Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes

Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes

Shoe Storage Organization | diy photo shoeboxes #michaelsmakers The beginning of January is always filled with exciting opportunities for a fresh, promising start to the new year. While many are busy making personal resolutions this time of year, we tend to focus on a list of plans and projects for our home. First up this year is our master bedroom and closet. After an enormous purge last year, we embarked on a total makeover for this space - including fresh paint, an amazing cedar lining and some new added accessories. I have been so Continue reading

Kids Art Supply Cart | rolling storage activity cart #michaelsmakers

Kids Art Supply Cart | rolling storage activity cart #michaelsmakers

Kids Art Supply Cart - rolling storage activity cart #michaelsmakers | These past couple of weeks I've been working on revamping my little guys homeschool room. One of the things I really wanted to do this year was make room for all of his art and craft supplies in the space.  Previously most of the supplies were kept in my crafting space located downstairs. CJ loves to be creative so I thought having his own set of art supplies right in the room, available within arms reach, could open the door for some spontaneous creativity. As a member of Continue reading

Stenciled IKEA Memo Board | Magnetic PECS Schedule – Communication Board

Stenciled IKEA Memo Board | Magnetic PECS Schedule – Communication Board

According to all of our house guests, under the age of ten, CJ's indoor sensory playroom would be voted the coolest room in our home - hands down. Though while it appears to many as little slice of childhood heaven - to us it plays a bigger, more important, role in many areas of development for our little guy. As with many of our other activities, a schedule or communication board is the key to keep our little guy engaged and on track.  I have shared a bit about the PECS communication system CJ uses in the past - like when we made the end Continue reading

DIY Indoor Playroom Climbing Ladder

DIY Indoor Playroom Climbing Ladder

Yesterday I shared the indoor rock climbing wall we put together for CJ's sensory playroom. While the wall has been used tremendously since it was originally installed, it wasn't until a couple weeks ago that we had the idea to add-on an access ladder. We decided on a partial climbing wall mainly to address CJ's therapy needs.  As our little guy has become stronger and a bit more confident, random objects have suddenly started to appear in front of the wall  - used as stepping stools to get to the holds when we are not directly working on Continue reading

Kids Indoor Rock Climbing Wall | How we put together our playroom hang boards

Kids Indoor Rock Climbing Wall | How we put together our playroom hang boards

I'm back to share more sensory playroom details. I am hoping these posts will help answer, in depth, the questions I have received from the few pictures I have previously shared. If turning one of your rooms into a playroom is nowhere on your list of things to do - I will be back to some house stuff once this room is complete ;) Today we are highlighting the climbing wall we put together for CJ. This particular climbing wall was put together with specific therapeutic needs in mind, however, any kiddies that have entered the room have had a Continue reading

Kid Friendly Wall Art for an Indoor Sensory Playroom

Since it is already the middle of february, I am thinking it's about time we actually start working on that project list I posted a month ago. I decided to start off easy and tackle the one project that needed the least amount of work. I know, right? I hardly ever make yearly project plans - for obvious reasons - so the thought of being able to cross something completely off the list this early in the game is a step in the right direction. Shortly after we moved in we converted one of the extra bedrooms in the house into an indoor sensory Continue reading

Finishing Up The Outdoor Storage Shed with The Bagster® Bag

Finishing Up The Outdoor Storage Shed with The Bagster® Bag

The beginning of this year Butch began working on an outdoor storage shed located in a corner of our property. Our goal was to have a dedicated place to store all of the outdoor power tools, yard maintenance equipment and other 'recreational' toys that were beginning to take over a portion of our basement and garage area. It always amazes me how all this stuff,  that we actually use on a regular basis, seems to quickly accumulate.  My husband, Butch, does not claim to be any sort of expert - but I will proudly say he drew the plans Continue reading

Make a Framed Chalkboard Wall {& Wooden Alphabet Wall Art}

Make a Framed Chalkboard Wall {& Wooden Alphabet Wall Art}

I hope everyone enjoyed the first weekend of spring. Though the weather was not the best around here, we were able check some more things off our indoor list before the sunshine and warmth rolls in. {which is perfectly ok because when it is nice out I really want to be outside this time of year!}With the magnetic framed art gallery complete, we decided to make the second wall in our little guys room a chalkboard wall. As much as I would of liked to chalk up the entire wall - I opted to leave room for some much needed storage in the space Continue reading

Make Your Own Wooden Ball Curtain Rod Set with Brackets – DIY Drapery Hardware

Make Your Own Wooden Ball Curtain Rod Set with Brackets – DIY Drapery Hardware

I have another diy curtain rod to share today and I am more than pleased with how this set actually turned out. I really wanted a wooden bracket type system for my little guys room and after much searching decided the most cost efficient way to have them exactly how I envisioned them was a little trip to the hardware store. Materials Needed: 6" X 8" Wood Corbels Round Wooden Dowel - cut to length - size 1-1/4 inch Wooden Finial Balls - size 1-3/8 inch Stain or PaintTools Needed: Hole Saw - Size 1-1/2 inch Drill Press {recommended} or Continue reading

Make Your Own Curtain Rod Finials for Under $3 {DIY Curtain Rod Solution}

It's been awhile since I first posted about Making Your Own Bay Window Curtain Rod and I wanted to share what I finally came up with for the finial. Curtain rods specifically designed for bay windows can be on the expensive side, especially if you have a custom sized window to dress - however with a simple piece of $1.89 electrical conduit from the hardware store you can make a rod yourself for a fraction of the price. {tutorial found here} This project is not only great for bay windows, but an even easier option to use for regular windows of Continue reading