Organize It

It’s that time. Decide on a goal and give it a go for a month or so. ;) Anyone else picking organizing this time around? Getting the clutter under control is a big task here are a bunch of cool ways to organize it. If you follow me on Pinterest you may recognize these. ;)

1. Cleaning Supplies
Tension rod under the sink {source}
Shoe caddy on the back of the door {source}
2. Jewelry

Hardware Handles {Liz Marie Blog}
Peg Board {Button Bird Designs}
Ice Cube Trays {Bead Up}
Cutlery Tray {MiniManor}
Shower Curtain Hooks {This Bird Can Sing}
3. Shoes
Crown Molding {pinterest source}
Crates {The Berry}
Trash Cans {Minor Details}
Cardboard tubes (fabric holding or cement molding tubes?) {Reino Selvagem}
Wire hangers for flip flops or flats {Epbot}
Skirt hangers for boots{Organizing Made Fun}
Alternating direction to make more fit {Cupcakes and Cashmere}
4. Gift Wrap
Ceiling {Flickr}
Back of Door with Ikea products {Brooklyn Limestone}
5. Makeup & Hair
Magnetic Organizers {Martha Stewart}
Make-up Magnet Board {Laura Thoughts}
PVC Curling Iron Holsters {The Family Handyman}
Magnet Strips for bobby pins, tweezers, clippers, etc.{Superwoman}

For more amazing organizing ideas visit my “Organize It!” board on pinterest or some of our other organization posts:

-DIY Jewelry Organizer for the back of a door

-Earring Holder

-Upcycled Window Task Board
-How to Freeze Meat to stack nicely and defrost quickly
Happy New Year and good luck with you organization projects!

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Top 11 Posts of 2011

I thought it would be fun to re-cap the year with the top 11 posts of 2011 according to your views and comments. Here they are!

7. Dominos {Giant Style}

Thanks for making 2011 a great year! I look forward to sharing more with you in 2012!
And a big shout out to our top five blog referrers! All great sites, check them out!
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New Years Eve

Hi everyone, I’m Angie and I’m really excited to be guest posting for Michelle!

I blog over at Burton Avenue where I love to share simple and inexpensive craft projects. I especially love all things vinyl! I have been blogging almost 4 years, but never really liked sharing craft projects on our family blog. So, earlier this year, Burton Avenue began.

I have been married for 10 years and we have 6 cute little kiddies (9 years and under). They keep me busy! I love blogging because it gives me a chance to take a break from the day to day tasks of being a mom and keeps my creative juices flowing.

With only a week between Christmas and the new year, there isn’t much time left to decorate for a New Year’s Eve bash. No worries, because I’ve got a project that’s quick and easy and is sure to add some pizazz to your party.

I’m going to show you how to make this cute balloon topiary.

Here is what you will need:

12 – Small Balloons (I used 5″ balloons)

16″ Dowel (painted to match your color scheme)

Styrofoam

Small Vase

Marbles, Shreds, or other Filler for the Vase

Foil Sheets (optional)

Star Sprays (optional)

First, inflate the balloons (try to make them the same size). Tie the necks of two balloons together and repeat until you have six groups.

Next, place one group over another group. Lock the two together by twisting the necks around each other.

Repeat with a third group, there should now be six balloons in this cluster. Do the same with remaining groups, so you end up with two big clusters (each with 6 balloons).

Now, put the two clusters together and twist the necks of a couple balloons around each other. You will end up with a ball that looks like this. You can move the balloons around until the colors and shape look good. I hope that all made sense (it’s way easier than it sounds).

Set that aside for a bit and let’s start on the base. Stick your dowel into a piece of styrofoam and place it in the bottom of your vase. You may need to glue it down to keep it from tipping. Add marbles or other decorative items to fill the vase.

Place the top of the dowel in the center of your balloon cluster. You don’t need to glue it, just twist a couple of balloons around it to keep it in place.

It’s cute and simple like this, but I like to dress it up a bit more. Tuck some ribbon into the center of the cluster and wrap it loosely around the dowel a few times. Tie down the other end with another piece of ribbon and then make a bow.

Cut 5-6″ squares from foil sheets or tissue paper and stick between the balloons. Repeat all over the ball and fluff until it looks good.

Finally, for some more color, add a cute star spray to the base.

Isn’t it fun and festive?

And, since balloons come in so many different colors, you can make a topiary to match any party decor!

Thanks, Michelle for inviting me! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and will come over and visit me at Burton Avenue.

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Isn’t Angie great?! This is a totally fun idea for a New Year’s celebration. You could even disassemble it at the end of the party and let the kids pop the balloons as party to ring in the New Year! Thanks Angie for such a cute idea!

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All Partied Out

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