My peonies have started blooming.
Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m not sure what kind it is other then it being white and beautiful. I really need to keep track of such things. So if any of you know, please pass on the info to me. I would love to buy like 50 more of these plants.
See my cute little canning jar lid? Yes, another to add to my ever-growing canning jar collection. I purchased it from Decor Steals. Decor Steals is like a Pick Your Plum but for home decor items. They usually carry vintage knock-offs at super cheap prices. Their style is everything I love and I have a hard time not buying something everyday. Seriously go check it out!
How are you flowers growing this year? What are your favorites?
My peonies have started blooming.
I spent the morning doing some spring cleaning. My many trips to the Cleaning/Utility Closet reminded me that I still needed to post pictures of it. After all, it is one of my favorite rooms in the house now. For some reason, this little room just makes me smile. Do you remember a few months back when I showed you my plans for the room. Of course at the time my hubby laughed at my plans. He thought my scaling was way off. Of course I disagreed with him at the time, but now I have to fully agree. The room is a bit smaller then I first thought and that changed my layout a lot, but thankfully I was still able to fit everything in there that I needed to. You will have to forgive me for the picture quality. It was really hard to get a good picture of such a small and poorly lit space.
When I was cleaning out the closet I realized that I had a ton of extra cleaning supplies. I had no idea they were all hiding in there. Actually there were a lot of things hiding in there. One more reason to be organized, right? Let’s start with the top shelf. As you can see I store all of my cleaning supplies there, along with my extra laundry supplies. Above this shelf is a little shelf that I use to store all of our batteries, light bulbs and cords. The second shelf stores my “cleaning buckets”, garbage bags and throw rugs. I made up these “cleaning buckets” a few months ago and they have cut down on my cleaning time drastically. When it is time to clean a room I just grab my bucket and go. Everything is already in there that I need to clean a room. One bucket is for the bathrooms and the other is for all the other rooms. The little bucket on top is used when something needs a really good scrub down. I use it when I am cleaning the sinks, toilets and windows. It has also come in really handy with my spring cleaning.
In the picnic basket I store all of my cloth rags. I do not buy paper towels at all so I have to have a huge supply of microfiber cloths on hand. I buy all of my microfiber cloths at The Home Depot in the cleaning section. You can get a huge bag of rags for peanuts. The little bucket in the corner holds all of my supplies and attachments for my vacuum cleaner. The green file boxes on the right are empty right now, but some day they will be filled with important papers or who knows what.
A big ole basket on the bottom holds all of our toilet paper and baby wipes. In the corner is a little basket full of plastic bags from the store. Eventually I would like to make one of those cute hanging fabric bags to use instead. Add that one to my ever-growing sewing to do list. It was really hard to get a picture of everything since it is such a small space, but on the side wall I hang all of our mops. In case you have noticed I do not have any brooms in the house. I guess I just prefer to use vacuums.
And you know me, I love a good before and after.
See why I wanted this room redone? The before picture was taken a few minutes after the hubby started working on it, so it looks a little worse then normal. But for the most part that is what it looked like before…minus all of the junk piled up.
I finally got around to making and hanging up some curtains in the kitchen. For some reason I struggle with curtains in our house. Some times I like them, some times I don’t. For that reason, most of the windows in our house are still bare. I am just at a loss when it comes to curtains for some reason. A few months ago I saw Wild Poppy Milk-Gypsy Caravan from Amy Butler and just fell in love with it. I knew it would be the perfect fabric for some curtains in the kitchen.
Coming up with a design for the curtains was a little tough. Like I said, I am just at a loss with curtains. I do love the looks of ruffled curtains but don’t like them when they are ruffled where the curtain rod is, so I came up with my own design. I was hoping to have the bottom part of the curtains ruffle a bit more, but I didn’t purchase enough fabric. And as you all know me by now, I am an impatient person and didn’t want to wait to order more fabric. In the end, I am really happy with how they came out.
To make the curtains I measured the width of each window and then doubled it to get the measurements for the ruffled part. The top part of the curtains are the exact width of the windows plus added on for the sew seams. For the lengths I just went with what looked right. A simple design that was simple to make. Although I did break 4 needles while making these curtains for some strange reason. So don’t look too close at a few of them. The stitching is really bad. It really is amazing how different a few curtains change the whole look of a room.
Since I was already taking pictures of the curtains I had to show you this cute little cake/bread box that I purchased a few months ago. I just love it! No I don’t keep cakes/bread in it. Instead I keep our vitamins, sunscreen, bug spray and sun glasses. And on top I keep band-aides, a thermometer and some first aid stuff in that little tin basket. I have found that keeping all of those things right by the back door more convenient then always having to go into the bathroom to get it. Yes, it may be a weird spot to keep such things but it works perfectly for us. Little by little our house is finally feeling like our “Home Sweet Home!”
Last weekend the kiddos and I spent the day digging out flower beds along the front of the house.
I thought May Day would be the perfect day to finally buy some flowers and start planting.
Looking at all the rows of beautiful flowers was so much fun and added so much cheer to our day. We spent nearly two hours smelling and admiring all of the flowers. The greenhouses were by far the girls favorite part. They enjoyed our little shopping trip just as much as I did. Here’s to hoping I have a green thumb this year! Although I may have already messed up by planting my fall bulbs too early.
We are really making progress on our bathroom renovation. It is hard to believe it has only been one week and it is almost complete. All we have left to do in the laundry area is add a counter top and do a little bit of trim work on top of the cabinets. Thankfully all of the painting is done on this side of the room. Unfortunately this side of the room still needs a lot of work. Tonight we will finish up all of the tile work and then I will finish painting the upper edge of the walls. As you can see, we still need to put up more bead-board on one of the walls and of course put in a toilet, sink and a tub. But at least it is finally starting to come together! (The walls are actually red but for some reason they are looking more orange.) We have definitely had some good helpers! The best part is that they cannot reach where they shouldn’t be painting. So it really has been the perfect project for them to be involved in. So now I am off to do about 5,000 loads of laundry. It’s amazing how much laundry can add up in one week!
A few days ago if you were to look in the bottom of my bag you would have seen a big pile of paint chips and fabric swatches. And from time to time you would be able to see pictures of things that I had hoped to find in our travels…complete with dimensions and all. Yes, some would call me crazy(and slightly obsessive) but I would like to think of it as being prepared and ready to find a deal at a moments notice. Although I was prepared with this big pile of color it was far from being organized. So the other day I decided to make a little fabric book to hold all of my paint chips, fabric swatches and decorating ideas. Now I am one step closer to getting my life organized…or at least my bag. How do you organize all of your paint chips? Any other great ideas for me?
So I am one of those people who does not allow ANYTHING on the front of my refrigerator door. Yes I know it is kinda crazy especially since I have 3 kids, but that is just how I am. The only problem with that is the lack of places for my kiddos to play with their magnetic toys. Once the playroom was finished this winter I began thinking of a way to incorporate a magnetic board into the room. I knew I was going to use a large piece of sheet metal since we have a bunch of it in the barn, but I also wanted it to double as a place to draw on. I didn’t want to use chalk because it is just too messy and dusty. So my next option was to use dry erase paint on the sheet metal. But before I started painting, the hubby told me to just draw on a plain ole piece of sheet metal to see how that worked first. Well by-goll-ee, it worked! I actually love the looks of the sheet metal more then a white dry erase board. It ties in all of the metal we already have in our house and especially with our sliding barn doors. I have used a bunch of different brands of dry erase markers and have even left the marker ink on the sheet metal for days and no stains or imperfections have occurred. So now my kiddo’s have a place to play with all of their magnetic toys plus their dry erase markers. But the best part is that I am finally able to get rid of all those cookie sheets and mini dry erase boards that I have been storing away. Can you tell I’m on an organizing frenzy again?
So I’m still working on the house, it’s never ending I tell ya! I’m just doing little touch-ups and finally adding stuff to our bare walls. It is finally looking and feeling like home. Since Christmas I have either painted or repainted 7 of our 9 rooms. With that comes a lot of little touch-ups. So one day I decided to organize all of our paints and make up little jars for all those little touch-ups that are constantly happening. In the past I would put off all of my touch-ups because I would have to get out the gallon paint can. It just seemed like too much work for me. But now these little jars make touch-ups so quick and easy…and I actually use them. Of course I chose to use canning jars with plastic lids to store my touch-up paints in. Did you expect anything different from me? Then I store all of my little jars in a box that I bought in the office section at Walmart. It fits them all perfectly and even has a little extra room for my sponge brushes and paint can openers that always seem to disapear.
The box is stored in the house with all of our office supplies. Kind of a weird spot you would think, but it works for me and that is what is most important. And since we are talking about painting, how many of you have tried Frog Tape? It is the best! Yes, a little more expensive then the cheap stuff, but well worth the extra buck. I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of Frog Tape that I have gone through in the past year. So now you can organize all of your paints and keep your walls looking brand new and clean. Gotta love that! Now I’m off to the paint store to buy more white paint for the trim. Like I said, it is never ending!
I cant even begin to tell you how much I love having a playroom. Seeing toys all over the house just drives me crazy. I guess I just need order to stay sane. Yes in the past I was unable to do anything about it, but now every toy has its own place and if need be, I can just slide one of those doors shut…love that!
The larger storage bin was something I bought about 7 years ago from The Christmas Tree Shop and the little bin was something we got as a wedding gift for our bathroom. It is actually a large hamper, but it didn’t fit into the bathroom so I decided to take the top off and use it for storage. The large white cushion was a fun clearance find from Home Goods.
In our old playroom I hung the bags and plastic buckets on hooks to store all of their mega blocks and other small toys. I thought that the corners would be a good place to hang them. They are a little too high for the kids to reach on purpose. This way they have to ask for help and its a great way of keeping things from just being dump out for no reason. Funny how kids love to dump out baskets but hate to fill them back up. To hang the bags and plastic buckets I just bought a few of those heavy duty hangers at Walmart that are actually used to hang bikes on. They are super cheap and can hold a lot of weight.
With such a small space, I wanted to make sure I kept as much stuff off the floor as possible. And by hanging the bags and buckets it gives the kids the extra space they need to play on as well as keeping it all organized.
I ended up using the same shelves we had in our old playroom to store some of their art supplies and little toys that I want out of their reach. Eventually I want to find some old cabinets to line this wall with, but until then these shelves work fine.
The walls are painted Sunflower from Glidden paints. I like the color even though it is super bright. I have walked over to this room many a times to shut off the light just to find out that the light is not on and it is just the walls shining brightly.
I have to say, the kids love this little room but they still prefer playing with their toys under my feet. I guess even a new playroom doesn’t change some things.
And lastly how fun is this view…the playroom, living room and kitchen and all its bright colors?!
And just because I love seeing the before and after pictures. Here is what the playroom used to look like. It was a bit smaller then what the playroom is now and it was being used as a closet. It was also where the staircase was heading upstairs. (And sorry to the person in the picture…don’t worry you will remain anonymous. But I think some of you can guess who she is.)