Hey Peachies! Dear Heavens, where is January going? I've had all these wonderful post ideas and well, honestly it's been cold & sunny and I haven't felt like taking the time to sit down and write them out. I've been out shopping and soaking up the cold but sunny weather. When I am home, i've been organizing and cleaning. I'm in the mood to throw stuff away. This worries my husband but I'm not throwing his stuff away. I'm stacking it neatly in his chair so that it has to be dealt with before he can sit down + it means I get more snuggle time in with him on the couch. ;) Mama didn't raise no fool, y'all.
This time of year inspires me to start fresh and that starts a cleaning frenzy. I've been following along with
Emily Ley & Michelle Fynan on Instagram for the #simplicitychallenge2016. There's a daily challenge to simplify your life. I was happy to find that i've been doing most of them, or at least have done most of them on my own in the last month. The one that really stuck with me was Day 5.
My nightstand was my catch all place in the bedroom. Catch all, including dust bunnies. It was screaming for a make over so when I saw this challenge I was all over it! I got inspired. I was at Marshall's looking for our Hawaiian water when I came across the bracelet stand. My bracelets were scattered all over the shelf in our bathroom. I was struggling to keep them neat and organized. There was only one bracelet stand and it was way prettier (and a great price) than any other I had seen so I grabbed it up. I love that it has two bracelet holders, ring slots, and another little compartment for whatever. My rings go in my big jewelry box when i'm not wearing them so that space has become filled with my Gingersnap charms.
After cleaning off the nightstand and filling it with all the decorations I had I realized that my bottles of lotion, pillow spray, and massage oils were just kind of sitting there. Not pretty at all. I remembered these pretty cake stands I had looked at at Hobby Lobby just last week. I admired them but didn't need one at the moment so I let them be. (I won't lie, at this point I considered using my $100 Martha Stewart cake stand I just received as a wedding gift here but that thought turned my stomach. Besides, a girl can never have too many cake stands, right?) Off to Hobby Lobby I went to find the cake stand I dreamed of. I got there and was disappointed. The cake stands weren't as pretty as I remembered so I put in my crafty brain and grabbed the prettiest piece of that cake stand collection (because I did love it-the pink, in case your wondering). I knew I wanted two layers so I scanned the store for another plate that would look pretty and some candle stick holders, too.
Here's what I came up with.
The pink cake plate, two crystal candle stick holders, and a burlap charger.
Yes friends! I made my own. When it doubt, craft it out!
Here's how I did it.
I grabbed the items I had just bought and go to work.
First I glued the candle stick to the bottom of the burlap charger plate and applied some pressure for a few seconds then I set it to the side.
Next I hot glued the candle stick holder to the pink cake plate.
Then I glued the two of them together. This part required a little hand-eye coordination to line up the two candle sticks so the top didn't look off center.
Lastly, I added a burlap bow made from some leftover burlap I had. When that was done it still needed a little something so I pulled out the gold scalloped border that I had bought at Target (in the dollar spot) just because it was pretty! Score!
This is how it all came together. I'm in love with my nightstand now. It's my current favorite place in the house and I've actually been sleeping a lot better. That probably has nothing to do with getting rid of the dust bunnies. It's all because I face my nightstand when I sleep & it's just so pretty! That's totally it!
I hope this inspires you to clean up your night stand or get crafty or both!