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Making This Home Ours: Labels + Pantry

An organized pantry always makes me smile. Knowing exactly what we have and being able to reach for a snack within my WW point range is always an added bonus. I found these amazing bright and beautiful bins at, wait for it, the Dollar Tree! I purchased them a few weeks ago and actually just went out to buy 31 a few more. They will be showing up through out the year as I continue to organize every room in the house! 

I got these adorable chalkboard and white board labels when Two Berry Creative did a Sassy Steals deal. If you have never visited Sassy Steals before, I recommend you do it IMMEDIATELY!

I had seen this shelf liner pattern on Two Twenty One and fell in love with it. Only trouble, I didn’t know the name of the pattern or where to find it. After searching on Amazon and Google for hours awhile, I FINALLY found it (The Macbeth Collection in Ava Pool). I was so excited and got the same pattern in yellow and pink. Your welcome 🙂

I used Bistro Chalk Markers for the chalk board labels. Hopefully now people won’t confuse my home made dishwasher pods with sugar 🙂

And a white board marker for the white board labels. Staples has some pretty neat colors!

Then it was time to transform the shelves. Using my new fabulous shelf liner, I cut strips to fit the shelves using my Fiskars Utility Knife and a cutting mat.

My husband was getting annoyed with where our foil and plastic wrap was in the pantry. I didn’t have a better place for it so I needed to come up with something cheap and convenient. I have been saving food boxes for about a month for various projects around the house. The Enfamil boxes are super sturdy and a perfect height for them. I used the shelf liner and white board labels to dress them up a little bit.

Last but not least, I decided to go use the tabs to the Enfamil boxes and make some additional labels. They worked about great and were free which is a win win in my book!

Thanks for tagging along and checking out how I transformed our pantry with only about $16! 

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Making This Home Ours: Measuring Cups & Spoons

 I wanted to start out this mini series with one of my favorite projects. Measuring spoons and cups are difficult to organize and I can never seem to find the one I need right away. The inside of cabinets are such a waste of space I wanted to come up with a way to really utilize them.

My talented hubby measured the inside of the cabinet and cut up two pieces of ply wood for me. We used Valspar Gloss Tropical Oasis spray paint. I had also seen a project on Two Twenty One where she used this adorable shelf liner for the inside of a kitchen cabinet. I fell in love with the pattern but didn’t know the name of the pattern or where she had gotten it from. After a few hours little time on Amazon, I finally found it! Here is the link in case you are in love with it as much as I am!

We laid everything out first to make sure there was enough room for everything and the spacing was even(ish). Rob then drilled some holes and screwed in hooks for everything to hang easily.

We used wood glue and some clamps to secure everything overnight.

And here it is, my new and improved baking cabinet. We have been using it for a few weeks now and LOVE it. I also smile every time I see the beautiful blue pattern!

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Making This Home Ours: Kitchen Introduction

It’s no secret that I LOVE Pinterest. I have been a frequent Pinner since about May 2011. Even if I don’t see something specific to replicate, I get so inspired from looking at so many amazing images that my creative juices really get flowing.

When we moved into the new house I saw so much potential in every single room. We plan to slowly tackle each one throughout the year for a first round makeover. Yep, first round as in, we will continue to update as the years go on. For now, we are focusing on how to organize each space.

Our first stop was the kitchen since that is where we spend a good part of our day. I fell in love with this kitchen when we were house hunting. It is so open and really the focal point of the second floor. I especially loved the counter space and breakfast bar.



Now that we are all unpacked, it is time for the fun part, decorating! Instead of putting together one huge post on all of our kitchen projects, I decided to separate them into several over the next few weeks.

Here is a little teaser of what I started with!

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Making This Home Ours: Gift Wrapping Closet

One of my favorite organization blogs, A Bowl Full Of Lemons, is co-hosting an awesome month long challenge, New Year’s Organizing Revolution.

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Week three is all about closets and I couldn’t be more excited! Life didn’t give me time to participate in the first two weeks but I made sure to plan ahead this week. There are so many closets I want to work on this year but since we recently just packed up Christmas, my wrapping closet was in desperate need of a touch up. Best part about this project, it was FREE. I didn’t end up spending a penny!

I want to first start off by saying that I am SO grateful that I have space to store a decent supply of wrapping and gift materials. I am a little bit of a collector, going all the way back to my high school part-time days at Toys R Us, and can never resist a good deal. I have kept my stash with me through eight moves, including a cross country move to and from CA. It has grown quite a bit in the last few years as I am also one to refold tissue paper and keep every bag. I now have a generous supply of wedding shower, wedding and baby bags! If I didn’t have the space to store everything, I wouldn’t be able to keep my stash but since I do, it’s a great environmentally friendly and cost effective hobby.

My first project was inspired by another one of my favorite blogs, iHeart Organizing. Jen recently blogged about organizing her greeting cards. It was perfect timing and really inspired me to go the extra mile. I had been keeping this adorable Tiffany’s box from a gift for our wedding. It was too pretty, large and sturdy to just throw away. I decided this would be the perfect box to use. I cut colored scrapbook paper to fit inside as dividers. I also decided instead of just writing out the categories, I would put some of my stamps to use! I ended up making sections for baby, xoxo (aka cards for Rob), congratulations, thank you, wedding, get well soon/thinking of you and holidays. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out.

I have always loved organizing but have now branched out into what I like to call, pretty organizing. Using things I already have to store and organize. I have a collection (surprise, surprise) of baskets that I pick up at thrift stores for MaryKay gift baskets. I decided to use one to store my bows. I always forget that I have them because they were usually stored in a drawer. In keeping with my low budget, I also decided to re-purpose a salsa and pretzel container. Now they display some of my wrapping ribbon and my Scotch Tape Handband Dispensers.

Ah tissue paper… This drawer was in DESPERATE need of some attention. After going through and sorting everything, I can report that my collection still had ripped pieces from Modge Podge projects I did in my college painting classes. Yeah, it was time to weed out some of the old and faded sheets. I cut down huge poster board sheets to make large folders that fit inside the drawer and then divided the tissue paper by color leaving separate categories for patterns, multicolored and holidays.

I am such a collector of bags and boxes it’s sometimes scary! I already had them organized by theme with short and wide bags in front of the taller skinny ones. I wanted to spruce it up a little and make it easier for the hubs to find what he was looking for, if by some odd chance he were to ever go looking. The dividers I used were actually the backings for a cube set we bought at Target. I kept them knowing they would be perfect for a project someday. Guess I was right!

I organized gift boxes by theme and size in a Bed Bath & Beyond reusable shopping bag (top right). It’s the perfect size and durable. Plus, it has such a nice pattern! The larger bags (bottom right) are organized the same as the smaller ones. They are just stored in a large Hallmark bag which is nothing fancy but does the job and fit perfectly in the space I had.

I also pulled out of storage a crate (right hand side) to organize some of the gifts I have collected over the years to use when I am in a pinch. It has saved but butt several times.

I had been keeping my wrapping paper in this box for years. It was the perfect shape and size. While it always sits in the closet, I thought it would be fun to spruce it up a little! I decided to wrap, my wrapping paper box. Get it? Yeah, I know NERD ALERT! It makes me smile every time I look at it. 🙂

Even though we have a Google calendar I am always forgetting special dates. I will remember a day or two before but then life gets in the way and I end of having a, “oh nuts” moment. I found this bulletin board at Hobby Lobby awhile ago and up until now, it’s just been staring blankly on the door screaming, “USE ME!” So, I decided to start using it to record special dates for cards and gifts.

I love collecting tin boxes after the holidays when they are 75%+ off. They are great to use when mailing gifts or when you just don’t have time to wrap a gift. I have quite a collection including several gift card tins that I am just itching to use.

One drawer holds larger ribbon, wrapping tap, gift box accents, balloons, confetti and cello treat bags.

These are my favorite holiday gift box accents at the moment! I got them after Christmas last year at Target.

I decided to keep all of the Christmas cards, labels and paper in one drawer. That super secret envelope contains the special paper that Santa Claus writes on to P. You can read a little more about that here. We make our own Christmas cards every year so I have ended up with quite a stash of generic Christmas cards for a snowy day.

Of course my little P man was playing in his bouncer cheering me on the whole time! Well, until he got hungry and we had to take a break. <3

That’s a wrap for this project. Thanks for tagging along as I organize our home, one project at a time! Did ya get it? 😉

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Making This Home Ours: Peanut’s Nursery

When we announced that we were not finding out the gender of our little Peanut, one of the biggest questions people asked me was, “how can I decorate the nursery?”  This was actually really easy to do! We found the bedding first and used that as inspiration for the rest of the room. We loved the color’s, shapes and turtles. 

 We decided to go with a bold and bright green for the walls!

My Cricut really came in handy with some of the wall art I wanted to include in the room. Rob and I found two quotes we really liked. I say this to P every night before he goes to sleep. One day, we will say it together <3 
Of course we had to include a quote from Dr. Seuss. 

Pinterest has a ton of cute nurseries with letters on the wall. I decided to use my Cricut and make something a little more personalized and on a smaller scale. This is a 24×24 canvas. It was a lot of fun to go through my cartridges and figure out what I wanted to use where. I think the purple elephant is my favorite 🙂

I had found this plane in Lancaster before we had decided to be Team Green and Rob still wanted to incorporate it into the room so we decided to make parachuting turtles! He painted the plane after his favorite one as a child.

The mobile was a Pinterest inspired piece, found here. Looking back, it was a pain in the *** ambitious. I had to make a few alterations to make the final product work. I wrapped yarn around Styrofoam balls and three different sized wreaths. I was having difficulty tying the rings together so they would be level. I went through my craft supply and found some remaining wooden napkin rings from our wedding. I decided to wrap those in yarn and tie them with fishing wire between each ring. It worked out perfect! After the three wreaths were attached, I hung the Styrofoam balls with the same fishing line.

I had originally wanted to use the vinyl option on my Cricut to make my own quote for the wall but just ran out of time and really loved this site. Even though this was on the wall before P was born, it is exactly what happened <3

My Mom took this fabric we found at JoAnn’s

and turned them into these

Runner for the dresser

Turtles Velcroed to the crib

Pillow case

Pinterest inspired turtle

Boppy covers

For more on P’s nursery, check out Cherry Blossom Love