Tip{py} Tuesday – Clean that Purse Out


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I recently decided to change up a few things in my life; my purse. I’ve never been a big shoe girl, but I love having a nice purse. Since I tend to use them for years before getting a new one, I rarely clean it out. 

My normal is becoming a little to big as my life needs have changed and evolved. Hubs refers to it as the land craft carrier. So I downsized to a more manageable size for a while. It’s amazing how now all a sudden my arm is falling asleep as I carry my bag. Maybe it was a little to big. 

So while switching from one purse to the other, I ran into a wide range of items I didn’t need. Including size 2 diapers (she is 24 pounds!) and a pacifier (SB never used one). 

So here’s a little tip- while switching purses clean then out! Throw away the stuff you no longer need. An even better idea? Change purses more frequently to help escalate the need to keep a clean purse. Also gives you a great reason to get a new purse 🙂

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Tip{py} Tuesday – Craft Room Storage


photo-6Eventually I will be bringing you a round up of DIY fall crafts you can do with kids. I have mine slaving away right now working on some to make our home home fall festive. But until we are done and I have more coffee I decided to bring you some tips on organizing your craft room. Since I had to dig out some supplies for the fall projects we are working on; I decided to show you around my craft room and ways I try to pretend to be more organized.

The first thing I did when creating my craft room (or craft closet or craft desk; where ever you can carve out a little spot of yourself) was congering up some storage. I bought one of those $18 book cases at Walmart and was able to assemble it in a hour or so. But I hate run of the mill products and decided to use some fabric I bought in bulk, by mistake, to line the back of the shelf. You can’t tell much from the first photo, but the back of the shelf is a pink and white lattice pattern. I am sure there is a way to pull off the backing and line the back after assembly, but I suggest doing this step before hand. I had to add a little hot glue in places to help hold the backing to the shelf since the fabric was a little thicker than the length of the small puny nails supplied to attach the backing.  After assembly I filled her up.

The first shelf consists of all my ribbon. I bought a cheapo tension rod at Walmart and slid all the ribbon that could fit on it. Then stretched the rod to fit the lenght of the shelf. If I was smarter, I would have bought two tension rods and moved the shelf one peg hole lower in order to fit two rods on the top shelf.

The next shelf holds all my bulks of fabric. In order to have them all prettiely displayed, I cut up the free flat rate shipping boxes from the post office and wrapped my fabric around them. I have also seen people by comic book cardboard backings for the same usage. But I’m cheap and wanted instant gratification (Amazon would have taken to long).

photo-5My Third shelf houses my overflowing basket of fabric scraps. I do a lot of sewing and a lot of messing up! Instead of throwing out my unfinished crappy project, I rip the seams out and keep the scraps. I also have a random collection of lace doilies. They come in handy for projects to add a special handmade touch. You just don’t see them used much anymore and I love the vintage appeal they give.  This shelf also houses my Washi tape collection. Its puny I know, compared to some of my friends, but that stuff is not cheap! So I hoard it and use it only on special projects.  I was able to get the glass container for $6 at Walmart in the kitchen storage section.

photo-4On the bottom shelf is my sewing machine, books and random supplies, so random I have no idea what is even down there. I stole the curtain I made for another project and adapted it to fit here to hide the mess. What is funny is that the curtain isn’t even sewed with the machine. The hems and pocket for the tension rod are created with No-Sew. Sometimes I just don’t want to whip that big boy out for smaller easier projects.

I won’t show you the inside of my craft room, I will show you a few storage features I use. Most were formed from looking around my house and finding items I no longer used or wanted to change anyways. I told you; I’m cheap!

photo-3 I bought this from Ross and originally used it above my kitchen sink to hold my scrub brush, dish soap and other kitchen stuff. However, we moved into a new home where there was no room for it and it was just sitting in my storage closest. So…instant and free craft paint holder.

photo I often feel like a criminal, but I love collecting the free paint chip samples. They are so pretty and colorful and come in so hand for so many projects. I used them both on my moleskin calendar hack and my DIY butterfly mobile projects. I simply bought a little contain from Walmart and store them in color order.

photo-1 I love upcycling items and this is no different. I shared with you my storage solution earlier this year for all my random pens and markers. This container is what is left over from the Crystal Light packets.

photo-2 Lastly, is my Sharpie pen collection. After the mason jar craze, a bunch of parties I went to used them as sliverware holders, drink cups and more. I asked the hostess if I could have or buy them (for cheap!) after the party ended. However, you can buy them in bulk at Walmart for about $15 for 8.

 

I’d love to see what you all have come up with for storage solutions in your office or home. I’m always looking for new ways to make myself believe I am a organized person!

The Moment When…


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The moment when you smell it. Ya moms all know that smell. The one that turns your nose up. Ya, that one. And some get that joyful experience when your kid does it in the same spot everytime.

SB picks my office. While working on the blog she squats down and bam! I smell it. Dang girl!!

So I smelt it and knew a diaper change was in order. But just to make sure; I check. And I instantly feel that warm sensation of “something” on my finger. Gag! No dry heaving. I contained it.

I tell her it’s time for a change and she is so amazing. She walks her cute self into her room. How can you be disgusted at a face like that?!

The Moment When…


The moment when you realize someone has opened the door while your taking a shower. The brisk morning A/C cooled air is now rushing into your bathroom you have blissfully been pumping steam into for the past 5 minutes. Trying to create your mommy spa. It went like this –

Hubs: can you turn down the heat?
Me: (sigh) yes. Just a second.
Hubs: turn down the heat!
Me: ok. Geeze calm down. Why is it so important that I can’t take a 5 minute shower?

I turn around to see a naked, and poop covered, little SB. Sigh. That needed no answer.

Followed by the moment when… you don’t want to leave the shower for fear of what you will find – and smell.

Happy Sunday!

PS. We took the spawn on a hike yesterday. Saw some amazing views.

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The Moment When…


The moment when you realize your kid is not where you left him.

I was busy giving some medication to SB when after she took off and headed for the bathroom. She is a fish and will not stay out of our walk in shower. I run in there to grab here expecting Bug to still be showering and he wasn’t!

Mom freak out moment. He pops his head out of his room and proudly tells me he turned off the shower and got dressed. I am shocked and surprised and excited he is starting to do things out of order.

Then he tells me he is still wet because I didn’t hand him his towel. The towel rack is kid height (we live in a handicapped accessible house on post) and is a foot away from the shower. How can you not just reach over and grab it!!! Shm.
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Baby steps.