Starting Thursday (that's tomorrow) get ready to party with some of the most fabulous blogs on the block!
Track down your posts and projects for Holiday Items that use PAINT, and enter them into the color coordinated party event! Each Blog will host a party for a different color so the color of your projects will determine where you enter those fabulous items.
My party starts on the 1st (that's tomorrow) and all projects for my party need to be GREEN. I love me some lean, mean, green Holiday Decor, it makes such a statement!
Be sure to head back here tomorrow for the party and start gathering your green holiday DIY projects!
Click here to read more on the deets and not to worry we will also cover those tomorrow when the party posts...
Out with the old and in with the new, as they say...
I was planning on hosting Turkey Dinner at my house this year (you can read more about that here), I needed to leave my fall decor out until after Thanksgiving, naturally...
As part of the Holiday Home Organization Blogger Challenge from Apartment Guide, I made it my mission to not only organize but simplify the decorating and storing process!
Bringing out all of these over sized goodies like the 6 1/2 foot twig tree below, didn't leave much room for the Halloween Treats that were still lingering, and so I needed to figure out an easy way to store my decor that wouldn't leave me frustrated next Halloween season.
No more digging through mislabeled boxes that are falling apart after years of use!
Color coded plastic bins is what I decided to do. I feel like next year it will be visually simple to find the appropriate items I want to pull out, if they are stored by color according to the holiday! Fall and Halloween have mutual decor in my house, so one for Fall and one for Halloween in the same color is perfect for now until I build up my holiday decor for this time of year. Then I will most likely need to increase to a third, but for now... light blue is for fall. While I realize it's probably a better color for Easter or Spring, light blue is what they happened to have at my local big box home improvement store. Light blue it is...
I try and layer my bins by using the items themselves to help support and protect other items in the bin with them. Placing the foam jack o lanterns on opposite ends of the bin and laying down an old towel in between left a perfectly protected place to put my precious ceramic skeleton, given to me by my MIL! Of course fragile pieces need to be protected a bit further and so I wrapped him in bubble wrap making sure to separate his limbs since it's most likely that if he breaks it will be because his limbs were clinking together.
Once he was well wrapped he went right in between the foam pumpkins and then the remainder of my spooky decor was added to the mix! My resin skeleton, a lot less breakable was snuggled with towels and my foam tombstones and spider friend went gently on top.
Zip lock freezer bags are your best friend when you are storing small items that don't have their original box or bag. They will help you see what's what while keeping things together and providing a tad bit of protection as well. Of course placing padded items near the top of the bin just as we did on the bottom with the foam pumpkins is definitely smart. Here you can see the stuffed spider and feather boa help add that little extra buffer for the items that are breakable.
A large clear label on the bins will help you differentiate between seasons and remind you of your color coding genius the following year, just in case you happen to forget.
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday, for those of you in the US who celebrate Thanksgiving. For those of you who don't... I hope you had a wonderful Thursday and Friday!
We had quite an eventful evening filled with food, family, and a dog seizure. What a night! To say I hope we don't have a repeat affair anytime soon is an understatement on a few counts, but as for the family and food, it was delectable.
You can see from the images above that I have a living room dining room combo and that it's essentially a long narrow room that hardly fits my majorly over sized furniture. Clearly I care more for my things than I do for creating a more suitable arrangement because I haven't been able or ready to let go of anything since moving into this place. Perhaps one day... but not this day!
And so I began to clear and streamline my very lazy fall decor. I hardly did much more than pile every pumpkin I have in the center of my table and pretend like it looked good! This is what happens when you become to busy to enjoy the things you love, like holiday decorating!
I started to realize this room had basically become a holding cell where all of my accessories come to live when they get booted from the other rooms. Of course now I can't wait to transform this room for a more permanent look, but for now the goal is to make it feastable.
And so I cleared, and cleared some more... and then again more... until only a fraction of the 'stuff' that was in here remained.
My table seats 8 on a good day, and this day was one of those days.
But there were 11 adults, and no matter how much sweet talking I did to my pretty little gal, she could still only seat 8.
The sofa stepped in and helped out by allowing me to pull in another table and a couple of extra chairs and actually made for a fun seating arrangement that gave everyone plenty of room to stretch out during dinner not worrying about rubbing elbows with anyone else.
It all worked out in the end, right up until 'littlest dog in the world' decided to have a seizure and scare everyone to death. Not to worry, my amazing family was on the job and everyone jumped in on the action to try and save him, even though we didn't know what was happening at the time and thought he might have been choking.
I walked upstairs for 30 seconds until my sister ran up to tell me I needed to come down immediately because my dog was croaking! Eek. My father in law attempted to remove anything lodged in his throat, as did my husband, and my wondrous mom even gave him doggie mouth to mouth!
By the time I was downstairs he was breathing and seemed fine. Another clue that he had a seizure. We probably scared him half to death trying to resuscitate him, but I'm glad to have the support of everyone who knows how much of a doggy lover I am. They weren't about to let him croak without putting up a good fight!
I managed to miss the whole event, short lived but scary as it was, and I will tell you that nothing can clear out a house like an animal emergency. Just in case you ever need to end a party quickly you will know what to do. Just whip out your dog and have it roll over and play dead. Great party trick... yikes!
Did any of you have an eventful evening or afternoon? Any other dog seizures out there? For your sake I certainly hope not! eek.
I'm fairly certain most of us assume that a perfectly stored home is a well oiled machine. We believe that those people who live in those homes enjoy organized, less stressful, and more productive lives. Well I couldn't say one way or the other if this is true, because I am not one of those people... yet. I sure would love to find out though, wouldn't you? With the holidays coming and going, the year drawing to a close, and a new year about to begin, I plan to take the bull by the horns and kick things into high gear. I'm determined to find out if the dream matches the reality...