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40 projects in 50 days

We woke up to 6 inches of snow this morning, and when that happens in Oregon, the world seems to stop. It was my day off anyways, but I cannot even begin to describe how much I’ve gotten done, and how nice its been to have nowhere to go (not like I really could’ve even if I’d needed to).

We were supposed to get our carpets cleaned at 10am, but the guy called and cancelled because he was snowed in (remember how I said the whole world seems to stop?). So I’ve literally had an entire day to clean, cook, get organized, and relaxxxxx.

And it’s only 2:30!

Luckily, the dog has been asleep since 10- hopefully we don’t pay for it later!

Anyway…given the weather and the fact that I’m cooped up in the house, I had a chance to finally organize my craft room and get it just the way I want it…nearly a year after we moved in.

Better late than never, right?

Here are the before pictures. Bear in mind that this was right after we’d moved in:

What a mess! But I do love the afternoon light that floods this room.

Here it is now…

LOVE Ikea. Honestly, | this | cheap-o bookshelf is one of the greatest and holds so much stuff.

I turned an old shutter on its side to add a little texture to the room and introduce a new shade of blue without actually having to paint.

The ‘be thankful’ sign is just glitter chipboard letters that I attached to some gray bakers twine with mini clothespins. I made it around Thanksgiving time for the mantle, but moved it into the craft room. Don’t we all need to be reminded of this more often?

This $10 flea market quilt adds just the right amount of orange to the room, which I really like.

And this is where I do 99.9% of my projects. I love this little corner.

The white table was my grandpa’s drafting table, he had it built in to his house, so I bought the legs for this one at Ikea (Ikea no longer makes them), they’re adjustable so that the table can be at an angle. I also love that it’s a huge surface, so I can have more than one project going on at once.

The framed wreath came from | Hil | and it fits perfectly in this room.

The picture of Ian is my favorite. I will be so grateful if our kids are half as cute as that.

This is my carry-all. If I’m in the middle of something, I stick it up there so I can look at it for a few days and decide if I really like it or not.

Those 3 adorable boys are my nephews who live on Kauai. They’re getting a little brother or sister tomorrow!

And a few more photos…

1. A random assortment of pillows I’ve made. Chevron, ruffle, and antique flour sack, those coordinate. Right?

2. A place for everything and everything in its place.

| big boxes for fabric scraps |comic book boards (no really), to wrap longer pieces of fabric around | my mom’s old sewing basket |

3. Embellishments (of which I have way too many).

4. A handful of my favorite books. Some left over from studying Interior Design, others that I just like and often reference.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to my Justin Bieber Pandora station and work on projects for a baby shower I’m co-hosting this weekend.

It will be a miracle if I get out of my sweats today…

Long before the days of Pinterest (like, literally, when I was still in high school), I started an idea book of looks, inspiration, ideas, colors palettes, furniture, and decorating ideas that I loved. I’d rip pages out of catalogs and magazines, put them in my book, and hope that one day I would be able to put them to use.

Thanks to Pinterest, books like this are a thing of the past, and I’ve neglected to even open the book until a few weeks ago when I was making the list of things I wanted to get done.

First, I was shocked at little how my taste has changed (like, I would die to live in that cottage that I saved the plans for). Second, I was embarrassed by some of the things I’d kept (and I’d really wished I had taken notes about certain things and what I liked about them).

Here’s a peak into my idea book:

Clockwise from top left:

– 1 – Love the open shelving that serve as both a decorative and functional piece.

– 2 – Whatever happened to Domino magazine? It was one of my favorites and where I got this article about different styles of beds and headboards.

– 3 – I’m pretty sure Pottery Barn still has this bathroom unit and there’s a reason- it’s timeless.

– 4 – I love this home. LOVE. I think this came from a Cottage Living. Each month they’d feature a home and give you the floor plans. I love looking at floor plans, I could look at them for hours.

– 5 – How cozy does this chair look? I would snuggle up in this for hours with a cup of joe and my Bible.

– 6 – I’d like to do something like this in our entryway where we have yet another, blank, beige wall staring at us. You can’t really tell in this photo, but the frames are hung at different levels, giving the wall depth.

– 6 – I think this came from Pottery Barn Teen and I adore the idea. A simple frame wrapped with battery-powered Christmas lights would be so fun over a bed.

Anddddd here’s a look at some of the images I had to part with.

(I’m sure at some point, there was a reason I liked pink gingham beds or thought a heinous sheep-themed nursery was cute.)

Do I even need to do any explaining?

In my defense, I think the child-like drawing of a reindeer on the canvas is still a kinda cute idea to hang up at Christmastime.

…And so I’m doing my best at continuing to update the idea book (although I’ll admit, Pinterest is way easier since everything is just a click away), so until these puppies arrive in the mail every month…

It’s nice to know that my dream home is still out there…

And that Pinterest isn’t going anywhere.

Oh yeah! I also made | these | this week. BOMB! Try them if you’re looking for a fun (not exactly healthy) way to change up your breakfast routine.

I had a set of frames that have been sitting around for awhile, but I’d yet to put anything in them because they were just too plain. So I decided to make them a little more exciting by covering the boring white mat that came with them with some fabric, and the results are much better.

I’ll start by warning you that this is not a pretty project to do, but the final product is worth it and you end up covering up all of the ugliness.

Here’s what you need:

| frame with mat | hot glue gun | straight-edge | scissors or rotary cutter |

| scrap of fabric* | sharpie* |

*My scrap of fabric was a linen-like fabric (I’m not actually sure what it’s called, but you can find it at Jo-Anns with the utility fabric, it’s a lot cheaper than linen, but has almost the exact same look), and ironed it first. You can use any fabric you want. A pretty piece of paper will do the trick also.

*The sharpie is optional. If you want to try your lines before you cut them, you can.

– 1 –

The frame I used was a double mat, so I carefully pulled the two layers apart and set the smaller, top half aside until the end.

– 2 –

Trim away any excess so that your fabric is 1/2″ to 1″ bigger than all sides of your mat. We are going to cut diagonally across this piece, as shown. (This is where you could use your sharpie).

– 3 –

I used a straight edge and pressed it firmly onto both the fabric and mat to prevent slipping while I made the cut with my rotary cutter.

– 4 –

Cut 2 lines from corner to corner. You should have something that looks like this:

– 5 –

This is where it starts to get ugly because it become a hot mess of glue and fabric. Begin by placing a line of hot glue along your mat, and then folding the fabric up (make sure you’re holding the fabric tight), and glue in place.

– 6 –

Next, trim away as I’ve shown in the photo, but leave enough to still fold the fabric over.

– 7 –

Bring that flap over and glue that also.

– 8 –

Continue on all 4 sides until you’re left with something like this. You may also want to trim up any extra fabric.

– 9 –

Finally, replace the smaller mat by placing glue on all 4 sides, then sticking it to the ugly side of the mat you’ve just covered.


Simple frames that are much less boring than the white ones I had before.

I printed out | this | and | this | and hung them next to our pantry in the kitchen.

Hil was in town recently, and had the cutest blanket for Everly. Then she posted this tutorial, and I got super-inspired to combine the two.

Which is exactly what I did this weekend.

Let me start by saying that this is not the quickest project, but the end product is totally worth the time.

I simply combined Hilary’s dimensions and the instructions from the blanket to create this burp cloth. I love the quilted look that you get from continuous lines of stitching, and the bias tape I made coordinates amazingly well to the top, not so much the flannel. Although I was going for a boy burp cloth, it turned out a little too pink and orange for any baby boy I know. I didn’t think that the flannel would show as much as it did, but surprisingly, quite a bit of the pattern showed and its colors were still visible even though it was the bottom layer of flannel. If you make one of these burp cloths or a blanket, keep that in mind.

P.S. I’m crossing both make burp cloths and make a baby blanket off my list of projects, because I did technically make a burp cloth, aaaaaand the only reason I did it small was because I wanted to see how it would look before I made a big one.

…which is in the works right now!

One of the flaws in our home (my husband may not necessarily agree), is that our master bathroom has very little storage. The guest bathroom has more storage than ours does! So when we moved in, I knew something needed to be done.

I had an old shelving unit I got a few years ago for my craft room, but wasn’t using, so Ian hung it above the bathtub, and it now holds things that would otherwise be cluttering up the counter (which I hate).

I wish I had a before picture to show how I used it for crafts, but I don’t, so you only get to see the after.

Yes, I realize one shelf is completely empty, but it’s difficult to fit things when the shelves are only 3″ deep.

A place for everything and everything in its place.

Mason jars are perfect for holding just about everything, plus they’re cute, and one of the few things that fit into these small cubbies.

On an unrelated note, Goose wanted to say hi.

 (Ignore the fact that it looks like a bomb went off in our house behind her)

We’re enjoying my day off infront of the fire until the weather decides to make up its mind.

rain + snow + slush + gray skies one minute + blue skies the next


no fun with a puppy who just wants to play chuck-it.

It has occurred to me that if I don’t get crackin’ on my 40 in 50 projects, I’m going to run out of time. Seeing as how I started this project on February 12, I have until April 2 to complete all 40.


For those of you who don’t know about | minted | it’s a great site to get any kind of paper product you could imagine. From business cards to baby journals, they’ve got you covered.

One of the neatest things about the company is that they allow anyone to upload a design, then the other designers rate them. If your design is picked, it’s made into a product that minted sells, and you receive commission.

Pretty awesome, right?

Recently, I entered a few designs into both a moving announcement challenge, and a graduation announcement challenge.

Regardless of whether or not I win (there are typically around 700-1000 submissions!), I like that I can get feedback from “real” designers, and get my name out.

Here’s my submissions, wish me luck!

Moving Announcement Challenge:

Graduation Announcement Challenge:

One of the greatest things about being an aunt is getting to spoil my 5 nephews and 1 niece like crazy. 3 of them I only get to see a couple of times a year (if we’re lucky) because they live in Hawaii, the other 3 live in town, and spending time with them is one of my most favorite things.

They are all to the age where they understand what mail is and love to get something personally addressed to each of them, which is why I thought it would be so fun to send all 6 of them their very own Valentine’s.

Granted, Valentine’s day is a super-girly holiday (can we even call it a holiday?), but I did my best to create manly Valentines. After all, no 6 year old likes to get a hot pink card in the mail, but let’s be honest, they all had at least a little pink in them.

P.S. There’s 2 more babies on the way in our family, which means 8 kids total.

Family vacations are about to get a lot more chaotic.

I made this recipe the other day, mostly because I like the thought of having healthy, small snacks around the house to grab when we’re on the go.

They were gross.

This is what they should have looked like:

Appetizing enough, right?

I felt like I was eating rabbit food. I think Ian’s exact words were, “they need more sugar”. (I didn’t have the heart to tell him that there wasn’t any sugar to begin with).

Moral of the story: If you’re going to make a healthy treat, be prepared for it to taste like crap.

It is so frustrating to have something not turn out the way you were anticipating after you put so much time and energy into it. Whether it’s cooking, sewing, or a project around the house, it’s a huge letdown when you feel like all that you put into it has gone to waste (especially when it’s cute fabric or an expensive ingredient you’ll never use again).

I recently came across a quote on Pinterest and decided to make a print out of it to hang in my craft room:

Can I get an amen?

At least I can say I tried. I’ve learned my lesson, and Ian and I both got a good laugh out of how horrible they were.

Yes, it’s discouraging, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up.

Bad sign that my first 2 of the 40 projects have been a bust?

Nah, I’ll keep plugging away.

Just being honest, folks. Ian hates it, aaaaand I kind of do too. Just because you can type without looking down at the keys, doesn’t mean it’s not helpful to see them every once in awhile. Especially the numbers.

And I wasn’t even going to think about covering up all those symbols.

On the plus side, my white keys no longer look so dirty! And it wasn’t as hard as I was anticipating, granted, it’s not perfect. I used a rotary cutter, self-healing mat, and ruler to cut the little pieces, and it’s easy to pull up a piece if you don’t do it perfect the first time.

My advice: Do it, it’s cute, and worth having to get 2 inches from your keyboard to make sure you’re hitting the right button. Also, save your passwords so you don’t have to type them each time, those can be a real doozy.

OK, sorry I’ve been MIA lately, apparently having a puppy is more work than we anticipated. We are loving it, but our social/personal life is not.

That being said, I’m so excited to start this new project. Part of the reason I began this blog was for accountability, I have so many unfinished projects, but my hope is now that I have a place to share them, they’ll get done! Let’s see how it goes:

Is it just me, or is it super-easy to get way overwhelmed?

It seems like every time I log on to Pinterest I find about 5,000 new projects I want to do.

So why is it so hard to start just 1?

And that’s how I came up with my newest project:

Sounds a little daunting, right? But they don’t necessarily have to be big things, just things to get me up and doing something!

Here’s my list of 40 “projects” (in no particular order):

1. start a blog  done! 1/1

2. organize the craft room 2/21

3. make a roman shade

4. make a pair of baby boots

5. submit at least 2 designs in a minted contest 2/23

6. make 4 linen frames 3/13

7. hang ceramic moose head (it’s cuter than it sounds)

8. organize the pantry 2/22

9. write a handwritten note to 3 friends

try 10 new recipes

10. broccoli stir-fry

11. healthy power balls 2/15

12. raspberry breakfast bars 3/14

13. cilantro lime rice

14. mexican chicken

15. baked french toast

16. monkey bread

17. healthy baked chicken nuggets 3/7

18. turkey burgers 3/3

19. make this salad

20. finish the Beth Moore study I’m currently in the middle of

21. help my friend design a blog (she did most of it herself)

22. make burp cloths 3/8

23. create a template for posting recipes

24. make valentine’s for the boys + grace 2/11

25. make a memory calendar for Ian & I

26. hang bathroom organizer 2/29

27. make a baby blanket 3/8

28. spend more time with friends Tuesday nights w/ Hil!

29. make a wood frame

create 5 prints

30. how to pray for your husband

31. scripure 2/24

32. kitchen printable 2/24

33. ?

34. ?

35. create my own font

36. update my idea book 3/14

37. washi tape my keyboard 2/11

38. make a baby block

39. make some fabric flowers

40. create a free printable 3/9

Here goes!

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Brittany Manwill #

    Linds, all your projects are amazing! Please come redo my whole house for me. Love the blog! 🙂

    April 26, 2012

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