Coat hooks as desk top storage?

Yesterday I posted the reveal on makeover #2 for the school science table (see makeover #1 here). I wanted to rewind and show you a happy accident-organizational tid-bit.  When we originally put this room together we set this wall up with plenty of hooks for backpacks, coats, etc. for my tweenage man.  Then when we brought the table in, the lower set of hooks were in the way.


My plan was to take the Pottery Barn hooks out but as I got to staging the table I found they made a great way to organize books and the like.


Who woulda thunk it…coat hooks for desk organization!?


It’s even perfect for my super size twine ball that I use for everything under the sun.



See full desk reveal here.

Brooke and I talk about all things “twine” on Studio 5.


Personalizing with Painters Paint Markers.

I have been sponsored by Painters to feature their product.  I was given Painters Products to use in the production of this post.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

One of the perks of blogging is getting to try out new products and let your creativity take you where it will.
This week I had the opportunity to experiment with Painters Paint Markers.  You know those things that you draw with by holding it in your hand?  I’ve gotten so used to typing, tapping and dragging my finger over a screen to create images in some fancy program then have a machine design, draw and cut it simultaneously for me.  I almost didn’t know what to do with these Painters.


In the past, I’ve used paint that comes in the form of a marker or pen before but only on my walls.
This time I wanted to see how well they would do on canvas accessories which I found at Hobby Lobby.
Using a fine medium point Painters I drew a pattern on a canvas bag.


I was pleasantly surprised how well it drew on canvas material.

I then decided to try my luck on a pair of canvas shoes for my niece as a gift. Using a fine tip marker I carefully drew a pattern on the shoes.
I was nervous it would bleed and then I’d have to figure out a way to make a ink stain look like something intentional but there was no bleeding whatsoever.



What girl wouldn’t love a matching bag and shoes?


I had so much fun I decided to make all my little nieces a bag for Christmas gifts.


If you’re not good at free-handing or are planning a more deliberate design I would highly recommend sketching it out in pencil first then go over it with a marker.


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I even drew a simple monogram on a little zip clutch (yes, I went a little crazy with all these accessories).


I’m not an artist by any means but I actually surprised myself.  I can actually draw without the help of an electronic device…who knew!?  Painters markers allow you to give things an personal touch and I found that drawing designs became a hypnotic therapy of sorts.  Plus the Painters rock.  Really quality paint markers.

Now for some exciting news.  Painters is having a monthly contest between October – December where you can make your own creations using Painters. They are giving each monthly winner a prize valued at $500! The Style by Aisle with Painters Contest will have five different themes (August-December) which are based on store “aisles.” You can submit your homemade creations to the Painters site.  You can also download a coupon for Painters products on their site.
Happy Drawing!

What to do with twine.

When it comes to must-have household items I have several but among my favorites is twine.
Yep. Twine.
Seriously can’t live without it.
It’s hands down one of the most versatile things in my home.

I was walking the isle’s at ACE Hardware the other day. All of the sudden the clouds parted and rays of sunshine beamed upon this…


2500 ft of twine.  Can I get a hallelujah!?

Give me a year, this whole thing will be gone.  Aside from it’s usefulness, it’s pretty darn neat as a bookend/decoration?


The spool hole is just big enough for a pair of scissors for quick cutting.  And not just any scissors, cool iron Chinese scissors.

PicMonkey Collage

I do cartwheels when form and function come together.


There’s not a week that goes by that I’m not using it for something.
Wrapping presents…


Tying up plants…


Hanging pictures…

Hang a picture


Arts and crafts…


and dragging it around for el gato (the neighbor’s cat) to chase.

Need to stock up? Here’s some to consider…

Twine Roundup

1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6.

P.S. have you heard Jim Gaffigan’s comedy skit on twine?
Listen here.

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