Quick Design DIY – Freshen Up A Doorway

This project will take you NO time at all and is inexpensive!  Dress up a doorway with any shower curtain you can get on the market!

What you need:

Metal (or wood) Dowel Rod

2-3 Screw Hooks (?)

1 Dollar Store (or any) shower curtain with button holes for shower curtain hooks

How to do it:

Measure your doorway and pick the appropriate size dowel rod for it.

Hold dowel rod over doorway and center – placing dowel approximately 3″ above the door frame.

Mark 2 inches in from either end – this is where you will place your screw hooks.

Screw hooks into wall with the loop facing up towards ceiling to cup the dowel rod.

Run the dowel rod through the shower curtain button holes (where you’d usually put hooks)

Hang curtain by placing the dowel rod in the hooks.   Voila!

You can get creative and make a tieback with ribbon, string, rope etc by putting nails or tacks in the wall to hold back, or purchase curtain tiebacks from Lowes, etc if you want to spend a few extra dollars.  Have fun with it!


If you have any questions regarding this quick tutorial, please email us at mycreativeside@hotmail.com


Who needs surround sound? Grab a mug!

Ok, stop looking at the title of this blog entry like we’ve gone and lost our minds…I assure you, we haven’t (yet haha) so please, read on!  🙂

Want to fill your room with the sound of music from your iPhone, iPod, MP3 player, etc but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a speaker system or dock?  Well have we got a solution for you!  After experimenting with many different types of cups, glasses, and so forth – a fantastic discovery has been made!  Putting your device into an empty, clean coffee mug gives you the BEST and LOUDEST sound quality out of all the different ones we tested!

The original idea came from Pinterest of course!  A coffee mug seems to do an even better job at amplifying the sound than an ordinary glass or cylindrical container.  Try it for yourself and let us know what you find works best for you! 😉

Please make sure your glass is clean, dry,  and empty before adding your device.

Get a handle on things!

Let’s talk about handles – drawer handles, cabinet handles – you know what we mean!  Reusing handles can prove to be a fabulous way to organize!  Here’s some ideas that we like – more to come!

Above – Reuse old handles as a towel holder, or pick up inexpensive ones from a hardware store!

Below – a great jewelry organization board!

Here you see old hot and cold handles being used on a shelf – so cute!

Mason Jar Night Light

My laundry room has 1 plug, besides the one for the washer/dryer.  So, putting a night light in the room to help with the extreme darkness is not easy.  So, I have a solution that allows me to use my mason jars (which I love) and a touch of creativity!

You do not have to secure the mason jar to the cabinet as I have shown below, but it sure is nice when you don’t have a safe or solid place to sit it!  Space saving – badabing!

Simply use a screw with a sharp point – and gently, but with some oomph – start the screw through the top of the lid with it ON the jar.  Once you start the hole, remove the screw and the lid and reverse the process so the screw is pointed UP out of the lid.

Now, secure the lid to the underside of the cabinet till tight.  Add an LED or other battery operated item to the jar (NO FLAMES) and screw into place – holding onto the lid that’s attached to the cabinet is a good idea otherwise it tends to spin.  And voila!  A hanging nightlight!

Cake Stand Tutorial

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Cake stands are an elegant way to display decadent desserts and more – I have come up with a simple and inexpensive way to make your own!  The possibilities are truly endless with this project!

You will need:

  • 2 – Candle Holders (I used tapered ones I had on hand, ones with a bigger base recommended)
  • Hot Glue
  • Modge Podge OR Elmers School Glue – must dry clear
  • Glitter – really fine grade glitter, such as Martha Stewart.  Course/large glitter won’t give the same effect.
  • Battery Operated Micro LED Lights (optional) – these can be purchased inexpensively at Amazon.com in a variety of colors – white, blue, red, green, pink, and yellow

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Cake Stand, Paper Flowers, & Cupcakes – OH MY!

This morning, I started off with a simple task….bake a cake for my mom’s 65th birthday – who wanted a devils food cake with chocolate icing – a chocolate on chocolate as I call it. A cake you say? Most people would bake a cake, frost it, and sing happy birthday – but it’s me you’re talking about. I don’t do simple, it’s always above and beyond what the dictionary defines as simple. Today, I did it all….I made the cake stand from objects I had already in my house, I baked 2 dozen cupcakes and one small round cake, made paper flowers using items I already had on hand – and these pictures are representative of my hard work!

Tomorrow, I will post video tutorials on how to make your very own cake stand and paper flowers!

Drink it Up!

We would like to take a moment away from organization and home decor and make your mouth water for some delish drinks!  Personally, parties aren’t complete without something unique, and I tend to gravitate towards drinks than fancy foods.  I made an ice punch bowl once time many years ago and was hooked on the idea of making something amazing for my drinks!

Here are some examples of drinks we think are pretty spiffy! (don’t tell my kids I still use that word)


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