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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NO MORE SHOE-LACES

No more laces in summer shoes
I like to spend most of the summer in flip flops or sandals. There is something very invigorating about getting your toes out in the fresh air especially when they spent the rest of the seasons inside boots. Despite my best intentions to free my feet from the restrains of shoes, the weather doesn’t always comply and sometimes it rains. Imagine that! So inconsiderate, don’t you think?
I usually have a pair of canvas shoes that I have for those days where sandals are not an option, but I don’t like laces. I actually resent them. You need to tie them, they get wet, they become untied, tangled… they are just messy so I decided to get rid of them.
No more laces in summer shoes
This “no lace” solution is also great to use for children’s runners, especially when they are at an age where they don’t know how to tie them up properly just yet. It allows them to wear the shoes that they want without the hassle of the laces (no more dirty looks from teachers!)
No more laces in summer shoes 2
Remove the laces from the shoes (isn’t it liberating?) and replace them with an elastic band tying a knot at the top and at the bottom. That is it.
Replacing shoe laces for live
No wet laces. No more knotted laces. No more laces. Easy to slip them in and out. Hurray for small victories!
No more laces in summer shoes
What do you think? You like laces?
Chaotic Itzi


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MAKING EASY DECORATIONS – CANDLES & WASHI TAPE

2015 is a very special year for Mr B and me. This year we celebrate 20 years together. 20 years!!!
It seems like it was yesterday that I met this long-haired boy (yes, long-haired) who was studying in my university… and many countries, many adventures and two kids later, we are still going strong.

Getting married was never our thing. We don’t have anything against marriage, we never had the need for it. But this year, we wanted to mark our 20 years together with family and friends (I will share more about our celebrations later on) and we will be having a party at the beginning of August. I can’t wait!
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
We are planning something simple, something rustic, something familiar. I wanted to make some decorations. Nothing too complicated. Something simple and pretty so I armed myself with some washi tape and candles.
Making decorations with washi tape and candles
I got these vanilla candles from Ikea. I love the smell of vanilla. There is something warm and familiar about them.
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
Once I decided on the color scheme for the day (blue -of course- and other pastel colors) I covered the base of the night lights with washi tape.
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
I have also enlisted my whole family to give me all glass containers they have to put the candles in. A up-cycled jam-jar and some ribbons are the perfect recipient for pretty candles, don’t you think?
Making easy decorations with candles and washi tape
These decorations are easy to make and pretty around the house, for garden events, for a romantic night in.
If you are having problems removing the super sticky stickers from the jar, this is the only recipe you need.

How do you like your celebrations? Home-made or store-bought.
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