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My Pinterest Birthday Party ~ Part I , The Colors

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My awesome son, Mr. Awesome, gave me the most awesome birthday present this year. He gave me a Pinterest themed birthday party! He actually wanted to do something even more extravagant for me, but Mr. Matrimony steered him in a less costly direction. My son seemed disappointed when he talked to me about what I wanted and I assured him, I wanted a party… a real BIG GIRL birthday party!

Boy did he come through!!!

First, he hired Singing Honey Bee Designs (her ETSY, blog, and Facebook links are listed at the end of this post) to plan the party. Her specialty is kid’s parties. This was her first real BIG GIRL party, so she was just about as excited as I was! I knew right away I wanted a Pinterest Party. Honestly though, when I thought of that idea, I was picturing a party where the guests would bring food they found via Pinning and then we would make something I found on Pinterest. Not a party centered around Pinterest. Then I realized she was thinking of a Pinterest themed party.
Wait.
WHAT???

THAT.
IS.
GENIUS!!!

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This was the most fun party I’ve ever had! My friends sure seemed to think so too. I don’t think one single person didn’t tell me how much fun it was and about half (there were 20 total!) of them said they want to have a Pinterest Party as well. Because I love Pinterest, set-up was very entertaining. We used Pinterest ideas (and some originals) for all of the decorations. I’m really into using what I have to get what I want. That meant even my flowers were cost-effective… Mr. Matrimony went outside and picked me about a hundred, as he calls them, long-stemmed dandelions! For food, each guest was asked to bring a finger food they found on Pinterest. We also asked them to share the recipes and let everyone know what Pin they used. That made the food side a breeze! Plus, there was plenty for everyone, and everything was so different. We also made two Pinterest ideas I had previously made for myself. I had all of the supplies on hand. Giving the finished item to each friend was my party planner’s idea of  “Big Girl Party Favors”. How cute is that??? We made homemade laundry soap and Chalkboard Yardstick Crates. Is was a lot of fun to be working around 4 tables with so many of my friends! They made new friends, learned they have more creativity than they thought, and ate super yummy food. It was a GOOD day 🙂

There will be more posts on the party, but for today, let’s get started with…

My Color Scheme

When Melissa, from Singing Honey Bee Designs told me her color ideas, I was a tad disappointed. I originally pictured a bunch of pastels, like this…

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We couldn’t have ended up further away from that color scheme unless we went with black and white! And guess what… I loved it.
I mean lovvvvvvvved it!!!

The colors were just so happy. I can’t take any credit for this short part one of the story. All I can say is, when a professional has been hired for planning a party, trust them! She really has a gift with colors, and how to put things together by using those colors. Red seemed obvious with a Pinterest Theme party, and turquoise is very complimentary to it. With hints of yellow intermingled, the main colors were really set off.

The colors are pretty complimentary to my skin tone in the picture display that greeted my guests at the front door…. Don’t you agree?

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Ok, maybe it is more complimentary to that faded 70’s photo matte look and not my natural skin tone. Still…. I likey!

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We used quite a bit of spray paint. For the turquoise (or aqua, if you prefer) we used Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch in Seaside (gloss). For the red, we used whatever I had around. Something around here always seems to be painted red, so I always have at least a few cans. Red spray paint can be picked up at hardware stores for .98 cents a can. Sometimes, even dollar stores have it!

 

 

 

 

 

I painted a lot lot lot of stuff!

Wine Bottles and Squash

 

I spray painted wine bottles and Singing Honey Bee provided the letters. From her ETSY store, she does custom orders in different sizes with many fonts to choose from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinterest Party Mantle Decorations 2We displayed the wine bottles with my name on the fireplace mantle. I put them up days before the party and didn’t want to take them down until days after. That’s just how great they looked! The candle sticks on either side were topped with some of the painted (fake) squash. My “Happy Birthday” bunting banners were above and below the display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was as if a Pin had stepped right off of Pinterest and into my living room!!!

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Red Double Pie Server

This is a two-tiered pie server, painted red. On the bottom, I placed a simple plate which served as a holding place for our cute little red and white checkered fry boats. The top is where the napkins were. The spray painted basket fit perfectly in the pie server. I painted a plate the also fit perfectly, in the basket. They are the same color, so the plate just looks like the bottom of the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had cake pops instead of a traditional birthday cake. They were the first ones Melissa has ever made. She was not impressed with the process… or the outcome!

She was the only one who thought that.

According to the internet and every cake blog ever written, the first cake pops a person makes are going to flop. Not so with these! I wish I could share how delicious they were. I’m salivating right now. Seriously. I just got up from the computer and walked into the kitchen to find something sweet to eat. I fear no matter what I find, I’d be disappointed. They just wouldn’t be Melissa’s cake…
sigh….
Anyways, more on that later. I’m getting distracted. This is what made me tell you about the cake…

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Cake Server

 

Since I didn’t have a “regular” cake, I didn’t need a “regular” cake server. So I made this! It’s actually 3 plate stands I had made previously. The only thing I changed was to paint the red one. The picture below has an extra plate stand on it. I just set it up there for the picture. One of the fun things Melissa did for the party was ask everyone to place the finger food they brought on a server that matched the party theme. I’m not sure how something so simple brought so much joy to me! I wasn’t the only one either. There were a lot of compliments on the look it created.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a tiny preview of how my “cake” turned out….

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I had some cute little decorative (fake) squash. The colors they were looked really good in my living room. I figured I can make them so again, and why not just go all out for the party. So I did 🙂

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Of course, we made paper flowers of various shapes, sizes, and colors. We borrowed this one from the church. I thought it looked great with our chair swing (tutorial link below!) we made. Conveniently, the swing is painted with the same color of teal. We were outside, on the porch for most of the party doing Pinterest crafts (more on that in another post!). So, the swing came in handy. I think it was very loved ❤

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There was quite a bit of shipping paper left-over from our move. I offered it up to Singing Honey Bee designs, and she transformed the plain brown packing paper into these….

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They are BIG and they are spectacular! When she does a post on this design, I’ll make sure to offer a link. She did this really neato twisty-thingie with the center. They became honest-to-goodness realistic! Painted with spray paint, they really tied in as a valance across my dining room windows.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a bit of a close up of my favorite one. Wouldn’t these be fun with a ombre style paint job? Say in orange and pink? Mmmhmmm…

 

 

 

 

I was going to cover the other flowers in a different chapter of this post. I decided though, that they were more suited here since I was talking about the colors and showing you the ones we spray painted.

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One of the projects Melissa and I worked on together was this “garland”. The flowers are not connected, but were hung from a support beam in a way that made them seem so. Since I knew only one kind of flower to make with tissue paper, I was quite proud of myself when I came up with the idea to make sharp corners on one, rather than rounded.

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Then The Singing Honey Bee started making all sorts of flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This one looks like a bow tie. Wouldn’t that be sweet for a baby boy shower?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Double Paper Flower

Her “double” is wonderful! The oblong shape fits in neatly with the other flowers that are almost always round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broom Shipping Paper Flower

I don’t know what to call this  one, but it seems like the end of an antique broom.  This one may be my favorite design. As I was typing this, I realized how cute it might be with striped paper. This one is made out of shipping paper so was next to free to make!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Blue Paper Flower

 

And of course, we made regular tissue paper flowers. Don’t you just love the twine? Melissa left it long so it would hang down and naturally twist a bit. That little bit of detail really made a big difference!

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa had Pinned a tutorial on making tissue paper poppies. They were so different and unusual from the normal paper flowers you always see Pinned everywhere. They took more time and effort to make, but really turned out fabulous!
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Well, that’s all for this post. Tomorrow, I will start working on another one. I think this will be fun to follow. Melissa is going to do some posts on it as well, so you can get another person’s thoughts and ideas on having a Pinterest Themed Party right along with my ideas!

Links for Melissa at Singing Honey Bee Designs….

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thesinginghoneybee
http://singinghoneybee.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/singinghoneybeedesigns

 

 

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Three Tiered Fruit Bowl diy

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My family eats a lot of veggies and fruit… forcibly, by MOM.

Actually, we are trying to eat more fruits and veggies. The problem is, if we don’t see it, we don’t eat it. I had a little metal fruit bowl with a banana hook. It worked great, for bananas. And maybe like 3 oranges. It just wasn’t big enough to hold anything else. Of course, I also read a Pin about how you are supposed to separate your bananas from the bunch to make them last longer. Or maybe that helps them ripen. No matter… that banana bowl contraption did not work. I looked around and just couldn’t find another basket, bowl, or crate I really liked. Then, the other day, I was organizing my china cabinet (check out this post for that… https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/how-to-add-color-to-your-china-cabinet-without-spending-a-fortune/) and I needed to clear some space on the counter.

I had been working on this…
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As my pie-server-turned-plate-rack waited it’s turn for perfect pantry placement, I began stacking stuff on it. Some fruit was laying on the counter. To make more organization-in-waiting counter space for the china, I put the fruit on the plate rack, and I saw the obvious… my new fruit basket!

Here’s what I started with….

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I’ve seen these pie servers a lot in thrift shops. I can see why they were tossed, since ivy has lost it’s decorative appeal. They are usually cheap too. I paid only $1.95 for mine. Fortunately, the ivy and the wire it is attached to, is easily removed. Just be careful when doing so, because it can cut you! Pliers are my tool of choice for this job. Make sure there are no jagged edges and sand the stand. I didn’t sand mine of course, because I wanted it now, lol.

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I had already painted it, and the colors match my kitchen, so I began looking for baskets. Around the house, I couldn’t find enough baskets that fit, so for the time being, I just used plates. My friend Melissa used to work at, and has volunteered at several thrift shops. She has great tips on buying from them. On Thursdays, she is starting to blog about it! Here’s the link… http://singinghoneybee.blogspot.com/2014/04/thrifting-thursday-how-i-decorate-on.html

The next day I set out, determined to find thrift store baskets for my new fruit bowl, and The Singing Honey Bee was so right! I not only found three matching baskets, they were also brand new and were only .50 cents each! They really couldn’t be more perfect if they were made specifically for this project. Really, thrifting is amazing! Mr. Matrimony was evev enamored with these baskets. So much, that he asked me not to paint them. Egads… no spray painting??? What ever is a spray-paint addict to do?

He really doesn’t ask for that much, and he takes such god care of me… so I obliged him. They are awfully pretty baskets…

 

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I’m very satisfied with how my 3-tiered fruit basket turned out. I’m also certain the family will eat more fresh fruits and veggies The only problem is, now I need to go out and find more of these pie servers because I keep stealing them from other projects!

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Now, we have copious amounts of fruits and veggies, staring us down at almost eye level! We have been eating more. And plus, is there even a better way to add color to your kitchen than by using real produce?
No. No, there is not.

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What do you use for a fruit bowl in your home? Do you eat more fresh produce when it is easily seen?

Make Your Dining Room POP with Color!!! (Part One: Fabric Covered Chargers)

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On one of my very first trips to Hobby Lobby, I found this ribbon….

My Surprising Inspiration

I bought it for the specific purpose of adorning baby Onesies I sell online. Over the past months while working on crafting, I’ve realized this particular ribbon out of the many I 0wn, is the one that always catches my eye first. Often, my eye lingers on it. It never ever dawned on me to use such bold colors in my home. I’m not sure why. In many ways (probably most of my ways) I’m bold. I’ve just never done anything like that in my décor. I took a step out in faith in bright colors, and added a piece of this ribbon, about 10 inches long, to a sort of art piece I have in my kitchen. From that little tiny step, I made multiple baby steps. Then, I made a couple of small puddle jumps, finally leaping into the china cabinet in the dining room to add some color. To some, it may not seem like a leap at all. For me it was huge. Now, I don’t know if I can be stopped!

I’m not saying these colors (all of which by-the-way, look like they escaped from my Aunt Betty’s 60’s kitchen) are going to be plastered all over the house. But, I am saying they are going to be a lot more prevalent in our home’s décor. I’m loving them so much and they just make me smile! How could I not want that happy happy joy joy to come from every-other-here-and-there?

For this series, I was inspired by some chargers I saw that were covered in burlap, so today on a girl’s day out, some friends took me to the big city. Imagine my delight, when we were in Hobby Lobby, and in the 30% off fabrics were coordinating fabrics that go with my ribbon! I couldn’t believe it! I almost didn’t get even any of the fabrics that match, but my friend Ruth stepped in. She pointed out that I could do more than one print on my chargers. I am so serious in telling you, this had never crossed my mind. People are always saying I’m so creative, but truly, moments like Ruth finding 3 coordinating fabrics that I love, but can’t even envision in my home, just humbles me. I was walking all over the fabric department, like a crazed loon (we had girls waiting for us in the car!), searching for just the right fabric. I had one bolt in my arm that had jumped out at me. As I looked at it more though, while carrying it around, it just seemed a little boring. It had fun colors in it, but it wasn’t fun colored…. ya know what I mean? Well, I went back over to Ruth’s picks and realized the main one is the exact same pattern as my now favorite ribbon!

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I jumped in all the way! I became bold about designing my dining room table settings, and I’m going to enjoy the jump! I’ll bring my camera and keyboard along for the ride so that all of you can share in the joy that IS color in our home!

Here’s what you’ll need for this project….

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SUPPLIES~

  • Chargers
  • Fabric (3/8 of a yard will cover 3 chargers)

(The coordinating ribbon, twine, and embellishments  are for part 2)

TOOLS~

  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Pencil/Marker

First, place your charger upside-down on your fabric, like this….

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Make a circle around your charger about one inch away from the outer edge, like this….

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Following the directions of your spray adhesive, coat the charger. The brand I used said to use a medium coat. Further, the directions said to adhere items together permanently, put them together quickly, after spraying. I sprayed a medium-heavy amount on my chargers and the fabric until I could kinda see the glue on it everywhere. To place the fabric on the chargers, I started in the middle by folding the fabric in half, glue side out. Here’s what it looked like when I first put the fabric on the charger….

DSC02480Starting from the center, and working your way out, press the fabric down. Make sure to work quickly and press out any wrinkles as you go. If you make a mistake, don’t fret. You can remove the fabric and start over. I did 😉

Note: This could probably be Mod Podged. I’ll probably try it another day. If/when I do, I’ll let you know how it turned out. If you get to it first, you can let me know!

When you get to the edge, you have options. I did the first one so that it was finished like this….

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I cut the fabric right up to the outside edge of the charger. To hide the raw edge of the fabric, I covered it up with two strips of twine I glued (with a glue gun) right over it. This is my favorite look.
On the rest of the chargers, I simply sprayed around the edge of the under side of the fabric and outer edge of the chargers. Then I pressed the fabric to the bottom, like this….
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I finished the rest of my chargers with this method. It was late, and I needed to get to bed. Now, I wish I would have taken the extra effort and done them with the twine. It really did not take much longer and the finished look on the underside of the chargers is so much better. Not that my guests will be lifting up the chargers and looking at my finished edges (although, if they are readers of my blog, they may!). I just know the little bit messier crumpled edge is there. Live and learn, right?

Here’s so more pictures of my finished chargers.

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They are super super SUPER cute! I can’t wait to have company to show them off to. Until then, I added to my china cabinet vignettes. Now it has even more color and I can’t stop looking at it! You can see how I added color to my china cabinet without spending a fortune by checking out this link….
https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/how-to-add-color-to-your-china-cabinet-without-spending-a-fortune/

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Look for part two of this series to find out how I made the napkin rings!

 

How to (realistically) Organize Your Pantry

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My friend Cindy sent me this Pin of a dream pantry…
Dream PantryI decided to build it.
“All we need to do….” I started saying to Mr. Matrimony,
He said “no”
(before I was done asking)
Actually, it was okay becauseI really was joking. The only place we’d have room is the bathroom. Then we’d need to rent a port-potty, permanently (would that be a perma-potty?), and we would have to shower in the rain.
Ya know, it may be a hassle after all.

Truly though, when a person is trying to save money on groceries (even if they do not use coupons), they must have a pantry. A “storehouse” is integral to being able to purchase discount, sale, and bulk groceries. Our 100+ year-old house did not have a pantry. Not a big cabinet in the kitchen, not a closet in the hall, nothing. I needed something that would do until I become a famous blogger known for not spending money. Then I will make some money and can have a pantry. Until that day arrives, we did this….

Pantry ExteriorHere’s an interior shot….

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This is just a simple freestanding wardrobe closet. The rod has been removed and two shelves added with “L” brackets. I painted the boards (simple plywood) black. In some of the pictures, the black boards look a little saggy. They really aren’t. It must be an effect of the camera. The cabinet next to the pantry is simply a base cabinet I removed to make room for our big nice refrigerator. Sadly, the upper cabinets were still in the way. Now worries! I can still have a dishwasher installed where the cabinet was… yay me! Now to wait for Mr. Matrimony to install the dishwasher. Until that time, here is our current dishwasher…

Zach the Dishwasher

I have seen many posts that show beautiful pantries, with matchy-match colors, perfectly poised boxes (whose colors miraculously match as well), and a lot of leftover space! That just isn’t realistic to me. Those of us who buy in bulk, don’t color match our macaroni and cheese with our jars of jelly, and who generally… have a life are not going to achieve such pantry beautification.

Not.

Gonna.

Happen.

In fact, before this blog, my pantry had become a piled-in-as-soon-as-we-got-the-groceries-home mess. It was clean about 2 or so months ago. There’s just been a lot going on. Like sales. On Rice-A-Roni. Here’s the “before” of our pantry….

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Now that I take a closer look, it isn’t really that bad. I mean, the doors closed all the way. It just needed a little bit more attention…. and color.

So here is my take on how to realistically organize a pantry….

Gather Supplies~

  1. Containers… I use everything from plastic drawers to old milk jugs, mason jars to plastic shoe boxes. You can use flower pots, decoupaged cereal boxes, dollar store baskets, or vintage refrigerator bins. I even used a cardboard flat that was with a case of beans we bought! Be creative. Make this fun!
  2. Spray paint. Those matchy-match people actually have a great idea in adding color to their pantries. I love color. Seriously… when I open my pantry doors, I feel kinda happy! Is that weird? I dunno. The bright orange and blues just feel good.
  3. Markers. If you don’t like your handwriting, use your printer and some labels. Really though, practice writing. Just a thought…
  4. Ideas. Surf the web, google pantry ideas, and gather up your Pins. If you like an organizational idea, use it! Even if it’s a huge idea and you have a tiny pantry. Find a way to incorporate ideas you are attracted to. There’s no reason you shouldn’t actually enjoy looking inside your pantry!
  5. A Plan. Make a plan. Are your canned goods all going together, or will you separate fruit from meat and veggies from sauces? Will all of your boxed items go together, or will some of them go in a big basket? Decide what you want together, and which shelf it will go on.

DISCLAIMER~ We have another, industrial style shelving unit, in the dungeon basement. On it, we keep our survival storage (I used to feel kinda weird saying that, but now it seems, everyone has one. Thank you everyone.), our bulk overflow, and our case lots. I also keep things down there that I have no business partaking of on a regular basis (ie: soda… What can I say, it keeps me accountable.) I just thought I should make it clear that I have other space, but still I think “realistic” fits within this post.

Here’s how the sections in our pantry are set up…

  • Exterior Top ~ Baskets with snacks, muffin mix, and drink mixes
  • Interior Top Shelf ~ Most of the canned goods.
  • 2nd Shelf ~ Boxed mixes, dried beans, rice, other grains
  • 3rd Shelf ~ Popcorn, gelatin, pudding, jelly
  • 4th Shelf ~ Pasta, canned meats & cheeses, individual snacks,
  • Bottom Shelf ~ Overflow sauces, marinades, dressings

Now for some pictures and explanations….

Top of Pantry ~

Pantry Top

These baskets are quite large. One is a locker basket I got for free before anyone realized they would be vintage someday! For the baskets (there is one for snacks in the back, out of view) you can’t see through, I used tags I had in my scrapbooking stuff.

Top Interior Shelf~

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I mix (almost) all of our canned goods together. I have a rack that can’s roll into. I like it very much. Honestly though, if space is an issue, and you need every little last miniscule bit of it, you may not want something like this. The cans are organized in type. The ones without labels were in a canning plant sample sale. Things I have on hand at all times (like Mr. Awesome’s favorite spaghetti sauce) are in the back. I know automatically what is back there, so no need to search. Things that are a little more rare, I keep in front. This way, I remember to use them up.

2nd Shelf~

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I spray painted the lids of the plastic shoe boxes some fun happy colors. The black with whit polka-dots bin is from the dollar store. There are bags of soup mix in that. I lay my boxed foods down, and stack them. They are easier to see and you can fill every inch of space this way. By putting the bins in front, I can easily remove them to reach the items in the back. That Prego was like .50 cents. I never ever buy stuff like that. That’s why it’s in the front. That’s the same reason I have these items so close to the top. We just don’t “normally” have cake mix, Hamburger Helper, etc. on hand. I don’t want to forget about them! That does happen. Nothing worse, pantry-wise, than throwing away .25 cent boxes of quick fixes.

3rd Shelf ~

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These are also things I’ll forget about if they aren’t easily seen. Things like béarnaise sauce and almond paste. They aren’t normally on hand, but I pick them up when they are on clearance. Again, in the front, are items I use on a regular basis that are easily removed. Isn’t it surprising how okay looking a painted milk jug tote can be?

4th Shelf ~

Pantry 4th Shelf

I spray painted the casing of plastic drawers to keep canned meats and cheeses, and snacks (Do you like how I put the individual snacks right under sardines? My hope is Mr. Awesome will stop at “sardines” and quit looking!). I also keep a big container of pasta on this shelf. We really don’t eat that much pasta, but it’s great to have on hand for pot-lucks and when a friend might need a meal. We also have quite a bit of Asian pastas that are a little healthier. Plus, the crunchy fun they add to salad is stellar 🙂

Bottom Shelf ~

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This is really my regular items overflow shelf. Multiples of dressings, sauces we regularly use, and Rice-A-Roni I bought for a quarter each. That Coca-Cola container was in the .08 cents pile I’ve told you about before. That Orange tray is a simple cardboard shipping flat we bought canned goods in. I spray painted it bright orange and it’s one of my happy things!

Doors ~

DSC02353DSC02352I think the idea for the magazine racks in my pantry came from http://athriftymom.com/. She has sooooooo many wonderful ideas! I discovered her when I started couponing. She has a lot of great thoughts on storing things, crafts, menus, ideas for kids… a great conglomeration of inspirational ideas. Anyways, I use the magazine racks (which were free, I don’t remember from where) on the doors for storing seasoning packages, spice mixes, and other mixes. We also have an inventory list of large items from downstairs in the pantry and a pad of paper to use for menu ideas and grocery lists.

Whether you have a pantry or not, I hope you will  be able to incorporate some of my ideas. As always, please feel free to share what you come up with!

Tin Wall Vase

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Recently, my sister-in-law, Teresa, moved back “home”. She had wanted to do so for probably 30 years, but life wouldn’t let her. Things in life change. She went back to school and became an RN. Her sons are grown men. Life just kinda opened up for her, and home she came. We’ve all been blessed by her return, because she is such a beautiful and fun person. A momentous occasion such as this deserves a monumental gift. But alas, Mr. Matrimony and I are having a moratorium on spending this month. Fortunately for Teresa, I have copious amounts of purple spray paint and purple is her favorite color! Also, I’ve been wanting to do some kind of commemorative crafty venture in celebration of one of the catapults that started me on my blog… my first Pin. Well, it’s the first Pin I remember. I’d be surprised if any Pinterest follower hasn’t Pinned this Pin and was equally impressed by it. Here’s the Pin I’m speaking of….

Wine Bottle Wine Vase

I’m not sure who the original Pinner was, but the idea and picture came from http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/. If you haven’t seen their blog, what is wrong with you??? Get on over there and check it out!

Anyways, I really wanted to do something that was my own idea infused with this one. After searching the dungeon basement for some inspiration to go along with my copious amounts of purple spray paint, I stumbled (Quite literally. We really need to clean up down there) across a lid from a brown square biscuit tin. The color of the lid reminded me of these little doohickies I bought at Lowe’s eons ago….

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By-the-way, always, always ask at a manager at Lowe’s if they can go any lower on the clearance price. The day I found these doohickies (which are technically “Decorative Corner Plates”, or fancy trim pieces made to look like wood), the manager had just found out he needed to reset an entire aisle two weeks earlier than her previously thought. He had to get rid of stuff FAST! So, he told me any clearance stuff I wanted that day, I could have an additional 90% off. You can guarantee Mr. Matrimony and I were moving around those clearance displays like nobodies business! The doohickies turned out to be .10 cents for a package of four. We bought like two dozen packages. For reals! I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but I knew they needed to go home with me.

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So, here’s what you’ll need for this project….

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 Supplies~

  • Tin lid (round, square, any shape will be fine)
  • Small bottle (I found this one at the dollar store
  • Flange
  • Threaded Bolt with No Head
  • 2 Nuts and Bolts to Fit the Flange Outer Holes
  • Decorative Trim (not necessary, but it really adds to the cute factor)
  • Small Wire (not pictured, sorry!)

To make this much easier, take the following picture to your hardware store when you are purchasing supplies. I do not know the technical names and I don’t want you feeling as silly as I would have had I not been with Mr. Matrimony. He translated for me. He speaks Wifeish and Tool Guy. Tell the guy you need to make sure all the pieces fit together. . He’ll make sure they fit for you.

You’re welcome 😉

Take this picture with you!!!
Take this picture with you!!!

 

Purple Swirl

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Tools~

  • Large Nail
  • Hammer
  • Wire Cutters
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray Paint
  • Icky Paint Brush (not pictured)
  • Epoxy (hot glue may be ok for this project, I just don’t know for certain)

First, decide how you will place the trim and bottle on your tin. Do you want the bottle hanging below the trim? Do you want it symmetrical? I didn’t really even think about how mine would go together, because it just kinda went the way it did. I don’t know how I would’ve placed anything differently. When you are certain of how you want it, Place the flange (the thingie with the 3 holes) where it will be on the lid. Make two marks where the bolts will go. Remove the piece and hammer the big nail all the way through both marks. Remove the nail, it’s only to make the holes.

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This is usually something I would say to use a drill with. I decided on a different route for two reasons…

  1. Way too many people have said to me if they have to use a drill on something, they probably won’t make it. I totally get that and I used to be the same way (before Mr. Matrimony and his totally organized tool room). So, even though I am now a drill girl, I thought a different way of making these holes would be appropriate here 🙂
  2. Mr. Matrimony wasn’t home and I couldn’t contact him to ask which drill bit to use on metal :/

Adhere the decorative piece to the lid. Wait for the epoxy (or glue) to dry thoroughly. Next, physically distress the tin piece. Whack it with a hammer, the claw of the hammer, scratch it, dent it, put little nail holes almost all the way through…. whatever you want… like this….

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Now give it a good coat of paint. Primer first if you want. I didn’t want the primer showing through when I distressed it. Let the first coat dry all the way. It may take a little extra time with the tin. It did with mine! Here’s what it looks like with one coat….

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Quite by accident, I have a new way of distressing. I did this repair job in our sink at our rental house. The brush that came with the kit was not so great (hairs kept coming out!) so I used my nice little brush I use for painting precarious parts of walls and trim. To make sure I keep my nice little brush nice, I bought an expensive brand of brush cleaner. Turns out it wasn’t worth the extra cost! Not intentionally, I left the nice little brush in a container with the cleaner in it for over two weeks. I checked it yesterday, and it is still coated with this enamel stuff that I used to repair the sink. I felt it, and the brushes kinda just all mush together. Ruined!
Or was it???

Nope! I now have a brand new use for my not-so-nice little brush! I simply took it out of the cleaner, wiped it on my painting table to make it not so wet, and brushed it onto the wet paint on the lid. I did it several times until I got the desired look.
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It was pretty neato! As a bonus, I don’t even have to clean the brush. It just gets placed back into the container with the cleaner, and my next project will get a whole different patina… I feel next to genius!

Thank me! Thank me very much!!!

Let the whole thing dry until it is super dry, not ADHD dry. Like, even overnight. After it is super dry, you can (finally) attach the hardware. The flangie thing goes on first. Put the bolts through but don’t put the nuts on them yet.

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Before you put the nuts on, you are going to make the hanger part that you’ll use to hang it from the wall. Turn the piece over, and wrap the end of your little piece of wire around one of the bolts. Leave the amount of slack you want (about an inch and a half) and wrap the other end of wire around the other bolt. Twist the wire good around itself on either end, so it won’t slip. On top of the wire, place the nuts. Tighten them as tight as you can so the flange won’t move around and so the wire will be super secure. The back will look like this….

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Now you can continue putting the hardware on the front together. Here’s how it goes….

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NOTE: I will change how I did this project with the next one I do. When I hung mine up, it kind of bent down with the weight of the jar when it was full of water. To make it sturdier, next time I’ll cut a little board to fit into the back side of the lid. I’ll use screws instead of bolts which will not only attach the flangie thing to the lid, but it will also attach the lid to the piece of wood. Also, I’ll use a regular wall hanger or attach a similar wire one with screws going into the board from the back side.

That’s it! Now you have utter cuteness to hang on your own wall! Please people…. share! Share pictures with me of what you have done! I’d so enjoy seeing them. Now, here’s some of mine….

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How to Add Color to Your China Cabinet (without spending a fortune)

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My china cabinet was not much to look at, even if it is from IKEA Craig’s List. Have I mentioned I am 5 hours from Ikea, no matter which direction I go? Yes. Sad but true. I do shop at IKEA every chance I get though. On one particular road trip, Mr. Matrimony even planned a stop at a hotel next door to an IKEA. I’m fairly certain his motivation was the food court first, and my joy second. No matter… he’s still a keeper ❤

At IKEA with one of our little friends
At IKEA with one of our little friends

Anyways, on our local Craig’s List, I found a white bookcase with glass doors from IKEA. The people who were selling it had added 3 light fixtures to the underside of 3 of the shelves. I knew a little black spray paint would transform it into something that would look like it somewhat matched my dining room furniture. That is sort of a bonus of having mis-matched furniture… everything matches. By-the-way, I thought I was saving time and money by not painting the inside portions of the doors. As it turns out, the interior frames of the doors are quite visible from the exterior. That part really has nothing to do with this post, but I thought you should know so you won’t do that.

You’re welcome.

Now, as much as my mis-matched cabinet matched my mis-matched dining room furniture, it still looked boring. Aside from Christmas dishes and a few little clearance bowls from Apothecary, our dishes are very plain. As it is, even the Christmas dishes don’t match even in the mis-matchy way for about 11 months out of the year. In fact, leaving them in the cabinet just makes me look lazy(er). Still, I am not one for packing them and unpacking them every year, and traipsing with them down into the dungeon basement for storing. So in the cabinet they stay. Here’s what we had to start with…

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Boring….. *yawn*

 

Not only is it boring, it is not one bit organized. That’s how I first came up with this idea. All I was going to do was sort out the mess, purge a few items, do some dusting, and pile things back in with some sense of organization. Somewhere on the way to the dining room, I passed a turquoise lid from a spray paint can. You probably figured at this point that I’m not too good at putting things away. To some, that is called “disorganized” and “messy”. With experience, I have learned to call it “inspirational”. The truth is, I probably was inspired along the way of painting something turquoise when I got distracted by something else, causing me to leave the turquoise spray paint can somewhere. At least now I know where the lid is, so I can replace it. I’ll find the can some other time when I’m distracted inspired.

Annnnnnny way…

I’ve long wanted to put wall paper on the back inside wall of a cabinet. This one would be ideal for that, if I could get my hands on some worthy wall paper. Until that time, I came up with a clever idea to add color to my boring china cabinet. I painted several chargers (Those big ole plastic plates that go under your place settings. They are often gold leafed. We use them in lieu of place mats.) I found on clearance after Christmas at Wal-Mart. They were only .05 cents each! Here’s a picture of one of them “before”….

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I did different colors thinking I would choose which ones I liked best. Surprise! I liked them all. So they all stayed the colors I tested them with. I had a few of those raised plate stands that I painted to match. The cloche I made went in as well (You can find out more about that by using this link… https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/d-i-y-cloche-stand-from-thrift-store-finds/ ). A pie display (some may think of it as a plate display) I found at the thrift store and a bowl stack rack from World Market (clearance, of course) were also painted to match. As it turned out, I really only purged about 5 things. More than that amount was actually added. Organizing and sorting actually created a lot of room. The Christmas dishes even stayed! Those are what I started with. I put the Christmas plates on the bottom shelf, evened out on either side. Then I placed one plain white plate on top of each stack. Here’s how that looks….

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Next, I placed my white dishes (my main color) and the turquoise (my strongest accent color). That was my foundation. Here’s how it turned out….

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Here’s the tray (a buck from the thrift store) before I painted it….

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Next, I just started placing the other plates and main pieces. As I did so, I moved around the foundation pieces as needed. I even remembered to take a “during” picture this time… YAY me!!!

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I hid my smaller pieces of Christmas settings in that ginormous bowl on the top shelf and the coffee cups are behind my “everyday nice” cups.

 

Finally, I added the finishing pieces. This step includes all the little random shots of color. Color is my friend, so it may be a little surprising we have white dishes. Don’t fret… our everyday dishes are sort of a neon green 😉 If colors “popped” a little too much (like red or bright blue), I placed them with some of the primary (white, turquoise, and yellow) shades of my color palette for this project. Here are some pictures of the different vignettes I placed in the cabinet as the final layer….

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These darling little bowls are from Apothecary. That place is WAY expensive, but always remember to check out their clearance room…. I paid about .50 cents each for these!!!

 

A fake silver candlestick I painted a pale blue with a cute little greenish-yellow bowl topping it off, placed next to some bowls from Apothecary.
A fake silver candlestick I painted a pale blue with a cute little greenish-yellow bowl topping it off, placed next to some bowls from Apothecary.
I spray painted a flower pot and placed some napkins in it on the left. On the right, I spray painted one of my plate stands on to which I placed a super unique flower vase on.
The yellow chargers are in back. I spray painted a flower pot and placed some napkins in it on the left. On the right, I spray painted one of my plate stands on to which I placed a super unique flower vase on.

Here’s the finished project….

I made both the Moscato sign and the Vino sign. The birdcage I painted blue and place a plate stand in it with an orange candle vase on it.
I made both the Moscato sign and the Vino sign. The birdcage I painted blue and place a plate stand in it with an orange candle vase on it.

Don’t have a china cabinet? We didn’t for quite awhile. Before we purchases this one from IKEA Craig’s List, we used a plain ol’ black fake wood bookcase from Wal-Mart, for years! I think they are like 30 bucks. Maybe even 20… it’s really fake wood, lol 😀 It looked great though. The only problem is dust. You neat people have nothing to worry about there though. But even I made it through the dusty china “cabinet” years.

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Thanks!

Guest Toiletries Container with Chalkboard Labels

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When we go on road trips, I always ask housekeeping for extra coffee and extra toiletries. They’re always so sweet and happily give me handfuls of each. The coffee is because one little package is never enough in a hotel room. I save the toiletries for my guests at home. We no longer have a guest bathroom, or for that matter, a guest bedroom. However, all we need do is banish Mr. Awesome to the dungeon  basement, and voila… guest room! For the guest toiletries I gather on our journeys, I found a fun, wide, pink-tinted vase someplace in the dungeon basement and discovered I could fit quite a few of the little toiletry bottles into it. Here’s how I made the labels….

What you need~
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  • Sheet of Plain Stickers (I think my mama bought mine at Office Depot)
  • Flat Black Spray Paint (you can use chalkboard paint, but the .98 generic flat black is way cheaper)
  • White or Silver marker (I recommend Sharpie Brand Oil Paint Marker)

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First, spray paint the entire sheet of stickers. I took a picture of mine halfway through. It’s kinda hard to see the outlines of the stickers, but you get the idea…
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Next, simply use the marker to write what you like. I did a LOT of practice fails before I got some nailed its! While I was at it, I made some for my coffee canisters….
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When you have the stickers just so, simply attach them to your vase. Fill with your pretty little toiletries from the sweet housekeeping people, kick your kid into the dungeon basement, and ask some friends to stay the night! You’ll be ready 😉

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My guest toiletries on my towel shelf made from a bicycle basket. Sweet!

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