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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"Bee" Mine

What's It Wednesday #151
Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, I thought I'd "bee" different and do a "honey" of a post about bees. I couldn't resist this sweet face! 

It's a single serve honey pot complete with serving spoon. Isn't it just the bees knees?

This hive has more secrets than just bees and honey. It's an adorable stack of measurable cups!

One cup, half cup, third cup, and fourth cup. Doesn't it just make you want to tie on an apron and bake?

These pieces are all pretty old, 50's and 60's. I'd never seen a honey server with a stopper.

It has a cute little pour spout and fitted lid too. Really brightens up the breakfast table!

Shh! Don't tell... but I think this silver bee is my favorite.

The wings spread to allow you to shovel out some delicious honey. It's at home on even the most elegant table.

"Bee" a sweetie and join in the party. We love to hear all the "buzz".
Hugs,
Patti

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Entertaining Clutter

What's It Wednesday #150

I have one particular annual New Year's Resolution and that is to come up with new organizational systems for my home, my family, and for me. I have learned through the years to keep my projects simple and doable and most of all do only one at a time. 

So, this year I decided to share some of my organizational projects and would love for you to share your ideas with us as well. 

I have two entertainment units in my home and they are both utilized pretty much daily. We have two video games consoles and quite a number of video games. I keep the video games cassettes lined up in the top drawers of the family room entertainment unit. That was the easy part. The challenging part was what in the world was I going to do with the extra stuff that comes along with these games. 



I needed solutions that were not expensive, but practical, because according to my project notebook I have a lot of organizational projects to do this year. 

So my Bestie and I went to IKEA, of course. These cute boxes came in a pack of two and I bought three of them. I placed these four in the family room and two more on the living room entertainment unit.

 
I have to admit, I get super excited when an organizational solution works. These little boxes made all the difference in the world. My son has his Skylanders video game and my daughter has her Infinity that she just received from dear Santa. 

On the weekends the kids just reach for the box, pull it out and play their game. I placed a label on each box. The boxes house the game manual, parts, and console. When the kids are finished playing with their video game they put everything back in the box and place it back in the entertainment unit.

Every house I know has a bunch of remote controls. Even though I had a different place to keep them all, I wanted to try another solution. Bestie and I were at Home Goods and found this condiment caddy and thought "OMG, Voila!" I immediately took out my absolute favorite organizational tool, my trusty label maker. I don't know about you, but I personally cannot remember which remote goes where or for what. Ok, I actually do know which one is the Apple TV remote but hey, I was on a roll.

The next solution is actually a no brainer. However, it took me until now to make it happen in my home. While at IKEA I also picked up a couple packs of magazine files and placed them on the living room entertainment unit. Goodness knows I had a ton of magazines piled up. They fit perfectly with the white decor pieces. I was able to organize them, in no time, by categories: Health and welfare, Cuisine, Decorating, Parenting, etc. I have no idea what took me so long to do this.

So, in 2015 I will continue to not entertain clutter in my home and I am committed to do one organizational project at a time. Do you have some quick and easy organizational solutions for your family and living rooms to share with us? We would love to hear from you.
xoxoxo
Paula


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

First Finds for 2015

What's It Wednesday #149
I rang in the New Year in my most favorite way…. treasure hunting of course! I just love this beautiful angel that I got from a favorite antique store! A true sign that this will be a fabulous year.

I found a sweet little sister for Hannah, the chippy paint is just perfect.

Next I found this great scale for the kitchen and the ironstone pitcher, too! They are so hard to find here.

This lovely silver plate water pitcher makes a super flower vase. Love the detail on the handle and feet.

This basket of beaded fruit was just too pretty to pass up, the whole set was only ten dollars!

Last I found this cool fire stand. Now I don’t have a fireplace, but I loved the shape. It was a dusty mess, but I cleaned it up and painted it a glossy black. First I was going to put it in the kitchen on the stove to hold spoons or other cooking utensils, but I changed my mind and came with this…

It’s great for hanging bracelets, or holding other jewelry. Looked like this year is off to a great start. What have you found so far?
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Year in Review

What's It Wednesday #148

Happy New Year Ivy & Elephants family. We are looking forward to a fabulous 2015, but first let's take a look back at 2014.

January
Nuts About Winter
February
Brooching the Subject
March
Spring Has Sprung
April
Kitchen Kitsch

May
Birds of a Feather
June
The Collecting Bug
July
Smoking Hot Treat
August
Tray Chic
September
Colours of Fall
October
Shoe In

November
Giving Thanks

December
Christmas Blue
 We are looking forward to an amazing year full of fabulous blog hops, wonderful finds, and new friendships. 


xoxoxo
Paula


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