Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Organizing my "Office"

Last month, I shared how I was able to update our main living-room/bed-room/office to include a functional work area using my childhood desk.

This was working much better than what I had before, but the organzer in me wanted to go a step further. Since I am using the desk drawers as dresser replacement and the space behind the door as storage for diapers, I didn´t really have a lot of space to put away paper-work, office supplies, and cables.

So on Sunday while over at my parent´s house, I remembered a little desk-top organizer with drawers, which I had purchased at Ikea about 15 years ago or so.

You have probably seen these before. However, I am not sure though whether they are still being sold at stores.

Once I cleaned out the drawers (there was my make-up from 15 years ago in some of those drawers - yuck!!!) I got crafty.

I made a template and then cut out 4 copies of the template on pretty paper.

Late Night Project - So I have bad pictures again.
Next, I attached my cut-to-size paper to the drawers using spray adhesive.

Within half an hour of work, I was able to put my newly decorated drawers in place and to start re-organizing my desk.

See, now I have a space for my notebook cable, the cell phone adapter and a few other cables I use frequently. This is perfect spot for keeping them out of sight, but easily reachable.

I made simple lables for each drawer and put them into the designated slots.

What I like about the drawer organizer  is, that it gives me storage space on two levels. One to hide stuff and one to show off stuff. Perfect.

Now, I would love to paint it white but that will have to be for another month, since paint is not in the budget. Same goes for the desk by the way. Plus, I am not going to attempt painting furniture for the moment, since we have a beautiful -14 C outside (6.8 F). No way I am going to paint furniture with such pretty temperatures, lol.

As for the budget, this project cost me nothing. The drawer unit was mine from many years ago, I already had the scrapbook-paper and I also already had the glue.

Linked up here:

- Before and After Party
- Tuesday´s Treasures

Friday, February 3, 2012

Navy and Lime Living Room

I´ve realized, that lately I was looking up a lot of decor items and rooms incorporating navy and lime green. I just love how fresh and inviting this color combination can be.

Since I love to create mood boards, I went with the living room in navy and lime this time.

Here you go:

  1. I started my board around this rug from Overstock. The trellis design is just gorgeous and very contemporary.
  2. This arm chair from Ikea tucked into the room´s corner could be part of a great reading nook.
  3. I decided to go with the Ektorp sofa (also from Ikea), as many people have raved about its comfort level. The Lack coffee table is also from Ikea and has space below to add a basket for the controls and other odds and ends.
  4. In order to bring in some lime green I chose this pillow from an Etsy seller and these curtains from B,B&B.
  5. A set of navy toss pillows from Target completes the assortment of textiles.
  6. To bring in some lighting I thought that a tripod lamp, such as the one in the picture, would look great.
  7. The blue and grellow wall art from Target pulls all the colors in the room together.
  8. The large white TVstorage unit is also from Ikea and provides lots of open and closed storage. Decorative vases and candles in the color scheme as well as books and family pictures in pretty frames will all look great in here.
  9. For the reading nook, I added another floor lamp from Ikea.
  10. Finally, for the walls I added a neutral beige color (such as Glidden´s Water Chestnut). 
 What do you think of this mood board, and the navy/lime green color combination?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Yummy Cinnamon Rolls - Superleckere Zimtschnecken

Last month, I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe from allrecipes.com and I just had to share this with you. Since making them the first time, my family has begged me pretty much every week to make another batch.

They take about 1 hour and a half to make. The dough is a dream to work with and the result ist just delicious.

I added a little bowl of vanilla pudding as I am not a fan of icing. Anyways, here is the recipe in case anybody is interested in trying these out:

Cinnamon Rolls
(Deutsche Anleitung weiter unten)


  • 3/4 cup milk (180 ml Milch)
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened (50 g Margarine)
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (400 g Mehl)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package instant yeast (1 Päkchen Trockenhefe)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (50 g Zucker)
  • 1/4 cup water (60 ml Wasser)
  • 1 egg (1 Ei)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed (220 g brauner Zucker)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (2 EL Zimt)
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened (100 g Margarine)
  • 1/2 cup raisins (optional) (80 g Rosinen - nach belieben)


  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Mix in margarine; stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 1/4 cup flour, yeast, and sugar; mix well. Add water, egg and the milk mixture; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition (the dough will get pizza doough consistency). If needed add a little more flour. When the dough has just pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, softened margarine.
  4. Roll out dough into a 12x9 inch rectangle. Spread dough with margarine/sugar mixture. Sprinkle with raisins if desired. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place cut side up in 12 lightly greased muffin cups. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Remove from muffin cups to cool. Serve warm (Be careful to put another baking tray below the rectangle as some of the melted sugar will drip down into the oven).
Don´t eat too many as these are dangerously good :)
  1. Milch erhitzen, vom Herd nehmen, Margarine einrühren bis diese geschmolzen ist; Topf zur Seite stellen.
  2. In großer Rührschüssel 200g Mehl mit Hefe und Zucker mischen. Wasser, Ei und Margarinemischung dazu geben. Rühren.
  3. Nach und nach das restliche Mehl unterrühren. Teig dann auf bemehlter Fläche mit der Hand weitere 5 Minuten gut durchkneten (Teig sollte Pizzateigkonsistenz haben). Gegebenenfalls etwas Mehl dazu.
  4. Den Teig mit feuchtem Tuch bedecken und 10 Minuten ruhen lassen.
  5. In der Zwischenzeit Margarine mit braunem Zucker und Zimt mischen.
  6. Den Teig auf der bemehlten Fläche in ein Rechteck ausrollen und mit der Zimtmischung besteichen. Dann aufrollen und in ca. 12 Stücke schneiden.
  7. Stückchen auf der Seite in eine gefettete und gemehlte Backform oder Muffinförmchen legen. Weitere 30 Minuten ruhen lassen.
  8. Zimtschnecken auf mittlerer Stufe bei 190 C ca. 20 - 25 Minuten backen und dann warm servieren. (Vorsicht: Die Zimtschnecken tropfen ein bisschen, also Backblech unter die Backform schieben damit der Ofen nicht dreckig wird!)
Aufpassen! Zimtschnecken machen süchtig!