Quick + Easy Shoe Shelf


2016_0928_Master-Bedroom-Shoe-Shelf2.gifIt was only recently pointed out to me that I am, in fact, a shoe girl. The evidence was all over the floor, the door of my closet and on the floor and shelves inside as well. I asked myself,  “Gloria? When did this happen?” IDK.

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The shoe probs had reached a point where action needed to be taken. I thought about a lot of solutions, cabinets, bookcases, builtins and fancy shelves. Anytime I tried to source out any of those and saw the prices, I thought, “Man, I would much rather spend that money on shoes” and then I defeatedly thought, “that’s something a shoe girl would say.” All of that left me thinking, I need a simple, cheap solution. I went with something I knew would work because I had already done a version in Beckett’s closet.


Home Depot carries these white brackets and I think the have a really clean effect. Plus, they 2.26 each, so win.




An Office Evolving

Gloria Joy_Office_13So I have a lot of stuff.

I do a lot of  side projects for people . I’m the girl that people call when they have something “creative” that needs to be done. I love it.  Naturally, I have accumulated a lot of different tools and materials for all these things, sewing, painting, invitations, chalk art, etc.  which means some serious organization is in order. Every basket, shelf and container in this room serves a very specific purpose. If it looks like there is a lot of stuf in this room, it’s because THERE IS.

Until recently, my office never had a focus. It was mostly just leftover furniture pieces and things that didn’t work in any other room so it got dropped here. It’s bothered me for awhile and I finally started clearing out the things that didn’t work and ONLY putting things in that DID.  I don’t exactly have the luxury to design a room all at once, source and buy materials and then install. It’s a much slower process of acquiring things and snagging deals as they come along. Patience for the win. While it’s not a “perfectly completed” space, it’s certainly evolving into one.

Gloria Joy_Office_12 When I finally decided to purposefully “decorate” this room, I started with painting the walls bright white. It was a shade of tan that seemed to suck in the light and didn’t give me that bright energetic space I craved to work in. Once all the walls were white, it was a bit TOO white. I like that stark, but also wanted some kind of an accent wall. Wallpaper was  my first choice, but with the texture and price of my favorite designs, hand-painted it was. An accent wall under $15? I can handle that.

Gloria Joy_Office_22 This is a bit of real life here, the unpainted spot on the ceiling.  The rug was a Craigslist find at $50. It’s worn and tattered a bit on the corners, but to me it was such a piece of art that I wanted it. I wasn’t sure where it would go after I bought it but dragged it in here since this is the last room without a rug that would fit. I was surprised by how much I liked in here and with the chandelier installed, I loved all the layers even more.

Gloria Joy_Office_16 Another project in here is this glitter modge podged chair. Originally it was a white chair, turned dingy. Then I tried to modge podge fabric on top and well that was a fail. In a frustrated moment, I poured glitter into some modge podge and painted it on. I’m really happy with the color and sheen it gives off. Glitter is hard to photograph, but I love it in person. That’s what counts.

Gloria Joy_Office_15 If you look closely here, you’ll notice I definitely jumped the gun. I’m still waiting on a few parts for the chandelier to arrive, more crystals and candle covers, but I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of photos because the chandelier feels  so much like the icing on top. I was giddy when it was put up.

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This yellow painting has bounced around to just about every wall I have. I may sell it and paint something new for this space since there is a lot of color going on in here.

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Another item I’m debating is the chair. I love sitting in it. It’s comfortable and just the right shape, but I accidently tore the seat cushion cover when I was cleaning it. It just split like paper. I’d love it in a soft, neutral linen .

Gloria Joy_Office_18 I love having my accordian file holder mounted on the wall. My mom gave it to me and said, “This could be something” and a few days later the lightbulb to put it on the wall went off. I have a TON of paper from invitations and I love having it out in view so I can see what I have at a glance.

Gloria Joy_Office_21 Gloria Joy_Office_10 These acrylic shelves are like the brain of this room. I’m a huge fan of storage out in the open and these shelves hold a lot of the supplies I use on a frequent basis.

Gloria Joy_Office_20 My trashcan basket, another vital part of the room.

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That’s the current state of my office I’m sure there will be more change in here in the future. I acutally have a printer hidden away in one office and a tv in the other! I’ll have to share those as soon as I get around to painting them, which WILL happen…. eventually…

If you have any secrets to keeping an office or craftroom organized, I’d love to hear!

My House Lately

My house means so much to me. Not in a materialistic kind of way, it’s certainly not the most extravagant, but a symbol of possibility. There was a time in my life where everything was so uncertain and I didn’t have a place that belonged to me, so I really appreciate it now that I do have it.

Almost every night once Beckett has gone to bed I’m walking around the house, picking up something inevitably, and have the same thought strike me without fail. Its like, this is my house, a thought that carries weight, excitement and responsibility all in one heave. Sometimes it feels terrifying and other times it’s like a sigh of relief knowing I can build a life I’m proud of. It’s something that I pour myself into absolutely. I’m always tweaking, organizing and finding new way to get maximum functionality. So here’s a few snapshots of things I’ve been updating lately and projects in progress.


I’m a bit obsessed with painted closets and organization. My house isn’t always clean, but it’s my deepest desire to give everything a place. This is my painted and reorganized linen/tool closet.

My almost finished wall painting. I started this a few months after I moved in and finished the bulk of it a month ago. Only one small corner to finish! It’s like a messy version of Plinko. I swear I’ve seen this design or similar before, but couldn’t quite pinpoint where so I’m not taking any credit for it.
I had a pretty late night on saturday and stayed up painting. This is my most finished piece of the bunch and I love how it ended up. It was one of those bursts where I felt like I had to get some color on the canvas or my head would explode. All it needs is a frame and I already know exactly what that will be, just need to gather those supplies. I’ve already put it on the “Someday List”.

I like things to be beautiful and functional, but let me tell ya, bottles of sunscreen and bug juice aka insect repellant are neither beautiful or function when drifting around the kitchen counter tops, getting knocked over and ending up in the crusty corner of the kitchen that the broom doesn’t seem to touch, ever. These simple wood boxes were the packaging for some candles. I used to have them in my bathroom for cotton balls and q tips, but had one of those “Aha!” moments and nailed them to the wall. I had been on the lookout for something to put on the wall, but low and behold I already owned the solution, it was just a matter of rethinking the purpose of certain items.

Here’s a pulled back shot of the boxes and my new $3.78 rug from Target. I had been needing a rug in that spot for all of the dirt that gets tracked in. It’s a thin weave and has a tendency to move around, so I put that sticky velcro under the corners to keep it secured to the floor and it works great.

This is one I’m on the fence about. The curtains. I originally bought that fabric to make a slipcover for my sofa. I was all like, Yeah! Bold Patterns! Statement EVERYWHERE! I’ll take 20 yards! And then I realized it was a very specific pattern that did not flow with anything at the time and would have really been forcing it. I haven’t even committed to the curtains to actually sew them yet. That’s right, they’re just panels of cut fabric hanging from the window. Right now, I’m leaning towards keeping them and finishing them off by sewing. With some of the changes to my living room below, I feel like the pattern isn’t so much of an oddball anymore. If I had plenty of money, I would absolutely go out and buy new curtains that I specifically chose, but the thing is, curtains are ‘spensiiiive! Along with everything else that goes in a house….

Target was having a pretty nice sale on furniture a couple weeks ago and I snagged these barstools. I like em cause they don’t take up too much space, visual or physical. Somehow, I don’t know, they were $68 for the two online but I guess the price has gone up.

This kiddo likes to run in front of the camera whenever it’s in front of me. He thinks he is hilarious, and to me, he is.Untitled

Currently, I think I’d classify this project as my pride and joy. I’ve been hating the look and feel of my entry for a while now, but didn’t quite know what to do with it. It had a solid white door and everything felt so clinical and lacking character. Then I randomly noticed/realized that the door was in fact wood and it would be entirely possible to strip the paint down to the bare wood. So I did! I’ve still got plenty of work to do on it, but the paint is gone and I love it. The door carries so much more warmth into my living room than its cold, white predecessor. The tile, paint and ceilings are another story.

For my birthday, I had an Overstock gift card and picked up this coffee table. Can I say, for the first time, it really feels like a living room to me! An intentional living room! That has a lot to do with the rug I gifted to myself from Rugs USA. Larger rugs tend to be crazy expensive or just not very pretty. I agonized over the selection at Rugs USA not sure if I even loved any of them, but decided I liked it enough to buy it and if I didn’t like it in my living room, I could put it in the bedroom or studio. For just over $100, I felt like I didn’t have much to lose. When it came and I laid it out, I absolutely fell in love with it. I don’t know if it’s just having a rug that did it for me or if this rug just gets me. Who cares, I’m in love.



I wanted to throw this last shot in just to have a view of my living room and where I keep the TV. I’ve really been focusing on the living room and getting it put together as best I can. I felt like I got my bedroom to a place where I love everything in it and feel like it’s mostly “done.” And that simply means I don’t have anything in there I can’t stand. So the living room is getting the eagle eye and I’m tweaking here and there. Still a few more things I’d like to do, and then will probably start fixating on the dining room a bit more and the kitchen, oh the kitchen….


Wedding Binder Update

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When I created my sister’s wedding binder, I never expected it to be so well received! It’s just about the only things pinned from my blog and I’m constantly receiving thanks and some minor requests for modifications. One major request has been for a 2016 calendar. Since I made this almost two years ago, 2016 felt like The Jetsons. But here we are, and the time goes by too quickly, and I must concede that it’s time to add to the calendar.

So here it is! The long awaited 2016 Calendar and then for you crazy planning ladies, the 2017 as well. Now if you must know, I mostly included that because I’m lazy and it’s easier to get it done now that to have a bunch of emails telling me to get on it. I know I’ll wait entirely too long, so here it is, well in advance!

One last thing, there might be a rumor that there will be two new themes of this binder. Not everyone is in love with pink and I will begrudgingly admit that some of the fonts on this current version might ever so slightly be a teensy bit difficult to read. I just love the font I used and stand by it! I also, do share an affinity for many styles, colors and themes, so its fun for me to create variety. Keep a lookout for those upcoming themes within the next couple of months!

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Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2017

How to Create a Wedding Binder

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///DISCLAIMER/// These files were originally created over three years ago with no plans of distribution. Since that time, the original design files have been lost completely. There will not be new updates or missing pages issued to this design. That being said, I hope that what is available can be of use to you!

My younger and much taller sister has recently gotten engaged. I remember being engaged how much people throw out their own opinions… You should get married HERE! and DON’T make the bridesmaids wear THIS! or NO outdoor weddings in Oklahoma! It’s hard to even think. For that reason, I took a step back initially so I didn’t come across as bossy or pushy, since this is all about her and what she wants. (We do have a VERY similar style/taste level for what it’s worth.)

It’s been about a month now since she got engaged and wasn’t getting much closer to any plans really forming other than looking at a couple of venues. There is no major rush to get things started, but I realized she was needing some guidance and, okay, maybe a little pushing. Plus I wanted to be a good sister so that she would owe me big someday. I decided I would make her a wedding binder, but the catch is… I didn’t want to pay for one.


Here’s all I had to buy:
$5 binder at Target,
$3 metallic pens-because duh
$3 for some extra brown kraft paper from Hobby
$2 Arrow sticky notes-How could I say no?!?

Total, I spent less than $15 because I already had a TON on hand for my invitation business. I laminated my own pages and tabs to be dividers, scrounged up some old pocket folders that I didn’t use and designed a crap load of lists, calendars, notes, etc..

There are free printables below the breakdown!



I looked up a bunch of things online, and didn’t really love any but combined different elements of each. For her binder I came up with thirteen dividers. Here’s the breakdown of each and what I included under each in case you can’t sleep at night and NEED to know:

• A simple monthly checklist that doesn’t delve into too much detail for the sake of not overwhelming the poor girl.
• Vendor Contact List – Self explanatory, I hope.
• Wedding Party Contact List
• Wedding Day Time – To be filled in closer to the date
• Random Thoughts Page – Just a page with a bunch of lines to include any notes. I included one in every section and a handful in the very back.
• A budget chart that gives details like “How much to allot to certain parts” and also fill in the blanks for budget, estimate and amount spent.
• A pocket folder to keep track of printouts
• Inspiration Note Page
• Dress Notes – for keeping track of stores gone to or need to go to.
• Bridal Party Attire Notes
• Potential Venue Page – Since she is still in the PRE planning stage and narrowing down venues
• Order of Ceremony
• List of Processionals
• Reception Timeline
• Potential Florists
• Flower Ideas
• Potential Photographers
• Must Have Photo List
• Potential Entertainment
• Reception Ideas
• Reception Music
• Favor Ideas
• Honeymoon Ideas – to help narrow what kind of a honeymoon she is looking for.
• Includes June 2013 – July 2014
• Invite List – Not meant to be a master list just a place to write down names when you remember them.
Just a place to keep track of who got you what and if you’ve sent a thank you note already.

If you’d like to make your own for you or as a gift, here are the files that I created for this. Download and print away!
Wedding Binder DIVIDERS – These are the main dividers that I printed on kraft paper and then laminated. 13 pages total.
Wedding Binder TABS – I printed the tabs on 2″ round labels, attached to a kraft paper circle and laminated again. Adhered to divider pages with glue dots.
Wedding Binder BUDGET – A fast and loose breakdown to each budget section.
Wedding Binder LISTS – 19 pages total to this document includes lists and note pages for sections 1-10. I printed a bunch of the “Random Notes” page (the very last one in this file and added 3-5 to each section.
Wedding Binder THANK YOUS – Keep a running list of people to thank for gifts or services.
Wedding Binder GUESTS – Keep a running list of people to invite.
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2014
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2015
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2016
Wedding Binder_CALENDAR 2017

I know this seems like a massive list but I wanted it to be something she could personalize as well. Maybe take out a few sections if she wanted it differently, but I’m hoping this helps her get started and stay on top of it all. When I was planning my own wedding, it was basically me and my mom doing all of it. Since I’ve been through it before, I owe it to her to lend a hand. Here’s to hoping she likes it and uses it! I’m giving it to her tonight, finger crossed. Now, enjoy the pictures!

TERMS /// these templates are for personal use only, and NOT for re-distribution.
If you’d like to post a link sharing them, you may not directly post the downloadable files.
please credit and link back to this post for downloading the files.