There’s something in the air…

Nope, not a crisp fall chill. Not falling leaves. Not the smell of apple pie and pumpkin spice. Ok, so maybe those are in the air too, but you know what else is floating around? A certain challenge, that’s what.

So who’s with us? Here’s how to play along. Just pin some inspiration and do your own spin.

Yup, this highly embarrassing collection of our old Halloween photos can only mean one thing: we were into odd things as children it’s high time for a fall Pinterest Challenge (not sponsored by Pinterest or anyone else, just dreamed up by Katie Bower to make us stop pinning and start doing). I’m laughing the most at my wolf costume. Is that schnoz doing it for you, or what? Also, I’m going to totally own that Jersey Shore pic of myself as a “lady gangster” from 1996 (I’m not kidding, it was actually taken in one of those dress-up boardwalk booths at Seaside Heights).

The whole Pinterest Challenge thing started over a year ago when Katie called me to say that she thought we should challenge ourselves to make one thing each season that’s inspired by all the gorgeous stuff that we’ve pinned (and call it… wait for it… The Pinterest Challenge). It’s a welcome slap of stop-pinning-and-start-doing. And we ended up having such a great time with our first Pinterest Challenge last summer, our second one last fall, our third one last winter, and our fourth one this summer (oops, spring got away from us). So slip into your Snuggie, heat up some hot cocoa and fire up those glue guns! It’s time to get this DIY party started.

The only rule is to do your own personal take on something inspirational that you’ve pinned (and link back to the original creator of the project that inspired you, be it a company like Anthropologie or a personal blog that got your wheels a turning). We especially love to pin things from sites that have “Pin It” buttons at the bottom of their posts since it indicates that they enjoy popping up on Pinterest. The project can be anything: big or small; decor or sewing or cooking related – or beyond! The first time around John and I made a clothespin light fixture for the laundry room, the next time I tackled 38 homemade holiday ornaments, then I faced my sewing demons head-on and somehow made a beanbag-ish pouf for Clara’s reading nook in her closet, and last time I tried my hand at some homemade art.

This time John and I laid in bed brainstorming things that might be fun to tackle. We’re not 100% sure where we’ll end up yet (it’ll probably evolve a bit over the course of the week) but we think it’ll be big (measurements-wise), and something that we can build (but it won’t be too involved, so you guys can build it too – without any fancy tools or saws), 100% moveable (as opposed to fixed on a wall or built-in), and it’ll involve some chalkboard paint (since it’s probably the most Pinterest-tastic material out there, haha). But that’s all I’m sure about yet. And since I like a good link-fest, here are a few projects that are inspiring us:

  1. Top left: this big arse chalkboard from here
  2. Top right: this leaning easel board found here from this awesome blog
  3. Bottom right: this door-chalkboard from here

Oh and you’re probably wondering who else is playing along with me and K-Bo. Well, we thought it would be fun to ask different folks to “guest host” with us each time (both of whom have done something fun in the previous challenge), so we’re thrilled to have:

So here’s the part where I extend my arm with a dorky grin and a little bit of pumpkin muffin in my teeth and humbly invite you to join in on the fun by doing your own spin on something you pin! We figured we’d give everyone (and ourselves) the weekend to work on stuff and reconvene next Tuesday morning (the 30th) to share our projects. We’re hoping this’ll turn into the same über fun share-fest that we soaked up for the last few seasons (check out all the amazing linked-up projects herehere, here, and here). So just drop in next Tuesday to see what we’ve done – and to submit links to stuff that you’ve completed so we can all check it out. Maybe we’ll even pin a few things. And so the vicious cycle continues. In the meantime, do you have any ideas what you’ll tackle this time around? Is it food, craft, sewing, painting, or furniture related? Perhaps a wolf costume is on the agenda?

Psst- One more time, for the people in the back: regardless of the fact that I say Pinterest about thirty times, this wasn’t paid or perked by them or anyone else. We’re just eye-candy obsessed gals who are sick of coveting things and downright ready to do them. Well at least one of them…


  1. Nicole says

    Haha. Love all the old Halloween pics. My mom made a killer whale costume for my sister one year, so I have mad love for the wide range of costume choices. Sherry, what on earth are you in that picutre from 1994?? I totally thought you were the rabbit thing from Donnie Darko. I thought that was pretty hipster for a middle schooler, but then realized the movie hadn’t even come out yet! Originally I thought that was the wolf costume, but realized the wolf was the 1988 pic.

    Can’t wait to see what Clara (and Burger?) are going to be for Halloween this year!

    • says

      Hahaha, I have no idea! My mom and aunt dressed me up (that was my turtleneck pulled up over my head with my aunt Kay’s coat on and my mom was all “ok, smile, I’m taking a picture”).


  2. says

    How the h#ll are you finding time to even do this challenge??? LOL – I have said it before, but you guys are my DIY heroes. Now, off to choose my project!

  3. Krista says

    Not too long ago I got into some chalboard paint myself!

    I have an electrical panel in my porch. BAM! Right in your face as soon as you enter my house. So instead of covering it up or leaving it in its original grey glory like most people do in this town, I decided to do something different. (I live in a town with company built houses from the 70’s so the town of 6000 only has about 6 different styles of houses.)

    First I was going to paint it the same colour as my walls (I think you did that in your laundry room) but as I was browsing the spray paint section at the hardware store saw this glorious chalkboard paint and knew it was meant to be! So now my ugly elextrical panel has become a cute little chalkboard to write notes, reminders and since its magnetic functions as a keyholder and a place to “pin” things so I don’t forget them on my way out the door!

    So perhaps “magnetic” should be a feature you add to big and moveable :) Goodluck!

  4. says

    Hey Sherry,
    So excited to see Sarah involved in this edition! I met her at Haven and have been following her since- she’s too cute!

    Also, we have a chalkboard back splash in our kitchen and my kids love coming up with a theme every season (I let the older two 8 & 10 take care of it).

    I don’t know if Clara is cool with markers yet, but I just did a huge whiteboard wall in Kira’s room bc she wanted bright colors and to use markers. I love it and it’s a fun alternative to chalkboard. I’ll shoot you a pic of it.


  5. Lisa says

    Question. I’m partially through a project and the rest will be finished this week. Does that count or is it considered cheating since it was started before the official notification? It also happens to involve chalkboard paint!

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