Organizing Week {Pinspiration}

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing WeekHappy Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week!!

I get so stinking excited over organizing.  It may be a little bit of an obsession.  This week I’ll be sharing with you how I organized my junk drawer, jewelry and makeup and hair products.  I’ll show you the pretty, organized after, but also the not so pretty before.

To get in the groove of organizing and for some inspiration I turned to Pinterest of course.

Pinterest Organization

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The repurpose of a silverware drawer organizer is so smart and practical.  It is a great way to divide the space and allow for larger items.

How adorable are those little tea cups?  For dainty things like jewelry, they are so perfect.  I’m always seeing tea cups at the thrift stores.  So it is perfect for organizing on a budget.

I used to keep my makeup in a makeup bag, but that wasn’t working for me so I switched to a plastic container that fit in the drawer last year.  That isn’t really working either.  The smaller compartments allow to keep everything together and can be easily cleaned.

This drawer organizer can be adjusted for the size of the drawer, which makes perfect sense.

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time throwing away my Crystal Light containers.  I also have a hard time finding a use for the ones I’ve hoarded.  I’m thinking they’ll be perfect to keep small items together with a lid so nothing gets misplaced.

I like the idea of using clear containers.  It keeps things seamless, but together in the drawer.

This “junk drawer” is perfect.  I’m hoping mine looks like this when it is finished.  Every little compartment and it’s contents have their space.  No more fighting to get the drawer closed!

The plastic baskets are great for any drawer, for any purpose and can be found at the dollar store.  Budget organizing, what could be better than that?

What are your favorite ways to organize?  Would love to see!

Party Planning {Christmas Eve}

It just so happened that our first married Christmas and our first Christmas in our house happened to be the first Christmas when neither of our families had plans for Christmas Eve.  I jumped at the chance to entertain.  I remember my dad calling me that night when he got home to tell me Christmas Eve was now my holiday.

Since we knew family and friends would be coming and going at different times it was a no brainer to do a cocktail and appetizer type affair.  Each year I try to change it up a bit and well, one up myself.  The last two years I have served similar appetizers with one main dish, my famous Crock Pot pulled pork.

I do have a challenge when planning our party.  We are out of town all day on December 23rd and do not get home until Christmas Eve afternoon.  I need to choose things that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly reheated.  I want to change things up a bit this year.  Enter, Pinterest, of course.

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Reuben Bites & Reuben Dip – Over the last year I discovered I love reubens.  I can’t stand any of the ingredients individually, but together, heaven!  Although delicious, reubens are messy.  In bite sized or dip form they’d be so much easier to enjoy.

White Pizza Dip – All that cheesy goodness looks incredible.  Pair it with some Stacy’s Pita Chips and I bet it would be delicious.

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Arugula Wrapped in Prosciutto – The saltiness of the prosciutto combined with the smokey arugula looks amazing and so easy to prep in the short amount of time I have before our guests arrive.

Mini Taco Cups – Who doesn’t love tacos?  These look adorable and so easy to make.  I would top mine with some of my Dad’s homemade salsa, shredded lettuce and served with a side of sour cream.

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Cheesy Pull Apart Bread – I have seen this all over Pinterest and have been dying to try it.  I mean when someone calls something ‘Crack Bread’ it has to be good, right?

Individual Taco Dip – I typically make a layered taco dip.  I can easily layer the dip in individual cups and garnish with a chip for easy eating and to avoid the dreaded double dip.

Nutella – I mean that should be enough said.  I had a little addiction over the summer and now have to keep my eyes forward when I pass it on the shelf in the grocery store.  At work we discovered that Ruffle Potato Chips dipped in slightly melted Nutella is quite possibly what heaven is like.  This will be on the table on Christmas Eve.

Now, how do I decide what makes the cut?  I know I have to keep with tradition and serve my buffalo chicken dip, my sister in law’s caesar salad, and pigs in a blanket.  The hubs would probably leave if I didn’t serve pigs in a blanket.  What pairs well with mini hot dogs?

I have been brought up right to not just throw food on a table and call it a day.  The tablescape itself is an experience.

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Washi Tape Glasses – What a cute way to add a little flair to the stemware and be able to tell your glass apart from other guests.  I have been wanting to use Washi tape someway, somehow and now I’ve found it!

Chevron Flatware – It’s no secret I love me some chevron.  The site has some adorable party supplies that isn’t just the boring plasticware.

Red Flowers – In my opinion, fresh flowers make everything better.  Among all the food, it will be nice to have a little decor too.

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Chalk Board Table Runner – As I mentioned, I plan to use the runner to label what each dish is on the table.  Functional and festive!

Plastic Cups with Labels – Plain plastic cups are boring.  Adding a Christmas label will do just the trick.

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Flatware Caddy – These aren’t necessary, but I just think they’re fun!  These can be quickly made with a few jars and some vinyl for the knife, fork and spoon.  They can be used from occasion to occasion too.

Tiered Food – Que, cake plates!  See, I will use them for actual food!  Adding levels to the table creates space and a better visual of the food being served.  I like the colored bases shown here.  I may have to find a way to incorporate that into my table for Christmas Eve.

White Serving Dishes – I try my hardest to serve everything in a white dish.  I think it is a clean, consistent look.  Plus, the white doesn’t take away from anything else you have decorating the table.

I also have to include some outfit ideas.  When hosting the party I like to look cute of course, but what I’m wearing has to be comfortable and   easy to clean should I spill.

Outfit 1. Outfit 2. Outfit 3. Outfit 4.

I will probably wear flat boots with jeans or leggings of some sort.  I like the festive look of the red or green pants, but not sure if I can pull that off.  The scarf is a good alternative to a necklace and is great for layering and greeting guests outside without having to put a coat on.

Every year I look forward to our Christmas Eve party.  I can’t wait to start executing some of these ideas.  Any suggestions or tips?

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Rubber Band Votives

Remember when I admitted my Pinterest Fail?  Ok, here it is.

I found the glasses at Dollar Tree.  I loved the gold rim.  It made them look extra fancy.  I’m sure it was real gold.  When I saw them I thought they would work great with this idea on Pinterest.  The morning I decided to do the project I realized I didn’t have enough rubber bands.  Since I was still in my pajamas, I mean my crafting clothes, I didn’t really feel like going out to get more rubber bands.  I geniously thought to use painters’ tape instead.  I could make cool patterns, maybe even a chevron.  So I taped and taped and protected that fancy gold rim.  Then I sprayed two coats of white spray paint.  I was pumped to take the tape off and reveal the gorgeous final product.  Yeah.  Not so gorgesous.  The patterns didn’t exactly turn out as I had imagined.  Lines weren’t straight, paint had leaked and well, they looked ugly.

So I decided to start over.  And do it right this time.

This time I went for stemless wine glasses from Home Goods for $7.99.  I felt like they fit better as votive holders.  I also invested in a gigantic bag of rubber bands from Staples.  I banded each glass off in a random pattern then took them outside to spray paint with a white gloss.  Since some spots had been missed I gave the votives two coats.  After allowing them to dry for 24 hours I removed the rubber bands.

 Despite some imperfections they turned out really cool.  I love how the light comes through where the rubber bands had been.  I decided the imperfections give them each character.

So far I’ve decorated the table with them, used them on the teal dresser and now they sit on the TV console giving that a little ambiance.  These will definitely be making an appearance with our Christmas decor.  I’m so glad I stood up to the Pinterest Fail.

{Sharing on Not Just a Housewife , Tatertots & Jello and A Glimpse Inside}

Pinterest Fail

You know we’ve all done it.  Pinned something. Had big dreams. Failed miserably.

So sorry for no crafty post today.  Had wanted to share a set of votives, but they didn’t turn out so fabulous.  I will be attempting again today and hopefully share some beauties tomorrow.

Oh, and just so you know, these strawberries and these zucchini chips are fails too.

Check out Pinterest Fails on Pinstrosity.  We can all relate.

Christmas {Pin}spiration

What did I do before Pinterest?  Honestly, where did I get decorating, wrapping, gift and fashion ideas from?  The possibilities are endless on Pinterest!  Here are my 25 favorite Christmas Pins!

1. Lots of Christmas Front Porches

2.  Wreaths on Every Window

3.  Welcoming White Lights

1.  Yummy Christmas Scents

2.  Tree Lighting Tips from the Experts

3.  Merry Little Christmas Sign

4.  Decorating with Christmas Ornaments

5.  Free Christmas Printables

6.  Ornament Storage

7. Ceramic ‘Grammy’ Lighted Tree

1.  Wrapping with Wide Ribbon and Circle Label

2.  Wrapping with Initial

3.  Christmas Card with Dog and Lights

4.  Holly Gift Tags

1.  Gift Giving List

2.  Creative Hostess Gifts

3.  Rein’Beer’

4.  Cookies in a Spaghetti Container

5.  Stocking Stuffers for Guys

6.  Elf on the Shelf Ideas

1.  Black and White Dress with Red Tights

2.  Red Nails

3.  Red Lips

4.  Red Blouse

5.  Comfy Christmas Morning

I have a confession…

I have a confession.  I am addicted to Pinterest.   I just can’t help myself.  I say I’m just going to take a peek, five minutes tops.  Then, I realize an hour has passed and the laundry needs to be folded and the floors vacuumed.  Oh, wait, let me see if there’s something to Pin to fold faster and vacuum better.

Seriously, I do love it.  I have Pinterest to thank for craft and decorating ideas, putting outfits together, making dinner and giving me the guts to chop 12 inches off my hair.

Follow me on Pinterest to see what I’m obsessing over.

What are your favorite pins?