Thursday, January 23, 2014

Redneck Baby Present

I picked up this yarn a couple of month ago and after making a few dishcloths I started looking around for other things I could crochet out of cotton yarn.  My friend was expecting a boy so I made this set for her baby shower.  I made up the pattern for the hat.  The pacifier clip is inspired by this pattern and the teething rings are from this pattern.

I've made three sets now.  Two have been given away and I'm about to mail the third to a lucky recipient.  I have to say that the binky clips are the best.  I wish I would've had one with my oldest baby but am glad to have one with my new baby.  It's so nice to be able to wash it after a day or two of getting drooled on and they are essential to help keep that binky off the floor when they spit it out.  My baby enjoys playing with the teething rings as well.  And babies look ever so darling in hats but I'm pretty sure my friend's 11 lb baby was too big for it.  Oh well.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Operation Organization: Pantry #1

For some reason there are three coat closets in our house all in close proximity to each other.  One is off the kitchen, one in the dining room and one at the beg. of the hallway.  The previous homeowners had already put shelves in the closet off the kitchen.  We are using the closet in the hallway for coats and the one in the dining room was just piled full of misc. things.  (Sorry there's no "before" picture!)  We finally installed shelves yesterday and I quickly filled it up.  I love how it looks and know it's going to be so handy having it organized.
We left the closet rod in there just because it was easier than ripping it out.  The bottom of the closet had been covered in shag carpet.  It's slanted because the stairs to the basement cut into the space.  We ripped the carpet up, pulled out the staples and painted it white.  Now it's a great shelf.
The shelves are just 12" deep.  The other pantry has really deep shelves and things get lost on them.  I had picked up these baskets on The Dollar Tree to use in this space.  The baskets are just shy of 12" wide so three of them fit perfectly on the 36" wide shelves.  I labelled each of them with some tags I picked up a garage sale over the summer.  For now they read "pasta, beans, snacks, paper goods, drink mixes, crackers, chips, baking and other".  These categories work for now so we'll see how it goes.
The cereal sits on the shelf that was already installed above the closet rod.  I convinced my husband to add a shelf up high for additional storage.  These baskets are from IKEA.  We used them at our wedding and keep them stocked with "napkins, knives, forks, spoons".  We only use these for parties so it's nice to have them handy but out of the way.

It's so nice to have this space organized.  You can probably tell that there's no closet door for now  We took them all down when we were fixing up the house before we moved in and haven't put them all back up yet.  I think it would be fun to paint it with chalkboard paint so we can write on it.  Will probably have to wait till Spring to paint it and rehang it.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Celebrating a Milestone!

I just reached 300 likes on facebook so to celebrate I'm doing my first ever Rafflecopter giveaway!  Yippee!  The prize is this Valentines Day hat:

Good luck!

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