We recently celebrated Madeleine’s 4th birthday with a mermaid pool party. I love organizing parties for the kids because they love everything about them…the cake and presents, yes, but even the invitations, party favors, and decor get my kids pumped up. And me too. We’ve been known to play pretend parties at home where the kids will color invitations, wrap their toys and sing happy birthday just for fun.
I’m not sure where she got the mermaid idea, but Madeleine made up her mind almost as soon as she turned three! The whole ‘mermaid’ thing was extra fun with a summer birthday. We made a game out of collecting seashells from our annual beach trips and then turned around to use them as party decor. Warm temperatures + the in-laws pool = fun party activity! We bought some extra large floats that went with the theme and the kids tried not to fall off while Joe pushed them from one side of the pool to the other.
The birthday cake was a personal victory at this party haha. I am always drawn to the beautiful cakes that go along with party themes but I feel silly spending a lot of money and my baking, plus decorating, skills are unreliable (revisit Becky’s baby shower blueberry cake and Joe’s german chocolate birthday cake). But even so, I decided to tackle a diy cake. I even let the kids help;) It didn’t turn out exactly like the inspiration picture but it sure was close and sure was good. Madeleine was proud too #designassistant
Some of my favorite party details were the party favors (water bottles with swirly straws and juice powder), the goldfish in a large fish bowl, and the pirate/mermaid bathroom signs. Oh and all the pictures that Madeleine and her cousins colored for her party decoration and personally hung up all along the patio.
Happy Birthday Madeleine!! I can’t wait to party with you again next year.
When we transformed the “craft room” into Madeleine’s big girl room, I was challenged with fitting all the supplies into the guest room…CLOSET. I really wanted our last bedroom and guest room to feel spacious and relaxing for our visitors, not crowded with glue sticks, sharpies, and fabric scraps.
Taking down the desk was a little emotional. I got this desk in 5th grade y’all! It was from The Container Store, which probably started my love affair, and it’s amazing because it can grow and assemble in so many different ways. Sad day because they don’t sell it anymore:( Anyway, I took it to college (all 3 houses), it spent a few years in my brother’s casa, and then here it was in our first house. I didn’t cry or anything but I really did not want to get rid of it or pack it away in the attic.
Light bulb!! I got the idea of taking the different pieces apart and utilizing them as closet storage pieces. Much to my excitement, the tall tower of shelves fit perfectly in the tall hanging space of the new “craft closet.” Holla! And then to top it off, the mid size shelf fit perfectly in Madeleine’s closet. The only thing we had to put up in the attic was the desk top. Hooray!
The shelves now are full of bins and boxes that hold all my craft supplies. TIP: I save old jars, chocolate tins, and cans and then paint them to coordinate with other containers in the same space. In this closet, I painted a tin, the frame of the cork board, and an old hat box.
The drawer contains the necessities like pencils, scissors, rulers, tape and tacs. On the various shelves I keep boxes of markers, ribbons, my sewing machine, and a file box. I parked my scrapbooking bag and stationary sorter under the shelf and the wrapping paper container is also on the floor along with hat boxes full of paper, fabric, and refill supplies like staples, tape, etc. The over the door organizer actually came from our pantry when we first moved in and updated it here. I love having most of the supplies just a grab away and not tucked into a bin, on a shelf, up high.
With our days as busy as they are, I don’t have as much time to start and finish a project. Having an organized space and accessible materials means I’m able to save some prep time and get to the things I need more efficiently.
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How do you store your golf gear? Usually, everything can fit into a golf bag and most of the time, bags are leaned up against the wall or stashed in a corner. I did a little research for a friend who was asking my golf storage opinion and I found a couple of solutions.
1. There are racks especially for golf bags that you can hang on the wall in your garage like this one from The Container Store ($24.99). It’s designed to hold two bags (with clubs) and two pairs of shoes. Depending on your garage storage solution, you may be able to add a hook to your track system to hold your golf bag.
2. Another option is a golf stand that simply sits on the floor and has shelves and cubbies for all you golf gear. This one at Target is $56 and will tidy up your golf corner and keep your bag upright and looking organized.
If you are overwhelmed with golf equipment, it might be time to go through your bag and pull out the million golf balls floating in every pocket and store them in a basket on your spare shelf in the garage. Or try to find space to zip golf shoes inside the bag, maybe even donate that old driver that was replaced last Father’s Day. If all the gear is in one bag you can grab quickly, there will be less fuss before teeing off.
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Yay for an organizing project and blog post that’s not about my kids!!
This was my first big job since Joseph was born and maybe my biggest project EVER and I absolutely loved it! For some people, I understand this is a nightmare, but going through a bunch of stuff and making sense of piles is therapeutic for me and something I love to do with my free time. The design aspect is a great creative outlet and who doesn’t love a good before and after shot?
I really enjoyed this client’s garage. Working outside with the beautiful Texas weather was a treat and I loved tracking the visual progress.
Like most of my projects, we started sorting through all the ‘stuff’ making different piles of keeps and tosses and then went back through categorizing items like outdoor cooking, beach toys, automotive, etc.
The solution to storage in this space was to put everything up, vertically. This was a dream garage with tons of un-utilized vertical space, so we purchased 4 industrial shelving units and large utility bins from Costco along with a DIY workbench and track system from Home Depot.
The biggest challenge in the project was making room for the furniture that my client is storing for relatives and children who want these heirloom pieces for their adult houses. We were able to pass some along to the family now, but the remaining pieces found homes in left over wall space. The large banquet table is a great ‘shed’ for big tools like the shop vac and tiller, but can still be pulled out easily for large gatherings.
On the design side, we carried out black, yellow, and steel throughout the space. I painted the legs of the diy work bench and the wooden tracks black so they would look more finished.
The outlet for the freezer was located on the left side of the garage, so we installed a shelving unit to hold food and beverage related items like ice chests, propane tanks, burners, and charcoal. Extra shelf space allows the client to stock up on party supplies like bottled water and soda.
We parked three rolling bins under the window, each filled with sports equipment, yard games, and pool toys that the grandkids can easily roll out to play and toss back in when they are finished.
We centered the workbench under the utility light and added three wooden, 8 ft tracks on each side with individual hooks to hang items. TIP: Lay out your tools/hanging gear on the ground to determine spacing, almost like playing Tetris, that way you don’t put unnecessary holes in the track as you go and risk running out of room.
The right side of the garage is home to three side by side shelving units with just enough left over space to store a set of tables and folding chairs. The open space in the middle is used for the foosball tables and parking the lawn mower.
I enjoyed the challenge of this big project and loved hearing that the family has spent more time outside since it was finished!
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