Friday, July 15, 2016

Updated Doggie Station!

We were devastated when Podog passed away last year.  He was 15 years old and we loved him dearly.  It was a huge decision to commit to another dog, but we agreed as a family that we would find one.  Here is a picture of Podog shortly before he passed.

We got Kopono from the Human Society last June.

A couple of years ago I made a dog station for Podog out of an old scrapbook stand a friend gave me. There was a missing drawer and it was pretty junky.  I spiced it up and made Podog a doggie station.

After Podog passed away I let the doggie station sit and din't use it much because it brought back too many memories.  I finally got in gear and decided to redo the doggie station completely and use it for Kopono.  First, I took out the drawers and took all of the scrapbook stickers off and sanded.

Then I painted the front of each drawer a light brown.

 Next, I used contact paper and covered the inside of each drawer and the top of the station.

I made labels for each drawer and a name tag for Kopono.  I laminated each one and centered them on the doggie station.

Here is what is in each of the drawers.

I added a framed puppy picture of Kopono and a jar of dog biscuits to the top.

Here is the finished product and a happy dog!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Garden Beds and Temporary Greenhouse

We are constantly thinking of new ideas for the yard.  We have a completely flat black yard that needs some help.  I knew I wanted some garden beds and a new greenhouse.  The greenhouse I want is pretty large and will take some time on my husband's part.....time he doesn't have right now.  So, instead I compromised and bought a small temporary greenhouse and my husband and kids helped make some raised garden beds.  These are photos from last summer.

Sunday, January 19, 2014


I really like having drawers for organizing things.  You can keep things out of sight and there are so many great inserts with different containers you can use in each drawer.  I buy a lot of greeting cards and send out cards to my students.  Before, they were in boxes.  I decided to take one of the deep drawers in my office and organize all of the cards by subject.  Then I put all of the empty envelopes separately in the right hand corner of the drawer.  Now I can finally see everything I have and I don't have to dig through boxes to find a card.

I also used one of the drawers to organize some of my Vista Print business cards and magnets I made.

Another Ikea Expedit

I have an Expedit in my office and I really like it.  So, I decided to buy another one in a different color for a space in my living room that needed some updating.  Eventually I would love to get a great piece of furniture in the same style as one of the pictures below from Restoration Hardware.

In the mean time, here is my corner with the Expedit.  

Entry Nook

In our entryway there is a small nook that I have a big plan for.  I want to get built in cabinets and drawers put there, but my husband doesn't have the time to build them right now.  So, I decided to take some things I had around the house and make it a functional space until I get my built ins.

This is a small cabinet I bought long ago.  We keep keys or other small things in the drawer.  I thought the wicker canister was perfect for a grab and go umbrella.  

The best part of all is topping it off with a painting that my son created.  :)  I love all of his artwork so much!

New Couch Pillows!

I have been looking for some new pillows for my couch for a long time.  I was going to make some, but after buying the fabric, stuffing, etc. it was just a lot of time and effort that I didn't have.  Then I discovered pillow covers.  On Amazon I found some adorable covers at a reasonable price.  I put my old pillows inside the new covers.  You can wash them easily too!  I can sew, but my projects have been limited to small curtains and simple pillows.  I have never added a zipper to anything.  These pillows are heavy duty and so cute!  In the photos they are the grey and white ones.  The other ones are pillows I bought to add in.

More Office Fun

I have been using canning jars a lot lately for everything....even canning food.  I collect other small jars and canisters and use them in all rooms in my house.  Here is a shelf in my office that I used to organize all of my small craft supplies.  I used salt and pepper shakers to hold buttons in color order.  


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