December 22, 2011

Kitchen Organization: Create a Magnetic Corkboard

So I decided the magnetic side of our fridge was getting way too cluttered.  It was covered with clips full of coupons, holiday photos, random keepsake magnets, and the essential magnetic notepad (or three…).

Yikes...

Some kind of organization solution was in order.

I decided attaching some of this junk to the inside of the adjacent cabinet door was the best solution, so I found a cheap corkboard at HobLob and stuck it up on the inside of the cabinet door with the adhesive squares that come with it.

Then I started pinning stuff to it….and realized I really like having my coupon stacks in a CLIP and not stuck under a thumb tack.  I need the convenience of being able to flip through the coupons and then stick them back up and go on my merry way.  Stuck under a thumb tack….wasn’t doing it.

But lo and behold….thumb tacks (the standard, boring silver kind) are magnetic!  So I pushed them into the corkboard here and there, and then I just stuck my handy Oxo magnetic clips to the tacks. 

Ok, so “here and there” really means “carefully measured and spaced so they look nice”.  Whatev.  More tacks means more options anyway.

Magnetic corkboardMagnetic clips

Suddenly, the ol’ corkboard became a double duty MAGNETIC corkboard.

SOO much better!  I still have my clips of coupons, but now they’re hidden inside the cabinet door, magnetized to thumb tacks.

I can put my coupons here....or there!

Since not everything makes sense in a clip, I included a few push pins (the kind that don’t kill your nails trying to get them out of the cork).

Push pins for posterity

The fridge still looks cluttered, though it’s much better.  Now it’s mostly just pictures of friends. (With magnets over their faces, for ….temporary decoration!)

Much better

And I suppose that kind of clutter is tolerable. Smile

For another kitchen organization / under-sink organization idea, try using Command hooks for a cabinet door basket

P.S.  Pushing the pushpins into the cork (and measuring their spacing…if you’re a Type A freakazoid like me) before you hang it on your cabinet would be easier than pushing them in after the fact – just a helpful hint!

 

Linked up to: Fireflies & Jellybeans, House of Hepworths

December 16, 2011

Right Now

I saw Sara do this and it looked fun.  I’m gonna throw some random adorable baby pictures in here too.  Just for fun, cause I can’t get enough of her.

Right now I am  . . .

Watching: Income Property.  I’m aimlessly watching Scott build a basement daycare for a couple with newborn twins while testing out some stocking stuffers.  Those babies make me want to go pick up my baby and snuggle her.  But I won’t.  Because she’s napping, and naps are gold…

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Eating: Nothing, but I’m thinking about heating up some coffee from this morning.

Drinking: Maybe that reheated coffee soon?

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Wearing: A white long sleeve V-neck t-shirt.  A long, gray, chunky knit cardigan.  Jeans that I wish were a little skinnier to fit in my boots better.  Christmas socks with penguins on them Smile

Avoiding: Wrapping some gifts.  Getting laundry out of the dryer.  I could probably vacuum/swiff/put clutter away too.  Dairy.  Which stinks, because I’m a dairy fiend.  Milk, cheese, EGG NOG….le sigh. None for me for a while because the munchkin seems to be sensitive to it.

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Feeling: Good, but still a little tired during the day.  Avery now has pretty regular 3-4 hour intervals between nighttime meals.  It seems every new change in the nighttime routine makes me tired for a couple days, even if it’s *more* sleep. 

Missing: My dad.  I think my dad was made to be a grandpa, and he would’ve loved having a grandbaby to dote on.  He looked like Santa and at Christmastime he’d ride around in a Santa suit on his red Harley motorcycle just to see the expressions of all the kids he passed on the road.

Thankful: For a great life, a beautiful, amazing, adorable baby, a handsome, talented, faithful husband who loves me, and a family who values family.

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Weather: Cold and clear.

Needing: To eat less sugar and drink more water.  I have a terrible sweet tooth.  To do the chores I’m avoiding.

Thinking about: Christmas gifts still to procure, a little project for Avery’s room sitting in pieces on the kitchen table, the weekend.

Dreaming:  Of staying home with Avery full time so I don’t miss anything. 

Loving: Avery and our first Christmas season with her.  The joy she brings us is immeasurable.  Just looking at her makes my heart swell.  

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What about you?
What are you doing right now?

December 15, 2011

Holiday Craft: Burlap and Glass

Burlap "wrapped" glass with bow

I’m digging burlap these days, so I’ve been looking for places to use it.

For a little texture combined with sparkle, I decided to put burlap bows on tall glass hurricanes.  But try tying a bow around a glass cylinder….it doesn’t stay in place for long.

Burlap wrapped cylinder

Plus, I wanted more than a bow – I wanted them to look like Christmas packages.

So I used packing tape to stick the burlap to the glass.  It’s clear, after all!

Supplies

I just cut some narrow “ribbons” out of burlap and used the tape to stick it to the glass.

It was quick and easy enough to do while sitting on the floor with Avery (all my projects for a while will be this quick and easy! For better or for worse?)

My assistant...and my child!

Then I finished it up by Gorilla gluing a burlap bow on the front.

Burlap “wrapped” glass – super quick and easy! 

Burlap wrapped glass hurricanes with bow

Throw some filler in the cylinders or a pillar candle, and you’re off to the races with a rustic (and easy, cheap, and FABULOUS) new holiday decoration, if I do say so myself.

Thanks for stopping by!

Linked up to:

Chic on a Shoestring, The Shabby Nest, One Artsy Mama, Tatertots & Jello, The Thrifty Home, House of Hepworths, Fireflies & Jellybeans

December 14, 2011

Thumb Tacks + Nail Polish = Much Better

Another quick little nursery item I’ve been staring at and pondering was the clear push pins I used to hang up the flag pennants.  (Uh, and the threads I never trimmed off the end of the pennants…)

Clear push pins

I thought I was doing pretty well to use clear push pins….but they were still really visible – even from a distance.

And it was bugging me. 

I’m not sure how easy black thumb tacks are to find, but I didn’t really want yet another box of tacks (how many does one household need?  We have at least 2 sets already…). 

So I got to thinking how I could just make a couple of tacks black. (Also, I wanted black thumb tacks instead of push pins, since they’re flat.)

Black thumb tacks

Nail polish!

As trendy as I am (not), I didn’t have black nail polish sitting around so I bought a cheap bottle of it.

Black thumb tacks 2

Verdict?  It works great – disguising thumb tacks has never been easier.  Now I can move on to dwelling on some other minor nursery detail Smile

And now I can breathe!

Thanks for stopping by!  A holiday crafty d├ęcor post is coming soon!

December 9, 2011

Nursery Project: Hamper Liner

Well, Hello there!

I’ve been so busy with our new baby girl that you haven’t seen me around these blog parts in a while.  She’s now SIX WEEKS OLD (holey buckets), and I’m gradually gaining more time to do my own thing.

Like laundry.  And swiffing the cat hair off the floor.  And putting on deodorant.

Oh yeah, and the occasional project and blog post. 

Good thing, because as I sit in the nursery feeding Avery multiple times a day (and night – don’t forget those SUPER FUN 3 am feedings!) I’ve had a chance to look around and see a few things that need some attention.

First up:  the hamper.  It needed a hamper liner so we can just gather up the liner when it’s full and haul the load down to the washer – leaving the chunky white plastic hamper upstairs and avoiding an Easter egg hunt for random baby socks that escaped from the pile on the way down.

My first brilliant idea was to use an old pillow case.

Hamper Liner Fail

That didn’t work out very well.

Take 2…

Remember my idea to add some plum to the nursery if we had a girl?  Well, I had an old plum colored curtain panel stashed away.  I cut it up, sewed the pieces back together in a sort of square-bottomed sack, and threaded a bit of elastic and some cord (stitched together) through the old rod pocket. 

Hamper liner from curtain panel

Voila!  A hamper liner from a curtain panel.

Homemade hamper liner

Now it lines the hamper, stays up around the edge, and makes for a quick little laundry bag that goes right in with the load.  Oh yeah, and adds some PLUM color to the nursery.  Boo-ya.

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Also, notice the panda bear night light?  It was made for Avery by her grandpa.  It’s even cuter at night!

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