Saturday, February 11, 2012

Organizing the Spare Room Progress! :)


Today I'm linking up to show my progress in the BedCraftOffice room! :)
Hopefully, you'll notice the improvement, and maybe get some organizing ideas in the process! :)

Go here to see my before pictures...

And here is how it's looking now! :)

This is a good ol' cell phone picture I sent a friend of mine to show progress while I was cleaning...so....take a look around...now check out the next picture!


Yay! You can sorta see my make-shift ribbon holder hanging from the curtain rod. Well, I sorta liked the idea, but def wanted something different, or a way to improve it (you can see it better in the picture of the other side of the room)...and I found the perfect thing a the thrift store...it'll be in my next update! (Unless it sneaks its way into a post before then!)

See the Yellow Boxes in the top left cubby of my desk? Nesquick containers! I spray painted the bottoms green (like the trays just above them) and kept the lids clear yellow so I can see in them.

Check out the cubby above the computer scorn on the right. All my basic office supplies are organized there, and I used a cream cheese tub (cleaned out and spray painted green) to hold rubber bands. :)

I moved my blue plastic drawers to the top of the bookshelf and put black paper in front of them to hide all my scrapbook paper and things from France to scrapbook. (Once this room is clean and organized, yes, I'll mess it back up by scrapbooking! :) )

I also hung up my Paris bulletin board that my friend Holli gave me Freshman year of College, and my new quilting square that I found at Wal-Mart for $3! It's two squares in one...pretty exciting right? :)

Oh, and those trays on the top...they were in the dollar section at Target (with the two magazine holders that are holding...coloring books... :) ) and I liked the print on them, but I didn't want a million different prints in here...mostly solids, so I lightly spray painted them with my green spray paint...then decided I needed a shelf.....


Thank you Amazon shipping box that I cut off the flaps and one side.
And black spray paint.


Once dry, that new shelf fit perfectly right between those trays to hold bills and receipts. :)

Now, this side of the room is more like the holding place while I sort through stuff...but it still looks better than the before! You can see the ribbon holder I made (but am going to rework). I used a wire clothes hanger and a paper towel tube...but I didn't' have a good place to hang it other than the curtain rod. You'll see how I change that up later.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spare Room Before: 29 Day Organizational Challenge at Org Junkie

This month, I'm participating in the 29 Day Organizational Challenge over at I'm an Organizing Junkie


I started to brainstorm how to make this room a better place before I knew about this challenge...but luckily, I didn't do anything other than shred a few papers and hang up some earrings before the challenge started!!

This room is our spare room/office/sewing room.  There are who-knows-how-many books, half of my sewing supplies, all of my craft supplies, a TV, a bed, and some random boxes hiding behind the bed (and more books...).

So, I'm going to show you the before picture....don't judge me! The room is perfectly sized for a spare room OR and office OR a sewing room...so the before picture is quite cluttered. Hence, the plan to organize! :)

Let's see here...from left to right...a cat, an empty box, a box of random Christmas things to store, a notebook, some things I found at the Target dollar aisle to organize with, a chair with a mini ironing board sitting on it, my dad's old camera, a pile of fabric, and there's my new camera bag...sitting in my chair.

This is the scary part. You can sorta see the plastic drawers I put in here when we moved in for organizing craft supplies and things to be scrapbooked.  And yes, they're quite organized, but sometimes impossible to open because of the stuff sitting in front! All sorts of stuff is stuffed in the compartments of my desk...There's my sewing machine sitting on another bookshelf, and a filing box in front of the bookshelf.

I didn't take a picture of the other wall in this room, because it just has two bookshelves and a TV. Not much to do there unless I clean off some books or something! :)

Hopefully, by the end of this month, this will be a fully functional BedCraftOffice Room! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Baked Apples recipe from my Mom

Here is the baked apples recipe I cooked last night...the recipe my mom gave me over the phone one day! They're my favorite!! :)

Basically, slice some apples, cut up 1tsp of butter and place around the apples in a baking dish, sprinkle cinnamon on top, then spread about a 1/2c of brown sugar on top (more or less based on your sweet tooth). Bake at around 375* for about 15-20 min or until the apples are tender.

Cinnamon Chicken

My sister-in-law sent this recipe to me, then cooked it for Christmas...it is so good! The apple glaze makes it even better! :) we ate this tonight with steamed broccoli and baked apples (because you can't have too many apples in one meal?? I think I was craving apples when I put this on the menu haha!)

•Cinnamon Chicken• ((Thanks Julia!!))
1/3 C butter or margarine
1 C crushed vanilla wafers
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

•Apple Glaze•
1/4 C butter
2tsp corn starch
10oz jar apple jelly
1C unpeeled, cubed apple

•Directions•
Preheat oven to 350*. In an ungreased 9x13 baking dish, melt the 1/3 c butter in preheated oven (5-7min). In a square baking dish or a 9" pie pan, combine crushed vanilla wafers, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to blend. Dip chicken into melted butter, then roll into seasoned crumbs to coat. Place coated chicken in same 9x13 dish; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake near center of oven at 350* for 65-80 min. In 1qt saucepan, melt 1/4C butter; add cornstarch. Stir to blend. Add apple jelly and apples; stir to blend. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to full boil and apple is tender (4-6 min). To serve, pour hot sauce over chicken.