Showing posts with label home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home. Show all posts

Apr 14, 2015

what's going on?

A lot has happen. Where to start?

How about with what's probably the biggest news of late... or maybe ever?? We are expecting. TWINS!!! That's right, two babies.


We are so excited to be welcoming one baby girl and one baby boy to our family this summer. I'm currently 21 weeks and 1 day. The babies are growing fast and so am I. I haven't gained much weight and considering where I was when I started this pregnancy I'm relieved about that for sure. We've decided on middle names but are still working on first ones and I have started stocking up on baby clothes and supplies and I hope to have more on how I'm making preparations.

Speaking of preparations we are currently in the process of building our new home. It's closer now, for obvious reasons, than it's ever been. We closed on the land last month and we are ready to start looking at floor plans, well I've already started but ya know...we are ready to really dig in, literally.

So much is happening and it's happening really quickly. We have a little over three and half months before the new little ones make their appearance (if all goes as planned). We have high hopes of having the house put in by then but I'm also keeping my self in check and planning on making room for them here as well. Considering they will live close to me for a few months it all shouldn't be too bad. But when you have a total of five kids in a small house it may be a little cray cray for a bit. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that the house is ready for us and the twins soon.

There are a lot more changes going on. Lilli's starting school soon, we're in the midst of potty training, and Cole got a huge promotion. And there are several changes on my blog and even a new spot I'm hanging out. I wanted to take this blog in a new direction and use it more as a space to journal and go more in depth about real life stuff. Ya know, everyday rambles and so forth about all the things I love. And I have a new site where I am sharing my creative memory keeping and a few fun projects.

my new blog about all of my creative memory keeping projects


The good thing is that it's all good and we owe all of our blessings to our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord!

May 13, 2014

Organize | boxes, baskets and bins


When it comes to storing my favorite things I have no mercy. I am a sucker for cute storage trends. UGH. And there are a million options right? Between boxes, baskets, and bins I have enough storage solutions to hold hundreds of supplies. Let's take a look at some of the ways I store my goodies.
 
BOXES

My newest addition to my studio has been these cute little snap boxes from Target. I found them in the kid storage section at Target. They were on sale for around $3.00. I've been using them to store this past week's photos that I need to scrap and in the other I added my new cards I picked up this weekend. I haven't added these to my card storage yet because I wanted to keep them separate for now as I plan on using them this week!




I also found this cute black and white box with lid at Target. I think this one was around $6.00. It fits 8.5 x 11 papers nicely. I use it to house my Silhouette media like gold foil, double sided sheets, and cardstock.



MORE PHOTO STORAGE

Simple photo storage boxes are perfect for...well photo storage. I pick these up at crafts stores when they run sales like 6 for $10.


 LARGE STORAGE BOXES

I found this box at TJ Maxx Homegoods. I personally thought it resembled one of those cute Kate Spade storage boxes. And it just so happened to work out perfectly for my vinyl rolls! Yay!


BASKETS

MY "TO SCRAP" BASKET

As far as "to scrap" goes I have a little yellow basket that I keep photos, memorabilia and little notes from my kids and hubby. I go through this at the end of the week when I go into "scrap mode".


And by now you should know I'm addicted Target so this just confirms it. These are another Target find and were picked up for about $8 each. I added the gold book plates for labels. The book plates are self adhesive and are from the Martha Stewart's line at Staples.




BINS

Not sure what legally constitute a "bin" but I consider any thing non basket or box looking a bin. Anything that's open and easily reachable as well.

Like these magazine storage bins, trays, and even yellow dish rack. And I re-purposed one of my Project Life core kit trays as a a drawer organizer.

 







And there you have it. My collection of boxes, baskets, and bins! I can't stop. Soon one day I will have more containers to store things in than actual things to store. ;)

What kind of containers are you favorite for storing things? Anyone else addicted to buying storage boxes from Target?

Lots of love,
Steph



Apr 25, 2014

Wall Art with Pocket Cards

 

When it comes to art in our home we are far from collectors. Pretty much everything in our home has been DIYed by me or the kids. So when The Pocket Source challenged us to "think outside the album" I was initially drawn to some sort of wall art. I quickly realized I wanted or should I say needed something over our bed. Over the past few months I have pinned several ideas but never took the initiative to get anything up there.

I figured it was time to do just that!

I started out with a few document frames from the Dollar Tree. Frames for a buck, you can't beat that, right? Now, I have used these frames for photos and such for over a year but nothing had the 'ol heart skipping beats until...

this happened...

I took the frames, which were black, and spray painted them my favorite color..GOLD!

One can of gold spray paint later and these frames were good to go.





Since these were document frames I was able to take regular paper sized cardstock and cut mattes. I used my Silhouette portrait to cut mattes down to 4x6.

I took my time selecting cards to fit the frames. I chose cards I really loved. Special sayings or quotes, patterns, and colors that coordinated well with my pillows and room.



Of course hanging them was the hardest part. I'm horrible at hanging wall galleries but I do know that Pinterest offers a ton of tips and tricks to do it a little easier. There may be about a hundred holes behind those frames. ;)



I just love the color and modern "edgy-ness" that this brings to the room. It makes the focal wall a little more...well focal! It was super easy and cost me less than $20.00 to put together. 


It goes to show that with all of the scrapbooking supplies I have around I could create so much more! I just love when beautiful things come together with materials I already have. And yes, I may keep a stock of gold spray paint. ;)

So what do you guys and gals think of my "outside the album" project? A little time, a few pocket cards and the possibilities are truly endless.

Be sure to check out my BFF, Leslie Harvey's amazing project at her new blog, Modern Muse.



Lot's of love
-S

Mar 26, 2014

Office Chair Redo

Yesterday I posted about painting my newly claimed studio space here. Sticking with the concept that a little paint goes a long way I decided to give my office chair a makeover as well.

My office chair isn't anything special. I believe I paid around forty bucks for it about three black Fridays ago. In the three years it's gone through a lot. My behind sits in a lot, my tiny tots have spilled pink nail polish all over it and it's been around to every room of the house for all sorts of reasons. It's a good chair still and I saw no point in throwing it out just because it looked a little shabby, so opted for the best thing money can buy....a paint job.

Let's take a gander at the amazing before and after transformation....

BEFORE



I took the entire chair apart and laid each piece on top of a plastic drop cloth in my yard. I gave each piece a coat of Rustoleum Basic Primer spray paint from Lowes. I let the primer dry over night. The next afternoon I sprayed the arms and the rolling base bright white with Rustoleum's basic white spray paint, also from Lowes. The seat and back pieces were painted with Valspar's Silver Fox. It only took the three cans and this chair was completely painted with a little bit of the Silver Fox left over. Once everything was dry I put it back together again and wheeled it back it.

AFTER



Total cost of this was around $15.00 and 2 days of waiting time. Not bad for a whole new look, huh?

Stay tuned for my studio updates soon. :)



Studio In Progress

I kicked my husband out! Na, just joking. :) Well sorta. I finally kicked him out of our "computer room". Ahhh, finally I have the space all to myself. A studio space. I'm slowly making some changes. I still have a bit to do and I'm sure the space will evolve over time. Just wanted to show you guys what I have going on so far.

How about a few before and after?

BEFORE




AFTER
A little paint (Glidden's Stone White) and...




I know this isn't much to go on. But Just wanted to share this tiny update. I have a few more projects in the mix and then I'll do a reveal of the whole area.

What are you currently working on in your home? Any one else updating their studio/office/craft space?

Jan 27, 2014

Organize It: Planner Accessories




It's no secret that I'm a paper/planner junkie as you can tell here, here, here, here, and of course at my Etsy shop, but I'm also a collector of many things planner related. My idea of going shopping might end somewhere with me rummaging through colorful office supplies. I'm weak when it comes to  bright pens, tear drop stickers, anything Martha Stewart and of course washi tape. I'm sure any planner addict can sympathize.

Lately as my personal planning techniques grow so does my collection and it doesn't help that I'm on several planner related Facebook groups with fun girls that like to show off their decorated pages, simple techniques to keep track and their love for their planners. It fuels the fire.

Ever since I was little I have toted around notebooks, pens, markers, and stickers... pretty much everywhere I go. Whether it's chaotically thrown in the front seat of my car or neatly stowed in a cute carry on, my planner and several accessories are usually with me at all times.

The organizer in me likes to keep things neat and tidy and that includes creating some order and function to my planning process, supplies, and use.

Now there are endless storage options for just about anything. Totes, plastic boxes, bins, drawer organizers, etc...but for my needs I re-purposed a plastic Plano tackle box into accessory storage. These boxes are similar to the craft boxes you might find at Michaels but ultimately half the cost.



I purchased two boxes a long time ago. One for my labeling supplies and the other for a sewing kit. Since then I moved my labeling supplies to a much larger container I have one of the Plano boxes empty. Empty box + tons of office supplies= organized planner accessories.


The Plano boxes come with adjustable dividers so that you can create custom size sections. Works great for small things like clips or long items like stickers and pens.


This box makes it easy to see and use what I have. I also love the fact that it's extremely portable which means most nights I'm sitting in bed planning my day or week. I have everything I need to make my planner personalized, functional, and fun.



And of course I have to label my box with a cute self adhessive gold book plate..It's so classy and pretty. Love these so much!



I love simple storage. This box makes everything so compact and useful. And not to mention it's so bright and colorful that I can't help to smile when I open it.

How do you store your planner accessories, pens, stickers, washi, etc? Are you using anything from the outdoor section to organize with?


Jan 13, 2014

Organize It: Bathroom Closet



Happy Monday loves! Let's get this year started off on the right foot. Last week I shared with you all my hopes for a better 2014 and I'm making strides to keep my targets on track. One of the ways I am doing that is by starting small. Last year I focused a lot of energy on bigger projects like painting and remodeling that I often forgot the smaller areas of our home like the closets, cabinets and drawers. This year in preparation for a move that is coming soon I am bound and determined to get every square inch organized and functioning before tackling any major projects. In fact there are only a few "big" projects on our list before we move. After all we hope to keep the dollars in our pockets and out of the house we are leaving behind. So, I sat down a few weeks ago with a master list and jotted down every single project both big and small that needs to be done before we pack up and move out.

Since we aren't exactly sure when the move will be, I have to be prepared. That means a lot of organizing, purging, and down-sizing has to happen. And even if your not planning a big move spending the first part of the year creating a more happier and clutter free home will ensure a happy family all year long.

My personal plan is to start with smaller projects that only take a few minutes to an hour and knock those out quick. And since I'm a spur of the moment type gal I don't really ever plan my projects out, I usually find myself digging or looking for something and end up organizing or sifting through drawers and closets. Or in most cases when something gets out of hand and ends up spilling over the rim, like our bathroom closet, I usually find myself laying restless in bed thinking about cleaning and sorting. Yes, I am aware that may not be normal but hey I really love that I do that.

STEP 1: ASSESS THE SITUATION

Friday I opened up the family's bathroom closet, which is mostly used to house our cleaning products and linens, and found this...




I immediately slammed the door and ran off to my happy place, which means I skedaddle into the pages of the January/February edition of HGTV magazine, and soon forgot the chaos happening behind door number one. But after a restless night of tossing and turning I started bright and early the next morning.

STEP 2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER, PURGE, and SORT

I ripped everything out of the closet. Yep...everything!


Yikes, what a mess! Random sets of sheets, cleaning product, and pet supplies came out. As you can tell by the bins and baskets I had once attempted to organize this space but failed horribly.

The closet is pretty much an empty hole in the wall. It has no shelves. I knew I needed some sort of shelving system. But in keeping with my other goals I shopped my house instead of heading out to the store. I recently purchased a new bookcase for my office but have yet to put it together. So I snatched the metal Ikea shelf, which the bookshelf will replace, and threw into the closet. You may remember this shelf from my craft closet clean out last year but since reclaiming my studio I don't have the need for the craft closet.


STEP 3: ORGANIZE AND STORE

Once I had the shelf in place it was time to load everything back in. Well not everything. I organized the linens into the larger baskets on the very top shelf. I purged a great deal of missing sheet sets and baby blankets I no longer needed. Cleaners got a shelf of their own and the first aid box got cleaned out and put back in. I don't store medications in this box just swabs and alcohol type stuff.




STEP 4: LABEL, LABEL, & LABEL

Now that I had everything back in the closet in baskets and bins it was time to create some labels. The labels on the larger green baskets were made by simply designing them in Photoshop, printing, cutting, and laminating. Easy peasy, huh? But I wanted to try a different approach on labeling. I have always loved the look of chalkboard labels but every time I try to use them my handwriting ends up looking ratchet. For those of you who were blessed with beautiful handwriting I envy you. But writing with chalk or even chalk pens leave my chalkboard labels looking illegible. But I do love the look of them.

Enter my love of vinyl labels. With the help of my Silhouette Portrait once again I cut some vinyl labels for some mini chalkboards. I used pink to add some more color. The font I used was Sacramento. I made cut two labels, transferred them with contact paper, and voila, faux handwritten chalkboard labels. I'm giddy about them. I may have had the entire family jolt into the bathroom to gander at their marvelous beauty. I know it's the small things that amuse me. And if I ever need to change them I can just cut some new vinyl. And my Silhouette Portrait was used to cut the red cross for the first aid box as well. That was just too easy!




STEP 5: ENJOY YOUR ORGANIZED SPACE

Of course once I finish organizing a space I have a tendency to keep making reasons to gawk at it. As I was jumping into the shower I just popped open the door...yep, for no reason other than to stare at the beautiful order of the closet. It's so awesome what you can accomplish in such a short time. Now when I go to move I can pretty much just grab the baskets and go.




SOME MORE ORGANIZING TIPS

Last year I joined a group called The Silhouette Challenge on Facebook. It's a group of crafting, scrapping, and several bloggers that work together to master the art of Silhouette using. It's been a Godsend this past year for all sorts of Silhouette issues good and bad. Last year, a group of bloggers from the group got together for a 12 projects in 12 months challenge. Each month we showcased one project on the blog and linked to each others as well. You can check out some of my past projects here...Canvas Date Art, Makeup Organizer, Gold Foil Art, Personal Birthday Gift.

Since starting the Facebook group, The Silhouette Challenge has grown tremendously. We now have over 30 bloggers participating and each month it grows. This year we are doing something a bit different. Each month a topic will be chosen and with that topic we will have to create something unique. I am really excited about it because it gives me the opportunity to try different things.

This month, for January, our topic was organization. Of course that's one of my strong points. And the first thing that comes to mind when I cross my Portrait and organization is labels of course. Faux handwritten chalkboard labels!

Now like I said we have over 30 blogs partaking in this month's challenge so I hope you are prepared for some more swoon worthy organizing goodness.


  1. DIY Window Shutter Mail Organizer by Weekend Craft
  2. Kids' Art Wall by Tried & True
  3. Organizing Silhouette and Craft Supplies by The Happier Homemaker
  4. Simple Recipe Organization by It's Always Craft Time
  5. Put a Label on it! Herb Names for Plant Stakes by Get Silvered
  6. Super Simple Linen Closet Labels by Two Purple Couches
  7. Beware of the Animals Vinyl Toy Box by A Tossed Salad Life
  8. Child desk accessories by Architecture of a Mom
  9. Organizing & the Important of Labels by The Turquoise Home
  10. Index Card Organizer for Easier Meal Planning by Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Create Craft Room Labels by Dragonfly & Lilypads
  12. Simple Storage Solution for your Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  13. Organize this: DIY Planner Covers, Tags & Dividers (made with Cereal Boxes) by Black and White Obsession
  14. How to Make a Cut File into a Print & Cut by Create & Babble
  15. Simple Chest Freezer Organizational Board by Nearly Handmade
  16. Vinyl Your Kitchen Canisters! by From Wine to Whine
  17. Nursery Closet Dividers & Silhouette Cut File by Creative Ramblings
  18. Make Custom Box Templates with a Silhouette for Drawer Organization by One Dog Woof
  19. Organizing the Craft Room by What's Next Ma
  20. Vinyl Wall Calendar by Crafts Cakes and Cats
  21. Personalized Toy Storage Bins by Lil' Mrs. Tori
  22. Personalized Routine Chart by Work in Progress
  23. Blog Planner Sheet Dividers + Free Cut Files by TitiCrafty by Camila
  24. Simple Project Calendar by Little Blue's Room
  25. Dry Erase Photo Frame Menu Board + Free Cut File by Essentially Eclectic
  26. Receipt Organization with Free Cut File by The Thinking Closet
  27. Cute and Easy Labels by Life After Laundry
  28. "What's For Dinner?" Menu Planning Board by unOriginal Mom
  29. Mixing Organization and Function: An Easy Conversion Chart by My Paper Craze
  30. Why do my cookies taste so bad? A lesson in baking. by The Life and Times of a TAP
  31. Custom Drawer Dividers by Please Excuse My Craftermath...
  32. The evolution of my labeling system by feto soap
  33. Ikea Drawer labels by McCall Manor
  34. Glass Etched Vinegar  & Oil bottles by Terri Johnson Create
  35. Ombre Butterfly Magnet Board by Sowdering About
These projects are so A-mazing! Happy clicking and pinning of course!

Are you taking this month to get organized? What's your latest project? What's next? Have a Silhouette project to share?


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