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!

Five Things I’m Loving {January}

The new year is here in full force. Lots of planning, scheduling and dreaming has been going on in my head so far in 2013. With the new year I am going to be starting a new feature the first Monday of each month: Five Things I’m Loving. Aside from my crafting and decorating I wanted to share a little more about me and my style. I’ll share fashion, food, places I’ve been, things I’ve learned, really anything. I figured since I have already invited you into my home, I’ll let you get to know me a little better!

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one.

JCrew Lady Day Coat

I fell in love with this J.Crew Lady Day Coat in Retro Jade the first time I spotted it in the catalog back in September. Turns out my online stalking paid off and I scored it for an amazing 60% off. Thank you after Christmas sales!

two.

Bulldog Salt & Pepper Shakers

Yes, they are bulldog salt and pepper shakers! Thank you Pottery Barn! We received these from my parents for Christmas. I laugh every time I use them. Aren’t they cute?

three.

Dyson Digital Slim Animal

I have been dying for a new vacuum for almost two years now. Coincidently about since the same time we got Stella. This Dyson Digital Slim for Animals is amazing. Again, a Christmas score from my parents. I gets up all the dog hair, fits under all of our furniture and works like a dream on our area rug in the living room. It even sucked up the needles from the Christmas tree. Is it weird to say I love a vacuum?

four.

Pinterest Craft Room Board

I’m not sure if it the after holidays chaos that has hit or the urge to purge and organize for a new year, but I am itching big time to redo and reorganize my craft room. I am running out of storage space, hate sharing it with the exercise equipment and ready for a change. I want to be able to make it my Monograms and Makeovers headquarters too. Using Pinterest to collect all of the inspiration and dreaming until I can make the redo a reality.

five.

Gold Toe Wedges

One of my favorite blogs to read is The Small Things Blog. Kate always has amazing hair and makeup ideas and tips, plus awesome tutorials. A few months ago she posted a quick crafty tutorial painting gold toes on a pair of wedges. I had a pair of black, faux suede Payless wedges that needed a little snazzing up. I followed her tutorial and LOVE how they turned out. Now I just need somewhere to wear them. {Hint, hint Hubs.}

What are you loving these days?

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

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!

A Halloween Poof

So, there’s this girl who is:

funny, smart, a little bit crazy,

loves the color red,

has an adorable pug, awesome hair,

amazing make up skills,

can talk to anyone,

and a gigantic heart.

She’s my best friend, Sarah.

One other thing about Sarah is she loves Halloween. I’m talking go all out, epic costume, love of Halloween.

See what I mean. She’s definitely channeling Gaga.

When it comes to Halloween, I’m more of a decorate and splurge on a Reeses cup or three. The last time I dressed up for Halloween was seven years ago, but only because I had to for my job at the time as an event planner. When I heard Sarah was taking some Pinterest inspiration for her costume this year I asked her to share.

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Materials Used:

30 yards of netting (not tulle)

Elastic

Cotton Yarn

Rope cord (about 4 feet)

Scissors

Tape Measure or yardstick

1. Unroll your netting and cut it in sections measuring 2.5 yards in length

2. Netting usually comes on a roll folding twice

Completely unfold the netting and cut it in half lengthwise

3. Refold your netting once lengthwise in half

Refold the same piece in thirds width wise

4. Use a piece of cotton yarn (cotton yarn is more durable than regular wool or acrylic yarn)

and tie the folded netting, cinching it in the middle

**Repeat steps 2 through 4 with all of your netting sections you have cut**

5. Measure the elastic just around your hips and your bust line

and tie it off for what feels comfortable for you

(It’s best to make sure that the elastic is snug to assure your costume won’t fall down)

**Using a dress form or a human volunteer will make the next steps easier**

6. Tie each netting section you have cinched and tied around the elastic on the hips and bust line.

7. Once you have tied all the netting sections onto the elastic, fluff up your poof

8. Tie your rope cord to the elastic that sits at your bust line

Complete your look by attaching a regular bath poof or rubber ducky

to a head band for a fun accessory

Thanks, Sarah for sharing!

{Original idea found here}

{All photos courtesy of Gwen Driskill}

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?