Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hiding Rental Apartment Vertical Blinds...

Hi everyone! Our daughter Courtney and her fiancĂ© Courtland moved into their new apartment a few months ago. It's a great apartment, but with rentals there are certain things you can't change…one being vertical blinds.

We bought pre-made curtains and sheers at Ikea and used curtain rods I already had from my house, so the transformation only cost $30.00. The drapes were $25 and the sheers were $5.00

The pictures aren't great in some shots, because the sun was so bright coming through the window it made things dark in the photos, but you'll get the idea.

Here's the before…

The vertical blinds open and close from the right side. We could have just put up the curtain rod and hid the blinds behind the right panel, but Courtney also wanted the sheers up along with the fabric panels.

We could have done that, but that would have required a double rod system and mine was only a single rod. Her window is long and the double rod styles are pricey.

hiding vertical blinds

Here's the after…sorry this is a dark picture

hiding vertical blinds


Sheers on the vertical blind rod and the cotton panels on the black rod. The black rod is just above and in front of the vertical blind rod, so it hides it a little.

hiding vertical blinds

Come on in to see how easy this is to do…

Monday, August 18, 2014

Organized Broom Closet...

Hi everyone!! This summer has been so crazy, but I think I'm back to blogging all the time now! Moving kids in, moving kids out, graduations, packing, unpacking, family reunions etc has made this the busiest summer that I can remember. For the last 10 days, we've been in Florida. We brought our daughter Kelsie down to her internship in Disney World. We drove 2 cars down, so she can have a car for the 5 months that she's there. We just drove back to Rhode Island late Saturday night…long haul going down and the worst traffic coming back. I've never seen so many cars in all my life and we've driven to Disney world several times since the girls were little. I have have a few pictures to share from our trip, but I have to organize those before I do.

Today, I have some pictures of a closet re-do that I did earlier in the summer, so I though I'd share them with you. A couple tips and tricks to organize a small hallway closet that I keep changing around.

Here's the original coat closet…I now have coat hooks on the wall of the back hallway for our coats. My family hangs things more on hooks than they do on coat hangers. I have also have a closet in that back hall for guest coats too, if needed.


closet organization

For the last few years, our house has been full of people, moving in and moving out. We always needed lots of food around, so I converted the coat closet to an extra food storage pantry. It worked great for a long time. Now, Courtney and Courtland have moved into their own apartment, Kelsie has graduated from college and is in Florida and her friend Emily who lived with us, has moved back home. I really miss having them here because we love a busy house, but this much food isn't necessary for just my husband and myself.

If you'd like to visit this post for all the food storage organizing tips you can CLICK HERE.

food pantry organization

So here is the re-do (for now, lol)…a broom closet! It's nice to have things all in one place. Before, I had things hanging on the walls going down to our basement.

broom closet organization

Come in and see the changes and little things that might help you too!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Card Party Casino Night Ideas…Glass Name Tag

Hi…I'm back again with another card party idea that I'm using for my dad's 90th birthday party. If you missed the first post for the playing card garland, you can click HERE.

Today's project is for a drinking glass name tag. Wine glasses or frozen drink glasses have stems on them which is the perfect spot to slip on a name tag. This helps your guests keep track of their own glass.

Playing Card Glass Tag…each guest remembers which playing card is theirs when they put their drink down!!

card party ideas glass marker

Here are the other ideas for the party…

card party ideas glass marker

Come on in and see how easy it is to make these markers…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inexpensive Card Party or Casino Night Ideas...

Hi everyone! Next weekend, we are having my dad's 90th birthday party celebration. He loves to play cards, so what better theme than a card party!!

Here are a few of the ideas I have come up with so far to decorate and share with my family…a card garland, napkin rings, drinking glass markers, centerpiece vase, confetti and little gift bags.

card party ideas

Today, I'll show you how to make the playing card garland.

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