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This little bunny candy dish makes a sweet last minute (and inexpensive, too!) Easter gift! Here is how to make one for yourself or a gift!
What you need:
- one terra cotta pot
- one terra cotta dish that is much larger than the top of the pot (pot will sit in dish)
- white and pink felt pieces
- a straw hat that fits over the bottom of your terra cotta pot
- spray paint/paint of your choice (make sure it is non-toxic or be sure to only put wrapped candy in your dish)
- candy of your choice
What to do:
- Paint the pot. Remember that it is going to e a bunny when it is finished!
- Paint the dish.
- When the pot is dry, paint a bunny face on it.
- Seal the paint.
- Decorate the little hat with bunny ears using the pink and white felt. Attach with a glue gun.
- Fill with candy of your choice and have a Happy Easter!
Even though the last time I posted a Clutter-oholics post was three long weeks ago, I promise I have been doing some organizing. The projects took a little longer than I had thought they would and I just didn’t have the energy to post! The first thing I did was clean out three email accounts. No pictures for that one!
The second thing we did was clean up the kitchen to get new counter tops installed. We just went with a high end laminate because we didn’t want to spend the money on a solid surface. We are very happy with the counter tops!
Now we just need to rip down the old border and paint when we get around to it!
The third thing we worked on were the children’s rooms…cue the horror music now. I give you Big S’s before picture:
I know, I know…the clutter issue runs in the family. And the after picture (ignore the lego pieces…he was playing after cleaning!):
And I give you Little S’s room (look away fast!):
The only thing left is to make the beds! The plan is to paint their rooms as well…we will see if we get around to it. What have you been cleaning up lately?
Stop by OrgJunkie to see other people’s messes…it will make me feel better! :-)
Week Two of the 52 Weeks Challenge (Week 10 if you actually started at the beginning of the year!) was a bit of a challenge for me. I was on a roll last week, checking off three items from my 52 Weeks List, and I thought that I would do at least two or three things this week. Nope. Reality check…life, kids, dinner, laundry, and maintaining last week’s items took up an awful lot of time! Even though I only completed one small area, I really learned a lot.
I decided to work on the bookshelf area in our living room. If you look across the living room, it is the first thing that you see when you walk through the front door. We don’t pay much attention to the bookshelf. It is used on a weekly, if not daily basis. It is probably the one area in my house that doesn’t collect a layer of dust on it because books are moved around, taken off the shelf, added to the shelf, etc. I don’t even notice the bookshelf and what it looks like.
Then, I took a picture of it and looked at on the camera screen. AAACCKK!! Is this what people see when they first walk into my house?!?!?!
O. M. G.
Yikes! The cardboard box was put there to catch books as I went through them, but pretty much everything else is exactly what it typically looks like. I went through each shelf, took everything off of it and then sorted it into piles (keep, give away, sell, return to rightful owner). It took days to go through these two bookshelves…ridiculous. What is even more ridiculous is that now that it is done, I have 1.5 shelves of books I haven’t read yet. No need for a library trip right now. I can’t believe all those unread books were hiding on the shelf. I have three bags of books to return or give to three different people and an entire box to take to a used bookstore.
And I laughed out loud when I found this little buried gem!
Now the bookshelf looks like this:
Now that the whole area is cleaned up, I can see what books I have to read and what little things sit on the shelf. There are several little trinkets that we have purchased during our travels that were displayed before but you couldn’t see them through the mess. I am still not sure what I am going to place on the top of the bookshelf, but now I have room to display things that are important to me like this:
This is a copy of the Southern Living blog post when I was named Southern Living Mama Blogger of the Week for my family travel blog. One of my best friends printed off the post, framed it and gave it to me as a gift the day I found out. It has not been displayed because there was nowhere to put it but it is very special to me because it was such an honor!
For more organizing madness, stop by Organizing Junkie for the roundup!
Who knows what we will organize next!!!
This week is going to be a week of using up what is in our fridge and freezer. I plan on heading to the store to pick up a few fresh fruits and veggies and also a few coupon items but we are hoping to keep our grocery budget under 50 dollars this week.
Monday – Lasagna (If I have enough ingredients, I am going to make two so I have one to freeze for later)
Tuesday – Honey Chicken Stir Fry (We love stir fry around here but I am getting tired of the same old recipe. I am looking forward to trying something new!
Wednesday – Parmesan Tilapia
Thursday – Turkey Burgers
Friday – Homemade Pizza Rolls
Saturday -Eat out
Sunday – Breakfast for Dinner (eggs, bacon, pancakes)
Two weeks ago, I shared my list of 52 things I would like to clean, straighten, declutter or get rid of as part of the 52 Week Challenge at I’m An Organizing Junkie. I missed the first week (week 9 of the official 52 weeks) because I was preparing to go out of town so I made up for it with three different spaces this week. The first space I tackled was the kids’ learning time baskets. Each child has a basket that I keep under the coffee table full of crayons, art supplies, coloring books and activity books. This is what the area typically looks like:
This is Little S’s learning time box:
And Big S’s:
Who knows how long the basket has been in two pieces. Little S and I went through the boxes together. We threw out used up coloring books, pieces of crayon, dried up markers, etc. Paper went into the recycling bin and the rest went into the trash. An entire trash bag of trash:
This is what the area looks like now:
Aaaah…that is nice. Now, on to the next area of trouble…magazines. They were in a basket under the same table but I decided to clean this one off in the process:
I cleaned the table off, filed stuff away, and threw stuff away. I went through the magazines too. I kept the cooking/food magazine through January of last year because I love to flip through them for new ideas on a regular basis. All other magazines got recycled. I kept my husband’s magazines from January of this year on. Now it looks like this:
The last area I worked on was the entry way coat and shoe rack. Bleh.
I instituted a new shoe policy. Each person can have no more than two pairs of shoes on the rack in the entryway at a time. The rest of the shoes need to be in the shoe box in his or her room! I put the purses that I am not currently using in their home and hung up the jackets (which will soon be going into the coat closet hopefully…we have had many beautiful days in a row!). It still looks a little cluttered but I am not sure what to do about it.
It does need to be mentioned that less than three hours after I cleaned all those surfaces, they were covered again by coke cans, paperwork, mail, homework and a cell phone. I immediately reprimanded the entire family, made them clean up their mess and it was good as new. I am tired already.
What did you tackle this week? Don’t know where to get started? Join the Organizing Junkie and her 52 Weeks of Organizing Challenge! Next week, I plan on tackling the bookshelf.