Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend Recap: Lion & Tigers & Jewels!

Hi Loves,

Hope you all a great weekend! We had quite the adventure on Saturday. Turns out that the Cabelas store in CT didn't have what Jon was dying to pick up so we headed into PA instead. 

Turns out it was around the same distance as the CT location so away we went. I was a bit bummed that I couldn't go visit any of the places some of your recommended, but the birthday boy was on a mission. 

What was the mission? Well my sweet hubby wanted to purchase a cooler rack for his SUV and mission accomplished! 

Now I'm not normally one for outdoors store, but it was pretty cool. The store was massive and had a restaurant, general store, arcade, shooting range, wildlife displays, massive fish tank and aisles of product! 

There were huge museum quality displays all through-out the store. They made me a bit sad, because I'm not in love with the idea of hunting, but they were impressive. 

Our trip to PA and back took up all of our Saturday. 

Sunday I put the birthday boy to work. Jon continued on his mystery project (It's almost finished) and I did a couple of my own little products. 

For the longest time my vanity has been a mess. It constantly gets piled up with discarded clothes and the main drawer has become a junk drawer:

I've had this image from Martha Stewart as inspiration for what my vanity drawer should look like for quite some time now:

Now I like to think I'm like Martha, but I didn't have a supply of vintage tea cups and saucers so I did the next best thing and went to Christmas Tree Shoppes to pick up these:

( Found these in the dish section. It looks like they are used for pinches of salt or olive oil for bread dipping.)

After emptying out the drawer I used some left over grasscloth wallpaper and lined it: 

Then I lined up all of my dishes:

Add jewelry and finished:

I'm in love! I love how the white dishes help my jewels pop! Can't wait to start wearing something new everyday!

What a great feeling to get organized for pennies (ok it was $10) and cross off something off of my to-do list.

Did you cross anything off your to-do list this weekend?



Anonymous annabelvita said...

I moved house (moved in with my boyfriend!), unpacked 97.5 per cent of my clothes and baked a ginger cake.
Love the drawer organisation idea - might try that. Does it move much when you open and close? (Have you fixed them in in any way?)

October 25, 2010 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Scientific Housewife said...

Great idea, it looks so organized now!

October 25, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger Ms. Bright said...

Bass Pro Shop?? It's kinda neat, huh?

And I love the organization! I did something similar with mine about a month ago...I love being able to see what I have. Plus, it's fun to look going shopping in your own house!

October 25, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love how organized it is...doesn't it feel so much better to have it all in place! Take care, Caroline

October 25, 2010 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Lorie ~ Ferndale Lane Vintage said...

I love the white dishes even better than the Martha china!! Such a good idea! Love me some Christmas tree shop too!

October 25, 2010 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

OMG, what a great idea! I'm so going to copy you! what did I scratch off my list? Writing my blog posts for the week! I've been MIA for about 2 weeks now!

October 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I love this idea and I've been looking for a way to store and organize my jewelry! Can't wait to pick up some of these dishes and try it out!

October 25, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

I have bowls from Anthro atop my vanity. Love it!

October 25, 2010 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

that looks FABULOUS. god I miss christmas tree shoppes.

October 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I've been meaning to do the Martha style for a while now too! But yours looks so organized I think I may like your way better! Thanks for sharing!

October 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This turned out lovely! I always think that when something is beautiful AND organized there is more incentive to keep things organized long-term. You have inspired me to conquer the unruly cabinets in my bathroom now! :)
Glad you had a great weekend!

October 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Gorgeous drawer 'do.
Now you'll have all your accessories action-ready and right at hand ; )

October 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

looks so cute love the little dishes in your drawer perfect way to see all your earings etc in such a pretty way!

October 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I like your version better than Martha's! The focus is on your jewelry, not the cups. And I bet it's more functional

October 25, 2010 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

I actually like the white dishes instead of the tea cups, the jewelry seems like its the showcase and doesn't compete with the pretty patterns of the teacup! You made me put on my list go to the Christmas Shoppe this week, I keep meaning to go there! I finished 2 side tables this weekend Hope you have a great week!

October 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

You are inspiring me. I just got back from a three week vacation and upon trying to put away things I see I really need to purge and clean out. This little project is inspiring me!!! Looks wonderful,Kathysue

October 25, 2010 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Looks Beautiful! I miss Christmas tree shops!!! We used to be in Boston and are now in Cali...

October 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

That Martha Stewart image is one of my favorites. And your drawer looks great. I might have to do that one day!

October 25, 2010 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger ALR said...

Thanks for posting such an affordable and doable drawer organization tip. I would like to have something like this in my closet. Nice rack btw...I mean the one holding your cooler:)

Amy R.

October 25, 2010 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your jewelery drawer looks amazing!The white really lets the colours of the jewels pop- so pretty! I am definitely going to keep this in the inpsiration pile for when/if I ever get that organzied:)
I accomplished one of my to-dos this weekend as well, which feels great. After years of not knowing what to use for curtains in my master, I finally got down to it and created a shear wall of curtains, which covers 21' of wallspace-I posted pictures of it on my blog and am quite happy with it- only took two days:( but worth it in the end.

October 25, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Michaela said...

What a cute project. I agree, they make your jewelry pop! This weekend I went to a fun event for my interior design department at Seattle Pacific University. We went to an amazing architectural firm in down town Seattle and networked with other designers. Then I went shopping at Nordstrom...always fun!! (:

October 25, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Kate Riley said...

What a fun weekend! And I LOVE your vanity drawer, aren't you just in love every time you open it? So so pretty, and organized too!

October 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous julie said...

what a fabulous organizational idea!! thanks for sharing!

October 25, 2010 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love this! Might have to borrow the idea :) Thanks for the inspiration!

October 25, 2010 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Emily A. Clark said...

LOVE thi idea! My vanity looks just like your before pic. I have so many necklaces jumbled up together that I just wear the same thing all the time. I'm going to copy this idea.

October 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the white dish jewelry drawer! Great idea.

October 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Kate {domestikatedlife} said...

Love your jewelry organization!

I just turned an old tool box into a jewelry armoire and now it's so fun getting ready in the morning with everything organized in nice drawers.

October 25, 2010 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Lissa Pierce said...

I finally found my office drapery fabric!!!!! Yeah!!!
I love that idea for jewlery storage....mine is everywhere!

October 25, 2010 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

great way to organize!!! love it.


October 25, 2010 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I think that drawer looks awesome! I have always loved the martha idea but they look great in the white! I just may have to be a copycat:)

October 25, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Bellwether said...

Hi! I've been quietly "lurking" for ages now but I had to comment after this post - I LOVE this project! I like your version so much better than Martha's (and I do love me some Martha) because (as a number of other commenters have already said) it DOES showcase the jewelry better than a mish-mash of cups. Plus, it somehow reminds me of a fancy boutique I've been to (not sure exactly which one) where they display the jewelry like this - talk about shopping your own closet every time you get dressed! what fun!

October 25, 2010 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Evie said...

I have that same M. Stew picture/article bookmarked too! Like how you got the look for less!

October 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

i love the white bowl idea. i'm gonna try that, ur jewelry looks so good. like its in its own little boutique.

October 26, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

what a cleaver idea. my vanity needs this makeover.

October 26, 2010 at 1:18 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Brilliant idea! I LOVE it!! It makes each piece look so beautiful.
I finally got around to cleaning out my pantry this weekend...I threw a way 2 trash bags of expired it looks empty :)

October 26, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Oh...if you don't mind, I would like to share this brilliant idea of yours on my blog! :)

October 26, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Camila- Love this idea! So simple and looks just stunning!

This weekend we boarded up the hole in the living wall where we knocked down our fireplace. Now just waiting for the contractor to come and make a bigger hole!

October 26, 2010 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

Oh you have no idea. Pete and I took every last dish and plate and applience out of our butlers pantry and reorganized replete with label maker action...It was very old and very married and honestly pretty lovely!

October 27, 2010 at 1:09 AM  
Anonymous simplygrove said...

I LOVE this idea!!!!! I want to do it now!

October 28, 2010 at 2:16 AM  

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