Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fancy Set of Drawers!

Kind of sounds like I'm going to be talking about underwear, huh?  Makes me laugh...  I had seen many Pinterest ideas on decorating plastic drawers to make them look prettier.  I use lots of these drawers in my classroom at school and I hate a boring classroom.

I have a cabinet that I use to keep baskets of student awards, stamps, stickers and other things I grab often.  I was tired of the top of the cabinet looking cluttered.  So I went to Target and picked up some plastic drawers, scrapbook paper, and double sided tape.

There were millions of tutorials on Pinterest using modge podge, but I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out the first time so I just used tape for mine.

I started with empty drawers that I wiped down to make sure they weren't dusty or dirty.

Then I used some white computer paper to get an idea of what size strips I would need for the inside of the drawers.  I put the edge of the paper along the bottom of the drawer and bent it over the top edge so I would know where I to cut.

Next, I cut the scrapbook paper to fit the inside sides and front of the drawers.  I printed the labels for each drawer on white paper and attached it to the paper for the front of the drawer.  I then laminated each strip for durability.  My drawers were 14" so I left each outside inch or so of the strip without laminating.  I actually think this worked better for the tape to adhere to the paper.

After everything was laminated and cut out, I taped it to the inside of the drawer.  I really like the finished product, so much more fun than plain white drawers.  And now the top of my cabinet is nice and clean too!

Sides of the drawers
Front View
 So cute!  The colors make me happy and I can easily find what I need in each drawer!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Liebster Award!


UPDATE: (April 10, 2013)
I was recently nominated for this award again by Daniela at Pretty Elements.  I am going to include her questions at the bottom of this post as well.

Danielle at SewMuchCrafting nominated me for the Liebster Award!  I'm excited for this opportunity to share some more about myself and my blog.

The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who have less than 200 followers.  I found it hard to look at the number of followers given all the different ways we connect these days (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.) but I know you'll like who I've found to pass along the award.

Here are the rules:
1) Each blogger should answer the questions the tagger has set for you.  
2) Choose eleven new bloggers to pass the award on to and link them in your post.
3) Create eleven new questions for the chosen bloggers.
4) Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5) Each blogger should post eleven random facts about themselves.
6) No Tag Backs!!!

Here are the questions from Danielle:
{1} What's your favorite thing about blogging?  I love finding fun, new blogs to follow.  I'm always finding new inspiration!
{2} Where did you last go on vacation?  I went to Austin, Texas to visit my best friend from childhood.  It is an awesome city, I love visiting her!

{3} What's your favorite color?  yellow

{4} Do you prefer coffee or tea?  This is a hard one since these are the only two things I drink besides water.  Mornings would be coffee almost black.  After breakfast, iced tea.   Hot tea in the evenings when its chilly. 

{5} Mountains or coast?  Coast

{6} What's your favorite craft supply?  Modge Podge

{7} Where were you born?  Illinois, Chicago suburbs

{8} What's your favorite type of food?  Mexican or Sushi

{9} Half-empty or half-full?  Definitely half-full

{10} What is your favorite flower?  Hydrangeas

{11} What's your favorite animal?  Dogs, I love my Golden Retriever

The bloggers I'm nominating are:
{1} Louise@ My May Sunshine
{3} Alli @ Scattered Squirrel
{4} Jessica @ Olives Originals
{5} Ashley @ Casa de Castel
{6} Michelle @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby
{7} Daniela @ Frugal Ain't Cheap
{8} Jamie @   Better With Age
{10} Shandy @ Aprons-n-Pearls
Here are your questions:
{1} What is your favorite treat?

{2} Where is your dream location to live?
{3} What is the favorite place you've visited?
{4} What is your favorite scent?
{5} Do you prefer flats or heels?
{6} Favorite meal?
{7} Favorite movie or TV show?
{8} Best thing about yourself?
{9} Cooking or Take out?
{10} Sweet or salty?
{11}What is your favorite part of blogging?
My random facts: 
{1} I love to cook, but I hate to bake.
{2} I am a reading junkie.  I subscribe to at least 10 magazines.
{3} I had reconstructive surgery on my leg in high school (3 times, 14 casts, 22 months on crutches).
{4} I love musical theater and was in musicals in high school and college.
{5} I drive a Volkswagon that takes diesel fuel.
{6} I'm deathly allergic to red raspberries.
{7} I am in the process of getting my 2nd master's degree.
{8} I can't stand the smell of yogurt.  I have to move away from anyone eating it.
{9} I am a rule-follower.
{10} My husband and I were engaged 7 months after we met.
{11}I kill most plants (not on purpose:).

 1. Why did you start blogging?  
I wanted to share ideas I have and meet others with similar interests.
2. If you could relive any moment, what would it be?
Either getting married or having my daughter.
3. What is your favorite place you have visited so far?
Nashville, Tennessee
4. What is your favourite treat?
Chocolate covered caramels with sea salt (canister from Costco).  Yum!
5. Who inspires you?
 My friends...they have varied interests to pull inspiration from
6. What's your dream job?
Professional Organizer
7. Do you prefer flat shoes or heels?
Flats.  I might have just a few pairs:)
8. Do you have any pets?
a golden retriever
9. What is your favourite season of the year?
Fall.  I love wearing sweaters and jeans
10. What was your first craft?
 Actual first craft was probably something in art class in elementary school.  Adult life, I tried to make a wreath for my first apartment front door.  It didn't go well.
11. How would you describe yourself in one word?
Thanks to Danielle and Daniela for nominating me!  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Banner

So, I found this awesome blog called twelveOeight through a link party.  She had posted a St. Patrick's Day banner that was adorable!  You must check out her blog and see all the other awesome ideas she has as well.  You can find the St. Patrick's Day banner here.  You can find her blog here

I am finding myself with limited time lately so I decided to make a spring banner that would work for the next few months.  Plus, we had a snow day and I was ready to banish all winter weather and snow with thoughts of spring.

I picked up fabric, ribbon, foam flowers, and chipboard letters at Joann Fabrics.  I found a pattern I liked in the remnants at the store so I just used that and was able to find the other pieces in coordinating colors.

To start, I cut out triangle shapes from the fabric.

I laid them out and laid the ribbon along the top to be sure they were evenly spaced.  I folded over the top edge and hot glued it to the ribbon.  

Once it was finished it looked like this.  

Then I attached the foam flowers using hot glue as well.  I wasn't sure about using the foam flowers and how it look once it was finished.  Once I hung it thought, you couldn't tell the flowers were foam and the finished product looked great.

The chipboard letters I bought had adhesive on the back already so I  used that to attach the letters to each flower.

I hung the banner above the french doors that lead to our family room.  Hubby just put a nail through the ribbon at the end into the top of the woodwork.  

I love how it turned out.  Pastels are not my first color choice so I love that this reminds of spring with the bright colors and flower pattern!  I did buy some strips to tie between each penant like Tanya's banner, but I didn't like the way it looked.  I don't know if it was the fabric or the way I tied it, but I preferred mine without the strips of fabric in between.  


Linking up with:

Grab button for Casa de Castel

Shaken Together

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Daughter's Room - The Closet

The second part of finishing my daughter's room was her closet.  There were some bins in the bottom  holding different items but it wasn't very functional and there was a lot of wasted space.

Here is the before...Yikes!

We really needed a better solution.  I found a system of stacking blocks at Target that are a brand called itso.  I used some in the bottom of our front hall closet to hold reusable bags, boots and other items.  I liked that they provided the option of leaving them open or buying the bins that can go into them.  They also click together very easily.  So, I picked up a few more to organize the bottom of my daughter's closet as well. 

Of course, as we organized, we also sorted everything to see if there were things to get rid of.  The back left corner of the picture was her dress up items which we were able to clean out a bit since some things didn't fit anymore or were old.  Her shoes were also in a bin on the floor.  The back right corner was a basket of stuffed animals with blankets piled on top.  Not a great system and we were able to purge some of those items as well.

Here is the bottom of her closet with the bins after we sorted everything.

One open space can hold blankets because she likes to be able to pull them out when she wants and the others holds dress up items that are larger like a crown and power ranger helmet:)  The far right has a little empty space that allows her to put a few tall items that don't fit in the bins.  She now has four bins that contain her bags that used to hang on the closet doors, her stuffed animals, her dress up clothes, and her shoes. 

I created labels by typing what I wanted into a word document and printing it on cardstock.  I cut down the paper and laminated it.  I then attached each label with a clothespin.  I chose not to put pictures because she is working on learning to read and can read these words already.

I am happy we have found a better use of space and I don't feel like anything is wasted.  I like that the floor in front of her closet isn't overflowing with things anymore and the doors are free of things as well.  I'm still working on a good place to put her laundry basket so if you have any suggestions....