Tag Archives: TLC

Unexpected Storage

28 Nov

This week I was rearranging my kitchen and cleaning it out of things we don’t use anymore. Is it just me – or do I do this about every three months or so? Anywho, I came across this container of popcorn that we got – minus the popcorn that is. I can’t believe that I held on to for a while because I liked the way it looked – but I’m so glad I did 🙂

I never had a purpose for it or really a reason to keep it but I love how pretty and shiny it is! Even better now that it’s winter time again so it goes along with the theme of the weather 🙂 After looking around the house for a while I decided where I wanted to put it.

Most of the time when I’m finding a home for a new place I like to replace it with someone older that isn’t serving it’s purpose anymore, or could use a little TLC. I found just the spot I needed to fix!

My yarn basket gets pulled out every time I’m doing a few projects at once. Since I have show coming up on the 15th, I have been multi-tasking with my list of things to finish up. This basket is obviously getting a little too much love because it’s overflowing and not so pretty anymore!

I decided I could easily fit my yarn in the new bucket with no problem. After filling it up I realized I had extra room on the top to put whatever current project I’m working on and still close the lid! Extra space is definitely key for me to keep things organized. If I limit myself – mess happens fast!

Then I put it right where I do my crocheting, next to the couch but enough out of the way that it isn’t bombarding my space. So while it looks like a decorative tin of goodies – it’s really my project stash of goodies!

I love free ways to store items!
Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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30 Things Before I’m 30

3 Aug

This has been something I keep seeing flooding around my favorite blogs. People are postings lists of what they’d like to do before they turn 30! What a fantastic idea – so I’m following along and doing it as well 🙂

Since I’m currently 24, I have 6 years to get these 30 things accomplished. Some of these might be super easy but I know a few of things are going to be a bit tougher, especially the first few things listed because let’s be honest – they’ve been my life goals for a while!

1. Buy a home!

2. Have another baby.

3. Make enough money selling my handmade goods that I’m not dependent on Brian’s income or any other income! I would love to able to make enough so he didn’t have to worry about a thing and just do a job a loves.

4. Either have my own studio room in my home, or buy/rent a studio to work in that could also house as a small shop!

5. Own a beach house! Gotta have that getaway available at a moments notice that doesn’t blow my bank account.

6. Create my dream blog – basically step this one up 10 notches 😉

7. Write a book.

8. Go back to school and get a degree in Business and Art. Maybe even take a few other classes just for fun!

9. Sponsor or support another crafters dream. I’ve always wanted to give someone like me the support that I feel like my family has given me.

10. Travel to Europe (mainly Italy) again.

11. Visit Etsy’s headquarters!! I’d love to see them all in action.

12. Be able to visit my friends more often or house them to visit me.

13. Be featured in a magazine for my work.

14. Create a few more life long friends where I am currently living.

15. Be more fit (not skinnier or bulky strong – just fit).

16. Organize and support my local team to win awards and become well known.

17. Get to the point where I never have to work a Monday ever again.

18. Learn how to cook some new meals well.

19. Buy an ipad!

20. Get a new wardrobe. It needs a little TLC for sure!

21. Have a completed college fund for Emma.

22. Set up a Christmas fund for each year.

23. Have a pool and I’m not talking about a baby pool.

24. Meet Emma Stone.

25. See John Mayer live.

26. Have a table at a major festival!

27. Do some freelance writing.

28. Start a garden and keep it alive 😉

29. Win a blogging contest – that’s rated on my writing and quality.

30. Be proud of who I am no matter what.

Brian thinks it’s going to be near impossible to get these things done before I’m thirty but I’ve always been an overachiever. Who know’s, maybe I’ll even surprise myself and knock out every single one of these goals! I’ll be posting this countdown on a page at the top of my blog to cross of as I go and doing posts when I complete something on my list – so we are all in for a treat 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Kicking Fridge Clutter Goodbye!

26 Jul

I’ve been looking for ideas to get rid of my fridge clutter but still be able to have my grocery list, meal ideas, and what I’m going to make that week schedule. As you can see my fridge could use a little TLC:

I finally found one that peeked my interest.

 

Painting a cabinet door with chalkboard paint! ❤ It took a couple coats of paint but each time I got that much more excited.

 

Then after three coats and time to dry it was ready to played with!!

Ahh!!! I love it! My favorite thing about it is I can close the cabinet door and you can’t see any of the chaos 😀 I do need to get a little better at writing with chalk though – that’s obviously not my strong point 😉

 

My fridge looks happier too 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

 

Daily Life: Gift Cards Please?

28 May

Hey everyone! After my past few days being like a rollercoaster I have finally hit inspiration mode! I’m not sure exactly what it is but I can’t stop coming up with brilliant ideas! Well, I hope they are brilliant 😀 Nothing else gets me more motivated than seeing something so thrifty and well made. My next project is going to include recycled gift cards. I have a few of these just lying around in miscellaneous places. I know one of them has like two bucks on it.. but the store is like an hour away and I rarely go! So if you live in Northern Virginia and are weird like me and actually have empty used gift cards send them to me!!

Let’s see how many I can get!

Totally off subject, has anyone been watching extreme couponing!? I dvr’d this show and watched two of them this morning before house shopping. As much as I would love to have a stockpile of food and get as much of it as possible for free I doubt I could ever actually do it. One of the things I noticed with these couponers is that they get packets and packets of the same coupons. Although I have an amazing mother in law who thankfully gives me her coupons I don’t think two packs would cut it. Nor do I have the time to cut a zillion coupons!! I am thinking about at least checking what my grocery store is putting on sale to see if there are coupons to make it free but instead of buying 100 things of toothpaste, I’ll stick to two 😉 Another thing to notice about this show is that they never buy staples like bread, milk, and perishable items. Only one girl so far actually bought stockpiles of frozen foods. She might have been one of my favorites because I just stockpiled my freezer with fruits and veggies. But keep in mind I bought one bag of each from Sam’s and they’ll probably last me 6 months 😀 So when I say stockpile I mean two bags. Haha. Who knows maybe instead of saving thousands of dollars, I’ll just save a hundred or so.

Also completely random: I am crocheting a “sailor” striped inspired scarf. I’m not exactly sure if they are that much in style, but I love them. I’m also going to try to put pockets on them. I saw this scarf that had pockets on the ends so you could put your hands or maybe a cell phone in it. Super cute so lets see if I can pull it off 😉

Lot’s to do! I’ll be busy tomorrow.

Love Always,

J

 

 

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