Friday, 20 July 2012

My Super Amazing Custom Drawer Organizer

I love my house but one thing that drives me crazy is the lack of drawers in my kitchen. I have lots of cupboards but very few drawers. Because of this, all our utensils are kept in one drawer (except our knives which sit in a block on the counter). To make this even more annoying, the drawer doesn’t work with any store bought organizers. I’ve tried different brands, styles, materials, etc. and nothing fit properly. After grumbling about this for the past three years, J finally got the hint and made me this super amazing custom drawer organizer.

This isn’t really an accurate before. We used to have this a lot more organized. This is before, after we had removed several of the containers and moved things around to see what fit best in which location.

J built it out of molding. I wasn’t around when he did it, but from what he told me it was annoying to build. He brought it home and I decided to paint it white.

Midway through painting I ran out of white and decided to finish it up with dark brown. I didn’t really care about the colour, I just wanted it painted in case I needed to clean it.

After the paint was dry we put it in place. Doesn't it look pretty?

I had fun filling it. All our cutlery is in the bottom six slots. The top left is cutting utensils like steak knives and pizza cutters, and next to that is a space full of cooking utensils. The third large space is for baking supplies and the one on the right is for other random things we need.

Doesn't it look so much better?! I love it, especially knowing that J made it for me.

In other news, this will probably be my last post of a while. Only 8 days until I become a Mrs. and the family starts arriving tomorrow. While the wedding is small and simple, I don't know how much time (if any) I'll have to post. If you don't see me around for a few weeks, don't worry about me. I'll be back online once life gets back to normal.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Spray Paint Fail

I’ve been taking care of odds and ends for the wedding and things are coming along. One thing I needed was a plate of some sort to hold the pens and stickers for the guestbook scrapbook pages. I couldn't find a silver one I liked so I bought a black plate and decided to decorate it. I thought I would use Modge Podge to put some paper doilies on the plate, spray paint it silver, and then remove the doilies.

I went to get my silver spray paint and my thought process went something like this: My silver is almost empty... Hmmm, what about this? It’s for aluminum. Oh well, hopefully it’ll work… No, I don’t think it’ll work…. I really don’t want to get dressed and go to the store but I want to get this done… I’m sure it’ll work.

Can you guess what happened?

It didn’t work. When I peeled off the doilies the paint came with it. I guess I should have gone and bought the proper spray paint. Fail.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Bathroom Drip Art

I have been working on our hall bathroom for about a year and a half. It has been almost finished for the past year or so but needed new artwork and a mirror. I finally found a mirror I liked while I was away a couple weeks ago and decided I should make some art and get the room finished before our wedding company arrives. A friend had pinned this picture of drip art and, while it’s nothing like my finished product, it got me thinking…  

Here’s my fancy new bathroom art. I’m almost embarrassed by how easy it was but I love how it turned out.

The hardest part was the preparation. I took three pages of paper meant for acrylic paint and taped them to the cupboards. I found some paint colours I liked from my stash and mixed them with water. For the bottles that were almost empty I added the water directly in the bottle and threw it away when I was finished. For the few bottles that were quite full, I used travel containers to mix the paint and water. I used about three parts paint to one part water but didn’t actually measure. Make sure you shake well! I then covered the counter and microwave with tinfoil so I wouldn’t ruin them with paint drips.

Next was the easy part… Drip paint onto the paper. I added more in places I wanted longer streaks but really wasn’t too picky. Make sure you let it dry in between each colour.

At this point J walked in to the kitchen and looked at me like I was crazy. He didn’t see where I was going and, looking at these pictures, I can’t say I blame him.

I didn’t take pictures of the last colour but I added some more navy on top to make the yellow stand out less. At this point, the kids came over and I think they agreed with J that it wasn’t looking too great. Oh well, I could see my plan coming together.

I let them dry over night and then framed them. The frames I used are silver 8x10s with white 5x7 mats. As you can see, I’m no professional. I cut the top off, positioned it where I wanted, and then taped the top in place.

J then hung the three paintings in the bathroom and I love them! Finally my bathroom is finished. This would be when the rest of the family finally admitted that they looked nice. Success!

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Friday, 13 July 2012

Manual and Warranty Organization

Since I’ve been home I’ve been trying to clean up and get organized. With that said, we’ve been having temperatures in the high 30s every day (that’s around 100 Fahrenheit) and we don’t have air conditioning so I’m trying to find things that don’t require much physical exertion. One of the things I’ve been doing is going through all the manuals and warranties that came with shower presents, mailing what needs to be sent to manufacturers and putting away the rest.

I decided I would show you my simple way of keeping these manuals and warranties organized. They all go in a 3-inch binder that gets stored above the fridge in the shelf that’s too high for me to use on a regular basis.

In the front of the binder I keep some post-it notes and some extra page protectors. That way I never have to look for them when I need them.

I’ve used paper dividers to separate our house by rooms. The categories I currently have are living room, kitchen, bedrooms, basement and other.

For each item I use a page protector. I put the receipt in front and include any manuals, warranties, and other paperwork that came with the item. For quick reference, I put the date the warranty expires on a post-it and stick it to the page.

I also keep boxes for any items that are under warranty. Because we have an unfinished basement we have lots of room so they just sit in a stack out of the way. I attach a post-it to each box so I know when the warranty expires and once it has expired I throw the box out.

Like I said, it’s simple but it works for me.

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Beaded Keychain / Zipper Pull

Sorry I’ve been away from blogland lately. As I mentioned in an early post, I was in Edmonton. Between about 165 teachers we marked over 40 000 booklets (each with an essay and a letter) of grade 9 provincial exams in 6 days. While I had brought beading supplies with me and actually did make one piece in the hotel, I just didn’t have the mental capacity to write about it. To be honest, I didn’t even turn on my computer the entire time I was away but gave myself a break from all technology and it was lovely.

Ok, enough about that. Above is the beaded keychain / zipper pull I made in the hotel. Because I liked the way it turned out, I decided to make another one when I got home so I could share it with you.

The first thing I did was cut five pieces of chain. On this one I used three short and two long but on the original I used 2 short and 3 long.

Next I attached planned where to place the beads and attached them to the pieces of chain using headpins. I started by using two beads per chain. On the middle chain I attached a charm with a jump ring instead of using beads.

I then used jump rings to attach each strand of chain to the clasp.

At this point I thought I was done but once I held it up, I realized it needed more beads. I went back and added a few more until I was happy with the appearance.

I realize I didn’t explain much about how to attach headpins and jump rings. If you’re new to beading, THIS SITE has good, simple explanations of how to do the basics.

Last but not least, here's a photo of the two of them together. I wasn't sure what to call them so I settled on keychains / zipper pulls but they could be attached to a lot of things.

I now have a few of these in my etsy store. I've been trying to get the shop information filled out and add some more products so I can *hopefully* make my first sale soon. Any tips on how to be successful on etsy are very welcome!

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