Small Spaces: Hidden Jewelry

With having a small house now, I find that I am trying to use what storage we have to every last inch. Every closet, shelf, and cupboard are planned to maximize the space and be useful and functional. Cute is a nice factor also :) Not only am I trying to use the storage that is already in place, but I’m also trying to add more storage in creative ways. One thing I’m not trying to do, is cram a 2100 square foot house into an 800 square foot house. That would be completely crazy. When we moved I got rid of over half of our stuff. It was a wonderful thing, no joke. So to keep from getting right back to where we started, I limit what we bring into the house and I try not to buy as much :) But I digress… back to storage. Even though we got rid of stuff, we still have stuff. And that stuff has to go somewhere. My jewelry was one thing I wasn’t sure where I was going to put it. Until I got a brilliant idea :)

I knew that for me to put on jewelry most every day (which is my goal), it had to be accessible and I had to be able to see it all. Previously, I used a jewelry box and a couple of different wall organizers. When we moved, I ditched the jewelry box because I no longer had a place to put it and decided to go in a different direction. I wanted something that could hold all of my jewelry in the same place.

We have this little space in our bedroom that was dead space. It was a tiny space but still, space. In a small house, every space, no matter how big, needs to be put to work. This is the space I’m talking about:

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See, I told you this floor plan would come in handy :)

When you open the door to our bedroom, you are faced with a blank half wall that is the end of the closet. A full length mirror was on the list of wants for our bedroom and this blank space was the perfect spot for one. I have always wanted a full length mirror and in all of our 13 years of marriage, never had one. In our last house, I resorted to stand on the toilet to see a full length version of myself in the mirror that was over the sink. In this bathroom, that wouldn’t work since the sink isn’t across from the commode. And so, I found a mirror:

full length mirror

So, what does the full length mirror have to do with my jewelry space? Well, it’s very tricky, I bet you haven’t figured it out yet :)

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My mirror is on a hinge! Brilliant, right?!

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I got the idea for this and figured we would have to make the mirror ourselves. But then, I was at Ikea, and I found a mirror that already came with hinges so that if you bought 3 of them, it becomes a three way mirror by turning the outside ones. It was perfect for my plan because it was exactly the look I was going for and it had the ability to open. I just added a magnetic catch so it would latch and hung it on the wall. Easy peasy!!

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Next, I used a level and tape measure to mark spots on the wall and then drilled pilot holes for the little metal cup hooks. Then I simply screwed the cup hooks into my pilot holes.

Actually, I originally was reluctant to drill that many holes into the wall. So first, I purchased a ton of sticky wall hooks and they worked great… for about a week. And then, they just started to fall off, one by one. And it always seemed to happen in the middle of the night. My necklaces would come crashing down. So I had to give in and drill holes in the wall. But now that it’s done, I’m happier with it. The cup hooks are smaller and I can add more if I want to. It all worked out in the end :)

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I actually drilled a bunch of extra holes so that in the future as I add more jewelry, I can just screw another hook into the wall. Really, it resembles a peg board.

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My new jewelry space holds all of my jewelry except for a couple of bracelets that are too thick to fit behind the 2″ space behind the mirror. Not too shabby.

So, pretty awesome, right? A full length mirror and a jewelry closet. I love it if you can’t tell :) How’s that for creative storage?!

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Club House Floor Plan

I’m tired of apologizing for being so behind on posts and so this time, I’m not going to. The truth is, every time I start to work on a post for our new house, I stop. I’m not exactly sure why but I feel completely paralyzed. It’s really strange. I blog because I like to blog, not because I have to so it’s not because I don’t want to. For some reason, this tiny house has me blogged blocked. Kind of like writer’s block but for bloggers. I can’t seem to put together posts that make sense. The only reason for this that I can think of is because we have been doing so many projects that I simply can’t keep up with trying to write about them all. A good problem to have, right?! So, I simply have ignored the problem and let the undocumented projects pile up creating more of a problem. Yeesh! I even have several unfinished posts waiting for me and I promise, I will get there, sometime…

In the mean time, while I work on getting my thoughts in order, I thought I would draw up a little floor plan. You know, so you can get a better idea of how the house is laid out. Floor plans always help me get a better sense of what things look like and so I played around with a bit and here is what I came up with:

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Since it was my first time using it, I was learning as I went and I would still like to tweak it and make it better. I was thinking that as I start documenting the different rooms, I could add furniture and such so you can see how it is laid out better. Maybe I will even add measurements so you can see how tiny the rooms really are! All in all, I’m pretty pleased with it. I wish I would have done this with the last house. That would have been handy. But, too little, too late. At least I have one for this house!

So that is all I have for today, short but sweet. As I said before, I am in the middle of a couple of other posts, maybe I will even finish them one of these days. I guess I just need to dive in. Maybe this little floor plan was a way to get my feet wet first :)

I hope you all had a great January and here’s to an even better February!!

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Christmas Decor 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!! Can you believe I have been trying to get this post written all month? I finally realized that it was now or never! Because by the time December 26th rolls around, no one cares anymore about Christmas stuff.

Christmas decorations are pretty low key around our house this year. We are living in our tiny house now but things are still in disarray as we continue to work on projects large and small around here. Important things like kitchen countertops and appliances and the bathroom. You know, things like that. So, I decided that I would just go easy on the decorations to make things simpler. In fact, we don’t even have a tree up, just the mantle got a little Christmas pizazz. But, that is not the case at the church. I still invested some time into making some decor for the church and I wanted to share it with you today.

In the past, I have always made everything on my own with the exception of having a bit of help from Jason and my mom in hanging it all up. But this year, I was busy. I didn’t have weeks to get everything together like normal. So I decided to make a party of it and invited all of the ladies at church to come for a crafting night and we made all of the decor together. I had all of the projects planned and brought everything to the church with me and we spent a Saturday assembling everything. It was super fun and we all decided to make it a yearly event. Why did I not think of this sooner?! I guess sometimes it’s good to be busy, it causes you to get creative!

Our theme was O Starry Night and because of my time crunch, I relied heavily on Pinterest. I will share the links to the pins that I copied inspired me. And so… here is what we came up with:


I jazzed up the front door by drawing on it with a erasable white marker. Everyone loved it so much they said I should keep it year round. But, even just after a few weeks, it has really gotten smeared from lots of people going in and out so it’s definitely disappearing soon. It was fun while it lasted :) (pin inspiration)

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In the entryway we have a sitting area and we made a ton of stars to put on the shelf. I’m kind of in love with them. Plus, they were all super easy to make.

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There are stars made of foam board and sprainted gold (pin inspiration), stars made of paper, tin, wood, and cardboard. Basically anything you can think of (pin inspiration).

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Then we just mounted some of them on skewers for varying heights. I cut the base from old pallets left over from a another project (you’ll see it in a minute) and drilled a hole in them.

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Then, we hot glued the stars to the sticks. Easy peasy. For this particular star (we made about 20 of these), we cut 2 pieces of kraft cardstock into star shapes and drew on them with metallic paint markers. Then I sewed around all the sides but one, sewing them together. Next, we stuffed it with cotton balls to give it some puffiness and then sewed them shut. I loved these little guys (pin inspiration).

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Back to the shelf area… I also added a banner. The wooden letters were from the craft store. We just glued a little moss to them and ta-da! Instant gratification! The tinsel star garland was super fun to make. Using glittery pipe cleaners, we bent them into star shapes and fastened them together (pin inspiration). They take a bit of time but they are worth it! We made a few of these and added them in other places as well.

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Another place where we used the tinsel garland in gold this time. We also made the hanging stars out of kraft paper, twine, and sprainted clothes pins (pin inspiration). The easiest project yet! You can also see the book pages compiled to made a runner on the tabletop (pin inspiration).

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We added a couple of puffy stars to our coat rack too. Aren’t they cute?!

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My favorite thing I made was the pallet tree. It was super easy if you can use a few power tools and I made it myself so you can too (pin inspiration). I have seen a bunch of variations of these trees on Pinterest and after looking around, I decided I wanted a big one. This is about 8 feet tall. There is a place here in town that you can get pallets that are already disassembled for free. So I just helped myself to some pallet wood and cut them to varying sizes and nailed it together. Easy and cool :)

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And an up close photo because it deserves it :) I love the old school lights.

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I also hung some more tinsel garland on the entry doors. I couldn’t help myself. I had more tinsel left and I had to use it!

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Another book page runner on a little table. The trees were all from last year.

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On the tree I hung some wooden stars sprainted gold with sprainted mini clothespins. I originally was going to hang the stars with twine so I drilled a hole and then, at the last minute, I decided to use the clothespins instead. I wish now I wouldn’t have drilled the hole!

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I actually bought the wooden stars in 3 different star shapes. Another one is shown above.


We took some wooden discs and painted a star on them. We made them in gold, black, and silver.


Remember the yarn wreaths I made last year? I adorned them with stars this time to spice it up a bit. I like them :)

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And for the pièce de résistance… the backdrop. We painted a large 12’x15′ drop cloth in black.

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Then, I wrote the words on it with a white paint pen to make it kind of look like a chalkboard (I freehanded it but I used this pin as a guide for the letters).

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Next, we hung stars from the top with fishing line. The stars were crafted using branches that I tied together with twine in a star shape (pin inspiration). I love how the stars look against the dark color of the backdrop! If it wasn’t so big, then it would make its way into my house next year but… it’s pretty large :)

And there you have it! Our church Christmas decor for 2012. I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out especially since I only spent about half the time I usually do planning for it. I guess sometimes it’s okay to do things at the last minute!

I absolutely love the Christmas season and I’m always a little sad to see it come to an end. But this year, I’m hoping to be able to get back into the swing of things and start doing somewhat regular posts again. Besides, I have a ton of stuff to update you all on our little house. I just need some time to organize my thoughts and away we’ll go! Stay tuned :)

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

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So Long, Farewell

Before you get too worried because of the title of this blog post, I will clarify. I’m not saying goodbye to this blog. I’m just saying goodbye to our old house. This will be the last post about it and then I will move on to all of the crazy happenings at the new house. I know it’s been forever since I posted and you all are probably ready for updates about the new house but I figured I needed one last post for record keeping sake. One more photo tour to show you all what it looked like before we started packing up and putting things in boxes. I took these photos right before our realtor came and took photos so the house is all picked up and sparkling clean. Pretty much anyway. Except for the basement. I think I cleaned it up a bit more after these photos were taken but it was never perfect. I mean, it’s a basement!! It’s supposed to be messy! Anyhoo… are you ready for picture overload?! Because that is what you are about to get!

Oh, the outside. There were so many ideas I had that I never did. And that’s okay, maybe the new owners will do them. We did refresh the mulch for the sale and it looked so nice. Amazing what a small thing like that does! It helps that it was a pretty time of year too. Plus, I bought some plants for the porch and the topiaries for the garage and I loved how they looked. I have since killed all of the potted plants because I have been too busy to take care of them. Sad day.

We finally got a new mailbox post. Our previous one was always leaning. One of the many projects we wished we had done ages ago! I tried as hard as I could to make it look good, but we finally just realized a new set was the way to go.

The back of the house. Look at my sparkling windows!! We did a ton of touch up painting on the outside and it was a lot of time and effort but it made it look so nice. It was worth it :)

Speaking of windows… remember my window project? Well, I finished it. It was a big job (I had been working on it since May!!) and I never want to do it again! After a few burns from the heat gun and cuts from the scraper I suppose they were worth it because they looked so nice when they were all done.

More of the backyard. You can see my little garden on the left side. It was sad to leave it because it was still producing. Hopefully the new owners got to enjoy it for a bit.

Another backyard view. The roof on the birdhouse had disintegrated and so Jason took the time to make a new roof and now it’s cute again.

Upon entering the house through the front door, this is what you would have seen. Kitchen ahead, stairs to the right, living room to the left, cat on the floor. The cat likes to follow me around while I take photos :)

Facing the front door in the entry. I loved the blue door. It was such a dark color that you couldn’t always tell it was blue. Sometimes it looked black. And actually, it started as white, then it became black, and it finished as being blue. So fun.

The living room and the gallery wall. I took most of the gallery wall with me because I still like it and I have just the perfect spot for it :) Plus, it took me a long time to collect all of the frames, I want to enjoy it a bit longer!!

We sold almost everything. Literally. I thought that it would be hard to see it go but it was actually very freeing. I only kept a couple of things from this room. I would have liked to have kept more but they wouldn’t fit in our new tiny house. And that’s okay; new treasures will be found for the new house. If you would like to see the progression of this room, check it out here.

The dining room. The table is definitely too big for our new house so I worked on some ideas with my Dad as to how we can make it smaller and work for our new space since I still love it so much.

I don’t know if you remember the pendant light fixture we had in this room previously but I wanted to take it with us for our new house so I quickly had Jason switch it out for me with this new (old) chandelier pictured above. It actually looked super cute in there and I kind of wanted to take that one with me too :) It was a chandelier that I found on the side of the road and brought it home, sprainted it white, and hung it up. So cute. And even farther back, does anyone remember the red chandelier that I had longer ago? It’s fun to see the changes. Check out the progression post to see all the changes made to this room, here.

Oh how I loved my kitchen. I really will miss this room. And all of its space! The sunny breakfast nook! And pull outs! The list goes on… If you want to see the progression of this room check out the posts here and here.

If you go up the stairs and look down, you will see the entryway. It went through several colors. Four colors to be exact. At one point it was bright red. Can you believe it?!

The famous stairway. When I posted about drawing on my walls I couldn’t believe how much traffic I got. And I still get comments about it at times. I wonder if the new owners will keep it…

I will also be missing my craft room :)

I will have to tell you about my chalkboard project in another post…

What a wonderful room it had been for me. A lot of stuff that showed up on the blog happened in this room.

On the other side of the hallway, my studio. This is where I did all of my work for Every Jot & Tittle (which is currently put on hold for the foreseeable future). I started out with my studio in the basement and moved up here last year. You can read some more about it in an old post here.

You’ve already seen the finished guest bathroom but I had to include it in the tour, right?! Plus this room has seen some changes as well. It used to be yellow. I loved it at first but ultimately, I like the mellowness of the gray better. I guess yellow isn’t so mellow now is it? At least not as mellow as gray. Haha, I’m a dork :)

The guest bath has two rooms joined by a doorway with no door. The shower and commode are in the second half. It was a nice big bathroom and I always loved that it was all white.

The guest bedroom. It has seen a bunch of changes along with the rest of the house. You can see some of them, here.

The other side of the guest room. I had to get rid of most of the big furniture. It was very sad because I loved it all.

I loved our bedroom with the dark walls. I really doubt the drawing will last on the wall for the new owners though. They have two boys and one of them will occupy this room. The drawing is a bit on the girly side.

In the new house our bedroom will have the same duvet cover but the room will have a different feel. I’m really excited about it. Again, as seen in the photo above, the cat likes to make her presence in our house known.

The other side of the master bedroom that didn’t get photographed very often. At one point I moved the colorful dresser from the guest bedroom into our room for more clothing storage. Now that feels like a joke to me because I had two closets and didn’t think it was enough and now we just have one itty bitty closet. I sold or gave away over half of my clothes for this new venture of ours. That was almost harder than getting rid of furniture!

Again, the master bath. I wish I would have painted that cabinet ages ago. But since it was wood for so long, I will always have that in my memory versus this new white (better) version.

Now moving downstairs… This is the view from the entryway looking downstairs. These stairs are located right next to the stairway leading upstairs.

This is a long narrow room with lots of doorways so it’s kind of hard to arrange. We never, ever sat in this chair. It was kind of off by itself.

Does anyone spy a kitty in this photo?!

We ended up moving our router and wireless box before we sold the house and it looked so much better. Another project I wished we had done years ago because it literally took 30 minutes to relocate it. Crazy…

I love this little black cabinet that a friend made for me. It fit so perfectly in that space. You can read a little more about it here.

The other side of the family room and a view of the fireplace. We never once used our fireplace. Can you believe that?! And see the t.v.? It is no more. We got sold all of our tv’s in the move. We didn’t ever have cable and we never watched regular t.v. Then, we aren’t even sure why, we both became more or less disinterested in movies as well. So our t.v. sat unwatched for months at a time. It seemed like a good idea to get rid of it. And neither one of us regret it.

Another angle. I carefully measured each and every piece of furniture that we had and made a small scale replica of everything so I could see how furniture would fit in our tiny house. No couches for me. Only a loveseat will work so I sold both couches we had. Whew! It’s a lot of work to downsize!

Another piece of furniture that has made its home with another family is the ottoman. It has gone through several different fabrics since we made it a few years ago. You can read about how we made it here.

On to the basement. The disaster zone! The basement is a rectangle shape but divided to create an office so the part that is unfinished makes an L shape. This is where we stored our stuff. You know, like paint cans and tools and such. Just stuff. Everybody has it, right?

This other part of our basement was our workout room. We are really missing our workout room. We faithfully workout everyday except for Sundays and so it gets a lot of use. But we have a plan for the new house and so far, it is working out (haha, pun intended!).

And yet another corner of the basement. I’m pretty sure that much of this space has yet to make an appearance on the blog even after 6.5 years of living here. This just might be its debut.

Jason’s office or as I like to call it, the library. This room is pretty much unchanged since I fixed it up last year as a surprise to Jason while he was out of town (read all about it: Before, 1, 2 3& 4, 5, 6, 7).

The other side of the library. We loved this room. It was very cozy. Especially during bad storms. We spent some time down here during tornado season :)

And the only other room to show is the laundry room which I just did a whole post about recently so I will just post one little photo to complete the tour. For those wondering, the laundry room is on the same level as the family room.

I just realized that I never took photos of the garage. Silly me! Not that it is very interesting to see but it is part of the house. That is another thing we really miss. We had never had a garage before and we got used to it and loved parking our car in there. Now that we don’t have one again, we’re scheming how we could someday add one on.

Well old friend, you have been a good house to us and we loved the years we spent there. And now it’s time to say so long, farewell…

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The Completed Laundry Room

I still have a couple of posts that I would like to show you to wrap up our previous house before I move onto the new house. Seriously, with all of the work we have been putting in, the posts are just piling up. Now if I just had time to write them and edit/upload photos we would be in good shape. But I like to think that one of these days we will be back to normal and I can get all caught up!

When I was trying to figure out where to even start, I realized that I never post photos of the completed laundry room so I thought I would show them today. I showed you the progress of the laundry room (#1, #2, #3, and #4) back in January and then I left you hanging and moved onto other things. Silly me, I get easily sidetracked. So without further adieu; the room in which we wash our clothes:

If you opened the door to the room, this is what you would see. The floors are concrete and so I painted them with porch paint in black. The walls I painted Sherwin Williams Creamy. The runners (there are two of them together) are from Target and they were super cheap, I think $15 each but I got them on sale for $8 each. Our Target still has them if you are interested in having some for yourself.

The room is actually sort of divided into two rooms, the half bath and the laundry area but there isn’t a door in between. This part is the bathroom and we switched out the regular sized bath sink for a large laundry sink. I really loved having the large sink and I’m definitely going to miss that in our new house. At least we got to enjoy it for 6 months or so :) You can read more about the sink and how I scored it for free, here. The hand towel was from Target and the mirror came from who-knows-where. In other words, I can’t remember, I had it for a long time :) Way back in the day when we bought the house there used to be a recessed medicine cabinet over the sink. But it was ugly and I didn’t think it was necessary to have one in the laundry room so we removed it and I had Jason fill the hole for me. I like having a plain old mirror there better :)

The other side of the bath area. You can see these are tiny little rooms but they served their purpose well. These photos were taken shortly before we moved so I didn’t really have them styled. If we had stayed, I had some plans for curtains and other fun touches. It’s pretty bare bones at this point.

Onto the laundry area. Another unstyled room. I had big plans for it. It was going to be super cute. Oh well :) The rug in front of the washer was brought to me by my Mom from Brazil. The cabinet was made for Jason and I as a wedding present from my older brother 13 years ago. It’s gone through a couple of color changes and I think it looks pretty sharp in black. During painting, I had a mishap with one of the pulls and it broke. I tried to glue it back together but it didn’t work. In the new house, this cabinet will serve a different purpose and I have new pulls for it :)

And the inside of the door in the bath area. You can see close ups of the artwork I had on the walls in this old post.

When we started working on the laundry room in January, we didn’t know we were going to be selling the house. I’m so glad we started working on it then so we could at least enjoy it for the few months we had. And now, the new owners (hopefully) are enjoying it! It sure did come a long way, didn’t it?

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