Monday, January 10, 2011

"Cuz Baby It's Cold Outside"

Okay, so maybe winter in Houston is not quite the same as let's say....winter in Dallas ;-) but it does get chilly. Right now it's a frosty 44 degrees and the temps are dropping...brrrr. So instead of doing my walking in this cold I am going to blog about what i did with my mantle.

After all of the Christmas stuff got boxed up my mantle was looking a little bare. So when i saw Beth's winter mantle linky party I was motivated to do some sprucing up.
I brought my beautiful Santos Angel that normally sits on my bedroom dresser out to the living room to join in on the fun.
These metal plate holders hold different plates with different seasons. Right now they have these chicken plates i found at target 10 years or so ago.

I love the colors in them so i keep them up for the majority of the year.
I grabbed these decor ice skates out of my Christmas bin. I figured that was pretty wintery so i plopped them on the mantel, besides i love the colors in them and i didn't want to put them away just yet.

I hung a little snowflake garland over the mirror (lets face it It'll be the only snowflakes I'll see this winter) and wala i was done.

I didn't do very much for winter because after seeing some of the cauuute valentines mantels, these baby's are coming down soon anyway. Now I need to link up, then i am going to make some delicious hot cocoa. Is it still sugar free if i add marshmallows? Oh well, stay warm and have a fantastic New Year!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Laundry Room mini makeover

I have spent last weekend packing up my Christmas items into nice big rubbermaid bins.

Notice how most of them don't have any lids. I don't know where they went. : - /

 My next project will be where to put them. I think that i have decided that i am going to put them in my attic, except that i need to put some plywood down and assemble some of the plastic shelves i have in the garage up there so that i can organize these bins. More on that later.

Besides those projects, I decided to do a mini laundry room (closet) makeover. I received a new washer and dryer for Christmas ( Thanks Dad )

It is awesome. My clothes dry in 30 min instead of the sometimes 3 to 4 hrs it used to take. I'm in heaven. Any who, the one thing that i noticed is that when my turbo washer is on the spin cycle everything that i have sitting on top of it eventually flys off.
So I thought what i needed was a shelf above the washer and a rod to line dry things on above the dryer. I found a large dowel at the hardware store and cut it to fit the half above the dryer. I think that there previously was one there but it disappeared somewhere. (My son always found sticks and turned them into swords. That is probably where it went.)

I added a small shelf above the washer to keep the soap from flying off and added a new laundry sign i got from a friend at Christmas.

I found a few baskets to organize some of my cleaning supplies,spare light bulbs and paper towels. I paid a total of 3 dollars at goodwill for the 2 smaller baskets. The larger one i already had, i think i purchased it from Ikea.

I LOVE my finished laundry closet. :)



I am linking up to Metamorphosis Monday's before and after linky party.