Thursday, January 8, 2009

On the Hook to Organize

Handpainted butterflies flutter into my niece's bedroom, each one offering a peg to hold little-girl treasures.

I helped welcome my niece, Caitlin, into the world when she came home from the hospital as a newborn a year ago. I was eager to offer assistance in any way during my visit, and you can imagine how thrilled I was when my sister, Jennifer, told me she really needed help finding hooks to hang letters in her new daughter's room. So being the devoted sister I am, I selflessly roamed the aisles of Michael's to find unpainted wooden pegs. Sweet butterflies and softly-scalloped flowers seemed perfect for Caitlin's nursery, so I spent a leisurely afternoon during our visit bringing them to life. All in service to my sweet sister and new niece, of course!

I purchased inexpensive wooden pegs and several bottles of craft paint at Michael's. Back at Jennifer's house, I sanded rough edges on the wood. Then I painted the hooks with two coats of white craft paint. I covered the flower pegs with pink and green polka dots to coordinate with Caitlin's crib bedding, and added delicate ribbons and rose buds to the butterfly pegs. I left the pegs to dry, and later my brother and father hung them in the nursery over the crib. Each morning since Caitlin has been greeted by a garden full of butterflies and flowers welcoming her to a new day.

For those of us seeking organization in the new year, simple wooden pegs could provide a way to combine form and function in a child's room. Inexpensive and easy to embellish, pegs can keep scarves, jackets and other essentials in easy reach of little hands. So if you're looking for little ways to declutter a child's room, hang some wooden pegs, and perhaps you'll find your son or daughter hooked on organization this year.

16 comments:

Sandy Toes said...

Very pretty and perfect for a little girls room!-sandy toe

Graham Shenanigans said...

Woman, is there anything you don't do???? You sew, you organize, you cook, you decorate, you are a wonderful mother/wife, and now you paint??? Beautiful!!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

We had fun with those this summer - but my girls painted them with me, so they don't begin to look like your gorgeous ones. Just as special though. :)

Tracy said...

It looks beautiful! I love roses... :)

Leah said...

What a great idea! I think that would be wonderful in my laundry room for the kiddos coats!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Melissa, this is a great idea and so cute! Glad you shared it with us. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Jennifer Driver said...

I love them as much today as the first day you painted them! :)

Sarah said...

My husband recently put up hooks for all of our coats AND they installed a kiddy-level row of hooks at church, so my little ones are totally responsible now for taking care of their outside things. Even the two year old can handle it. I love it!

Meredith Teagarden said...

Great idea! January makes me want to get organized!

tara @ kidz said...

What a pretty little hook and a great idea!

Jen r. said...

That's really cute!

Sherrie said...

I love your blog. Your life is filled with beauty (including your adorable children).

mommy2gabby said...

I have a question. How do you do the lovely collages of your pictures? Is there someplace I can go to to learn?

Jody

Melissa Lester said...

Jody, I do them with Picasa, which you can download free from Google. It is quick, user-friendly and fun!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

CUTE! You did a great job on those flowers -wow!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

missing you...hope you all are fine...

~k

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