2014 Project #1: Fabric Storage

At the beginning of this year, I let you into the deepest, darkest, most disastrous places in my house: storage areas, and my need for them to function on a higher level. Today I’m back to share one space that I’ve organized and has served it’s correct function for several weeks.

Sewing Room Before

Enter, my sewing corner. If you’ll remember, this little corner is a part of our office/craft room/catch all room. Most days, when you entered the room, it looked like this. Here are just a few of the problems:

  1. I had WAY too much fabric, thus it was literally falling off the shelves
  2. What I had wasn’t displayed well so I couldn’t see what I had
  3. There was no room for current/future projects
  4. My supplies (zippers, Velcro, applique adhesive, etc) were taking over

Piles of Fabric Sewing Shelf Before

 

 

So the purge began. I took everything off of every shelf, sorted each item and deemed it as trash, fabric to be folded or a sewing supply.

Sorting Fabric

 

 

I read a TON of tutorials online about how best to store fabric and I ended up with these, Ultra Pro Comic Series Boards. They worked like a charm. At first, I was afraid they would be too thin but once I got to rolling, they did the trick.

I took each piece of fabric and folded it to be a long, narrow piece that was just narrower than the boards. Then I started at one end and ‘rolled’ the fabric over each board.

Comic Book InsertsWhen that was done, they were stored vertically on my shelves and I was done!

Fabric ShelvingI also added some bins along the way to store sewing supplies, fabric scraps and upcoming projects. This space has been functioning in this was for a few weeks and now and I have to say, so far, so good. I find myself wanting to work in this space and not being stressed by the overwhelming clutter. I’ve completed several projects and am looking forward to many more!

Organized Fabric

 

Fabric Organization

 

What space in your home needs the most functionality update?

2014 Christmas Stockings

That’s right, you read correctly, I’ve already got 2014 Christmas plans in the works.

You see, in my family, each ‘kid’ has an elaborate Christmas stocking that looks something like this.

Original StockingPretty awesome, huh? They’re made from a kit and the company, Bucilla, is still in business today. (Sold here)

Since Phillip joined our family almost 5 years ago I’ve felt bad that he hasn’t had a ‘matching’ stocking and with the soon-to-be addition of my sister-in-law Elizabeth, I decided to take the plunge and make one for both of them.

Bucilla Stocking Kit

I ordered a kit for each one of them and I’m starting now with the goal of having them completed by Christmas. I feel like it is a bit lofty but still attainable. To keep things organized, I purchased a small, shoe box sized plastic bin for each kit.

Organized Stocking Kits

There are THOUSANDS of tiny pieces!!

Stocking Kit Details

So wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

Ikea Hack: SMYCKE Wall Clock

SMYCKE Clock Transformation

Welcome to the first Ikea hack on The Front Poarch! What’s an Ikea hack you ask?? Great question! An Ikea hack is when you take something pretty basic (from Ikea, duh) and make in infinitely more awesome! (There’s even a website dedicated to it.)

I started with this SMYCKE Wall Clock, which I’d been eyeing for sometime.

Ikea SMYCKE Clock HackThis particular clock is pretty cool to begin with because it’s made up of small, hexagon plastic tiles that can be configured to any shape.

Ikea SMYCKE ClockIt comes with a set of connectors that allow you to freely join different pieces together.Hexagon tiles fit togetherFor this hack I wanted to change up the color scheme of the tiles so I selected a few from the original set. I chose to keep the white, green and a few of the gray tiles as-is.

Original hexagon tilesSince I already had lots of regular spray paint in my stash, I purchased this Valspar primer for plastic and it worked like a dream.

Use primer for plasticEach tile then got a coat of a different shade of green, blue or purple. Once they were dry, I sat down on a sunny afternoon and set to work.

Painted clock, ready to assembleI began by laying out the tiles and playing with the arrangement. . .

Hexagon tiles around Clock. . .however, I soon attracted some unsolicited help.

PicMonkey CollageOnce I had a layout more or less complete, I started piecing the back together and pretty soon . . .

Add connectors to the back. . . the clock was complete.

Clock on wall SMYCKE Clock

Ikea Hack- SMYCKE Clock

 

Storage Solutions: Gift Wrapping Supplies

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably still trying to recover from the holidays. By this point, most of my decor has been put away and as I mentioned last week, I am working on improving my storage spaces.

Do you have a designated way you store wrapping supplies? I’ve used a method for the past 5 years and I have to say, it works wonders. I seem to collect very little actual wrapping paper, only 1-2 rolls at a time, but bows and boxes and tissue paper?? I’ve got them coming out. my. ears. It gets a little out of control. So are you ready for my big secret?!? Here it is!Wrapping Paper Storage

Yep, that’s right, it’s a large gift bag! But wait, there’s more. . .

Gift wrap break downWhat may initially appear as a large bag full of wrapping stuff is actually a well thought out, time-tested storage system.

Four layers to gift wrapHere’s the break down:

1. In the back of the bag, store gift boxes. They fold flat and are a great go-to for odd shaped gifts.

1. Gift Boxes

2. In the middle, gift bags. They come in all shapes and sizes and are great for every occasion.

2. Gift Bags

3. In the front, tissue paper. All shades are welcome here, but for me there’s no replacement for classic white.

3. Tissue Paper4. Last but not least, the cherry on top. The finishing touch, the bows, the ribbons, the tags, the little things that make gifts look extra special.

4. Cherry on top

Ribbion, tape, bows, tags, etc.At the end of the day the whole bag hangs on a hanger in my craft closet.

Store bag in craft closetNow, I know what you’re asking. . . what about the wrapping paper? It leans against the wall just beneath the bag.

Wrapping Paper StorageHow do you store wrapping paper?

 

 

Rack-Card Kiosk

Are you ready for our first transformation of 2014??  That plain-jane rack-card kiosk in my dining room finally has a new look!

Transformed rack-card holder

Technically I finished this project late last year but what difference does it really make? Am I right?? Last year a friend gave me this display kiosk that she’d picked up at a store closing sale. I had lots of great ideas about how to use it but none of them ever really seemed to win my heart.

It was always one of those, ‘Well, I could put pictures in it. . . or maybe I’ll save cards that we receive. . . or MAYBE invitations to events. I love invitations and they’re always so pretty!’ Round and round I would go, never really making up my mind.Boring rack-card displayOne day, as I walked in the door from work, I checked the mail saw this card we’d received from the water project and popped it in the kiosk. It was in that moment that I knew.

Display personal cardsThe next free evening we had I went to Lowe’s and scoured the spray paint aisle. My initial moment of inspiration said ‘go for the gold’ but standing there looking at gold I knew it was all wrong. I pulled and audible and went black. Man oh man, I’m sure glad I did!

A little paint goes a long wayUpdated rack-card displayDisplay Christmas cards and family photosSo needless to say, I’m kind of using it to display a conglomeration of our lives. . .pictures, invites, cards, etc. (you know, like every single idea I’d previously had) but somehow against that beautiful black back-drop it’s all more wonderful that I could have imagined.Rack-Card Display from thefrontpoarch.comWhat are you working on for 2014?

The 2014 Line-up: Storage that works

If I could give my house one goal for 2014 it would be storage that works. I’m excellent at purging a space and organizing everything for a pretty reveal but keeping it that way is another story all together.Under the kitchen sink

I always feel like there is ample room to grow and adjust in any given space but then one day I look up and realize that I was completely wrong and all my efforts have turned into a stash worthy of hoarder status. 
Fabric Storage

Can I get an amen??

Master ClosetSo here it is, the proverbial new year’s list of goals/incentives/points of stress/accomplishments or whatever you want to call it.  Either way, I’m writing it down which for me means that I will actually work towards accomplishing it.

  • usable storage for my kitchen, including but not limited to cabinets and drawers
  • this will likely be a part of a larger kitchen reno, but more on that later

Junk Drawers Cabinet Storage

 

  • usable storage in the craft/sewing room

Craft Closet Bottom of craft closet

  • portable storage for the hall closet
  • usable storage for my shoes and occasional items like sweaters, shorts, etc.

Master Closet

  • last but not least, paint the freaking living room. I almost pulled the trigger on this project before the holidays but I realized I had just enough time to either paint or put up the Christmas decorations. I chose decorations. More on that later as well.

So what are your goals for 2014?

Happy New Year’s my friends!

 

Let it Snow

Happy Friday everyone! We had a great Christmas celebrating with both Phillip’s family and my family. How was your Christmas?

With just days to spare, I finally managed to get one new Christmas project done. Similar to last year, I created another faux mantel of sorts by hanging sticks above my entryway bar, this time spelling out Let it Snow!Let it SnowFor all the details on creating and hanging my last faux mantle, visit the post here.

I started with sticks from my yard again and then cut them to size and scoped out my letters.

Use sticks to make wordsUsing my hot glue gun, I glued each letter (and snowflake) together.

Glue sticks together

 

These twigs also got a good coating of glue but this time I used equal parts of glue and water to make it easier to apply. Once the glue was brushed on, each letter got a generous sprinkling of Epsom salt and was then left to dry.

Cover sticks in Epsom salt

 

The letters were hung with fishing line and attached to the ceiling with clear thumb tacks.Hang with clear thumb tacksI also glued a few of the letters together to keep them facing forward.

Make snow lettersA few birds were added and the faux mantle was done for this year!

Snow art

 

Bu-bu bu-bu Bubblin!

Are you guys ready for Christmas?? I think it’s safe to say that I am not. . . I still have presents to make, in addition to wrapping. . . forget about decor because I still haven’t started on the cleaning that needs to be done before guests arrive!

I did manage to get 1 quick project in last weekend though. I’ve been working on our guest bathroom for some time and have been dreaming of ways to hang ‘bubbles’ above the shower.

Under the SeaI’ve been eyeing clear, plastic Christmas ornaments for about a year now but I never ran across any that were reasonably priced. A few weeks ago I just happened to be in Walmart and they had some for just $.88! They even come in 2 sizes!

Start with clear Christmas ornamentsTo make your own ‘bubbles’ here’s what you’ll need:

  • clear, plastic Christmas ornaments
  • fishing line
  • clear thumb tacks
  • scissors

Bubble Supplies

Start by taking off the ‘top’ of each ornament. . .
Remove the top of the ornament. . .and remove the ‘cap’ so that you just have the hanger left..

Ornamets to Bubbles

Now you’re ornament, looks more like a bubble!
Remove the capUsing a long piece of fishing line, loop the line through each of the hangers.

Bubble ClusterOooooohhhh pretty.

Using your clear thumb tacks, hang each bubble above your shower at varying heights.Hang the bubbles*Hint* Putting your step ladder actually in your shower makes this task a lot easier!

Step stool in the shower

Hang a few ornaments and it’ll start to take shape!
Bubbles in progressIn order to vary the heights, you might have some extra fishing line. No problem, just trim it off when you’re done.

Trim extra fishing line

I hung 7 ornaments total but I think I’ll look for a few more small ones to balance it out.
Hanging BubblesI know this is risky to say, but my Under the Sea bathroom might actually be finished!

Under the Sea

 

Party Stash: Santa Beard Tutorial

As I mentioned earlier this week, I made a few Santa beards for mom’s annual Christmas card and today I’m back with the quick and easy tutorial!Santa Beards!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • beards shapes cut from cardstock (more on that in a minute)
  • popsicle sticks
  • cotton balls – about 200 for 8 beards
  • school glue
  • hot glue

DIY Santa Beards

I started by purchasing a beard shape from the Silhouette store and cutting 8 beards with my Cameo. They we’re approximately 6″x6″.Make beards in Silhouette studio

To assemble the beards, put a generous amount of glue on one side of each cut-out. . .
Use lots of glue. . .and start stacking cotton balls. I found the best finished beard was produced when I started with 5 cotton balls across the mustache. Then outlined the edge of the beard and then the mouth.Glue cotton ballsFinish by filling in the center for a full, fluffy beard!

Full fluffy beardOnce the glue is dry, use your hot glue gun to attach a popsicle stick to the back.

Attach a popsicle stickMy sticks were a little weak so I decided to use 2 per beard.

Glue beards on a stick

I loved the finished product and they looked great in our Christmas card photos!Phillip & Leah Poarch
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Party Stash: DIY Road Sign

Any time I throw a party, I’m always looking for something to make that event a unique affair without spending a ton of money. For my brother’s wedding shower I created this custom road sign for a grand total of. . . (wait for it) $1!Custom Road Sign from thefrontpoarch.comHere’s how you can make your own!

Gather your supplies:

  • old road sign – we all have them, stashed in our garage from an election or school event
  • 2 poster boards (I chose white) – $1
  • spray adhesive
  • box cutter or exacto knife
  • spray paint of your choice (optional)
  • sharpie

Make your own road signLay your existing sign on top of 1 piece of poster board.

Cover an existing road signUsing your knife, cut around the edge.

Cut poster to sizeSpray the sign with adhesive and then very carefully attach your posterboard. You’ll probably on get one shot so make it count!

Use spray adhesive to attach poster

Now flip the sign over and repeat this process for the other side.
Cover the other side

Now you have a beautiful blank slate!

I chose to add a little color to the corners of my sign so I taped off a strip and gave it a few coats of spray paint.

Add custom colors

Adding a custom colorOnce the green was dry, I taped of the corner and painted it gold.

Add custom letteringYou’re almost done, now take your sharpie and add your lettering of choice.

Use a sharpie to write

All done! Stick it in the yard and guests are sure to feel welcome!
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