Monday, October 22, 2012

Mom, Creative with Contact Paper

So I bought this fabulous roll of contact paper from TJ Maxx.  It is by MacBeth with a Morracan tile pattern.  Let's see what I can do with it.

Macbeth Collection

On the back of an old shelf in the garage...instant mud room cabinet!

Here's the cabinet "before" the contact paper make-over.

I can make a cover for my laptop...Much cheaper than the cover from the store.
At least it protects it from scratches, and it's super cute.

The colors would match my daughter's room.
A bonus is that it will cover the top of her dresser where she has tested several shades of nail polish.

It worked pretty well on the dresser.  Let's put it on top of the old hope chest in the playroom.
It would be a great TV stand.  (More photos of Playroom Reveal coming soon.)

More Ideas...

  • Cover a light switch plate 
  • Cover a plain white mat in a picture frame
  • Turn a regular baking sheet into a memo board (of course with a cute ribbon on top)
  • Turn a plain cereal box into a magazine holder
  • Cover the inset of plain cabinet door
  • Line the front of plastic storage containers
  • The obvious use- shelf liner and drawer liner

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mom, The Party Planner

My favorite times are my kids' birthdays. I'm always looking for unique ideas. Of course we have our parties at home so I'm in charge of EVERY detail... Always too over-the-top, I admit, but I love it!

Kids' Party Cakes

Pinterest has really great cake ides.  Check out the ones I've tried so far...

Grey's Rock Star Candy Cake...
This cake is "dirty iced" and Kit Kats placed around the sides.  The top is filled with M & M's and Reese's Cups. 

Anna's  Harvest Party.  This pumpkin cake is 2 bundt cakes with tops touching to form a ball.
The "stem" is made from rice krispie treats covered in green icing.
I piped the vines and put the cake in a "patch" of greenery which was a long vine from the Dollar Tree.
Reid's Swimming Party Fish Aquarium Cake.
Materials:  Blue Gel Icing Coloring,  Nerds (aquarium rocks), green gel icing (seaweed),
Swedish fish and Goldfish crackers

Same idea for aquarium cake (top view)

Reid's Swimming Party Cupcakes
Each one has a different scene...
Teddy Grahams wearing (gel icing) swim trunks,
Teddy Grahams laying on a (fruit roll-up) towel under an umbrella
Goldfish crackers being "caught" with a (pretzel) fishing rod,
and Gummy worms for bait

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mom, More from the Clever Organizer

Packing Lunches Made EASIER...
Food items are prepackaged in sandwich bags for busy mornings.  Grab what you want from each category for the day.  There is also a basket in the fridge for cold items.

I've seen similar ideas on other blogs like I Heart Organizing

Magazine holder in pantry holds aluminum foil and plastic cling wrap-
Magazine Holder from Target

Pantry basket from Dollar Tree-
Circle pattern from Paper Source

Durable basket in pantry holds sippy cups-
Basket from Target

Printable labels available upon request

Friday, October 12, 2012

Mom, The Decorator

RED front door
Arrangement materials from Hobby Lobby

Every Southern house needs a front porch swing
For resources:
swing and cushion

Love wall art


Open shelves in Master Closet- the next step is to replace the wire shelving.  
You wouldn't believe how easy this was to do!

I'm always looking for great buys for the house.  If it wasn't for TJ Maxx, Ross, and
Target my walls would be bare!

New mirror...love how the little mirrors twinkle

TJ Maxx find of the month!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

More Projects!

It's Fall Break from school so I am home with the kiddos!  Time to change out seasonal clothes in our closets and tackle the playroom.  Call me crazy but I TOOK THE CLOSET DOORS OFF!  They are just too organized to hide.  Photos to come...