DIY Charging Station With An Old Bread Box

I am sure that most of you are like me in the fact that you have various cords and chargers around your house for your cell phones, ipads, kindles, camera battery, etc.  Lovely cords everywhere! Sitting on our counters or nightstand and hanging out on the end table by the couch. They add so much to the decor, right?  (*sarcasm.) Our “spot” for charging has always been a corner in our kitchen.  It keeps the devices handy and yet out of reach from little hands.  But it isn’t the most attractive.

Kitchen Counter with Cell PhonesTwo things really stand out to me in this picture. One, man do we need a backsplash!  I’d love to put in a pretty tile backsplace….and paint the cabinets….and add hardware….but ya know, $$$.  Second thing is that ugly tangle of electronics!  No one wants to be looking at that mess all day!  Our solution: A DIY Charging Station from an old breadbox!

DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale Breadbox




A few years ago I picked up an old breadbox for a couple of dollars at a yard sale.  It has been sitting in our garage (aka: my husband’s workshop) as a place to store his rags.  I could have sworn I took before pictures but now I can’t find them anywhere! So just picture a worn, unpainted breadbox full of greasy rags. Got that image in your head?  Good.

Our first step was to sand the down the breadbox really well and add in a shelf.  Then my husband cut a hole in the back of the box to allow for a power strip.  The power strip is simply attached with some hot glue.

Power strip in the bottom of a bread boxA  coat of white paint and a new handle really freshen up the whole piece and make it beautiful and functional!  It is the perfect place to store all our electronics when we aren’t using them, for me to charge my camera battery, and it hides all the mess.



DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale BreadboxDIY Charging Station from Yard Sale BreadboxI love projects like this that only take a couple of hours on a weekend, are easy on the budget, and yet really make my home a better place to be.  I think this could easily be replicated in lots of different ways as well!  It doesn’t have to be a breadbox.  If you have any sort of pretty container that you can cut a small hole in the back for a power strip than you can create your own diy charging station.  Be creative and think outside the (bread)box!

DIY Charging Station from Yard Sale Breadbox



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Printable Monthly Budget Worksheets – Set of 12 Floral Worksheets

At the start of each year I like to buy a new planner.  In fact, I LOVE to buy a new planner.  Finding something that is cute and fun is incredibly helpful and motivating for me.  I have a pretty calendar and menu planner on my wall that I use daily.  When I am getting ready to tackle a big project I’ll print up a nice, colorful checklist that I can hang up. I do better and stay more focused when my tools are not only functional but also beautiful. It is just a quirk of my personality, but I like to surround myself with beautiful things, even when they seem like the most utilitarian objects. And I know I am far from the only one out there, otherwise we wouldn’t have colored duct tape and patterned toliet paper, am I right?  :)

So when it comes time to sit down and make a budget I like to look at a worksheet that is attractive. It makes the task of putting together a budget less intimidating and more enjoyable.  Figuring out how to make and stick to a budget can be a hard task, so the least we can do is have pretty worksheets to look at! I have created a new set of 12 Budget Worksheets, one for each month.  They are delightful and floral and all things lovely as well as incredibly useful!

January Budget WorksheetA Budget Worksheet on a deskThese worksheets come with spaces to track your monthly expenses, income, and compare the difference of your budgeted totals and actual totals spent.  With a new worksheet for each month you can easily track your finances for the entire year. And once you purchase the files you will own them and can print them over and over, year after year.

A June Budget Worksheet on a deskA November Budget Worksheet on a deskI know it is crazy to think about, but wedding season is going to be coming up on us soon. And lots of people give cash as gifts.  Wouldn’t this be fun and helpful to include in your cash gift as well? Or how about for your high school graduate that is soon going to be heading out on their own? A tool like this would absolutely come in handy for a person who is learning to manage their finances on their own for the first time.

4 Montly Budget Worksheets 4 Montly Budget Worksheets 4 Montly Budget WorksheetsThe best part of these worksheets (besides the pretty floral designs) is the price.  The entire 12 month set is only $7.99 and is available in my Etsy store.  That is about $0.67 a sheet!  And even less when you remember that you can print as many times as you’d like.  As we start the new year I hope you see the value in an item that can help you start the new year off financially smart and prepared.  And as always, thank you for the support you give my family through this blog!  You don’t know how much it means to me!

Budget Worksheets on an office desk

 

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Calendar and Menu Planner Sets+Giveaway Time!!

There is something on our kitchen wall that I look at every single day.  And I’m not talking about the smeared macaroni courtesy of my two year old.  No, these are two items that I depend on to keep me sane and organized!  They are a must in my life.  One is our Monthly Calendar and the other is our Menu Planner. Each is kept in a frame and I use dry erase markers to write on the glass but you could also laminate them and use markers on them that way.

I keep track of each family members activities and appointments, work schedules, and a to do list on the calendar.  We are constantly stopping by it to double check dates and times and plan our week.  Every day my husband asks me, “What’s for dinner?”  And every day I am able to glance over at the Menu Planner, see what is for dinner, and then tell him to start cooking.  :)  Planning out our menu each week helps with our grocery budget and simplifies the shopping.  I can’t live without them!!!

For the last year or so I have been selling my Monthly Calendar in my Etsy Shop and it is easily my number one item.  I sell more of the Monthly Calendar then all the other items combined so I must not be the only one who loves them!  But up until now there has only been one style available of the Calendar and I haven’t had a coordinating Menu Planner.  Well that tragic mistake has been remedied!  I now have six different styles (with more on the way!), each set comes with a Monthly Calendar and Menu Planner, and today I am going to give away THREE full sets!  But first, let me show you the new designs!

This is the set I currently am using in my own home.  The soft white roses look great against the rustic, weathered wood.  (and yes, I know it isn’t currently November but I wanted to fill it out so you could see how much space there is to write and I picked a random month. :)

White Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

White Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetWhite Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetFor the next style I added in some color to the roses design with pretty pinks, soft greens, and light teals.  The wood is a little deeper and the overall look is pretty and fresh.

Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetPink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner Set Pink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetPink Roses Calendar and Menu Planner SetI also printed off this next set to use so I can switch out the white roses when I want a little change.  I love the simple, modern look and I can’t say no to anything with some gold.

Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetMint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner Set Mint and Gold Arrow Calendar and Menu Planner SetBright and sunny more your style?  This set is cheerful and happy with yellows and blues plus lots of daisies.

Yellow and Blue Blooms Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetYellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner Set Yellow and Blue Flowers Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard is never going out of style right?  Can we all just agree on that right now?  Because I love me some chalkboard designs, and I always will.

Chalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Chalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetChalkboard Calendar and Menu Planner SetAnd lastly, the original design that now comes with a matching menu planner!  It will definitely bring some joy into your life!

Joy Calendar and Menu Planner Set

Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner Set Joy Calendar and Menu Planner SetJoy Calendar and Menu Planner SetEach set is only $8.00 and you receive the files in high resolution JPEGs and PDFs.  I also love these items for more than just personal use.  I think they make GREAT gift ideas for so many occasions!  Bridal showers, weddings, teacher gifts, house warming, etc.  They are so useful and can be given for so many different occasions.  And the great thing about buying a digital file is you only have to buy it once, and then it is yours to print again and again, as many times as you need!  AWESOME, right?!

To celebrate the launch of these new items I’m going to host a giveaway on my Facebook page and give away THREE sets!  You can head on over to the page to enter and this weekend three people will randomly be chosen to pick any set they like!    Good luck and happy organizing!!!

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

Hey look!  It’s me!  With an actual post!  Wonders never cease, do they?  That’s right, I’m going to give it my best and do this blogging thing again.  Thank you all for sticking with me through moving, new babies, and life changes!

Since we bought our first home we have really been enjoying making it our own.  Being able to set up your home and change it in any way you want is a wonderful feeling!  I’ll share some of the projects we’ve done as I go on, but for now I wanted to show our latest project and the beginning of our master bedroom decorating.  First, I’m going to show you a couple of very sad pictures:

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsThis is basically how our master bedroom has looked since we moved in.  Which was 10 months ago!  We’ve been living in a big, blank, empty space the color of oatmeal for nearly a year.  With nothing but a sheet on the bed because living in Phoenix is like living on the surface of the sun.  Isn’t this the most depressing bedroom you’ve seen?  At least I picked up the pajamas and baby toys off the floor before taking these pictures.  That’s something right?

Well the first step to transforming our bedroom is now completed so we are one step closer to having a relaxing, beautiful retreat.  We painted some bold stripes on the wall behind our bed to create a feature wall and I thought I’d share a tip on how to achieve straight lines when dealing with textured walls.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsOne of my least favorite characteristics of southwest homes is the textured walls.  Why people think it is a good idea to make it look like your walls are covered in some badly spread cream cheese is beyond me.  And it can make it really hard to paint a clean line, whether you are adding stripes or just painting along the edges where the walls and ceiling meet.  But it can be done by adding in one extra step!

First we started by taping off our stripes.  We used Frog Tape and it did the job perfectly.  If you are doing stripes (ours are 8″ wide) remember to tape along the outside of the top and bottom of the stripe.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsHow To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsHow To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

Make sure to press the tape edges down as firmly as possible.  And now comes the all important step: paint over the edge of the tape with the base coat already on the wall.  This will allow the base coat to seep in under the tap in any place where the seal is not perfectly tight due to the texture.  It basically seals the tape so that none of the new paint can get underneath.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

Using tape alone it is practically impossible to seal in every little bump and dent created by the textured finish.  Sealing your tape with the base color is key!

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

Allow the paint to dry completely and then you can beginning adding your new color.  For us we went with a very, very light cream to contrast and add some brightness to the space.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

You can allow the new color paint to dry completely but you definitely don’t have to wait.  Sometimes the tape even comes off easier if the paint is still slightly wet.  As you begin to pull back your tape you’ll see crisp, clean lines underneath.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsNo leaking or seeping through!  It is one extra step but so worth it.  It can be the difference between your walls looking like the were painted by a professional or a sloppy DIY job.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured WallsI know it is just some paint on one wall, but I already love the change it has made to our bedroom.  It has made me even more excited to continue the decorating and start adding in some color and accessories.  Actually making the bed helps too.

How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls How To Paint Crisp, Clean Lines on Textured Walls

If you are dealing with textured walls like me, I hope this tip helps.  And it works just as well if you are trying to get a clean edge where the wall meets the ceiling or where two walls come together in a corner.  So tape, seal, paint, and then enjoy!

Go Blooming Crazy

This wasn’t a post I planned on doing but the other day I was walking through the grocery store and I saw this phrase on a poster in the window.  I thought that it would make an adorable print so I headed home and whipped one up.   I also picked up some daffodils from Trader Joe’s and together with this print I am pretending that spring has come to New England.  Last check of our weather showed a possible 6-12 inches of snow over the next few days.  I’ll be hiding out in my house in denial.

Free Blooming Print for Spring- available in two colors Cute, right?  I’m not always 100% thrilled with everything I put together but this is one that I really like.  I also made it in white so you can choose which one you like the best.

Free Blooming Print for Spring- available in two colorsI hope you enjoy these prints and that they bring a little bit of spring inside.  And if you live someplace that is nice and warm then please go outside and stand in the sun for just a moment and think of me.  I’ll be shoveling snow off my car. :)

Download the PDF- Black

Download the PDF- White

Three Prints to Welcome Spring

I am loving these days filled with a little more sunshine, warmer weather, and the tiniest bit of green just starting to peek through on the trees.  I never get tired of the snow but I’m so excited for all things spring and summer as well.  I wanted to welcome in this new season with some fun prints.  I have three prints that are very different in style and color so there should be something for everyone!

The first is my favorite and the one I printed out for my home.

Prints for Spring from Darling Doodles Prints for Spring from Darling Doodles

All you have to do is pop one of these prints into a frame and place it on a shelf, entryway table, console table, etc. with a vase of bright flowers and you have in instant dose of spring.

Prints for Spring from Darling Doodles Prints for Spring from Darling Doodles

Spring Prints from Darling Doodles

The PDF’s are sized to be 8 x 10 or you can just save the picture to your computer and print it in any size you like.

PDF- Nest

PDF- Spring has Sprung

PDF- April Showers

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