Favorite Pinterest Pin Friday – Link Party -Week 6

What Would You Like Pinned on Pinterest?  Link it Up!

We all love pinterest, so why not help each other to pin things we’d like others to see?

pinterest linky party

I always love the shoes! These tend to make me think a bit of Minney Mouse, but they are cute and make me think of spring!

polka dot heels

This is an outfit I’d love to be able to wear. Isn’t is beautiful?

I also love how this old dresser was used.  They took out some of  the drawers and used that area for open storage for this craft/wrapping area.  Also love the wrapping paper solution.



1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. (Only pin my Fav Pin Friday button, not any of the pics I put up from pinterest please.)
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
5) Please click on the pictures, it will take you to my pinterest boards where I pinned these pics.  Please repin these pictures, as it will help the people who originally posted the picture. Visit their posts to help them out.

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.


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Fav Pinterest Pin Friday – Linky Party – Week 5

Want Your Post Pinned on Pinterest?

Linking up what you would like pinned on pinterest to the linky party below can help you, and pin other people who have linked up.

pinterest linky party

Then link it up! Super simple.  You can also look at some other great posts and pin them to your boards too!

Valentine’s Day is coming up quick! Here are a few things I really liked that I saw on Pinterest this week.

I’m so into cupcakes – I love this one! The color is so delicate and goes perfect with the look of this cupcake.


This table arrangement I thought was really cool looking for a party, a romantic dinner or even to make a family dinner fancy.


The last thing I wanted to highlight was this fun idea to surprise your honey with.  You get a balloon for each year you are married and tie a message to the bottom of each one telling him/her why they are so special to you.  It’s also a neat idea for an anniversary.



1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. (Only pin my button, not any of the pics I put up from pinterest please)
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.

If you click on these pictures, it will take you to my pinterest boards that I pinned these pictures to.  Please repin these pictures from my pinterest board as it will help the people who originally pinned the picture. It will benefit their posts.

If you would like an invitation to join Pinterest, please let me know in the comments and I’ll invite you.

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Fav Pinterest Pin Friday – Link Party

Link Up A Post You Would Like Pinned on Pinterest

Check out those that have linked up their posts on the linky below and pin them on Pinterest.  Link up what you’d like pinned also!

pinterest linky party

There are SO many fashions that I see on Pinterest that I wish I could wear! The shoes… the dresses and darling outfits! But I can still add them on my board as things I like!

Look at this black and white beautiful dress!! I love it!


I found this on pinterest, but it originally came from the Lace & Tea blog

I’ll add one to get things started.


1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. lol
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!

If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday 

If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.

If you would like an invitation to join Pinterest, please let me know in the comments and I’ll invite you.

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Cubby Storage

January 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Bedrooms, Blog, Closets, DIY

Using Cubby Storage In Your BedRoom

I LOVE cubby storage, as most of you know who have followed me for awhile, so I decided to utilize them in our bedroom. I am in the process of slowly making over our bedroom.

cubby storage

We don’t have the finances to go into a beautiful bedroom set (that happens when you have eight kids right? Everything else like college and food come first! lol) so we do the best we can with what we have.  I also love Ikea, and I found some tall cubby storage units that we could use to help with our clothes storage.

We were storing our jeans, sweaters and sweatshirts on wire shelves in our closet. I tend to be more practical & functional than decorative, so I didn’t have a problem with open clothes storage in our room.

We have three of these cubby storage units in our rooms.  They are five shelves tall, with Dave having two of them and I have one.  This one is on the other side of the room from the top picture.  I got him two baskets also to help out with socks and T-shirts.


We also got two smaller cubbies that are on either side of our bed. We each have two baskets in them.  Yes that is my gun safe if anyone is wondering. You can see my cool pink gun on my pinterest board. (no nasty comments about me having a gun please)

cubby storage

There are plans to paint and also plans to make one of the cool headboards that I found on Evolution of Style  blog. Isn’t this awesome? I pinned it on my DIY pinterest board . This is in her little girl’s bedroom.   I loved it because it is right inbetween two windows which is the exact set up we have in our bedroom. I am still trying to decide on a paint color (not pink, I love it.. but poor Dave) and think my headboard will be the brown/black to match my Ikea pieces. Thoughts?

diy headboard


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Fav Pinterest Pin Friday – Link Party

January 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, DIY, Favorite Pin Friday Link Party

What Do You Want Pinned from Pinterest?

I have been having so much fun with pinterest and wanted to figure out a way to share it with you.


My first week I asked you to link up your pinterest board links, and that didn’t go over so good. Last week I decided to just share my favorite pins for the week (that was kind of boring for me.. I want to see your stuff too!) … but my friend kim from CraftyMamaof4 got it right. She started Pin it Friday last week. What she did different was just so simple. Link up the pin you want us to pin for you! Duh!? (Just shoot me in the foot because I didn’t think of that!)

I want to show you one of my favorite pins this week that I repinned.  This is so cool… use the chalkboard paint on the bottom of your wine glasses… then you can write your guests names on them! How clever and fun for a party? Make sure you stop by my board and repin this so it will help Deb who did the original post.


You can find the original post at Deb’s blog Just Short of Crazy 

I’ll add one to get things started.


1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out using #FavPinFriday
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
5) Stop by CraftyMamaof4 Pin Me Friday for even more fun!

If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.

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Favorite Pinterest Pin Friday

Love Pinterest? Love Hot Chocolate/ Hot Chocolate?

I found several really yummy looking mugs of hot chocolate and coffee on pinterest I wanted to share. It is cold and snow outside, I mean seriously below zero cold…. what is better than to come in and sit by a hot fire, and cozy up with a mug of hot chocolate or coffee? I want to share some of my Favorite Pins this Friday with you!

I have found pinterest to be a really great source of ideas. I mean really, who would think to make homemade marshmallow hearts to put into their hot chocolate?  I wish I would think of it normally, but I certainly didn’t.  I have seen homemade marshmallows before, but I’ve never attempted them myself. Have you?  I get so cold in the winter, that half the time when I cozy up with that hot mug of cocoa or coffee, it is to also warm up my hands! lol I’d love to see what you pin!


I decided that making this a linky party maybe wasn’t a great idea. I had several people tell me they had a hard time linking up their pinterest handles. So I thought I would can the linky party and invite you to leave your pinterest link in the comments!

Here are a few of my favorite pins this week. Enjoy! You can see all these pins on my pinterest boards 

hot chocolate






International delight iced coffee

coffee bean candles

Aren’t these great?  Please follow my boards, and let me know your link and I’ll follow you back.  When you go to my #FavPinFriday board, if you like these pins, please repin them! It will help the original poster of the picture.

Please leave your pinterest board links in the comments so I can follow you back and others can follow you too!

OrganizerSandy Pinterest Board 

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Favorite Pin Friday Link Party – Week 1

I’ll Share My Favorite Pinterest Pins with You, Please Share Yours With Me!

Favorite Pin Friday Button

I have been having so much fun with Pinterest  lately and I know many of you have been too.  I wanted to be able to share some of my favorite pins with you and I wanted to be able to follow your boards, and of course have you follow mine.

I am taking screen shots of my favorite pins and linking them back to my pinterest boards I have them on.  My suggestion to you, if you like them, go to the board and grab and repin it. You will see who created the pin (these are NOT from my blog.. I found these pins on Pinterest and love them) It will benefit the person who originally posted the picture on their blog and you can credit them for their awesomeness!

shoe on pinterest

You can see this pin on my “Fashions I love but Can’t Wear” board (click on picture),  but it is also on my Favorite Pin Friday Board


I love this idea.  How simple and useful.  She took shower curtain rings and put them on a sturdy hanger. Great way to hang your scarves!

scarf hanger

You can find this pin on my Closet pinterest board (click on picture) but it is also on my Favorite Pin Friday Board

This is a great way to use space, keep things organized and also a cheat sheet for your measurements.

measuring cup cabinetYou can find this and more on my kitchen pinterest board (click on pic) but it is also on my Favorite Pin Friday Board 


This is such an awesome way to store the kids balls in your garage! So simple… so cheap and yet so useful!

sport ball storageYou can find this pin on my Mud Rooms and Garages board (click pic) or you can find it on my Favorite Pin Friday Board 

Link Up!!

I would encourage you to create your own  “favorite pins board” OR I’ll be happy to try and link you up to mine (we have to follow each other, but sometimes it still won’t let me find you (any hints I’d appreciate it)  OR make a post on your blog like I did (with a different name please) and link.

I just created the #FavPinFriday hashtag. I searched for it and there were NO results for that or #FavoritePinFriday… so coolio! So use it when you create your posts or tweet out your board.

1) Link to your specific pinterest blog post
2) Link to your Favorite Friday Pin Board
3) Or link to any of your pin boards – It’s easy!
4) Please Link back to my blog with my button or link -if you can. If you are linking just to pinterest, I would appreciate a tweet instead.
5) Please follow my pinterest page!
6) Follow the Favorite Pin Friday Pinterest Board – and I’ll do my best to add you as contributor if you leave a link below & you have followed it (if it will let me.
7) I in no way am trying to “steal” anyone or not give them credit.  I did a screenshot of pictures I have on my board, you can see the creator in the upper right corner. Their pins will get more attention, and hopefully more repins, which will benefit them greatly! Thanks for repinning them!
8)Looking for other link parties? I have a whole list of them. Thumbnail via day above and keep scrolling down to find a more extensive text lists by day on my link party list. If you aren’t sure how to link up… see my link party tutorial here. It is simple. If You Are On A Reader and Want to View All the Great Link Up’s on this post please click at the top of this post to go to my blog. (I end up always messing up that link, so it’s easier to click up top! lol)

This party will be open until Thursday at 11:59 January 12, 2012

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Organizing DIY projects

Organizing, DIY & Craft Projects

I’ve done a couple DIY projects that people have seemed to have really liked.  One of my more popular DIY projects has been my chalkboard labels. I used chalkboard contact paper  and chalkboard markers to create them.

You can use these labels for most anything.

chalkboard labels on kitchen jars

I had so much fun with this project and still love them on my counter.

chalkboard jar labels

I loved my easy and cheap cord organizing solution, using toilet paper rolls and duct tape.

toilet paper rolls to end cable clutterAnd also the organizer I made out of the toilet paper rolls & duct tape to keep all those link cords & connector cords organized.

toilet paper rolls for connector cords

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Kids Activity – Make Your Own Cards

Kids Are So Proud When They Make Cards Themselves


Majority of the time we have the kids make their own cards.  It is cost effective ..yes, but more than that, they get such a sense of pride when they make their own cards.

Look at Alex’s face as John (his step brother) reads his card. I think the triplets were about 6 years old here.

homemade cards

He was so excited for John to read his joke.

Here is Zach while John is reading his.

I absolutely LOVE this picture of John and Zach hugging. Look at Zach’s face. Then look at John’s heartfelt face. There is just so much love and a feeling of pride for Zachy there.


Here are some cards they made for Dave. The kids were 8 years old.

This is a terrible picture of Dave since I got him with his eyes half shut… but look at Elise’s face. She is so excited he is comparing himself to the picture she drew of him.

Kids have so much creativity in them.  I think we need to encourage that anyway we can.  Why go out and pay $2-5 per card at the store?  Let the kids grab some of their construction paper, crayons or markers and go to being their creative selves.  There are pennies in the supplies and you don’t have so spend hours trying to find “Just the right card” for the different occasions.

They are going to get much more satisfaction out of making a card.

Dave and I would both rather have a home made card from the kids. You never know what they are going to come up with and they certainly are something that are going to be more cherished than if they sign their name to a card that Hallmark wrote.  They are just so excited to have you look at their cards.

But here is an important clue.  Give their cards as much or more attention to the store bought gift that may or may not go with it!


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Kids Activities – Make Your Own Cake

September 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Activites for Kids, Blog, DIY, Family & Friends, Food

Making and Decorating a Cake Is a Fun Project

Why go out and buy a “store bought” decorated cake when the kids can create one for the occasion?


They were so proud of this cake they decorated for their Dad for his birthday a couple years ago.  You never know what kind of creation you may get.

We don’t have the kids decorate all the cakes. But it is a fun project for them to do occasionally.

When they were eight years old for their birthday, we told them they could either make their own cakes this year, or we would buy them – (like we usually do).  The triplets have always gotten their own birthday cake for their birthday. Yes… three cakes.  We also always sign Happy Birthday to each one of them individually. (Yes.. we sign it 3 times)  They all decided without even saying it twice that they wanted to make their own cakes.

We let each one of them pick out any cake mix and frosting they wanted at the store.   We got foil cake tins so that there was no problem with not having enough cake pans, and so there would be no problem with someone having a pan that was a different size than the other.


They each got turns making their own cake.


Then they went to the decorating

kids decorate cakes

I think we must have gotten some extra vanilla frosting for the middle of the cakes.  They all have vanilla inbetween layers. I can’t remember the exact reason for that now. lol

Think he is proud?

Here are their finished products

Elise’s strawberry creation

Alex’s chocolate frosting & cake

Zach’s vanilla with devil’s food cake

They had so much fun creating their cakes.  It of course is a great money saver, but they had a blast doing it… and still talk about that birthday and how cool it was. They also got surprised when we took them to Walmart to look at some things Daddy needed.  We walked by the bikes and Dave told them “Surprise… Happy Birthday.. Pick out a bike!!”  I think Dave and I were as excited as they were.

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Creating a Mud Room

Creating  Mud Room In Your Garage

I don’t have a mud room in my house, nor do I have a place for a mud room in this house.  So…. I have to make a mud room in my garage.

We were only able to do this after we got the shed and were able to clear out extra supplies (bikes, lawn mower, tools, sporting equipment and such) out of the garage and into the shed.  Check out my series of posts on how to organize your shed.

Our garage was suffering from “winter messy blues”.  You know…. during the winter how you bring everything into the garage, and nothing gets put away.  Because it is winter, it is too cold to pull everything out of the garage onto the driveway to clean it out…. so it all just accumulates and gets messier and messier?  Yes… the garage messy blues!

Garage “Before” Pictures

before garage I didn’t think to take pictures at the very beginning.  This was in the mist of moving things into the shed.

garageThere were metal shelves on the empty wall.

What we did was to clear everything out.  Took down the shelves.  Moved the freezer over to the left further.

Then we painted.  The paint was actually a gallon I had left over from painting the dining room.  I didn’t want periwinkle walls in the garage. I wanted gray walls.  I wanted to use gray walls and red accent (Ohio State colors).  But I had an unopened gallon of periwinkle. So what’s a girl to do?

You go to Home Depot and tell them to make your periwinkle paint –  gray! They will look at you like you are crazy, tell you that they don’t know that they can do that.  You will then tell them…. just add black please.  They will do it… several times – each time explaining to you something about the base of your paint being a medium base and that to use dark colors you nee a heavy base – so they are not going to guarantee that it will dry very well.

You will look at that final color that he smears on the lid and it dries (with the blow dryer) and think… wow… that really does look gray! Silently jumping up and down wanting to say .. I told you so – but also realizing that when it dries… or doesn’t.. the Home Depot man might be jumping up and down and saying… “I told you so!”

I only wanted to paint the long wall and short front wall that had been dried walled.  The rest of the garage had studded walls… and weren’t going to be part of my mud room anyway.

painting garage

Oh.. and yes, I know…. my gray paint does have a hint of purplish-blue in it still.  (It sure looked just gray on the lid!) But it is a garage, and it isn’t worth spending another $35 for a gallon of pure gray paint. This will do.

Here is the finished painting job

The next step – outfitting my mud room.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project.  I knew I wanted:

1) Cubbies for shoes
2) Bench to sit on to put on and take off shoes/boots
3) Hanging area for coats and snow pants
4) Hooks for book bags
5) Shelves for paper towels & toilet paper storage
6) Places for the kids sports bags
7) Trash can
8) Dog food storage near by
9) Floor that had carpet or something to keep from having dirty feet after shoes came off
10) Have it look nice

What I did:

1) Went to Ikea and bought two cubby units, two metal coat hangers/shelf units and 2 wall mounted hooks, wooden sturdy hangers
2) Brought up a small shoe cubby unit I had in the basement
3) Brought up a red couch unit that we had in the basement
4) Used made from cut wood Dave already had (one was a shelf from somewhere else we didn’t need any longer)
5) Bought padded garage squares for the floor (I already had some, just got some more)

Are you ready?  Here it is…. not the Mona Lisa of mud rooms…. not the prettiest you will see, not the classiest you will see, but it will work for us.. and I like it.

Garage Mud Room “After” Pictures

garage mud room

My son and his friend basically dumpster dived for the red diners bench. There is a 2nd one in our basement. They saw them at the curb a few years ago and he brought them home just as pleased as he could be. We have used them in the kids basement TV room.  But I thought this would be perfect here. Plastic so if they are dirty or wet it isn’t a problem. I didn’t have to buy one like I thought I would… and it looks fun.

The black coat hangers came from Ikea.  The cubby units did too.  The shoe unit in on the floor I already had. But I thought the top of it would work great for the 3rd karate bag. If you look to the far right of the picture you will see a plastic shelf. That is where the other 2 karate bags of the triplets will go.  The trashcan I wanted is to the left.  You know…. when you come in from the cars and have fast food bags or whatever needs to be thrown away…. just makes it nice and easy.

The cubby units work great for the boots and shoes.  I bought the white shelf dividers so that you wouldn’t lose good space in the cubbies.  The triplets keep their shoes and boots on the left cubby, the two older boys use the right cubby.

The dog food container is to the left of the bench.  So it is still easy to get to when you come out into the garage, but yet out of the way.

The gray padded garage floor squares work great.  They will keep the cubbies and bench from getting all wet from snow coming off of cars. They will keep feet somewhat dry, clean & warm when taking on and off shoes & boots.

Keep in mind when you are buying anything from Ikea that has to be mounted on the wall.  They evidently have different measurements for their studs when building houses.  My husband gets very frustrated when he has to hang something from there.  The holes do not line up with 16″ (I think) studs that are standard in our homes.  He had to figure out how to hang the coat/book bag hooks that I wanted hung.

He ended up first mounting a piece of wood and used it as a base to then hang the coat racks from.  I originally had planned to put one coat rack in one place and the other in another place….. but after the big deal this was.. I didn’t get upset at all when he put them side by side.  It will actually work out great.

So one more look at before….


And then “After”

garage mud room

Oh .. and yes – we still put a car on this side.  We were parking my Honda Pilot on this side of the garage and our “run around” car the Neon on the other side.  But we switched them up.  The Neon now goes on this side, so there is still plenty of room for the car and to get around it on all sides.  The Pilot goes on the other side of the garage.

We also put a key pad on the outside of the garage so the kids can get into the garage themselves.




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Color Coding

July 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, DIY, Family & Friends, How To Organize

Organizing your Kids with Colors

I love colors. I have always found that using colors to help organize is a great way to help yourself visually organize. So why not use that same method to help organize your children?

Each child is assigned a specific color

Sometimes this is a simple thing to do because each of your children may have a favorite color. Sometimes it isn’t so easy. Two girls who both love pink. In that case…mom gets to make the final decision. I have 8 children. Granted 3 of them are now out of the home, but they all had separate colors. Don’t you think I was excited when as a mom of 4 boys, my new husband had 1 girl with his brode of 4! (yes…I got to use pink!)

This is a method that even very young children can use. Think how young they learn their colors. Much younger than reading.

There are many things that you can color code for organizing

1) Cubbies in the entry way or mudroom – hats, gloves, little items you pick up around the house. Throw them in their cubbies. It is their responsibiliy to clean them out every few weeks

2) Toothbrushes and bathroom cups. No more mixing them up.

3) Hooks for their lunchboxes, bookbags or coats.

4) If you can’t find the colored hooks that you need, you can do something like I did here and use the proper color stickers to make their names.

Make sure you place things at their heights so they can put their own things away.

5) laundry baskets to put their clean clothes in. Then they can put them in their drawers

6) Drinking plastic cups – so they know which cup is theirs and they do not have to get a clean one for each drink. Especially when they are home all day from school.

7) Plastic stack-able bins for their paperwork. Or mailboxes as we call them.

Be creative…think of some more ways you can use colors to organize your children.

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Wall Care

June 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Cleaning, Crafts & Craft Rooms, Decorating, DIY

How To Clean A Chalkboard Painted  Wall

Chalkboard walls are tons of fun!!chalkboard wall

But they are also  messy!  Something I didn’t really think about when I painted two different walls with chalkboard paint.

The kitchen

chalkboard wall

The Entryway

chalkboard wall

I was getting ready for my son’s graduation party and had just finished painting the chalkboard walls two days before. I knew I had to do something to “cure” them.

Preparing the Chalkboard

1) Painting – 3 coats.  Make sure to measure the area you are going to paint to make sure you have plenty of chalkboard paint. The quart went pretty far, I still have some left after all I did.  Follow the directions on the can.

2) Cure – After it has completely dried.  Chalk up the entire board.  It is easiest to use the side of the chalk.

cure chalkboard

3) Erase and Use

How To Clean Your Chalkboard.

I’m sure you have lovely drawings all over your chalkboard

chalkboard wall 2

1) Erase using a chalkboard eraser. (Actually I grabbed a wipe board eraser at the store instead, so I still have to buy one)

erasing a chalkboard I wish you could have seen the chalkboard dust flying while this process was going on.

erasing the chalkboardGuess what you have now?  You have a lot of chalk dust all over your baseboard and floor.

chalkboard dustThen of course if it isn’t cleaned right away you have the kids and dogs walking through and tracking the chalkboard dust.  (not that I would know)

chalkboard dust

Now that you have erased everything, it is going to look something like this.

chalkboard wall I am guessing it would have come a little cleaner with an actual blackboard eraser rather than the dry erase eraser that we used, but you will still have chalk residue either way.

2) Use a rag and wet it, but be sure to wring it out good.

Wipe the wall down and let it dry.  It will still have a film on it when it dries.

clean chalkboard

3) Use a little bit of mild dish detergent or liquid soap and wipe it down again.

washing chalkboard wall

4) Rinse it with clean water again.

It should look much better.  Mine wasn’t quite dry when I took the picture, so there are a few streaks.

clean chalkboard


Suggestions if you decide to have a chalkboard wall in your home:

1) Have a dust buster near by
2) Realize it will get messy, so plan where you put your chalkboard wall
3) Use chalkboard markers only.
Although I found them to be much harder to use on a vertical wall. I had to go over the wording several times when I was writing the Congrats Tim on the front wall.
4) If you have children with allergies, consider the chalk dust first.
5) Plan ahead and it will still be fun.
6) If you can’t stand dust or mess…really consider your options before you paint a chalkboard wall in your home.






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Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard Walls, Chalkboard Mini Chest of Drawers, Chalkboard Picture

I got a quart of chalkboard paint and went to town!

chalkboard paint

Chalkboard Drawers

I showed you in the other post how I painted the front of these little drawers with chalkboard paint. I love how it came out.  If you hadn’t seen my dining room makeover post, then you might want to check it out. But I hung this on the wall in my dining room.

chalkboard paint

Chalkboard Picture

I also took the chore board (the bottom one)  and turned it into a chalkboard.

job board 10

Here it is during the process


This is where I used it when I finished with it. It is hanging in my dining room.  I found this saying on a sign at the store and revised it for our blended family.


The first Chalkboard Wall in my house.

Then I took the whole wall that the job board used to hang on….  and chalkboarded that!!

chalkboard wallI hung the new chore board up.  I had planned to use it in my dining room, but was advised not to.

chore board

The kids are loving this wall.

chalkboard wall You can see some of their lovely artwork.

chalkboard artwork

Plus it looks nice in the kitchen

chalkboard wall

But I wasn’t finished yet!

I created a second Chalkboard Wall in my house!

This wall is in the entryway.  Dave walked in while I was in the process and he just saw…. black wall. He thought I was losing it.
chalkboard wall

Our front door is just to the right in this picture.  So this is in the entryway.

This came in really useful for my son’s recent graduation.

chalkboard wall We used the wall as a giant card for everyone to sign as they came in for his graduation party.  I got pictures of all of the messages and he will have this and not have to worry about keeping some big poster or card.

chalkboard wall


chalkboard wall


chalkboard wall


chalkboard wall


chalkboard wall


graduationIt also made a fun backdrop for pictures.

What have you made with chalkboard paint?   It is So fun!

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Decorating Dining Room

June 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

My Dining Room Reveal!

The decorating of my dining room took a little longer than I planned, but it is finished. (Well… ok, almost finished. I still have to finish the chairs. They will be black)  It also inspired my new blog design … you’ll see!

Let’s go over the “before” pictures.  By the way… your input really helped me.


dining room

I was told to move the corner china cabinet either out of the room (not an option) or into the corner in front to the left (that is where it went, so you won’t see it in the after pictures, but it is there)

I was told to move the pie safe out.  I did that.
I was told to move the old lady flower swag out from over my window.. I threw it away. (It was falling apart when I took it down)
I was told to refinish the dining room table. I did that.

I’m going to show you a few things first (I love to tease)

I painted.  Periwinkle.  Actually it is from Glidden (although I had them match it with Behr paint) called Fresh Hyacinth (it is in the blue palette)

periwinkle dining room

I did an extreme chandelier makeover


I redid the dining room table

refinished dining room table

I refinished the Ikea Hemnes sofa Table

ikea hemnes sofa table

Refinished the  mirror and added some curtains.

dining room mirror


I added a little fun


Some plates

plates on wall

And some more fun…


So are you ready?  Can you picture it yet?

Ok.. again..


dining room before



periwinkle dining room

Don’t forget.. the chairs will be all black soon.

Here are a couple other shots

refinished dining room

And the other side

dining room wall

So let me take you on a little tour around the room.
ikea hemnes table

The little white lamp is a for a candle. I found it at Old Time Pottery. The black one is the one from our farm that I painted black. The shade was already black. But we tried two different bulbs in it and it blew them both, so we won’t be plugging it in.  I found the table runner at Hobby Lobby.

dining room

This plate server came from Hobby Lobby and the two plates came from Old Time Pottery. It has already come in handy for my son’s graduation party.

plate server

This wire bowl I found at the Salvation Army store for .99. I figured I would find something to put in it.  When I was at Michael’s I saw this lemon display that looked so real. I thought it would work great. They tend to look at little orange in the picture, but in real life they look really real.

lemons in a bowl

Remember those four little mirrors that I got from Ikea? I painted the two of the white and then I thought they needed a little bling. So I found the stickers at Hobby Lobby to put on them.

decorating the dining room

I haven’t put anything in the baskets yet. I’d like to figure out a liner for them first.  But I did find a couple other things that worked well for the little slots above the baskets.

sofa table

I found this at Hobby Lobby and it worked so well with the runner that I had to get it.


I got this wire basket at Old Time Pottery . I was looking for something to put napkins in.

napkin basket

Here is my other fun fine for only .90 at Old Time Pottery. It matched the look of the one I got at Hobby Lobby. I don’t don’t think we will put our silverware in it. I might get an extra set for it, or put the serving utensils. But it even had the same white stitching on the outside of it.

silverware tray

On the wall above it we have the mirror that I refinished.

dining room wall

Thankfully someone told me that the wall sconces went the direction I have them. Remember this? That is how I thought it went. Funny thing is when I was ready to hang them, my husband kept telling me that I was putting them upside down.  LOL (yes, I did admit to him that I had first thought they went that way too.)

I found this cute “We” decoration at Hobby Lobby.

We are blessed

I also found the cute candle holder with the bling at Hobby Lobby.  I showed you the “laugh” mirror above, that is what is right behind this candle holder.

candle holder

Here are the other two mirrors.

mirror I found these stickers at Hobby Lobby.

family mirror

I love our letter “J”.  It was gold, but I painted it the Dover white also.

letter J

Here is my plate wall.  I found all the plates at Old Time Pottery. If I had more time (once I decided I was going to do a plate wall) I would have hit some garage sales etc.  But I didn’t pay more than $2 for any of the plates.

plate wall I was pleased how it looked.  The kids and my husband didn’t get it. “Are you going to write something on them?” “What else are you doing with them?”  and of course, “Why are you hanging plain plates on the wall?”  But they all admitted after the room was completed that they thought they looked good.

Here is my china cabinet hiding in the other corner. My sister said she would have painted it too.. but I just couldn’t bring myself to do that. I was so excited when I found this china cabinet (many years ago now). I looked all over for one and finally found it in an Amish store. I don’t mind that it is still brown, you don’t really see it when you first walk in anyway.

dining room

I took a dry erase board and used chalkboard paint on it, to create this.  I then saw the saying (which I changed up quite a bit). My artistic ability isn’t the greatest. My son thought it looked like hair coming out of the coffee cup. I said… “No, it is whip cream and I added some brown to make it look like chocolate.”  After I took this picture I added a lot more white and it does look a bit better now.  I used the chalkboard markers to write on this.


I saw this plate at Hobby Lobby and passed it by on several trips. But when it was 50% off and only $5, I couldn’t resist it any longer.

initial plate

I’m down to one wall to go! lol

I found my curtains at JC Penney’s

white curtains

I purchased the black curtain rod and pull backs also. I didn’t have any curtains up before. I just had mini blinds (which I am going to replace as soon as I get some nicer wood ones – white of course).  The curtains are nice, they are lined and I love the look of the fabric with the room.

curtain pull back

The last thing is my “black wall”.

dining room decor

I told you in my sanding post I had that little chest of drawers that my mother loved.  I painted it black and used chalkboard paint on the front of the drawers. I used my chalkboard markers to write the numbers on the drawers.

little chest of drawersI found the trivets at Old Time Pottery. I had planned on using them actually, but I decided they looked much better on this wall.

trivets on wall

Thanks for visiting my new dining room!  What do you think?

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Organizing Mission Monday Link Party – Week 25

June 6, 2011 by  
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Card Cubby – New Colors & Giveaway! (closed)

organizing mission monday One more day before my dining room reveal!  I’m excited to show you.  But I’m going to be even more excited to show you my blog makeover. You might be seeing that REALLY soon too!!

Most of you know I love the Card Cubby. Enough that I began selling it in my store.  I’m not one to sell a lot of things (although I do want to start doing eBay or something to sell some items we don’t need anymore as compared to donating absolutely everything like I usually do). I only sell the Card Cubby and pouchee purse organizer at this point because I have to really LOVE something in order to associate my name with it.

card cubby You can see a review of the Card Cubby here. But it is an index file for all those gift cards, store discount cards, library cards that you end up with.  You can look under the letter “K” and actually find your Kohl’s Cash or under “S” for that Subway card that you accumulate points on when you buy something at Subway.  I used to just have them all together and I would have to shuffle through the pile to find what I wanted.

I just got a couple new colors for the Card Cubby that I wanted to share.  These are also awesome ways to give a gift card to a new grad, someone having a birthday or someone getting married.  People get so many gift cards now a days for gifts. Wouldn’t they love to have this to organize them?

The Tooled Leatherette Card Cubby

tooled leatherette card cubby


The Silver Grey Croc Card Cubby

silver grey croc card cubby

I also restocked my black Croc and Red Croc Card Cubby’s!   You can find them in my Organize with Sandy Store.

Zebra Card Cubby

card cubby

You can win this Zebra Card Cubby…. keep reading.

Featured Bloggers


Susan from Home Road thinks outside the box! Love it!

Home RoadShe took this trivet, pot holder, carrier (not sure what the official name is) and created this!  I mean really… who thinks of that?  I love seeing organizing products created from items that aren’t intended for organizing.

home roadYou can see how she created this and some other great shots of it on her blog, Home Road – Funky Desk Top Organizer

Look what Amy from Gabriel’s Good Tidings made? Isn’t it cute?

Gabriels good tidings

The clothes pins are really cute too. Here is a better shot of those.

Gabriels Good Tidings

You can see the rest of her tutorial on her blog  Gabriel’s Good Tidings !

Be sure to stop by and say hi to my featured bloggers!

Card Cubby Giveaway!! (Closed)

I am going to give away a Zebra Card Cubby!  (like one in picture above)

***I am also giving a 10% discount from today until June 30th, 2011.  If you use the code “Summer 11” it will take off the 10%. This is good on the Card Cubby and pouchee purse organizer!

Required For Entry: Leave a comment below telling me how you would best like to use the Card Cubby if you won.  **Be sure to come back here and leave me your answer in your comment. Your e-mail has to either in your comment or on your profile.


**Each of these HAS to have a separate comment to win. The winner is picked using Random.org. It just goes the number of comments….not by what you say.

1) Leave a link in the link party for one of your blog posts.  (1 entry)  You can leave more than one link in the link party, but only one of them counts towards an entry.  You HAVE to include a comment if you want your link to count as an entry for the giveaway.

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Please keep in mind I approve my comments. So you won’t see them right away. Never fear!

This contest will run until 11:59pm est on Sunday, June 19, 2011 *Closed*

Any comment that comes in after the above time will be deleted. This is open to US mailing addresses only. Must be 18+ to win. One person per mailing address only. Winner will be chosen by Random.org

You will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail if you are picked as the winner, or else I will go on to the next winning number.


Link up to my Link Party

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Dining Room Decor

June 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

Refinishing Dining Room Accessories

We had this mirror up in the dining room. I wasn’t sure if I was going to use it or not. I knew I didn’t want to use it the way it was.


I purchased this from Old Time Pottery thinking I would use it.

dining room wall accessory

But I decided to refinish the mirror instead.

sanding the mirror

Taping it off isn’t as easy as it seems. The blue tape didn’t want to stick that great to the edge of the glass. The wind would blow and it would flip the paper up. lol


But I did get it taken care of.


I found this little lamp on my husband’s work bench. He brought it back from the farm, intending to get rid of it. I never thought I would have used it. It had a gold stem….

painted lamp

But after I finished with it, it looked like this.  I’m not going to show you the shade yet…. you’ll have to wait on that.

black lamp

I bought a light switch cover and decided to paint it too.

light switch cover

I found these cute little mirrors at the Ikea store when I was there. I bought two of them that were painted black and two that were not painted.

mirrors from Ikea

Of course I painted the unpainted ones… my Dover white.

primed mirror


painted mirror Then I spiced them up a bit.

I had this little chest of mini drawers that my mom gave me. She loved it.. so of course I love it even more because of that. You can also see the little lamp before it was painted too.

chest of drawers

chest of drawers

First comes the primer


Then I painted it.  There’s something a little special about this that I’ll share later.

chest of drawers


chest of drawer

There you have it!  You have a clue of some of the accessories I have in the dining room.  The finished dining room is coming up soon!!!






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Ikea Sofa Table

June 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

Refinishing a Sofa Table

I originally wanted the black/brown Ikea Hemnes sofa table. I traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to the Ikea store there (two hour drive) and they were out of the black/brown. ugh.  I had my mind made up that I wanted that sofa table, so I decided to purchase the gray one and I would just paint it.

You can imagine my surprise when I opened the box (a few weeks later) and found it was white. It wouldn’t have been a problem other than the fact that the white cost $20 more. I can’t complain though, at Ikea you pick out the furniture yourself. I did have someone help me, but I didn’t check the box or the receipt.  My first thought was, even though I wanted this black, my dining room accent colors are black and white…. so maybe it will look fine the way it is.

Ikea sofa table

We moved it inside to where it would go, but I didn’t like it.  This is bright white, my Dover white is just a shade off bright… more of a light ivory.

I also decided it would be easier to paint it put together. Anyone recognize this photo from my Guessing Game Post?

Hermes table

If you have never purchased anything from Ikea that has to be put together, you are in for a surprise when you look at the directions.  No words…. only pictures.  Really!

ikea instructions In steps the handy son…

ikea table

ikea table

The reason I wanted it put together first was because if you are painting you are going to want the project off the floor a bit. Otherwise you will have one side always having to lay down on the ground etc.

I had decided that I was going to paint the top, sides and front. I was going to leave the inside of the cubbies white.

I sanded the areas I was going to paint. The sides did not sand very well. I don’t think they were wood at all. I think it was more of a melamine or something maybe.

Then I primed it … and then used the same high gloss black paint that I used on my dining room table.

high gloss black paint

I taped off the edges so that the white wouldn’t get blotches of black on it. This was the first coat.  I used three coats.

ikea table

Then I used the MinWax top coat that I used on the dining room table. I only used it on the top of the sofa table.


I used three coats of this protective coat, sanding in between coats as instructed.

The sides never did turn out great. The paint just didn’t cover well.. what ever that material.  But no one will really see the sides, so I didn’t stress.

ikea sofa tablePicture baskets in the bottom….. You’ll have to wait to see it in my finished dining room….. a few more days.

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Refinish Table

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Decorating, Dining room, DIY

Refinishing The Dining Room Table


When I asked all of you what I should do to decorate my dining room, one of the things that I heard (and had been thinking about) was to refinish the dining room table.


My Inspiration Picture

I found an inspiration picture on Thrifty 101’s blog.  I loved how the black shiny table top looked. I had been wondering what it would look like to have the two tone with black on top and after seeing hers, I was sold! What was even nicer was that she had the whole tutorial on how she did it. I followed it step by step too!


Thrifty 101

I first sanded the whole thing. Correction – the kids sanded 90% of it. I just got the places that were missed. You can see more on my sanding adventures on my post from yesterday about the Skil sander.


Once it was sanded I made sure that I wiped off all the dust particles. Then I primed the whole table.


Then I started with the legs.  I used Dover white Krylon spray paint. (I have no idea why I didn’t get a picture of it… I have used it on anything “white” in my dining room.)

refinish table

It took several coats. I was having a difficult time because the weather was not cooperating.  It was very rainy and cold. So I was waiting for the proper weather.  But I figured it made much more sense to do the white legs (with spray paint) first… then then finish with the black.

Next step…. start painting the top of the table.  I made sure the legs were finished first.  I wanted a high gloss finish, so I made sure to pick out the high gloss. I also made sure it was water based paint, since it was our dining room table (a point that Michelle pointed out on her post)


The guy from Home Depot recommended using a sponge roller to put on the paint. He said it won’t give you the lines that paintbrushes do and will give a smoother look than a regular roller.

paintThe weather was being a little kinder, so it didn’t take me quite as long.  I put on three coats.

The next step was to apply the coat of Polycrylic coat.  I picked out the same thing that Michelle used (I told you I followed her directions! Why recreate the wheel?)


What I wasn’t real excited about with this step was that you have to sand inbetween coats.  I was scared to death to do that first sanding!  Of course it looked all scratched up and I wondered how the next coat would look clear and smooth. But it did.  The can recommended  three coats.

After the second coat…. I came out to find several little “star” shapes appear in the top coat. It was almost like a wind shield crack look.

dining room tableOf course I was kind of freaking out thinking the whole thing was going to be ruined. But I have no idea why it did this. It was still a little cooler that day (60’s) and had been rainy the night before. That is the only thing I can think of.  So…. I decided to sand a little deeper on those spots to see if they would go away.

You can imagine after the 3rd coat of top coat I was very scared to come out and see if it had happened again.  I was relieved to see it was ok. There is still one small place that you can see if you look for it. But not bad, and I don’t think anyone else will notice it.

So here it is…


I’ll give you a little sneak peak of it in the dining room.  But since I’m not revealing my dining room makeover for a few more days… you can’t see too much.

dining room table 2

dining room table

I am loving it.  The chairs have not been done yet. I am going to paint those all black.

Stay tuned for more dining room progress before the reveal.


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Disc Sanders

May 31, 2011 by  
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Review of two Skil Disc Sanders

The 5 inch Random Orbit Sander

skil sander

The Octo Multi-Finishing Sander

octo sander

When I think of finishing furniture, the part that I dread the most is the sanding.  Thinking about refinishing my dining room table was not a happy thought.

dining room tableI was thrilled when I found out I was going to get to review these two Skil Sanders.  The job didn’t seem nearly so scary anymore.

I also was going to refinish an Ikea table

Ikea table

I set up my work area in the garage. The 5 inch random sander came with several specifically  cut pieces of sand paper.  It also has the dust collector. What a great benefit that was. I didn’t have to worry about massive amount of saw dust all over me, all over the garage, all over everything!

The 5 inch Random Orbit Sander

random orbit sander

I wanted to start with this sander because it was going to be the main one I was going to use for the surface of the dining room table and the Ikea table.

Here is the bottom of the sander…. why look at that…. the same holes that are on the sandpaper. lol


skil sanderThe gray surface has a bit of a “Velcro” feel to it … it is rough and then the bottom of the sandpaper is almost “felt like”.  When you place the sandpaper on the sander… it grabs and sticks on.  It isn’t hard to line up the holes either.

skil sander

Now to test to see how it works.

The on/off switch is really handy. It is right where your index finger goes… so if there is any reason you have to stop it fast… it is right there.

skil sanderThere is also a light guide to let you know if you are putting too much pressure  (light turns red) or if the pressure is just right (green light that is lit now).  The dust goes into the particle filter. It is so nice to not have all that saw dust coming up all over the place!

skil sander

My son was dying to help me out! lol  He couldn’t wait to use it.

skil sanderI did try the other sander on the legs (I’ll show more of that sander later).  It would have worked, but there would have been a lot of changing of the sanding tips… and I had four volunteers (lol) who each got a leg to sand.

sanded dining room table

You have to be sure to remember the leaves of your table too if you are going to refinish a dining room table.

table leaf

It made sanding the table top So fast and easy.  We also used it on the Ikea table. That surface was much different, but it still worked fine.

The Octo Multi-Finishing Sander

Look at this cool sander!  The Octo Multi-Finishing Sander has  eight different sanding tips (hence the octo) to be able to sand different surfaces.  (Check out the video on their site that shows this sander in action)

octo skil sanderWith all the tips and the sand paper to fit each of the tips, it is nice that it also comes with this bag.

skil sander

It isn’t too hard to change the tips, but I did use the directions to see how to change things out. The different tips fit into the slots and snap in place.

skil sander

The white on my hand is not saw dust, it is actually primer that was a pain to get off!

Putting on the sandpaper pieces worked the same way as the other sander. There are several cut pieces of sandpaper for each tip.  I didn’t realize at first (but did before I actually used it) that the sandpaper had the different grades.  I used the 120 grit for my projects.  I do realize you would have to purchase replacements pretty quick if you were doing much sanding though.

octo sanderI did try using it on the legs.  It worked, but as I mentioned earlier in the post… it would have had me changing the tips for the different angles and surfaces.

octo sander

Since I had willing participants… I spent my time working on other projects with the sander.

sanding table

I had an old mirror to refinish and it had scroll work on it.

mirror refinishing I was able to use several of the different tips.  I think I liked this tip the best, to do the curves.

sanderI used all of these tips

skil sanderThe corner attachments were really nice to do in the little creases …. and also the long side of the mirror. The longer tip wasn’t as useful for this mirror.  I used it to try and get on the flat main surface at the edges of the scroll work. You can see how the sandpaper did. I don’t know if I was putting too much pressure on the tip and that is why it wore out so fast or not. I didn’t feel it was as useful as the others on this mirror.  But I am counting on it to get in between the rungs of my chairs when I refinish them.

I also refinished this little chest of drawers that goes on the wall.  I did use that longer tip on this for the corners and it worked nicely.

skil sander


skil sander

I was very happy with the sanders. It helped save some real time along with muscle in sanding the several pieces that I worked on.

I loved the 5 inch random orbit sander for the flat surfaces.  The Octo multi-finishing sander was very handy for different edges and surfaces.

I think it is going to really help me when I refinish my chairs. I don’t think those spindles will be any problem at all.

I would recommend it for sure if you had a lot of sanding to do with those surfaces.  If you didn’t have much to sand, I would say it would probably be easier to do it by hand rather than changing the tips several times for a small area.

The weight of the sanders and handling of them were great. They worked easily and I felt very comfortable using them. They definitely saved me some time.  I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend someone purchase one of these if they have some refinishing projects to do.

You can check out all the Skil sanders and tools by going to the Skil.com site.  You can also find them on Facebook.

I very much appreciate Skil for giving me these two sanders to use and keep.  This did not influence my opinion on the sanders.  The pictures and projects are my own.








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