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Many people make New Year resolutions. Most people resolve to lose weight or to improve themselves in some way. I, on the other hand, am resolved to cut down on unnecessary items and also to organize my belongings in a simple and stylish way. I have organized my things before, but I am never happy with the results. My past DIY storage ideas have either not been practical or I have found them to be eyesores in my home. It is difficult to find a balance between appearance, practicality and price. However, given the limited amount of space in my small apartment, it is absolutely essential that I find storage and organization solutions that will work for the foreseen future. To that end, I have found of the handiest DIY storage ideas to myself and you de-clutter the home in fashionable and it was only right to share them with our lovely readers.

If you do not have a closet, it can be very difficult to hang up your button-up shirts, belts, ties and dresses in a way that is not embarrassing to bring people into your bedroom. Fortunately, there are a few stylish ways to display your DIY closet. You can buy a few racks, which can be mounted on the wall. Just make sure the design meshes with your other organizational materials.

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Or, you can buy a clothes rack online or from a used clothing store and spray paint in order to make it prettier.

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You can also create your own rack and suspend it from the ceiling using wire or chain.

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Every woman is aware of how much room shoes can consume in a closet. So, when you are without a closet, use a ladder to make shoes easily accessible while keeping them against the wall and out of the way.

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If you do not have room for a dresser and do not wish to hang up all of your clothes, try to utilize that space that usually goes unseen and unused. You can store your folded clothes and belongings in stylish baskets, boxes or buckets underneath your bed.

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Or, you can build or buy a bed frame that accommodates storing clothing within the frame. The bonus of this one is that it keeps your belongings completely out of sight.

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If you do not closet doors or dresser drawers to keep your clothing, but you just d not feel comfortable having your belongings out in plain view, try using a curtain.

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As I said above, the main key to fitting all of your belongings into a small space in a stylish way is by using the underutilized areas. This definitely includes the walls and high up areas. Buy or build shelves, which you can hang high on the wall and store items that you will not regularly need.

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If you are on the top bunk, create storage area with shelves for your water, phone and books.

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If you do decide to buy a storage cabinet, get the most out of it by creating your own storage boxes. Many storage cabinets come for a closet area, which can easily be used to store baskets and boxes. Just use brackets to hold them into place.

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Hope these DIY storage ideas help you have a more stylish and organized home for the new year. If you have any tips of your own, let us know below.

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  • storagehighamspark.co.uk - March 17, 2015 - 8:42 am

    Now I know how to surprised my wife! Thanks for the ideas 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sally - May 29, 2015 - 7:19 am

    Those are some very nice ideas, I wish I had the time to realize them all :( Well, at leas I found my hubby a job for the weekend haha! :))ReplyCancel

So many elements of weddings focus on the bride and groom – and rightfully so – but this may put you at risk of leaving your closest friends out of many of your wedding photos. This simply will not do when it comes to your best girlfriends – your bridesmaids. After all, they are the women who are so dear to you that you asked them to stand by your side as you made lifelong vows to the love your life. You will want more than the formal post-wedding ceremony wedding party photos to remember them at your big day. You must capture the fun moments, the sweet times, their quirky personalities and above all, your relationships with each one of them. Bridesmaid photos must be unique, because they are.

Make sure your photographer takes bridesmaid photos during special “bridesmaid” moments. Snap photos of bridesmaids as they help you get put on your wedding dress, pray for you, initiate the flower girl into the female comrade, stand beside you at the aisle and watch your first dance with your husband.

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Be sure to also take photos that highlight your relationships with each one of your bridesmaids. This may be done through funny bridesmaid photos that show off their sense humor individually or touching photos that feature how you know your bridesmaids.

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There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just be sure the love is present if your bridesmaid photos, because that is what will last for the years to come as you look back on your wedding photos – well that and the fashion of the day.

 

For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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  • Meghan - January 12, 2015 - 12:16 am

    Useful information, I can’t say nothing but thank you.ReplyCancel

Since we discussed the bride and groom’s first kiss as husband and wife in the last post, it is only fitting to discuss what happens right after the “I do’s”: the wedding ceremony recessional. That is the moment bride and groom walking down the aisle as husband and wife as they exit the ceremony. It is their first presentation as husband and wife and it is most definitely a moment that must be captured, so that it may live on forever through photographs.

The wedding ceremony recessional is the classic moment where guests celebrate the the new union by throwing things or waiving things in the air. However, there are many ways for the bride and groom to do the wedding ceremony recessional. Guests may throw rose petals and beach balls or waive streamers and ring bells. The possibilities are endless and change with wedding motif. Regardless of how the wedding ceremony recessional is done, that send off to the wedding reception is a moment that is filled with happiness and excitement. It is a rare moment of the day that involves the bride and groom with all of their guests. It is a moment of delight for both the new couple and the onlooking guests. Sadly, is short lived and therefore the wedding photographer and/or guests must be quick to capture it on camera.

If you are looking for ideas for photograph angles or if you wondering what you should have guests waive or throw at your wedding ceremony recessional, use some of these lovely ideas from other weddings. They are as creative as they are beautiful.

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For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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Christmas is a full of family, happiness and lots of decorations. It is a time when everything dons some sort of festive garb. Tabletops, rooftops, ugly sweaters, trees and everything in between receive a festive makeover for a few happy weeks. Food is not left of the decorating fun, either. In fact, food is becoming a decoration more and more through Christmas food art. Creative are taking traditional foods of the holiday and turning them into something so neat that you may not want to ruin it by eating it. If you have the time to try out these ideas, I highly suggest it. Kids will love to see an angel pancake or a Christmas tree veggie tray. They may even be more willing to eat their veggies during the sugary season as well. To bring out your creative side, I have gathered some of the best Christmas food art that is as enjoyable to look at as it is to eat.

Everyone loves Saint Nick, especially when he comes in the form of food. Bread is someway way cooler when he is the bread. With just crescent rolls and food dye, you can make an edible jolly fat man for Christmas dinner.

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Taste of Home

He also comes in pancake form with whipped cream, blueberries and strawberries.

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Bento Monsters

You can also remove the effort that is required in forming his face and just make his hat in the form of a cupcake. You only need a marshmallow, a strawberry and whipped cream as decorations.

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Or, you can go all out and make a sugary, lusciously frosted Santa hat cupcake.

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While Santa holds the spotlight, snowmen still hold their own as popular decorations. Like Santa, they can also be made into pancakes with toppings.

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Bento Monsters

Snowmen also make adorable cupcakes. These cupcakes require skill in fondant, but the end result is adorable.

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Snowmen can also also be savory. Just stack a few cheese balls together to create an delicious Frosty.

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Crafts a la Mode

Christmas trees are another major decoration of Christmas that can easily be constructed. Fortunately for the less crafty (like myself), there are many foods that can easily be shaped into Christmas trees. This Christmas tree veggie tray is so easy anyone could do it.

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Mom Endeavors

Nearly anyone can put together this veggie and cheese tray to create an appetizer that is appealing to the eyes and taste buds.

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Pull-apart breads are also make a quick, easy and creative snack.

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Eclectic Recipes

This gingerbread cookie tree requires a bit more skill, but the end result is beautiful.

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Simply Cake

If you have some more time and skill, these Christmas tree meringues make quite the unique treat.

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Smart School House

If you want a snack that is healthy and sweet, try this colorful fruit tree.

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Ginger and Garlic

Or, you can get your fix of sugar in a quick but creative Reece’s peanut butter tree.

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Teacher Chef

Gingerbread houses are a classic, but for something creative, try another building material, such as pretzels. This pretzel log cabin is the woodsy version of a gingerbread house.

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Or, you can get your kids to eat more veggies during the holiday by making a cool house out of them.

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Christmas lights are easy to make, colorful to look at and delicious to eat. These sugar cookie Christmas lights are perfect for kids and the novice baker.

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Even easier as these Christmas lights candies made from M&Ms and Mike & Ikes.

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Hungry Happenings

Christmas just is not Christmas without rice crispy treats and these ornaments are an easy to way to be creative with the holiday staple.

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Amy’s Finer Things

Fudge is also a seasonal must. Cookie cutters and candy sprinkles easily turn this dessert into a creative ornament.

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If you want to make something beyond Santa, Frosty, Christmas trees and their ornamentation, try making some simple gingerbread garland.

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Hello Wonderful

Or a pinecone cheese ball.

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These Grinch heart cookies are fun to make and with a stamp or cookie cutter, you can make them complete with a heart that is several sizes too small.

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With some heat (follow the directions in the link below), you can mould candy canes into various shapes and letters for a unique Christmas treat.

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Little effort is required with these pancakes and they are guaranteed to be a big hit, especially with kids.

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Kids will also love these penguin olives with cream cheese bellies and carrot noses and feet.

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Foodie with Family

For a beautiful dessert that is both different and delicious, try a berry wreath Pavlova.

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My Square Frying Pan

For the more craft-inclined people who want something different, you cannot go wrong with a candy wonderland train and/or candy trees.

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Party Pinching

Gift box cupcakes will always be crowd-pleasers as well.

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Sand and Sisal

If you truly have some skill and some time, try to make an angel pancake.

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Living Locurto

If you have anyone of your own decorative Christmas food art traditions, let us know below!

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You probably do not need a blog post to tell you that it is a photo must to capture the moment when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife. The photographer along with many wedding guests with cellphones will remember to do this. After all, this is one of the high points if not the pinnacle of the wedding. However, the bride and groom may want to get various angles of that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Do you want to get a view from the crowd, the aisle, from behind the altar facing the crowd, as the confetti is thrown, after the confetti has fallen on your hair and faces? Who knew there were so many facets of one moment? The possibilities are endless and you may want to have one or two ideas in mind for your photographer before you head down the aisle. That way he knows where to stand in order to catch the moment when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife. In case you are in search of ideas or need some visual inspiration in order to get your creativity going, I have some beautiful and interesting photos of when the bride and groom first kiss as husband and wife.

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This may be one my favorite moment of the entire wedding – maybe because this is where the bride and groom officially seal the deal, maybe because it is completely romantic to have everyone focus on one kiss or maybe because it is the beginning of their new life together. To honor that face, be sure to a photo of their new rings as well as they leave the wedding altar after the “I do’s”.

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For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

wedding photos with grandparents

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest

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