Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bathroom Organization - 14 Weeks to an Organized Home

A few weeks ago I enrolled in the above program from A Bowl Full of Lemons . Even though I started late, I am still keeping to the schedule and plugging along. I can say that there is a great sense of satisfaction after finishing some long needed organization in my home. I joke about the direct relationship between the state of my house and my mental health but there is definitely truth to it. With 2 active kids, 2 dogs a cat and a traveling husband, many organizing and cleaning tasks have fallen to the wayside - BUT NO MORE.

Today I will share my bathroom organization with you. I start my day in the bathroom and the organized drawers and items create less stress at the beginning of the day. I don't have "before" pics but here are the "afters"

My Face Products - I keep these on the counter in a silver tray since I use them multiple times per day
I also organized my husbands frequently used items in a tray

My Makeup drawer is arranged using clear trays and pretty shelf liner. I have a small row of lip products that aren't shown in the picture but are directly above this tray.
I keep my hair products, nail tools, glass cases in the next drawer, followed by extra soaps and hand creme
When we remodeled our bath, we decided to put in a "coffee bar" - or small counter that can accommodate a coffee maker. We use the cabinet above the bar for a medicine cabinet with products arranged in white bins for cough and cold and travel items. The smaller drawers contain band-aids, antiseptic cream, medicine cups, thermometers and smaller items.

So here is the "organized sink" area, with drawers organized and towels stacked neatly in the cabinets under the sinks.

Later I will be posting the assignment for The Office or in my case, my craft closet. Let me know if you decide to TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Stamp Club Projects - Quick Gift Projects

This month's stamp club, I focused on quick gift giving. These two framed projects were demonstrated using a quilling method ( click here for a demo of quilling) for the flowers and using My Digital Studio to design the interior of the Menu and To Do lists. I found these ideas on Pinterest and thought I would create  them for our club. Just add an inexpensive frame, a dry erase marker and you have a quick gift for a neighbor or teacher.

Gift cards are always a "given" around the holidays so I also included 2 gift card projects.

The coffee to -go cup was completely CASE'd from my stamping friend Kathy Whitten. She brought this idea to a stamp group and I modified it using my Stampin' Up! products. I was able to create the top of the cup using Print Shop since it is constructed of basic shapes. I already have this GC holder earmarked for a special teacher.

The second gift card holder is a real quickie and an example of how MDS can make your life sooooo easy during the holiday hub bub. The paper and trees are from the digital kit " Frosty Day". I just love the bright cheerful colors from this set and best of all this card holder can be created in about a minute.

Coffee Gift Card Holder

Paper - Festival of Prints paper stack, crumb cake, whisper white card stock
Stamps - Tiny Tags
Ink - basic black, crumb cake for distressing
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon, Always Artichoke seam bindingCherry Cobbler bakers twine, Jewelry Tag punch, small circle of velcro

Frosty Day Gift Card Holder
My Digital Studio Frosty Day ensemble
Paper - whisper white, melon mambo, pool party card stock
Accessories - Scallop border punch, scallop circle punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, dimensionals

Monday, November 5, 2012

Masculine Birthdays

This weekend after cleaning the garage, I finally had a moment to stamp. I was in need of two masculine cards for two very different gentlemen. After all the cleaning and organizing it was nice to make a bit of a mess in my crafting closet:)

Paper: Webster Pages DSP, Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso card stock
Stamp: From My Heart
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso
Accessories: Vintage Trinkets

Paper: Frostwood Lodge DSP ( retired), Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Whisper White cardstock
Stamp: Countryside
Inks: Black Stazon, Early Espresso, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Going Grey, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Woodgrain embossing folder, Not Quite Navy Ribbon ( retired), Bronze button, burlap strands

Not all Cleaning but Paper Crafting Too - 3rd Annual OWH and RMH Treats

Treats for Ronald McDonald House Families

Cards all "tucked" and ready for the Operation Write Home shippers

Last week brought 2 deadlines on the same day - Operation Write Home Christmas cards and Halloween. I have just, finally, got a moment to post them.

OWH- Our group this year was small but we still produced a good number of cards for Operation Write Home (48). My niece, Danita, was visiting and we stamped a bit while watching football. Jen also created some of the cards and dropped them off at my door. Both lovely ladies are my downlines and such talented women. For more information about Operation Write Home visit http://operationwritehome.org

RMH - The Halloween treats were made using the wonderfully quick Ghoulish Ghouls treat pack. I just cut 4" x 12" strips of basic black card stock and used an Edgelit die to give a bit of interest to the top. This is such a quick and easy treat project made even faster with the Ghoulish Ghouls.

My Week 2 of 14 Weeks to a Perfectly Organized Home - The Garage

I have started my second week on the 14 Week Program to a perfectly Organized Home. Here are some pictures of the garage process. I just had to smile this morning as I went to get in my car and the garage was so clean! We need to park our cars in the garage so there is always room for the 2 cars, but junk seems to accumulate around the perimeter. 
A Clean Garage

I unloaded everything to the sidewalk - My neighbors had to laugh at all out junk out on the street. I swept the walls of all the cobwebs, swept the floors and washed the doors.
A few trips to Goodwill and a full garbage can and I was done. Now off to the next project The Master Bedroom - I am getting weak in knees about the home office so I will conquer that after the bedroom.

Clean Mama - Stopping the Paper Trail

Today's post on Clean Mama is regarding busting the paper clutter. I am submitting a pic of my cabinet above my "Command Center" in the kitchen. I think the most important thing I do that cuts down on paper is going digital. I opt for paperless billing and auto payments whenever available.

I admit it I am a binder junkie. I keep almost everything in binders. The binders on the top shelf contain household information such as appliances, general home information our last big remodel, our condo information etc. My craft room also contains multiple binders. I love creating binders and organizing them.

In the middle I have a bill box that the few paper bills that we do receive go into. In this box I also have a return address stamp and ink pad. I sort my mail outside next to the recycle bin and only magazines, bills and letters come into the house - NO JUNK!.

The bottom shelf contains two education binders  -one for Megan and one for Jake that organizes all their important school information. I also have small folders for take out menus and directories to our neighborhood and schools. The small verticle filer is for envelopes, invitations and large department store coupons. The phone instruction manual is also in this section.

So what do you do to contain your paper clutter?