Monday, August 25, 2008

Clothes Pins

I'm loving all these fun office ideas I'm finding.

I first saw this on Ballard Designs - but again out of my price range!
Then I found you can buy a two pack for $3.00 from Creative Imaginations.
Oh the possibilities there are for these clothes pins! Paint them, cover them with scrapbook paper, etc.... I can't wait to buy some and try something out!

Who would have thought of doing something like this with clothes pins!?!

Sunday, August 24, 2008


What I wouldn't give to be able to have an entryway that I could put this in.

I love Pottery Barn.

Saturday, August 23, 2008


I found this and think it is perfect for my new office/guestroom. The price; well it's not so perfect for my budget!

Any ideas on where I might find something like this for cheaper?!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Office Stuff

As I mentioned before, I started a new position at work. I have to say that I am loving it! The job fits me perfectly and I don't dread going to work anymore. I've moved to a new office and have been trying to get situated and organized. While browsing on Etsy I found all kinds of stuff for the FUN are these things.......

I also came across this site {See Jane Work}

I want these binders!

Sunday, August 17, 2008


I've been a horrible blogger lately. Life just gets so busy sometimes!

Slowly making progress on my guest room. The room is looking very bare and I have a lot of finishing touches to add yet.

Here's the desk.....I freaked out on the distressing and had my husband help me. Not sure that I love it yet, but maybe it will grow on me? I'm still in search of the perfect knobs. (Anyone have any suggestions of where to look?)

I also decided to spray paint this and use as a nightstand.


So there you have it! That's where it stands as of now. I have lots ideas for this room and am continually working on it so I'll be sure to update as it progresses!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Project Update

Well my project is definitely a work in progress. I think I took on more then I should have at once!

The desk is still blue and still hasn't been distressed! I'm a little nervous about this whole distressing thing! Found some hardware that I liked but it didn't work with the desk so am back to searching for that. Got the room all painted and the headboard and footboard taken off of the bed.

Yet to do:
Distress and finish the desk
Paint the bookcase
Paint the door and figure out how to hang it as the headboard

These are the colors that I went with.....
Oregon Coast for the Walls
Lucy Blue for the Desk
and Whitewashed Oak for the bookcase
Hopefully I'll have a finished picture soon!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

6 Things About Me!

Angela from Hello Dahrlin' has tagged me with a meme. A meme is basically a list of things about me (hence the name). The stated subject is "6 UN-spectacular things about me." And it comes with few rules, as follows:

1. Link the person who tagged you.....Go check her out here!
2. Mention the rules on your they are!
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours....coming up below!
4. Tag 6 fellow bloggers by linking them.....I'll explain below!
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

So 6 "un-spectacular" things about me....not sure what is UN-spectacular versus spectacular so here's 6 random things for you!!

1. I moved 5 different times and lived in 4 different states all within a one year span! My husband was in the Navy and we had one busy year that year! We started out in New Jersey, and then moved to Virginia for a few months for my husbands training. From there we moved out to Washington state. We were there for 3 month when husband got deployed, so I moved back home to Wisconsin. I stayed in Wisconsin for 6 months and then moved back to Washington! I became a pro at packing and somehow survived the year!

2. I hate matching and folding socks and I also hate wearing socks! You will never see me in and around my house wearing socks. I wear them in the winter with boots, etc but otherwise no socks for me! Now my husband wears socks every day, so we have a big basket in our bedroom that is assigned just for clean socks. When he needs socks in the morning he has to dig through the basket and find a matching pair!

3. I love organizing but I'm not very organized....something I'm working on though!!

4. I'll invite people over just to get my house clean! I like my house picked up and looking decent on a daily basis, but when it comes to really getting it clean I can become pretty slack. But if I'm having guests it puts my butt and gear and I can have this place spotless in no time!!

5. I am the WORST when it comes to names. People I have known of my whole life and I'll draw a complete blank on there name! It has definitely made me look like a complete jerk at times!!

6. I can become easily addicted to Tetris. We have a nintendo DS and I will go through spurts of being completely addicted with putting those falling blocks into those perfect little patterns. If I pick it up I'm stuck for hours with that game!

Ok now for the tagging part - I'm not going to "tag" anyone in particular, but if you read this and want to do one for yourself consider yourself tagged! Let me know if you post it on your blog and I'll link you so we can all get to read about your 6 "un-spectacular" things!! Have fun!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Container Store

It's like organizing heaven. I. Must. Get. to a Container store A.S.A.P.!

The plastic Expand-a-Drawer cutlery tray maximizes usable space by adjusting to fit the width of your drawers.

Tackle that junk drawer. This Everything organizer features two stacking levels (one shown) and 23 compartments.See which shoes you want in an instant — and retrieve them by pulling down the handy window — with these stackable Tweed Drop-Front shoe boxes.

Slip-on Solid Shelf Dividers keep stacks of shirts and sweaters tidy and can be repositioned.

The Battery Rack organizer holds everything from AAAs to nine-volts and comes with a tester, so you’ll know which ones are fading fast. Tuck it in a kitchen drawer or mount it to a wall.Magnetic Erasable Labels attach easily to metal shelving, boxes, and bins. Use the hanging space in your closet to store more than clothes. With the Hanging Sweater Bag you can organize wardrobe basics using the vertical space in your closet and maximize your closet's storage potential.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


I'm not really liking the blue desk! I'm hoping that once the room is all put together I will like it better. I still have the distressing to do on it as well so here's hoping once it's all said and done it will all flow together nicely and the blue desk will grow on me!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Thrift Store Find

Friday my friend, sister, and I went thrifting. I was on the look out for a door for my new room. I fell in love with this to figure out how to make it work. Stay tuned!

P.S. - I got the door for $25 - This is my first time thrifting so I really have no clue if that was a good deal or not?!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Week of August 4th


We eat out way too much and spend money on groceries that never get used. It's a huge money waster for us and it's time to get this under control. hosts a Menu Plan Monday and it's just the thing I need to get this menu planning on track. So here it is.....

Monday - Lazy Lasagna with garlic bread and green beans

Tuesday - Garlic Lime Chicken with wild rice

Wednesday - 5 Minute Southwest Layered Salad

Thursday - Zesty Pork Chops and Grilled Vegetables with fruit salad

Friday - Tacos with chips and salsa

Saturday - Bacon Basil Chicken with cubed potatoes

Sunday - Baked Buttermilk Pork Chops with steamed vegetables

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Here goes.....

Thanks for all the great tips on getting me started with my painting projects. Thursday night I roughed up the surfaces, wiped it down good with the TSP cleaner; let it dry and then gave it a good coat of primer.

Last night I did my base coat and today I will paint the blue color I picked out. It's coming right along, hopefully it all turns out how I hope!

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