Mess Free painting.

I came across this idea a while back and I can not remember where I found it at. 
Using a 1 gallon size ziploc bag, I filled it with a small amount of tempera paint . You can use one color or two. If you use two colors keep in mind that they will mix. I secured the opening with scotch tape to make sure that it did not leak.
 You can give your children Q-tips to draw pictures or they can just use their fingers. If they use their fingers be sure to clip their nails beforehand.
This provided hours of fun and the paint won't dry up so you can use it over and over again. (Or at least until the bag starts to wear thin.)  
Be sure to check out my Link Parties page to see all of the great crafts out this week. 

Storing your cleaners.

I hate having cluttered counter tops. Real Simple came up with this great idea to store your cleaning solutions above you kitchen sink or bathtub.

Why didn't I think of that?

I spotted this great photo in one of my Better Homes and Garden Magazines.






The article associated with this photo was actually about the great head board made from handkerchiefs but what I noticed was what was sitting at the end of the bed. Two vintage end tables pushed together to form a bench. I have seen several of these tables at yard sales and antique stores, usually for pretty cheap, but I never knew what to do with them. Topped with a bench cushion and a couple throw pillows, then add some baskets for storage and this is the perfect addition to any bedroom.

Another office post.

In an earlier post I found some great DIY office projects. Well I found one more that I just had to share. This great tutorial from Knock Off Wood shows you step by step how to build secretary desk. Here is a photo from one of the readers of Knock Off Wood.

For the love of ... Shutters?

I love shutters. Not only on the outside of a home but also on the inside. I think they make a great addition to any home. I found this great shutter mirror combo at at amazon.com.  If you don't want to pay the $100 plus shipping and handeling I think it would be easy to hinge some shutters onto an old mirror and paint them to match.

Check out these other great ideas I found.



Martha Stewart had this idea to use shutters to organize your paperwork. Check out the full post by clicking here
This wonderful wall display was put together by Vintage Indie. Click here to see how it was done.
Check out this entire wall covered in shutters found at Olive and Love. I have never seen this before and I have to say... I love it!! Click here to see how it was done.

Fun with laundry.

Those are two words that you don't hear in the same sentence very often. But with Better Home and Gardens entertainment center turned laundry station, I think I might actually enjoy doing laundry once in a while.

Lets get organized

I am obsessed with organizing and since we just talked about office spaces, lets look at how we can organize them.



The Family Handyman shares this great idea on turning a tool apron into storage pockets that mount to your door.

Craft Gossip has a great tutorial on how to make your own Storage Cubes.

Great use of over-the-fridge storage

I found this idea over at Ikea Fans

Master bedroom inspiration

One area that is really lacking in our home is the master bedroom. It's the one room that most of our guests don't see when they come for visit so not much effort has gone into making it look nice. But I hope all of that will change when we purchase our first home. I would like the master bedroom to be more of a retreat. A place to get away from the everyday chaos. Here are a couple photos of inspiration for our future master retreat.

I love the black and whites in this photo. A bedroom makeover found at HGTV. And it would not be complete with the splashes of red throughout the room.

I love the simplicity of this Asian style master suit found here at Arhzine





This bedroom also found at Arhzine has a very masculine look to it. I think my husband would love it.

The dreaded laundry closet.

One thing that is on my "want list" for our future dream home is a laundry room and not a laundry closet. On the other hand, if my laundry closet looked something like this I don't think I would mind so much.






You can find the tutorial on how to make this closet by clicking here or you can check out fine home building for more great ideas.

Box of baby food jars

My youngest is stopped eating baby food about a month ago and I have saved all of our baby food jars. (I wonder what the movers will think when they find the box of empty jars in the closet.) Why? Because I want to make one of these.


I found this beautiful baby food jar chandelier at Natural Home Magazine. This would go great in the dining room, breakfast nook, or even an outdoor eating area.

Extra Kitchen Storage

Who could use extra storage space in the kitchen? I know I sure could. Here are a couple great ideas that I found to increase the storage in your kitchen.

Over at the Family Handy Man you can find a great tutorial to build these Under-Cabinet Drawers





At Ask The Builder you can find these great pull-out pantry drawers.

And if you ever need more space for your spices, check out DIY Life's Back-of-Door Spice rack.

Under Sink Storage Solution.



I never know what to put under the sink. With the plumbing located smack dab in the center of the cabinet, it makes for an awkward storage area. On the search for some bathroom storage ideas, I came across a few amazing solutions.

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