Jun 29, 2013

We Have A Winner! {$150 Choice Gift Card Giveaway}

Hey everyone!!A huge thanks to all who participated in this giveaway!

And on to what you really want to know...

We have a winner!!!

Melissa Riker, you are going to have some fun spending $150!

Jenna from Rain On A Tin Roof has contacted you via email with all the information so you can get that gift card in your possession ASAP!

Have fun spending it!

Jun 26, 2013

Easy DIY Letter Holder

Hello! Today's DIY project (which I seem to be doing a lot of lately!) is so easy that I wondered why I hadn't tackled it before!

It was obvious I needed one of these:

And then, one afternoon everything fell into place when:

a.) I was hit with the "create something NOW" bug- those of you who know what I'm talking about know that it is impossible to shake it off!


b.) I was getting tired of leaving our water bill on the counter so I can remember to mail it off (I absolutely dislike ANY clutter, random item, or papers on my kitchen counter! Just ask my hubby who has gotten the "You're going to put that away and not leave it there, right?" look many a times.

So what does a girl do in such a crisis? Dramatic, I know.

Well, this girl gets to thinking and digging through her craft stash.

And lo and behold here are the items I found that would create my super easy, small and convenient letter holder:

A piece of styrofoam, scraps of burlap & fabric, twine, and my glue gun along with some glue sticks.

* The command hook I used to hang my letter holder is not pictured

Perfect. I didn't even have to run to the store for anything.
Which also means this letter holder was....FREE!

Making my letter holder was so easy. I believe it took me no more than 10 minutes.

Here's how I got er' done:

I cut a strip of burlap and wrapped it around the top section of my styrofoam and hot glued the crap out of it.
FYI: I also hot glued the crap out of my fingers! Ouch!

Next, I hot glued a seam on my fabric and then wrapped it around the middle portion of the styrofoam, slightly overlapping the burlap.

And finally, I hot glued a seam on another piece of burlap and wrapped it around the bottom portion, slightly overlapping my fabric.

To add a pretty touch and an extra slot for letters I wrapped some twine in an X motion around the middle section of my letter holder.

And this was my final product!!

I think it's so cute!

It has a total of 3 slots (including the twine) which is perfect for us since the only thing we mail out is our water bill and maybe a random letter here and there....all thanks to online billing!

I also glued a strip of twine to the back so I could hang it on a command hook on the side of one of my kitchen cabinets.

Now I have a place to put anything that needs attention and things won't get lost somewhere in a drawer or mess with my over compulsiveness of having to have clear counters!

What's your solution to organizing mail or things that need attention?

If you want to enter for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Target, HomeGoods, or World Market, click here.

Let's stay connected!


Jun 24, 2013

DIY Rock Art {Vacation Keepsake}

It was totally in my favor that I saw this post from Alyssa at Clever Nest before leaving on vacation with my family.
It inspired me to make this rock art that would remind us of the awesome time we would be having together.

Her awesome rock vacation keepsake set me on a mission as we enjoyed our day in Santa Monica Beach...

You can see more vacation photos here.

I collected a total of 15 fabulous rocks and 1 very old- but cool looking sea shell (bottom left corner) and couldn't wait to get home to make my keepsake!

I didn't take pictures for a tutorial but it's soooo easy to make your own rock art keepsake!

All I did was spray paint the rocks in clear (just like Alyssa did) to give them that wet look effect, used my glue gun and glued them to a piece of cardboard that I spray painted in an off white and then put them in my new shadow box I purchased in IKEA for $8!!!

That's it, folks! Easy enough, right? I think so!

But before you leave this super easy project post, ooh and ahh over my new fancy shmancy, didn't cost me much rock art:

Check out that cool looking shell on the bottom left corner!!

I love the wet look the clear spray paint gave them!!

Oh, and see that ledge it's standing on? I will tell you all about it VERY soon!!

What other things can you think of putting in a shadow box as a keepsake?

Let's stay connected!


Jun 21, 2013

Organizing Made Simple: My Closet & Tips

Hello and welcome to.....
my closet (or at least to what it looked like after I tidied it up!)

But we all know that's not where the story began.

It began here:

I know, I know...it's not that bad. So this definitely isn't going to be such a huge WOW moment (you know, like the super messy before and the super tidy after).

But this is as messy as I get and it was really starting to bug me (actually, it's bugged me for some time, I just learned to suppress the feeling)- so I decided it was time to get my butt into gear and organize my closet (again).

There were obviously certain "issues" that needed to be addressed!

Let me show you what I mean...

From top arrow to bottom arrow: 
- clothes, items (and is that my bed-skirt?), that I was too lazy busy to put away so they ended up being tossed on the shelf.
- The point of this hanging closet organizer is to...well, organize! But I apparently threw my scarfs in all winter long instead of rolling them up like I had intended to do (lesson learned: intentions don't get the job done!)
- Clothes are a mess and not in the order I organized them in a while back. Just look at that short sleeve blouse hanging out with my dresses, trouser pants and sweaters! Oh Lord, I hope my Mother doesn't see this post.

Here you can see the mess that continues on that top shelf...

And this door organizer is holding necklaces, scarfs, hats and totes/purses! 
Oh, and look! More purses and totes on the wall (sorry for the blurry pictures!)

Now that I showed you my shameful closet (at least to me), let me share some tips on how to organize your closet to make it easy to get dressed and find what you're looking for.

Let's face it, we're all busy and the last thing we need is a wasted 20 minutes looking for a lost shoe, missing purse or a favorite blouse.

Closet Organization Tips

1. The first thing you want to do is EMPTY out that baby- and by baby, I mean your closet.
* You can empty out one section at a time so your room doesn't look like an episode from Hoarders.

I chose to tackle all my clothes first before moving on to shoes, shelves, purses, etc...

2. Next, GET RID of anything you haven't worn in the last year- chances are you're not going to wear it in the next year either...so let it go!
* You can sell your items, give them away to someone, or donate them to your local Goodwill. Obviously, if the item isn't in good condition, just throw it away.

3. Decide how you want your clothes organized and WORK OUT A SYSTEM that works for you.
* I organized my clothes in this order:
 To the left of hanging organizer: tank tops/camis, short sleeved shirts/blouses, sleeveless blouses, long sleeved blouses, long sleeved shirts, casual pants.
To the right of hanging organizer: blazers, dress pants, summer dresses, winter dresses, sweaters, skirts (I wanted the shortest items at that end since we have a dresser under that section)

4. Get some SHOE RACKS! They instantly give you extra storage space since you can stack them on top of each other! This one is pretty cool and modern.

5. HANGING CLOSET ORGANIZERS are your best friends! They instantly lend extra space for shoes, purses, sweaters, etc..
* You can see I placed the boots that were just thrown on the shelf in its compartments. I also have more footwear in the smaller slots and a bin in the middle that holds my hats, gloves and belts.

6. OVER THE DOOR ORGANIZERS are amazing! I feel like a broken record, but again, they add extra space! And isn't that the whole point to organizing? Finding a place for everything? This one is pretty cool and has six hooks.
* On my door organizer I have my necklaces on one end, and scarfs on the rest of the hooks.

7. Use SHELVES to display purses, hats or shoes...I chose purses!

8. If you need more space for your purses, hats or scarfs, simply add some HOOKS to your closet walls!

9. Use FABRIC BINS to store hats, bathing suits, socks, or out of season accessories. 
Or you can make your own!

So there ya have it! How I organize my closet and the tips I find useful when endeavoring this fun process!

And you can't leave without taking one more peek at my tidy closet:

What is your one closet organization tip/item you cannot live without? Tell me, I want to know!

Let's stay connected!

Jun 19, 2013

Summer Spruce-Up Series Link Party {Planters}

It's time to party again!!!

Welcome back to our Summer Spruce-Up Series!!

In May we had our Summer Spruce-Up link party that was all about your patio and backyard. 

And this month, it's all about planters!

Here's a few pictures of my spray painted tin can planters:

You can read more about them here.

And check out Jamie's (Better With Age) awesome planters!!!
You can also check out Jenna's (Rain On A Tin Roof) teapot planter here....it's so lovely!

Be sure to follow my co-hosts!

Julie from The Vintage Barn
Jamie from Better With Age
Jenna from Rain on a Tin Roof

Follow the series this summer!

July 24, front door/entry area

August 21, anything goes!

Be sure to be note of the dates and link up to the parties!

Now it's time to link up some of your favorite planters or containers!

Jun 18, 2013

$150 Gift Card Giveaway {HomeGoods, Target or World Market!}

Who's ready for an awesome giveaway?

Well you better be! Because this giveaway is for one $150 gift card to your choice of HomeGoods, Target or World Market!

How cool is that? You know that new kitchen appliance you've had your eye on? How about some new decorative items for your home? Well, you can find this and more in any of these stores!

Seriously, I could easily spend $150 in ANY of these stores! And I'm sure you can too! So go ahead and enter below, you know you want to!

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Jun 17, 2013

Spray Painted Tin Cans As Planters {Summer Spruce-Up Series}

Since our Summer Spruce-Up Planters party is just a couple days away (Wow! Does time fly or what?) I thought I'd share how I repurposed some plain cans into colorful planters!

You may have already seen these babies here, in my back patio makeover post, but I added some minor changes that I really am loving!

So without further rambling, here are the stars of this post:

Jun 15, 2013

Happy Father's Day!

In honor of Father's Day being this Sunday, I thought I'd share a few pictures that just melt my heart!

My love for my husband grows each day (sometimes more or less than others depending on the day)  but it grew leaps and bounds the minute Lily was placed in his arms in the delivery room.

I mean, just look at them...they're so cute together! You can't argue that!

Thanks honey for being such a cool, fun and loving Dad to our little girl!

And a very special happy Father's Day to my Dad, whom I love and look up to so very much! Love ya Dad! Remember, I'm your #1!!!!

 Happy Father's day to all you Daddy's out there!
Enjoy your day!

Jun 13, 2013

Summer Spruce-Up Series {Planters Inspiration+ Backyard Features}

Our next Summer Spruce-Up party is coming up next Wednesday! 

The theme is Planters!! 

Here are some of our favorites from the backyard & patio link-up last month! 


Decking out the Deck for Summer from Krista at The Happy Housie

Patio Makeover from Amanda at Speculating Jokebird

Side Entry Mini-Makeover by Dawn at Inspired Living

Weekend in May from Angela at My Place 4 Tea

Outdoor rug from Becky at this is happiness

Christine's back patio at Little Brags

Heather's Back Porch at Southern State of Mind

The Playhouse Project by Tara at Suburble


What kind of planters do you have?  They certainly don't have to be the traditional kind.  Have you thought of using different containers?  How about a wine crate?

Or galvanized buckets?

Even a tin can will do the trick!

How about adding some paint to some terra cotta pots?

Come back here next Wednesday, June 19th to join another fun Summer Spruce-up link party and show us your favorite planters!

See you next Wednesday!