View from my window

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I knew I probably wasn’t going to have a ton of daylight to play with today, so I went ahead and got a quick view out my bedroom window just in case I couldn’t get to anything else. It turned out to be a smart idea. By the time I got back from my hair appointment and a little shopping (like I wasn’t going to show off my gray-less roots to Target) it was rainy and gloomy. Then I may or may not have fallen asleep in my dad’s recliner while the small child watched The Peanuts Movie. Proper parenting right here.

Project 365 Day 2

There it is in all it’s glory. My bedroom view. I have a great vantage point for watching the small child skirt death on the sports edifice (as our sweet neighbor calls it) in the backyard. And now that’s it’s winter I have a pretty good view inside the backyard neighbor’s windows. Which just made me realize they must have a pretty good view into mine. Excuse me while I try to figure out how much naked dancing I’ve done in here.

The answer is too much.

Equipment used:

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Frustration-free picture hanging method

Hanging pictures up has always intimidated me. Especially the ones that required me to coordinate hammering in two holes into the wall at exactly the right distance apart so my picture would hang level. Like, you want me to get out a ruler or something? I don’t even know if I own a ruler. So I’v always delegated the picture hanging task to someone else. And when I wanted to hang a few things up in my new office space, I totally tried to pawn it off onto my mom. She was off busy having her own life though and I wanted these things hung up right now so I figured I better just put my big girl panties on and get to work.

I vaguely remembered hearing someone talk about hanging pictures by marking where the holes go on some masking tape, then using that as your guide. Seemed easy enough, even for me. Although, considering I recently tried to make a call from a calculator, I still had some doubts about my mental capacity. But you guys, it worked. I hung up a picture and two ribbon boards all by my lonesome. And they’re level. And I didn’t destroy the wall!

Frustration free picture hanging method

Here’s how to do it:

1. Decide where you want to hang your picture, then using a level and a pencil, mark a line on the wall where the picture will hang

2. Tear off a piece of masking tape the width of your picture and place it across where it will hang on the nails

Frustration free picture hanging method

3. With a pen or pencil mark the points on the masking tape where the nails will go

Frustration free picture hanging method

4. Remove the masking tape from the back of the picture and place it along the level line you penciled onto the wall in step one, then hammer your nails into the wall using the markings on the masking tape as your guide

Frustration free picture hanging method

5. Remove the masking tape, wipe off the pencil markings from the wall with a damp towel, and hang your picture!

Frustration free picture hanging method

I mean, I can’t exactly take credit for the method, but I’m still feeling pretty accomplished. Almost like I may have redeemed myself after that calculator incident. But still feel free to comment with anything ridiculous you’ve done lately so I can feel like I’m not alone.

Frustration free picture hanging method

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How to create a fun and functional office corner

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As part of my 2015 Happy Haven Project, I decided my first order of business should be setting up a little office in the corner of my bedroom. I have really been missing my big office at the house in Minnesota. All that storage! Two giant desks! I got spoiled with that office. Obviously I can’t recreate that here, but I think I came up with something fun and functional. I really love the way it turned out.

Home Office Corner

You guys. I even hung all that stuff up by myself. And it’s level. I feel like I might finally be a grown up or something.

And because I’m so very grown up and wise now (it’s funny because I wore flip flops and pajama pants and no coat to go get Chinese food in 25 degree weather just an hour ago), I figured I’d give out my tips for creating your own fun and functional office corner:

Match it to the rest of the room

Especially if you’re in a tight space, it makes it so much nicer if it feels like your little office space is an extension of the room. I was able to find a chair, a desk, and a set of storage drawers that coordinated great with my comforter and pillows. It makes it feel like the office corner belongs there. Thank you Target and your wonderful coordinating home goods!

Find a desk that fits the space

I spent a long time thinking about how I was going to fit my big long desk in such a tight space before I realized I should probably just get one that fits in there naturally. Hello Captain Obvious!

Get a comfy chair

Seriously, get a chair you really like. Get one you’ll want to sit in while you work.  Get one that won’t make your butt go numb. I know you probably haven’t given it much thought, but I’m certain you prefer a butt you can feel.

Utilize wall space

I hung up a couple of ribbon boards and a cascading file holder that my grandma gave me for Christmas to organize important papers or to hang things up I don’t want to forget about (hi there Kohl’s Cash!).

Keep it simple

You really don’t want to overwhelm your space with too much stuff. Stick with the basics. What do you really need to have within arm’s reach? Keep that stuff there and relocate the rest.

Add personal touches

I hung up a couple pictures of Wyatt and the “joy” sign I ran off with when I saw it sitting in a closet. Good thing my mom doesn’t mind when I steal her stuff.

How to create a fun and functional office corner

I think I’m going to have a lot of fun blogging from here for the next year or so. Do you have any tips for creating a fun office space? I’d love to hear them!

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Painted Mason Jar Makeup Brush Holder

I have needed a better way to store my makeup brushes for a long time. They have a handy-dandy fold up carrying case, which is great for travel, but was kind of a pain for everyday use since I don’t have a lot of counter space to roll it out on.

Well, I finally did something about it and made a painted Mason Jar makeup brush holder. I already had everything I needed, but this project is still super inexpensive if you need to buy a few things. Plus, it’s so easy. I’m not crafty at all, so if I can do it, anyone can.

Painted Mason Jar Makeup Brush Holder

Materials

  • Spray paint (I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Gloss in Watermelon)
  • Mason jar (or any other clean glass jar you have)
  • Old newspaper for covering your work surface
  • Nail file or sandpaper

Directions

  1. Cover your work surface with with old newspaper. The weather was kind of iffy here, so I flipped an old memo board upside down on top of the newspaper so I could move the project inside if needed.
  2. Make sure your jar is clean and dry, then place upside down on top of your work surface.
  3. Spray paint that sucker! Start light and build from there so you don’t end up with drips.
  4. Allow your jar to dry completely, ideally overnight.
  5. If you want a more rustic look, use your nail file to sand any raised edges on your jar.
  6. Fill your jar with makeup brushes, pens, kitchen utensils – Whatever you want!

Painted Mason Jar Makeup Brush Holder

Let me know if you give this a try. I’d love to see how your jar turned out!

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