Pinspirations: Back to School

I’m having a hard time getting myself back into “productive” mode now that we’re back from our cottage vacation but school is rapidly approaching and I have several organizing projects that I want to finish before Boy#1 starts senior kindergarten.  My goal for next week is to get over the fact that I don’t feel old enough to have a child going “back to school” and buckle down to organize!

One project I know I need to do is a repeat of our chalkboard calendar from the old house.  I’m honestly shocked that we have lasted this long without missing any appointments!

Here are some back to school Pinspirations that have gotten my creative juices flowing!

Source:  Summit View Photos

I like the idea of these file folders for organizing different types of school paperwork.  We were so disorganized last year and I don’t know how many times I had to search for Boy#1’s newsletters to find out about hot lunches and theme days.  Of course, having our makeshift kitchen and entry way in the same space didn’t help that problem.  This year, we have a proper “command centre” and a file folder like this would work wonders for keeping the paper clutter under control!

Source:   Better Homes and Gardens

I love this idea for organizing my boy’s clothes for school for the week and was planning on making one of my own but couldn’t find a canvas clothes holder that was cheap enough that I would feel comfortable painting it with the letters.  Plus, I have my doubts that we’d actually keep up the habit of filling it every Sunday, so instead, I’m going with something much simpler.

Source:  Today’s Creative Life

I think this “note from home” printable is stickin’ CUTE!  The link has a free download so you can print your own!

I’m trying to decide if I’m happy for back to school…on one hand, I’m not ready for the end of school but after breaking up fights between Boys #1 and 2 all day, I’m looking forward to only have two kids home for a large portion of the day in September!


Pinspirations: A Girly Office Space

My Pinspirations post this week continues on the theme of creating a lovely home office for myself.  I’m hoping to take one or two online courses during my maternity leave so having an office where I can get away from all my boys and study on my own would be a great asset.

Since I live with four boys of varying ages, the office will likely be the only place where I can truly decorate just for me.  My hubby is pretty laid back when it comes to home décor so I try not to take advantage of that and make things too feminine.  My office/craft room will be the exception.

I’m going to use the same teal-y blue colour from the kitchen as an accent colour (because I ended up with two gallons of that paint) and I’m about 99% sure the walls will be grey.  I’m going to throw in some pops of pink too, just like this:


Source:  Afternoon Artist

It would be so easy to DIY some chevron painted pillows in this colour palette…loving it!


Source:  Craptastic Katie

This office/craft room will need to accommodate all my crafty supplies, and that includes my sewing machine and such notions.  I’m going to make a thread board like this with some stripes in (of course!) grey, teal and pink!  Perhaps an upcoming Mini Project Monday!


Source:Thistlewood Farms

I love the idea of this pegboard box.  It would be ridiculous to make one big enough to hold all my gift bags and tissue paper, because that would be huge.  But I like the idea of having some multi-occasion gift bags easily on hand and always knowing where the tape and scissors are is an awesome bonus!

Source:  Pin Home Ideas

Finally, every craft room needs a nice big desk area.  I want to build a long narrow desk along one side of the room, but also have a table like this one on castors so I can move it out of the way if needed.  It would easily accommodate two people because being crafty is always more fun with friends!

Mini Project Monday: Greek Key Corkboard

I’m finding my thoughts turning towards creating a tranquil, if not girly, craft room/office so I have a relaxing place to scrapbook.  Hubby hasn’t even started to fix up the third garage that will become his “man cave” (although he has started talking about it) but I’m tired of having a chaotic office space.

Having said that, this knock-off Pottery Barn corkboard project in no way contributes towards a more organized space but I was inspired nonetheless!  It looks VERY tedious (and it was) but actually didn’t take that long to do.  It was only an hour and a half from “Here, take the baby so I can do a DIY project” to “my thumbs hurt too much to keep adjusting the pins!”

Pottery Barn sells a corkboard just like this for the low price of…$160!!!  Mine cost me virtually nothing.  I used a corkboard left behind by my grandparents when they moved and I already had the fabric and thumbtacks in my stash.  Getting a $160 corkboard for $0 is totally worth the sore thumbs from pushing the pins in!