It’s time for Spring cleaning, purging and organizing time and I’ve been bit by the bug. Normally, I’m not an organized person at all really. I need motivations such as Pinterest and handy dandy tools like the Dymo Label Maker.

I hit up my dry goods pantry with this fab tool and actually organized the terror cabinet  to something more accessible!

On Tuesday, February 12th from 8-9pm MST (7-8pm PST, 10-11pm EST), I’ll be pinning live on Pinterest with a few of my creative blogging friends! Since the theme is all about getting organized and keeping the house in order, we’ll be pinning with the tag #HomeOrganization. So, you’ll leave the party with some great organizational ideas, PLUS, you have the chance to win a $50 gift card to the Container Store! Perfect for putting some of those organizing ideas to good use!
To participate, follow the board, “http://pinterest.com/allison_waken/home-organization/“. That board will be empty until the party starts! In the meantime, you can start pinning to your own boards with the #organizedliving tag (we’ll be searching for good things to repin). Then, once the party starts, follow the Organized Living board and just repin/comment on our pins during the party for to increase your chances of winning! Fun for all! :)
We’ll be tracking entries (and randomly choosing a winner) through the Rafflecopter form below, so make sure you get entered there if you’d like a chance at the gift card!

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Here are all the fabulous bloggers that will be partying with us! :) Go check them all & say hi! And, hopefully we’ll “see” you on Pinterest on Tuesday night! :)

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Have you ever sat down to be on Pinterest for just a few minutes then realized you just spent hours oohing, awing and pinning? It’s been a downfall of mine lately but my obsession can be your gain by following my Valentine’s Pinterest board on Pinterest! See over 200 ideas with everything from crafts, printables, recipes and more here:

http://pinterest.com/CleverPirate/valentines-day-3/

We had another crafting Pinterest Party w/ our Phoenix gals this past weekend. Heather from Brie Brie Blooms and Laura from Pink Cake Plate helped put on an amazing event!

We had so much fun crafting, I tried working on a project but honestly I had fun just talking to everyone!

We had a gift exchange of items we made inspired by Pinterest.  Here is what I made:

It is Cowgirl Cookie Mix in a jar inspired by Bakerella and all of the pins to her how to blog post. She even has some adorable printables to make your life easier:  http://www.bakerella.com/mix-things-up/

I received this cute Pumpkin CandyJar:

It was from Liz at http://lizziejanebaby.blogspot.com/ and I love it because it is something I would make!!

I loved all the Pinterest Party Decor


Our sponsors were amazing, we had plenty of swag and giveaways! I won Pizzazzeries Push Pop Book *ooooooh ya*!

I didn’t take too many photos but thank goodness for Instagram and all of our guests who did! http://instagrid.me/tag/azpinterestparty/

Thanks to everyone who came out! Can’t wait for the next one.

 

I’m so last minute, people keep asking me, what are you doing for the 4th? I have no idea. We had a family emergency lately and I have been deal with that so I have nothing for the 4th. I *almost* had something to share with you guys. That was until I bought everything but the main ingredient. Sigh. So that means you guys are getting a Clever Pinspirations post post! I found these goodies on Pinterest and all of them are easy, I promise!

Food

sweet tooth

http://www.laurenconrad.com/post/sweet-tooth-last-minute-4th-of-july-treats
Lauren Conrad (oh yes, that Lauren Conrad) shares these cute sprinkle covered marshmallows on her blog. Simply melted chocolate, marshmallows and sprinkles on a stick!

 

http://www.plainchicken.com/2011/05/berry-patriotic-strawberries.html
These patriotic strawberries are all over Pinterest, so simple! I’m sharing Stephanie’s post on how to do these!
Lina shares this, it looks hard but once you read her how to it’s pretty easy!

Decor

Kellie from Nest of Posies shares hot to make an easy banner with a scallop punch and a sewing machine. I did something similar for the Pinterest party I did except I used a whole punch to thread it. These seems easier, just feed the shapes into your machine!

4th of july craft http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2011/06/4th-of-july-wreath.html
Truly a very simple wreath with just felt and a paper plate!

Nothing is easier than printables! I love this one from A little Crafting.blogspot!
Kim from Today’s Creative Blog shares some picnic printables on her FB page! All you have to do is like her, I promise you will LOVE her!

http://thecraftingchicks.com/2011/06/4th-of-july-word-artfree-printable.html

Another cute printable, 4th of July Subway art!

What is your favorite 4th of July craft?

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This weekend I hosted a  REAL Pinterest Party at my house. It was FABULOUS! Guests were invited over to a crafting night where they would bring Pinterest inspired recipes to share and projects to work on. Just a casual gathering of friends with an excuse to hang out and celebrate a site they love! I mean think about it, how many things do we pin with the inention of doing, but never get around to? This is a great excuse to put those awesome pins to good use!

It’s definitely one of those parties best described in photos.

The Decor

I tried to take a few ideas from Pinterest and use them for our party.

I haven’t made a tissue Pom since I was probably 7, so I did have to follow a tutorial from Martha Stuart here:
http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/tissue-paper-pom-poms-how-to#slide_0 .

I attempted colored mason jars, they came out okay but I think because my Mod Podged was aged a bit, they had streaked. I did follow a great tutorial courtesy of MomTastic.com (thanks to TipJunkie.com) here:
http://go.tipjunkie.com/dc/1972/www.momtastic.com/diy/168908-diy-tinted-mason-jars-in-rainbow

The DIY ruffles on the tablecloth were easy thanks to Thatsmyletter.blogspot.com’s easy no sew tutorial here:
http://thatsmyletter.blogspot.com/2012/03/p-is-for-party-2.html

I covered the tables in craft paper from the dollar store and used colored lunch bags as trash sacs at everyone’s seat.

The popcorn bar/welcome sign made it into the decor because my daughter actually made that sign and the popcorn ended up being more of decor then a snack because we had so much food!

The mustaches were cut out on a Silhouette and wouldn’t you know, that decor on the front of the jar is actually the new Mustache Duck Tape. Cute, right! I just cut out the mustaches and put them on skewers for guests to pose with and then take home to their kiddies.

The cute name tags were made for everyone by Laura from PinkCakePlate.com!

The Crafts

We had a lot of fun working on crafts. I won’t lie, I didn’t get much done because I was running around but check out these great crafts these ladies worked on!

Kelly from http://eclecticmomsense.blogspot.com is sporting a gorgeous mustache and a cute musical note which she Mod Podged at the party.

Heather from http://briebrieblooms.blogspot.com made a twined monogram for a gift. She makes this look easy, trust me. I am doing the same project and I got maybe 1/8th of my letter done ;)

Kimberly from http://anightowlblog.blogspot.com made some cute 4th of July items for her Summer mantel (that is her hot glue action pictured above)

Mary from http://damselofdistress.blogspot.com got not only her craft on but I have to highlight, she put the Mustaches to good use. She did a whole post with awesome mustache photos, you have to see it: http://damselofdistress.blogspot.com/2012/06/excuse-me-but-i-mustache-you-question.html

Tammera worked on her Smash book. I loved it, I can’t wait to do one too.

Alex from http://inspirevanity.blogspot.com made an awesome upcycled necklace (I wish I had gotten a photo).

Sara worked on scrapbook pages, she actually did a beautiful layout that I have been wanting to do!

Cindy from http://www.jenkinskidfarm.com made these cute little owl necklaces for the girls going to girls camp.

Her daughter and my daughter got together and made cute little Father’s Day cards and more!

This cute Father’s Day craft was made by Vanessa from http://seevanessacraft.com/ . She made it from Jones Soda Bottles, it was very cute!

 

The Food

I loved everything everyone brought. I made the Chicken Artichoke and Spinach Stuffed shells which you can find a recipe for here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/06/16/mango-salsa-chicken-and-chicken-spinach-artichoke-stuffed-shells-easy-meals-with-sams-club/

Vanessa from http://seevanessacraft.com/ made those yummy Funfetti Cooke Sandwiches

Kelly from http://eclecticmomsense.blogspot.com made the Eggless Cookie Dough Bites

Laura from PinkCakePlate.com made everyone Dessert Cannolis (which you can find a tutorial for here: http://pinkcakeplate.com/cake/easy-coolwhip-cannoli-cones/)

My friend Sara made Veggie Pizza

Heather from http://briebrieblooms.blogspot.com/  made FunFetti Cake Batter Dip, served with vanilla wafers and graham crackers

The drink station was inspired from a pin I saw from http://creativepartybuzz.com/2011/05/duct-tape-crafts/, where instead of water bottle labels, they used Duck Tape. Well I just happened to have a great number of Duck Tape Rolls so I decided to put them on water bottles and Mason Jars and made a cute little sign so people would know what was inside!

 

The Sweets

 Here is the sweets buffet that I had in the crafting area. Most of these goodies came from Winco, my favorite place to stock up on sweets!

The Thin Mint Truffles I made as my Pinterest Inspired dessert from SixSisterStuff.com at http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/no-bake-thin-mint-cookie-truffles.html

Unfortunately, mine did not look the same because I couldn’t find the green mint chips and when I took the white chocolate and was going to dye it green, I realized I only had regular green coloring, not candy coloring. Therefore, it hardened fast.  They tasted delicious, though!

The Swag

A special shoutout goes to my friend Laura from PinkCakePlate.com who helped me co-host and she helped secure all of the donations for the goody bags! She also gave everyone cute candy necklaces in their goody bags!

Thank you to our Goody Bag and Door Prize Contributors:

Kim from TomKatStudio who donated some really cute items from her store. If you are planning a party, you MUST check out her site for decor and printables.

Vintage Rose Wraps gave everyone an adorable headband, I really love these.

Brassy Apple gave everyone a free pattern, which I just checked out all her Patterns and not only are they adorable and easy enough for the beginner seamstress to use, they are all on sale!

Pick Your Plum gave us a lot of little crafting goodies to put in our bags and to give as door prizes. I’m so excited to make some jewelry!

We got a couple of awesome coupons from Quik Trip!

The Sewing Loft donated a little kit to all of our party goers!

We also had door prize donations from Whippy Cake, Mod Podge and Duck Tape!

Also, thanks to Mod Podge’s contribution, I know now they made Glitter Mod Podge. I already have a fond love of Sparkle Mod Podge, I am excited to try this one out and see which one I love more!

That is it!

The wreath featured in the beginning of this post was made with:

  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Red Fabric
  • Silhouette (cut out the banner pieces)
  • Black Fiber
  • Printer (printed the Pinterest Logos and words)
  • and a Scalloped Circle Punch

I just adhered the fabric with E6000 glue, then punched out the circles and adhered them to the banner pennants then punching holes and placing them on a the black fiber. It took me less than an hour to create!

You can find more of what inspired me on my Pinterest Party board:

http://pinterest.com/CleverPirate/pinterest-party/

Linked up at:

http://www.thegunnysack.com/

http://www.skiptomylou.org

http://www.justusfourblog.com

http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/

http://todayscreativeblog.net/

www.tipjunkie.com

http://www.homestoriesatoz.com

http://www.houseofhepworths.com/

http://whipperberry.com

http://tatertotsandjello.com

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