've gotten a little burned out, so we figure it's time to shake things up!

We're excited about shaking things up, scraping off the burned edges, and getting fully back into this awesome community and project we truly do love. We hope you all continue to read along and submit your Pinstrosities to us and share in the fun of Pinterest.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Last Mix It Up Monday

Well, the time has come. Today is the last Mix it Up Monday post for a while. Why? Because we're changing things up. I know, don't fix something that's not broken. We're not fixing really, just revamping. We have some new ideas up our sleeves, a few challenges for you all in the future, some ways we can all interact more, and we're excited! So, enjoy today's last Mix it Up Monday post, and then tune in on Wednesday to see what we've got up our sleeve.

First off, in honor of the Autumnal Equinox tomorrow (aka, the first day of Fall), an Autumn pin I relate well to:

I would scare myself every single day with this thing. I couldn't do it. Nope. No way. 

Rock pillows!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Surprise:

Hey Y'all,

I'm working on this awesome post for you, but alas, it was not destined for you this weekend. Would you like to know why? My mother-in-love is in town. And yes, I typed mother-in-love, which is a term I maybe invented? Or, rather, that I thought of and hadn't seen used anywhere else. I mean the term to be used as an alternative to mother-in-law, since Rob and I aren't married, but have been together for almost four years.

So, I thought I would do a funny mother-in-law/love post-- but do you know what? Flippin' Pinterest only provides me with two types of post when I search "mother in law". They are as follows:

  1. The posts that say "Thank you for raising the man of my dreams" on miscellaneous items (read: keychains, necklaces, frames, napkins, cards, etc...)
  2. Hilarious but rude posts that frequently include curse words, so I shan't post them here.
So, where does that leave me with the Sunday Surprise post for the day?

(goes and looks in my Pinterest likes) OH YEAH! Mosquitoes. 

Please note, this has absolutely no relation to the mother-in-law beginning of this post, I just didn't feel like re-writing my mother-in-love introduction after finding a relevant topic in real time. Whoops. #bloggerfail

Here's what's going on: Rob and I are covered in mosquito bites. And I'm ready for it to stop. There are a few in our house that we can't manage to kill (they're like ninjas, I swear to you), and then about 
twenty gazillion more outside. In preparation for the mother-in-love, Rob cleaned the patio, and it just seems like they are everywhere. Is there an epidemic that I didn't know about? Seriously, they seem worse than usual. 

I turned to Pinterest for some home remedies, and here are the pins that caught my eye (though I haven't tried them yet).

To really get the post started off right, I felt an infographic was highly appropriate:

Huffington Post tried a whole bunch of different remedies for preventing mosquitoes. The most interesting of which was dish soap. Say what?! I'll have to look into this more! THey also had luck with chives...

Speaking of plants.... this graph seems useful. About time I read up to see which of these plants can handle the Arizona weather. Do you have any idea?
For sure though, we'll have to try this mosquito trap. It's ALL OVER Pinterest, and this eHow instruction is super informative. I'll let you know how it goes. Maybe take some pictures. Hahaha.

If you have any ideas or tips on how to banish mosquitoes from the inside of your house (and discourage them from being outside), please, please, please, let me know. The eight (no exaggeration, eight!) horribly itchy bug bites that I am refusing to itch and I beg you.

Hugs to you all. If you have any funny stores about your mother-in-loves, I'd love to hear those too.
Happy Sunday you fantastic people!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Using the Right Glue

Most of us have about 2-3 forms of glue/adhesive in the house. School glue, hot glue, glue sticks, mod podge, gum on the bottom of your shoe, etc. I don't know about the rest of you, but it seems like whenever I get started on a project I learn that I don't quite have the right kind of glue. Consequently, over the last 2 years I've ended up with an adhesives drawer in my craft room. It has fabric glue, rubber cement, hot glue, school glue, glue sticks, tacky glue, spray on adhesive, mod podge (in glossy and matte), ticky-tac, double sided tape, cheap tape, duct tape, packing tape, masking tape, and washi tape. Yet with all of those, inevitably I get going with a craft project and either don't have the right kind of glue or I don't know which glue to use and end up using the wrong glue.

The glue can make or break a project. Megan learned this with her recent DIY project. She was hoping to end up with cute button thumbtacks like these:
Gathering her supplies though, Megan found she didn't have the E6000 glue the project instructions called for. However, she did have hot glue and figured that would work. All seemed to go well until she went to pull one of the button thumbtacks off the corkboard.

I probably would have made this exact mistake. In my head hot glue works for everything when in reality, it does not. So how do you know what glue to use? I found an awesome site that will help us out with this one.
This post is seriously fantastic. She goes over 23 glues and how/when to use them. She also created this handy chart:
Need to know which glue is best? Check the chart. Still not sure, go read about a specific glue in her seriously awesome post! I know this is a post I will be referring to in my crafting adventures many times.

P.S. Em and I are working on a few new ideas and announcements! Those will be coming to you soon we hope. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mix It Up Monday: Us Outside Pinstrosity

So you all know that Emilee and I get to work together on this blog (along with Rachel of course!) but I thought I'd show you a peek at a separate part of our lives where we sometimes get to work together as well.

This past weekend Emilee and I both worked a wedding, and we had a ball. Emilee, who is a licensed cosmetologist (those of you who are long time readers will probably remember that detail), did all the hair for the entire bridal party, and she rocked it.

Each girl showed her a picture of what they wanted and Emilee whipped it up. Coincidentally each girl happened to pick a style that incorporated a braid. Even though the styles were all different, they all looked cohesive and Em made them each look elegant.

My part? I got to be the photographer and capture the day's memories (and Em's hard work)! Photography is one of my hobbies; I love the chance to get to use my hobbies to help with such special events. I truly love working weddings. It's hard for me to have a bad day when I get to be involved in a wedding.

Thankfully neither of us have any Pinstrosities to show you from the wedding. Everything worked out so well that day with the hair, the weather, the families, the lighting, the homemade boutonnieres (the mother-of-the-bride did some amazing work with antique handkerchiefs), the perfect dress, an amazing bouquet, everything. One of the few things that could have made it better is to have Rachel's wit and awesomeness there too. That would be an epic day. We'll have to arrange that sometime in the future.

So there's a small peek into one of the things we do when we're not Pinstrositizing!


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