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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Pinspirations: Numbered Things

I’m a little obsessed with things that come in multiples and are numbered.  I’ve already done two projects that include putting numbers on décor items:  my latest post about numbered boy buckets and the numbered bar stools for our kitchen.  This is the inspiration for today’s Pinspirations!

All three of these pins are on my list of projects to do.  The obsession runs deep, haha.

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These pillows are from Pottery Barn (no longer available though).  They were priced at $100 for all four.  I KNOW I can DIY them for virtually nothing with the help of some freezer paper and fabric paint!

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Source: Pinterest/Lolly Jane

I’m also a little obsessed with wooden crates, especially since I discovered that Walmart sells unfinished ones for $10.  I  bought some dark stain to refinish our small patio set and I think some of the leftover stain will go towards this project.

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Source:  Pinterest/Colour Saturated Life

I recently found a discarded bedside table on the side of the road and when I saw this pin, I knew it was going to get this kind of treatment.  It is destined for Boy#1’s bedroom…I’m thinking a white frame with grey drawers and white numbers in the corner of the two drawers.  Another no-spend project!

Pinspirations: Menu Boards

Last week, I spent the better part of an afternoon re-reading my Martha Stacey blog and it reminded me of my weekly Pinterest features that I used to write.  Like Mini Project Monday’s, I’ve decided to resurrect them for Breezy Hill.

As part of my no-spend month, I’m trying to finish up a bunch of projects that I’ve had in limbo for a while.  One of those projects is a menu board for our kitchen…that I started to make before we even moved into the farmhouse!  I’m hoping to finish it up this week so I’ve chosen to show you some other cute menu display ideas.

 menu1Source:  Adventures of a DIY Mom

I’m a big fan of beadboard, especially now that we’ve moved to the country and my decorating style has morphed to be more rustic.  If I hadn’t already started a menu board project, one like this would look really cute in my kitchen!

menu2Source:  Rustic Wedding Chic

My wedding was in the pre-Pinterest era and I’m always seeing ideas that I would have loved to use.  This adorable menu board made from an old window is definitely one of them.

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Source:  Keep Home Simple

I love this idea of printing out the menu and wrapping it around the utensils and napkins for dinner parties.  I think this might make an appearance at that murder mystery dinner party I want to throw soon!