I'm trying to organize my life a little more each week.
I took these plain unfinished wood organizers and tried to figure out what to do with them. I found inspiration from the fabric below. This pattern is on my comforter and pillows on the bed and since I wanted the organizers to go on the desk in my bedroom using this pattern would tie them together.
I first painted them silver and them picked a few of the designs on the fabric to paint.
Then I added to word organize to the side as a constant reminder to use the the boxes and not to just set them up and forget to use them.

Hopefully I can get all my paperwork organized using these this week.

How are you organizing your life?

Love Joy Peace,

No pillows, no problem

After picking up a red loveseat at a garage sale for a bargain last year I have vowed to only go with neutrals for large furniture pieces. I thought I could work around red, I thought I could in the words of Tim Gunn “Make it work”. I couldn’t make it work for over a year and now that couch is at the habitat for humanity ReStore. I hated everything about that couch except the softness. It started squeaking after using it for a couple months, it was too small for two people to lounge comfortably, and it was red! 

I love all colors, really, but I do not like red in clothing or in interior design. Something about it just gets to me. I mean red is the color of anger and that is exactly what I felt about that couch. Since I tend to gravitate towards cool colors I don’t know how I thought I could make a red couch work.

Anyway, this time we got a light gray sectional, much more angular and simple. After getting it in the room I knew it was nice, but boring. After various trips to Homegoods, Marshalls, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Ross I knew that I was not going to find pillows that went with our color scheme.

We had the maintenance crew at out apartment paint a feature wall in our living room "wish upon a star" turquoise from miller paint and our accent color is citrus yellow/green. I remember seeing this citron color all over the place in previous trips when I wasn’t looking for it, but then it was nowhere to be found. After a trip to the fabric store I found the perfect colors and prints to use for pillows. 

Now the couch is complete!
Isn't it funny how a little color and texture can totally transform the feeling in a room?

Love Joy Peace,


Finish a craft in 15 minutes, say what?!

This is really the easiest craft ever, I think hanging it straight on the wall took longer than the actual craft.
You start with a magnetic board. I got mine at Ikea, it was only $15. I
m sure you could also use an old magnetic dry erase board or anything magnetic actually.
Of course I had someone come over and try to help me.
Then you just cute your fabric to fit around the board. I had already had this fabric cut and left over from a previous project. That is why the fabric probably looks familiar. Then it is time for your trusty glue gun to take over. The only thing left for you to do is pull tight and glue. Try not to burn your fingers! I got a phone call while I was working on this and burnt my finger. Oh well.
Decorate with magnets, and add notes and reminders. DONE.

Love Joy Peace,


Depending on the type of person you are you are probably either afraid of color or love color, but those afraid of color usually also like it. They just don’t know what to do with it. I happen to fall into the first category and am crazy about color. Sometimes for painting this is okay, but even with painting you should pick a palette (i.e. analogous, monochromatic…) in your home my rule of thumb, so I don’t go too crazy is to pick only two colors and then mix that with wonderful neutrals. If my fiance wasn’t around I would most likely try to choose a rainbow color scheme, OK maybe not the whole rainbow, but I do love colors!!!

Step one: Decide the function of the room and how you want to feel. Blue is calming and red is energizing, but blue is an appetite suppressant and red makes you hungry. I’m not one with sticking by the rules so I’m not saying NO red bedrooms and NO blue kitchens, but think about how you want to feel in the room before you paint. Also the shade of paint can really change things a blue with more red in it might not suppress your appetite as much as a true blue.

Step two: Look in your closet. The clothes you buy/wear are in the colors that you are drawn too. If you find a great jacket in a color that you don’t like it doesn’t usually end up in your closet. My closet is color coordinated in the order of the rainbow so that I can just hold up the bottoms I’m planning on wearing and match to the tops I have hanging. If you have mostly black and gray then you know that those are the neutrals you’ll want to stick with rather than browns and tans. To me a room needs to have at least one color other than the neutrals. Even Jarrod has blue shirts amongst his gray and black. (His apartment when I met him was all gray and black, not a color to be found!)

Step three: Compromise. You can't always get exactly what you want. Talk to the others that will be sharing the space with you before purchasing furniture and painting the walls.

Above, I have the colors of my living room. To keep our small space cohesive we have the same turquoise blue in our bedroom (through art and accessories) and bathroom (in the towels and shower curtain), but not as the main color. If you keep one color consistent in your house it will visually tie all the rooms together.

Have fun choosing your colors!

Love Joy Peace,


When I have limited time, but still want to be creative 30 minutes is just the right amount of time for me to work on something. I had thrifted some frames more than a year ago and spray painted them to go with our wall color in the living room. Then they just sat there with nothing in them. I had grand plans to create some art for them, but just never go to it. I was getting so tired of them just hanging around empty so I made a quick trip to Homegoods and found a shower curtain with a great leaf pattern on it in exactly the right colors. And it was on sale for only $10!
Below is the shower curtain I started with. I couldn't even buy that much fabric for ten dollars, what a steal.
I got my frame and my glue gun ready for action. I had a little helper.
Then I laid out the fabric and cut around the frame so I had plenty to wrap around the cardboard.
Pearl wanted to help out too! She didn't realize that standing on the frame wasn't really making things go any faster.
And here is the final project. Done in 30 minutes!
Step by Step:

1. Find frame you want to use.
2. Find coordinating fabric.
3. Cut out the right size for frame.
4. Give the fabric a quick steam.
5. Hot glue the fabric onto the cardboard backing of the frame.


Love Joy Peace,

I created this painting of my fiance and I for our home. I wanted that was not a typical portrait and something that would go with our color scheme. I also thought it would be a good conversation starter for when people came to visit.

It has turned into a great topic of conversation. People always say, "That is a really cool painting, oh wait, is that you and Jarrod?"

Then I was talking to one of my coworkers about doing a portrait of her daughter in a similar style. So I decided maybe more people would like something like this.

Let me know if you want me to create something for you.

It can be fully customized, colors changed, number of people. All I need is a photo to work from.

Love Joy Peace,

P.S. visit my Etsy page to order your custom portrait.
Gallery Canvas Prints 18x24 for $34.99
I love Christmas and I happen to live with someone that loves Christmas even more than I do. He comes from a family that starts Christmas decorating before they host Thanksgiving dinner. It is beautiful there. I am a firm believer in waiting until after Christmas to start decorating because I think we need to honor each holiday individually. That being said on the Friday after Thanksgiving the Christmas music comes on and the decorations start to go up.
Being an Oregonian I happen to love the tradition of going out to a tree farm and picking out the perfect tree. Since I am very picky I have always gotten the last word on which "The One". This year because if conflicting and very busy schedules we couldn't make it to a tree farm so we did the next best thing - a parking lot. booo. The tree we picked out was very nice though and we got candy canes, so I can't complain.

Last year some of our lights burned out so we had to make a run to Target to get more and I found this awesome tree topper!
There is something so beautiful about the tree with lights and nothing else, I almost wanted to leave it this way. I prefer warm white lights to the cool white. It just seems more festive and with it being so cold outside I don't want to feel cold inside too.
Now we added the ornaments!!! We have a collection of homemade, sentimental, and new.
And this is our finished tree, except for the gifts I need to wrap to go under the tree.

Pearl seems to like the tree too!
How do you decorate your tree? 

Do you have a real tree or an artificial tree?

Love Joy Peace,