Monday, February 28, 2011

Knock-off Ballard Dog Food Tin

I have had my eye on these Ballard dog food tins for a long time now!

Sorry, but I am not willing to pay $50 for a dog food container!!

This is what our dog food currently is stored in….very boring Sterilite containers:
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I have been keeping a look out for a tin that would work, but it was harder than I thought it would be. Lowe’s and Home Depot both had 6 gallon tin buckets, but they were too wide for the cabinet that this would go in. I did like the $15 price tag though!
I found a couple of popcorn tins at a local thrift store (with Christmas designs on them that I could easily spray paint over), but they didn’t have a handle on the side or the lid. My girls, ages 5 and 2) are responsible for feeding the dog most of the time. I needed to make sure that the container had an easily removable lid for my 2 year old in order to avoid a mess every time she feeds the dog! I decided to keep the popcorn tins as a backup plan in case I couldn’t find anything else!

We made a trip up to Northern Virginia this weekend for a birthday party and made a quick trip to IKEA (and the Container Store…woohoo!!). I was so excited when I came across this cream colored 4 gallon tin bucket for $15!!
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Perfect!! So…I pulled out my Cricut and some black vinyl that I ordered from Expressions Vinyl and got to work!
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I added a couple little paw prints too…just for fun!
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I love how this turned out! I’m kind of sad that they are going to be hidden in a cabinet most of the time. We are in the middle of a *long* kitchen remodeling process. Eventually this will be in a cabinet with a pull out drawer. Hopefully I will be able to post a picture of the finished cabinet and drawer soon!

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Friday, February 25, 2011

I’m Still Here!

I know that I haven’t posted in a while, but…I am still here!

We had a couple of really nice days (70-75 degree days) so I was actually able to pull out the spray paint and start on a couple of projects on my list! Yay!
When our youngest daughter was born 2 1/2 years ago, we moved our oldest daughter into a new bedroom. I painted her room before she moved into it, but that is about it. I had big plans for a tree to be painted on one wall and some dry-brushed clouds, some wall art,etc… I still have those plans too! About a year ago, I finally got around to putting together one piece of art for her wall….
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You remember the very popular butterfly collage by Ali Edwards from 3 years ago or so, right?! Who doesn’t? She definitely started a trend with that back then! Here is her version:
We also hung a few butterflies that I found at the local wholesale floral shop! I loved the butterflies that they had at Pottery Barn back then, but I found these and they were *much* more affordable!
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So…this one corner of her room started to look a little more finished:
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Her room used to be our spare bedroom/office/craft room. My pin board from high school used to be hanging in that room. Isn’t it pretty!! Bahaha!
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Once upon a time…during high school….it matched my room. At the time, I was pretty proud of the fact that I had stamped a design on a plain corkboard! Anyways…I held onto it because I wanted to make a French memo/photo board for my daughter’s room. Yes…I have held onto it for almost 3 years with that intention…horrifying! At least it is finally finished now!

I spray painted the frame, took my daughter to pick out some fabric and ribbon, and ta-da:
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My daughter quickly found some cards and photos lying around her room and hung them up…
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It feels so good to finally be able to cross something off of my to do list. Hopefully it won’t take another 3 years to get the rest of her room finished!!

I also started on a project in my youngest daughter’s room…didn’t want her to get jealous of her sister’s room progress! I’ll be posting those pics soon!

While I was spray painting the corkboard frame, I also spray painted these…
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I picked these up at Target’s Halloween Clearance (75% off I think) a couple years ago for a couple bucks! I already spray painted them once (they used to be a “scary” rustic gray color), but now they look so much better! Watch for the reveal coming up soon!

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Is there a rule against making nice looking shelf liner???

I am on a mission to declutter…and then organize…everything in my house….even under the kitchen sink!!


My husband has been rebuilding all of the cabinets in our existing kitchen and in the new extension of our kitchen that we created after knocking down a wall!! Up until now, I hadn’t gotten around to putting shelf liner down in any of the cabinets. I painted a few of the cabinet interiors and shelves, but I felt like it still needed some shelf liner.


I have spent the last month looking for shelf liner that I like. I guess my expectations are a little too high because I can’t find anything I like!! I didn’t want to go with a plain “boring” color, but none of the patterned options really “worked” for me!


 I would love to use the foam non-adhesive shelf liners, but….I have a lot of cabinet shelves to cover!! I’m not willing to put that much money into shelf liners!



I absolutely loved the cork shelf liner that I came across so I decided to just go ahead and use it in the cabinet under the kitchen sink.


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I wish I didn’t have to deal with all of the ugly plumbing, but it is what it is….it is under the kitchen sink after all!!


We are still in the long process of finishing our kitchen so none of the edges of the shelves or cabinets have been finished yet…just bare wood at this point! The shelves are made of MDF so…every.little.drip.shows!! Blech!!

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So…everything came out…

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…and the cork went in!

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Ahhh! Much better! I had to patch a couple of pieces in the back because the roll wasn’t wide enough…and the back corners have to remain bare. (I used every last piece and didn’t quite have enough…boooo!)

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Miraculously, this space doesn’t usually get too disorganized, but the fresh shelf liner really makes me want to keep it neat!


I have always kept a bin down here for my hand towels and drying towels.

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I keep a bin in the back with the bubbles and sidewalk chalk for outdoor play!

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Can’t forget about the bin that holds my bar mop towels that I featured in my post, Breaking the Paper Towel Habit!! I have been using these for about 6 months and they still look almost brand new thanks to the Nature Bright that I use when I wash them! I have saved so much money by not using as many paper towels too!

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One small cabinet may not seem like much to you…especially one that no one but me is going to see…but it feels so good when I know that one more space is decluttered and organized in my house…even the one under the kitchen sink!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Giveaway at Organize and Decorate Everything

I have been following Leanne’s blog, Organize and Decorate Everything,  since last year at some point.


  Here is what she says about herself on her blog:

Organizing is a passion of mine, so much so that I made a business of it. I love sharing my ideas on organizing and especially what works in my own large family. I also enjoy decorating, antiquing, thrift shopping, crafting, gardening and making not so beautiful things look beautiful.


I love how she changes the vinyl lettering on the window in her living room for each holiday/season:



Of course, I love all of her posts on {Decluttering} since I am on a mission to declutter (and then organize) my entire house!


I recently sent Leanne some Basic H2. Here is what she said about it:

I received my sample, mixed up the bottles, and got to work cleaning. Let me tell you…I AM SO IMPRESSED! I loved my all purpose cleaner, but I’ll never go back to it now. I love the streak free shine I get from Basic H2 and knowing that it’s safe for my family and the environment is a huge plus. Ammon (my 7 year old) cleans the patio doors and they have never looked better.


That’s great! I love it when people share their stories with me about how impressed they were with their Shaklee products!!


If you would like a chance to win some Basic H2, head over to Organize and Decorate to enter! This giveaway ends this Saturday!


Good luck!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day 2011

I came across so many great ideas this year for Valentine’s Day décor, foods, class valentines, and more. I really wish I had more time to get them all done, but I don’t! So… I have them saved and ready to go for next year!

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Here are some of the things that I did get to try:
Valentines for our family from my girls:
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I found these over at one of my favorite blogs, Brown Paper Packages. She offers the downloadable text on her blog so that you can make your own! My girls loved making these and my 2 year old thought the thumbprint people were “Awwww… cute!”
Heart-Shaped Hand Pies:
I shared these recently on my blog {here}, but I had to mention them again because they were one of our favorite things this Valentine’s Day!
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Valentine’s Day Mantle:
I loved all the inspiration posts linked up to Beth’s mantle party! I definitely spent a lot of time browsing through them! This is my first year putting up any real Valentine’s decorations so I was starting from scratch. Some of my regular décor items ended up in the attic with the Christmas boxes and I have yet to retrieve them so the wall is bare!
I scored the red charger at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore…love that place!! I wouldn’t have picked it up if I hadn’t seen this post over at The Copy Cat Crafters… {Be Mine Bargain}.
It had a couple of scratches on it, but I knew that I would be putting vinyl lettering over it anyways! I’m not totally in love with the font that I ended up using so I may re-do it for next year!
I was only able to finish one of the topiaries rather than the 3 that I planned to complete. I used the tutorial over at The Idea Room…{Valentine’s Topiary}.
{Love} it!!!
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I knew that I would be using the printable offered by Becky Higgins from the moment that she posted it here…{hello, valentine}
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I also added just a few little touches around the house…
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Tonight, my husband was on duty all night so the girls and I made some heart-shaped pizzas! Fun!
I hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Heart Shaped Hand Pies

I have been seeing a lot of these hand pies featured around the blogosphere and I thought they looked like something fun to make with my daughter!

These are very easy and great for a little Valentine’s Day treat! If you feel like making a homemade pie crust…go right ahead!! I have no problem admitting that I am not a fan of making my own pie crusts so…Pillsbury it is!! You can use cherry pie filling like I did, apple pie filling, or anything else that sounds yummy to you!
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Have your cute little helper cut the hearts (or circles if it isn’t for Valentine’s Day) out of the pie crust.
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Put a small amount of pie filling between 2 of the hearts and crimp the edges closed with a fork. I kept overstuffing the hearts so the pie filling ended up oozing out of the edges.

My 5 year old is an excellent “egg-washer”!
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Don’t forget a little bit of sugar on each one!
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Put them in the oven at 375 for 18-25 minutes or until golden brown.

I’d like to say that they came out perfectly….like this:
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Actually…they looked like this when I took them out of the oven..
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In hindsight, I realize that I probably should have poked some holes (or cute little hearts) in the top. I also forgot to put some water on the edges of the crust before I crimped the edges closed. Oh well….
…at least there was one that didn’t ooze…
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…and my girls still loved them!
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What fun Valentine’s Day treats have you come across and tried?? Share it with me in the comments please!
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