Monday, October 31, 2011

The List

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So, recently I've been working on my crafting space and trying to make room for all of the supplies, tools, and fun stuff (read: fabric, paper - oh god the paper!, stickers, embellishments, etc.) that I have a plan for and well...I gotta tell ya, it won't all fit. Here's the problem:

Remember this space?


Yeah, here's what it looks like now:

Nothing scarier at Halloween than a massive pile of unfinished craft projects right? ;)

I'm kind of ashamed to even watermark that. Hello, my name is Christina and I am a project hoarder. *sigh* Here's the thing...I get a great idea and I buy all the stuff to bring that idea to fruition and then it sits. I see that lovely clean crafting space and I go, "Wow! Now I can do so much!" and then I promptly fill it with the "so much" and never touch it again. Or rather, it sits in a holding pattern and I'm horrible about putting myself at the very bottom of my to do list so I never get back to it. Well, since I've worked hard to create a functional craft space with the space I do have, there's really no excuse for all of that to sit. 

So I made a list. A very long list. A list that will probably grow just a little bit as I unearth the layers beneath (it's not too bad, I swear). And in the spirit of holding myself accountable, I decided to share my list of "unfinisheds" with all of you. It is now your job to help me stay motivated to get all this crap done. Why you ask? 

Because I'm not buying another craft project or planning any further craft projects until these are done. Some of them are even stupidly simple. Like the mending for example. How hard is it for a girl to sew up a hole? Not hard, I'll tell you. I've been L.A.Z.Y. and it has to stop. I'm wasting valuable real estate in my home because I neglect to allow myself a hobby. Ridiculous!

Here's the List (and because I'm an insane list maker, it's broken down into categories):

Unfinished Craft Projects

  1. Soap label prints for guest bath
  2. "For Friends" box
  3. Small organizational bags for purse
  4. Crochet class (omg the challenge I was a part of was way more than I could handle)
  5. Fall wreath DONE
  6. Fall table poms DONE
  7. My recipe binder
  8. Mom/Grandma's Cookbook project
  9. Family Cookbook
  10. Christmas centerpiece
  11. Map art for living room
  12. Subway art for bedroom 
  13. Advent calendar
  14. Felt flowers 
Cross Stitch:
  1. Bird house stitch n' hang
  2. Butterflies
  3. Heart wreath sampler
Embroidery:
  1. Tuscan runner
  2. Gold embroidered floral pillow cases
  3. Tulip runner
  4. Summer romance runner and napkins
  5. Holiday runner and napkins
  6. Kitchen towels (redwork?)
  7. Felt ornaments
Sewing Projects:
  1. Vintage apron kit
  2. Tree skirt
  3. Mending
  4. T-shirt shopping bags
  5. T-shirt scarf
Scrapbook Projects:
  1. Bowden's book
  2. School Year 1
  3. School Year 2
  4. School Year 3
  5. School Year 4
  6. School Year 5
  7. Adam's (The Hubs) school stuff
  8. My childhood
  9. Wedding album (I've only been married a year and a half - that's normal right?)
  10. Honeymoon
  11. Sea World
  12. Disney
  13. Kindergarten book (My mother saved every. single. piece. of paper from when I was in Kindergarten - I'm scanning it in and making a digital book of my favorite pieces so I can chuck all the paper!)
  14. Adam & Christina book
  15. Baby O's (a friend's baby) book
Misc. Projects
  1. Clean out foyer closet and reorg
  2. Reorg bathroom storage
  3. Clean out dresser
  4. Dining room/linen closet tidy up
  5. Decorate for Halloween  DONE
  6. Family tree/Ancestry (ongoing)
  7. Geneaology Notebook/Docs (ongoing)
  8. Scan family pictures (ongoing)
  9. Purge magazines
  10. Hobby Binders
  11. Recipe boxes
  12. Ribbon box
  13. Bag dispensers for cars
  14. Clean out file cabinet and go as paperless as possible
Home Notebook Revamp (This section will grow as I decide on more of what we need).
  1. Cover and Spine

So...overwhelmed yet? ;) In all seriousness though all of these projects are important to me and I really want to complete them. I just haven't been the best about using my time wisely. Since Homemaker's Challenge I've really started to see things differently. If I don't make time for myself and my interests, I'm going to drive other people batty and I'm not going to be good for anyone, including myself. So I'm going to tackle the "unfinisheds" and share my progress with you as I go along. I hope you'll join me. Anyone else have a list? Are you brave enough to share? ;) 


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Pinspiration #3 - Crafty Containers

Hey guys! It's time for another installment of Sunday Pinspiration! This week I chose some of my favorite cheap and easy container ideas I've pinned from the last week or so. Before we get started though, have you entered to win a Gadanke Journal of your choice? ;) Go here to enter: Gadanke Journal Giveaway


Here are our the housekeeping bits for Sunday Pinspiration:

1. I have done my very best to find the original link for each picture. If for some reason there is an error or due credit isn't given, please, PLEASE kindly let me know.
2. If the link is directly to your blog - i.e. it is your original work - and you would rather I not post it, please let me know and the picture will be removed.

3. If you like any of these and want to add them to your own Pinterest boards, please click the source link and pin from there to ensure proper credit.


First up we have a beautiful upcycled pedestal for organizing the clutter that accumulates on a dresser. We love antiquing and this would be so cheap and easy to make. I'm definitely doing it.






Next we have an inexpensive way to dress up regular old boxes to organize your fabric stash. (If you're a girl who sews you know what I'm talking about!) Actually, I added this blog to my Google Reader. Looks like lots of great tips.






Next, can you believe these were diaper boxes? I can't! They look awesome! What an economical way to deck out a nursery! I couldn't resist adding this blog to my reader either.






I just loved these straw containers for ribbon spools. They look so vintage!






What about you? Have you found any neat container ideas on Pinterest this week? Leave a link in the comments so we can check it out! And don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY! :) Happy Sunday Y'all!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggiversary Celebration - Day 5 - My Halloween Decor and a GIVEAWAY!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED, THANK YOU! :)

Hey y'all. Sorry for the late post. Life got in the way in the form of a rescheduled tutoring appointment and the winter storm warning that should bring 4 - 8 inches of snow our way over night and into tomorrow. So snow...in October...really? *sigh* I'm still such a Florida girl at heart. At least I have plenty of stuff to keep me busy this weekend. I'll share about all of that on Monday. It's a little CRA-ZAY.

Tonight though I wanted to wrap up my week of fest with a highlight of what I've done to deck out our apartment for Halloween and share an AWESOME giveaway with you. Let's check out the decor first, shall we?

First up we have the requisite copy of It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (For the hubs who absolutely adores Charlie Brown...I love that about him.) I won the adorable countdown blocks from Kristina at A Home Made by Kiki. They have made me so happy getting to change them each day!


Next up we have the chalkboard in our entryway. Since I have discovered the joys of chalk ink pens, I try to decorate the little chalkboard where we hang our keys with a fun saying for seasons and holidays. 


Last year I found a cool tutorial to upcycle some wine bottles into Halloween decor in Woman's Day magazine of all places (not typically on my magazine list). I may or may not have gone overboard with it, but we had a collection of empty wine bottles laying around (our complex doesn't have recycling remember?) and I wanted to use them. These are ghosts that I just stuff a white pillar candle into in front of our fireplace.


I've had this "set" of Halloween ceramic tea kettle and jars for awhile. It's not really a set. The tea pot came from JoAnn's clearance rack one year and the small jars came from Dollar Tree a few years later. There are 4 smaller jars in total. Bat wings and skull soup anyone? ;)


I used my Cricut Happy Hauntings cartridge to create spooky sayings to stick to the hutch in our dining room. The little ghosts peeking out came from one of my favorite scrapbooking tools - my Kiwi Lane Tiny holiday embellishment set. They're reusable templates rather than something you buy and use once. I just traced around the little ghost and cut off the part I didn't need. I think they are so cute!



I got these tealight holders at Walmart a few years ago for a dollar each! The little tiny pumpkins (how cute are they?) came from Target's dollar section this year. I bought both of the boxes I saw. ;)



Here are three more of my wine bottle creations. It was literally painters tape and some spray paint and a paint pen to add detail!


And NOW for the part you quickly scrolled to the bottom to see. ;) The GIVEAWAY! When I first started blogging, Jane over at The Borrowed Abode introduced her readers to Katie, creator of Gadanke.com. In case you haven't heard of it, Gadanke.com is the place to find a journal and craft your story - whatever it might be. Katie creates awesome journals for just about everything. I have She 1.1, Become, and Taste (my most recent purchase)
I gave my husband Love Letter for our first anniversary. Each journal is filled (and I do mean filled) with pretty papers, fun embellishments like old school library cards, envelopes, stickers, and quirky vintage pictures.

I'll tell you this - my husband isn't the mushiest guy on the planet, but he loved Love Letter. We recently purchased the Taste journal to document our story in food. So often we find ourselves connecting to family and the past through the things we make and we are major foodies so it was perfect for us! I'll even be sharing it with you guys here on the blog! 

So...do you journal? Would you like to begin? Do you travel a lot? Are you a foodie too? Do you need a creative outlet that's quick and fun for you or your kiddos (oh yeah, did I mention she does kids journals too!)? A Gadanke journal would be perfect, and I'm giving you the opportunity to win one journal of your choice on me as a thank you for being such awesome Scrappers! 

Here's how to enter:

Required - 
Visit Gadanke.com and pick out your favorite journal. Come back here and leave me a comment telling me which one you'd choose.

Optional Additional Entries:
1. Follow me on Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment saying you did (current GFC followers - just leave a comment saying you already follow me).

2. Follow me on Facebook. (Return here and leave a comment.)

3. Blog about the giveaway! (Return here and comment with the link to your specific blog post)

Terms and Conditions:
Open to residents of the United States only. Winners of past giveaways in 2011 are ineligible. Giveaway will be open between now and next Thursday at midnight (Friday morning). I will pick a winner Friday and let you know who the lucky winner is! :)

I would like to thank Katie @ Gadanke especially for saying yes when I asked if I could treat one of you to one of her journals. I'd also like to thank Eva and Haley for their awesome guest posts this week and lastly all of you who read the blog regularly and support me in finding my way in this bloggy world. You should also check out Making This Home, Katie's blog, where she shares her story - like the fact she and her husband are turning a hangar into a home! 

Thanks again, and good luck! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bloggiversary Celebration - Day 4 - Guest Post from Haley @ the distracted blogger

Today is Day 4 in our week long celebration and we have with us Haley from The Distracted Blogger. If you've read any of the comments on my posts, you'll recognize this familiar face. I was so excited when Haley offered to guest post. I love her new blog and I just knew I had to ask her to write about thrifting. I was in awe when I saw all the awesome things she gets from local thrift shops! This girl knows her vintage style on a budget. She's bringing her best tips for thrift today! Enjoy! Thanks Haley!

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My first guest post! How exciting, especially for someone who has been a big supporter of me from the beginning! Christina actually encouraged me to start a blog, so here I am The Distracted Blogger, also know as Haley. I blog about my many interests, I swear I have to many, like my love of crafts, home organization, dance, fashion, and some geeky flavor thrown in there somewhere as well. Today I want to share a few tips on making the most of trips to your local thrift stores.

(Scrappy's Note: Seriously? That vase? I died.)
 My first tip is to know your local thrift and consignment stores. The more popular thrift stores like Goodwill will have a very steady flow of items coming in, but they get pick over faster. Also, thrift stores and consignment shops in well to do area may have more designer items, but the prices can be much higher. You will probably spend less time, but more money. If you want to spend less money you will need to spend more time looking through every piece of clothing on the racks or moving things around on shelves to find the "lighting bolts". It is like a treasure hunt each and every time! This brings me to my next tip:

When thrifting, yes it is now a verb, treat each trip like an adventure otherwise you may get burned out by looking piece by piece on the second rack. Friends help keep the energy up, so it's not a bad idea to bring one along. Also, thrift stores = variety, so try on styles/colors you might normally pass up. Either you will get a laugh out of it or you might fall in love with the dress that is much more flattering on or the style you never thought you could pull off. So look for bold/signature pieces (clothes or decor). If you change your mind you only are down a few dollars so what's the harm? And ALWAYS TRY IT ON before you buy. Redonating something you just picked up is a sad thing.



I normally wear the yellow swimsuit under a skirt and jacket as seen in my profile picture on my blog.


Before setting foot in the thrift stores have a thrifting budget in mind. Many small purchases can add up and surprise your pocket book if you are not careful.


If you are looking for something in particular bring measurements or paint samples since you cannot get your money back.


When shopping look at items at different angles, check weight, but also remember these items bring personality into your home not perfection. Also check for broken zippers, snags, stains, ect. You can sometimes get even more discounts by mentioning the tiny rust spots on the stainless stain bowl, or zipper that stops half-way up.


Last tip: Eat something beforehand. You will need the energy and Happy thrifting!


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Did you take notes? I know I did. Check back in later today for my Halloween decor (yep, just going up today...I'm slackin') AND tomorrow for an exciting GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bloggiversary Celebration - Day 3- Going Forward: Blog Goals 2011 - 2012

Hey everyone! I hope you're enjoying the bloggiversary stuff. Today I'd like to take a brief moment to share some blog goals for the upcoming year. I'm going to be honest here. When I started blogging I thought it would be "easy" and that I'd just do it here and there for fun and make a part time job out of it. HA! Blogging takes time and dedication to make it work if you actually want to turn it from a hobby into a real job. I've learned that the hard way. So I sat down recently and started a list of goals for the upcoming year. I may end up adding to them, who knows?

(An aside: If you're blogging for $$$ and have some goals you think I should include or advice for a newbie PLEASE leave me a comment. I'm still very new and learning as I go along.)

1. Set a true purpose for blogging. (Home decor? Organization? Crafting? Being a stay at home wife? A mix of several of those?)

2. Research the following:
       a. how to make the blog a legal business
       b. how do I get started with advertisers and sponsors
     
3. Read up on other bloggers advice. (I've noticed quite a few of the "rock stars" out there have advice on this and posts dedicated to it.)

4. Set up a Pinterest account. DONE! (Why aren't you over there following me hmmm? ;) )

5. Purchase my own domain.

6. Hire a blog designer to create a look of my own for the blog.

6. Create a blogging schedule and get organized.

7. Host my first giveaway. DONE!

8. Set up a photobucket account (or something similar).

9. Use social media more effectively. (I won a book from Jane @ The Borrowed Abode that should help with this.)

10. More link parties! (Ideas anyone? Something you've been dying to see a linky party for?)

What you will not see as I move forward:

I want to monetize (it's still a ways off), but here's the thing: I never want to blog or write just so I can make some quick cash. You will never see me write a blog post about orange juice just because a company is offering money to anyone who will. That never rings true to me. I don't knock anyone who does. I just noticed that there are certain ways to make money doing this and when I read posts that are written around a subject just because a company is offering it for the publicity, it just doesn't read sincere. I want to write and blog because I want to write and blog. I'm going to try my darnedest to make sure that I only support and advertise for things I personally like or believe in. Maybe that's naive but I hope not.

I want the blog to grow and I want to get more readers, but I never ever want to lose sight of where it all began. I never want to step away from my original reason for doing all of this which is to share my ideas and creativity and hopefully inspire you to be creative too. I want this to become a place where we can share our creativity and become a community here and on Facebook.

I'll be the first to tell you that I want to keep it real around here. I want you to know that I'm no expert. I'm just like you. I learn from the comments you leave and the projects you post to your own blogs. Even if I get to 10,000 readers (wouldn't that be nice?) I'll probably still be showing you the dusty floors when I clean out a closet or the epic fails of a project gone wrong. That's just how I roll. I appreciate it when I see the same from the big league bloggers I read on a daily basis.

Here's to another great year of blogging ahead! Thank you so much for being here with me so far.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bloggiversary Celebration - Day 2 - Guest Post: Tales of the Scotts




It's only appropriate that Eva @ Tales of the Scotts guest posts for me today. Last year during her one year bloggiversary she asked me to share a project I had done based on something I saw during her I heart Mondays segment, so I did a guest post for her and ended up with my own blog! She's busy with her two beautiful kiddos but I knew I wanted her to share something and so I begged, pleaded asked nicely if I could include one of my favorite posts of hers during our week long celebration and she said yes! Without further ado I bring you Eva's Pumpkin Bread recipe. I made this last year after she blogged about it and I can totally vouch for how awesome it is. The one recipe makes a nice amount of bread and it is SO creamy and delicious. (And she's totally right about the tall glass of cold milk.) I hope you'll try it.

Also, check out what Eva did with that gift card she one during my first giveaway. Click here for her post on that.

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The Most Delicious, Scrumptious, & Amazing Pumpkin Bread!

Fall has finally arrived to northern Florida!! (I'm doing the happy dance right now!). It's downright lovely outside. Now that it's cooler outside, I don't mind scooping up my little people and heading outdoors! I can't stop thinking about sweaters, pumpkin patches, Fall decor, my fake Frye boots and pumpkin bread! Fall is BY FAR my FAVORITE time of year. I'm already dreaming of even crisper temps. And you better believe I made a batch of pumpkin bread during nap time today!

This is, by far, the best pumpkin bread I have ever eaten. So, go make some and enjoy the cooler temps wherever you may be!

Follow these directions:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups of fresh pumpkin - 16 ounces if using canned pumpkin (I only find 15 oz cans so that's fine too)
2/3 cups water if pumpkin is canned
1/2 cup water if pumpkin is fresh or frozen
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flour, soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, water, oil and pumpkin. Stir until blended. Add nuts. Mix well. Pour into two floured 9x5 loaf pans. Bake for 1 hour. Cool slightly and take out of pan to let cool on a rack (I never do this but just copying directions). Keeps well in the refrigerator and takes great for days!

I prefer mine with a tall glass of cold milk!

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Thanks for sharing the recipe with us Eva!

Come back tomorrow for news about where we go from here. My next year in blogging!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bloggiversary Celebration - Day 1 - The Year in Review

Due to a cold last week, I missed my own one year anniversary in blogging, so I decided to do some celebrating this week. Today I wanted to take a look back at some of the projects I've tackled in a year. (It kind of boggles me that I've done this stuff and showed our mess to the world - ha!) If you've missed any of these projects you can click on the caption below to go directly to that post.

The most popular post by far in the past year has been this one:

Who knew some dollar store frames would get that much attention?

I still use those on a daily basis too. And they haven't broken yet! 

Next up is my post on how I organize my kitchen. I'll be honest with you here. I got the command hook idea to organize the measuring cups from my mother's kitchen as I was growing up. She had a Tupperware rack that held all of hers screwed to the side of a cabinet. I'm not even sure they make it anymore. Especially not in the crazy 70s orange she loved. ;)

Command Hooks are by far one of my favorite organizational tools.

For other posts on kitchen organization click here and here.

I certainly can't forget my closet clean out. Aside from a few little things (I added a bin to hold extra sheets and need to nest our suitcases again) nothing has really changed here. It's still very functional and I'm working on another Goodwill donation. 

The Great Closet Clean Up
I still cringe when I think of how much of our "real life" I've shown you (shoe prints in the dust on the floor anyone?), but I'm so happy I started blogging. I really want to make this my job but I never want to lose sight of where it began. No matter how many readers I have or how many sponsors I get or if this all goes down in flames, I'm going to try really hard to stay real. I want to thank all of you for sticking by me in the past year. All of your comments, constructive criticism and wisdom have been appreciated 100%. I hope the next year in blogging brings many new, fun things!






Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Pinspiration #2 - Swanky Side Tables

Hey ladies (and gents if you're out there)! This week I was inspired by creative or unique side tables. (Actually, I was inspired by quite a bit. I was a pinning fool yesterday!) 

A couple of reminders before we begin:

1. I have done my very best to find the original link for each picture. If for some reason there is an error or due credit isn't given, please, PLEASE kindly let me know.
2. If the link is directly to your blog - i.e. it is your original work - and you would rather I not post it, please let me know and the picture will be removed.
3. If you like any of these and want to add them to your own Pinterest boards, please click the source link and pin from there to ensure proper credit.

Let's begin:

I just loved the colors on this. So fresh. You should click the source link and see how it started out. Crazy transformation! 
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Speaking of awesome colors, check this out!

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Loved these suitcases as a side table. Great for off season storage!

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You can see more of my pins on Pinterest by following the link at the top right. Follow me while you're there! I decided that this week we'll celebrate my one year bloggiversary all week long so check in daily for guest posts, a recap of my year in blogging, exciting news regarding by blogging future and a giveaway! :)

Happy Sunday!



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Where Scrappy Gets Crafty - Pt 1

When I first started blogging (a year ago yesterday!?!) I featured my home office space and mentioned that I had plans for my cork board. Remember how it looked back then? Yeah, well it sat that way until Monday of this week when I decided enough was enough. Here's the before - cluttered, messy, only barely functional:


Well, that's all over now! I hinted a couple of months ago that I was working on a fun and exciting project. Well, I can't keep it to myself anymore. I've revamped my side of the office as my very own crafting studio! We use The Hubs desk for home office stuff and my side of things is all for me to create and craft! While it's not completely finished, I couldn't wait to show you the positive change in that area of the space. Here's the cork board today:

Sorry for the nighttime shot. It was a dreary day and I waited too long to take the picture.


As part of my craft area I really wanted to clear the clutter and make the cork board work for me so I stripped it bare. So far all I've reattached is the clipboard that holds my weekly chore schedule (something I'm going to offer very soon here on the blog), our small clipboard of important tax receipts (OK - that's not crafty, but it's a necessity and that's where I've always kept it so I'm in the habit of going back to it there. When I purge the filing cabinet, I'll remedy that.) and a small dishwasher detergent box turned organizer with some scrapbook paper. My plan is to use push pins to hang things I use often for crafting and scrapping like my good sewing scissors, my fabric marking kit and large scrapping projects in progress.

Here's how I did it:

1. Remove everything from cork board.

2. Using spray adhesive and a yard of fabric of your choice (for my board I used a yard, yours will vary so make sure you measure twice) cover the board with the fabric making sure you have a good stick without over-saturating. My best advice here is to read the back of the can. I do every. single. time. Oh and as a precaution, only use spray adhesive outside in a well ventilated area and wear a mask if you have asthma or other breathing issue.

3. Using my X-acto knife I trimmed the fabric down to inside the metal edge of the cork board.

4. Pick a fun ribbon and hot glue to the metal border of the board. (I really wanted an old frame for this, but after hunting around forEVER I gave up and went with ribbon - but I actually love it now.)

Next Up - the felt "flowers". Here's a close up shot:


To make these I simply cut three different sized circles out of felt. (I used the Fiskars circle cutter templates as a guide) Then, using a small thumbtack I just pushed the tack into the cork and used a dab of hot glue to secure a black center. These are totally removable if I get tired of them! 

Here's the cost round up:

Corkboard - FREE! (We had one, but you can still get one relatively cheap at yardsales, etc.)
Fabric - $2.75 (It was $5.99/yd but I had a coupon.)
Ribbon - $3.99/roll (I used one)
Felt for flowers - $1.60 for four sheets
Hot glue, and thumbtacks were things I had around the house.

Total cost: $8.34! 

I'm so stoked about it. Since becoming a housewife and living in a cramped apartment while we save for a house I realized that I hate visual clutter so having all that clean open space on the wall in such a bold color makes me giddy! :)

PS - How the heck did I miss my own bloggiversary? I'll try to celebrate this weekend with something fun. I blame it on the cold I've been down with the last two days. Also, the offer is still open if anyone would like to guest blog in honor of my 1 year on in the bloggiverse. Anyone? Pretty please?

This post is partying at:
House of Hepworths - Hookin' Up with HOH (see sidebar for link)
Christina's Adventures - 20 Below Thursday (see sidebar)






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Wreath Dollar Tree Style

So while I was working on those flower poms for my dining room table, I thought I'd grab a couple of extra things from the Dollar Tree to whip up a quick wreath for fall. I grabbed a twisted, natural wreath form and some additional flowers and it took all of 10 minutes to throw this together:


Here's a detail shot of the flowers:


Basically I just popped the flowers off of the stems and hot glued them to the wreath form. It cost me all of $2.00! Here's my dilemma though. This was "done" two weeks ago, but I kept wanting to add to it - make it grander, but something told me to stop adding and live with it for a bit. I love the way it looks but something still nags at me. I feel like something is missing. Any suggestions? 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Pinspiration #1 - Repurposed Bookshelves

OK so since joining Pinterest I have been pinning like a crazy person. If you follow me you know this. If not, well why are you still sitting here? Follow the link to the right to find me! ;)

A couple of housekeeping notes to start:

1. I have done my very best to find the original link for each picture. If for some reason there is an error or due credit isn't given, please, PLEASE kindly let me know.
2. If the link is directly to your blog - i.e. it is your original work - and you would rather I not post it, please let me know and the picture will be removed.

Anywho, it gives me far too much inspiration. I cannot wait until we have a house so I can start doing some of the heavier duty projects, so for now I just thought each Sunday I would share some of my favorites. This week we'll be focusing on repurposing bookshelves in a variety of ways. Let's take a look shall we?

First up, I just love this in the bathroom. Great elegant storage!

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This was a bookcase and a table stuck together!

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OK, so this isn't exactly a repurposed bookcase so much as it's repurposed stairs. The reader in me swooned when I saw this! (The source link below goes to the original blog post it is found in, but it links directly to the architect who designed it.)

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There's your Pinspiration for the week. I hope you enjoyed. You can find more bookshelf ideas over on my Pinterest board. Check it out!

What neat things have you found on Pinterest lately?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dollar Store Fall Decor

Last year, I spent a lot of time and effort making Halloween decor (that I will show you next week) for our newly annual Halloween party, but this year I wanted something more transitional. I like Halloween, don't get me wrong, but pumpkins and spiders only go so far between October 1st and Thanksgiving. Obviously, since we're saving for a house I didn't want to spend a lot on new decor so I turned to one of my favorite stores - Dollar Tree. I also gave a little love to the Target dollar section. (There's a reason they put that stuff by the front door and it sucks me in every time!)

Check out what I made for our dining room table - all of which totaled NINE BUCKS (plus a couple of things I had already):

First, I made these floral poms. Each one is a wiffle ball covered in "silk" flowers popped right off the stem and hot glued on! You just use the holes in the ball as a guide. I saw Kris and Kim of The DIY Dish talk about them on the Rachael Ray show and knew I wanted to try them. I think they turned out fab! And each one was only $3.25! I am in love with that purple.


Next, I found an adorable natural pumpkin for $2.50 in the Target dollar bin. All I did was tuck a few of my Dollar Tree floral in it for color. It's not even glued on so I can pop them out and change it up whenever I want to!


To finish it off and give some height, I added a large wooden candle stick I found last year in the Michael's "as-is" bin for a dollar (can you believe that?) as well as a tall orange pillar candle. I then added some small gold votive cups and battery powered tea lights to add more glow. (In the back there you can see another project I can't wait to share with you.)



Have you put out your fall decor yet? I'm working on a wreath as well that will be done by Friday and I'll share it with you when it's done. While I was working on this project (very late one night) I had the joy of swapping some Facebook messages with reader Erica who was also doing some late night crafting. So much fun! 

Happy Fall Y'all!

(PS - What do you think of the changes to pictures on my blog? I have discovered the joy of Picnik. I'd love to hear your feedback! That last picture was just so stinkin' dark, there wasn't much I could fix, just an FYI.)

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Martha Hacked - Newspaper Recycling Station

A couple of weeks ago I was wading through e-mails and came across my Martha Stewart Craft of the Day e-mail. I generally look at the craft and then pop over to her organizing tip of the day on her website to see what incredibly expensive/difficult/time consuming project she had planned. Well on that day rather than just glossing over it, I stopped when found this - a newspaper recycling station! 

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Now, with all do respect to Ms. Stewart (who I am warming up to slowly) and her idea, I didn't feel like going out and buying a wooden crate and the hardware that would be needed to create her ingenious project. I knew there had to be a way to do it cheaply and with some of the things I already had laying around the house and I was right! I did it with just what I had on hand...no cost to me! Wahoo!
Check out this cheap or no cost Martha Hack. ;)

Step One - Grab a milk crate (super cheap - under $5.00 if you don't already have one) and some Command  Cord Clips ($2). If you've read this blog for any amount of time you know I'm obsessed with Command products. I swear there's not much they can't do, so I always have them around. These were hanging out in the junk drawer in the kitchen.


Here's an up close shot of the clips you'll need:


Step 2: Apply the clips to the top edge of the milk crate like so. You'll have a better idea of what this looks like in a sec.


Step 3: Shoo away Scrappy Dog, who is suddenly very interested in what you're doing. (OK, maybe you won't have that step.)


Step 4: Open one of the clips and thread the end of your twine through making sure to leave a tail.


Repeat. Here, you can see how I've used two pieces of twine, clipping the ends into the Command clips, leaving decent sized ends hanging so I can tie it up.


Scrappy's Tip: Once you start laying in your newspapers, pull up gently on both ends of the twine so it lays flat on the bottom under your papers. If you don't it'll be too loosey goosey when you tie the ends together and it won't be a stiff bundle. 



And voila! All tied up and ready to go to the recycling center or out to the curb! I was going to take a picture of our pile of papers waiting to go to recycling, but I was just to ashamed to admit how big it had gotten. Our apartment complex doesn't have recycling and I buy multiple papers (say 3 or so) each week for the coupons. It's a little insane, but well worth it. And now I have a great and fast way to bundle them. 

Love it! Thank you Martha for the inspiration. It was a good thing. ;)

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