Do Something Unexpected

Try as I might to believe otherwise, my sweet baby Emma is growing up to be quite the little girly girl.  She demands her red sparkly Mary Jane shoes be put on as soon as she wakes up (and over her footed pajamas, I should add) and loves carrying around the little purse she got for Christmas.  At just 17 months, she already refuses to leave the house without a bow in her hair.

The teen years are going to be fun for me, aren’t they?

Photo by Luca Bebe Photography

That bow collection is beginning to get out of hand, so I knew it needed to be upgraded from the little metal basket in which it had been housed.  I keep her bows in my bathroom (so she can sit on my vanity stool to get her hair brushed…and I’m sooo not kidding – GIRLY!), so I wanted a solution that wasn’t too little girl looking.

I had some wide grosgrain ribbon that I was going to fold over a D-ring and hot glue into place, but that still screamed a little juvenile for a master bathroom.  Then, I spied this now…ahem…too small belt that I had recently decided to donate to Goodwill.

You see where I’m going with this, right?  I just tacked a small finishing nail in my bathroom wall and hung the buckle from it.  Instant hair bow holder!  There’s even a spot to hang her little silver bracelet.

When it comes to the little touches in your home, this is what it’s all about.  Finding a new solution using something in a new way…with a little bit of uniqueness and personality.  These are the things that will make you smile each day.

Have a bit of fun with everyday objects.  Do something unexpected, even if it’s something as little as a hair bow holder.

And now that it’s full?  I’m going to just add another nail and another belt.

What novel solutions have you come up with for every day problems in your home?

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. nice solution! :)

  2. What a beautiful little girl!!

  3. I love using every day items in different ways…. One thing that I have put in place is using a lazy susan in the pantry so that I can see what all I have without digging. Thanks for sharing a great idea!

  4. amanda @ mommyiscoocoo says:

    I know just where you are coming from with the girly girl and I LOVE IT.

    I bought a five panel door and painted it. I added a BUNCH of hooks to it and l-brackets at the bottom for support. Now we store our coats, backpacks, keys, etc… on it. It’s our $20 mudroom.

  5. Such a clever solution – but tell me how you keep Emma from pulling the bows out of her hair? My 19-month old daughter needs bows to keep her bangs out of her eyes (as her father won’t let me cut them – he claims it would give her THAT awful ’80s do we both had growing up) but she is contantly grabbing at them and pulling them out and asking to have them put back in!

    • Ha! We fight the same battle. Emma pulls hers out and says “Bow!” and then wants it put right back in. Sometimes I pull the top part back in a little whale’s spout type thing, secured with one of those tiny clear rubber bands. I then put the bow in the little pony tail, and it stays fine like that.

  6. Love it! Such a great idea! My oldest daughter is 3 1/2 and quite the girly girl too. She refuses to wear pants (she will cry if I even suggest jeans on a chilly 28 degree weather day) and would prefer to wear pink skirts everyday. She even wears skirts to bed. Yes, the teenage years are going to be fun.


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