Printable Blog Organizer from Infarrantly Creative

I always laugh at the professionals I work with who tell me how organized I am.  Both social workers and the occupational therapist involved with the boys were here last week and all commented that things run well because I’m so organized.  Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Ha!  They clearly have never watched me search for my keys (daily) and I haven’t shared that I’ve lost our passports somewhere in this house.  ( I put them somewhere “safe” just before Baby L’s first birthday party started….never to be seen again!) 

Having said that….I love “organizey” things.  I love labels and baskets and shelves and printables and containers….Ok, you get the idea. I’m convinced that I’ll finally find the secret to not losing things.  Or stop cramming papers in places with an idea that I’ll remember where they are.  And because I’m super excited about this blog the same sort thing is starting to happen.  I’ll be driving along (or sleeping) when an idea for a post pops up.  Sometimes I scribble it down on a piece of paper but mostly I have random thoughts floating around in my head.  Also, I can’t find the piece of paper when I need it.

This morning I started a google search for blog organization tips and found the most marvelous free downloads to print out!  Beckie over at Infarrantly Creative is my kind of brilliant!  What a great site!  The whole blog is full of tips and ideas and I’ve added the blog to my read list.  But the best thing I found are the downloadable blog organizers.  Yay!



The weekly organizer
Monthly organizer

I’ve downloaded and printed a bunch of copies and set out to decoupage a binder to hold the organizers.  I’m too thrifty cheap to actually spend money making a spiral notebook but I love the way the their book turned out.

The binder was just a leftover binder from long ago training that was laying around (unread and unused).  Decoupaged some craft paper and here it is

Not quite dry yet….getting impatient to use it!

What a great system!  Thanks, Beckie!

Spray painted lamps

I am always browsing the thrift stores and Kijiji (Canadian version of Craigslist) for “treasures”.  I’ve had my eye on a pair of lamps at Homesense for the past few weeks but just can’t bring myself to pay $59.99 for a lamp. (Plus tax y’all, which here in Ontario is 13%!!!!).  Heck, no!  So I was pretty darn happy to find a pair of brass lamps on Kijiji for $15 for the set!  So happy in fact that I rushed them home and spray painted them with Krylon’s Oil Rubbed Bronze before I could take the “before” picture!  Doh!

Sadly, no before and after pictures today….but here they are after a couple of coats of spray paint and the shades I had leftover from when I re-placed the shades of my bedroom lamps.  (I knew they would come in handy sooner or later!)

A little spray paint, some leftover shades, and I finally have lamps in the living room.

Linking to…..
http://christinasadventures.com/20-below-thursday
http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.ca/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-5.html

Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

 

Nothing says Thanksgiving or Christmas like our family’s favorite sweet potato casserole. It is sooooo yummy and with a praline topping it should almost be classified as desert.  This recipe made it’s way to Canada from Alabama years ago, and it’s been a staple at most of our holiday meals since then. This is a pretty popular recipe down South but not very common in Canada.  It’s always a hit a potluck parties and the recipe was actually pinned to the information wall at our office! (That was clearly before Pinterest even existed.)

It has a few steps but it’s totally worth it. Lately, I’ve been making the entire recipe ahead of time and refrigerating overnight. I just pop it in the oven 30 to 45 before dinner is served. FYI- I always double the topping. Because pecans and sugar and all that good stuff.

 

Sweet potato casserole unbaked

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Be prepared to hand out the recipe. Because, hands down, the best way to eat a vegetable is when it’s under a praline coating. I heart you, hidden vegetables.

 

Sharing  here and over at Serenity NowFinding Silver Pennies, Home Stories A to Z,  Cedarhill FarmhouseFluster BusterCoastal Charm, Thoughts From Alice, From My Front Porch to YoursPieced Pastimes, Bloom Designs,  Tabler for Two, A Life In Balance, and Savvy Southern Style.

Foyer Makeover

As I’ve mentioned before, we live in a two bedroom ranch house that suited baby L and I perfectly until Bubba came along.  Since it took forever for L. to learn to sleep through the night (and this is still under negotiations!) I didn’t want to put the new baby in with him and risk everyone being up all night long.  The foyer had a pocket door that closed it off from the living room so poor baby Bubba found himself in the foyer and we found ourselves using the side door.

Well, Bubba finally got his own room yesterday and I reclaimed my foyer!  With a few fall projects already underway, a huge sale at the local thrift store, and some spray paint I was able to put together a cute and welcoming fall entryway.

So here’s the BEFORE….

Foyer before (as a nursery)

And here’s the AFTER….

Now I feel like I’m living in a grown up house once again!  Love how this turned out!

Most everything I used for the fall table is from thrift stores.  The mirror was a $4.99 find that I spray painted as were the frames on the wall.  I filled them with craft paper and added chip board letters. 

Check out the gold tin!  And with 50% off, I paid just 99 cents!!!

Added some florist foam and shredded paper from Michael’s….

And these cute gourds were also 50% off at the grocery store this week….seems like my procrastinating paid off….

Put it all together and this was the end result…

I’m just thrilled with how all my projects turned out and the foyer just feels so warm and inviting now. I love it so much I’m going to try linking it up to the Happy Hour Party at Design, Dining, and Diapers, which is one of my favorite blogs.

So stop on by and feel free to use the front door!

Linking to….
http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.ca/

Thrift store mirror

Happy Wednesday y’all!  There was a huge 50% off sale at our local thrift store on Monday and I scored some awesome finds, including this mirror which was marked down to $4.99!



I covered the mirror and taped it off….

Then I primed it with Rust-oleum Spray Primer…..

And then finished if off with white Rust-oleum Spray Paint in gloss.  I didn’t coat it completely with primer or spray paint because I wanted some of the old gold to show through.  And here’s the end result….

I may go back and sand some of the edges to give it a more distressed look but I was waaaayyy too impatient to finish my fall entry table.

Easy! Cheap!  It doesn’t get any better than that.