Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More Kitchen Cupboard Organizing!

I'm continuing on with organizing my kitchen cupboards.  I started with the pantry which you can read about HERE.  Now I've moved on to the rest of the cabinets.  I am about three quarters of the way to having a fully organized, functional kitchen!  Yay!

Just a reminder, this is what my kitchen looks like:

As you can see I am blessed with lots of cupboard space!  I guess I wasn't use to it because I sure wasted a lot of it...but not anymore!

Here are a few before and after photos:

1. The cabinet that use to hold large bowls and an asparagus cooker (it was a gift) is now my baking cupboard.
2. All the large bowls and serving dishes have been moved down to the awkward corner cabinet.  Before, this cabinet was filled with random things, ie: bread maker, roasting pan, serving dishes didn't make any sense, basically if I didn't know where to put it, into the corner cabinet it went! Eventually I'd like to put in some kind of a tiered lazy susan here.
3. Things that don't get used as often have now been stored in the cabinet above the fridge (such as the wok, juicer, food processor etc..
4. Which created less clutter in this cabinet:
5. All the vases have been moved to above the microwave:
6. My cookbooks have been moved down to a shelf that I can easily reach:
7. The cabinet next to the stove with easy access to cooking oils and spices is now de-cluttered:
8.The crazy messy cabinet with teas and hot chocolates now have water bottles and jugs:
And just a reminder of what my newly organized pantry looks like:
Side Note: Did anyone notice my little pug in photos 5 and 7?  He was a gift that my parents gave me for Christmas one year because I love pugs.  Let me introduce you to Horatio:
Unfortunately, my hubby hates pugs!  So alas Horatio is confined to the cupboard.  But he likes to sneak out every once in a while and surprise Michael in different places, like the fridge or his pillow!

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

50's Sock Hop! (Tomboy in a Skirt Alert!)

My daughter's grade 5 class have been learning some swing and jive dances in their gym class.  For Valentine's Day, their teacher threw them a 50's sock hop.  Everyone got dressed up in their 50's dance outfits, all the parents were invited and they topped it off with an ice cream root beer float.  The kids loved it!

I didn't want to spend money on a costume because knowing my daughter, she will never ever wear this for a costume again.  She is a tomboy through and through.  Last year for Halloween she went as a dead chef, the year before a dead bride (you get the picture...she's just not into girly costumes).

So I used what we had.  She has ONE skirt, so I dug that out and wiped the dust off of it...LOL!!

Then I printed off a picture of a poodle, cut it out and traced it onto red felt.
Once I had the felt cut out, I pinned it to the skirt and then hand-sewed it on.
Then to wrap up the look she wore a red cardigan sweater, a scarf around her neck and canvas style runners.  I couldn't get her to wear a pony tail or the frilly socks I made..but hey, I got her into a skirt!

For a non-sewing person I think it turned out pretty good!
And she looked SO cute even if she says she felt very awkward!

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