My laundry room needed a little refreshing. We live in an older ranch home, so I don’t have the glamorous, new and shiny laundry room that comes with new construction, but I did want it to have some cute little touches. After all, if a girl’s got to do laundry and some ironing, might as well have a fun space to do it in!
So, that brings me to the shower curtains! I found two matching shower curtains at Marshall’s (score!) At just $16.99 each, that’s cheaper than purchasing the fabric. And, even though I cut them in half and hemmed them for some curtains, I still had some finished edges, which meant less work for me! I made curtains for a shelf space above my washer and dryer and also hemmed one to cover a large storage shelf unit.
(below) Large storage unit with fabric hemmed, and hung to cover shelving… and cute little rug I found to place by door
I also decided to treat myself to some new baskets for the skinny shelving unit where I keep my laundry, cleaning and ironing supplies. I really lucked out and found four matching ones and one large one at Homegoods (so excited!) So I switched out my baskets to go with the updated gray theme.
(below) large basket – yes we like chips
I’m happy with my quick, easy refresh! What easy transformation have you done lately that makes you do a little “happy dance?”
Now on to the next item on my to-do list… A little corner bar tray re-do with some fun touches!
Have a great weekend!
As I look back, a year and a half ago… I had just gotten laid off from my job and had decided I would sign up for Hollis Gillespie’s blogging workshop. Of course, I didn’t have a blog at the time, but was intrigued by the thought of starting one. Yes, one other woman, and I, were the only ones that did not have a blog. However, I met some cool people, got a new Facebook pal from Boston – Hi Doreen! – and I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit. So I started my blog, NowWhatNow, as a means of documenting my job search. It’s funny to go back and read some of my posts, it was definitely a way to pour out my job search frustration, while hammering it out on my laptop.
Fast forward to me landing a job, but missing any creative aspect to my daily work, and one of my good friends telling me about Haven. A blogging conference of DIY’ers. I thought – “What the heck!” I signed up, and waited for August 2013 to arrived. I had no idea what an eye-opening, wonderful experience that would be. No, I’m not a top blogger, like so many of the talented women at the conference were, but I met some amazing women, whom I’ve been able to stay in touch with, interact with online, and at a few events around Atlanta. And I’ve learned that everyone has a story, and these women are a force to be reckoned with. They support each other in their new endeavors and cheer on one another.
So here’s to BLOGGERS! Thanks for expanding and enriching my world – you all are amazing! Can’t wait to see and meet more of you at Haven 2014!
I was looking back through my blog posts from the past year and wanted to re-visit my goals/plans I had blogged about last January.
After looking through them, I did touch on most of them… except for knitting. Still need to learn how to knit – okay, okay – so it’s back on my list for 2014!
I want to continue to take risks, whether it’s with a new job or learning a new skill, or attending a seminar or conference that I might be hesitant about. I have to tell you the most fun, interesting thing I did this past year was attend a blogging convention that a friend had encouraged me to go to. It was a blast! Not only did I learn new skills, get great ideas, but I met some really amazing women. I’ve run into to some of them in online forums, at events around Atlanta, and now I’m attending an Atlanta Blogger’s meeting in a couple of weeks! It’s just been a wonderful experience and such a great group of women to connect with. Thank you Kelli Fox! ( my good friend who talked me into going to Haven).
I also want to motivate myself to become more involved with charitable work. I did a little this past year, but want to step it up in 2014.
I also have a list of projects I want to tackle around the house – rooms that need painting, putting a new light fixture in our guest room (see I have these really cool Edison bulbs that I want to use in “just the right light fixture”) – now I need to find it! I’m still working on sprucing up the laundry room and am so excited because I found two matching gray and white graphic print shower curtains that I’m going to use for curtains – just need to crank up the sewing machine! I also want to travel more- I even have the hubs talked into getting away to some place warm in early March (BTW – Airtran has some good rates to some warm weather areas in FL!)
So… Here’s wishing all of you a Happy New Year and a Happy Goal-Setting, List-Making, Wonderful 2014!
So, here we are – Dec. 3rd, and my tree sits in my living room – ready to decorate. I’ll admit it, I’m a little envious of those that already have their decorations in place. Sure, I had great plans of decorating Saturday and Sunday, after Thanksgiving… then tonsillitis struck. No energy and just generally feeling yucky. Uugh, I thought I would make it through the holidays without getting sick this year.
Well, enough whining – I did do a few quick flourishes on Monday. No, the tree still is not decorated, but at least I have a few touches of Christmas in place.
I cut out “Christmas Joy” with my Cricut and some red card stock, glued it onto some twine and tah- dah!
I then went to Graphics Fairy and found this wonderful reindeer print and some sheet music to print out and add some interest to the mantel
I’m not putting up our small tree in the den, which I usually decorate with my childhood ornaments, so I put those on display in a large glass bowl… so I still get to enjoy them.
Oh, and lest I forget… I did get my sweet little retro cards printed out… compliments of Persnickety Prints. Love them!
I’m not feeling so bad now. At least I have a little bit of Christmas around me.
Ever have an organization project you just keep putting off? I did! So… after seeing what organizational marvels Just A Girl and I Heart Organizing are, I decided the time had come to tackle my broom closet.
Yes, this is an actual picture of what it looked like… I know – pretty embarrassing isn’t it? After 12 years of just ignoring the issue…
Broom closet disaster area
And here’s a picture the broom close now… after pulling everything out – cleaning, removing the crappy little shelves that the previous owner had installed and putting in new stainless steel shelving units (found on Amazon.com) and using plastic bins/baskets to corral everything. By the way- I had NO idea I had about 6 different furniture polishes! Who knew in that mess?!
My broom closet now!
It makes me smile each time I get something out of this area now. Even my husband was amazed at what a difference it makes, although he will still stand there and ask me where the dogs treats are… when he’s staring right at them!
P.S. Great tip from Just a Girl and I Heart Organizing – get plastic bins/containers from Dollar Store and spray paint them the color you want – which is what I did. Brilliant idea isn’t it?
I love all things burlap. And when I attended the Haven conference, Onlinefabricstore.com packed a nice yard of burlap and a piece of printed material into all of the attendees’ bags. And I’ve had some fun putting together a couple of quick DIY projects.
1. Instagram photo board – using a 12″ x 24″ canvas, I covered the canvas with burlap – cutting a little larger around the perimeter of the canvas to allow for enough fabric to staple to the canvas
Once canvas was covered, I tied pieces of twine evenly across the front, with the knots on the back of the piece.
After tying the twine, I attached my cute little 3″x3″ instagram prints (from Persnickety Prints) with some mini clothespins, which I found at Michael’s. It’s a fun way to highlight all of the fun, on-the-go photos we take with our friends and family at the cabin
2. BOO! Burlap hanging
I cut out 3 triangles of burlap, cut out letters with my Cricut to create a stencil for the letters BOO. I then used a black stamp to put ink on the burlap with the stencils, glued twine to the back of the triangles, allowing enough length to loop each end on a hook for hanging, and wall-ah! A quick window hanging!
Oh how I love hunting for a treasure… at a good price. I believe my mom instilled in me my bargain shopping mentality. If I saw something I was dying to have, she’d patiently say, “Let’s wait and see if it will go on sale.” My response was often, “but mom, it may not be here!” However, as I began earning my own money it was much easier to wait for the sales and dig for the bargains. And now, I love a good thrift store or flea market find… you know the saying … One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Plus re-use and up-cycling is so tres chic!
Before I show you a couple of my treasures I found at a flea market this past Saturday… Here are a few I had to share with you -
Remember the GIGANTIC ashtrays?? I just thought this was funny, as I totally remember these. They were like pieces of art in people’s homes.
giant shell ashtray
But then you find some kind of cool pieces like this… which I think could look so cool by mixing old and contemporary pieces.
Some great antler lamps
Or I think using some of these pages to frame for a little boys room would be fun… and inexpensive!
So, here are my bargains that I found – an old quilt that’s a little tattered, but I love it for our cabin. A mirror that’s going in my dining room on my “wall of mirrors”, and a few old thread/yarn spools – I can’t wait to dress these up for the holidays and use them as candle holders!
Georgia quilt with peach in center, pine cones, flag and dogwood flowers
All, in all I did pretty well and stuck to my mental list of what I was looking for.
Hope you all had a great weekend – the weather was GORGEOUS! And.. I’m super excited about my new project that I just started working on yesterday… more to come on that!