{SFS} Ways To Organize Pet Accessories…

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I love dogs! I have three enormous pups: two Newfoundlands, Armelle and Titan, and a Golden Retriever mix, Peaches.  Admittedly, I spoil my dogs, but they’ve accumulated quite a collection of toys… and I can’t exactly tell them to clean up after themselves.

Sarahs Dogs

Most of the dogs’ collection fits in one of these categories:

  • Food
  • Grooming
  • Toys and recreation

Food

I’m a huge fans of plastic tubs to keep everything in and hungry pups out!  I set their entire bag of kibble into a tall container like this one from Target, that way I can easily see the label.  I also keep dog biscuits in a similar, smaller container, as well as mini dog biscuits in jars around the house were I most reward them —like by the back door.

Grooming

All three of my dogs have long fur and live in the house, so grooming is almost constant to keep shedding down!  I use a duffle bag as kind of a jumbo-sized “beauty bag” for the brushes, combs, and nail clippers.  I’ve also seen people who create a sort of “grooming station” in their homes.  For my dogs, it’s easier to have the grooming tools come to them and brush a little at a time!

Toys

For toys, I keep a big basket tucked in the corner and throw all their plushies, ropes, and other chew toys in.  I prefer to use something without a lid so the dogs can help themselves if needed… it’s always adorable when they let us know they’re ready to play! Tennis balls live right next to the back door, so I can have them ready to go if an opportunity to play fetch presents itself.

Leashes

I try to take them to the dog park, or at least on a walk, every day (weather permitting) so I need to keep leashes somewhere they can be grabbed quickly and quietly to avoid a furry frenzy!  Wall hooks work perfectly, and there are several fun options available, some can even come personalized with your favorite breed or pets’ names.

These BÄSTIS hooks from IKEA totally made me smile!

Source {IKEA}

Source {IKEA}

I also keep a small drawstring backpack full of “travel essentials”, so I will always have tennis balls, poo bags, and treats packed for an impromptu trip.  Once the leashes go on, we’re in a rush to get out the door, so I keep everything prepared ahead of time… nothing like 300 lbs. of excited dogs to keep you organized and ready to go!

How do you keep your dog’s accessories organized?

Until next time,

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{DIY} Earring Organizer…

Something from Sarah time!  I met Sarah for coffee last week to sign some internship papers.  She shared this blog post idea with me over said coffee.  I think I squealed like a little girl.  I love a good DIY … especially if you can find everything at your local Goodwill store … and super especially if it has to do with organizing. 🙂

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{DIY} Earring Organizer

For someone who wears the same jewelry almost every day, I have an awful lot of jewelry!  Don’t believe me? Here are all the baubles that I wore yesterday:

Sarah's Jewelry

And the day before that… and the day before that:

Sarahs Jewelry 2

Sensing a trend?

To make matters worse… here is my jewelry collection:

JB: I love the storage. :)

JB: I love the storage. 🙂

That’s not even everything!  I keep it pretty well organized, but let’s be honest, it’s much easier to keep something organized when you hardly ever touch it!

Although my day-to-day jewelry stays the same, there’s one thing that I switch out almost every day: earrings!  They’re a cheap, easy way to add a little whimsy to my look.  I used to constantly lose them because I didn’t have a consistent home for them all.  Most earring holders are so expensive.  Many DIY options only hold fish hook styles, leaving me with no where to keep my studs!

I took matters into my own hands and made a holder for both styles.  Better yet, it’s cheap, fast, and easy to make.   Not to mention all the necessary materials can be found at Goodwill.  You may even have them on hand in your own home.

All you’ll need is a sweater and a wooden picture frame.  That’s it!

Supplies: Sweater, Wooden picture frame

Supplies: Sweater, Wooden picture frame

Here’s the earring frame I made for myself, I’ve had it for almost two months now and I can honestly say it works!

Sarah's version she made a few months ago.

Sarah’s version she made a few months ago.

Here’s how you make your own:

Step One: Gather Materials.

Although they should be easy to find, there are a few guidelines for your materials.

For sweaters, look for a heavy, chunky knit… you shouldn’t be able to see through it unless you stretch the sweater slightly.

Sweater options

For your frames, it has to be wood (it’s pretty hard to staple into metal or plastic!) and it should have the hanger on the actual frame, not the cardboard part, like this:

Frame optionsYou’ll also need a pair of scissors and a stapler… just a plain office one works fine!

Step Two: Assembly!

Cut the sweater.

Cut the sweater.

Take the cardboard backing off the frame and press the prongs flat.

Line up the frame over the sweater and cut around the edges.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Line up the sweater

Pull the sweater taught and staple it directly to the frame, holding the stapler flat against the wood and press hard so the staple doesn’t bend!

Staple sweater to frame

Trim the edges… it doesn’t have to be pretty, it just can’t show when you flip the frame.

Step Three: Hang and Enjoy!

Finished product

That’s it!  Stick the earrings directly through the yarn of the sweater.  I keep my hooks at the top and studs at the bottom, so when I need to take the back off one of my studs I just lift the corner of the frame.

There’s so many ways you could personalize this with different paint and sweater combinations… what will you choose?

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Oh my — how cute and easy! 🙂   What do you think?

Until next time…

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Let Me Introduce You…

… to Sarah Gilbert!  Sarah is my wonderful new intern that started this week {jumping for joy!}.  She loves to blog .. and travel .. and .. why am I spoiling all the fun.  I should just let you read her post. 🙂

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Traveling abroad in Australia

Traveling abroad in Australia

Love the quote! :)

Love the quote! 🙂

Hanging with Cam Newton ;)

Hanging with Cam Newton 😉

Hi everyone! I’m Sarah and I couldn’t be more excited to start this internship with Pure & Simple… I hope to be Jennifer’s right-hand girl over the next semester, helping with projects, talking to all you sweet folks online through social media, and plenty more… I’ll even bring her coffee if she asks nicely! 😉  {OH MY!}

One of the things I’m especially stoked about with the internship is that Jennifer has graciously welcomed me into her little online “home”.  She has invited me to do some re-occurring guest posts on the blog.  Keeping with the overall theme (or lack there of) here, I don’t have any specific subjects I’ll always cover.   I do have lots of ideas and projects to show everyone, so we’ll see where this goes.  I’m a bit new at blogging, so I’d absolutely love to hear from readers for feedback and just to say, “hi”!

Of course, no one likes to talk to strangers, so here’s a little bit about myself:

I’m currently a junior at UNC Charlotte where I’m studying Marketing and Managerial Information Systems. {And a Business Honors Student .. just like me!} Once I graduate, I hope to transition into something with online/viral advertising or eCommerce… not quite sure yet, I’ll see where life takes me!  Until then, I’m working part-time at the mall and sneaking in fun wherever I can!  In my free time I do lots of crafts, watch a bit too much TV, and play with my three big, beautiful dogs.  I also love traveling (both internationally and in my own town), the Carolina Panthers, and fancy lattes… but who doesn’t love a good fancy latte?

Again, I’m so excited to be working with Jennifer and to have the chance to talk to everyone here!  Don’t forget to say hello 🙂

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I couldn’t be more happy about having Sarah come on board!  There are projects high and low to start on — so we will keep you all up-to-date! 🙂

Sarah’s post will appear in the “Something From Sarah” category over there —–>

Under “In the Meantime..”  And like she said, don’t forget to give her a warm welcome! 🙂

Until next time…

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