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Did I mention that my husband is wonderful to have around the house, among his other talents?  He promised me that he would help me organize my make-up drawer, and yes he did!  My make-up drawer was a mess for some time, as you can see, Makeup_Drawer 003and I was just itching to do something about it.  Since it is a tiny drawer and I hadn’t found any suitable containers that were reasonably priced, I designed my own system.

It took me some time to figure out the exact measurements, because I wanted everything to fit just so.  I drew it on a piece of paper, and then Matt cut out the pieces I needed from an old piece of plywood we had laying around.   Someday I may paint the wood and put down a paper  cover in the bottom, but this is good enough for now!

I am happy with the results, and this only cost a little bit of time.  Thanks honey!

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Now, I am not a naturally organized person. I usually know where my stuff is, but that doesn’t mean it has a place. On Saturday we began with the usual, “What do you want to do today?” When I suggested Matt make me some compartments to help me organize my make-up drawer, he consented if I agreed to help him organize the dreaded pantry. I agreed on the condition that he let me buy some organizing bins and let me paint. He gave in! Yay!storage tote

This project took the whole weekend, but overall I am quite pleased with the results. I picked out a nice gray paint color for the walls and some black baskets for the shelves.

We ended up painting our shelves, too, because they looked so crummy.   Matt was a bit apprehensive about me buying these baskets (as he sometimes is about my grand ideas), but I think he would tell you now that my ideas turn out pretty good! 🙂

This project was not too expensive: just the cost of paint and less than $100 for all the bins. We got several of them for CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP! I love it how Bed, Bath, and Beyond sends us coupons all the time. They let you use them even when they are expired. Score!

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On my back patio I have an old iron table frame.  It has no top…yet.  Matt and I bought it this last summer off of Craigslist.  It was actually a pretty funny story, which involves our good friend John (thank goodness for him!).

My plan for the table is to create a mosaic top.  I’ve done this before on a much smaller scale, so I pretty much know what I’m doing, but this will be a bigger challenge. The table is just over 9 square feet-that’s alot of tile to cut!  We bought a sample of 3 different whites-I plan to use a basic neutral background with perhaps a red design on top.

My inspiration

My inspiration

The design that I’m going to use isn’t drawn yet, but it’s inspired by this really cool old Japanese vase that I saw when I was in Seattle. (No, I was probably not supposed to be taking pictures in the museum…)  I thought the design was beautiful; I want to try to use the shapes of the leaves and flower for my table.

Matt went and got me a large board and he cut it yesterday, so now I’m almost ready to start.  I think I need to seal the wood first, but I have to read up on that first.  When I’m finished you’ll have to come over to have drinks on our back patio!  YAY!