Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life


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UPDATING FRUIT BOXES

When we were planning our 20 year anniversary, Mr B and I realized that at least 1/3 of our guests would be children. Most of our friends and family are at the similar stage in life as us, with kids, and we wanted to make sure that the party was very inclusive and that both parents and kids would have a great time.
Kid's area at the party
I decided to set up an area for the kids. I organised some entertainment for them and I set up a little table for them to help themselves and to have fun. As the table was very small, I needed more surface in which to put food and drinks as well as carry them from the house to the field where the party was held.
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I decided to use some fruit boxes that my local fruit shop kindly donated. I love the wood mixed with the different designs and colors in the fruit boxes but I also wanted to personalize them and also to make them fit into my design scheme.

I used some paint to color the sides of the boxes in some of them as some of the designs weren’t to my taste.  I used washi tape to decorate the sides of the box.
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
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I covered the bottom of the box with some pretty paper matching the washi tape. It looks pretty, don’t you think?
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
They were extremely useful on the day to carry food and beverages around and to display food. It also helped us in the tidying up the following day. I am currently using them in my room (I have glued some felt at the bottom of the box to avoid scratching the shelves).
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I love the idea of extending the life of something that has already done a great job. It now looks prettier and it will last for another good few years. Up-cycling at its best!
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
Have you up-cycled anything recently?
Chaotic Itzi

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TOOTH POUCH

Older Monkey has lost a good few teeth already. Every time there was a wobbly tooth there used to be a little panic that the tooth will fall out in the yard, in school, while playing in the garden and that it wouldn’t be found. The real fear was of course that he would have nothing to give to the Tooth Fairy and that he wouldn’t get his coin.
Organising Chaos - Tooth Pouch
I decided to make a little tooth pouch that would fit in his pocket so we could carry it with him at all times. It can later be put under the pillow so the Tooth Fairy knows where to collect the tooth from.

All you need to make these tooth pouches is some white felt and some different coloured felt, wool, white thread and some stick-on velcro. You can download a tooth silhouette from internet or try your hand at drawing it on your own, and cut it out of the white felt. Cut some colorful felt stripes 15 cm long by 5 cm wide. You will be folding the felt about 6.5 cms from the top so center the tooth profile on the top part of the strip and stitch it using the white thread.
Organising Chaos - Tooth Pouch
Organising Chaos - Tooth Pouch
Fold the strip 6.5 cm from the top and using the white wool, sew around to close the pouch. Use a tiny bit of stick-on velcro to close the pouch and it is now ready to use.
Organising Chaos - Tooth Pouch
I personalized the ones for my kids by adding their initials to them. They are delighted with them and they bring them everywhere now. Chaotic Monkey keeps checking his teeth in the hope that one of them will be loose. One of them will be soon, and the tooth will be safe.,

Have an amazing weekend,
Chaotic Itzi


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GET ORGANIZED WITH BUTTONS

You must all know by now that I like boards, any type of notice boards.
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I think they are a wonderful way of getting papers organized, putting things away, displaying photos and keepsakes and getting rid of the dreaded pile of paper at the end of the kitchen counter.

Although some notice boards are lovely and they look even better displaying photos and souvenirs, others can look not so attractive displaying bills, school notices and reminders. I find cork notice boards the ugly duckling of message boards so I have been looking for ways to beautify them (too much time in my hands??? – maybe!)
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
This simple project will make your cork board look a hundred times better, it will add more color, more style and it will be more presentable. All these while up-cycling all those random buttons that you have lying around and all for the price of a small tub of glue and some push pins – are you sold yet? Let’s get cracking!

Now, again, this is one of the very complicated projects that if you loose concentration or you take a call half way through the project you might not be able to continue. I have broken it down in small steps so it is easier to follow. Pay attention:

Step 1 – Get the glue, the push pins and the buttons
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Step 2 – Put the button upside down, put some glue on it and rest the push pin on top – Let it dry
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Step 3 – Use your new pretty pins on your cork board
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
If you have managed to follow this complicated procedure, I hope you are smiling and admiring your Friday project.
Organising Chaos - Get organized with buttons
Have an amazing weekend.
Chaotic Itzi


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PAINTED WOODEN SPOONS

I was looking at my kitchen utensils the other day and I realized that most of my wooden spoons and spatulas were cracked, broken or burnt. They have been hard at work for far too long so it was time to retire them and buy new ones, and since I had to buy new ones, I decided to give them a splash of color by painting them.
Painted Wooden Spoon - OrganisingChaos
I spend good few hours a day cooking and colorful utensils will definitely put a smile in my face, especially during those grey days that we can’t seem to shake off.
Wooden spoons ready to paint
Painter's tape for painting wooden spoons
This is a very easy and budget friendly project. All you need is your favorite color paints, wooden utensils and some painter’s tape. I decided I was going to paint some stripes, so I used the painter’s tape to mark the lines.
Organising Chaos - Painted Wooden Spoons
I would suggest not to paint too low down in the spoons if you are planning to use normal paint for this project, you don’t want your paint and your food mixing.
OCB -  - Painted Wooden Spoons
Aren’t they looking pretty? They really put a smile in my face – and some people say that I am hard to please,,, I don’t know what they are talking about…
Painted Wooden Spoon - OrganisingChaos
Have an amazing day,
Chaotic Itzi