Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kid’s “Silverware” Storage made fun

Since our girl is at the age of doing lots of things herself, but we have a relatively small kitchen with limited storage (translation not enough storage for this creative food loving/cooking momma with a slew of kitchen “essentials”) I’ve not been able to put in place some of the neat storage ideas for kids dinnerware & utensils I see on Pinterest. 

So limited storage, small kitchen, lots of kitchen stuff combined with old cabinets and difficult/”tired” drawers does not allow for a dedicated drawer or cabinet for the kid stuff (plates/cups/utensils).   We've kept the kid utensils in our “junk drawer”  which is not really a drawer to have accessible to our busy 3-1/2 year old.  So today inspiration kicked in and I came up with an idea I had to try out since a kitchen update is not the budget anytime soon.


Supplies: a clean salsa jar (like pictured or something similar with a wide mouth and not too tall) , washi tape, scissors, ribbon.  Mason jars would be fun too in the right size.


I wanted to make it cute and use what I have on hand which happens also happens to be the only roll of Washi tape I have (new to Washi tape but I know there will be more in my crafty obsessed future).  So, pink & white it is – works for us since we have one kiddo & she loves pink. One jar is enough for us in this case as well. 


This is what I ended up with first, though felt it wasn’t ready yet.


I decided to cut a piece of Washi tape in half so I would end up with thinner bands of it around the top and bottom part of the jar. I wanted to keep it so the spoons and forks could still be visible for the selection process at meal times. Selecting the utensils and dinnerware is a pretty big thing in our house right now.  I just secured the ribbon around the mouth of the jar by tying a bow – opting not to hot glue it since I thought I might like to “wash” it  once in awhile.


Here’s the finished product in its place where it can come down to the counter for meal times, and maybe some more will be made for a certain little girl’s birthday party.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Wall Collage Update

In January I posted about my big wall collage project being 99.9% complete with a little spot  waiting on just the perfect thing…well, finally earlier this month I found the .1% perfect thing for that little spot and I LOVE it!  Sure I love being all creative and making things, but sometimes a crafty gal just loves to buy (Gasp!) them too… especially when they are the perfect little thing to complete the vision of a project.  Honestly, since that little spot stared back at me from the wall begging for something to balance and complete the collage, I had in mind a little decorative cross just the right size though I wasn’t sure I’d find the right color/size/look – it stayed with me.  So, with a little minor modification the lovely little cross you see below completes my big wall collage. The cross had a thick jute twine loop to hang it – I removed it, hubby adjusted the hanging hardware and put it in place.


The view of the 100% complete big wall collage project.


I have a cozy chair set up where I can soak in the memories captured and displayed on my collage wall…Love, Love, Love it!