Chevron Room Decor!

I finished one of my projects from last week, and was going to post it a few days ago but I ended up going out of town for the weekend. We went and visited family back home so I went a little off the grid and didn’t get online while we were gone. There isn’t much cell signal or internet there so it’s pretty easy to go technology free for a few days! (Sometimes without a choice!) So now that I am back to the real world I can go ahead and post the pictures of my project! I hope you like them!

Chevron picture frames handcrafted and found at Adventures of Amy Lou!

This was one of those projects that was just so easy a monkey could do it! But I understand not everyone has the time! In any case if you do decide to try this on your own here is a little explanation of what I did! I had the large frame just lying around with my craft stuff, so I went and bought the smaller frames at the dollar store ($1 a piece), got some chevron fabric from my favorite fabric store ever (FM Stores in Springfield, MO! I LOVE mom and pop shops! Support local businesses!), got some spray paint, and then I grabbed some cardboard I had set aside for crafts, some hot glue, scissors, and ruler, and I was GOOD TO GO! I went to town measuring the placement for the cutouts where the frames would go on the cardboard background so you can still take the back off and put the picture in it. After I cut my holes I hot glued the fabric onto the cardboard. Of course you can use any print you like but I just LOVE chevron right now! I spray painted some of the frames and left the others black. After they dried I glued on just the frame part over the edges of the hole and then assembled the back of the frames back on and placed the large cardboard piece inside of the large frame and VOILA! Cute and fashionable decor for only a few dollars! I only used a couple of dollars worth of my fabric, plus spent around $3 on spray paint, and $6 on the small frames! So this project only cost me about $10-$12 total! Pretty great considering if you bought something like these at a retail store there’s no telling what you would pay! Maybe $15 a piece for the two small ones and say $30 for the large one?! You’re looking at about 60 bucks if you buy this instead of doing it yourself! Just think of all of the other cute things you could spend your extra money on to decorate your room from what you save by doing it yourself! Good luck doing this yourself! It really was simple and fun!

~Amy Lou

Busy, Busy, Crafting!

Well it seems that even though my spring break is over and my graduate courses are full force ahead once again, I still am only in the mood for the fun crafting and organizing I have been doing this past week! So for the last couple of days all of my spare time after homework (and taking care of my baby girl of course!) have consisted of some major crafting projects! I’ve been having a blast! I don’t have all of the projects fully done so I’m not going to spoil them right now! I have to run to the store to grab a couple of things I need and then some of it should be posted tomorrow! Here is a little teaser photo for one of the projects I am making to sell at The Bleau Barn in Ozark, MO.

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I’ve also been working on rearranging and slightly redecorating my daughter’s room. She has always LOVED her swing and would frequently only take a nap if she was in her swing but we have slowly been not using it anymore since she is getting older now. Which is a really great thing that she doesn’t really need it now since I went ahead and put her in it a few days ago and the motor quit! Apparently she is too heavy for it now! Kinda stinks because it was a great swing and I planned on keeping it for any other kids we have later on but I guess I won’t be keeping it now! Oh well, it gave me a great reason to get it out of the way in her room and move in her new toy box I’ve been dying to put in her room and use! And by “new” I mean new to us since I found it at a thrift store for $8!!! I was stoked because I had been keeping an eye out for a good one on craigslist and most of them on there were about $40 on average! I was looking to spend about $20 so I was excited to only pay $8! I haven’t decided yet if I am going to use it as is or do a little painting on it so we will see! I should be done with all of my changes in her room in a few days and I will post pics of it then! In the meantime here are a couple of cute teasers from her room also!

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Alright, that’s enough sneak peaks for now! More full project photos when I get them completed! Until then, everyone have a great day!

~Amy Lou

Home Entry-way Organization!

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Do you have too much clutter as soon as you enter your house? The kids (and hubby?) just drop everything when they walk in the door? Well I know I used to! Up until I added some organization at my entry-way to ensure that everything in our hands when we walk in has it’s place right where we need it! At the front door! I know this isn’t a new idea but I know some people do like fresh ideas for accomplishing this! I know I did! So to get started I thought about the things that we usually have in our hands when we walk in that need a place instead of getting set down just anywhere and making a mess or getting lost. Keys. Purse. Wallet. Mail. Jackets. Scarves. Umbrella. Okay I’ve got my check list, now to find some ways to organize these! I had these small cube shelves already so I gave them a paint job to clean them up and make them POP with color! (Can you tell I like bright colors in my home? The color palette in my living room is black, white, grey, and accents of lime green!) We use these cubes for keys usually. We both put our keys in one of them when we come in and this way we always know exactly where they are when we go back out! No searching, and out of reach of the little one who loves to hide things like this! 😉 My boyfriend will put his wallet in one of these cubes frequently also. (He wasn’t home when I took the pic so only mine are pictured.)

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I also found this great 3 slot wall hanging organizer on clearance at Target! It was perfect for my mail organizer! This way mail can be dropped in and sorted later. I also have a few other things in it. I keep blank envelopes and a blank notepad in the front pocket. Then we have invoice sheets my boyfriend uses for work on a weekly basis so this keeps them handy for him. And then in the back I have my organization binder that I use for bills! (More on that in a minute.)

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I also added a coat hook that I got at Wal-Mart (I believe…). So it is really great for hanging my purse right by the door for easy access when I’m leaving. Also jackets, coats, and scarves can be taken off and not thrown on the couch or over a chair, cluttering up the house! And I keep an umbrella hanging here for easy access as well! I have had all of this organized this way for about a year and I LOVE it! It really does make things much easier when coming and going! I don’t know about any of you but I always had a problem with putting my keys in a different place every time and never knowing where they were when I needed to leave! (Which MIGHT have resulted in being late a time or two….) BUT I don’t have that problem anymore! 😀

Now, I mentioned earlier about my bills organization binder. I’ve been using it over a year or so now too and it has helped me a great deal with remembering when bills are due and always knowing where my current bill is!

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When bills come in the mail they get placed in the holder by the door and then when I get a chance I file them into my binder. In this binder it has sleeves that you can slide papers into and then in front of each sleeve is a pocket. I found it at Wal-Mart also. It is very handy because I typically put the bill into the sleeve in front of the last bill and I put the envelope they send for mailing payment, into the pocket in front of the bill. It looks like this on the inside- (Don’t worry I blurred out my private info!)

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Each bill has it’s own sleeve it goes into along with the other past bills. So there is a sleeve for mortgage, internet, electric, water, etc. I have them in order of when they are due. So mortgage due on the 1st is on the first page, and the bills due at the end of the month are at the back, etc. I had an extra pocket on the back of one of the sleeves that I keep a couple of extra things in. I have stamps, self addressed label stickers, and an old voided check. Of course the first two items make it easy for me to prepare any bills I need to mail. I typically call in most of my bills with my debit card though. BUT I have the voided check in there also just in case I need to pay a bill over the phone and it happens to be a super nasty, rainy day, (or I’m just feeling lazy) and I don’t want to walk out to the car to get my wallet with my debit card in it. I typically always bring it in but occasionally when my arms are full I don’t bother… and that always seems to be the day that I need it inside for something! So having that voided check to use the routing and account number has saved me trouble multiple times!

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So there you have it! This is just one of the ways that I have organized a few things in my home to save some sanity! I hope some of my methods will help out some of you also! Next I will show you the calendar I use to also help me remember when bills are due as well as other things to remember! So until next time, good luck with your own organization projects!

~Amy Lou

Introducing MY Home Organization Binder!

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~Amy Lou

A new year, a new me! Sooner rather than later!

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