Just a Quick Apology

I am so sorry for the lack of crafty, decorating, DIY-ing posts lately.

I am in the process of attempting to take care of some pretty technical stuff all on my own.  Something that was supposed to be so easy so isn’t.  I am hoping for all my time in front of the screen rather than crafting will pay off.  And soon!  It will be so pretty when it does!

Then there’s the days when I have all intentions of doing something fabulous and awesome and then life happens.  I hate when life doesn’t go the way it’s written in my Erin Condren Life Planner.

Don’t worry, I have some ideas up my sleeve and my next decorating project in my head.

Thanks for sticking with me.  Means so much!

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Organizing Week {Jewelry}

Monograms and Makeovers National Organizing Week

Jewelry Storage Edition

Jewelry Organization

Mess #1

Jewelry Organization

Mess #2

I mean, I had good intentions with this jewelry storage mess.

I found the little bird, tree, nest, branches thing at Home Goods a few years ago. Initially it worked for my every day, and mostly worn jewlery. A few pair of earrings in the nest, some rings and bracelets from the branches. It looked cute on my dresser. Perfect, right?

To organize the other things that I didn’t wear as much I bought a storage system at Michael’s.

Jewelry Organization

The little drawers were perfect and it sit nicely on a shelf in our closet.

Then life happened. I can tell you I have gotten really good at untangling necklaces though.

I couldn’t take it anymore!! I had to do something!

I did like the concept of my storage. Something on my dresser for my every day and most worn pieces and then something in the closet for the things I didn’t wear as often. So, I started how every good organization project should start, I dumped and purged.

I took everything out and separated it by type on the kitchen table and got rid of old, broken and out of style pieces. Then I decided what needed to be in the drawers and what could sit on my dresser.

Jewelry Organization

Are you surprised I used a cake plate? I was wandering Home Goods for something pretty and functional to sit on my dresser and spotted this simple tiered cake plate. It works perfectly! Rings and earrings on top, bracelets in the middle and necklaces and watches on the bottom. The best part is, I can see everything I have, nothing gets tangled and it doesn’t look like a gigantic mess on my dresser. Win, win and win!

Now what to do with those drawers….

I decided to keep each drawer separated by jewelry type.

Jewelry Organization

Using dollar store containers I was able to keep things together and organized. Now I can see all my beautiful, bangle jewels!

Jewelry Organization

The little white ramekins from the dollar store are perfect to keep earrings and rings together. Since the drawers are deep it is nice to be able to stack them and move them around if needed. The empty space was great to lay watches. {Do I have a watch problem?} In this drawer I also have all my nicer things and important to me pieces tucked away in protective pouches. I can’t believe I had just thrown some of those things in the drawers! Shame on me!

Jewelry Organization

My biggest tangled mess was necklaces. Dollar store containers to the rescue again! So nice to be able to pull something out and not have anything else attached to it! But wait, there’s more! I have a few statement necklaces that I wasn’t sure what to do with.

Jewelry Organization

I decided to hang them from the side! I had bought 3M picture hanging hooks awhile back and never used them. They are perfect for the cause! I set them on top and hung the necklaces from the hook. The best part is, by the love of gravity, I didn’t even have to attach the hooks.

Jewelry Organization

The last drawer is sort of random. In here I keep important things like my first license and college ID, and then really important things like the box my engagement ring came in. We all need that random jewelry drawer for important things. Come on, admit it. I also keep containers and pouches I like to use for travel in here too.

This organization project took me a little longer than expected, but it was so worth it. Everything has its place, I can find things and nothing is a tangled mess anymore!

How do you organize your jewelry?

Learning to Grow

One of my goals for 2013 is to grow this little baby blog of mine.  I started Monograms and Makeovers almost four months ago.  I had been sharing my projects and decorating ideas on my personal Facebook page and was getting positive feedback and support from friends. {Thank you friends!}  I decided I needed a place to share what I am doing without annoying those friends who could care less if I repainted a dining table and chairs or not.  I wasn’t sure how far I would take blogging or if I would even like it at all.  Turns out, I’m hooked!

About a month ago I started to do some searching on how I can grow Monograms and Makeovers from a casual baby blog to something bigger.  I discovered Laurie from Tip Junkie’s Mom Blog to Money Blog.

The program is 31 days of learning.  The beauty of it all, you can learn at your own pace, on your own schedule {and you don’t have to actually be a Mom to do it either}.  I’ve completed Days 1-4 and have already learned so much.  Like how to create my brand, add those cute little social media buttons up there on the top right and how to add a Kindle version of the blog on Amazon.

So, if you see some strange things happening or something not looking exactly right, I apologize.  I’m still learning!

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}


Monogram Placemats {Flashback Project}

Sharing a little flashback project that I did last Christmas for my aunt and uncle.  Please excuse the cell phone picture.

Clearly I love a good monogram.  Last Christmas I found these plain placemats at Pier 1 and added the monogram using my Silhouette and the Silhouette fabric paint.  I cut out a stencil using Silhouette vinyl and painted two coats of the black fabric paint.

Don’t you just love a personalized gift?

{Sharing on Not Just a Housewife & Tatertots & Jello}

Thankful.

I do have to take a moment away from the crafts, decorating and Pinterest posts to say, “Thank You.”

Our little beach towns here were spared huge destruction from Hurricane Sandy.  Just an hour north is a completely different story.  We still have our homes, businesses, family and friends.  I can’t imagine losing everything you have.

A day after the storm I got word that one of my coworkers was not as lucky.  When the flood waters came up, they destroyed his first floor home he shares with his wife and three little girls.  Knowing they needed everything I posted on Facebook for help.  Who knew the power of social media.  In less than 24 hours we had clothing, shoes and supplies for every member of the family and gift card donations to help them get back on their feet.  It is amazing what can happen when people come together.

Charity Craft Night

During the summer, my mom and a group of women got together to socialize, craft and raise a few dollars for charity.  Last week, my mom hosted her own craft night and I was honored to be a part of it.

It really is such a great idea.  You know we all Pin projects and projects and never follow through with actually making those projects.  Why not take our Pinterest obsession and make something of it?  I’m not still sitting in my pajamas, staring at Pinterest at noon,  I’m planning my next charity function.  Sounds much better, right?

My mom first proposed the idea of a craft night a few months ago.  After some thinking, Pinning and experimenting, she decided on her craft, a framed monogram on the pattern paper of their choice she found from this Pin.

My mom provided an assortment of paper, glue, adhesive vinyl, paper cutters, a few frames and other miscellaneous supplies to complete the craft project.  We also had chosen a handful of fonts that each person could choose from for their monogram ahead of time.  This kept things running smoothly.  I provided my crafting skills and my favorite crafting tool, my Silhouette SD to cut the letters out.  Many brought their own frames to use for the project.  My dad had a hand in the night too.  He whipped up some of his awesome appetizers and opened a few bottles of wine for the occasion.  Honestly, what is crafting without food and wine?

All the ladies did such a great job.  We had everything from classic black letter on neutral patterns to some colorful teal and bright green combinations.  Many of the frames were head starts on Christmas gifts for friends and family.  The timing couldn’t have been been better.

Each woman graciously donated money, which my mom decided would go to the Diabetes Education Center at our local hospital.  She volunteers there weekly and witnesses first hand how stretched the resources are.  Many women who are pregnant and diabetic have a difficult time affording food to stay healthy let alone the supplies they need to keep their blood sugar levels in check.  As a Type I diabetic for over 50 years, she knows first hand how the combination of healthy eating, regular doctors visits and the necessary supplies keep her healthy.

Driving home that night got me thinking.  Why not make something out of all this Pinning we’re doing?  You don’t have to just do a craft.  Have friends bring an appetizer they have Pinned they want to try.  Experiment with hairstyles or make up techniques you have Pinned.  With Christmas around the corner and all this mess from Sandy money, toys, food or clothing can be donated for charity.  Spend a night catching up with friends for a great cause all because of something we love, Pinterest.  It’s a win, win!

TV Console Inspiration

I’m not sure if you noticed, but when I shared my Living Room Reveal the other week, you didn’t see our TV.  Remember that cute bulldog of mine?  Yeah, not showing the TV is all her fault.  She didn’t just take a liking to the old couch, her first love was for our TV console.  The console is one of the few pieces of furniture we bought brand new for the house when we moved in.  Stella decided it needed a little distressing and managed to chew around the entire base.  Now that the chewing, puppy phase is {hopefully} done, it is time to replace the piece.

I am looking to refurbish a long dresser, credneza or buffet style piece of furniture. If you follow me on Pinterest and my Living Room Board you may have noticed some of my inspiration.

Inspiration 1, Inspiration 2, Inspiration 3, Inspiration 4, Inspiration 5, Inspiration 6

I love the idea of removing the drawers to hide the cable box and the hubs’ Play Station.  The added extra storage of the pieces would be great to hide DVDs, games and manuals.  Cabinets to break up the drawers would be great since I don’t want the piece to look like it belongs in a bedroom.  All the pieces are substantial in size and would help fill up space in the living room where chairs used to sit.

I know what I want, but haven’t been able to find it.  Keep an eye out for me!

Pan Roasted Garlic Rosemary Almonds

In my quest to eat healthier, I also needed some healthy snack ideas too.  I have found some ideas on Pinterest, but for the most part they have all been fails.  The zucchini chips never turn our right and the dried strawberry ‘fruit snacks’ ended up being mush.  This time, however, it worked!  This pin for roasted almonds turned out so good!  I ended up tweaking the recipe a bit for my taste.

The original recipe called for butter, but to keep things healthy I sprayed my pan with cooking spray, then added the almonds.  I roasted them in the pan for a few minutes on medium heat before adding the minced garlic.

After allowing them to brown up a bit I added rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes, and Kosher salt.  After tasting I decided it needed a little something more so I added a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce.  The almonds turned out so good.  Such a perfect snack.  They were great warm, but also can be stored in a jar to snack on later.

Ingredients:

1 16oz bag of plain almonds

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 tablespoon Rosemary

1 tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (or more to taste)

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

cooking spray

Few shakes Worcestershire sauce

{Sharing on Tatertots & Jello}

New Favorite Website {Very Jane}

Flash sale sites have been around for a few years.  I love checking out Rue La La, One Kings Lane and Joss and Main for great sale items.  A few months ago I stumbled upon Very Jane and was hooked!

The site hosts flash sales for small businesses.  From jewelry, items for the home, and adorable things for the kiddos, and handmade items there is always something I love.  Plus, the prices are amazing!  I have been extremely happy with all of my purchases.  With the holidays coming Very Jane is perfect for unique gifts.  I have already bought a few for friends already.

Check it out!  Warning, you will get addicted!