I love the Bitty Bitey Ones! They have such character. Find them on Facebook, Society6 or DeviantArt. Go visit them for an overdose of cuteness!
Little Free Library is the brain child of Todd Bol (Hudson, WI) to honor his mother, a school teacher who loved to read. After placing the first Little Free Library in his own yard in 2009, he began receiving requests from family and friends. It soon came to the attention of Rick Brooks (UW-Madison) and the social movement began.
Their initial goal was to build 2,510 Little Free Libraries to match Andrew Carnegie's philanthropic support of 2,509 public libraries in the late 1800's and early 1900's. That goal has been significantly exceeded and in 4 short years there are over 15,000 Little Free Libraries all over the world.
The website even has an interactive map so you can see if there are any Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood.
While you are able to purchase kits from Little Free Library, some people have crafted their own. The creativity and craftmanship of some of these little libraries is outstanding.
So it's a new year...already. Every year we make resolutions to lose weight or quit smoking or get organized or spend more time with the family or do this or do that...yada, yada, yada. We don't pick just one, NOOOOO, we have to sabotage ourselves by doing it all. This year, I'm trying something a little different. I am going to get organized AND I'm doing it a room at a time. I started on my bedroom before Christmas. I didn't like the way the furniture was placed so I moved it. I love the set up. My husband can get into his dresser and I to mine. My rocking chair fits nicely in the corner and we can get to the closet. But that's only the start...
The goal is to get each room (in this case, my bedroom) completely organized and everything with a place before moving onto the next room (my office/sewing room). BUT, if the item doesn't have a place in that room it doesn't mean just throw it into another room...I actually have to find a place to for it. Sometimes, that's easier said than done. The holidays are over and the wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, boxes and bows need to be put away. For years, I've thrown them in a box and put them up in the rafters of the garage. How do I get to the generic wrapping paper for birthdays, babies, and weddings when I needed it? I would go out and buy more. That's WRONG on so many levels. So onto PInterest I go.
I needed a simple solution that would allow me to get to the wrapping paper when I needed it and keep it out of the way when I didn't. It was a little overwhelming the number of gift wrapping organizers I found. Good grief, who knew this was such an epidemic!
Centsational Girl utilizes the blank space behind a door and keeps it simple!
Torie Jayne uses an adorable metal laundry basket to keep everything together.
HGTV shows another functional "behind the door" option with room for everything.
2littlehooligans gives a bar stool a new purpose in life!
Idea Nugget: You can also use this as a cleaning supply caddy! It's mobile!
O is for Organizing uses an over the door organizer to organize her gift wrap.
Stylish and functional are always achieved when organizing with Martha Stewart.
And if you're on a budget, there's always a solution to be found using something from IKEA and a little ingenuity.
So now that I have some ideas, I've got to figure out which one, if any, will work for me. [sigh]
_I've been the artsy type since I could crawl. My grandfather unknowingly named my business when I was four years old and playing in the mud after a heavy rain. My grandmother, bless her good intentions, was quite irritated with the fact it was just before Sunday services and I was mud, head to toe. My grandfather just chuckled, plucked me out of the mud, tossed me in the tub and told her to relax. "This little one has her 'creative juices' flowing." I have been painting, pottering and crafting ever since. 30 years later, I named my studio, Creative Juicez, because of his understanding with me and his amusement at my grandmother's irritation. I have yet, to live it down.
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