WEEKLY INSPIRATION : ETSY DELIGHT

This week’s inspiration is Etsy. Whether you are thinking of getting organised and start your Christmas shopping early this year or whether you just want to treat yourself to something special, Etsy has it all.

From the most delicate stoneware jug (by LiquoriceMoonStudios) that would be a great addition to my jug collection as much as a thoughtful present for a loved one.
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Stoneware tan Jug

To some amazing and beautifully made sun catchers by dortdesigns
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Dragonfly suncatchers

This jewelry organizer by BarnCatStore should help you keep your favorite pieces organised and on display
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Jewelry Organiser

I have to write things down and personal planners are a must to be organized during the year, especially with one as gorgeous as this by myrubberstamp
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Personal planner

If you want, need or feel like updating your Kindle cover, these handmade options by bertiescloset are always more special, don’t you think?
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Kindle cover

For those fighting the cold outside this scarf by  KnitPopShop is both cosy and fab. I love the colors!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Plaid scarf

I need these slippers by YniusFelt. I want these slippers. I am getting these slippers…
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Felted wool slippers

In the home decor department, this geometric clock by LatteHome is one of my favorites. I love the colors!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Geometric clock

There is something very classic about glass magnets and I love the designs in these ones by TannerGlass. I can think of so many people who would just love these!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - Glass Magnets

And let’s not forget that special pet in your life. They also need to be cosy and nothing says comfort and warmth as this cat cave by VaivaIndre. Pretty cool indeed!!!
Etsy Autumn inspiration - cat cave

Have you made your Christmas list yet?
Are you inspired yet?

Chaotic Itzi

MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

Stella & Dot New Arrivals

CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME FOR MY GALLERY WALL

I have been working on putting together a gallery wall for my stairs.Choosing a color scheme - grey, coral, white and blue

I guess that when planning a gallery wall, the main considerations are the frames and the prints, or at least they were for me. I had good few frames lying around. They were different styles and sizes, which is good, but also different colors, which is not so good for me. I like the idea of totally different frames in some gallery walls but not for this one. I was looking for some bit of uniformity.

Deciding on what color to use in the frames has been the biggest delay in getting this infamous gallery wall started. I might have mentioned before that I am a bit anal complicated when it comes to colors. I knew I didn’t want anything dark. I wanted to keep the stairs light and airy so I needed a light color. I also knew I wanted something neutral enough so the frames would not clash or take away from the prints.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme
After much deliberation (first world problem, right?), I decided to paint the frames light grey with Autentico Chalk Paint and complement the grey with some coral and light blue decorations and prints. I love the grey, coral, white and blue combination. It is light and fresh, calm and uplifting.
Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I have used chalk paint before (here, here and here) and you have probably figured out that I pretty much love it. There is no need for sanding and it covers any surface with very little effort, perfect! I decided to leave some frames grey, to lightly distress others and to mix the grey with some white in others to keep it lively and playful. A bit of variety within the uniformity. I like that.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I now have to plan how I am going to organize the frames on the wall. I like the random factor with some sort of order. You know what I mean, don’t you? I am hoping to share the final wall very soon.

Very soon…
Chaotic Itzi

DECORATING PUMPKINS, 4 WAYS

I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween. It is not something that was big in Spain when I was a child but since moving to Ireland and having children, Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger in my house. More decorations, more lights, more sweets. Bigger is better according to my kids and I kind of agree. I usually find myself buying bags of sweets with my shopping, keeping black pieces of paper so we can make bats to hang around the house and planning costumes from about mid September onward. We can safely say that I have totally embraced this Irish pagan festival.

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways

When it comes to the traditional Halloween pumpkin, I usually carve it.  The problem is that if you submit to peer pressure from the kids and carve it few days in advance, the pumpkin gets a bit yucky by the time Halloween comes so my options were to hide the pumpkins or to decorate them in a different way to avoid the unwanted pumpkin soup…

1. PAINT IT

The main advantage of this way of decorating your pumpkins, is that you can literally use anything you have around in your house. Any color and any type of paint as it is not something you are going to keep long-term. Painting the pumpkin will also help disguise any ugly or brown parts that the pumpkin may have.
Paint it all or just a little bit. You choose how much work you want to take on.

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 waysOrganising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways

2. DRESS IT UP

So many ways you can dress the pumpkin up: cut out shapes, bandages, buttons, bows, washi tape… Make it as cute or as scary as you want. It’s Halloween, anything goes really….
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
3. CARVE IT

Carving is the most traditional and popular way of decorating pumpkins around this time of the year, but that doesn’t mean that carving has to be boring. You can have funny, scary, cute and evil faces. You don’t have to limit yourself to carving faces. You can go for different designs, it all depends how handy you are with the knife.
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
4. DRILL IT

Drilling a pumpkin is a similar technique to carving in that you still need to empty the pumpkin and put a light inside, but the drilling gives the pumpkin a more contemporary and a slightly grown up look. More sophisticated, maybe?

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways

What are your plans for Halloween? Have you bought your pumpkin?

Share your designs and plans with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag
#chaoticpumpkin #chaotichalloween

Chaotic Itzi

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PLAIN RUG + FELT BALLS = HAPPY RUG

PLAIN RUG + FELT BALLS = HAPPY RUG

OrganisingChaosBlog - Making a rug special with felt balls
When it comes to interior design, I have always been a fan of the Scandinavian style. I love the whites, the greys, the soft colors, the textures… Scandinavian interior design is renowned for its simplicity, utility and beauty, and that is exactly what I want in my home – simple clean lines that allow a space to work for a busy family with young kids but it is still beautiful.
One of the main features of the Scandinavian style is the light colors. I guess it is to maximize any bit of light that they get in the winter months and, having lived in Ireland for 15 years and experiencing the dark (and wet, and cold) winters, I need plenty of light colors around the house to help me make it to Spring.
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
Last year I bought a plain inexpensive white rug for the sitting room. It was a bit of a characterless rug but I bought it with the idea of maybe painting some design in it or dying it. A year passed by and the white rug was still under the sitting room table. Still white. Still plain.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Making a rug special with felt balls
As much as I love white, I also like colors. A touch of color always lifts a space, adds a touch of fun and it makes any space more summery even in the depths of winter. If that touch of color comes in the shape of colorful gorgeous felt balls, well, that just divine!!! So what do you do when you have a white rug and a load of colourful felt balls? The only thing you can do!
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
I love the subtle color that the balls bring to the room and I love how the rug makes the wood on the floor and on the table that bit brighter.
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
What do you think? Are you a white + color kind of person? Or are a color + color kind of person?
Let us know

Chaotic Itzi

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOME-MADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOME-MADE BEAUTY PRODUCTS
As you know, I have been making my own beauty products for a while now and I have to say that I would never go back to the store-bought ones. Not only the home-made products are cheaper to make but they are also much better for you and the environment.

As you can imagine, packing to come to Spain for 7 weeks with 2 kids is no easy task. Although we already have god few things here in our summer-house, the suitcases were still full and there is a lot to bring between clothes, toys, books… you know the drill. But it is a relief to know that I don’t have to bring my favorite beauty products as I can make them over there with some basic ingredients.

So this week I will be making my favorite scrubs to get my skin ready for the sun, and my favorite facial masks for my skin to feel amazing.

HOME-MADE LAVENDER BODY SCRUB
Home-made lavander sugar body scrub - very easy

HOME-MADE VANILLA LIP SCRUB
Homemade  Vanilla Lip Scrub - OCB

HOME-MADE OATMEAL FACIAL SCRUB
OCB - Home-made Oatmeal Facial Scrub

HOME-MADE FACE MASK FOR GLOWING SKIN
Home-made Face Mask

HOME-MADE HONEY, LEMON AND COCONUT OIL FACE MASK
OrganisingChaosBlog - HONEY, LEMON AND COCONUT OIL FACE MASK

HOMEMADE BEESWAX LIP BALM
Beeswax lip balm

What is your favorite home-made beauty product for the summer?

Chaotic Itzi

MAKE YOUR OWN SALAD BOX

As the weather gets warmer, we tend to eat salads on a daily basis at home. We love any kind of leaf in our house, from rocket to spinach to baby beet green. We love mix and match leaves in our salads The combination of flavors mixed with some aromatic herbs, bring the salads to a whole new level –  you will never be bored.
Organising Chaos - Make your own salad box
The salad bags you can find in the supermarkets are very handy but I find they work out very expensive and they tend to go off rather quickly so I decided to grow my own salads. Growing your own food brings me a great sense of well-being, of knowing where my food has been and what it has gone into growing them. It is just so nice!

You don’t need to have a big garden or a garden at all to grow your own salads. You only need a small outside space, a balcony, a window box, any space where you can put a pot in. I recently scored some wooden boxes from my local farmer’s market so I decided to grow them in them so I could move them around my garden depending whether they needed more or less sun.
Organising Chaos - Make your own salad box
I painted the box a rich blue color and I lined the inside with newspapers. I then put some compost and planted my chosen salad leaves (Salad Lettuce Leaf ‘Misticanza d’insalate’ / Lettuce ‘Lollo Rosso). My own salad garden ready to be eaten!
Organising Chaos - Make your own salad box
Ideally I would have liked to grow my salads from seeds but the weather has been so bad here that the idea of planting anything or getting out into the garden was not very appealing and I missed the planting season. I did make sure the plants I bought were organic and no chemicals had been used in them,

Are you growing your own food? Share with us.
Chaotic Itzi

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HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES : MAKE YOUR OWN SANDWICH

The end of the school year is close, I can nearly see it. The boys keep asking when school is finishing, when we are going to Spain (in August), when is their birthday. They are tired. They are looking forward to the summer holidays, the freedom, the heat (hopefully), the late evenings and sleep ins. And so do I.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - Full school lunch
At this point in the year, they are also tired of the same school lunches so I am trying to freshen it up a little bit.

This lunch is all about kids building the sandwich themselves. It is just a bit of fun as it can be eaten as a sandwich all together, they can eat the little bits separate or combine them as they want, but it always gets eaten in its entirety.

If you don’t have a lunch box with loads of different compartments and you don’t feel like buying one at this stage of the year, silicone cupcakes cases are ideal to keep all the different ingredients separate, they are easy to wash and reusable.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich
Today I used bacon, rocket, tomatoes, cheese and crackers, but I want to share with you some other suggestions for this DIY LUNCH that work very well in our house.
Bread : crackers, savory rice cakes, brown bread, mini bagels, small roll, panini…
Vegetables : rocket, spinach leaves, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, spring onion
Meat : cooked bacon, sausages, ham, turkey, pastrami, salami, smoked salmon, tuna, roasted chicken
Other : cheese, hummus, mayo, cream cheese, gherkins, relish, mayo mustard.
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - rocket and tomatos
School lunch - Make your own sandwich - fruit and treat
In our house, getting the my kids involved in the planning and making of their lunch works a treat – not only do they eat it better, but it is also lovely to see how much they grow feeling responsible and part of the decision-making process, it is very special.

What is your kids’ favorite lunch? Go on, share!
Chaotic Itzi

Organising Chaos