Whenever I get a shiny, new magazine full to the brim of wonderful ideas and inspiration I get super excited and motivated, I rip out all my favorites little ideas and tab big idea pages. My clever little sis-in-law calls these "rippy bits". Cute eh? :) I do not organize my "rippy bits". I also almost never follow through with my initial big plans for all these projects. Can anyone relate?
Well today I decided I'm going to change that. Obviously I wasn't going to run out and make my own headboard or reupholster a piece of furniture... I had to start with something small to get my juices flowing. I flipped through my bits and found the perfect, quick project! In the March issue of my decorating Bible, Country Living they had a little how-to article on making a little grocery list booklet out of recycled paper grocery bags. Such a fun idea, right!? I just happened to have the exact same Trader Joe's bags that they used so I took half and hour out of my day and did it! Yep, pat me on the back;)
Super easy! All you do is carefully open the seams on the side and bottom. Then you remove the handles and iron on high to flatten it. Use a ruler and utility knife to measure out six 12-by 8-inch sheets. Lay each sheet on top of one another plain side up and fold the stack in half. Then mark dots with a pencil in half-inch increments along the edge. I used a tapestry needle and red embroidery thread to stitch a running stitch up and then down the spine and voila! Adorableness completed!
I'm really going to start getting my act together and do all those little things I find that I love. I'll keep you updated as I go! My next project is this awesome coffee can wine rack that is in the latest issue of Real Simple! This looks soooo easy to do. I think it's one of the coolest wine racks I've seen and definitely the cheapest!! Well, if you have as many coffee cans as we do that is:)
Also, off the subject, have any of you read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson?
I just started it today. Matt has read it and loved it, but we don't always have the same taste in books. It's a little slow in the beginning, so far. If you've read it I'd love to hear your thoughts:) Thanks!