Friday, March 30, 2012

{diy: organized t-shirt drawers}

Oh my goodness, you guys. Do you ever have those moments where Pinterest changes your life? I mean, really. I had (another) one of those moments yesterday.

I found a pin linking to {this post} and all my thoughts about how to organize t-shirt drawers were forever destroyed. I consider myself a pretty orderly person (and I do love organizing a drawer), but this revelation seriously had me yelling, "HOLY CRAP WHY DID I NOT DO THIS BEFORE?!"

The epiphany? Folding t-shirts in a drawer in horizontal rows instead of vertical ones so you can actually see all of your t-shirts at once. I KNOW. CRAZY.

Here's the before and after, once I dumped out my drawers and tried it out:

It's kind of embarrassing looking at the before picture, actually. I swear most of the time it looks better than that... but I get lazy.

So, in case you're not already convinced, here are reasons this technique is awesome:
1. It's ridiculously easier to find the t-shirts you want to wear because you can see all of them at once.
2. You'll start discovering t-shirts you never even knew you had because they've been shoved in the bottom of your drawer so long. (Seriously. It's like Christmas.)
3. You'll have oodles of new-found space that suddenly wasn't there before. (It's like magic!)
4. You'll be able to clean out those old ratty t-shirts you've long forgotten about. (Or turn them into something craftier...)

For me, folding shirts like this is a different method than I'm used to. It's ideal to have the pattern of the shirt facing up so you can distinguish between them. Here's a handy-dandy folding chart featuring my Mt. Washington observatory shirt so you can learn how to organize your drawers, too!

1. Lay out your shirt with the print facing up. (In this case, it's the back of the shirt)
2. Fold the shirt in half length-wise, print still facing up.
3. Fold in your sleeves (this takes an extra fold with long-sleeved shirts)
4. Fold your shirt in half width-wise, with the sleeves tucked inside the fold.
5. Fold one more time width-wise. (In this case I tucked the bottom up behind, in order to best show off the pattern.)
6. Stack shirts in rows in your drawer with the patterned fold at the top.

And there you have it. Can you believe 30 t-shirts only took up half my drawer folded this way, when before I was finding it difficult to close the drawer without shirt tails hanging out?

Sigh. Organized bliss. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

{new cards in the shop!}

Alright, it has taken me a while, but I finally added a small new slew of Easter/ Mother's Day/ Spring cards to the shop. (Believe it or not, drawing them is the easy part -- it's the rest of the process that's so time consuming!) I had a free weekend and was fairly crafty and productive! Go me!

See them all {here!}

Monday, March 26, 2012


For someone who doesn't have an iPhone, I've been having a lot of fun with iPhone apps, lately. I have an archaic phone that really only makes phone calls, but sometimes I use Tanner's old iPhone as a mini-computer (when I remember to turn it on). Lately I've been using it to play Draw Something (it's addicting... especially for someone who likes to draw....) and for the instagram app, which is like crack to a photo-nut like me. To everyone who follows me by Twitter... I apologize for inundating you with instagrams lately. (But not really.)

This week has been particularly awesome for photos because for the past two days it has been sunny and 65 degrees in Portland! Gorgeous. I don't think I realized what a winter-darkness-slump I was in until I felt sunshine again. And, boy, was I missing it. Almost six months now with constantly overcast skies sort of brings you down slowly. You don't realize what you're missing until it comes back again.
Feeling sunshine without humidity this weekend felt like a little slice of heaven. I forgot that summer in Oregon is like this everyday.... it can't come soon enough!

In short, I had lots of my usual errands to run this weekend, but with the weather so beautiful, we ignored our rainy-day chores and spent the day outside in the sun. Perfect.

Here's my week according to instagram:

Waiting to see the Hunger Games! New Anthropologie coat hooks
Sunshine in downtown Portland A day on the town with Tanner
Soaking in the sun before work... What's this bright light in my house?!

Friday, March 23, 2012


Here's a fun website to laugh at all weekend long: these switcheroo photos of boy/girl outfits are just too funny! Check out {sincerely hana} for more. :)

Um, yeah. I think it's even more hilarious when the height difference between the two is exaggerated. Do you think I can convince Tanner to take some pictures like this with me? ;)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

{cake in a cup}

Regardless of how much food I eat at lunch/dinner, I always seem to crave something sweet afterward. Lately it's been frozen Thin Mints (soooo good) but there has been a sudden dearth of Girl Scouts in my area and I'm on my last few cookies for the season. (Noooo!)

If you're like me and love a quick, no nonsense treat that takes a minute to make and isn't high in fat or calories, this little cake does the trick. My aunt told me about it a few weeks ago and it sounded so intriguing that I had to put it to the test. I think this is one of those viral Pinterest things that really is as awesome and delicious as they say.
Are you ready? Here we go.

{cake in a cup}

All you need is two boxes of cake mix - one Angel Food and one of anything else you desire (I chose fudgey chocolate) - and to remember the mnemonic "3-2-1."

Mix the two cake powders together in a large tupperware or a large ziploc bag.
Scoop three tablespoons of the cake mix in a microwave-safe mug. Add two tablespoons of water. Mix well. Microwave the mug for one minute.
Voila! Instant mini cake!
Note: if you have a hot microwave like me, you may need to adjust your heating time. I microwaved mine for 40 seconds and it turned out perfectly.

Wait a few minutes and then turn out your cake onto a plate and eat like a little cupcake, or eat it straight out of the mug. Dress with whipped cream, chocolate, caramel, etc!

Monday, March 19, 2012

{st. patty's day diys}

Did everyone have a good St. Patty's Day? Did you party all weekend and are now lamenting the fact that it's Monday?

Keep the party going with this fun round-up of St. Patty's Day DIY projects!

Links via: {rainbow pancakes}; {rainbow star jars}; {clover bunting}; {cake pop favors}; {"lucky" printable}; {rainbow fruit}; {shamrock semifreddo}; {zipper clover}; {printable beer labels}

Friday, March 16, 2012

{etsy finds: birthday gifts}

I readily admit that it is nine days past my birthday. But I'm of the mind that it's my birthday month, and dangit, I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

On Wednesday March 14 we had pie at work (get it? 3.14 is Pi day. That definitely calls for actual pie to be shared at work.) I was hoping for some sort of cake on my actual birthday, and since my friend/co-worker Jason's birthday is four days after mine, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to celebrate. Somehow, though, it jumped from last week to this one without cake, so we settled for a cherry danish from Panera and a giant Cosco pie on Pi day.

Since I moved to Oregon last year (oh my goodness... has it been a year already?!) this is the first year I won't be celebrating birthday-ness with my family until I visit home this summer. So my sister asked for a wishlist for when I get there... but I never know what to ask for. I always feel like I have everything I want, or I want a $1,200 camera lens. It's a toss up.

Once again my favorite inspiration is Etsy. Pay attention Courtney... if any of the following items happen to be nicely wrapped and presented as a late birthday gift... I won't be mad about it. Just sayin.

Speaking of Pi day, check out that ring above. It's the mathematical numeral Pi in a ring form, and it's gorgeous! And the gemstone is my birthstone. Winning!

*P.S: if you don't understand what the brown "keep flying" t-shirt is in reference to, then obviously you have never seen Firefly, and that is a tragedy. Log off your computer right now and rent it on Netflix. Or watch it on Hulu. It's only one season long and it will change your life. Seriously. :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{diy: dry erase artwork}

I love Pinterest as a source of crafty inspiration. However, I think sometimes I get so carried away pinning things and surfing the internet for inspiration, that I forget to take time to actually create anything. Sound familiar? Are you guilty of this, too? ;)

I've loved {this} idea for some time, and I finally decided to make one of my own! I had an old IKEA frame that I bought a while ago and had yet to find a good use for it. So with a little craftiness, some colored cardstock, a little sketch done by me and a nail to hang it on... we have an adorable new piece of customizable art in our bathroom. So cute!

{diy dry erase artwork}

Colored cardstock
Frame (5x7 opening)
Paper cutter
Double sided tape
Pens/ colored pencils

I created a framed photo by cutting out black cardstock to 5x7, then cutting red cardstock slightly smaller to create a border, then white cardstock slightly smaller than the red. I attached everything with double-sided tape and sketched out my artwork on the white cardstock.

I drew lines with the ruler and a pen and colored in my artwork with colored pencil. Then it went into the frame and into the bathroom!

You can write whatever you like on the glass of the frame with a dry-erase marker. All it takes is a little tissue paper to wipe off what you've written and start again! Have fun! :)

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