pets

Erin Menardi

Friday Finds 8.8

Hello, friends! Another week has come and gone, and here we are to talk about cool things from the internet yet again. I’m not complaining. This week I came across a ton of DIY projects, and I wanted to share a couple with you today, because some things just need to have that hand-crafted touch.

 

I’ve dabbled in printmaking a little bit, and I have to say that big prints are A LOT of work. Luckily, for all of us who don’t have weeks at a time to spend in the print studio, Yellow Brick Home has found a way to make it a little easier. Their DIY giant frames not only make dinosaurs look even more awesome than normal, they do it in a quarter of the time.

 

 

We all know lighting can make or break a room. We also all know that the design of the lighting fixture is a vital part to any room design, as well. These simple-but-chic copper wire DIY pendant lights from Kristi Murphy carry the perfect balance of light and unique design. Ideal for a home office, study or bedroom, these lights are sure to brighten any room’s aesthetics.

 

 

If you’re looking to add a little more texture and color to your walls, look at this wood frame gallery DIY from Christina’s Adventures. I especially love the paper flower centerpiece–and what a better way to put those old books collecting dust on your shelves to use!

 

 

If I could post pictures of my cat on here, I would (never thought I would say it, but I’m totally that person who obsesses over their cat on a regular basis…). Alas, she will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, look at Cuckoo 4 Design’s cats, and the wonderful outdoor enclosure she created for her furry friends! I’ve already told my boyfriend to start planning on how he’s going to build ours. Yes. We will be those people.

 

 

And because it’s almost September, that means one thing–football season is nearly upon us! As an honorary Midwesterner, I can appreciate the rivalry shown with this broken bracket sign DIY from Sawdust & Embryos. Specify your team hostility as much or as little as you want with this fun way to (equally) show your spirit with your spouse or friends!

 

 

Until next week, compadrés! Go Broncos!

Erin


Jen Jones

Organize This: Pet Supplies!

Trend:  Chic Organization for your Furry Friends!

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Our pets are a big part of our daily lives.  They bring smiles to our faces, are loyal companions and complete our families.  However, pets can come with a lot of stuff!  Leashes, dishes, food, treats, vitamins, grooming supplies, oh my!

All of those items can quickly look like loose clutter around the home, yet need to be integrated into daily life.  Here are a few of my favorite practical (and stylish) solutions for organizing your pets around the abode.

 

 

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Create a dog walking station near an entrance.  I personally love keeping a tote on a hook to hold harnesses, doggy sacks, leashes, treats, etc…  The tote conceals the daily walking clutter, yet keeps everything in a convenient location.  Take things a step further by adding additional bins and caddies for other grooming supplies and daily necessities.

 

Tuck pet beds under shelves and in small nooks to keep them out of heavy traffic zones and to offer pets some quiet and security where they rest.

 

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Add decorative labels to everyday tins and jars to take pet food and treat storage to a whole new level.  Both you and your pet will be smiling big at feeding time!

 

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Add a small mat or tray under dog dishes and bowls to prevent water and food from spilling and spreading all over the kitchen floor.

 

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Keep an open top bin or basket near floor level to promote daily play and to reinforce which toys are for your pets and which are for other members of the family.

 

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Corral daily grooming supplies such as shampoos, brushes, nail clippers, ear solution and dental care items within a portable utensil caddy.

 

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Unfortunately, our pets may become hurt from time to time and may need specialized first aid solutions.  Be prepared with a pet friendly first aid kit containing cotton pads, gauze, bandages, cotton swabs, scissors, tweezers, flea and tick treatments, worming treatments, antiseptic and sanitizer.

 

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Keep important pet paperwork and vet records organized within a handy three ring binder.  Keep track of important items such as important dates, medications, veterinarian information, pet sitter notes, etc…

 

Create an all-in-one cabinet for all things pet related.  Pull out drawers to hold pet food, hooks for walking supplies, baskets of toys and grooming supplies.  The options are endless and everything tucks away neatly behind closed doors.

 

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