{Inspiration Workshop! — Favorite DIY [see my top 10!]}

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true: this is the final Inspiration Workshop! I have loved watching this grow + develop from a weekly to monthly linky party, but it’s time retire it so we can introduce new projects on Gussy Sews. I’m really excited for the future of this blog :)

This month’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is Favorite DIY. I can’t wait to share my top 10 favorite DIY posts with you, this is one of my favorite online topics. SO much eye candy in one place, right?? :) And be sure to check the end of this post for easy instructions on how to link up with us.

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE DIYs…

^ learn how to make a chevron etched flower vase

^ how to make a terrarium

^ see how to make a fabric yarn garland

^ 20 ways to decorate with book pages

^ learn how to sew a sewing machine cover

^ make a yarn ball bunting, so adorable for fall!

^ how to make an autumn wreath

^ easily make an inspiration board

^ how to customize a lampshade

^ learn how to make your own braided rug

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With the change in seasons {errr, does California even have seasons?} I am so excited to set time aside for more DIY // comfort projects. That means, making time for things that make me feel good, for our home, for us, or for others. This month’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is Favorite DIY. I would love for you to share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration! You have until the evening of Sunday, September 16th to link-up your post.

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Remember, this is the final Inspiration Workshop! Browse our archives for all your inspiration needs. Thank you for joining us — we loved creating this weekly-turned-monthly linky party. xoxo



{Inspiration Workshop! — Readers Choice}

Ohhhhh man, can I share something with you? I have kitchen on the mind. All the time. Majorly. I know moving to California isn’t going to bring me a bigger kitchen, but hopefully it brings one that is more centrally-located within the home and a brighter, bigger feel. This month’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is Readers Choice, and I’m focusing on “a few things in the kitchen”.

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A FEW THINGS IN THE KITCHEN…

Right now our cookbooks are stored in the bookshelf. And honestly, I forget about them most of the time. Just the other day, Zack + I talked about all the different recipes there are. How we could literally make something new at home for years, probably for life! I need to utilize my cookbooks more often and having them displayed in the kitchen seems like the perfect solution.

compact kitchen via Pinterest

Chewy caramel apple cookies. Stop it right there, Jenna! ;D I think this should be our “woo hoo, we made it to California” treat! Someone please hold me accountable to this, please + thank you.

chewy caramel apple cookies via Eat Live Run

Do you have art in your kitchen? We hardly have any open wall space in our current kitchen, but a couple months ago I did finger knit some red garland and draped it across two of the windows in there. I love the red with the lite blue walls. Adding art to a kitchen adds personalization. My friend Meg does a great job at this.

Unraveled Designs via Etsy

Have you ever had Beer Bread? I love Tastefully Simple’s recipe and now I *must* try this recipe from Dine & Dish. Even though you use an entire can of beer you don’t really taste it. It makes for a sweet, super light + refreshing bread and would be delicious paired with stew or jambalaya.

beer bread via Dine & Dish

Serving food off fun dishes is, well, FUN! I just love it when I see dishes that are full of color or personality. Ikea does a great job at creating this season after season.

darling dishes via Ikea

Tee hehe. Our kitchen has ice-cream in it, but after seeing this recipe {click link below} for Blueberry Cream Cheese Ice-Cream I think I don’t want the ice-cream our kitchen has. Ha! My grand grandma always had Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice-Cream and it is one of my favorite things to remember about her. And how she always toasted sandwich bread, even for a turkey sandwich. Yum! My Grandma’s were so sweet and now that they’ve passed, being named after two of them makes me feel good. Happy memories, whenever I think of my full name! :)

blueberry cream cheese ice-cream via A Beautiful Mess

Last but certainly not least, rainbow tea towels. Such a simple addition for “in the kitchen” but so cute! And such a fun/easy housewarming gift to give.

rainbow tea towels via West Elm

If you were to share some “in the kitchen” finds with us below in the comments, what would you share? {tell me below}

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is Readers Choice. Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration! You have until the evening of Sunday, August 12th to link-up your post.

Want even more inspiration? Read all previous Inspiration Workshop! posts by clicking here.

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{Inspiration Workshop! — yellow}

When I think of the color yellow I think of calm, energetic, adventurous… also fun. We have a yellow lamp in our living room and I’m currently wearing a BIG yellow, glossy ring. Yellow reminds me of the sun that shone so warmly while we were at the beach yesterday. Yellow is the prompt for today’s Inspiration Workshop! Read on to see what yellow things caught my eye :)

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^ I can hardly express how much I LOVE this yellow lamp, floral arrangement + stool. Talk about a fun office!

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^ Who wouldn’t love to see their initial in such a energetic color! yeow!

^ Zack + I were on a walk and saw these flowers… aren’t they beautiful? So tiny + delicate, too.

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^ Oh gosh, stop it right there. A yellow tufted couch? Gimme gimme. tee hehe

^ Absolutely LOVING this lemon drop ring from Francesca’s Collections. It arrived in my mailbox this week, just in time for today’s post. And guess what? Use code GUSSY at checkout to save 25% on your order!!!

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^ This post would be complete without some yellow + white striped fabric. Hawthorne Threads has a really great selection, I love shopping with them!!!

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is yellow! Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration! You have until the evening of Sunday, July 15th to link-up your post.

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{Inspiration Workshop! — date night}

Yeow — date night! This is probably my favorite Inspiration Workshop prompt because HELLO! I was forced to be all cute + go out for dinner with my man! ;D

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Zack + I don’t go out to many restaurants so when we do it’s an extra special occasion. Date nights typically look like having “fancy dinner” at the house or grabbing a local ice-cream cone + taking a walk with our pup — sometimes we even sneak off to the beach and spend the afternoon outside. We’ve learned to be creative with our dating memories and honestly, I think it’s more fun this way.

I feel very blessed to have Zack as my husband. We’ve been dating for 8 years now {we met as freshmen in college} and have been married for 4 years {our anniversary was just last week}. And, when we were in college we would walk around campus. Zack would sing to me and I’d paint my nails near the water fountain on campus. I guess somethings never change, both of us still do these things :)

We’ve kept “have fun” a priority in our relationship and I’m so thankful. It’s a good thing to lean on, especially when things get crazy busy or stressful.

Sometimes I think I’m dreaming, Zack is such a genuine man + my perfect match :)

Minneapolis has been a fun city to live in. We’ve been here for almost THREE YEARS! wowza! It has me curious though — where will we call “home” next? Crossing my fingers for a city that’s super fun + just as adventure-filled!

While in college I studied photography. I loved how it forced me to look at things differently ~ different angles, textures, capturing little moments or unique situations. I feel like I looked UP on our date a lot. I saw so many fun things by focusing on “angles” while on our date. For example, the sky was a beautiful shade of blue, the restaurant we ate at was inside a multi-level brick building {I looove old brick buildings!} and the ceiling had great tiling.

PS. I have to look UP at Zack all the time, he’s a foot taller than me — ha!

Outfit details: blue skinny pants, orange tank, gray flip flops: Old Navy // ruffled headband: Gussy Sews shop // pink scarf: c/o Stacy Lynn // market tote, COMING SOON!


When you’re on a date, what do you like to do? Who are you with? Do you eat? Drink? Sit? Dance? Is your dream date loud or calm? Would you rather go out or stay home SHARE WITH US BELOW! xo

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This week’s Inspiration Workshop! prompt is date night! Share your blog post with us by linking up below. I’ll be clicking through the links so I hope you join the party and share your inspiration! You have until the evening of Sunday, June 17th to link-up your post.

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Sign up for our monthly Inspiration Workshop! newsletter to read about additional resources + ideas, plus other fun stuff you don’t want to miss. The next email will send on Friday, July 6th and the scheduled prompt is YELLOW.