Guest Post (The Charlotte Moms & SouthPark Magazine)…

Hope you all had a nice weekend!  I spent it spring cleaning and reorganizing!

Shocking I know! ūüôā

Aside from my wonderful and random blog posts, feel free to check out my organizing posts over at:

The Charlotte Moms:  Organizing Memories With Shadow Boxes

http://www.thecharlottemoms.com/how-to-organize-memories-using-shadow-boxes-guest-post/

SouthPark Magazine: ¬†Organizing Kid’s Toys by Getting Creative

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/15/3983670/organize-kids-toys-by-getting.html

Be sure to leave some love .. if you are so inclined! ūüôā

Until next time…

love-Jennifer

Succulents Add Color In The Bathroom…

I asked Dwell by Cheryl for some tips on how to update my bathroom. ¬†I’m still working on her list of recommendations like painting and purchasing a new shower curtain.

One recommendation that I implemented right away was adding succulents.  Wikipedia says that succulents are:

In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents or sometimes fat plants, are plants having some parts that are more than normally thickened and fleshy, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. Succulent plants may store water in various structures, such as leaves and stems.

You can purchase them at Lowe’s Home Improvement or Home Depot stores.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Tutorial | Pure & Simple

On a recent thrifting trip with Dwell by Cheryl, she spotted a glass globe for $1. ¬†I walked right by it, but her creative eye suggested I use them for¬†succulents. ¬†SOLD! For a $1! ūüôā

The globe would top a terra cotta saucer plate with the plants residing inside.

Thrifted Succulent DIY Planter

The terra cotta saucer matched the color of my counter top, so I decided to update it with a little DIY.

Step 1:  Wash the globe with warm soapy water.  Air dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 1

Step 2: Prime the terra cotta saucer.  Let dry.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 2

Step 3:  Mix up your white wash paint.  White paint + water.  Mix well.  The runnier the wash, the more coats you will need to cover.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 3

Step 4: Paint the saucer.  Air dry in between coats.  Paint a total of 2 coats per side.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 4

Step 5:  Lightly sand the edges to give it an aged look. 150 grit.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 5

I had originally planned to sponge on some gray paint to give it more of an aged look. ¬†That step was omitted — I loved how this turned out!

Step 6:  Add globe.  Carefully add potting mix, succulents.  Gently water.

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Step 6

TIP: ¬†Be sure to use the Cacti & Succulent Potting Mix. ¬†I also use a spray bottle to water it — much easier to control the flow and spray.¬†

MiracleGro Cacti Potting Soil

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Final

Thrifted DIY Succulent Planter Close Up

They have a beautiful home in my bathroom!

Cost breakdown:

  • Glass globe = $1
  • Saucer plate = already had on hand (I believe they are a $1 at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Primer & Paint = marginal as I used so little
  • Succulents = $3.98 for a mini 4 pack
  • Succulent Potting Mix = $4.98 for a medium bag (again marginal)
    • Total = ¬†$7-ish

Easy Peasy project!  What do you think?

Until next time…

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Metrolina Expo {Recap}…

What is the difference between a flea market and an antique/collectible’s show?

Metrolina Expo Glass Jars

There was no shortage of Mason Jars

I have no idea.  You?

I grew up roughly 3 miles from a flea market.  I believe I have been all of 2 times to said flea market.  I just remember there being a lot of crap.  Cheap crap.  I like cheap but I also like pretty and cheap.  Big difference.

WARNING: This a photo dump post of my Metrolina Expo finds. ¬†Be sure to check out my Facebook album for more pictures. ūüôā¬†

Pyrex was not hard to come by

Pyrex was not hard to come by

The Metrolina Expo hosts a monthly antique + collectible items + flea market festivity each month (first weekend).  This past weekend just happened to be one of their two big mac daddy shows.  I am so glad I went!

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. :)

Brass Attack! It was everywhere and I was in heaven. ūüôā

I’m a newbie to this outdoor market thing. ¬†I went and left my cash at home. What do you do mean they don’t take credit cards? ¬†Haven’t they heard of square?

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker

Animal love & Vintage Salt Shaker
Clearly I like the 3 brass animals — yes they came home with me. ūüôā

I tagged along with Dwell by Cheryl on Friday. ¬†I was overwhelmed, overstimulated, and overly excited. ¬†She basically had to drag me through the show in order to cover as much ground as possible. ¬†We arrived at 10:30am … and left at 4:30pm. ¬†I was exhausted!

Birds of a feather flock together.

Birds of a feather flock together.

I went back yesterday during the last hour of the show.  I wanted to buy a birdhouse that I spotted on Friday.  Raymond said we needed a birdhouse.  When that man speaks about something fun and decorative, I listen!

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! :)

We bought a similar birdhouse for the patio! ūüôā

A few of my other finds …

Metrolina Expo Finds

There were so many ideas to inspire DIY projects!

Paddles turned hooks

Paddles turned hooks

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes!  I might make some for our patio! :) Oh Daddy... I need to borrow that saw ;)

I loved these DIY wooden planter boxes! I might make some for our patio! ūüôā
Oh Daddy… I need to borrow that saw ūüėČ

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

Doorknob Hook on Distressed Wood

A few other items that caught my eye:

Vintage dishware is all the rage!  I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago.  I knew I should have bought it! ;)

Vintage dishware is all the rage! I actually found this exact dish at Goodwill a few months ago. I knew I should have bought it! ūüėČ

I was on the lookout for antique hooks!  I loved this one!

I was on the lookout for antique hooks! I loved this one!

What a gorgeous faux mantle!  If we didn't have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

What a gorgeous faux mantle! If we didn’t have a fireplace, then I would have scooped this up.

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

This would look great on a gallery wall! Love the colors

I had the absolute best time at the show and so thankful for the company on Friday!  Have you ever been to an outdoor show like this before?  Any tips and recommendations for when I go back?  

Until next time…

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Thrifted Frame + DIY Tutorial…

I have several obsessions.

  • Wooden Frames
  • Wooden Animals
  • White ceramic anything
  • Milk glass
  • Mason Jars
  • Thrifting
  • DIY/Crafts
  • Antique glazing
  • Clearance Oops paint

It is no secret that I love to thrift.  I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds.  I attempt to be a DIY maven.  I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work.  I long to be just.like.them.

I can transform a wooden picture frame like nobody’s business but building a fireplace surround or a chalkboard key organizer. ¬†That is a different story.

I long for the days of a house. ¬†The ability to have a workshop with actual tools. ¬†The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers. ¬†The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays. ¬†The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers. ¬†The ability to raise chickens.

I might have daydreamed a little too far. ūüėČ ¬†You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. ūüôā Chickens or not.

Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects. ¬†I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.

Goodwill Thrifted Frames

I couldn’t pass these up!

Goodwill Thrifted Frame

I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago. ¬†Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?” ¬†Yep! ¬†Another wooden picture frame my good fella. ūüėČ

I loved the detailing on the corners.  I did not love the color.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.

Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame - Sanding

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Priming

Don’t you love my antique bedsheet? ūüėČ

 

Behr Clearance Oops Paint

I wanted a lighter shade of blue so I mixed it with white acrylic paint

 

Behr Oops Paint Blue

 

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Painting

 

Prior to the glazing

Prior to the glazing

Goodwill Thrifted Frame Complete

 

I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago. ¬†This was a happy accident. ¬†Happy that it fit. ¬†Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! ūüôā ¬†‚ô•

 

DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial

  • Remove the backing and glass
  • Clean the glass with windex.
    • I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
  • Sand the frame
    • I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
    • 150 medium grit is my preference
  • Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
  • Prime the frame
    • Spray primer is easiest
    • I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
    • It rocks!
  • After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
    • Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor. ¬†Spray.
    • I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
    • Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
    • I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
    • Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
  • Repeat with a second coat is desired
  • If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
  • I also sand before and after glazing
  • Antique or age the frame with glaze
    • I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
    • I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
    • Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
    • Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
    • Wipe off with dry washcloth
    • If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
    • Glazing really is SO simple!
  • Let it dry. ¬†Add picture and backing and voila!

What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?

Until next time…

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Guest Blog Roundup…

Is it Wednesday already? ¬†Where has the week gone?! ¬†I’ve been a little quiet this week as I’m spending some time regrouping and decluttering. ¬†Yes, even the organizer needs to declutter. ūüėČ

I wanted to round up a few guest blogs in case time is on your side and you wanted to check them out:

{1} Jessica, from Savvy Southern Parent, asked if I would guest post about organizing. ¬†I wrote so much she broke it up into two segments! ūüôā ¬†I guess I can talk for days about organizing.

Part 1: How to Get Organized When You Are Overwhelmed and Feel Defeated By The Piles

Part 2: How To Get Organized When You Are Overwhelmed

{2} I’m blogging over at SouthPark Magazine this week about Organizing Your Long-Term Storage Areas

Organize Your Long-Term Storage

{3} I’m sharing some organizing “tools” to organize your closet over at The Charlotte Moms.

Tools To Organize Your Closet

{4} I asked my dear friend, Cheryl Luckett of Dwell by Cheryl, for some decorating tips regarding my bathroom. ¬†She wrote an awesome post complete with pictures and suggestions. ¬†Slightly¬†embarrassed¬†that it is so boring and bland. ūüôā

Decor Tips For An Apartment Bathroom

You might see a few more cameos on her blog here and here.

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While you are there be sure to leave some blog loving. ¬†All bloggers love comments! ¬†{really we do} ūüėČ

Lastly — my new blog and IG friend Mari from Crab+Fish wrote this awesome post about thrifting. ¬†If thrifting is something you enjoy, then hop on over and check it out. ūüôā

And don’t forget — if you are on IG, feel free to follow me. ¬†Besides posting drool worthy thrift finds, I like to take snapshots of my day to share with all of IG. ūüėČ ¬†Sounds fun, right?

Until next time…

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Buying Organizing Supplies from HomeGoods…

I have been in a HomeGoods kind of mood for the past few weeks.  I love thrifting and second hand shopping, but there is something magnificent about being around new stuff.

I snapped some pictures for inspiration when it comes to buying organizing supplies. ¬†Sorted by room and function. ūüôā

 

ENTRYWAY

HomeGoods Entryway Table | Pure & Simple

 

Great shape (not too big and not too small).  I love all the drawers.  Perfect for those odds and ends that we tend to need when heading out the door.

HomeGoods Entryway Table | Pure & Simple

 

Another great option for the entryway.  Surface area? Check!  Storage options? Check!  Baskets would be functional on the lower shelf.

BATHROOM

HomeGoods Bathroom Storage | Pure & Simple

I love this cabinet!  Functional and stylish!  Overflow beauty product storage could go in here along with towels.

KID’S ROOMS

HomeGoods Truck Book Ends | Pure & Simple

 

Kids love books and little boys love trucks.  This truck bookend set would look great on a bookshelf corralling those unruly books.

HomeGoods DIY Knock Off | Pure & Simple

 

Easy enough to recreate if you were looking for a specific color and design. ¬†Adorable for a kid’s room to hold their works of art.

HomeGoods Kids Organizer | Pure & Simple

 

This would be adorable in a little girl’s bathroom for¬†hair bows¬† bracelets, mini purses. ¬†I would spray paint it another color.

MAIL/HOME OFFICE

HomeGoods Mail Sorter | Pure & Simple

 

Easy way to use up wall space for a functional need.  Store mail, magazines, catalogs in this holder.  It is wide enough to hold all the above.  When full, dump and sort.

HomeGoods Crate | Pure & Simple

 

This would be cute if you had several family members. ¬†Each square could be their “inbox”. ¬†Like a PO Box. ūüôā

This big guy came home with me:

Ceramic Owl | Pure & Simple

What do you think? ¬†Does he fit right in? I’m still working on the other decor options. ūüôā

Pure & Simple Home Office

And don’t forget to have a little fun while shopping for organizing supplies! ūüėČ

Jennifer at HomeGoods | Pure & Simple

Feel free to check out my Facebook album where I upload more ideas and pictures from shopping and thrifting trips. ūüôā

So what do you think?  Helpful?  Do you love HomeGoods?  

Until next time…

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{Guest Post} Spring Cleaning Tips & Supplies

I’m blogging over at The Charlotte Moms this week about Spring Cleaning. ¬†I don’t know about you, but I am ready for warmer weather. ¬†I’m ready to open the windows and air out the apartment. ¬†I’m ready for a change … a new season!

Be sure to drop by their website for the full article.  

The Charlotte Moms

Until next time…

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Organizing Closets With A Growing Family {Reveal}

If you have children, then you probably remember the stress that came over you when your first child was due in just a few short months. ¬†My guess is (since I don’t have any little ones)¬†that preparing for the first child is the hardest.

I started several closet projects a few weeks ago with a growing family (baby is due in June). ¬†Our focus was the master bedroom closet, baby’s closet, guest room closet, and linen closet. ¬†We talked about other areas that could use some organizing but our time was focused on the above areas.

Let’s start with the nursery closet shall we. ¬†It looked like this:

Nursery Closet Before | Pure & Simple

Why yes that is a lot of “stuff”. ¬†The closet had been used to store everything from paint to scuba gear to the wedding dress. ¬†We donated items, moved some tools to another location that made more sense, and transferred extra storage items to the guest room closet. ¬†We needed to make way for baby¬†after all.

The family intends to use the closet for clothes and toy storage. ¬†Children’s clothes are so small that is it is more effective to use the closet space for several categories. ¬†And the after:

Nursery Closet After| Pure & Simple

Now the guest bedroom closet.

Guest Closet Before | Pure & Simple

A theme is starting to form here. ¬†Lots ‘o stuff. ¬†This closet was mainly packed with clothes and blankets. ¬†There were many, many bags of donations that came from this closet. ¬†Their goal was to make this a functioning guest closet for when their parents visit and to store items from the nursery closet.

Guest Closet After | Pure & Simple

Much better! ¬†The top shelf is used for “Memory Lane” items such as photo albums and the like.

The master bedroom closet was rather interesting. ¬†When they opened the doors during the consultation, I said “Where are all the clothes?” ¬†They were living out of laundry baskets instead of using the closet. ¬†Clean clothes were left in the laundry basket and items were retrieved from there. ¬†The closet required an¬†initial¬†“setup” to function so they could finish the last part of that chore: ¬†hang up clothes.

Master Closet Before | Pure & Simple

Master Closet After | Pure & Simple

We used a few fun organizing options for scarves, jewelry, and ties.

Organizing Closet Accessories | Pure & Simple

Shadow boxes are my favorite way to organize and display jewelry. ¬†I’ve blogged about my love for shadow boxes¬†here. ¬†The best options can be purchased at Home Goods or TJ Maxx.

We used the Walnut Tie Spinner to store the men’s ties. ¬†This was my first time using a tie organizer; I was very impressed!

I’m always searching for ways to better organize scarves. The Real Simple Scarf & Belt Organizer worked great in this closet. ¬†The scarves were fairly compact so we hung them in the back of the closet. ¬†Easy to get to but out of the way.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more pictures of the linen closet and insta-pantry!

What are your organizing recommendations for the parents-to-be?

Until next time…

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Master Bedroom Closet Organizing {Reveal}…

I wrapped a large closet project last week and wanted to share the progress with you all!

The closet is a very large walk-in big enough for him and her. ¬†“His” side was pretty well organized; “her” side was overrun with clothes and shoes.

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

Before

We spent many days sorting the clothes into similar piles.  Sweaters.  Dresses. Jeans.  Short sleeve shirts.

After the piles were created, we started to purge. ¬†Things that didn’t fit or were no longer “loved” went in the donation pile.

After several rounds of purging and sorting, the donations were hauled off and the clothes made their way back into the closet. ¬†We used several organizing “tools” for the project. ¬†The biggest challenge was containing all wallets, clutches, and purses. ¬†Organizing the accessories tends to be the fun part! ūüôā

After

After

 

After

After

After

After

Here are some of the tools we used:

Master Bedroom Closet

  1. Milli Hangers (The Container Store) ($3.99/10 pk)
  2. Large Havana Bin (Gray) (The Container Store) ($14.99)
  3. Tribeca Media Bin (Cocoa) (The Container Store) ($9.99)
  4. Little Black Dress Jewelry Organizer (The Container Store) ($19.99)

So what do you think? ūüôā

To see more pictures of the project, click here.

Until next time…

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Charlotte Today Appearance…

I intended to post about my recent girl’s trip to Blowing Rock. ¬†We had a blast. ¬†Tons of great pictures and great quotes. ¬†Only to realize that I left my camera at my parent’s house. *wonk*wonk* :/

In the meantime….

Jennifer on WCNC Set

I will post about the Charlotte Today appearance. ¬†ūüėÄ

I’ve been the nervous type for years … as long as I can remember. ¬†However, I seem to be doing better with my anxious nerves. ¬†I tell myself “Nothing To Do It, But To Do It‘ and “People aren’t scary” ¬†{that last one was borrowed from my mentor Angie} ūüôā

Well, my anxious nerves were acting up last Monday. ¬†I didn’t sleep well … at all! ¬†I dreamt I was at the wrong news station. ¬†I dreamt they told me to go home because I was so awful.

Wonderful dreams to start the day. ¬†Then I wake up and it is pouring down rain! ¬†I don’t know many girls who get excited about a rainy soggy day when they need to be dressed to the nines.

So I get ready, gather my props, and head out the door with Raymond in tow. ¬†Traffic was jacked up thanks to above mentioned rain. ¬†We took some detours and arrived with time to spare. ¬†Time to shine … except I had an hour and half to kill. ¬†Cue anxious nervous.

Raymond and I set up the props table and I walked around rehearsing my “lines”.

Pure & Simple Props Table

I hold my hands like that when I get nervous. :)

I hold my hands like that when I get nervous. ūüôā

Someone walked up and mentioned that President Obama had a scheduled press conference for 11:30.  That would be 5 minutes before I was set to appear.  Awesome.

Watching from the Peanut Gallery

Watching from the Peanut Gallery

So the show started. ¬†Raymond and I watched from the Peanut Gallery. ¬†I shot my “teaser” and then the President tuned in. ¬†Good gracious! ¬†So we taped the segment and I tried to smile and have as much fun as possible. ¬†I think it went pretty well! ¬†Do you? ūüôā

Having fun on set!

Having fun on set!

These ladies were awesome!  Thank ya'll for making me feel at ease! :)

These ladies were awesome! Thank ya’ll for making me feel at ease! ūüôā

And here is the segment! ūüôā

Until next time…

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