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.