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Days 183 and 184: The organizing gnome

9 Jul

One of my 29 before 30 goals was to seriously reduce my amount of stuff (and thereby become more organized).  Now that I’ve got a summer free, this has become a priority….so….here it is!   The first edition of

(dah da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)

Marissa’s Organized Home!

This week we will take a look at my closet.  Here is a “before” pic.

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My closet was stuffed full of clothes that I DIDN’T EVEN WEAR!!!!!  Believe it or not, I had things in there from college!  Why??????  I kept wearing the same things over and over because THEY WERE ALL I COULD FIND!!!  It was a nightmare.  Not only could I not see what I had, but removing items from the rack was difficult because they were so squished in there.  Shirts would fall off the hangers all the time and end up in the abyss.  Something had to be done.

Out came the donation bags and my favorite closet organizing tool ever……

Slim Velvet Hangers!

It’s amazing how much of a difference hangers make.  Not only do my clothes not fall off of these, but they take up so much less space!

Ready for the reveal?

a streamlined closet

the bottom

I only did the one side of the closet, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.  I donated 5 bags of clothes!

During all this organizing, I did have some crafty time.  My next swap is another dotee swap.  My partner expressed an interest in gnomes.  Well…..how could I deny her?

awwwww

Isn’t he cute?  And sooooo happy!

smile!

Days 159 and 160: The official start of summer!!!

15 Jun

Today was the first day of summer vacation.  It was fabulous!  I slept in late, lounged around all day, cooked and baked yummy food, and had a generally good time.

Since I didn’t post yesterday, I have 2 giggles to share today.

The first is a summer to do list…

SUMMER 2011 TO DO LIST

  1. PHOTOGRAPH ALL JEWELRY, HAIR ACCESSORIES, AND ART FOR ETSY
  2. CREATE A CATALOGUE WITH NAMES, MATERIALS, PRICES
  3. UPLOAD TO ETSY
  4. MARKET PRODUCTS LIKE CRAZY
  5. CLEAN OUT/ORGANIZE  CLOTHES CLOSET
  6. CLEAN/ORGANIZE ART SUPPLY CLOSET
  7. CLEAN/ ORGANIZE LINEN CLOSET
  8. CLEAN/ORGANIZE MEDICINE CABINET
  9. REFINISH PANTRY DOORS
  10. REFINISH COFFEE TABLE
  11. CLEAN OVEN
  12. RELAX
The 2nd giggle is a necklace I made for my grandmother’s friend.
I used clay “pebbles”, tibetan silver findings, and some nifty paper mache beads.  Oh..and little bitty shells.

Here it is close up

and far away 🙂

Day 101: On display

18 Apr

Today was my first official day of spring break.  What did I do with my time off?  I made hair flowers, of course!

I mentioned in previous posts that my spring inventory is a bit low.  I sell my jewelry and hair flowers at my uncle’s shop out east, and people have been asking for springtime-y colors and designs.  I just gotta give the people what they want!

First up...poppy clips!

I made these little cuties out of felt and buttons.  My uncle’s shop is located in the same building as a pediatrician, so he gets a lot of moms and kids as customers.  They’re always asking for cute kid stuff.  I think these little guys are so bright and cheery.  Is it just me, or does the yellow one look kinda like an egg…?

flowers and sequins, a perfect pair!

Next on display is a felt flower baby band with silver ribbon and SEQUINS!!!!!  Won’t this look adorable on some little bald baby girl?  And all materials are firmly secured so no, it’s not a choking hazard.

black lace anyone?

These were not intended for children.  I love love love black lace.  There’s something incredibly sexy about it, especially when coupled with something as sweet and innocent as a hair clip.  I almost don’t want to sell these…

to hold it all

Lastly, I created this fabulous display to hold all the items for sale.  It was really easy and came out oh so pretty.  I removed the glass from a repurposed picture frame, covered the back in scrapbooking paper, and glued ribbon strips across it.  Simple!

Here it is all put together…

voila!

Hope they sell!

Day 46: Project Organization!

22 Feb

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a pack rat, especially when it comes to art and craft supplies.  I just can’t bring myself to throw anything away.  I may need that tiny scrap of fluff someday!  As a result, my supply closet is a gigantic mess.  I’m terrified of stuff crashing down on me when I open the door, and I can never find anything anyway.  It was time to do something about it.

I took a trip to good ol’ wally world yesterday for some organization inspiration.  Did I ever hit the jackpot!  I haven’t tackled the whole closet yet, but I finally got my beads and fabric in order.

Disguised as a mild mannered blue tote...

Ta da!!!!! Look at all the stuff this guy holds!!!

See all those pliers over there?  I have so many because I KEPT LOSING THEM IN THAT CLOSET!!!!  I had to keep buying new ones!  No more!!!

I also tackled my fabric and hair accessory supplies…

All this.....

becomes this!!!

Soooooo wonderfully compact!  I’m really happy with the results.  I’m not so happy with the mess left over…

Yikes!