Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The other day I had a pan to deal with. A pan that had roasted a chicken (and fresh veggies and herbs from my garden) and now was full of chicken stock that didn't get refrigerated. What do I do with a bunch of chicken juice? I don't want to put it down the drain and if I pour it out somewhere outside I will have anything and everything that's carnivorous licking my dirt. So I used my mom's idea and made a dog's breakfast.
Set the pan on the stove and get the juice boiling. Then add oatmeal and cook per instructions. Sometimes I add veggies to the mix but that particular morning I was in a hurry. (Haha you can see my calendula petals drying in the background)
In just a few minutes you will have something your dog will love and when you scrape out the oatmeal you just have a dry pan to wash. Plus it works great for getting old dogs out of bed. As soon as it started boiling she poked her nose out of the laundry room, ears perked and eyes full of hope.
If you do something like this make sure your dog doesn't have any difficulty digesting whatever meat stock you are giving them. I know mine has a serious problem with anything pork or ham. Also make sure you let it cool a bit before feeding and don't give them too much at one time because a pan full of stock can make quite a bit of oatmeal.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I also did plenty of re-stocking with my inspired by everything eclectic taste in mind. Check out the rest of my shop to see the new bits o' shine featured below. I also spent the afternoon photographing even more pieces waiting to be listed later this week, so check back often if you want to see what's new.
Friday, September 25, 2009
I don't subscribe to any newspaper so I had to ask my neighbor for some - she's used to me and my weird projects. :)
I measured how long I'd need it which means how many sheets of paper will have to be cut into strips. Then I measured how much I'd need hanging and how much I'd need above the shelf for attaching.
Then I cut it into strips:
Accordion folded it in a size I liked:
And freehand cut a rounded edge:
I was originally going to leave it just as the plain newsprint but decided to paint it black. I mixed my paint with a little water to both make it easier to spread and to give a little transparency, adding a faux aged look to it.
I attached it to the top of the shelf with little photo sticker squares and voila!
Quickly and easily made with no cost - my favorite kind of project!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It's Living Lovely time again with Mt. Hope Chronicles! This week's challenge was to reclaim a space for beauty or function. I must have been on Heidi's brainwave because I had just started a massive overhaul on my closet after I posted photos for the world to see how seriously messy it was. I blush! I grimace! I hide in shame!
Using only things I already had (okay I bought a can of spray paint and a can of spray glue but that's it!) I completely redid and reclaimed my closet space so that it was both beautiful and functional.
Want a sneak peek?
Now hold on to your eyeballs (not literally please) because this is a photo heavy post.
There was a lot of work involved and I wasn't letting any of it get away undocumented. ;)
Before my closet was dingy white walls, mismatched hangers, clutter and chaos of unimaginable proportions.
To start I removed everything from my closet. Everything. Then I painted the walls Mid-Day Mocha - a free quart of paint I got from a Glidden promotional deal. It covered all the scuffs and old-ness and brought a wonderful warmth to the small space. I even painted the ceiling.
Next I had that ugly white shelf to contend with. I didn't want to paint it so I decided to hide the fact that I wasn't. Using newspaper I made a little scalloped border to hang down and hide it from being so ugly.
The dangles in the top of the photo are my lightbulb chandelier from this post.
Then I gathered all my boxes and baskets that were just about every color and none of them matched and spray painted everything. I have quite the collection of paints so the only one I needed to purchase was a can specifically for plastic.
I forgot to mention I'm still in a walking boot so kneeling or squatting to get a good angle for photos is completely out.
You saw in my last post how I altered another box to fit into my color scheme needs. So easy to make what you have work for you!
I also switched all my hangers out for white ones simply by raiding all the other closets in the house and trading them out. Wooden hangers would be great someday.
I think the hardest part was cutting down my book collection.
Some I was just keeping around when I didn't need to. Many I gave to people I knew would enjoy them. And now I even have a free shelf to put my extra blankets - amazing!
I used a scrap of muslin and some tension rods to make little curtains to hide the book clutter I couldn't part with.
And if I ran out of storage boxes I found that hiding something with a lovely scarf works nicely too.
All my hats I hung up or stood up with candle holders and sconces - they work great for that!
Vintage suitcases and some of my mom's old sheet music keep with my theme and pull my look together while beautifying and hiding.
For a cost of around ten dollars and using what I already had, I transformed this mess:
Into an organized, functional, and beautiful space.
Linking to: Beneath My Heart's Closet Makeover Party
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
(Yep I just threw Hamlet at you, hopefully you've already had your morning coffee)
In my enormous project of a closet makeover I challenged myself to using things I already had to beautify and add unity to the space.
When I removed everything (you have no idea how much stuff you really have until you take everything out of your closet) I discovered I had no fewer than five (five!!) dictionaries. I was an English major, a teacher and I'm a self-proclaimed word nerd and bibliophile (don't be alarmed that just means lover of books) but good grief, that is way too many. It's especially too many considering I hardly ever use them all. This one I don't think I've ever opened.
It's a 1949 edition and actually has some pretty stuff inside but if I never look at it, what good does it do me? So, as hard as it was for a bibliophile like me to do this...I took pages out of the book to cover my box.
I used a can of spray adhesive to attach the pages to the flattest and largest parts and I used regular old white school glue to attach the rest. Now my box is color neutral and unique! And I'm finally getting some use out of something that was just taking up space.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Next came the other ingredients with one extra since I was desirous of some sparkle. Unwaxed dental floss (so the stickers will stick), round price stickers (got mine at the dollar store) and clear, faceted acrylic beads - the kind you can buy in a huge bag of a million for just a couple of dollars.
I pre-cut all my pieces of floss using a pair of scissors rather than the built in cutter and then I ironed my floss with the iron set on low heat. If ironing dental floss doesn't get you some strange looks from the family I don't know what will.
Starting at the bottom of the floss I applied the two stickers, then strung on a bead.
When I placed my next two stickers I strung on another bead. Each pair of stickers above the next will hold the bead in place.The flour jar held it nicely while I was working. :)
With three "sections" to the shade top wire I think I made nine strands of stickers and beads. Originally I planned for six but it was just too bare looking so I added extras until it looked full enough. I went through nearly two packages of 180 count stickers.
Suspended from my lightbulb it looks like a sparkling chandelier - I love it!
With the flash on you can see I've tried to make other improvements to my closet. I hung fabric on the ceiling as a nod to Inara's shuttle (Firefly fans should know what I'm talking about - and might get a kick out of that fruity oaty bar box in the background too) - a space filled with sparkling drapey fabric.
You can see I also glued a decorative trim to the ugly wood edge showing on my oh-so-chic plywood shelf.
If I didn't have nearly every shelf in my closet crammed full of books I'd probably have room for those old hats, office supplies and childhood memorabilia and my closet might not look like it belongs to a teenager. Looking at these photos is really motivating me to make some big changes, but for now I'm one step closer to a lovely, organized space and I didn't break the bank doing it.