Organize To-Do list

It’s all well and good to make a to-do list, but where do you put the list until you do the to-do? I have a little laptop stand right beside the office door and all I want (or have room for) on the narrow shelf are my chocolate covered almonds and my coffee coaster. No space for a to-do list.

Since I’m by the door I simply stuck a 3M Command hook in arms’ reach and used a hole punch on the to-do list to hang it up. Voilà, to do list off the laptop table but still visible.

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

organize to do list (and jewellery made by children)

Reuse wine bottle for necklace

I made jewellery storage for all my stuff in a previous post, except for this one bulky necklace that doesn’t fold very well; it has to be hung. I slept on the problem for a while and came up with this.

necklace storage diy

necklace storage diy

upcycle wine bottle

upcycle wine bottle

I painted the bottle then hot glued a small picture hook on the back (it’s round so what’s the back exactly? where the paint might have smudged!) and hung the necklace on it. I also put in 2 branches from my great outdoors that I wrapped in gems-on-wire garland.

Milk jug ring flower free crochet pattern

I knew there should be a way to reuse even the plastic ring that attaches the cap to the milk jug and I finally found it on Pinterest! You crochet a flower around the ring.

reuse milk jug ring

reuse milk jug ring

I’m going to slip the flower around my daughter’s ponytail.

Here is where I got the pattern:
http://whiskersandwool.blogspot.ca/2011/11/christmas-wreath-ring-christmas.html

And here’s the pattern:
Round 1) Join yarn with a sl st around 2” plastic ring, ch 1, 36 sc around ring, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (36 sc)

NOTE: Either the ring I had was too small or my yarn too thick but I could only get 24 sc, a multiple of 6 as well, into the ring. Not a problem, rounds 2 and 3 are done exactly the same.

Round 2) Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 2,* sk next st, sc in next st, ch 2*, repeat from * to * around, join with a sl st to beg sc. Do not turn. (18 sc, 18 ch-2 spaces)

Round 3) 5 dc in first ch-2 space, sk next sc,* sl st in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc*, repeat from * to * around, ending with a sl st in last ch-2 sp. End off, weave in ends.

To Finish: Cut a strand of red yarn, weave through the ch-2 openings, and tie into a bow.

Restyle Bobby Pins

My daughter accidentally gave herself bangs one day at school when she got something sticky in her hair and cut it out. I have short hair by choice so now both of us need bobby pins. I’m fine with plain, hair coloured pins that fade into the background but my daughter likes bling.

I tied these transparent beads to the bobby pin then secured them in place with hot glue.

restyle bobby pins

restyle bobby pins

Reuse leggins into headbands

My daughter had a pair of black leggins that got a few too many holes in a sensitive area to be repaired so I began wracking my brains for something else to make with them. Leg warmers was the obvious choice but we’re heading into summer so she wouldn’t be wearing them.

The material is thick and stretchy, the perfect thing for a headband. I cut the legs into strips, sewed three of them together across the top, pinned it to my pencil holder at the top of my scrapbook table and braided away. Then I gave it a bit of a pull and wrapped it around her head. When we found the perfect blend of comfortable and secure I safety pinned the ends together, overlapped them for about 2 inches and sewed them together.

reuse leggins into headband

reuse leggins into headband

the original hole-y leggings

the original hole-y leggings

As many same length strips as possible

As many same length strips as possible

sew three together

sew three together

pin to something solid and braid

pin to something solid and braid

Upcycle glass bottle

This was a larger beer bottle. I punched out little dots in painter’s tape with a one-hole hole punch and placed them arbitrarily. I painted 4 coats on the bottle and was afraid that this would cement the tape to the bottle but it peeled off just fine.

upcycle glass bottle

upcycle glass bottle

little painter's tape dots

little painter’s tape dots

How to make a polka dot pattern.  Use a single hole punch to make little dots in painters tape.

How to make a polka dot pattern. Use a single hole punch to make little dots in painters tape.

This is what I used the bottle for, the hold and display my Rosary.

This is what I used the bottle for, the hold and display my Rosary.

A little side table with mirrored tray for my perfumes.  I put a fake flower that broke off the "bouquet" in a glass candle holder.

A little side table with mirrored tray for my perfumes. I put a fake flower that broke off the “bouquet” in a glass candle holder.

Decorate and Organize a bathroom sink

As you recall from a previous post, I bought the giant, glass, apothecary jar for $24 to hold my face scrub, comb and hair product. The toothbrush holder was $4 at Target and I put one of my face serums in one of the toothbrush holes, my toothbrush in another and my razor in the third. Then the toothpaste tube goes in the longer opening designed for it.

That left Hubby’s side. I bought 2 soap dispensers from Target, on sale, for $9 each, fairly expensive compared to the value I’m used to seeking. But I needed something blue to match the bathroom and gorgeous enough to last until we save up the money to redo the bathroom (years). He got one for his mouthwash and one for his rubbing alcohol which he uses as an aftershave. That left the comb lying around so I popped it in a $1 vase/cup that we had bought to hold flowers as centerpieces at our wedding.

There, clutter free countertop, functional storage and pretty!

decorate and organize bathroom sink

decorate and organize bathroom sink

I should mention the soap dish, ceramic and on sale from Avon. And the aqua cotton ball/Q-tip holder $7 from well.ca

Free diy picture frame for long, narrow bathroom

There is a big, giant, bare wall in the main floor bathroom that is just begging for renovation or decent artwork. We do plan to redo the bathroom, but it’s on our 5 year plan, possibly even 10 year plan. In the meantime, I made this.

free diy art frame for rotating artwork

free diy art frame for rotating artwork

free frame for rotating art

free frame for rotating art

I went outside and collected dry branches and twigs that had fallen from my trees. You could do the same in a park if you didn’t have trees in your backyard. I made sure they were good and dead and therefore dry before more or less measuring them to make a frame. I did have to cut to fit, then tied the pieces together at the joins with appropriately coloured brown yarn. I added a small glob of hot glue under the ties just to make sure a branch didn’t slip out.

I measured 50 cm down from my ceiling, centering this frame with the mirror already in the bathroom. I nailed in two not excessively long nails more or less a quarter of a way in from the frame edge on each side. I set the frame on top of these 2 nails (the branches aren’t heavy so two nails is sufficient to hold this frame up).

I don’t have any marvelous works of art to display inside this giant frame (giant wall = giant frame) but I do have some postcards my dad has been sending me from Europe. He sends them with the intention to brighten my day and they do. I had them leaning up against my books in the bookcase but framing them is much better. To fill in the extra space I added paper fish that the kids had made.

The great part about this project is that it won’t be straight and that’s ok! When in doubt, go with a nature theme. The end result of this project is a busy wall, but it was so plain, huge and boring that it needed busy and now it looks so much better. Plus my daughter helped to hold the nails and offered an opinion about placement so it was a bonding moment as well.

There will be plenty more “bathroom update” posts in the future (hopefully near future) and the reason for that is that this new house HAS 4 FUCKING BATHROOMS. AND THEY ALL NEED WORK.

Crochet flower free pattern

I thought that if I put a pretty pink flower on my daughter’s headband she might be persuaded to wear the headband more often and keep her hair out of her face. Luckily the internet has lots of free patterns for crochet flowers. It seems that the internet believes that everyone should know how to make one. This is the one I chose.
http://mylittlecitygirl.com/2012/02/dewdrop-crocheted-flower-pin-free-pattern-for-kids-and-adult/

You’ll have to download the pattern.

crochet flower on headband

crochet flower on headband

I only made the “flower motif” part of the pattern and at Row 2 I made 4 dc, not 5, because I could only fit 4 on the ring. So here’s what I did.

DEWDROP FLOWER PIN CROCHET

© 2012 Copyright Alla Koval Designs, Inc. http://mylittlecitygirl.com/

FLOWER MOTIF

begin in yellow

• Ch 5, sl st in 5thfrom hook to form ring.

Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, (sc, ch 3) 5 times in ring, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 ch-3 sps and 5 sc.

Rnd 2: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-3 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch = 5 petals.

switch to pink

Rnd 3: Ch 1, working behind petals of Rnd 2, (sc in next sc of Rnd 1, ch 5) around, join with sl st to beg ch.

Rnd 4: Ch 1, (sc, hdc, 9 dc, hdc, sc) in each ch-5 sp around, join with sl st to beg ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Lego jewellery tree

My son has reached the Lego stage of his development so I’ve been pulling out all my sets from when I was a kid. This required massive organization into Ziploc baggies, but that’s another story. This particular set is a wizard’s house and it was one of my favourite as a kid. As an adult I should probably have some reason for a fully formed Lego set to be displayed on my dresser so I hung some costume jewellery on it that was cluttering up the dresser waiting for me to crochet some nice little basket for them.Lego ring holderOrganizing- it’s all about using what you’ve got.