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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Office Organization

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

The new year has arrived and I am in organizing mode. I have packed away all the holiday stuff and now I am wanting to purge and organize. It is funny how that works. The new year is always a cleansing of the old one.

Old Time Pottery has some pretty chic organizing items available. I found some pretty pink and black organizing cubes. Love the vibrant color. Hoping it will help inspire my creativity in 2016.

I started with a huge mess. I don't know how it happens. It gets crazy and things pile up.
 Can you relate?

Organizing doesn't have to be expensive. It really is more about having the time to go through everything. Sometimes that is the biggest chore and challenge.

I took everything off my shelves and I went through all the receipts and paperwork. Filed what I needed and began using square cubes to store things I really needed quickly.

I found some large boxes that matched the pattern. I also purchase a shoe organizer in the same print to store small items. I love that there was so much to choose from in the set.

I used chalkboard tape to label all the pockets and cubes. It really helps to have labels when you can't see through the fabric.

My favorite thing I found at Old Time Pottery was this Square Paris trunk. It added that little extra look to my space. Since I was just organizing and not redoing my whole office space, it made it look clean and fresh. It also makes for another great organizing tool.

I love the quick colorful redo. It always amazes me that I can always find what I need at Old Time Pottery to incorporate in my space that is cost effective and trendy. Now I need to work on the other parts of the room. I am really liking this so far. I think I will make another shopping trip!

It takes time but it is so worth it. Now I hope it can stay like this a little while!!

What are you organizing this year?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Painted Side Table

Love painting but sometimes I get in a rut.
I think it is because artists need time to refuel to be creative.
Blizzard 2016 seen to that for me. 

We closed for two weeks in January to get ready for the new year. We do inventory,shop and pick, and redesign. Needless to say, it is NOT a vacation. The blizzard that hit my home was only 5-8 inches. That is huge for these parts though.
It kept me home bound long enough to rest my bones.
It also helped me envision my year and shoot for some new goals.

This is one of my first projects I finished for 2016.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top 10 Projects of 2015 by Dreamingincolor

Can you believe another year has past?
So much has happened this year. The store turned two in November! My son got engaged. My daughter moved to Georgia. And I have a little redhead in my life. (soon to be grandson)

As the year comes to a close, I like looking back in the blog to see what you all liked most of the projects I have published here. Although I am not putting out as many, you still are here reading and commenting. Thank you for your support!

So here they are! Starting with number 10. Click on the heading below picture for the full post!


Ahhhhh Spring!


I have to say I love this Idea! Freezing those beads!


My signature paint colors!

A little hand painting added.

Me on exciting

love the curves and details

antique goodness

My Favorite Things

popular colors

love redoing hutches

Annnd the #1 favorite post....

love anything beachy

Boy this is appropriate right now! I can use some beach time really bad.

I hope you enjoyed looking back. 

I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us! 
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
I hope the world will be headed for a change.

I wish you peace in the coming year, health and love.

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Star Wars New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is just around the corner! This year I was looking for kid friendly ideas for a fun party.
With all the excitement of the new Star Wars movie out, everywhere I look there is some sort of merchandise. This got me thinking. I know there is a little geek in all of us and what better way to celebrate the New Year than getting our "Dark Side" or "Light side" on!

I think this is something young and old will enjoy.

 The minute I walked in the store I saw Star Wars items. 
No, not for a New Year's party but that never stopped me before.
 I grabbed what I could and decided to make something fun!!

There were the cutest drink cups made like Darth Vader and Yoda. I could have left them alone but when I saw the metallic Star Wars jellybeans I decided to make noise makers by pulling out the straw and filling the cups. When you shake them you got your noise for midnight!! ( and you can eat them later )

There were Star Wars lollipops that I decorated with clock faces striking midnight. I downloaded free printables for this from the Graphics Fairy.

My favorite thing was making light sabers. I did two different kinds. One with a foam noodle type rod with sequins and the other with a mesh tube.

I decorated a cardboard tube with Rhinestone mesh ribbon. I cut the sequin tube in half and threaded in the tube turning the end up and stuffing back in the tube. I used silver and green.

I used the same technique with the glow sabers. I inserted a glow stick inside the tube mesh and glued the ends. When the clock strikes twelve everyone can "break" the stick and get it to glow!

The sequin ones looked more proportional but the tube mesh one was more fun. 

There were tin puzzles like Chewbacca and dice game tins of R2D2 to help with the waiting!

I even found a celestial blanket to turn into a tablecloth to make a really cool table setting for my sign and decorations. Even turned a vase over to make it look like a space ship.

I think I am ready for the Party!

As Yoda said, "Do or Do Not, There is No Try."

have fun!

Happy New Year and May the Force be with You!! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to make a Holiday Lantern and Coffee Filter Wreath

*this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

 If you DIY like me, you got your wheels turning and now is the time to get started if you haven't already.

 Do you have summer or fall still lying around? Instead of putting it away, incorporate it in your holiday decor.
That is what I did with this lantern.

Decorating does not have to break the bank.

Make a Holiday Lantern and coffee filter wreath.

I have to say that Old Time Pottery has some really fun and inexpensive pieces. I will show you how to get more from an already low priced item

They have these chicken wire wreath forms that are super cool. You can make succulent wreaths, moss covered wreaths or dried flower wreaths. Possibilities are endless.

TIP: It can come apart and you can actually get two wreath forms out of it.

I made a coffee filter wreath.

You need:
 coffee filters
Rustic Farmhouse wreath form
floral picks or ornaments

Start by inserting a filter at a time in each of the holes pushing in to hold and leaving ruffle above.

When you are done it will look full and pretty

I wanted to add color. For  $1.99 I found these glitter ball picks. I pulled all of the balls of and glued them to the wreath.

TIP: Save the stem for decoration

Use whatever colors you like

Now you can hang it with a pretty ribbon. I wanted to do something different.
I added it to an outdoor lantern.

I created a winter scene by adding different elements inside.
I first added the wreath and raised it up using a paper tube.

I then added greenery to the bottom and a tree.

We have all seen those cute cars and trucks with trees on top, right?

Well Old Time Pottery has all different kinds of cars, vans, and even a VW.

I used the greenery and made a faux tree (.99) and glued it to the top so I could add it to my holiday scene.

It was just the right thing to make this adorable!

I leave the doors open added a pretty bow and I am done! 
the wreath or the car can be one project if you want.

I thought it would be fun to have a scene that looks like someone is preparing for the holidays.

This would be fun to keep changing throughout the season too!
Maybe even add some lights or miniatures!

This can be added anywhere. A table, porch or mantel.

Have fun with it!

This would make a nice gift too.

I guess it is time to start decorating and enjoying the holidays!