DIY Charging Station

Update: now that I no longer need a bedside organizer hanging on the wall due to lack of space for a nightstand, I have repurposed this letter holder as a cell phone charging station.  Click on the link to see the previous blog entry on this organizer for another fun and cheap way to stay organized.  I originally found this desk caddy for $8 at a discount store, but you can find the white version of my desk caddy here.
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Eric had the brilliant idea to install an outlet with USB chargers in our dining room/kitchen area.  This is a high traffic area and so naturally devices are likely to be charging at any given time.  It was a simple and quick install that took little to no skills or time.

The letter organizer is simply screwed into the wall a few inches from the outlet.  It does a nice job corralling devices, cords, pens, and other important items.  Other bonus – this is completely out of my young daughter’s reach.

Key Lime Mailbox + New Blog Name

Yes, change is coming around here.  The name of this blog is morphing over to Life Like Art in the next week.  That means the new address will be lifelikeart.blogspot.com. 
A wordle from Mommy’s Medley posts.  
Why?  I chose the name Mommy’s Medley when I was just a few months into mommy-hood and while it was a great name, I don’t want mommy-hood to define this blog.  It is about so many more aspects of my life.  Hopefully Greta will understand.  In the meantime, enjoy reading about what brings me so much joy in my life – the projects, the DIY time, painting, crafting, sewing, baking, cooking, family time, working on my house, and yes, being a parent.  

Oh boy, things are still busy around these parts.  The latest spray paint victim was our mailbox.  The thing was rusting and peeling away, see below.  Nothing a couple coats of Key Lime green spray paint can’t fix!  Seriously, what can’t spray paint beautify?

 Ugh.  Before.  I taped the flag, the wooden post, and the numbers (on the back side of this photo).

The first couple coats shocked me a little, not going to lie.  I started looking around the block wondering if the neighbors would think that the crazy art lady had gone too far, especially when everyone else seems to have a mailbox that is green, black, or brown.  Eep.  The color grew on me in the next 2 minutes.

When it was dry, I added more reflective numbers, removed the tape, and am pretty sure it glows phosphorescently after dark.  On my walk the next morning I did however, notice quite a few mailboxes with butterflies and odd murals.  I guess my touch of Florida isn’t so bad after all.

Other updates – outlets.  Replacing outlets and switch covers are such an easy way to update and clean up the look of a room.  I still shudder at the previous color that drenched the living room and dining room.  Egad – it made me nervous just being near that much blood red.

Eric had the genius idea of replacing the dining room switch with USB outlets for charging.  Next step, add a pretty shelf and touch up the scuff mark seen below in this image.

Coming soon – finished shots of the downstairs bathroom.  You’ll either smile or shudder.