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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Stuff I do instead of the laundry

I've been very project happy lately, much to my husband's chagrin. These are a few I've completed lately, and I still have quite a few running around my brain. Who needs laundry when you can be crafty and creative, anyway?

I mentioned this shelf project the other day. Basically, the shelf is falling apart, kind of. I really should get rid of it and get another, but I don't have the money right this minute. So, I nailed it back together in a few spots and then glued Christmas wrapping paper in the back to spice it up a little bit. I might have chosen other wrapping paper, but this is the only pattern I had that wasn't overtly Christmas themed or gold, but still kind of cute.
This is hanging in the girls' bathroom. I bought a cheap picture frame from WalMart, used ribbon, fabric and buttons from my stash and came up with this to hold all the bows they have (which is not that many, considering I do have three female children). It matches the bathroom quite well and I don't feel like the bows are getting ruined in the other thing I use to store all the additional 20 million hair accessories we have. My friend Rae gave me the idea to do this, from a project she showed off on her blog eons ago. It's been percolating in my brain since then.
I've been wanting to do this for a while. My Sister-in-law, Anne-Marie has something similar by her front door, plus I've seen the basic idea in several other places. So, I bought a 4 dollar curtain rod at WalMart (hey, it's the only store I have, don't judge), used my ribbon stash and mostly frames I already had. I've put some of my favorite fun pictures of the girls in three of the frames and have ordered our Christmas family picture and another picture of the girls for the remaining two.
This is the most exciting to me. I got the hooks off of eBay (my brother gave us an eBay gift card for Christmas), and put them up the other day. I cannot stand how my children get home from school and immediately throw coats and backpacks all over the floor. This has been a nice solution. Our house isn't big, and its one tragic flaw is a complete lack of storage. I have one storage closet, and it is so tiny you can barely fit Joel's winter coat in there. Also, please excuse my filthy baseboards. As soon as I uploaded the picture, I went over there to see if they really are that dirty, and while the picture seems to magnify the problem times ten, they certainly weren't clean. Rest assured that they are now.

37 comments :

  1. Cute! All those ideas are great. The bow holder is darling and I really need to do something similar for my kids coats and backpacks!

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  2. Love everything you did (shocker!) I have all of Elodie's bows on one of those bright hangy things from Ikea. For now, because Addysen only wears headbands, all of hers are in a basket. I love the frames too!
    And don't worry about the baseboards. I had a similar experience with my baseboards in my bathroom when I took a picture of Elodie's cute hair. I went back same day and cleaned my baseboards with bleach and a toothbrush! It happens to all of us! And besides, that corner is behind a door! When do you ever look behind there!

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  3. These look awesome, Lara! I love the pictures on the curtain rod.

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  4. The first thing I said was "Holy cow, check out her baseboards" I even called my husband over so we could equally horrified--then I wondered why you put "Photography by Lara" in vynyl lettering on your walls :-)

    In truth, I am so impressed. I love the hangers for the coats and the photo frames--I'm afraid I'm out of the bow-time of life for the most part, but dang that would have been nice when I was overflowing. And I love, love, love salvaging something and making it work--love the paper in the back. I love projects too, it's very rewarding to see what you've done. Way to go.

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  5. I LOVE the hanging picute frames!! Too cute!!

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  6. Cute ideas. WHen we bought this house one of the things we loved about it was that there was a closet right inside the side door with hooks all through it. Kids need sooo much storage don't they? Great job!

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  7. It all looks so great. The hanging pictures turned out even better than I imagined it when you told me about it. How long is that rod? Very cute for only $4.

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  8. I love everything you did It looks so good! I have been needing an idea on how to hang bows. That is a perfect idea! Thanks know I have another project to work on instead of doing my laundry!

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  9. I have to say the ribbon idea is fab. I have to tell my DIL's about it. Those ribbons get lost every time you turn around. This is great.

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  10. I just love your creative brain! I love the hooks and and that ribbon picture frame "drape" is so pretty!

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  11. Great projects. Plus,I didn't even know Ebay gift cards existed.

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  12. These are great ideas! I have been trying to figure out what to do with Ethan's backpack that gets flung on the floor the moment he gets home. Hmmm... (the wheels are turning)

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  13. What great ideas! I love the bows and frames. I might have to try that.

    We have a mud room with hooks, but my kids still don't hang up their stuff. We have to nag them and go back to do it. What's up with that?

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  14. I love the door way ideas that is great. I love being creative and trying to organize Jer hates it till the project is done but once finished he likes.

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  15. Love love LOVE the picture-hangy thingie.

    Wow, I'm eloquent, eh?

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  16. Hope you have a beautiful weekend! ♥ Hugs :)

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  17. You are so darn talented and creative! Love it! and I didn't even notice the baseboards--I don't notice a lot of things which means my house is a sty.

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  18. Lara you can make anything look good! wow, what a darling wall you've made!!

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  19. These are all MUCH better than folded laundry. Well done!

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  20. I love those hangers on the wall for backpacks! I have been meaning to do something simliar, just trying to figure out where. LOL

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  21. Ooo, I'm excited to use a couple of those ideas myself! :)

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  22. my goodness. great ideas. yes i love comments too...every comment makes my day. love and hugs to you and your great blog.

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  23. I love that hair bow idea! I'm going to steal it. I am always concerned that the hair pretties are getting de-prettied in the drawer we usually stash them in.
    And FOR CHEAP!

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  24. Look how crafty you are!!!
    Great stuff!

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  25. Well done you! I feel like I've practically walked on the moon when I can get the closet doors to close. Sadly, I am not one of nature's more gifted organizers...

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  26. Oh I like that bow thing! I don't think we have a bow in our entire house though. :-( It would look okay with barrettes maybe, but the gal and I only have like three barrettes between us. :-(

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  27. Super cute bow holder! I just recently made a bow holder for my daughters bows as well, only mine wasn't nearly as creative!

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  28. Those are all really cute! You should post directions for how you did the bow holder.

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  29. You have been very project happy! Everything looks great. I love the wrapping paper on the bookshelf backing.

    And your curtain rod looks fab!

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  30. Let's not pretend that you don't LOVE the red wrapping paper. I LOVE the hooks by the door. I wish we could do something like that with all my heart.
    LOVE the picture frames, that's so very cute.
    Nice idea about the hair crap, even though I do feel quite nauseasted just looking at it. But, I do think it looks pretty cute.

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  31. Good for you on getting all these fun projects done! I am jealous of the backpack/coat hooks. We always have coats/scarves/backpacks, etc. all over the floor too. We so need something like that!

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  32. Very clever, fun and creative ideas. I love them all!

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  33. I love your hooks and photo wall. I need to steal that!

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  34. Love it all! I have been wanting to do the same thing to some of our "junky shelves- after we paint them over- I want to put some kind of design on the back. Love red w/ pokadots! And love all the other crafty goodness too! And those are the cutest things - your girls said:)

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