13 February 2012

Pin It #4

Martha Stewart, folks.
Accordion Valentine, found here.
 In searching for something *free* and *homemade* and *Valentine-y* to offer up the hubs tomorrow, Pinterest had a lot to consider. I decided on a cute little fold-y Valentine because a) it required materials that, between the home and the office, I had on hand, and b) it required skills in the area of "crafty" that I thought I had a smattering of.

Only in hindsight did I realize my inspiration was Martha Stewart.

Had this little fact dawned on me at the time I was considering points a) and b) listed above, I would never have ventured into this one for the simple fact that it would never turn out as cute/nice/lovely/perfect at something Martha Stewart creates << I don't care how much time she spent in the slammer, the woman knows how to do all things cute and crafty >>. Let's analyze the image to our left for just a moment. First, all of her hearts are cut out flawlessly. Second, they're all perfectly aligned and seamless. And let's be real, folks-- who doesn't have hearts floating on their computer monitor?

Here's my version that hubs will find when he goes to leave the house in the wee early hours of the morning. It's no Martha Stewart, to be sure. I like to think of the rough edges... as symbols... of the rough edges of our... er, um, nevermind. That's sappy. Lord knows there'll be enough sappy to go around tomorrow. Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll!
And Happy V Day, Hubs!

06 February 2012

Pin It #3

I found this idea on Pinterest, and it seemed like a really easy DIY for my life (and our house). So I did it. In our hall bathroom. Under the sink << seems funny to type in sound byte (non)sentences like that >>. At first I was pleased. I was proud, and I thought to myself, "Self, nice job. Organization is your strength." But then I felt a sense of 'itch' every time I went to retrieve something from underneath the bathroom counter. It felt like clutter, not like organization. The spray bottles hung down in such a way that pretty much blocked access to anything in the cabinet placed beyond the first 6 or 8 inches in. I don't know about you, but we use every inch of storage available in our house, and it definitely needs to be easily accessible. So I got down on my hands and knees and took inventory. I assessed our workspace and BAM! It was all clear to me.

The tension rod wanted to be placed under the counter behind the sink.

Bingo! So here you go. This is my modified version that has worked like a charm!