Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cabinet Door Craft Room Organizers

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
sewing- vinyl-
When I shared my first cabinet door reveal for our Point of View project, I hinted that it was the first of many.  Well, I don't know if many is the right word, but I did have a few more up my sleeve.  I was just waiting for some decent light to capture them.  Yesterday, I got what I needed, so today I get to share how I am making my craft room more functional and pretty.

First up is this notions organizer.  The cabinet door was painted green then I added chalkboard paint to the inside panel.  I had my sweet husband screw the metal containers (found at Walmart) to the board.  We backed it with some 1X2 pieces of lumber so they had something to hold onto.  I used some buckets from the dollar spot at Target to separate my supplies.  Three of them fit perfectly.

  The next board is my thread organizer.  I have been wanting one for ages and I finally had the motivation (and a gift card to Joann from my Mother-in-law) to get it.  To prepare the board I covered the inside panel with newsprint, using the paper bag treatment that is so popular on the web right now.  I wanted something neutral so the thread colors would pop, but still be textural.  I screwed through the back of the panel into the thread holder to secure it. *tip- make sure you use thin screws or it will split the wood of the organizer.
vinyl- paper- scrapbook
This last one just makes me smile.  I knew it would be high up on the wall, so storage probably wouldn't be useful.  This was my first attempt at creating my own vinyl.  I'm pretty pleased with it. :)  (I even quoted myself- how's that for making the space about me? lol)

organize- craft room

 And since all this organizing led to one terrific mess, the after had to be documented.  I was already hanging things on the wall, so I thought it was time to hang up my old window and some art pieces and frames I've been collecting.  It's amazing how much more finished the room feels to have these in a more permanent place.

I feel so lucky to have so much space to keep and use my craft supplies.  It really is my happy place.  Now it's your turn- where is YOUR happy place?


Linked up to Tickled Pink at 504 Main and BFF Open House at The Answer is Chocolate.  Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes, Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple, Market yourself Monday at Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Show and Tell Linky at Snap the conference blog.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Point of View Reveal- DOOR

Monday, January 28, 2013

It's time for our first Point of View reveal

Are you ready?

So fun, right?

My favorite part of every month is seeing how everyone takes a simple theme and comes up with completely different ideas.

Are you ready to check them out?  Follow the links to get the details:
Scroll down for my project.
Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain
Ashlee from  I’m Topsy Turvy
And our guest for the month: Whitney from Mommy's Life with a touch of Yellow
And now for more shots of my project:

My craft room needed some better organization, and when the door theme came up, I knew just what I wanted to do.  I took some old cabinet doors and modified them to help corral some of the supplies in my room.  You'll see the first one tucked in this corner.  It's sporting some of my favorite scrapbook supplies.

diy- organize- paint- point of view
 Here's a close up of the door.  I used some tacks to make the hangers for everything since they don't need to be deep in the surface to hold well.  I love seeing all the colors out- it just makes me smile.

Now it's your turn to share.  New projects, old projects anything that reflects your Point of View on the theme "Door".  Link it up and have fun.


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Point of View Updates and changes

Sunday, January 27, 2013

point-of-view-header It's a new year and time for changes and new adventures.  We were so sad to lose Gwen from our group, but I fully support her choice to simplify her life and let go of the demands of the group.  Since it meant we would be re-arranging things here at POV anyway, we thought we would try some new things.  The first change you'll notice is the change of day- we are now revealing on the fourth Monday of the month, and leaving the link party open until Thursday.  This will give you plenty of time to add your great ideas to our link party, and more time for us to feature you.

We have also decided that this year we will have a theme for the entire year.  We are working on "spots" in our home.  But, since this is all about your Point of View- you are free to interpret the theme to your liking.

Point of View themes for 2013

January 2013 – Door – January 28th
February 2013 – Organizing – February 25th
March 2013 – Closets – March 25th
April 2013 – Windows – April 22nd
May 2013 – Outdoors – May 27th
June 2013 – Furniture – June 24th
July 2013 – Recipes – July 22nd
August 2013 – Walls – August 26th
September 2013 – Mantle – September 23rd
October 2013 – Tabletop – October 28th
November 2013 – Lighting – November 25th

The members of Point of View are…

Amy from Ameroonie Designs
Jonie from Just betweenFriends
Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything
Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain
Ashlee from  I’m Topsy Turvy

You will recognize all but one of us- Please help us welcome Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain!  We are so thrilled to have her join the group and look forward to her Point of View.

I'm so excited about this new year and look forward to making POV bigger and better than ever- I sure hope you'll join us!


Monday, January 21, 2013

The year of the Baby- A {mom}-day post

Monday, January 21, 2013
How can you be disappointed with this face?

I have to admit, having 5 children was not in our plan.  We were really happy with 4.  
Content even.

Said goodbye to baby stuff, got rid of said baby stuff and made grand plans for the future.

Then our plans changed. ;)  

It has taken some adjusting.  I'll be honest and say that I have not very gracefully let go of the grand plans I made almost 2 years ago.  I have pushed and pulled and cried and tried to find some way to not let this detour derail all my work.

Then, last week, I had a chance to visit with some friends.  A friend told me that her friend called the year after giving birth "The Year of the Baby."  And in that one simple sentence my perspective was flipped.  

Years will come when I will have the time and freedom to make all the grandiose plans my heart desires.  But I only have 12 short months to soak up all this toothless gorgeousness.  Only 12 months to work for giggles, cuddle sleepy eyelids and kiss and love this fresh smelling sweetness.

Even as I write this, I have a 4 year old sleeping on the sofa next to me running a fever.  I feel motherhood calling me.

So, I might be back tomorrow, it might not be until Friday. I will be around, but if time passes and you don't hear from me, now you'll know why.  I'm either soaking up this babyhood, or sleeping.


P.S.  This week is our Point of View reveal.  Hopefully I'll have time to come back and introduce the year to you properly, but this month's theme is Door.  If you want some fabulous ideas- you can check out my Pinterest board here.  You can tell I'm loving bold colors, can't you?  I wonder if it would be too much for the basement to have multicolored doors?  hmmmm....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

P is for Penguin

Thursday, January 17, 2013
preschool- paper- Cricut
I told you yesterday about our Letter 'P' party.  This is one of the games we played.  We are working on helping the children understand the correlation between numerals and the actual number of objects.  I used my Cricut again to cut out these darling penguins.  They are from the Zooballoo cartridge.  There are 6 children in our group- and I wanted each of them to have 3 turns, so I made 18 penguins.  I used number stickers to put the numerals on each penguin.  The children drew out a penguin from the bucket and I taped it to a cup.  Then the children 'fed' the penguin with the Swedish Fish, counting out the number on the penguins tummy.  When we were all done, they got to eat them as part of their snack.

I used the extra penguins to decorate the favor bags. What's a party without a goodie bag right?

I filled the bags with things I have picked up on clearance over the past couple years.  They loved the straws/whistles- even though all of them blowing in them at the same time was enough to make a sane person crazy. ;)

This is another version of a similar game.  Back when we did the letter D, we fed a dog a bone.  The number on the tag was the number of bones the dog got to eat.  I used my Cricut again, but this time used the Doodlecharms cartridge.  

Hopefully they are starting to understand that the numeral 4 means 4 of something.  I know I have it down. ;)

Have a great Thursday.


linked up to Friday Flair at Whipperberry.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Polka dot garland

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Last week was my turn to host our neighborhood co-op preschool.  Monday also happened to be my daughter's 4th birthday.  Luckily our letter was P so we hosted a Letter "P" party that doubled as her birthday party.
I'll be sharing more details this week, but first up is this polka-dot garland.  All of my kids were impressed, thinking it must have taken me a long time.  But really, this is a pretty simple project.  It was even easier with My Craft Room from Cricut.  I've had my Expression for years- like since the first year they made them- and I've loved it, but there were some shortcomings I was sad about.  Now, with Craft Room, most- if not all, I'm still playing with it- of my concerns have been fixed. 
To make this garland, I created a cut file in Craft room full of circles in 3 different sizes.  They filled up one full 12X12 sheet of paper.  Then, I just started cutting.  I used 6 different sheets of paper and ended up with lots of circles.  Then I sewed them together using an old needle on my sewing machine (I didn't want to dull up a new needle).
I love how much color and fun it adds to our birthday set up.  I am saving it and will use it in our Birthday box from now on.

*One tip for spacing the polka-dots is to place a piece of tape on your sewing machine, and when the first circle reaches that spot, add the second circle.  But don't worry if they aren't perfect- no one is going to look that closely. :)

Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Creating a schedule- phase 1

Friday, January 4, 2013
My house is a wreck.  Not that you would think so from first glance.  I try to keep up with the obvious surfaces.  But in a house with 5 children- often just picking up takes all day.  You put one away, they take three out- and repeat.

It can feel overwhelming to think about all that needs to happen to keep a home clean.  Then, a few years ago, I had a revelation.  I was watching a show on public television- I can't remember the name of the show- but it was about a mother of 7, who was also a professional organizer.  She would go into the homes of overwhelmed mothers and help them get a handle on their lives.  One of the things she taught them was that it didn't all have to be clean at the same time.  This was a huge eye-opener to me.  There is nothing more frustrating to me than to spend all day cleaning the house, only to have it undone in the next 20 minutes.

If the jobs are broken down into small chunks of time, you don't feel overwhelmed, and if you have a schedule, you eventually get everything done and still have time to live the rest of your life.

This is how I start mine.  I start in one room and write down everything that needs to happen in that room at some point in the course of time.  Take the bedroom- it needs picking up, dusting, vacuuming, organizing- dressers, closets, under beds; baseboards cleaned, windows washed and blinds/ curtains cleaned.  You get the picture.  Then, I go through with multi-colored pens or markers and put each job in a category based on how frequently they need to be done- weekly, monthly or yearly.  Then comes the fun part- the spreadsheet.

Here's where I get really nerdy. ;)  I took each of the weekly jobs and assigned them a day.  On days when there aren't as many tasks, I add a monthly job.  There are three categories of monthly jobs, so they are each assigned a week during the month.  Then the fourth week I will tackle yearly or one-time jobs.  

The next step for me is figuring out how to assign out the jobs each week to the person responsible.  I don't want to have to write them out each week, but I also want it to be flexible enough that they can be interchanged at will.  I'll let you know what I come up with.

Feel free to download my spreadsheet- you can modify it to fit your own home and needs.  And if you have any job assigning ideas, feel free to share them- I'd love to know what works for you.

Happy Cleaning!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Twenty-Thirteen

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I just wanted to pop in and wish all of you Happy New Year.  I am not publishing any- "best of" posts this year, but I did want to take a moment and say thank you to all of my readers and friends who bless my life through this blog and the social media that comes along with it.  I am better because of you.  

I work harder to be the person I want to be because of you.

I live more in the moment because of what I have learned from you.

I strive to reach higher and dream bigger because I see so many of you who don't let fear stand in your way, and I don't think I should either.

I am a better mother, not because I want to be able to come brag about it on my blog, but because I have learned how precious a gift motherhood is and I want to savor every moment of it- all because of you and the stories you share.

My creativity is pushed, and my motivation fortified because of you.

I would not be the woman I am today.  And I am grateful.

For You!

Have a happy and blessed 2013!  Here's to many new projects and lots of fun in the days to come!


p.s.- we found these Awesome light up balloons at Walmart.  They come with LED lights inside them and they are still glowing 2 days later.  They made our lackluster celebration a blast for the kids!
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