Extreme Makeover: Closet Edition

This past weekend I visited my sister, who lives with her hubby and new puppy Tex on a ranch in north west  Texas, aka, BFE!  Her house is a super-cute old farm house that is severely lacking in storage space…so she decided to transform her master bedroom closet.

The results are, to say the least, AMAZING…

How was this accomplished?

  1. Everything was taken out of the closet, including the clothes rods and shelves.
  2. The closet was painted.
  3. Hung up the elfa storage system that was ordered from the Container Store.
  4. Organized all the clothes, shoes, and miscellaneous items that needed to go back in the closet with bins and storage boxes from Wal-Mart.
  5. Hung a few pictures to make the new closet cozy.

So BAM…there you have it…what do you think? (I personally think it actually looks like something out of a magazine.)

DIY Gifts for your Neighbor, Co-Worker, Teacher or somebody like that

Are you looking for a cheap gift to give a neighbor, a co-worker, a teacher, a babysitter or somebody in that realm…you don’t want to spend a ton but you want them to know you care? I’m going to give you a few ideas…

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Give them stuff in a jar.  Get a jar, get some cute fabric, and get some raffia to tie the fabric on with and shove one of these ideas in.  You can either put the ingredients for a mix of some sort minus the wet ingredients or put something pre-made (ala nuts). Write or print out the recipe and attach it.

  1. Cowboy Cookies
  2. Nuts:  Sweet (Cinnamon Almonds) or Spicy (Hot & Spicy Peanuts)
  3. Hot Cocoa Mix
  4. Spice Rub
  5. Bean Soup
  6. Dog Biscuit Mix

Thinking something a little more hardcore than nuts, cocoa mix and dog biscuits?  How ’bout a round on you? So…this may not be the one to give a teacher or babysitter especially if they are caring for your children at the time…this might be more of a neighbor/co-worker thing.

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Make a homemade mixer and pour it in a pretty bottle, then include whatever libation goes with it in mini bottle form, put them on a mini serving tray (or dessert plate) and tie it up with some cellophane.  Write or print out the drink “recipe” and attach it.

  1. Pomegranate Martini
  2. Margarita
  3. Spiked Hot Cocoa
  4. Spiked Apple Cider