Entries Tagged as 'Organization'

Organizing My Life

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

So the deal is this… calligraphy, while a lovely hobby, is also a surprisingly messy one.  It requires that one possess quite a lot of crap.  Namely inks, papers, envelopes, pens, nibs, paint, erasers, etc.  This is all well and fine until you start trying to keep all of your calligraphy supplies in a big box on top of stacks and stacks of pads of paper and you keep it on a chair in your dining area.  Which in my smallish house means smack dab in the middle of everything.  And every time you try to find something in your box, you have to remove all the other things and scatter them about on your table.  The resulting situation is not an attractive one.  Now ideally I would have a special calligraphy desk and area, which I have every intention of getting one day.  However, I have really not felt like spending money on a desk.  I would much rather buy my 30th white ceramic pumpkin which I so desperately need and continue to spread my calligraphy junk all over the downstairs of my house.  And so it has been.  But the other week, I got a little fed up and went searching for a solution that seemed acceptable for now.  Which led me to World Market.  Have you guys checked their furniture out at all lately?  It is really exceptionally good.  I found a pretty cute rolling cart with 3 shelves and the correct dimensions for my pads of paper and declared it a winner.  Then I went to Target and found some cute vases and simple tray inserts (in the bathroom section) that seemed to fit the bill.  So now I am feeling much better about my calligraphy organization.  For now at least.

Calligraphy cart last blog

Calligraphy cart guoache blog

Calligraphy cart ink blog

Calligraphy cart top blog

Calligraphy cart washi tape blog

Calligraphy cart envelopes_edited-1 blog

Calligraphy cart vase blog

The gold and ceramic bowl, the polka dot vase that holds my pencils and pens, the gold scissors and the gold dipped and concrete (I think) vase are all from Target, along with the clear organizing trays.  I would link them up but Target’s website sucks and I had a hard time finding them.  The vases and bowl are in the seasonal home decor area by Threshold.  The washi tape is from Target as well and they have some pretty cute Halloween washi tape there right now that I am obsessed with.  You can see the spider web one here but I also bought some that has little Halloween phrases and some that has presh little jack-o-lanterns.  The julep cup I have had for years and came from an antique mall.  Also as I mentioned, the cart is from World Market and was a little bit of a splurge but I am really happy with it.

It is really amazing how much better I feel when things are easily accessible and more attractive.


White-washed Jewelry Holder {DIY}

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

As far as jewelry organization goes, I have had a system in place for my earrings for some time, but my necklaces have been a hot mess.  All tangled and jumbled up and strewn everywhere.  Not functional and certainly not attractive.  I got the idea for a simple white washed necklace/jewelry holder when we were in New York, but we decided to play around with the idea a little this weekend and put our own twists on it.  You can really do anything you want with this idea.  I will explain to you how we did each of ours.

What you’ll need:

– A piece of wood.  I went to the lumber section at Lowe’s and got a 10″ wide plank of oak and had them cut it down for me.  My piece was about 10″X12″ and Colleen’s was a little longer. Probably about 10″X14″.

– Nails

– Gold spray paint.  Only if you want your nails to be gold.  You can obviously pick whatever color you want.  We also sprayed our boards gold to change the color of the wood.

– White paint.  We used cheapy craft paint and watered it down.

– Sand paper

– Hammer

– Paint brush.  We used a 1 1/2 inch thick brush.

What you’ll do:

1) Sand down the rough edges of your wood with fine grit sandpaper.  Blow or wipe off dust.

2) Spray your nails gold or whatever color you desire.  Make sure you get all parts of the nail.  This would also be the time to spray paint your board if you want to change the base color of the wood.  The wood dries pretty quickly but the nails took awhile before they weren’t sticky.  Maybe more than an hour depending on how much paint you spray on.

3) For both:

Once the board is dry, get your white paint and pour it onto a plate.  Sprinkle water in and mix until it is smooth and flowy.  If you want a true white-wash, you can water it down even more until it is liquidy.  We wanted ours to cover pretty well.

For Megan’s:

Paint the top couple inches of the board white and then glob a bunch of paint on across the top so you can work it down towards the bottom of the board.  Take your dry brush and lightly stroke the globs of paint down towards the bottom of the board in sections.  I put less pressure towards the bottom of the board and left the bottom of the board gold.

Then once it had dried, I took a q tip and some pink paint and added little dots at the top of the board.  I liked the contrast of cute and clean at the top with the rustic look at the bottom.

For Colleen’s:

Colleen painted side to side and started with heavy coverage at the top and then applied lighter and lighter strokes as she worked her way down.  Her’s turned out really cool because it highlighted the grain in the wood.

4) Hammer in the nails (as many as you want) in a line across the top.  We used 5 nails each.  If you want to get really fancy, you can get out a level to make sure your nails are in a straight line, but we just eyeballed it.  By using an odd number of nails, it is easier to get an even number of space between each nail.  Start with one nail on each side (toward the edges)and then put one in the middle.  Then put one each in the middle of the open spaces.  It is hard to explain, but you will totally understand if you do it.

We hung ours by using a picture hanging kit with wire and the little screw-in hooks in the back of the board.  (Editor’s (Colleen’s) note: Sorry guys, forgot to collage the pictures with the picture hanging kit.  Let us know if you are confused by this.)

I am so happy not to have my necklaces all muddled up anymore that I am wondering why I didn’t do something like this sooner.  Sometimes it’s the little things.

Painted Woven Baskets

Thursday, March 15, 2012

For whatever reason, I have had one heck of a time trying to decorate my room.  For about the first year I lived here, everything I used in it was either black, white, grey or some other shade of neutral.  I was completely incapable of making any decisions when it came to color or pattern.  And so the rest of my house got decorated while my room sat mostly sad and abandoned.  Last spring, in my attempt to actually do something to it, I purchased a grey cabinet type piece of furniture from a flea market that I decided I would use as a wardrobe and fill with baskets to keep my socks, mittens, scarves, and unmentionables.   I finally determined that I would like to include touches of pale pink and emerald green as well because all of the neutral was feeling a little somber to me.  So because I was feeling I needed a pop of color in my cabinet, I embarked on an adventure to paint two of the baskets I bought for it.

They started out being plain old basket color.  They have since changed a few times with spray paint. Ballet Slipper by Krylon was the last color I used for all over before I went crazy with craft paint.

I didn’t worry about making it super perfect because I was inspired by these which seemed handmade.

 Baskets from: 1) West Elm 2) West Elm 3) Furbish Home 4) Serena and Lily

I am pretty happy with it because while it is most certainly not perfect, it gives my “wardrobe” the touch of color I think it needed.

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