Craft Closet New and Improved

Hey friends! Happy Monday! My kids are back in school (all but the big one who’s here for two more weeks  😉 ). That means more time for projects and blogging! Have you missed me? I’ve missed you!
I shared my craft closet with you a little while back, and my plans to improve it and organize it in a way that would not require a regularly scheduled clean-out.  😳 Here is the condition of the closet after the last operation organization.
Craft closet
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More Lightening Up {Hallway Progress}

So, several months ago I got a crazy idea to paint the doors in my hallway.  Honestly I was bored one day and I already had the paint, so why not.  

 

 

However, sometimes I’m not in the mood to do paint projects like this one because they are quite time consuming.  And, I got interrupted by a more pressing project, the entryway.  But then, Christmas hit and again I didn’t feel like finishing the doors.  But then, the ultimate motivator, we were having company (other than family – cuz they know how the project thing goes for me).  So, I was determined to finish the doors, or at least get them to a point that looked somewhat finished.  And, here ya go!! 

 

 

 

 I’m telling you the amount of light the white paint provides still amazes me.  I love it!!  It seems so much more seamless when I look down the hall now.  The stained wood just seemed to break up things. so. much.  

 

 

As you might be able to see, I still need to paint the linen cabinets, and the baseboards.  What you can’t see is the last door at the other end of the hall that isn’t done ;), and the fact that you can’t see it is exactly the reason why it didn’t get done!!


Linking up with Carmel at Our Fifth House today.  If you are visiting from that linky party check out some of my other painting projects herehere, and here.

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Covering In White

Well…today as I was covering these in white

 

 

God was covering everything in white.  The most beautiful ginormous flakes fell from the sky today.

 

 

 

The boys couldn’t wait to get outside and play when they got home from school. This is the fruit of their labor.

 

 

Of course there was also some snowball throwing.  🙂 This momma is really hoping we have school tomorrow.  Please roads don’t freeze. 
 

I took some time to do a little work on the blog design.  I will say it is a work in progress, and will probably change again.  Hope you like it.

 
Oh and…we got a puppy.  His name is Ranger.

 

Isn’t he the cutest?!?
 
Happy Tuesday!  
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Tablecloth Into Window Treatment

Well, I got a little derailed when I started my kitchen organization project the other day. And, I was reminded that I had indeed tried to do this last year and why I stopped. Apparently I do not have “standard sized cabinetry”. Any simple drawer insert I looked to purchase would not fit. 🙁 So I am working on plan B. I did get some purging done which was good and I am hoping to do a little more today. But, I wanted to share with you the project I quick whipped up last night, trying to get my groove back. (I was so bummed by the kitchen stall that I had done nothing for days.) 

 

As I was doing some straightening yesterday I came across a purchase I had set aside and kind of forgotten. These lovely tablecloths I found at Target before the holidays – they were with the Christmas stuff.

 

 

 

Now, typically I will not purchase anything Christmas related until after Christmas when the good sales hit.  But, I just kept coming back to this and one day it was on sale (like 20% off) and I just had to have it.  I knew I was not going to use it for a tablecloth – I had the perfect place for it, so I purchased two of the longest rectangle tablecloths that they had.

 

Several months back I shared with you this photo

 

 


I was still planning on doing this but when I saw this tablecloth, I had a new plan – because I loved it and I knew it would be a lot less work.
So, first I hung up one tablecloth as is with the clips I already had, and then determined the length I wanted and measured how much I would need to cut off.  I bought extra long in order to have extra on purpose (maybe a pillow or two, or a table cover…).  Then I took it down and my hubby fixed the rod – new anchors were purchased to replace the destroyed ones that were causing the rod to about come out of the wall.  

 

 

I first ironed both tablecloths, then measure from one end, and trimmed off the excess.  

 

 

I had decided to create a wide hem at the top just to make it a little sturdier where the clips would be holding on.  I simply folded down the side with the hem still intact the desired amount and pressed the fold to a crease.  

 

 

When I got to the end of one of these hems, I found that the piece was not completely straight.  No worries, I just folded the excess fabric in so it wouldn’t show.  No one will ever know.  🙂

 

 

Then, on to sewing.  I chose a simple rolled hem for the bottom.  And stitched the top hem close to the edge of the rolled hem already there.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.  

 

Then comes probably the hardest part in my opinion (mainly because my slight ocd kicks in) getting the curtain clipped up EVENLY.  Grrrrr!!

 

 

Well, here it is after – pardon the pics I could not figure out the best way to get a pic in light or dark, blah blah blah.  Of course, after I put them up there was my next project glaring me in the face.  Can you guess what it is?? 
 
I love it so much better than before.  One more step in my lightening-up process.  

Linking up here

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2013 Home Goal List

There are going to be lots of changes happening around here in 2013 and some of them will hopefully include my home.  I thought it would be fun to make and list so that this time next year I can see how I did.  Not to stress myself out, just to keep myself on task.  I tend to be a little all over the place when it comes to home improvement.  Like I said before, I’m a starter and not always a finisher.

One thing that I worked hard at all this last year was decluttering, and cleaning out.  What I have discovered about this is that it is addictive.  Once you start throwing away and clearing out the stuff you. can’t. stop.  So, even though I have pared down quite a bit, I will be doing more.

So…

#1 on my list is De-cluttering – everything!!

#2 Organizing – everything

#3 Kitchen redo – including decluttering, organizing and updating (hopefully)

#4 Redo Craft closet

#5 Finish doors in hall – painting and molding

#6 Garage redo – clean out, organize, blah, blah, blah

#7 Kids bathroom update

#8 Backyard landscaping – making it a more usable space

#9 Fireplace update

#10 Finish Master bath update

#11 Master closet update

Wow, what a list, I am anticipating that it will not all get done.  Life is going to happen as it always does.  These are in no priority order.  That’s just not how I roll.  I will do whatever suits my fancy and my budget.  🙂  I have been pinning away on my pinterest boards, collecting ideas of how I want things to look and function.  Wish me luck!!  I’m gonna need it!!!

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