Draw Your Own Grandfather Clock

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Monday, January 7, 2013

No money for a grandfather clock? Just draw one on the wall like this image from Molly Stern’s house tour on Apartment Therapy. It’s a playful and fun way to display a clock.

New Year’s Jar

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:46 am on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

2012 was a humdinger of a year for my family, but when it gets down to naming what specifically happened, things can get blurry. So in 2013, I’m going to do this project I heard about on Facebook: a New Year’s jar.

Every time something good happens, you write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then at the end of the year, you go through the jar and remember all the good things that happened.

Sounds fun, don’t you think?

5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:11 am on Thursday, December 20, 2012

Here are 5 Cool Gift Wrap Ideas for Christmas, many of which are useful if you’re running low on wrapping paper:

Use a paper bag and the last of the wrapping paper to make a gift bag.

Country Living shows you how to dress up a package wrapped in newspaper with this cool blossom topper.

Wrap a package in a brown paper bag and dress it up with a typographic name cut out of newspaper.

Santa Claus Belt! I wish I’d seen this earlier. I had red paper exactly like that.

Out of bows? Draw them on instead. I am doing this one next year when I send presents in the mail.

3 Christmas Decoration Ideas

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:25 am on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Here are three cool Christmas decoration ideas I came upon:

Magnet Ornaments. Glue magnets to the back of ornaments for a festive kitchen decoration.

Framed Christmas Wreath. Instead of a Christmas Wreath, use a frame, ribbon, and ornaments for surprising holiday decor.

Wine Cork Garland. Another use for wine corks! Insert eye screws on the end of each cork, then tie together, and you’ve got a great garland. Great on the Christmas tree or the mantel.

How To Make Multicolored Layered Ribbon

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:23 am on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Following yesterday’s round-up on DIY gift wrapping, check out this tutorial on how to make Multicolored Layered Ribbons.

Wow. There had better be something good in that box.

Gift Wrapping Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Monday, December 3, 2012

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This week I have a pile of present to wrap and put in the mail, and a load more to buy. You’re probably in a similar situation. Here’s a round-up of past posts that cover everything from making your own bows to how to get the best deals on shipping:

How To Make Christmas Bows

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Make Gift Bows From Baby Scribbles

From Plastic Bag To Gift Topper

Make A Bow From The Phone Book

The Cheapest Ways To Get Wrapping Paper

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Make Your Own Padded Envelopes

Making Packing Material

When To Use Flat Rate Shipping

Book Illustration Cubbies

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:43 am on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I love these Book Illustration Cubbies. They are inexpensive IKEA cubbies that have been covered with illustrations from an old copy of Blueberries for Sal, thanks to the help of Modge Podge. A great design detail, and good organization too.

Pumpkin Round-Up

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 9:07 am on Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!

I’m going to take the rest of the week off, so I’m going to leave you with this round-up of pumpkin carving inspiration. Blogging will resume on Monday, November 5.

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Lite-Brite Pumpkins

Pumpkin Cooler

Pumpkin Carving Inspiration

Pumpkin Creatures

Pumpkin Candles

Full-Length Mirror Jewelry Cabinet

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 5:21 am on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If, like me, you have a lot of jewelry, check out this Full-Length Mirror Jewelry Cabinet. It’s an attractive, space-saving device that doubles as a jewelry box and a mirror. And it even locks.

The only downside is there doesn’t seem to be room for ring boxes and the like, but otherwise, this is a great way to organize your jewelry.

The mirror–which is actually 3/4 length, not full-length–comes in cherry, distressed oak, and white. $249.

From Aquapod Bottles To Milk Ghosts

Filed under: Cleaning/Decorating — Savvy Housekeeper at 11:27 am on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Check out these adorable Halloween Party additions: Milk Ghosts made from Zephyrhills Aquapod water bottles. From the site:

I was literally staring at my Zephyrhills Aquapod water bottle, lightbulb! I ripped the bottle wrap and cap plastic and voila, the shape of a ghost somewhat. I cut out pieces of black cardstock to make the eyes and mouth, filled them with milk and displayed a black and white straw!

And these ghosts don’t have to just hold milk. You can paint the outside with white paint and fill with any kind of delicious beverage you like.

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