Wednesday, March 21, 2012

What A Difference $14 Makes!

I have had my kitchen table and chairs for almost 18 years.  In my dreams I would like a square table with 2 chairs are each side but it just isn't in the budget and I don't really need it because my table is still in great shape.  I said the table but the chairs are a different story.  I honestly do not know how the cushions get so dirty, we sit on them so if we spilled food it would be on our laps right?
The fabric is not pretty any more but it doesn't have a rip or tear in any of the six chairs and I still find them comfortable to sit on so I ventured in to JoAnn's and found new decorator fabric for $7.69 a yard.

I have never attempted to reupholster anything but this was so easy.  Remove 3 screws to release the cushion from the chair, staple the fabric over the original fabric and then attach the cushion back on the chair with the 3 screws.  I do have to admit that after putting all those staples in my hand was tired.  I don't know why staple guns have to be so hard to pull the trigger.
My son noticed right off the bat when he sat down to eat dinner but Steve was totally oblivious to the change but after we told him he was impressed and really happy about the "new" chairs.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Toilet Paper Rolls

If you did a search on Pinterest you would be amazed at all the creative ideas that pop up for the use of the cardboard center of a roll of toilet paper.  This picture inspired me!
Joy Astle - wrapping paper holders

I started saving the tp rolls but used up all that I had when I looked at my vinyl in my craft room. Plain brown and the glue rings didn't inspire creativity so I made them pretty by using scrap paper.
Now I have to start saving the cardboard rolls for my wrapping paper all over again.

After that my next project will be cable storage but I think that I will add a label for each cable to help make it easier to find.
Storage | Glee - cables stored in a shoebox

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Scrapbook Paper

I am not a really big scrapbooker but I do love paper and all the fun things you can do with it.  How do you protect it and what do you do with those perfectly good scraps?  I bought a Sterilite ShowOff at Wal-Mart.

I created 11 hanging files and have sorted scraps in one and 8.5 x 11 paper in the other.  This has worked great because I set it next to my paper cutter and as I cut paper the scraps go right in the box.
I had a very difficult time finding storage for 12x12 paper.  I was amazed at how difficult it was since 12x12 paper is about the only size you can find any more.  I scoured all of Cedar City and when I was in Salt Lake I checked out Ikea.  I found this box that is a little large but for the price it works.
I painted the box box black with acrylic paint, added a little bit of white vinyl and whala!  Look how cute!  I am thinking of applying a coat of Mod Podge just to give the box a little more protection.

I couldn't put hanging files in the box so I cut pieces of cardboard to divide the colors and covered each with white contact paper hoping .  Applied vinyl lettering to let me know what is behind each divider and now I have a place for both my 12x12 and my 8.5x11 paper.
Now I have all of these different types of boxes and nothing matches.  Why can't they just make white?  I have a few ideas of how I might be able to coordinate everything but that is going to take some experimenting.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Box

As I have been sifting and sorting through my house I have been amazed at how much paper there is.  In trying to reduce the clutter I have been using Box to store my most valued possessions.  The beauty is that these are saved in the "Cloud" so it doesn't bog down my computer.  They offer 5GB of storage for free but I was lucky because when I signed up and put the app on my iPhone they gave me a total of 50GB of storage for free.  Right now they are offering the same 50GB to people who put the app on their LG devices.

The first thing is to sign up for an account.

This is not what you will see when you have signed in.  I have already created some folders but yours will be blank unless someone has invited you to be a collaborator. 
Click on New where you will be able to create a new folder or document.  I like to keep things organized so I create folders and add documents.  I have been working on family history and I have found it easy to create a folder for the Birrells and put the documents inside.  My family went on a cruise and we uploaded our photos to Box so that we could share instead of emailing or burning CDs for everyone to have.
Click on upload and it will allow you to pick a file on your computer and save to box.  This is a great way to backup those important files in case your computer crashed or your house burned down.  Let's hope none of those happen.
Another way to upload a photo or document is to hover your mouse over a file and it will highlight blue.  Across from the title you will see a white box with a blue triangle.  When you hover your mouse over the box it will turn blue and the triangle will be white and with "More Options" showing.  Click on box and you will see what you can do with the file.  From here you also have the option of "Sharing" this folder.  If you don't want to share the entire folder you can do this same thing with a file.  Sharing gives you the opportunity to let others either just view the file or folder or you can allow them to be a collaborator.  A collaborator is allowed to edit and add or delete items.  This is a great way for me to share family history with all of my family so that they can see what documents we have and it helps to reduce duplication.

You also have the option to tag documents or photos as well as add a description.

If you click on "My Account" at the top of the page you can add your photo, change your notifications and make other changes to your account that work for you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pinterest Inspiration: Vases

I needed a colored vase because fake flower stems are UGLY.  I remembered this Pin but I didn't want to run to the store to buy special paint.

WIMW: Dandy Poufs and Painted Vases from Little Gray Fox

I had a can of spray paint and a vase so I just went for it.  It was a fast easy project that didn't cost me a thing:)
 Not as shiny as Little Gray Fox's vases because I used satin paint and I painted the outside but I like if and when I don't I can paint it another color.

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Google Reader

Do you ever find a fantastic website and want to keep following it to see what they are doing?  I do all of the time but just don't have the time each day to go look at each site.  I found Google Reader awhile ago and it has saved me hours.  The first thing that you will need to do is sign up for an account.  If you have Gmail you have Google Reader capabilities already. 

When you have Gmail open click on More and then click on Reader.

Google Reader will open up.  This is what mine looks like.
On the left is a column that lists the folders that I have made.  Below the folders are websites that I have found that I am trying to decide if they are worthy of being in my reader and taking up my time each day.  At the top of the column there is a red Subscribe button.
When you click the Subscribe button a box opens up below it.  Copy the address of a blog or website that interests you and paste the address in the box and hit add.  Some websites don't offer feeds so they will not work.

To add a folder hover your mouse over one of the sites that you added and a triangle will appear.  Click on the triangle and then click New Folder or you can also click on a folder you have already created and that will move your site into the folder.
Folders come in very handy especially when you don't have time to look at your Google Reader for a few days.  Last October when I returned home from my cruise it said that I had 1000+ items to read.  I read the family posts and hit all read to take the pressure off.
To read your items click All items under the Subscribe button and the screen will look like this.  On the right hand side there are two buttons ^ and v.  Click on the v button and it will move you to the next post.  You can also scroll down with the side bar.

When you see something that interests you and want to remember it you click on the title of the post and it will open it in the website.  From here you can pin it to Pinterest.  Another option is click the star next to the title in Google Reader.  I am not a huge fan of this option because you can't sort them out so it is just a big jumbled mess.  If I had the same files in my Starred Items that I have already created for my sites then I would be able to find things quick and easy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Needles

As I have been cleaning I found these that I had forgot that I had made.
What are these?  Felt needle books.  I found the pattern here.  Mine are not nearly as cute or expensive but they work and that is all that matters.  She recommends wool felt but I used the inexpensive sheets of felt and left over buttons that I had in the house.

If I was to do it over again I would Velcro the book shut instead of cutting a button hole.  I still might make the change.  It all depends on the wear and tear.
I now have all my needles in one place so I am not searching the house just to sew on a button.
I have this specialty page for needles that I use for quilting.  I cut a scrap piece of fabric and wrote the needle type so that when I get low I will know what to buy.

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Fabric Stash

Love this but just don't have the space.  I also have more fabric so it just doesn't work for me.  My fabric is stashed in the closet in this plastic drawers and they work great!
I have 10 drawers - green, brown, yellow, pink, purple, whites, orange, black, blue and red.  Blue and red are in the bigger drawers because I have more of those colors.  I don't have them labeled because I never know when I might have to move them to a larger or smaller drawer.  The other large drawers hold felt, flannel and any other specialty fabrics.  The top smaller drawers hold scissors, thread and other sewing notions.  It feels great to finally have all of my sewing supplies in one place.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Cookbooks & Recipes

Today I tackled my cookbooks and recipe box.  I was inspired by the email that I received from Better Homes and Gardens about Declutter and Stress Less.  This was the suggestion that they offered -

Recipe for Organization
Have a pile of cookbooks gathering dust? Scan and print the one or two recipes you use the most often, then donate the book. Same goes for recipes in magazines. Tear out the relevant pages, then recycle the rest. Put the pages into clear plastic pockets in a three-ring binder. You've just made yourself a customized cookbook with plenty of room to grow.
-- Lorie Marrero, author of Clutter Diet

 This is about 1/3 of the pile of cookbooks that I "had".  I first picked out the cookbooks that I use on a regular basis then started through the paper, magazines and other books.  After sorting what I wanted to keep I searched the internet for recipes that I had found in magazines and if found they were pinned on Pinterest for future reference.  If not found I then posted them on my recipe blog which makes me have even less paper clutter.  I also like that I can get my favorite recipes when I am visiting family out of town and need to help with a meal.

Before this cupboard was packed full and now look at all the room I have and I am even spared a headache from not getting hit on the head when I open the cupboard over the microwave.

I went through my recipe cards as well posting what wasn't already on the blog and then discarding the dirty, nasty things.  I guess I know I cook because they were well used.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Mission: Declutter and Organize - Warranties

We got all this great stuff for Christmas and now what do we do with the paperwork that comes with it?  I wish I could give credit to the person who made this suggestion but I can't remember where I read it.

Take a 3-ring binder and sheet protectors.  Place each warranty/paperwork for an item in a protector.  When you need the information you know right where to find it.  If you want yours to be a little more organized, and I don't, then you could make it look like this one that I found here.