Storing Ribbon

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Yes, I have an obsession with ribbon. And yes, I’m always trying to think of new ways to store it. A while ago, I figured it out here. The only problem is that I kept buying ribbon, but I didn’t keep storing it properly. I keep all my ribbon in a drawer in my craft room, but it was starting to pile up (literally). Since I had the space, I figured out a way to make the ribbon more accessible … [Read more...]

The Closet Begins

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Before I show you what you’re about to see, let’s just imagine that my linen/guestroom closet will soon look like this. Let’s also imagine that I have some clue what I’m doing, and this’ll only take a couple of days to finish.      I knew this closet was going to be a project of mine, but it’s been off to a slow start. Remember those goals? I started just piling things in there with total … [Read more...]

Organized Cleaning

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Is there such a thing? Well, that’s my goal. Alice comes tomorrow, and I wanted to make the process as smooth as possible. That--combined with my obsession with cleaning products and organization--meant that I went out and bought her all new supplies.  Having them all together really serves two purposes. It keeps all the supplies together so she’s not scrambling around the house looking … [Read more...]

Improvements at JaG

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First of all, I had so much fun reading your comments about your pets. I was laughing out loud at points, and I was taking in the sheer craziness of some of them! I guess that’s why we have them, eh? Thanks so much for all the cute stories! I think it’s no secret that search engines do not do blogs justice, so I knew something had to be done. Since getting at job at Google wasn’t really an … [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Craft Desk

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I’ve had a couple of messages asking how the craft desk is coming along. Yeah…about that. It took me a minute, but it’s finally finished. The top was pretty scratched up, but the rest of it was in perfect condition. I dove right in by priming it while it was unassembled. The only before picture I have is this one. And now I give you the finished product.  Don’t pay attention … [Read more...]

Show and Share Day…and Grout

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Okay. Let’s see if the blogging gods are on my side this week, and I can actually get a Show and Share Day out! Fingers crossed that this works! I had a LOT of questions about my super secret grout cleaning system. I’m embarrassed to say it’s nothing fancy, but it works brilliantly. I use += {source} I mix some bleach with hot water, and I dive right in. You might need to keep … [Read more...]

Art Tray

When kids are little, they are sponges when it comes to art projects. I remember my daughter cutting construction paper into squares for over an hour one day. It doesn’t take much, but they just love it. And then…they get older. My 8-year old is still on the fringe, but my 11-year old’s artistic creativity has been limited to monsters, sports, and skulls.  There was a time when any one of … [Read more...]

Practical Pantry

You can tell it’s the new year. We all have our trees down (or do we?), and we’re feeling the need to clean and organize. I, of course, am no exception. I’ve been drooling over some of the pantries through blogland, and it inspired me to kick my “pantry” into gear. Case in point: I had actually started gutting one of the shelves when I realized I needed to take a picture (shame on me). As you … [Read more...]

2010: In a Nutshell

Another year gone by? Really? This is the point where I start to think, “Did I even do anything this year?” and my friend Rhoda from Southern Hospitality decides to have a party to remind myself that I did! Perhaps the largest undertaking was also the most rewarding. Board and batten treatments were quite the “blog rage” this year, and I’ve never looked back since completing mine. I’m simply in … [Read more...]

Ok. The Craft Room

I spent forEVer looking for a picture of my den “before”, but I could only find a couple of isolated shots. It all started with this desk.   I loved it, but it became useless once we purchased our laptop. Once we sold it, I knew exactly what I wanted. A craftroom. Scratch that—I wanted an obnoxiously girly space just for me that no one could ruin with toys or camouflage gear. It … [Read more...]

What’s in My Drawers

I know I’m trying to be less original and more “findable” with my post titles, but this one was just a natural fit. By drawers, of course, I mean my craft dresser. I knew you’d ask, and you didn’t disappoint.  Ready to find out? Paint, glitter, glue. Every crafter’s must-haves, right? Bins and tins are my saving grace. I didn’t want to get this room around and just throw everything into a … [Read more...]

Convenience for an 8-Year Old

I’m not gonna lie. I saw this idea from Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick, and I sat my computer down, picked up my keys, and drove to the store to copy it. That simple. Long story short, I was looking for a way to make my cereal a little more accessible for my little one. To give you an example of her despair, I took this picture standing right next to her, so I could show you what it looks like … [Read more...]

Ye Old Homework Box

It’s that time of year. Setting alarm clocks for some ungodly time to get up in the morning, making sure you go grocery shopping more than once a month, and actually dressing your kids in clothes that match.  Back to school is upon us. Because I put my “teacher” cap back on yesterday, I’m gonna pretend I’m smart for a minute. I completed my Master’s thesis on homework completion (or lack … [Read more...]

Stationary Stationery

Look at that. A clever title and I can probably find it in the future. Okay. I have been trying to teach my children about the value of a written thank you recently. While I’m kind of obsessed with stationery, I have admittedly gotten away from using it as often as I should. Thanks to winning a $50.00 gift card to Tiny Prints last fall, I was finally able to fulfill my return address label … [Read more...]

An Organized Laundry Room

I’m warning you.  There’s a lot of pictures in this post.  It was a beautiful day, I had the window open in the laundry room (don’t tell my husband—the air was on too), and I was appreciating my newly organized cabinets. To be honest, they kind of already looked like this. However, all the turquoise bins used to be yellow.  I was over the yellow. Thank the heavens for spray … [Read more...]