Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Guest Post with Kitschalicious

I'm bak to the land of internet! Wahoo!!!!

Can I just tell you that I am one of those people who really enjoys getting away from the electronics and gadgets when I can. In the past, losing the internet for 5 days would have been totally fine with me.

That was then. This is now... blogging has totally changed the way a surf the net. {{ Yep, I'm so cool I use words like "surf" even though I can barely stand on my own two feet on dry land!}}

It was like being cut off from all my sweet, crafty neighbors and not being able to ask them into my home or be able to stop by theirs. Needless to say, I went through blogging withdrawls.

But after much grunting, huffing and puffing, moving and rearranging hubby got my computer all hooked up again... at 3AM last night. 
Thank you, my handsome man!

And so, in the words of some cute dog from a cartoon movie....
"I feeeeeel so aliiiiiive!!!!"

My faithful pup durring the office remodel.
And the internet could not have come at a better time. For today, I have a guest post for you! The super cute, totally awesome, chocolate loving Adrienne and I are swapping blogs for the day. How fun is that! After reading her super awesome post here at "too Blessed to Stress" go on over to her blog Kitschalicious, read her archive posts and follow. You'll just love her to pieces!


Hello too Blessed to Stress Fans! This is Adrienne from Kitschalicious! I am so glad to be visiting you today and I'm especially honored that Emily had agreed to do a blog swap with me! Isn't she just the best? Before I get started, I wanted to let you know that if you haven't tried her Death By Chocolate, it should be a priority on your list! Just sayin'! (Of course, this is also coming from a chocoholic!)

As I was racking my brains while eating chocolate and drinking my Mt. Dew, I came to realize that one thing everybody has in common is storage. You may have all your goodies stored just as you want, or you may be like me and, well, have an organized mess. One day, I was thinking about what I could do to get a little more organized, but on the cheap. First things first, look around your home. You may not realize what valuable storage items you may have for free. For example:

Take these shelves I had. Talk about ooogly! I bought these at a garage sale over 5 years ago for $0.25/each and totally forgot about them. They were stored in a closet that long! So, I dug them out of the closet, cleaned them, painted them, and used mod podge to adhere some of my scrapbook paper to make these:

These are now hanging in my craft room storing my ribbons, bags, and buttons! The best part? The project costed me nothing!
If you have some smaller things that need to be stored (and out of reach of little hands like I do), go to the thrift store! You never know what you may find. For instance I found this:
I bought this at the Goodwill for $1.99. I know what you're thinking, "boy does this girl find some ugly things!" But just wait and see what you could do with a little spray paint, flower embellishments and some brads! You get this:
That's right! A little embellishment rack. To be honest, it's not quite finished! I didn't have a red paint pen, but as soon as I get one (at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 minus my 40% off coupon), I will write the word "Embellishments" in a fancy script font! Then will it be perfect! The great thing about this project is, I can store my items by color using my flowers as my guide!
Another great storage solution is clothing! Unfortunately, I didn't take a before picture so you'll have to use your imagination. *Gasp!* I know, I really didn't want to make you think, but hey, I did this project way before I even knew what a blog was! Okay, back to clothing. There is so much you can do with it! Example? Of course! I took an old button-up shirt that my son doesn't fit any more, cut off the sleeves and sewed them shut, then sewed the bottom shut. This is what I got:
A clothing pin holder! Or, if you don't use clothes pin, you can store whatever you want really. Lost socks, anyone?
For your little girl (or yourself even), how about a barrette holder. I bought a frame at the dollar store, took out the glass (which can be used for another project), glued black cardstock to the back, added some ribbon, and viola!:
Instant hair clip holder! The great thing about this project, is you can use any size frame to hold as many barrettes and clips as you possibly want!
What I love about storage these days, is that not only is it functional, but you can really use your creative ability to make it part of your decor as well! I hope my ideas inspired you to get creative with your storage!

Thank you so much Adrienne! Love your awesome ideas. I so need a spice rack now :)Yes, need.

How are you changing or improving your storage this spring? Have you posted some awesome storage solutions on your blog? Let me know - I'd love to check them out!

Tomorrow I'll be back to regular posting and doing some catching up since the office redo... and maybe a photo or two of the progress. We're down to the fun part, decorating!


  1. Ok...that clothing pin bag is pure genius!

  2. I love the shelves. The clothes pin holder brought back some memories... my mom had one made out of a baby jumper/onesie shorts thingy. (I just don't know how to describe it ... talk about ooogly.) Anyway, when we got out of the 5-kids-at-home-use-the-clothesline days, it became a "rag bag" for miscellaneous saved shirt pieces and whatever else became a dust cloth or grease rag.

  3. Awesome ideas! I just have to try a few of those (someday...when I have
    Glad you're up and running, Emily! I totally know what you mean about blogging. I'm SOOO hooked!
    debbi :-)

  4. Great crafty makeovers!

    Emily, it's crazy how cut off one can feel without the internet! :)

  5. Nicely done, a very wonderful ideas to make in our house. Kitchen wares are very helpful, like spice rack, kitchen shelves and kitchen cabinets because they can help us save time and space in our kitchen.

  6. Well I was in the process of typing something out and I lost it. Don't ask me where it went,lol. My goodness, I'm losing my mind..

    I am in AWE of what you did with that tin rack. That is just WOW...I'm going to be getting me more of the shelf units when I start yard saling again and do some of what you did here. Just gorgeous.

    You talk about a Paint Pen? I live in Canada and I'm on the hunt for something like that...