Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Where have I been?! An update

Oh my goodness! Has it really been this long since I was here posting and blogging? Here it is at the start of 2016 and what have I been doing, where have I been? Well, for starters I had another baby, had flooding in my house (that was fun!), started homeschooling, and tons of other personal things happened in my life. I hadn't been doing many big home improvement projects and life sorta took over - its amazing how fast that can happen!

So where am I now and how can you find me? Well, I am still organizing and doing small tweaks to my house. I am actively on Pinterest and pin things constantly. I am also on Facebook and on Periscope! I'm really loving Periscope right now. It's enabling me to continue sharing things in a way that works for where I am in life and engage with everyone. I share organizing things, daily tips, shopping deals, home decor, homeschooling, and anything else that I've got on my mind. You can find on Periscope under Kimberly Bean / emmamariedesigns. I will be updating the scope page with links and information that I talk about in my scopes so you can check it out in case you missed something. I hope to see you on Periscope - come say hi!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Organizing Craft Supplies

I've been organizing some of the places around my house that have been driving me nuts! Spaces that I've been meaning to get to "one day". Today I'm sharing a small organization project that I've needed to fix but never took the 5 minuets to do it. I'm so glad that I finally organized this small area that was driving me crazy! (Bonus, I did this while my little was napping and when she woke up, it was the first thing she noticed. Since putting her craft supplies in a more accessible spot, we have been painting and/or coloring every single day. Happiness all around for both of us!)

Here's where what I started with. I've shared how I kept the craft supplies organized before. A few months ago that consisted of coloring crayons, coloring books, and a few stickers. Over the past couple of months, my daughter's love for painting, crafting, and coloring has grown and with it our crafting supplies. Everything was all inside one large bin and it made me dig around every single time my little wanted to color since things were on top of one another. Annoying much?

So I took everything out and reorganized it to fit our growing needs. I added a smaller container inside the large bin to corral coloring books and a box for the stickers. Construction paper and stickers books go on one side, leaving just enough room up front for her painting shirt and extra paints under the shirt. 

All the markers, watercolor paints and brushes, glue, crayons, and scissors I placed in this acrylic container that I already had. I love how everything is easily accessible now!  

Here's how everything looks in it's place on the shelf. We have a handful of foam shapes and 1 set of flash cards and I placed those in the small basket. Puzzles are still in the second canvas bin. 

To those wondering, no - my 2 year old doesn't have a problem with her craft supplies out in the open. She has been trained from early on the correct way to use them and to only color in coloring books and on paper. I never have to worry if I'll see marker everywhere (although I have before!)

I love having everything out in the open. It reminds us to do more artwork on a pretty much daily basis. And it goes to show you how big of an impact a small organizing project can have. 

What have you been doing? Any others tackling some organizing inside or outside before the weather turns cold? Are you a believer in leaving out art supplies or keeping them out of little ones reach?

Linking up to: I Heart Organizing 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pottery Barn Favorites

I love looking at catalogues, I can go shopping for my home without even leaving home. Pottery Barn happens to be a favorite store of mine to visit for inspiration and new ideas. Not only do I like to see the new goodies, but I also love to look at the styling of nightstands, tables, bookcases, artwork and so forth. As I was flipping through the new Pottery Barn Bed and Bath catalogue several things caught my eye. So lets go shopping together!

:: Chloe Dresser :: 

So many pretty things for the house! My favorite has to be a tie between the capriz pendant, Armchair, and the Pia Medallion Bedding. I love just about anything monogramed so the the monogramed towels and pillows are also at the top of my list. What about you? What's your favorite? Are you loving the color in the bedding like I am? How about that armchair?

// Check out my West Elm shopping trip for more shopping fun //

Disclaimer: Pottery Barn has not paid or asked me to recommend any of these products. They are just things I'm loving right now. 
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