Making 3 Simple Goals // Week #3

Craftivity Designs | April 15, 2015 | 1 Comment so far
So, how did I do?


Well, I wanted to fix the towel hooks in our bathroom. As I mentioned at the end of this post, they were a little wobbly. We screwed the wooden dowels into a scrap piece of wood and attached it to the wall.

Status: 90% -- we need to get two long screws and secure it into the wall studs, as well.



We wanted to finish hanging curtain rods and curtains in the bedroom now that the painting is complete. I've still got more plans for these window treatments; but at least we've got some privacy in the meantime.

Status: DONE!


Note: I'm curious... how are you feeling about the yellow nightstand in this room? My instinct is to go with a grey or wood tone, but the yellow is growing on me.


My kitchen is feeling much more functional; thanks to a little bit of purging, re-organization and this spice jar project. The spice jar drawer? It's still empty -- along with 2 other drawers! I still may tweak a few things; but I want to live with the changes for awhile.

Status: DONE!

clockwise from top left: kid cups & utensils // coupons & take-out menus // serving platters // dishes

We are going to be unusually busy for a few days, so I want to keep the to-do list simple this week. So, here are the goals for week #4...

Fix

{something that isn't right}

I've got a small wall paint touch-up to do in the dining room and several wall scuffs to fix in the stairwell. 

dining room paint

Finish

{something that is incomplete}

Last spring we worked on our master and guest bedroom closet. The guest bedroom closet was never completed; even though there isn't much more to do. It would be great to finish that this week.

master bedroom closet

Function

{something that makes life easier}

Warmer weather is here; but the winter gear is still easiest to access in our coat closet. Like the kitchen, a mini-purge and re-organization should improve things!

What would be your 3 goals this week?

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Spice Jar Organization in a Soda Crate

Craftivity Designs | April 13, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
Seriously, I love, love, love this project. It mixes two of my favorite things... thrifting and organization.

  
I've seen these vintage soda crates at yard sales, flea markets and thrift stores for years; but the soda logos are typically in reds and yellows. If you've followed along very long, you know those aren't my colors. This green, however, is exactly my color...



I'd never heard of Dr. Wells soda; but through some googling found out is associated with Dad's Root Beer {which I have heard of, because our church gave a bottle to each dad on Father's Day -- fun, huh?}.

Since we moved in last year I've been storing our spices in a drawer. It hasn't been incredibly functional because they aren't in any type of order. I just make them fit.


And if they don't fit, they get stuck in the pantry. This means that I forget we have it... and is why we own three bottles each of Nutmeg and Oregano.


With the soda crate I can store them in alphabetical order. I actually know what we have AND each spice is easy to find when I'm cooking.


Plus, I have a free drawer. The soda crate is slim, so it just sits against the back splash under the cabinets and doesn't require much counter space. When we start renovating our kitchen, I may end up hanging it on the wall near the stove. Then this solution won't require any drawer or counter space.

Here's how you can do the same project at home:

  1. Buy your vintage soda crate {a.k.a. the best part -- yard sales and thrifting!}
  2. Purchase glass spice jars that fit. I recommend these from World Market.
  3. Use a label maker {here is the one I use} to create clear labels. I chose white text on clear because I thought white was easier to read against the metal lids.
**Amazon links are affiliate links.

This is completely a preference thing; but I trimmed each label across the top so that there wouldn't be any excess.

I have to note, too, how much I love this label maker and 100% recommend it. I use it for all kinds of projects; labeling Christmas storage bins, glass containers in the pantry; photo boxes in the office and toiletries in the hall closet.


How do you store your spices?

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Kick-Off Friday

Craftivity Designs | April 10, 2015 | Be the first to comment
Welcome to Kick-Off Friday--ready to check out some great project ideas?  Let's go!





1. If you love the tribal style, definitely check out this dresser by Danielle at Finding Silver Pennies.  I love the unique look and style that makes this piece truly one of a kind!

2. Channel your inner Picaso this weekend by making your own abstract art.  Check out The Painted Hive to see how Kristine created this version.

3. Jazz up your work space with a cute fabric swatch banner-stop by Natalme to see how to make your own!

4. Organize your jewelry and decorate your space with adorable DIY hexagon ring dishes.  Go here to see the step by step details.

That wraps up this week's collection-have a wonderful weekend!


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Make 3 Simple Goals // Week #2

Craftivity Designs | April 8, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
So, how did I do?


Well, I wanted to fix the spots where paint had dripped on our baseboards from projects over the last year. This included the trim in our bedroom, hallway, stairs, entry and dining room. I touched up some doors and the stair risers, as well, since I had the paint out.

Status: DONE!

Can I remind you of the before?


What a difference some cleaning and a little bit of paint can make, huh?


I needed to finish closing the hole in the ceiling where we had plumbing work completed. This was a pretty easy one, since there is a vent cover for it. However, it kept getting skipped when we would work on projects.

Status: DONE!






Our spices were stored in a kitchen drawer. They were out of easy reach and disorganized. Our kitchen is more functional; thanks to this project. I'll share a full post with details about it next week.

Status: DONE!




Here are the goals for week #3...

Fix

{something that isn't right}

I mentioned when we hung the hooks in our bathroom that we may need to make them a bit more sturdy. We've got a plan in place and I hope we can mark that off the list this weekend.


Finish

{something that is incomplete}

We purchased curtain rods and curtains for the bedroom several weeks ago. Now that the paint is complete, I'm hoping to get the window treatments up. This will also clear out a few more of the boxes sitting in our bedroom -- woohoo! Home projects are messy.


Function

{something that makes life easier}

Now that we have an empty drawer {where the spices were}; I want to do a mini kitchen purge and re-organization.




What would be your 3 goals this week?

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Our Documentary Style Family Photo Shoot on Film

Craftivity Designs | April 7, 2015 | 2 Comments so far
Meet my brother.

photo by Emil Handke, Louisville KY Photographer, developed by State Film
My brother, Billy Grubbs, is a Photographer from Louisville KY. He also owns State Film Lab, where he is focused on the art of Film Photography and develops photos for other photographers. You can see some examples of his, and other photographer's work, on State Film's Instagram account.

developed and shared by State Film, photo by Story Box Art

About a month ago, he came to take photos of our family, since we had a newborn. I'm just going to let the photos do the talking. The way they capture who we are, our expressions, our eyes, and family moments is perfect.



















Thanks, Billy, for such great memories of our family.

All photos, unless otherwise noted, taken by Billy Grubbs and developed by State Film Lab.

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