Thursday, February 24, 2011

pantry rescue

My pantry was in desperate need of organization and cleaning out. The shelves are deep and my lack of a system was causing items to get lost and food not to be eaten and was just generally driving me crazy.



So where does one go for organization containers? If your name is Jana, Goodwill & Salvation Army, of course. (Now, I probably could have found just-as-cheap containers at Wal-Mart or even Target and cut my project time in half, but I wanted to give myself a bit of a challenge & practice my spray painting skills.)

The set-up in the garage: (praise the Lord for a few warm days last week!)

Please notice that I was about half-way through the first coat of primer spray paint when I suddenly realized: Oh shucks! I forgot to take before pictures! Thus the reason 2 containers are white-ish already.

Please also notice the handy-dandy spray paint helper that is hooked on the top of the spray paint can. It looks like this:
Hands down: the best $3 I've ever spent in my life. Literally saving myself from pointer-finger rehab in the future. Where-oh-where was this amazing contraption when I was spray painting the blue shelves last summer?!?

Two of the containers were dark, so I did 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of glossy white.

A day later I put everything together.

Threw away all the food that was way past its prime. Emptied the floor area and wiped it down (yuck). Bryce put a bag holder on the door. Used 4 of the white containers for 1) crackers, 2) popcorn & various packets, 3) sugar, flour & cornmeal, and 4) all of the "bags" - brown rice, beans, chocolate chips, etc. Covered a cork board in material to make place to hang recipes, notes, grocery lists, etc. Also used a $1 clipboard (from Target) for a bit of color and another place to hang recipes.

So maybe the pictures aren't that drastic, but from a utilization & practical standpoint, it's a huge improvement. Plus, I have a bunch of fun white containers now! (And if you don't know this about me yet, please know that I love containers.....plastic, metal, basket doesn't matter. They're all amazing. And a must-have for any kind of organization project.)

Spray-paint nozzle picture from here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

haunting & encouraging

This verse has been haunting me lately (in a good way):
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:18-19

And this passage has really been encouraging me this week:
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which [we] have become a servant. Colossians 1:21-23

And there's my two cents before the weekend.
I have a list about a mile long (almost literally) to get done in the next 2 days; how about you?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

25 Before Twenty-Five

My birthday is exactly 2 months away. And, I hate to say it, but 25 seems old to me. I know it's really not that old, but in my mind I hardly even know how to imagine being 25. I could imagine 19 and 21 and 23 and barely 24, but not 25. Oh goodness.

I'm not even sure what I expected to accomplish at this point in my life, but I feel like I haven't made it. There was no actual do-this-by-age-25 plan . . . and yet, if I were honest, I wish I did more. Accomplished more. Traveled more. More schooling. Did "cooler" things. Saved more money. Did more in the line of having a family. Made more money. Had a more interesting job. Danced more.

And yet . . . if I sit very still and remember all that the last 25 years have held for me, I am very grateful for what God has done in my life. Not quite how I imagined it. Whatever that was. I'm going to take a deep breath and try to enjoy these last few weeks before I go over the hill . . . no, wait . . . continue the journey.

In honor of it being 2 months until the big day (and in an effort to make its approach fun/exciting and not scary/sad), I thought I would make a list of 25 things I want to do before my birthday. So, here goes (in no particular order):
  1. Go hiking with Bryce
  2. Take Parson on a walk once a week (weather permitting)
  3. Visit the Habitat Restore with Bryce
  4. Have the Miller family down for a visit
  5. Find & paint/refinish an end table for the library
  6. Reorganize & pair down my closet & make it pretty looking
  7. Complete all 3 levels of Jillian Michaels' "30 Day Shred" workout
  8. Play card games with somebody
  9. Get all dressed up and fancy for the Firefighter's Ball
  10. Paint my nails a bright color
  11. Go on a weekend retreat to a ski lodge with the youth group (but I don't have to ski)
  12. Finish hanging the curtains in the library
  13. Read a book from the Library for fun
  14. Finish the book "Surprised by Hope" (that I started a few months ago)
  15. Start taking a ballet class
  16. Bake or cook something just for fun
  17. Help host a baby shower for a dear friend
  18. Spend an evening at Starbucks all by myself
  19. Backup my computer files & upload all pictures to an online photo album
  20. Read my camera's manual and/or meet with someone for a lesson on how to actually use it
  21. Give Bryce lots of hugs & kisses (daily)
  22. Prepare & submit our taxes
  23. Reprint photos & finish (once and for all) our wedding photo album
  24. Crochet a scarf that is actually wearable
  25. Plan a trip to visit my sister & her family in Montreal

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Okay. I admit it.

I'm not perfect.

I drink coffee all day long.
I hit snooze multiple times in the morning.
I'm addicted to
I keep forgetting to buy a brush for the dog.
I get sucked into Target-world.
I'm also addicted to
I do not like most raw vegtables.
I get emotionally unstable when the house is dirty.
I'm not very good at musical improv.
I sometimes forget to look at my lists.
I follow 47 blogs.
I tend to lose important things (like cameras).

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

project: dress dyeing

A wedding was coming up.
I "needed" a new dress.
There was a nice one in my closet that I had never worn because I didn't like the color.
So I decided to try something new and dye it.

The dress started out looking like this. It's a Target dress that I bought on the sale rack for about $5. (Pardon the bad lighting, again.)

The setup in our kitchen:

My mom & I put very hot water in a bucket & poured in half of bottle of Rit kelly green dye (which I bought for about $8, I think, at Joann's).
Then I wet the dress and put it in the bucket, stirring with a pole for about 30 minutes. Next we rinsed & wrung out the dress in the sink until the water ran clear, gradually adjusting the water from warm to cold. Final step was to hang up the dress to dry, with a plastic bag underneath to catch green drips. (Nothing was stained green . . . we wiped down the bucket, sink area, etc. with bleach water as soon as the dress was done.)

And I do believe the dress turned out beautifully. No streaking. No uneven color spots. You would never even know it used to be white!

(I followed these directions for the most part: