Saturday, December 31, 2011

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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Thursday, December 29, 2011

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!


Linking up with:
Top Projects of 2011 Party at Southern Hospitality
Top Ten Linky Party at Someday Crafts
Favorite post of 2011 at Home Stories A2Z

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

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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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

All Partied Out

We know you all have enough parties to attend during Christmas time so we'll be taking party break during the holidays. But please come back January 4th for a whole new year of DIY Under $5!


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Make a Tree Topper with A Law Student's Journey

Happy Holidays and thank you Michelle for having me over to guest blogging today! I'm Kitty from A Law Student's Journey . I'm a 2nd year law student, who blogs about crafting my way through law school. A few weeks into my first year, I realized I need an outlet that could completely take my mind off school...and I decided on blogging!


Today, I wanted to share a little holiday craft for your Christmas tree! I worked on this little Wire Tree Topper to share with you all!




The fun part is- you can customize it and hang whatever you'd like from your topper- a wire monogram for your family, a star, a prized ornament or possibly an elf on the shelf (for those of you who have started that family tradition)

Make a Tree Topper

This works great with in thick wire. I had some laying around the house from other crafts, but you can pick some up at a craft store, hardware store, or use a wire hanger!






You'll want to first make a long skinny wire cone shape to fit on the top branch of your tree. You can work with it to fit your tree particularly, but these are a pretty universal design to balance on the top of your tree!


I used pliers to bend it into the cone shape, but you can also find a cone shape around your house, and bent it around for a more symmetrical design.


I always loop the bottom of my wire first, no need for anyone to be cut on the ends!


Then top it off with a hook. That way you can hang your designs from it!




Or if you'd rather, make a swirl, and you are able to stick photos, paper projects, or make a larger swirl and cut a star out of paper, and let your children decorate it!




You can use the spare wire to create other designs- spell out an inspirational Christmas word like "hope" or "faith" or you can make a monogram for your family!








Hope you all enjoyed the post and try to make a tree topper of your own! Thanks again Michelle for opening up your blog to me!


Please feel free to stop by A Law Student's Journey to say "hi"! Check out other popular tutorials here, including the secret to the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice, just in time for the holidays!

I'd love for you to visit my etsy as well- and use the code FRIENDS for 10% off your order!

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Thanks Kitty! I feel a little bit of Whoville in those whimsical tree toppers! I love the idea of using them to hold photos too. I may have to make a tree topper of my own, oooh, or a slightly altered version with the monograms could be fun additions to my sweater stockings!


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

DIY Under $5 Features

Loving all the holiday fun! So many fun ideas that everyone can afford to make! Let's jump right in!

Powdered Sugar Stenciled Cookies from Burton Avenue
Always wondered how they could sell cookie stencils. I figured they would be easy to make and they are!


wouldn't they be so cute the Peppermint Candy Plate she made with vinyl?!


FauxFlakes from The House of Bledsoe
Easy & awesome!


Nativity Silhouette from Today is my Someday
Who knew a poster board could make something so stunning!

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Also, as a heads up we will be taking a couple of weeks off from the party so everyone can have a break and enjoy their families during the holidays! But don't worry, the party will be back in full force in January! See ya then!


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Friday, December 16, 2011

A Visit to Honeybear Lane

I took a field trip over to Honeybear Lane today! Join us over there for a yummy holiday treat...

Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies!


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

DIY Under $5: Holiday Display Ideas

I wanted a little something different for my shelf this year. Using only things I already had (either dollar store, thrift store, or given to me) I created this...


It incorporates a few different holiday display ideas.


I love this printable from Eighteen25 and it is perfect to tie the colors in my stockings that hang on the fireplace to the right.


All the ornaments and silver bells are from Dollar Tree and the greenery is pieces that have fallen from my artificial Christmas tree. How's that for re-use?

I am thinking a spruce garland and some muted red bows on the silver candlestick and the goblet would be just the right touch. All in all I am pleased with how it turned out! Not bad for free right?!


Now let's see what you've been up to!

I enjoy so much your $5 projects that I decided to add an addition link section for anything under $15! That's right. It will open up a place to show additional projects that can't be purchased with an Abe Lincoln, but are still totally affordable! I can't wait to see more from you!

Please remember:

  • Only link to your own projects that cost you $5 or less (price does not have to include items you had on hand) or $15 or less in the 2nd section.
  • You can link past projects that fit the dollar limit, but please only link each project one time to one DIY Under $5 party. Do not link the same project week after week.
  • No linking giveaways or items for sale
  • Please link back so others can join the party and so you have the opportunity to be featured on Saturday!

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