studio saturdays: project organize part deux

Once again, it was a busy week at Studio 202.  Project Organize continues in full force, thanks to our awesome shelving by IMPACT Design Resources.  We’ve doubled up — hahaha, unintentional twin pun — the hanging space so we can maximize the number of fabrics we keep on hand.

MarcheBasketsAll_xLisa and I both have a lot of fabrics … so we’ve ordered another 1,000 hangers and caused a run on the Marché Baskets at The Container Store.

Shark RocketThanks to fabric threads, general installation mess and after-school snacks for my messy twins, I’ve also done an obscene amount of vacuuming.   Drum roll, please: the Hero of the Week goes to our Shark Rocket.  Love. That. Thing.  I thought I may have killed it when I vacuumed an incredible amount of drywall dust earlier in our reno, but, to steal a phrase from Timex, the Shark Rocket takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

Shark dustcupA quick rinse of the washable filters and a wipe-down of the canister, and I was back in business.  I probably didn’t even need to do that, but — if you saw what I vacuumed — you’d know I owed it to the Shark.

Twin Tested Traci Approved

I haven’t awarded one of these in a while, but the Shark Rocket is definitely Twin Tested and Traci Approved.  

Studio 202 KitchenLast but certainly not least, the week wrapped up with the installation of our so-gorgeous-I-can-hardly-stand-it backsplash.  Well, the first step anyway.  The Flair mosaic — part of the Scribe collection by Ann Sacks – still needs to be grouted and we’ve got more work to do in the kitchen … so you’ll have to settle for this sneak peek.   Ann Sacks isn’t otherwise carried in Charlotte, but Lisa and I would be delighted to help you select one for your kitchen project!   For those of you in other parts of the country, here’s a list of their locations.

If you follow my Pinterest boards, you know I’ve been coveting that acrylic and brass hardware for a long time.  Ummmm, pinned two years ago!  I’m loving the opportunity to use so many of my favorite things.

vertuo_experience_about_machineLisa and I are still deciding on a coffee maker, but we’re leaning towards the convenience of the Nespresso Vertuo-Line.  If you have one, I’d love to know what you think!

Step Aside CoffeeNevertheless, this was the Joke of the Week.  Haha!

Did you have one of those “step aside” moments this week?

All product photos via their respective websites.  Graphic via Quollective

what to do when you are stuck inside

Gina Seleskey Longfellow Quote LoveIsn’t this a great quote … especially considering it’s now Day 3 of “Snowmaggedon 2014″ in Charlotte?  I’m so grateful that our power has stayed on, so at least we are warm and toasty on this Valentine’s Day.

At this point, however, I am more than a little stir-crazy.  I’ve always done better as a “mom on the go.”  So far I have …

Land of Nod Store More Metal Boxes First Aid… reorganized our first-aid kits and medicine cabinets.  It’s a good idea to go through those periodically to make sure that you are fully stocked and nothing has expired.  When I was expecting the boys, I created three kits — one for the kitchen, one for the upstairs (stored in a closet next to their nursery) and one for the “main” downstairs.  Need a starting point for your kit?  Here’s a great list!

Q&A a Day for Kids Betsy Franco… started this journal with the boys.  I first spotted it in my Instagram feed … and what a fabulous idea!  The premise of the book is that you ask your children a different question each day and record their answer to the same daily question three years in a row.  I love this simple and easy way to keep a journal of your children’s whimsical thoughts and feelings … and perhaps some serious ones as well.  We started the Q&A a Day for Kids on February 13.  In response to “what would you most hate to lose,” Twin A responded “you and Daddy” and Twin B responded “all my Legos.”  Harrummmpppph.

Madesmart Junk Drawer Organizer… cleaned out the kitchen junk drawer.  I use an organizer similar to this one, which means the drawer stays clean, but occasionally wayward items need to be relocated to their proper location.  For some reason, typing that reminded me of a flight attendant’s pre-takeoff announcements.  “Please return your seatbacks to their full upright and locked position.”    

Lego Movie Super Cycle Chase 70808… searched for a whole bunch of Lego pieces.  While the rest of the city was stocking up on bread and milk, I secured some emergency no-electricity-required entertainment.


Lucky Bums Winter Summer Float or Snow Tube…. snow-tubed with my kiddos down my neighbor’s steep driveway, thanks to overnight delivery of Lucky Bums gear.  The best gift for a new mom?  Amazon Prime, baby.  If they don’t already have it, they’ll want it … because nothing is more convenient than having something arrive at your doorstep in two business days.  Or $2.99 if you need it the next day.  Hallelujah.  Did you know that shopping online is actually greener than “traditional” shopping?  Of course, I still love buying local and small!

Williams Sonoma Citrus Oven Mitt… and ordered new kitchen linens.   The changing seasons remind us to swap out our closets, but the change of a new year is my reminder to “start fresh” in other areas of my home.

I am now officially tired of the snow.  So I’m asking you — any other ideas?

Graphic by the super-talented Gina Selesky, otherwise known as Letter Girl.  Check out her Etsy shop for custom rubber stamps and much more.  I love everything she does!  Store More Metal Boxes (First Aid) by Land of Nod; similar ones here and here.  Madesmart Junk Drawer Organizer; photo via Neatly Smart.   My kids loved The Lego Movie; I bought our movie-themed sets at Target, but they are also available at Amazon (photo is here) and the Lego Shop.  Thank you, Amazon, for shipping our Lucky Bums snow tubes (and the above photo).  Williams-Sonoma has my favorite kitchen linens, including this oven mitt and these organic waffle-weave towels.       

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