Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's been awhile

I can't believe that it has almost been a whole month since I last posted and even longer than that for an actual written one.  Now there has been a very good reason why I haven't written - I haven't been feeling all that chipper and finally ended up in the ER last Monday night.  (In case you haven't figured it out yet, I can be a bit stubborn and figure I can handle just about anything on my own.)  Anyway, after four different medications, I am on the mend and feeling much better.  

This past weekend, while resting in my easy chair, I decided to clean up some stuff on my computer.  After all, that doesn't take that much ability to sit and click on a few keys while sitting with your feet up - LOL!

I found that in the last couple of years I had bookmarked about two hundred different blogs and websites.  Really, two hundred!!!!  Anyway, there is no way I could read and stay up to date with two hundred different sites.  I also found that there were only a few that I really read, commented on, and stayed up to date on.  I also knew that my computer was just a little slow - you think? - so, I decided it was time to get rid of the stuff that was just taking up precious space on my laptop!

Saturday I just sat in my chair, clicked on each one - and deleted the ones I knew I didn't read anymore and then on ones I wasn't sure about, I read the last couple of posts and if it wasn't something that interested me - "delete" was clicked on.  I don't want to tell anyone to desert someone's blog, especially since I would love for you to read mine, but there comes a time that you have to chose which blogs are interesting to you.

Now, before I got really sick, I had done a lot of organizing around the house cleaning out closets, drawers, and cabinets.  Of course, being the lame blogger that I am, I didn't take any pictures of the before - but I can sure show you pictures of the after and tell you how I got there.  So, if you are interested - my next couple of posts will be talking about organizing spaces.  See you later this week!!!

Hugs -
Carol

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Organized Pantry



When we bought our house I was so excited we had a pantry.  We didn’t have one in the rental house and trying to find a space in the little, bitty, tiny kitchen was always a challenge.  We even put up shelves in the garage for all our canned goods.  It was not the ideal situation, so when we looked at this house, and there was a pantry, I was a happy camper.

Then we moved into the house and my “perfect” pantry became a royal mess.  The shelves were so deep that things got lost – I couldn’t tell what I had.  Things were in front of other things and we were always having to move one thing to get to another. 



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So, I knew I had to do something to make my “perfect” pantry – 
well, 
Perfect.


The first thing I did was ask the hubs to put another shelf in at the very top – there was at least two feet of unused space at the top of the pantry.  We found a piece of shelving at a garage sale (for .25) that was just a little narrower than all the other shelves.  I figured that it would make it easier to get things down due to the door.


The next thing I did was ask him to install two shelves at an angle.

  What???  

Say that again???


See, I had seen this picture on Pinterest (yep, Pinterest again) that showed two pantry shelves flipped upside down and canned goods placed on them.  I thought that would be a great solution to the “lost” cans problem.



Flip wire shelves upside down for cans. Genius



Photo curtsey of imgur.com


So, one day last week the hubs finally decided to complete his part of the pantry redo and installed the two shelves at an angle for me.  Then I went in and did the organizing part. 


Want to see how it turned out?



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First thing I did was move all my clear storage containers with my rice, beans, pasta, etc. to that new top shelf.  
They are all labeled and since that shelf is smaller it is easy to see what I have.



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Then I took three Dollar Store baskets and put them on the second shelf.  One has Cookies and Crackers, one is for bread, and the third holds our Chips.  I just wrote on an index card, then punched a hole and tied the card on with some ribbon.  Easy, peasy.  Even the hubs can find what he wants, which is usually either the cookies or the chips! 



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Here are my awesome angled shelves!  Aren’t they the BEST!!!  They make it sooooo easy to find just what canned good I want AND stuff doesn’t get lost!  I just LOVE them!  Oh, one more thing about these angled shelves – they don’t take up any more room then just one shelf did. 

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On the next shelf I placed a small rectangular basket upside down so I could get the boxed goods up so I could see them.  No more hiding from me!
Then I took another Dollar Store basket and put all my Jell-O and pudding mixes – I still need to label that basket.  
And finally, I had a small pencil basket that I put all the mixes in.



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The next shelf down I put all the breakfast stuff – cereal, oatmeal, grits, pancake mix, coffee, and peanut butter (yep, peanut butter is a breakfast food around our home).  Okay, yes, I have a box of pop-tarts.  My hubs likes them – don’t judge.

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The last shelf holds all the miscellaneous stuff and duplicates.   Then on the floor I have some bins for produce.  I have added a couple more since this picture was taken for my white potatoes and baking potatoes along with the one with the onions.
Guess I need to label those bins also.

So, I took a pantry that was a disaster -


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and made a nice organized pantry where things can be found with no trouble at all.

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Love it!!!

I, once again, am happy that I have a pantry. 
All it took was just a little bit of time, 
a few baskets, and a couple of shelves.  
Oh, and some inspiration from Pinterest. 
(wink, wink)


Hugs!
Carol

Monday, February 3, 2014

Things Don't Always Go As Planned

Do you ever have great plans about what 
you are going to do
on the 
weekend?

Oh, I had plans for
this past weekend.

There was the little
County Fair
to explore.




There were things
to
organize.






There were
holiday
tablescapes
to
create.




There were blog
posts to work
on.





There was shopping
to do.


All photos are Google images


Looking for pictures of mine?

I'm sorry.

There aren't any.

Why???

I mean, 
had
PLANS!

Two itty, bitty words.

Kidney Stones!

Oh yeah!

Those
two little words

will
s. t. o. p.

you

in

your 

tracks.

Instead of 
fabulous
outings 
and
writing
creative
blog posts
 the 
entire weekend
 will be
spent
in intense pain
while
you try to
stay
OUT

of the

hospital!

So,
while I
had
such
wonderful,
fantastic
plans

n o t h i n g

was
accomplished.

(Other than staying out of the hospital)
Insert happy face!

So, while I won't be able 
to post pictures
or write 
great
posts
about
 the 
County Fair
(it was only this past weekend)
other things 
can
 be done
and
written
about
this week.

Laundry can be done -
Projects can be finished -
Food can be cooked -
House can be cleaned -
and,
hopefully,
I'll 
continue
to stay OUT 
of the hospital!

Hugs!
Talk to you soon!

Carol


Friday, January 31, 2014

Valentine Rag Wreath


Well, I almost waited to long to write this post – but if you are looking for a quick and easy Valentine Wreath then this is the one for you!

Plus it didn’t cost me a penny – zero, nothing, nada!

Now before we go any further – please excuse the quality of the pictures – some were taken during a rain storm and the others were taken at night.  Sorry!


The inspiration for my wreath was from a pin on Pinterest -  


                                        

If you are interested in seeing how Cindi made hers – here’s the link to her post:  http://cindis.blogspot.com/2009/01/moms-tie-one-on.html
In her version Cindi used a grapevine wreath and inserted the material in the actual wreath using a flat head screwdriver and tweezers to pull the fabric strips through. 

I wanted to do something just a little easier – not that I’m lazy or anything – I just wanted a cute little wreath in a hurry.  

So, let’s move on to my version – okey, dokey? 


Ta-Da -  here's my version -


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Want to know how I made it?  It's really easy - I promise.


First thing I did was go to my local fabric store – aka my mom’s house.

My mom is a quilter and she has more material then you could shake a stick at – so sometimes when I need material in a hurry or don’t want to spend any money, I just take a quick look in her quilter’s closet and find what I need.  The only issue is, I can't need a large piece of fabric as most pieces are 1/4 or 1/2 a yard.  But, for this project, size wasn't that important.

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I picked out these seven different colors.

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I asked the hubs to make a heart shape out of a simple wire clothes hanger.
He did a good job, didn’t he?   If you don't have a wire clothes hanger you can use any gauge wire to form your heart shape.


Then I got out my cutting mat, my ruler, and my rotary cutter.


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If you don’t have a rotary cutter don’t worry – you can use scissors, or, if you are using cotton, just tear the material at the width you want.
I decided to make my strips 3/4 of an inch wide and approximately 6 inches long.

Do you remember that I had picked out seven different pieces of fabric?  After I got home and really looked at the fabric,  I decided to just use three of them  - one light pink, one medium red, and one dark red.



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My strips all cut.
 
I didn’t take any pictures of the next step – it is a little hard to take pictures and tie strips on the form at the same time – but I think you can figure it out.    

All you have to do is tie the strips on the form – that’s it.

I started with the lightest color and ended with the darkest red, but it really doesn't matter.  What ever you want to do will work.

It doesn't take long to do the entire wreath – I did mine while watching a movie Sunday night.



I love my little rag wreath - 



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Hope you do too.


Hugs!

Carol

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Best Laid Plans

Hi everyone!
I hope that you all are having a great Monday, 
and for those of you that are working, 
maybe you have the day off for MLK day.

I had such great plans for this past weekend.
I was going to get all kinds of 
stuff organized,  
posts drafted
and some pictures edited.

That is, until I received a phone call from
my daughter asking if she and
the babies could spend the night with us.
You see, Friday she discovered that the carpet
in the corner of the master bedroom was 
soaking wet and when her husband
got home and checked it out -
there was MOLD!
Well, we didn't want the babies around
that, plus Justin (SIL) was using some
chemicals from work to kill the mold and
we didn't want the babies around that either.
So, to make a long story somewhat short,
my daughter and both babies spent the
entire weekend with us while Justin
worked on getting all the mold
killed and the house put back together.

So, I didn't get anything done that I had 
planned to do - other than cook a lot
more than I usually do on the weekend
and that certainly wasn't "planned".
That's okay - I'm just glad the
kids had a safe place to stay and
all the other "stuff" will
get done - 
sooner or later!

Hugs -

Carol