Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Super Fast Covered Storage Box

I turned 30 recently.  With my age came birthday cards. 

I'm the sentimental type who keeps birthday cards and Christmas greetings, just because I think it's fun to look at that stuff down the road.  I am also the type who gets really annoyed when I come across these old cards randomly while I'm cleaning and have no place to put them, yet when I want to look at them, I can't seem to find them.

I finally solved that the other day.  I got new running shoes and was left with this perfectly good empty box.  I decided then and there that I would use that box to corral my cards from now until forever. 

I grabbed a roll of contact paper that I'd recently found at the local Target.

You can find it online here. I love it so much that I'm lining/covering everything with it.  
I wonder if it would work on my truck... Just kidding.  Maybe.

Anyways, some quick measuring and cutting and bam!  Pretty covered box to store stuff in.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Year of the Cardinals

When I got home from work yesterday, I was already in the throws of a very bad mood.  I was crabby for no apparent reason and didn't feel like doing a damn thing.

My hubby came in and we chatted about our day.  He always manages to make me chill out.  He told me that earlier he'd heard a bird chirping so he kind of wandered around until he found the window it was coming from.  He pulled back the curtain and startled a female Cardinal building her nest, right outside our bathroom window.  Like, not even a full twelve inches from his peering face, on the other side of the glass.  

They must have each been as surprised as the other, because they both froze and just stared at each other before she finally bolted and flew away.  He said that didn't know if they would see her again, he'd really startled her and his disappointment in that possibility was so adorable that I couldn't help but cheer up. 

I hoped she would come back, too, but wasn't holding my breath. 

This morning, as I did my girl thing in the bathroom and got ready for work, I heard her.  I knew right where she would be and I was not going to scare her away for good, so I peeked through the cracks of the curtain and saw her with a small twig in her beak.  I watched her until she placed it and flew off to get another one, then I grabbed my phone and snapped a picture. 

I did some reading on Cardinals this morning so I could familiarize myself with our new guests. I learned that there are four layers to a Cardinal's nest and that it can take anywhere from 3-9 days for the female to build it, depending on how helpful Mister Cardinal is in bringing her supplies. This is only the first layer according to what I've read, so I am excited to watch the progress!

I am picking up some Cardinal friendly feed today in hopes it helps them stick around. Stay tuned and I'll continue to post on behalf of Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Struggles of a Rustic Color Palette

I've got a bit of a color struggle here.  One of my favorite things to do when I have some down time is to visit all of my other blogger friends out there and see the awesome projects they have been posting or catch up on the latest design/tool/pattern/color trends. 

I see so many things I'd like to recreate in my own home, but one thing stands in my way.  The color struggle.  Our home is not the bright white, clean-line filled with natural light type that is seen on most DIY blogs.  Don't get me wrong, I love that style.  I heart it a lot!  But my husband and I both tend more towards the warm, rustic, north woods theme and with that comes more natural wood, yellow/earthy tones and to make matters worse, the windows that let natural light into the main living space are on the north and south sides of the house.  We all know the best natural daylight is on the east and west!  So there is a lack of that beautiful lighting.  Plus, did I mention that our home was built in the eighteen nineties???

When I see a design method that I want to bring into my own home, I often battle with the color differences.  It just doesn't turn the same result when you don't have the white trim, gray walls and gorgeous natural daylight!  I've got ugly tan carpet (like, the industrial type) and our trim is natural pine (which I LOVE).  The walls were repainted last year in colors that I love, but we're still missing the beautiful daylight. 

Here's what' I'm talking about.  See this incredibly lovely bedroom? 


It's so beautiful. That striped ottoman, I want to reach into my monitor and take that baby home with me! 
This bedroom perfectly demonstrates what I'm talking about.  Gorgeous lighting, clean lines, and lots of versions of white.  Yes, I certainly could switch over to these colors.  Except I have dogs.  And a cat.  And a hubby who work in the construction industry and does outdoor/fishing activities in his spare time.  White isn't an option.  This gorgeousness isn't an option for me. 

To give you a better idea, here is the basic color palette of our home:

We've also got some sagey greens going on in the living area, however Wordpress decided not to acknowledge the colors I choose and turned them lime green upon loading.  So... yeah.  No lime green here.
I have yet to find more DIY blogs that host the same taste as we do so I can follow along.  But it's a bit of a dance around the internet!

The trending geometric patterns that I see floating around right now are wonderful and I heart them.  (Chevron and Damask are my favorites!)  But they just don't merge that well with black bear, moose and knotty pine. 

I won't give up my search for blogs with similar rustic tastes!  And in the meantime, I'm happy to enjoy the bright white folk, even though I have trouble replicating their gorgeous ideas.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

DIY Bird Feed Seed Can - Tutorial

We are one of those couples who enjoys feeding the birds, especially through the winter.  For the past several years, my feed has been living in the bag we buy it in.  In my kitchen.  Flap folded over, kept closed with a chip clip.

I'll just give you a moment to let that image sink in.

So last trip to Goodwill with my lady Blanche, I grabbed a perfectly squat Christmas tin for 99 cents.

Goodwill rocks.

The feed couldn't live in a Christmas tin of course. (Except it did... for like 6 months until I got around to this project) So, I grabbed my trusty spray paint!

Originally I was going to spray it white, but as I reached for it the pretty blue caught my eye and I thought "hmmmmm". And that's how that happened.

I broke my own rule and bypassed the primer, because I was out of primer and eager to get this done!

So eager, in fact, that I over sprayed and got drippage. Drippage sucks.

Anyways.  Don't judge.
So while that dried, I grabbed the decals I'd had made last fall.

I searched the net high and low for that perfect bird silhouette for my feed can.  The bird that I saw when I pictured the finished product in my head.  I finally found that bird on an Etsy site 'Wilson Graphics' and knew it was the one.  I contacted the owner, explained my idea and he helped me size and customize the decals so that they were perfect for my project!

Once the paint had dried, it was finally time to carefully apply the decals.  And voila!  My dream bird feed can!

For the decals, the can and the scoop I found at the dollar store, this project came in at less than $10! And if you think about it, the peeps at Wilson Graphics sent me a couple of each decal so I could, in reality, make another can to give as a gift. That really puts the total at only about $5 a can.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Cleaning Challenge

Spring.  She's two day away.  Thank heavens!

It's time to get our spring clean on, and that means that I need a plan.  I suck at planning, but luckily there are others out there who rock at it and are using their awesome blogs to help the rest of us out!

Jen over at iHeart Organizing has been challenging herself with her own Clean Home Challenge and I've been happily following along!  So I'm taking most of her list, adding a few of my own chores, and we're doing this!  Ready? 

Here is what I will be challenging myself with over the next several weeks. 

1. Clean out my truck
2. Clean out microwave
3. Wipe down trim & doors
4. Clean out one drawer
5. Clean out the fridge
6. Clean out the freezer
7. Purge bathroom toiletries
8. Attempt homemade cleaning solution
9. Vacuum under furniture
10. Vacuum mattresses
11. Wash windows
12. Clean out one closet
13. Wipe down cabinets/appliances
14. Wash out garbage can/recycle bin
15. Clean oven
16. Clean out pantry
17. Clean out one cabinet
18. Organize dog shelves
19. Go through magazine basket
20. Clean out hutch drawers
21. Purge candle basket
22. Complete Bird Seed Can project
23. Clear end table
24. Organize/purge Frisbees
25. Clean out second cabinet
26. Contain the yarn!

These are the things that I don't want to do.  They are little chores that are easily hidden behind closed doors which makes them easy to ignore because nobody has to know about it right?  Which is why they landed on my list, because I don't want to do them.  And now I have to because you are expecting me to.  See how that works?  Peer pressure!

Which ones am I dreading the most?  Probably #15, #20 & #23.  Yeah, let's not think about those three anytime soon.

So what are you doing to kick off spring cleaning season?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Beloved Dresser

Now that the holidays have passed and winter has come back down from her tantrum (three blizzards within a timespan of seven days) and daylight savings time is within sight (less than two weeks!) I feel like I can finally begin working on stuff.  So many projects have been put away for a later date and now I'm getting the spring cleaning fever and project tackle tickle!

For as long as I can remember, there is a dresser that has followed me from childhood all the way to present.  I can remember my little sister and I covering it with stickers when we were both still in the single digits.  Scooby Doo stickers, to be exact.  I took her with me when I moved out of my parent's house and she's made the dozen moves that I've made in the decade since.  This dresser has made more moves than any piece of furniture should have to endure.  And keep in mind, people who are moving and between the ages of 18-25yo aren't exactly careful when moving heavy stuff.  

Today, she stands proud in our bedroom, the drawers filled with clothes and the top holding our small bedroom TV and DVD player.  With the exception of removing the stickers, I have made no changes to her at all.  She's covered with scratches and scrapes, dings and chips, yet through it all, she's sturdy as ever.  Not even a wiggle or a wobble, and the drawers still open smoothly as silk.

My dresser is nearly identical to this one (the below belongs to a very talented blogger, you can see her magnificent transformation of this baby HERE! Isn't it fabulous!!).

Mine even has that scrolley design on the front and swing handles! 


It wasn't until I entered the blog world that I realized that this dresser style is actually incredibly common, and seems to be a favorite among DIY'ers for fabulous redos.  I've seen several redos that I'd love to attempt, but haven't decided if I'm willing to mess with it, and won't until I'm absolutely confident with my plan. 

Here's some other examples of what I've seen done with other similar dressers:



And these guys below took it a step further, turning these dressers into gorgeous kitchen islands! *my heart sighs*


That red would look amazing in my kitchen!


The color these DIYers used to give new life to those dressers, many of whom appeared to be on their last leg, it just astounds me! Especially that green... Yum.   Be sure to check the links to see what they looked like before their fabulous makeovers!

Unfortunately, I'm afraid of color more often than not, and my bedroom has white accents. Painting my beloved dresser white intimidates me. But the black that I've seen used several times is really talking to me.

What do you all think? Color? White? Black? Kitchen Island?

All I know is, I've gotta do this. This glorious dresser deserves a makeover after following me around for so long! I just need to find the right outfit for her!

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Toys!

Santa was good to my organizational side this year!  (and by Santa, I mean my hubby)

I've got some new toys and I am excited to show you what I've been doing with them!

First and foremost is my new label maker. 

I heart this label maker. I've had a basic $15 Dymo handheld label maker for a while and it did great things for me. But I was ready for the next step.

My other new toy is a laminator!

Thanks to several other blogs going crazy with the labels and the Washi tape, added to the fact that I've got dogs and dirt, having my signs and labels protected in some way seemed like the smart thing to do. 

Between these two babies, my office/dog room and my spare bedroom are in for a complete makeover.

I might have also spent a good chunk of my Christmas gift cards on organizing stuff, like baskets and bins. It seems kind of oxymoron-esque to be bringing all of this stuff into the house in order to make the house look less cluttered and more organized... But I have to trust the system. Plus for every single item that came in, one old item must go out. So I guess that helps.