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Overhauled Pantry Organization

28 Apr


That almost did me in!

When I decided to reorganize my pantry, I had no idea it would be such a big job.  I thought, “this should take me about an hour”.  WRONG!

I think my food multiplied every time I turned to put something on the island.  For reals.

As you know, in my last post  showing my pantry before I started on this project, I was on a quest to find containers.  When I’m at the store, I always look at storage containers.  It’s like I have an addiction.  I hardly ever buy. I just can’t seem to bring myself to spend $8-15 for a food container and upwards of $25 for household storage containers.   Are you the same way?  Or am I just cheap?  I like to call it thrifty.  🙂

I think I went a little crazy.

I convinced the hubs to go out early this morning to a neighborhood garage sale just up the road.  He’s so sweet.

I found a few containers.

Aren’t they so purty?

But I didn’t think it was quite enough.  So, I batted my eyelashes and mentioned that I thought there was another community sale a couple of miles away.  Okay.  Maybe it was 5.  He’s such a good sport.

And then I hit the mother load.  I couldn’t help it.

 My name is Karin and I’m a container addict.  🙂

You should see how many I have from my classroom.  But that’s another post.

And I’m happy to say that after making a HUGE bag full of trash, it’s done.

It’s gorgeous.  It’s mine.

I thought at first that I would only use the same type of containers but I just couldn’t pass up the Tupperware.  So I made it work.

I think it looks a little vintage.  I like vintage.  I even bought a bunch of vintage buttons and brooches today.  Love them.

I used labels found at BHG and hung tags from the baskets I used at the bottom of the pantry.

They have like a bazillion.  Really.  Why reinvent the wheel?  I love theirs.

Let’s face it.  Some things just don’t fit in a jar.  But I think it still looks good.

What do you think?  Are you ready for a pantry overhaul?


Semi-Homemade Teacher Appreciation Gifts

18 Apr

So a couple of days ago, my daughter brought home a letter from the room mother of her class.

It was a week-long list of what they would like for the parents and students to do to show our 2 co-teachers a little appreciation for all the hard work they do.

Believe me, teacher‘s do really appreciate being recognized.  I know, I’ve been an elementary teacher for years and when a sweet face comes in with a flower, some candy or even just a card, it makes us feel…well, fuzzy and warm inside.

So when I got this letter, I knew I had to put together a post about all the great ideas I’ve come across.

Simply click on the links below to go right to these genius ladies who thought them up!

1. You’re a Lifesaver 

2.  Many Thanks!

3.  Hugs

4.  Smartie 

5.  Bloom

6.  A Drink and a Treat

7.  Teacher Treats

8.  Popular Teacher

Now go make a teacher feel awesome!

I <3 Chiffon Flowers

17 Apr

Just LOOK at these gorgeous little chiffon flowers I just received in the mail!!  I got them from here.

 I’ve been anxiously awaiting these for the last week. I can’t wait to get started on a few hair accessories I’ve been creating in my mind.

Come back soon to see what I come up with! There may even be a tutorial to follow!

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