Taking inspiration from http://gracefulorder.com/2014/02/13/organizing-spices/ I decided to do our spice cupboard too.
I threw out all the expired spices.
I put all the bagged spices into jars (reused spice jars, jam jars, etc).
I put labels at the top of tall jars so I could line up medium sized jars in front of them and still see the labels on all the jars.
I taped an empty soup mix box shut and put it at the back of the shelf to lift up some of the jars then put more jars in front.
I inverted a $0.99 slender basket for the pencils in the junk drawer and lined up the smaller spice jars on an angle so I could read the labels from the stove.
organize spice cupboard
Hubby likes spice rubs and such for his meats so I put all those packets and jars in a very sturdy cardboard box that one of the kids’ tablets came in. I put it beside the stove so he’d see all the mixes he got as gifts and use them.
spice mixes in a reused box bottom beside the stove
My daughter got one of these dolls
she flies quite well
and while it does take 6 AA batteries, it does fly quite well. The problem is recharging the damn thing.
The on/off indicators on the base and the doll are miniscule and I had to pull out the instructions to figure out in which order and position to flick the stupid buttons in order to charge the fairy. To save myself this aggravation every few minutes, as well as the aggravation of having to change 6 batteries every day because I left some button in the wrong position, I took a Sharpie marker and labeled each button.
fly & charge/off for the base
fly/charge for the fairy
And I learned from the instructions that you can control her descent by flicking the big button.
Pre-2013 we had no extra money for any niceties, like organizing a kid’s bedroom, so I had done it all with free boxes I had picked up all over the place. Now we have some extra so I envisioned a colouring desk for my daughter and sent Hubby out to buy her a kid sized chair. He bought a little pink square ottoman that opens so you can store stuff inside! He’s a genius that I’ve trained well!
The pink ottoman is for sitting on and storing Duplo blocks. It cost $13 at Target.
She has her jewellery box, kleenex box and jar of colouring pencils on her colouring desk.
The desk had been in my scrapbooking room. Prior to moving here it WAS my scrapbook desk but in this house there was an extra room so I appropriated it for crafts and do my paper crafting on an ironing board. The desk with a lift-top lid to store more colouring supplies was basically used for storing things so I decided to upgrade the underutilised item and put it in my daughter’s room.
The hanging shoe organizer was something I bought for $20 when she was born as the absolute cheapest form of movable storage. Now it’s for dressup clothes and toys.
I reorganized the top shelf of the closet to hold toys that are currently out of the toy rotation.
The brown laundry bag on the floor of the closet was 2 for $12 from Avon and it holds all her Barbie stuff.
The moving box contains our extra blankets for guests.
my chest with specialty sewing and Christmas supplies
I switched out the chest for the small desk in my scrapbook room.
empty boxes for toy storage
I moved the dresser out of this corner to make room for the colouring desk. Also so the kids would stop climbing it and jumping onto the bed.
crochet balance toy on a hanger
I crocheted 2 baskets with a long handle and hung them on the hooks of this plastic clothes hanger. Then I hung the hanger on a hook so it would tip left or right depending on the mass of the toys.
I could have sewn the basket handles through the clothes hanger but I didn’t want to provide my kids with a long range sling shot.
You can find the round basket patterns on this blog.
One of my toilet brushes and been overused and mangled flat so it isn’t that effective anymore and needed to be replaced.
Here is my brand spanking new toilet brush and in order to keep it goop free until it also gets flattened from overuse, I sprinkled about 1/2 inch of Comet powder into the bottom of the brush holder. This kills any bacterial residue that’s on the brush, keeping it clean-ish for the next trip around the porcelain throne.
Comet in the brush holder keeps the brush cleaner longer
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You will need
3 balls of Bernat cotton yarn in the colour of your choice
3.25 mm needles
4 mm needles.
Make 2 alike
Using 3.25 mm needles cast on 40 sts.
K2 P2 rib for 1.5 inches
Switch to 4 mm needles and continue in st st.
@ 4.5 inches in length: (K 10, M 1) 3 times; K 7, M 1, K 3. 44 sts.
Continue in st st.
@ 6.5 inches in length: (k 11, M 1) 3 times; K 8, M 1, K 3. 48 sts.
Continue in st st.
@ 9.5 inches (K 10, K 2 tog) to end. 44 sts.
Continue in st st.
@ 10.5 inches (K 9, K 2 tog) to end. 40 sts.
Continue in st st.
@ 11.5 inches switch to 3.25 mm needles
K 2, P 2 rib for an additional 1.5 inches (13 inches in total)
CAST OFF VERY LOOSELY OR YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET THE LEG WARMER OVER YOUR CALF.
The leg warmers are shaped to fit the calf with the cast off edge at the top.
Sew together up the long end with right sides facing. Turn right side out. I tied a bow with the remnant of the sewing tail at the top of the leg warmers so my ballet teacher would know which was was up.
knit ballet leg warmers free pattern
I left my feet and legs in the picture because that’s about the size leg these will fit. I didn’t try them on because they’re for my ballet teacher.
*Yes, I made these for my ballet teacher for Christmas. Naturally, I didn’t finish them until January 14.
I’m 32 and I’ve finally got the basics figured out. I know my underwear size and shape, I can sew on a button (although I hate doing it), I’ve got a hairstyle I like, I found a massage therapist that works miracles, I floss and I’m not afraid of making my kids sit down for a time out in the middle of the mall if they’re being bad.
But I don’t have a decent can opener.
It’s not like I haven’t tried, my whole life has been about trying. I tried cheap ones, expensive ones, ergonomic ones, weirdly shaped ones; and Hubby tried the same. Still, no decent can opener.
So after last night’s battle with the new coffee can, in which the can lost because I had to butcher it with our stupid can opener, I’m putting out this question:
Do you have a working can opener and if so, what is it?
Using the mark. Showcase Colour and Clutch To Go
Tip: To use an eyeshadow brush, paint it through the colour to load it with colour, then tap of the excess.
Use the yellow colour and the all over eyeshadow brush to apply the colour to the lid and all the way up to the brow line.
mark showcase colour and clutch to go palette
mark all over eyeshadow brush
Using the other side of the eyeshadow brush apply the army green colour just in the crease of the eye to add depth and accentuate the shape of the eyes.
Use whatever foundation/concealer combo you like.
Apply the mauve blush colour to the cheeks with the Avon bronzer brush (the only one small enough to fit in this compact pan and still apply blush properly).
Really only good for certain coloured blushes. Do not use for bronzer or you’ll have big brown blotches.
Using a lip brush (I have the mark. one but any brand of lip brush would work, I haven’t found the mark. lip brush to be better than every other brush out there the way I have with the mark. eye, face and foundation brushes) apply a good coating of the mauve lipgloss – the one on the bottom of the selection panel.
There is hardly any colour in the glosses and this mauve one was only half a shade darker than my lips are normally so it gave me a very nice, glossy hint of moisturizing colour for the day.
I took pictures of myself, and I wasn’t posing in a ridiculous fashion, but the colours still didn’t turn out so you can’t see the soft glow of colour I gave myself.
Let’s face it, they don’t go back into the box they came out of.
They will tangle together no matter what you try to do to prevent it.
The bulbs break and Heaven forbid you have the kind of lights that are wired in series (the older kinds) that if one light goes out, they all go out.
Each set of lights needs its own, soft, bag for 11 month storage.
So I made some out of old baby clothes of my kids! Baby summer dresses are perfect because the sleeves/handles are already hemmed.
a beautiful pink summer dress
I decided the sew under the top ruffle because the bottom ruffle was just too much extra fabric.
black line is the hem under the top ruffle
Once sewn, I cut the bottom ruffle off.
a string of lights inside the dress bag
I got a lot of Christmas lights so I’ll be making a lot of bags for them as I take them down one by one and store them in a dorm room, zip up laundry tote.
Yes, I’ve watched ALL the mark. makeup videos; they’re dummy proof and I’m the dummy. My favourite makeup artist is this one, Cynde Watson, even if the videos are a few years old. She uses techniques I’ve never seen or read before and they make perfect sense to me.
The techniques in this video work on any skin colour. I can say that because obviously in the video they work on the model and in real life I have very pale skin and I can even it out with the same techniques. What Cynde calls hyperpigmentation, I call redness. Every woman gets dark, puffy circles under her eyes. So we all have the same problems and this video will help you fix them.
Like everybody I was born with perfect skin, then I grew up and life happened. I’m not a big fan of makeup routines that take a long time but since I’m getting older I’ve got to be careful that my makeup doesn’t settle into my fine lines or cake up under my eyes because those are always purple and puffy.
The mark. products have changed since this video came out so I use the please hold eye primer and concealer as concealer and Powder Buff instead of Matte-nificent Powder (although Matte-nificent is still available) because I need more coverage. mark’s get a tint tinted moisturizer is awesome for my sister’s skin but I need a heavier duty moisturizer in the winter and a much lighter one in the summer. And also heavier coverage of imperfections.