Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Organization in the Kitchen & Laundry Room - DIY Tray Inserts

Lately I have had a thing for trays.  I find myself grouping things on trays all throughout our house.  I think it makes everything look a little neater, especially in the kitchen.

My kitchen is small and I have very limited counter space, so the least little thing lying on the counter tends to look like clutter, to me anyways.  So, grouping commonly used items on a tray just looks nicer!

 I have been trying to do more cooking lately.  It's definitely a weakness for me, so anything to make it a little easier is a win!  One thing I find that makes this chore easier is having the essentials right beside the stove.  This is where the tray, well basket, comes in!

This is a basket I have had for so long I can't even remember where it is from.  It was the perfect size to hold everything I needed, and it fit the space well.  The only problem was since it's a basket, there was not a smooth surface to set everything on.  The oil kept falling over, and salt and pepper were spilling through the weaves of the basket. 

I decided to whip up something to solve my dilemma. It's definitely nothing fancy, but it does the job, and I didn't spend a penny! 

I used a piece of wrapping paper that I already had. You may recognize it from this project.  I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the bottom of the basket, and taped the wrapping paper around it, wrapping it as you would a gift. 

Next, I wrapped the entire piece with clear contact paper to create a wipe-able surface.  Then I plopped it down in the basket and arranged my cooking essentials on top.  That's it! 

Eventually I would like to do this project using a sheet of acrylic to create something a little more permanent, but for now this is working great! Everything sits level and I can easily wipe up any spills. The fun print of the paper is an added bonus!

While I was at it, I went ahead and made an insert for this old wooden crate.

For this one I used contact paper leftover from my pantry project, which I still need to post about. 

I placed it in our laundry room to hold all my laundry supplies.  This way I can have my laundry essentials within reach and it still looks neat and organized.

I like the character this old crate brings to this space as well.  I'm off to put the finishing touches on our pantry so I can share it with you soon!

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day and lots of snow!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

We have been blessed with quite a bit of snow these past couple of days, and we have been taking time out to enjoy it!
Schools are closed and the kid's have been having a blast! This is the first big snow we have had since my little man has been big enough to really enjoy it!

I tip-toed out of the house early yesterday morning to snap a few shots of the freshly fallen snow around our house.  It was so calm, peaceful, and beautiful! 

My husband even had a snow day yesterday, so we spent the entire day hanging out as a family.   After breakfast we got on our snow gear and headed out the door.  Audrey said we were going on an adventure! Who wants to stay inside when there is so much to see?! Not us! Here is the view as we were pulling out of our driveway. Yep, that's the road under there.

The first thing we had to do was feed the cows.  The kid's always love helping out with this job. They love riding the tractor.

While my husband finished up a few chores around the farm, the kid's and I played in the snow.

Oh and Audrey had to have a wardrobe change mid way through our adventure.  I swear she changes clothes a million times a day.  She says "mom, it's about fashion". Oh my!

Later on we took a little drive to see all the pretty scenery.

We finished out our day by sleigh riding! I didn't take any pictures though, since I was participating! The kid's had a blast, and so did we.

I'm sure today will be spent much the same! 

Have a BLESSED Day!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blogger Pattern Challenge - A Fun Way to Display your Photos

When Chelsea, the blogger behind Pinterior Designer, asked me to participate in a Blogger Pattern Challenge, I was ecstatic! I immediately knew what project I wanted to tackle! This is one of those projects that I have been wanting to do for quite some time, but never got around to it. This challenge is just what I needed to kick it in gear! So, thank you Chelsea! And thank you for inviting me to participate!

My mother in law gave me this large canvas painting a few years ago when she remodeled her house, and it sat in my basement collecting dust until just a few days ago.  I knew at the time it could be something great, I just wasn't so sure what that would be.

While on a random Walmart trip I stumbled across some awesome printed burlap material, and knew immediately what I would do with it.  This would be the perfect covering for my canvas. 

I began by laying the burlap face down on the floor and plopping the canvas face down right on top of it. I used the canvas as my guide to cut the burlap. I left about 2 to 3 inches around the edges to allow for securing the burlap to the canvas.

Next I began securing the burlap to the canvas using a staple gun. I stapled one complete side, and then the parallel side.

Next I stapled the corners.  This was pretty much trial and error folding until I got it where I thought it looked pretty good. Once I was happy with the fold, I stapled it in place.

Then I stapled the two remaining sides and ended up with this:

The next step was to secure pieces of ribbon to the canvas to allow for hanging photos, kid's drawings, notes, etc.  This was easy as well. I simply stapled each end of the ribbon to the back of the canvas. I just sort of eye-balled where I wanted them to go. 

As for hanging the various photos on the canvas, I chose regular clothes pins. I'm still thinking of how I want to jazz them up.

So, there you have it. A fun way to display your family photos! Or anything else you may choose!

Here is a look back at the canvas before and now.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Audrey's Night Stand

This morning I finally got around to arranging a night stand for Audrey.  She has been telling me that all 5 year old little girls have to have a night stand because that means they are no longer babies. So, I figured that meant I needed to get to work! 

As usual, I shopped my house to see if I could find something that would work until I can buy or re-purpose something else to do the job.  I ran across this inexpensive white shelf that once lived in her closet before her closet makeover. I think I paid around $12 for it a couple of years ago at Target.

I love the combination of the simple night stand and the more detailed bed.  Her bed is rather high off the ground, so I knew finding something tall enough would be a challenge. This piece seems to do the job! 

I also like how this little shelf holds so many books. Every night before bed she chooses a book for us to read, so this makes it really convenient.

There is also enough space for her to store her Leap Pad and her Kindle. Now that we have a designated spot for them, I'm hoping they will be easier to keep up with.

I sat a lamp and her favorite picture of her with her pre-school teacher on the top of the night stand.  There is still plenty of room for her glass of water she likes to have at night before bed.

I think this piece will definitely work until I can find something else. I would ultimately like to find maybe a small bookshelf, one that is much wider than this, but this is definitely working for now!  

Here is a source list:
Wall Color: Lyndhurst Duchess Blue by Valspar
Floral Quilt and Shams -
Pink Polka dot Hello Kitty Comforter: Target
Bed Skirt: Target
Pink Lamp and Lamp Shade: Walmart
Picture Frame: A gift from her teacher
Night Stand: Target
Bed: An antique given to us by my husband's aunt. I painted it white.
Wall Flowers: Bed Bath & Beyond

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