Category Archives: Office

April 1, 2013

Office Makeover + Giveaway

At the beginning of the year our kitchen cabinets got a serious organizational boost, and since then I’ve been itching to bring some order to the rest of the house. So, when Martha Stewart contacted me to try out her new Wall Manager (ok, not Martha herself. Let’s be real here people.) I jumped at the opportunity. My office area had some major flaws, one of those being the lack of storage. It’s temporarily located just inside the entry of our home, but temporary or not, it still needs to function. This is the main zone for all things blog related, bill paying, dr. appointments, etc. In other words, it gets some serious traffic.

A second issue, that I’ve wanted to update for quite some time, is the dot wall art. If I’m going to be stuck staring at a wall, it better be inspirational. Now, as much as I love the dot art, I’m really drawn towards more of an inspirational board, where I can pin pretty things and swap them in and out easily, as I’d like. And this is where our new Wall Manager comes into play! It’s part of Martha’s Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery line, available exclusively through Staples.

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Umm, whoa. I heart this thing. I’ve accumulated quite the adorable collection of office supplies, and it’s always been stuffed in the desk drawers. Never again. Look how adorable it all looks on display. I’m obsessed. And I’ll be honest; I was a bit weary of installing something so “office geared” near the front door in fear that it might look too cluttered. Wrong. So wrong. It’s fabulous, and makes me smile every time I’m near.

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Now, let’s talk installation. I consider myself pretty handy, so I wasn’t too worried, but man, do they make it easy on you. Each piece of the wall manager clips into a separate backing that is secured to the wall. This may be my favorite feature, in that it makes swapping out the boards super convenient. Say I want to switch up the calendar and the bulletin board, done. The back plates also come with tiny levelers built in, so making everything straight on the wall is a breeze.

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I’ve been having way too much fun pinning up inspirational quotes and pics of the girls. Nothing makes me smile more.

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And I love that there’s a nice spot for my planner and a notebook. They’re too pretty not to be staring back at me and it’s amazing have the desk space cleared.

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I finally have a permanent home for my earphones, using these cute little hooks that slide right into the boards. And I’ll always know where my phone is.. well, the odds are better.

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The best part, you could have a Wall Manager of your very own! Staples has offered one lucky reader a $100 gift card! To be entered for a chance to win, just leave a comment to this post in response to this question – “How and where would you use the Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery Wall Manager products? ” AND follow the rules listed below for a SECOND chance to win!

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Rules:

- No duplicate comments.

- You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post

b) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

- This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

- The Official Rules are available here.

- This sweepstakes runs from 4/1/13-4/30/13.

- Be sure to visit the Avery brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is a paid review, in which payment and product have been gifted in exchange for reviewing purposed. However, as always, all words and opinions expressed are solely those of Cape 27.

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February 28, 2013

Streamlining Cable Cords

I’m a tech nerd. Ricky tries, but to be perfectly honest here (sorry hubs) he uses a computer about as much as he writes posts for the blog. Hmm.

Along with all of our gadgets, comes an abundance of charging cords. In the office. In the kitchen. In the bedroom. They’re everywhere. Yet, unusually impossible to find when you really need them? So when the guys from MOS (Magnetic Organization System) asked if I would be interested in trying out one of their new cable organizers, I was all “Oh Heck Yes”. Sign me up. Or something along those lines :)

A few days later it arrived in the mail and let me tell you, this thing works hard for us.

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You simply attach these colorful little clasps around your cord and let the magnets go to work.

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I love the fun, triangular shape of the base. I ordered the white option, but they have a few other colors to choose from as well. It’s super sleek and simple. Right on our style.

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I haven’t noticed any issues with it sliding around on my desk, but if you have heavy cords it might be a different story. Which is where the handy little micro-suction base comes into play. It’s designed to grasp your tabletop to make removing cords hassle free. Oh, and if you’re more of a wall-mounting kinda gal/guy, they even hook you up with a small 3M adhesive circle to do so.

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Right now I have it on my desk for my phone charger and my headphones, which works out perfectly. The cords are easily accessible and aren’t constantly slipping off behind the desk, and the actual plugs are still hidden behind the computer. I’m all about streamlining countertops and this guy is a winner in my books.

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Check out more MOS features here and get an organizer of your own here!

Disclosure: Product was provided at no cost for the purposes of this review. As always, all words and opinions are 100% those of Cape 27. Interested in working with Cape 27 on a product review? See our sponsorship page for more info. 

February 6, 2013

DIY Mouse Pad Tutorial

Truth: I have been using my iPad case as a mouse pad for almost a year. It’s just one of those things that worked, and buying an actual mouse pad was easily lost in all the shuffle around here. Not exactly a priority. Well, this week I was feeling crafty and decided to make one of my own. Sort of.

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Seriously, this project is SO simple. It took 15 minutes, tops and cost $3. That’s a three.

I bought a cheapie, basic black mouse pad cover (you could use any old one you have around the house), brought out some leftover fabric, and the beloved mod podge (just what I had on hand- any glue should work).

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Let’s break it down, although I’m sure you might be able to guess what happens here.

1. Place mouse pad on fabric. Make a Fabric-Covered Mouse Pad | Cape27Blog.com

2. Cut fabric, leaving about one inch extra around the mouse pad.

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3. Cover the bottom of the mouse pad with mod podge (or whatever glue you’re using) and lie face down on the fabric. Smooth out any wrinkles.

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4. Cut three strips into the fabric around all the corners, to avoid creases once glued.

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5. Make a border of glue to wrap fabric around. Mod Podge dries clear, so don’t worry about making it perfect.

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6. Pull extra fabric around and secure.

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7. Let it dry. Mine took a few hours to dry completely beneath the fabric.

Voila.

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This turned out so much better than I expected! The corners especially.

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It doesn’t hurt that I was totally obsessed with the fabric to begin with. It was the runner up for Zoey’s pillow case.

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It’s such a fun burst of color at my desk, which is mostly white. And just the inspiration I need while up at midnight, writing a post about a mouse pad ;)

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August 28, 2012

DIY Colorful Yarn Wrapped Vases

Yesterday I shared a DIY painted mason jar tutorial, and some of you may have spotted another DIY project I tackled, yet another Pinterest sensation. When I saw a few glass vases on clearance at Target for just 96 cents, I knew just what I was going to do with them. Insert, DIY yarn wrapped vases. Another super simple project that only cost us a few bucks. Warning, this one is a little more time consuming than yesterday, but totally worth the result!

I brought home a few different yarn options, but all of them transitioned between colors throughout the roll. You could buy separate colors and customize it furthermore, but I liked the easier option.

I was so happy with the results of the clearance vases that I broke a few vases that we had on hand already and went at it. Love these colors.

I would love to use this yarn combo on something for the girls’ room. Adorable.

I filled the smaller vases with some cheap-o flowers I picked up while at Ikea. Can’t wait to use flowers from our yard come spring time next year.

Side note: snagged that wooden owl napkin holder at a thrift store for $2! Love him :)

Now… what else can I wrap in yarn around the house?? Ha.

Anyone else given this Pinterest find a try? 

August 27, 2012

DIY Painted Mason Jars

I’ve been seeing a ton of new mason jar ideas floating around Pinterest lately, so I decided to try my hand at a few! The storage department in my office area for things like pens, pencils, paint brushes, etc. has really been lacking. I love using things for unintended purposes, so mason jar = instant paint brush holder. The process was incredibly easy. It’s crazy that I haven’t tried it before. All you need are a few mason jars, acrylic paint in your color choice, and maybe 5 minutes, tops.

I especially love how you can achieve absolutely any color and keep the glossy glass finish on the exterior. Genius. I only made two of these for now, but I’d love to make a few more. I went with a paintbrush holder, but I could easily see them used for several other things. Pencils, flowers, makeup brushes?

These few small pops of color are just the inspiration I need at my desk :)

How about you guys? Any mason jar projects? Anyone else attempted the painted option? I’d love to see what other uses are out there for them!