March 12, 2015

Spring Cleaning and Getting Organized

Every Spring I get motivated to do a bit of extra Spring cleaning and do some kind of organizing project. It seems there is always something that needs to be organized!  Since we recently condensed from two houses to one, I have a much larger than normal amount of things that I need to find places for. My living room is currently looking like a hoarders paradise (which I'm not proud of) but it's my current reality!... I'm definitely in need of having a huge garage sale!

I've got so much stuff right now that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm not sure yet what my next organizing project will be, but in the meantime I wanted to share one of my favorite organization projects with you. It's my garage organizer. I love how it keeps that part of the house neat and orderly!

Most garage organization systems are pretty expensive so I came up with the idea to build our own.  The pictures pretty much speak for themselves, but I will note a few comments explaining how with built it along the way.

We started our DIY wall organizer by marking all of the studs in the wall and mounting a frame to them. 

Once the frame was built, my husband painted it and then mounted the wire shelves. I wanted the wire shelving so dust would build up on the shelves.

We added a section of peg board for miscellaneous small items.

A few smaller shelves and hooks hold gardening supplies and other items.

My favorite part of our organizer is these next shelves that we made from vinyl rain gutters.  They are perfect for holding cans of spray paint, tubes of caulking and other small items.  Love them!!! 

Hanging our ladders and other items at the front of the garage freed up so much floor space!

We have allot of wood trim and molding that needs to be stored flat. It used to be on the floor (always in the way), now it is up out of the way on the shelves.

We now park both of our cars in the garage and get out of our vehicles without stumbling and tripping on things.  It is wonderful!  I love being organized!!! Now I just need to do the rest of the house :)

Until next time,


February 9, 2015

No Sew Bunting Flag for Valentine's Day

A few years ago I made this simple no sew bunting flag for Valentine's Day and it's so easy that I thought I would share it with you again. 

Have you ever made bunting flags? I think that they are so adorable, but being that I'm not much of a sewer (like not at all), I had never given it a try. Then one day I got this idea to make it a super EASY craft that anyone (even the kids0 can do!  

The idea for this project started when I found this vintage book of old sheet music at an Antique/Collectible store in town for a few dollars. The book isn't an antique, but is vintage and was in excellent condition. I went to Joann's Craft Superstore and found a box of foam hearts that included glitter lettering (the foam cut hearts were on sale of course, I always love me a good sale!).  I already had ribbon in my personal craft stock here at home.  The only other items I needed besides what is in this next picture was clear tape and glue.

I started by tearing out nine pages from the music book.  I had decided to use an odd number of pages so I would have one hanging directly in the center.  I planned to put a note on the center flag so I needed one in the center (I hope that made sense)...

After tearing out the pages, I cut a straight edge down the side that was torn.  Then I cut and trimmed all of the excess edging around the music.  I made one page as a template for size and then I cut the remaining pages to the same size.

Next I softly folded a few pages at once (without creasing), then I proceeded to cut the bottom off (as shown below)...

I did the same to all of the pages using my first cut piece as a template guide for the remainder of them.

Next, I laid the pages across my floor and placed hearts across them, with dark pink and light pink alternating.  I decided I wanted something a little more decorative than just the alternating colors, so I proceeded to cut out smaller hearts from additional white and light pink hearts.  I folded the foam in half and cut my smaller hearts from the larger ones.  After laying out my pattern, I decided I would lay out my text for the white center heart.

I decided to put the words "Be Mine" on the center heart using the glitter letters that came with the package of hearts.

Next I looked at my two different shades of pink ribbon before deciding to use the dark pink.  I like the contrast between the darker pink and the white paper.  At this point nothing was glued yet.  Everything is just sitting in place so I could see if I liked the look... (which I did!).

I used clear packaging tape fasten the ribbon to the back of each page.  (Note: music was printed on both sides of each page, which is why you see me taping to music).  I left the ribbon slightly below the top of the page so the tape had  paper to adhere to, both above and below the ribbon.  I put about 1 1/2 inches of spacing between each of the flags.

After fastening all of the pages, I turned over the entire project so I was now looking at the front.

I used my multipurpose craft glue and smeared a bit on the back of each heart and then just eyeballed what looked like the center and fastened each one.  It is a home made craft project so it doesn't have to be perfect...  It is made with love and is supposed to look a little home made :)

So here is it, my finished project.  I hope it inspires you to get creative!

Until next time...
Happy decorating!


January 28, 2015

Life Unexpected... Explained

Here we are weeks into 2015 and I am posting my first blog post of the year. A few have wondered where I have been. For the past 7 months our lives have been spent between two homes, two locations. Suitcases packed and unpacked every week/weekend traveling back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. It felt like a merry go round! My husband had unexpectedly taken a job contract that required us to be away from home each and every week and some weekends for seven months.

Living between two places, coming home to our true home only occasionally on weekends. It felt like we were always coming or going! I never felt settled. My husband was so busy working... long hours for days on end, I can only imagine what it felt like for him.

Although a few projects around our house did get completed during this time, I had little to no time for blogging. I didn't want to or know how to share that we were away from home because I've heard that you shouldn't make it public information that nobody is living in your house. Potential for break ins and theft, etc... So I just wasn't sure what or how to explain our situation, so I didn't. 

The good news is we are officially back at home. We can now get back to life as I used to know it (haha)... I don't quite feel settled as of yet, but I am getting there.    

One thing I learned is that I don't need as much "STUFF" as I have. Living in the other location with much less was easy. In fact taking care of a smaller place was so much easier than 3200 square feet! 

I have decided I want to get rid of some of the "stuff" and "treasures" that I realize I don't need and live a little more simply. In the coming weeks I will be letting go of a few things around here... Some will be donated, a few larger items I might sell on Craigslist, and I might decide to have a big yard sale. Our house is so full that I think I can do with a few less pieces to dust :)

Although I shared very little over the holidays this past season, I'm looking forward to this new year. I'll be sharing my tips on simplifying, organizing and also some new crafts and projects.

I hope you are all doing well!



December 24, 2014

Adorable Interactive Christmas Table for the Kids

Yesterday I decided I wanted to do something fun for the kids at their Christmas Table. I had some vinyl chalkboard contact paper and a large thin piece of fiberboard (smooth finish). I first covered the kids table with brown butcher wrapping paper, Then I covered the thin fiber board with the self adhesive chalkboard paper. I put a cute few snowflake ornaments and a little sled in the center with a container of chalk on top. I added a few snowman napkins for drawing inspiration... and there you have it. A fun interactive place for the kiddos or the adults to get creative if they want. Even if nobody decides to draw on it, I love how it turned out!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Until next time,


December 17, 2014

Post Card Christmas Tree Craft

We are currently living back and forth between two different homes. I have done some Christmas decorating at each place.. but with so much traveling and packing to go back and forth I've been horrible at photographing and sharing this years decorations. 

Today I am re-sharing one of my vintage posts of these DIY Christmas Trees made from Antique Postcards... I put these up each year since I've made them.

My mother used to collect vintage and antique postcards.  She gave me a box full of them about five years ago.  Most of the dates on them are from the early 1900's.  I always figured I would use them on some craft project eventually, I just didn't know what or when.  This week I decided to finally craft with them.  I came up with the idea for these adorable antique postcard Christmas trees.  After a little trial and error, I figured out how to make them and they were actually quite simple to do!  The best part is that they didn't cost me a cent...  I used items I already had around the house :)

I started by creating cones with some scrap-booking paper and packaging tape. I used two pieces of 12" x 12" paper and put them into a cone shape and then taped the edges.  I wanted the cones to be taller than a single piece of paper would make, so I shaped the first piece and taped it, and then put the second piece inside and shaped it to the first giving it extra height.  Then I added a cut piece to the open area that remained.  I cut the bottom level and then I made a second cone that was slightly shorter.

My cones aren't very pretty, in fact not at all, but they are just for the base so it didn't much matter what they looked like.  I ended up taping the entire exterior of each cone to give them extra strength.

I cut each of the old postcards into strips and then curled them around a pen to give them a curved look.  As I cut the cards I tried to keep stamps and postal markings in tact so they could be read when looking at the trees.

After they were curled I started from the bottom up, one row at a time...  I used packaging tape to tape each piece to the cone. 

Below is the first tree as I finished it.  Notice how you can see the stamps and postal marks.  There are dates from as early as 1905 to about 1915 on this tree.  All of the stamps were one cent back then.  

The second tree I decided to give a different look.  I folded each of the cut strips in half and stapled them.  This gave them some thickness.  Again I made sure to show the stamps and postal markings.  Row by row I attached them with the packaging tape.  I used packaging tape because it is much stronger and stickier than Scotch tape!  This second tree was the easiest to make.  It didn't need near as many rows to I made it in about 15 minutes.

In the next picture you can read some of the writing on the cards, and see the stamps up close and postal dates.  

The stars on top I cut out of postcards too.  I cut two sides for each and I glued them to the top of each tree.

I love how they both turned out.  I am not sure where I am going to display them in the house yet.  I'm thinking maybe the coffee table is best.  There is so much history on the 100 year old post cards that they make for a great conversation piece!

Until next time,
Happy Decorating!