Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Make Mine Pink Friday "Getting Organized"

Getting Organized has taken on a new look! From being strictly functional to being functional and stylish has become the latest and greatest way of getting and staying organized. Pretty and stylish organization means that you no longer have to hide everything away in back room closets and filing cabinets. Instead, old locker baskets painted pink and stylishly chic organizers help you get organized in creative ways.
By using decorative boxes, vintage baskets and embellished magazine organizers, you can carry your decorating theme throughout your home, office, and even your laundry room.

Storage boxes filled with odds and ends, office supplies or ribbons and trims can fit into the décor in any room. A repurposed basket or box can beautifully organize your odds and ends while keeping them out of the way. A vintage metal file box hand painted with pink roses keeps your papers safe while adding romantic charm. Elegant wooden boxes painted with flowers store photos, CDs and letters in plain view.A vintage china plate might hold a stack of favorite napkins on a table or open shelf. A pretty pink basket can store clean dishtowels by the kitchen sink. A white wicker basket keeps guest towels or magazines, or perhaps organizes your craft space. Vintage nursery jars can hold cotton balls and other necessities while a refinished side table can keep your address book and notepaper handy.

When you need to organize, forget about boring boxes and folders that will keep everything out of sight. Instead, look around you for creative ways to accent your décor and store everything you need within arm's reach.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Click HERE on Friday August 28th to see our choices for "Getting Organized"
And don't forget to visit the shops HERE at Make Mine Pink for more beautiful organization products.

Also, check out THIS post (DIY creative storage) and THIS post for more creative organization - (an old entertainment center turned craft studio storage cabinet).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Creative Studio...storage project

I've seen these done before and finally just found a way to have them for myself.  My kids wanted to earn some money and they're too young to get a job, so I put them to work....

I bought these unassembled, unfinished storage drawers at IKEA. 

My son got to work putting them together (way too many nails for my patience).

My daughter did the sanding, priming, painting and decoupaging. She used heavy stock scrapbook paper. 

I just love them!

My daughter enjoyed the project, however, thought the wages of $20 for all her hard work was unfair.....

I'm participating in Kimba's DIY day. Click on the graphic below to visit more projects.


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Summer in Northport, LI

An early appointment in Northport Village was a good reason to spend some time there. I love this quaint little village in the summer. 
And so do my kids.  
We enjoyed the boats, the playground, the variety store and of course the candy shop and lunch at Sweet Mamas!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Some changes...

With much thought, I have decided to make some changes regarding Tent Sale Tuesday. I will continue the popular Tent Sale category on my website. I just won't be adding something to it each week. Instead it will be an occasional announcement. I feel the weekly sale announcement on my blog was a bit overkill and beginning to annoy me each week. Like last week when my computer wouldn't cooperate and it was TENT SALE TUESDAY!
Too much stress...
And that's not what I want...
If you become a follower you won't miss the next Tent Sale announcement!

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Blogging For Bliss Party

Kari over at Artsy Mama is hosting a party for the release of Tara's new book Blogging For Bliss. I picked it up as soon as I heard it was in stores. I am taking my time reading it (usually while I'm sitting in the car alone at one of my kids sporting practices). It's a great book if you haven't read it yet - so many great tips for bloggers new and old!

I started my blog 3 years ago. I wanted to connect with my website customers. When I first began selling online, I thought it was all so amazing to be able to sell to customers all over the country. But, I was missing something and it was knowing who my customers were and them getting to know me. I was so used to selling in person, either at shows or my open house sales. So this was an obvious way for me to let them know a little more about the person behind Hydrangea Home.

Through my blog I also show some of the many trash to treasure projects my husband and I have worked on over the years. Decorating a home really can be done on a budget!

I also love to share recipes. Cooking healthy is really important to me. And it's not easy when you're always on the run - but it's possible and I hope to inspire my readers with quick and simple recipes that can also involve the kids.
You can also find simple how-to projects on my blog, maybe a centerpiece project or tablescape for entertaining. My guests know I love those tablescapes!
I also post about sales and new products at Hydrangea Home.
As a stay-at-home mom of 4 (it's been 13 years now!), I feel very lucky to be able to have my home business. It's my creative outlet and something for ME! It does get very hard to find time for "my work" (especially in the summer), but I wouldn't give it up for the world. I have met so many great women through my online business and blog.

Hopefully, my blog is a place that women can come for inspiration to create something, decorate something or maybe even to start their own business or blog.
That would be my dream!

Tent Sale Tuesday

I'm having some computer trouble but will get this week's tent sale up as soon as I can!