Inspiration: Organizing Small Things


We all have them........buttons, bands, clips, doo-dads......you know, those small things that need their own place. Problem is, how do you store them, out of sight but within reach for often use?
 
 
I found some great inspiration for organizing small things.......
 
 
I've had this Pinned for forever and absolutely adore this idea!!
 
 
MarthaStewart.com


So I found a little white bowl that I use to keep my hoop earrings in that I keep on my bathroom counter. I love my hoops!!


 
 
 I love this idea! The yarn is neatly contained but easily accessible and the best part, visible!!


Home Made Simple


I purchased these jars years ago at Walmart and use them for storing ribbon. It's so nice to be able to go to one place and find just the color that I need when working on a project! And they are a pretty cute accessory too :)




Don't you hate when you can't find the unique button that came with your pretty cardigan? Never again! This is not ingenious by any means but simply the way I organize the extra buttons and thread that comes attached to clothing. It's just a watch box that I keep in my laundry room. Every button not attached to clothing goes into this little container so it's easy to find if and when it needs to be used.




 Here are just a few more clever ideas for organizing the small stuff in your life :)


Cutlery tray turned catch all!


 BHG

Use a baking tin to corral crafting goodies!


 Handmadeology


Very cute magnetic storage system for the itty-bitty :)


 
 
What great ideas do you have for organizing your small things?
 
 

Fall Mantel Link Party!

Today I'm teaming up with 52 Mantels and some other fantastic blogs (seen below) to bring you a Fall Mantel Link Party! If you will remember earlier in the month I showed you my Halloween mantel and how to create the 'Boo' boa garland featured on it!
 
For more Fall inspiration, I also put together a front porch Fall vignette! Be sure to check it out and then get ready to link up your own ideas in the link party below! Today, any Fall-related mantel, faux-mantel, vignette or festive shelf decor goes!
 
 
52 Mantels

Here are the rules:
1) This is a party, so visit some of your other FUN party goers!
2) Link up once and your post automatically shows up on 9 blogs (yep, NINE!). How great is that?!
3) By linking up, you're giving us permission to feature your awesome mantels on our blogs. But, don't worry, if we feature your mantel, we promise to give you all the credit!
4) Visit your other co-hosts. They love meeting new friends too! 
5) Grab a button, if you'd like. 
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Pretty Projects: Floor Lamp Tutorial

 
I've been working on my reading nook project {more on that later} and decided this lamp needed a good makeover!


 
Safety first, I removed the shade and then taped and bagged any cords and electrical components.......I would like this lamp to actually work after I'm done making it over :) I used small bread bags but you can use anything you have on hand.......read: plastic grocery store bags. Be sure to tape your bags nice and tight!




Next, I primed using a white Krylon spray paint. I went over the lamp in waves and because it it SO HOT outside (is 105 degrees hot!?! ok, just wondering:) it dried really fast in between coats and I was able to prime the entire thing all at once. I did use the entire can of primer.


Here it is primed and ready for a coat of yellow paint:




I used Krylon 'Meringue' in satin and used the same spraying technique.......applying in waves so it's applied evenly all over. This paint does dry super fast (especially in the AZ heat) so you can follow up with a second coat after waiting about 15-20 minutes. I liked the color but had my heart set on something a little darker (I seem to do this A LOT with my projects lately:)

Soooooo, I went over the pale yellow color with Krylon 'Bright Idea'.........and it was exactly what I had in mind!!






Looks very similar to a table I saw on Tatertots and Jello awhile back and just knew something that color was in my future:)



Next, to tackle my beat-up-crushed-in-dusty drum shade. Here is what I did:






{Drum Shade Tutorial}

1. Gather your fabric and embellishments......the gray suting fabric is for the body of the shade and the patterns are for the flowers I'm going to make to attach to the body when it's completed. 2. Measure the height of your shade and add about 2 1/2 inches. Measure the perimeter of your shade and mulitply by 2 just to be safe :) For instance, my shade height was 9.5" and the perimeter was 48" so I need my gray fabric piece to be 96" x 12". I had to sew three pieces  of gray fabric together to reach my 98" in length. Put right sides together, sew a straight line with 3/8" seam allowance, open and press. Do the same thing with the other piece (if you have one:)  3. Start about 1" from the edge of your fabric and create gathers as you sew (I was not extremely precise with this.....I just folded and bunched as I went.  4. When you have gathered both sides of your fabric you can take the top thread and pull and stretch so you have more of a gather in your fabric. {This all depends on the look you want to create......I didn't gather too much because I liked the rumpled, messy look of my unprecise gathers I had machine sewed}  5. Take some coordinating ribbon and hot glue to the edges of your shade. I left about half hanging over the edge so I could fold over and hot glue to the inside. It just gives it a finished look!  6. I don't have a picture of this step {stayed up too late trying to get this project done and didn't have good light for a pic:} Lastly, wrap you gathered piece of main fabric around your shade using hot glue to secure to the edges of the shade. I had a lot of fabric left over once I had wrapped it so I simply cut of the excess, folded under and hot glued to the shade where the two end pieces met up.




Here is my finished shade AND lamp:










 
 
 







And a close up of the flowers.......





I hope you have fun creating your own lamp and drum shade!




Linking up to these fun parties: | Tatertots and Jello | Funky Junk Interiors | Six Sisters Stuff | Its Overflowing | Cheerios and Lattes |

GFC Blog Hop!

Hi friends! I hope you enjoyed the Pinterest Link party yesterday and found a bunch of great 'pin-spiration'! Today I'm joining forces with Melissa from 'The Life of a Not So Ordinary Wife' for her wonderful GFC Blog Hop!
 

It's Tuesday again which means it's time for the GFC Blog Hop!

When I want to follow a blog the first thing I look for is GFC (Google Friend Connect), it's so easy and  nice to be able to go and see all of the blogs you follow in one spot. It's really a great tool to have. 

One side note- Did you know you can follow through GFC using your Twitter Account? TRUE, it's definitely an option!

If you are interested in co-hosting the next GFC Blog Hop send me an email at melissa@thelifeofanotsoordinarywife.com

Ok, so let's get to the party, shall we?

RULES are simple:

1. Follow your host via GFC
The First link below

2. Follow your co-hosts via GFC
The Next 8 links below

3. Link up below using your main blog url not a specific post.

4. Make sure to visit some of the blogs in the link up and follow them via GFC 
and if you want to leave them a comment, I'm sure they'd appreciate that as well.

5. Tweet about this blog hop

6. Share about this blog hop by grabbing a button and putting it on your sidebar!




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{Pinning} is Winning Link up Party!


"Pinning!" is a Weekly Pinterest Link-Up
(Share pins, meet others who love "Pinning", get inspired!)

First Time?  It's simple just follow these rules:
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If you are a Pinterest addict like me I KNOW you've seen this image hundreds of times, especially if you have kids! You probably even pinned it thinking what a cute and easy idea! :)
 
 
 Parents.com
 
Like you, I have tons of images safely tucked away in boards that I intend to do but seem to never get around to. Well thanks to the summer list that my kids and I created, this cute little wood airplane finally got made!!
(btw, we are still working on our summertime list :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THANK YOU to all who linked up last week!


So, who's "Winning at Pinning?"
This week it's Camille from Crazy Mama for this Gorgeous Fall Scene pin!




Camille feel free to grab the button, and flaunt it!

Each week a winner is chosen to flaunt the title of "Winning at Pinning" for successfully wowing us with the best Pinterest find.  The winner will be featured/announced in the following week's post!
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$200 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!!


Hello Lovelies!! Who's ready for another fantastic giveaway!?!

 
This time I am teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to offer you a chance to win a $200 giftcard to Amazon!! You choose how to spend it!! YAY!


 
  
We've made it as easy as possible to enter:
 
Simply click 'Like' on Facebook and 'Follow on Twitter' buttons below. After doing that you can head to the Rafflecopter to complete the rest of your entry - there are other ways to get entries too! Easy peasy!
 
 
*The giveaway is open to U.S. and international readers. Good luck!!
 
 









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A Pretty Pair and Creative Seating


I am always on the lookout for creative seating! Whenever we have a large group at our home I feel like there just isn't enough places for people to sit. I love getting creative with benches, ottomans and even storage cubes! :) When I spotted these folding chairs at the thrift store for $6 a piece I knew they were meant for me.......they just needed a serious makeover!
Here is my pretty pair of folding chairs all dolled up:
 
 




and here is the before:
 
 


 
Pretty gross, right?!? My boys were selling lemonade and grabbed these chairs from the garage.....I was so embarrased that they were using them like this! I know I'm weird! :)
Here is what I mean by being creative with your seating.......
For most of us, it isn't in the budget or spatially possible to have couches everywhere. We have to make use with what we have. By being creative and thinking outside the box a bit I've added to our seating options.
For instance, by covering this coffee table with fabric to use as a bench it works as extra seating when we need it and also works in my everyday decor.
 
 
 


My new folding chairs aren't taking up much room and can be stored away when we don't need them! I also decided to cover them in an outdoor fabric so they can be used indoors or out and can easily be cleaned....always a bonus!
 
 
 
 
I've already used them outside on my front porch to decorate for Fall! You can read more about that HERE.
 
 



So, how do you get creative with your seating?





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