November is here and so is the cold! Are you one of the lucky ones that has a woodburning fireplace? If so, this one is for you! If not….well this one is for you too because you probably have the occasional Continue reading
Something happened this weekend that hasn’t happened in the 3 years I have lived here, I cleaned the entire house in one day. Do you ever just get to that point where you can’t take another minute living in your mess? I got there on Sunday and Continue reading
I was in the basement the other day and found some paint samples from when I was deciding what color to paint my little guys nursery, ah…3 years ago. Time to do something with these samples and with Thanksgiving about a month away Continue reading
I haven’t posted in awhile because I have literally been in the closet! My newest project involves closet organization at possibly an extreme level. I have been working on a new venture that I am excited to share on my blog! I contemplated blogging about this prior to now however I had my doubts that I would be able to pull this together. After months of hard work, I have finally solved one of my organizational issues that has plagued me since the birth of my son.
This started awhile (long while) back. Before I got pregnant my husband and I bought a 120 year old house. I became pregnant the first week living in it! I didn’t realize tiny bedrooms, almost no storage and crazy small closets would be major issues in my future. The bedroom that would eventually be a nursery had a weird closet that required major work. I decided to remove the doors on the closet to make the room feel a little bigger. Alas…I realized the potential error of my way. You need to keep the thing clean! To make matters worse, the changing table doesn’t hold a lot so most of Theo’s clothes need to be hung in the closet. I decided my personal challenge would be to make the closet adorable, starting with the hangers!
I searched online and found many cute hangers for shirts but nothing that was just as adorable for pants. I went to home depot and bought lots of random items trying to make the next cute hanger. I experimented with ribbons as hooks, clothespins as clips and shims as the base. While some of my creations were cute, they weren’t exactly functional. Here we are almost 2 years later and I finally have the perfect baby hangers! I would love to share these with you so I opened an etsy store called Half Pint Hangers. I am so excited because Half Pint Hangers offers children’s hangers that are top quality, work amazingly well and are so cute I feel like I am decorating a batch of cupcakes with every order! If you get a chance, please check out my store and leave feedback www.etsy.com/shop/halfpinthangers or just click on the new menu on this site. If you like what you see, like us on facebook, pin a photo on pinterest, send out a tweet or just shoot me a message! I would love to hear from you.
Officially out of the closet,
Do you want to hide some junk and need a pretty way to do it? These fabric boxes are the ticket! I live in an old house and nothing ever fits (or works) quite right so when I go to do a project I find that goods off the shelf never fit quite right. After spending hours online trying to find bins that would fit my shelves I decided it would be faster to just make them. Here is how I did it!
Items Needed: Cardboard Boxes, Fabric, Glue Gun, Tacky Spray, Handles of your own choosing, Scissors, Fabric Pen, Power drill
Fabric Tips: Be careful with patterns they are tough to match up and you will need extra fabric if the pattern is complicated. I can’t seem to get enough gingham in my life right now and as a bonus the straight lines make cutting easier! A second note is you may want to consider oilcloth or a fabric that can be wiped clean. I think I am going to cry when my little one puts his dirty spaghetti soaked hands all over these.
1.) Get some cardboard boxes, if you need a specific size you can’t find try www.boxjedi.com (see note in playroom reorg post).
2.) Get some fabric (this step is the most fun!) How much do you need? It depends on the size of the box. I used 4 yards and got 6 boxes out of it.
3.) Measure the short end of each box and cut a piece of fabric 3 inches longer and wider than the box. Iron flat (I know you want to skip this step but don’t you will regret it). Go outside with your tacky spray and spray each end then press the fabric onto each end covering the edges.
4.) Measure the length of each box and around each box. Add 2 inches to each measurement and cut a piece of fabric.
5.) Iron the fabric and sew a 1 inch seam on the ends that will meet the edge you already covered. The piece should be slightly slimmer than the box which is ok because the covered edges hang over just a bit. Cover the outside of the box with tacky spray and press the fabric on.
6.) Measure where you want the handles and use a fabric pen to mark the spot. Using a power drill carefully drill a small hole in each spot. I started with small holes and increased the size as needed. Attach your handles. Be creative use vintage knobs, grommets, or peruse your local hardware store for creative solutions. I wanted grommets but my box was too thick so I used finishing washers (which retail for about $.20 each….easy and cheap!). I hot glued them over the holes and used a safety-pin to thread some grosgrain ribbon through.
7.) Measure the inside including the ends and cut a piece of fabric 1 inch longer on each side. Sew a 1/2 inch seam on each end. Err on the shorter side for this piece of fabric. If it is a little small it will be ok but if it is too big it will look messy. Tacky spray this sucker onto the inside of the box and you are done! Now go hide your junk!
I turned a former library type room into a playroom and always struggled with making use out of the narrow shelf space. I decided to tackle this project early on as I find myself spending countless hours in the room. The shelfs were becoming a dumping ground for odds and ends that didn’t have a home…lotion bottles, laptop chargers, old yarn from a craft project long ago abandoned. So many miscellaneous items had taken up permanent residence in my cell…err I mean the playroom.
The project centered around these fabric boxes that I made myself because I couldn’t find anything just the right size. I wanted to maximize every square inch of space on the 4 larger shelves so I bought cardboard boxes from www.boxjedi.com . You can order any size box, with a lid without, various thicknesses, etc. This is not a commercial for boxjedi, any box will work but if you need a custom size boxjedi will make it. If you chose to go that route let me know because I ran into some snags that would be easily avoidable if I had a little guidance.
Stay tuned for a tutorial on the fabric boxes!
Spring and babies seem to go hand in hand so it is no surprise that lots of moms are hatching plans to decorate the nursery accordingly. Here are some tips to ensure your new life has a cheerful nest for romping!
Chose a spring color palette: Robin’s egg blue is great for boys and girls and Benjamin Moore has a beautiful version called Bird’s Egg. Martha Stewart paint chips are genius with tabs that flip down to reveal complementary colors. I chose Tidewater and Bone Folder and I swear I can smell fresh rain every time I walk into my son’s room.
Mix the Old and New: I used an antique dry sink as a changing table and a simple white crib from IKEA. To save money I purchased a glider on craigslist and had it re-upholstered in the softest indoor outdoor fabric I could find. After a year the chair still looks brand new!
Find Cheerful Airy Textiles: I had bumper pads and Window boxes made with fabric found at studiobontextiles.net (wired). Every time I see the little birds on the wire I smile. Chose something complementary for closet drapes and throw pillows. A soft rug is important, I recommend feeling before buying to ensure it will be soft when your little lamb starts crawling.
Form Needs Function To Survive: Take the doors off the closet so you have easy access. Hide a mini fridge for storing breast milk and snacks (mine is full of Easter candy) under a throw made from extra fabric. You will need a lamp and small table next to the glider for drinks, binkies and your cell phone.
Accessorize With Unique Finds: Antique baby rocking chairs, quilt racks for blankets and birds nests are cute ways to style the room. I collect vintage baby rattles and displayed them on a shelf with one of my favorite belly photos.
Don’t Forget Artwork: I am a photo freak so I waited to hang anything until I did a newborn shoot. There are thousands of brilliant artists on Etsy or DIY by framing fabric, words, vintage baby clothes, scrapbook paper or illustrations from children’s books. You can even purchase mismatched frames from a thrift store and paint them in a coordinating paint color (flip the ends over on the Martha Stewart paint chip).
Unless you are a Duggar, most people will not have many opportunities to decorate a nursery so have fun creating the ideal nest for your little Chickie.