Santa Baby… Day 2 Envision Giveaway!

Santa Baby Day 2

An Organized House or as we in the “real world” call an organized house — The Mythological Unicorn.

Oh, to dream of an Organized House, right? This would be bliss. Putting your hands on the exact item you need without sending out the Search and Rescue Team. A label machine spitting out cutesy labels for all your crafty art supplies. Cubbies and nooks filled tidily with your flotsam and jetsam giving the illusion of a Better Homes & Garden magazine spread. Laundry magically folded with precision like a display in Nordstroms. Cupboards and pantries organized by Martha Stewart — labels out, my dears!

I say all of the above with truth and sincerity… and a bit of jealousy. I love organization. I am, admittedly, a selective Type A person. I love the feeling I get when I have an organized home, but sometimes the reality of the energy and time put into making this happen is unrealistic. That is where yesterday’s post about More Me Time comes into my Dreams! If my house was more organized, I may have More Me Time. I could stop stressing the little things that bug me… especially when you live in a 1100 sq. ft. beach house with three growing boys.

My Dreams of an Organized House look a little bit like this…

Pinterest is wonderful, awe-inspiring, and makes my need to have an organized house even greater (also a bit of a time suck). So many great ideas. I love being able to Pin solutions and creative ideas to my boards. Here are a few of my faves from Pinterest.

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Other ways that I would organize my house…

1. Have a dedicated place in the garage (if I had one, dreaming right?) for items to donate. Decluttering is a must. Why not have a space that you could immediately put those ski pants that don’t fit your boys? It could be a simple laundry basket. Once a month stick it in your vehicle and drop off at your local charity thrift store.

2. A mudroom! Ohhhh, that would be wonderful and kinda makes me salivate. A place to hang all the book bags. A place for all the coats, jackets, vest and whatnots. A bin for each kid’s shoes. Oh, I covet a mudroom.

3. The closet of my dreams! Right now I share a super, dinky small closet in my oldest son’s room. This bites when you forget to grab your clothes before getting into the shower. Now you are trampling around in a towel and robe. Not cool when you are surrounded by boys.

4. A linen closet. Plain and simple. I want a linen closet!

Most of these I cannot do until our house gets bigger — fingers crossed for this upcoming Fall 2015!

But, there are things that I can do now to make our house more organized. I think I need to start first by trashing the basket for the shoes at the front door… It never works how I want it to. Shoes end up tossed all around and generally tick me off. I need to find a solution that keeps the shoes tidy and not stacked on top of one another. Some sort of shelving idea. New idea to search in Pinterest!

So, I challenge you to find ways to Organize your House that are doable right now. How would you make small changes to your house, so that items find a home? Getting organized helps free up more free time to do fun things. Start small. Find ideas that are inexpensive, but make a huge impact on your day-to-day life.

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A New Addition to the Family: DIY Tufted Ottoman

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Every now and then I get a wild hair to “Dee-Eye-Why” something… These moments consume my thoughts for weeks and days before I actually gather all the pieces to make my vision come to life.  Pinterest (click here to find my profile and boards) is such an incredible resource for ideas and links to DIY blogs.

My latest DIY bug has been a new ottoman. We have two small rectangular brown leather ottomans. They have been “boyed,” meaning one is ripped and the hinges for the storage tops are broken. My boys are great at “boying” furniture. Forts and parkour are their main means of destroying anything nice in my house. I know, I know… I could punish them for putting their feet on the furniture and jumping on it, but this is usually the time when they play without arguing and fighting. So, I let it slide. I also had some intense therapeutic conversations in my own head and came to the conclusions that: 1.) I am a #momof3boys,  and 2.) I need to let go of any expectations for a neat, pretty house until they leave. So, I was off on a search for the perfect ottoman. 

Here was my list of wants and needs:

1. Size. Large. It needed to be big enough for all five family members to put their feet up. Our sectional is also large and the previous ottomans just seemed too small

2. Caster wheels. The boys like to wrestle and they always push the ottomans out of the way. The former ones never had wheels and were just awkward and a pain to move. 

3. Tufted with buttons. They look feminine without being too girly.

4. Light blue with durable fabric.

Here was my inspiration:

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I did my research and thought it out very carefully. I placed all my ideas and links onto my Cool Ideas Board in Pinterest.  Then, I went on a hunt to find all the materials I would need without spending more than $100 dollars. I used that price point after scoping out the stores in the area. I found several that would have fit my needs and most of my wants for around $295. I also tried to not bug my husband too much with this project. He gets kinda annoyed with my DIY projects, especially if he feels we don’t “need” them. I have tried to explain to him that the word need has different meanings to women. He doesn’t buy it. So, I kept him out of the planning process as much as possible.

Here is my list of materials:

Base for the ottoman, ideally an old coffee table

Foam and batting (lots)

3 yards of material – durable and light blue

Delicate-ish legs and casters

Peg board and 1/2″ plywood

Button making kit

I turned to Craigslist hoping to find the perfect cheap coffee table. I spent two weeks trying to find the “one.” I never found one that would work and for the right price ($20 or less). My sister came to the rescue. They were moving in a few days across the country. She was leaving behind her dining room table. I acquired said table… for free!  I also remembered we had leftover carpet padding in our shed. I love repurposing stuff. I visited Lowe’s for the legs, casters, peg board, screws, and plywood. I found the fabric at Joann’s a light blue burlap. It was made even more perfect being on sale for $2.99/yard plus a 20% off coupon.

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Instructions for a DIY Tufted Ottoman

(They are not perfect instructions. Please use them as a starting point.)

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1. Gather all your materials. Lowe’s will cut your plywood and peg board to size. 

2. Attach legs with casters to table. I found these metal plates that screw into your frame that allows you to attach the legs more securely to your ottoman. I found them in the same aisle as the casters. I used a drill to make the hole for the caster. Just make sure that you use a drill bit slightly larger than the diameter of the caster’s bolt. I decided to use the “top of the table” as the underside of my ottoman. I wanted to give height to the ottoman without having to build it up with foam.  My husband built the support to place in the middle of the table’s underside. This gave it much needed support for a family of 3 boys.

3. Make your fabric covered buttons. You can purchase the kits at any fabric or craft store. I also highly recommend purchasing an upholstery needle. I needed the 8 inch long needle to successfully attach the buttons.

4. Cut your foam or padding to the proper size. Pile it on the peg board and cover the foam with batting. This gives the ottoman a softer, smoother feel and protects the padding. Place your fabric on top of the batting. Since my ottoman is oversized, I did have to sew two pieces of fabric together. This made a seam down the middle of the ottoman, but

5. Attach your buttons. Using the upholstery needle and upholstery thread (very strong, durable thread), sew your buttons on pulling snugly and tightly. Metal washers can help keep the buttons attached. Use the washers to tie the thread onto and secure the buttons. I marked the holes  for the buttons on the peg board with painter’s tape. 

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6. Then, using wood screws attached the plywood to your ottoman’s platform. The pegboard with the fabric covered foam gets attached next. Make sure your wood screws are long enough to penetrate the plywood and the platform.

The next part takes patience, a strong grip, and no fears about staple guns.

7. Turn your almost finished ottoman upside down… meaning the fabric is on your floor and the legs and bottom of the ottoman are face up. Take a moment to pull the fabric and make it taut. This is very important, so that your fabric is pulled tight when you staple it to the wood frame. Using your staple gun, attach the fabric. Start with the middle of each side and work out towards the corners. Make sure that you check the tautness of the fabric with each staple. I am a firm believer in the more staples the better.

8. Attach the fabric at each corner last. Take the time to pleat and fold the fabric so it lays nicely and looks finished. This is always the most frustrating part. But, the payoff is totally worth the patience.

9. Next cut a piece of the same fabric or a piece of white fabric to cover the bottom of the ottoman. This will cover the staples and give your piece a polished look. This fabric is easily attached with a hot glue gun. Just create a hem by folding under the edge of the fabric. I also took the extra time to place tack nails into this edge. I had leftover tack nails from another project. Another score!

All in all this project took about 5-6 hours to complete. And, yes, I had to plead with the husband to help. He did because he has to keep the peace.

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Here is how much we are enjoying the new ottoman:

Yes, that is a 12 year old and 6 year old laying on the ottoman watching the Olympics.

Yes, that is a 12 year old and 6 year old laying on the ottoman watching the Olympics.

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It has quickly become my coffee table when the boys aren’t sprawled upon it.

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It is the perfect size for 4 sets of feet and a cat.

Being the wife and children of a Chiropractor, this ottoman also serves as our home adjusting table. It really has become the perfect addition to our family.

31 Days of Beach Living: Day 14 Book Page Garland

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Once again, I turned to trusty ole Pinterest to get creative. I already had my sewing machine out and felt like making a garland for the mantle out of book pages.

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Here is my inspiration. I was drawn to the garlands that looked full and gathered. A great project to keep you occupied between texts of your new nieces birth!

If you have any sewing experience – even just a little- this project is a piece of cake. All you need to know how to do is sew a straight line and fold paper.

I checked out my bookshelf for the materials. I wanted an old book and one that had sentimental value to it. Not just any book from a thrift store, but that could certainly be the perfect place to find one. You also have to have nerves of steel to rip pages out of a book, especially if you love books. I found the perfect pages for my garland. I had a diary as a pre-teen. I only used 4 pages. I took those pages out carefully and placed them in my childhood photo album. Then, I went to ripping. Ripping is important for this project. No neat lines needed. It is also supposed to be quick, like less than 45 minutes quick. Rip away!

My diary!

My diary!

Here are the ripped out pages and how I folded the pages.

Here are the ripped out pages and how I folded the pages.

The longest part of this project was folding all the pages. I decided to fan fold it in thirds length-wise. I did this knowing that I would then fold it in half when I got to the sewing. I choose brown thread and a quilting needle on my machine. I set the tension at about 4 and used a medium length stitch.

I had no real plan for the garland… I didn’t even count how many pages I had. Just began sewing and putting it together as I fed it through the machine. Let the fun begin!

Left to Right: Sewing finished just crinkling and opening the fanned pages. Garland mid-way through. Garland in progress.

Left to Right: Sewing finished just crinkling and opening the fanned pages. Garland mid-way through. Garland in progress.

This project did not take long and the results were fabulous and just what I needed to spur the Halloween decorating.

I even went back to Trader Joe’s for more pumpkins!

Mantle complete. I had everything on hand except for the pumpkins.

Mantle complete. I had everything on hand except for the pumpkins.

31 Days Challenge: Day 5 Turquoise

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For awhile (most of my married life), I made this conscious decision to not use blue in any of my decorating. I guess it was some anti-beach cottage decorating style. But, I have always loved blue. And, I live by the beach. And, I love the beach. And, blue, especially turquoise, reminds me of the beach. This past “flood” <I can go into that in another post> repair I made another conscious decision to put blue hues back into the house. Best decision ever!

Turquoise is by far my favorite blue hue. I recently repainted my formerly red kitchen island turquoise. I also painted turquoise chevron stripes on our front porch floor.  I have used Pinterest to pin all my ideas and for inspiration.

So, don’t be afraid to decorate with your favorite colors. You will be more happy in your own space if you do.

Feeling Blue Board

Feeling Blue Board

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