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What I’ve Been Up To – List Update #2

Happy Friday y’all!I have a slam packed weekend this weekend, so I wanted to take some time and update you on what I’ve bene up to here at the Scrappy house. Aside from tutoring and the every day stuff, I’ve been steadily working on “The List”.Here’s what I’ve finished:Small organizational bags for my purse (Unfinished crafts #3) and the plastic bag dispensers for our cars (Misc Projects #13)I got the idea from Tatertots and Jello after I’d seen their idea (and had to search!) on Pinterest. I’ll save you the searching and point you to the tutorial here.Here’s a closeup of my little bags. I searched everywhere for a cheap version of makeup bags and could not find them anywhere. I’m going to spend some time this weekend switching purses and I’ll give you a tour of how I currently (and plan) to organize my bag with these. I also finished the…

Craft Area Reveal

Remember all that talk about me finally getting a craft area? Yet, I never seem to show you do I? Well, I’m so excited because I’m finally going to show you from start to finish where my little corner of the world began and where it is right now. I’m an organizer, so I’m sure at some point it will change, but I am so thrilled to have a little space to move around in and craft and scrap! 🙂 Let’s take a little tour shall we?Here’s where we began last January before my Office Decrapification project began:Here’s what it looked like after I finished cleaning and we added some new furniture pieces from Ikea:It was functional, but also more of an office area than for crafting.After living in the space for awhile we realized we only really needed one desk for office type things and I was usually the…

Martha Hacked – Newspaper Recycling Station

A couple of weeks ago I was wading through e-mails and came across my Martha Stewart Craft of the Day e-mail. I generally look at the craft and then pop over to her organizing tip of the day on her website to see what incredibly expensive/difficult/time consuming project she had planned. Well on that day rather than just glossing over it, I stopped when found this – a newspaper recycling station! SourceNow, with all do respect to Ms. Stewart (who I am warming up to slowly) and her idea, I didn’t feel like going out and buying a wooden crate and the hardware that would be needed to create her ingenious project. I knew there had to be a way to do it cheaply and with some of the things I already had laying around the house and I was right! I did it with just what I had on hand…no…

Homemaker’s Challenge – Kitchen Reorganization

Hey y’all! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted and I gotta tell ya, I’ve been one busy girl. I’m a tutor “in real life” and I have been crazy busy. Add to that some personal business that needed to be taken care of and it’s been a mess over here. But I will tell you this: I have been so incredibly blessed by Homemaker’s Challenge – 31 Days to Clean. It has kicked me into high gear and I have needed that kick.This week I spent time catching up on the more “Martha” stuff…you know, the chores. One of the first things I tackled as a blogger was my kitchen, showing you how you can make a small (painfully small) rental kitchen functional. You can find more information on that here and here. They were two of my most successful posts ever! Who knew kitchen organization was such…

A Cheap (and I mean really cheap) Storage Solution

Well as promised I decided to give y’all a peek at what I’m working on for my next project. A while back I showed you this picture: It’s a hint to what my newest project is and while I’m not entirely ready to tell you what that is or reveal my big plan, I did want to show you some awesome storage I’ve come up with using the jars you see in the picture. Here’s what I did: As you can see there are different sizes and shapes of glass jars. Some of them are from pasta sauce, salsa and even pickles. We don’t have a recycling program at our apartment complex so I try to reuse what we can and the rest gets schlepped to the recycling center. I chose to use these jars as a new storage solution for the little things that clutter up the area I’m reworking in…

Cheap Laundry Trash Can Craft

Yesterday I wrote my post about how I dug in and dug out of my laundry room clutter and chaos. At the end of that post, I showed you this cute little trash bin that I made to go atop my dryer to catch lint, dryer sheets, etc:I promised that today I’d tell you what it began life as, how much it cost me to make, and how I made it. So here goes:Did you guess what it was? Here’s an up close shot:Well? Any ideas? If you guessed it was a $1.00 kid’s beach pail from Walmart you were absolutely correct! After dragging my poor Hubs around Walmart for over an hour searching for the perfect little trash can to sit on top of the dryer and finding nothing, he suggested we check the kids section and we found this! I figured hey, it’s a dollar. If I hate it, I’m…

Laundry Area Spruce Up

Edited: As promised, you can check out how I made my cute trash bin here.Before we left for our trip to Florida, I mentioned that I had made an insane list of things for myself to do, most of which had no bearing on our trip at all. One of those things was our laundry area. It’s not a room by a long shot as our apartment seems to be shorted on functional workspace, but it seems to serve the purpose. The only problem was that recently, when I’d go in to throw a load in, I’d see this:There’s a dryer in there I promise. You just can’t see it for all of the crap on top. Then I’d open the cabinet I designated for laundry supplies and see this:I realize it could’ve been worse, but I was getting annoyed by how much stuff was in there. Some of which was…

Kitchen Organization – Part 2 – The Pantry

The weather is BEA.u.ti.ful here in sunny Florida. It was a needed change from the chilly, snowy “spring” we’ve had in Maryland this year. I’m not looking forward to going back to the weather. As I mentioned before I left for vacation, I wanted to show you what I was up to while I should have been packing. In the past, I’ve bragged about how *ahem* opulent our kitchen is. I knew that if I showed you just how awesome our kitchen was, you’d be forever jealous of me and stop reading the blog entirely…and then I woke up from my dream world. 😉 Let me show you.Here is my pantry:Yep. That closet is my pantry. Please, don’t envy me. 😉 OK, really though, that’s it. It’s a pre-fab Rubbermaid or Closetmaid cabinet made of MDF. It’s about as spectacular as you’d imagine. It’s serviceable, but it has definite drawbacks, but…

Decorating Your Table “The Borrowed Abode” Way

If you haven’t started following Jane’s blog The Borrowed Abode then you are missing out! In her blog, Jane explores living in and decorating a rental space, but I assure you that you do not need to be a renter to enjoy what she presents. A couple of weeks ago she blogged here about how to “scape the table” and decorate with beautiful trays. I often have difficulty with the “layering” of it all when decorating so this was the perfect blog post for me. So last week, I shot her an email and asked if she would mind if I tried my hand at decorating with a new tray I found at Ikea and then shared her ideas with you. She said to go for it, so Jane, this is for you!First, grab yourself a tray. I found this gorgeous one at Ikea for $10.00 two weekends ago:You can find it here.Then…