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Measure – Wash – Store

IMG_0236I have never been able to find a system that I like (until now), on how to store my measuring cups and spoons.  

I have seen several versions of this around the internet; however, they are usually done inside a cabinet door.

Putting these items inside a cabinet door causes them to rattle when you open and close the door.

I built the wood strips out of fir strips, painted them, added a nail with a head for a hanger (easy on easy off) and strong magnets on the back to hold them in place on the side of the refrigerator.



IMG_0241Fired up the Silhouette and made labels in vinyl.

This keeps these items organized and readily available when you are baking.  Easy clean up then store.

As you can see the side of my refrigerator holds the dispensers for my foil, plastic and wax paper and the measuring cups and spoons.

No rattles, just easily accessible and ready for use.



My measuring cups are black and they don’t show up against my black refrigerator.

The dispensers for the foil, wax and plastic wrap are from Ikea.  The down side to these are they only hold the small rolls, but since there is just two of us at home that size works perfect for us.



Sewing Box

IMG_0161.JPG (2)I have sewed for a number of years and have always struggled with the conventional sewing box or basket or whatever you want to call it.

During Christmas my #1 Daughter found a Snapware Container for $1.  I know great deal, and I told her I would take one because I can always find something to put in them.

I had an “aha” moment and decided I would use it as my sewing box and it works perfectly.


Because there are several containers that snap together you can separate out your pins from your bobbins.  I used each container for a specific item.  The larger container on the bottom holds my various scissors.  The top container holds the items I am always using and then I have a container for my crochet hooks.

Sometimes you have to think and work outside the box.  I don’t have to dig through an entire box/basket or container to find what I am looking for and an added bonus is the plastic is clear so I can see which container holds what I am needing and go directly to it.

Sweeeeeeeet!  Now I need to get back to finishing my shower curtain.

Finished Master Bath Roman Faucets

Absolutely sometimes the thing you dread the most turns out to be a non-event.

We finally finished the new Roman Faucets on the tub and also replaced the drain and vent cover.

Here is what I learned:  you need to measure the distance between the faucet and the wall to be sure the handle can turn.

Not exactly the way they should turn but they work .


We had to pull the front off of the garden tub and was worried it would break.  To our surprise it was very flexible.  We were able to pull a little away and then install the new faucets.

We had help with this, one of our best friends (Joel Orr) helped us remove the old rusted faucets and sweated on some female connectors.  We would have put on ball valves but we didn’t think we could get the front of the tub back on.

Guess what, when you buy these kinds of faucets they don’t give you all the supply lines.  We had to buy two more to connect the faucets to the water.


Now we got that done, we had to wait until some of the junk under the tub dried out so we could vacuum it up.  We had a little ant problem.






Next it was left up to me to change out the drain and the air vent cover.  The items I used are some plumbers putty, a nifty tool to take the drain cover out, a screw driver to give me additional leverage on the nifty tool, base board to put back in place when I get the front of the tub back in place and some caulk to seal the front of the tub and finish off the base board.




This was so easy; place the tool in the drain and the screwdriver in the top and start turning.  Remember lefty loosey.


Once it is out clean out the old plumbers putt.




Take some new plumbers putty roll it out in a snake shape and then put it on the drain in a circle.

Too much and you have it squeezing out from underneath your new drain cover.  No biggie, just clean it up.





Now, the thing you need to be aware of is that not all drain covers are created equal.  The one I originally bought with the faucets did not work, it was too large.  Quick trip to Lowe’s and a helpful guy, showed me what I needed and this one has a housing that can be taken off to show the smaller cover.




Start screwing the drain cover in and insert the nifty tool, this time righty tighty.

Once that is secure you can put in the drain stopper that goes with the drain cover.

Be sure and run some water in the tub to make sure it holds water, open the drain and make sure it drains properly.




The air vent cover was really simple just unscrew the old one replace the new one.  I was lucky the pipe that allows air so the drain works properly was secure in place.  If you have a loose one be careful when you pull off the cover and do not let the tube drop back or to the side.  It is really difficult to get it back in the right place.


There you have it the Master Bath faucets are all installed.  I just have to finish the access hole we cut in the wall in my closet and the project of replacing our faucets are almost complete.  I still need to get the shower faucets updated in both bathrooms but right now they can wait.  

They won’t wait for long because that kind of stuff drives me crazy.



Tim Holtz Fever

I had the privilege to go to a Tim Holtz (this is his blog) workshop when he was in the area a while back. Stamp Asylum (this is their blogspot) in Plano had a great turn out.

It officially started my Tim Holtz fever.  Oh, I liked his stuff before (thanks to my bff, Phyllis) but this workshop really kicked it into high gear.

I officially made myself a Tim Holtz drawer in my Jetmax cube mania.  One reason is because I had accumulated so much of his “stuff” I needed a place to keep it organized.

And it is the first drawer at the top of that set of Jetmax cubes.

It is already stuffed with Tim Holtz “stuff” to create with and of course you just have to have the “stuff”.

Actually, I am so impressed with his line.  It is true quality “stuff”.  No, I don’t get paid to say that or get anything free from them.  Just a good honest opinion.

For me I like the fact that he takes the time to plan the “stuff” out so it works with each other and they can be used with each other in several different ways.  It is also planned that the new works with the old.

I’m loving the grundge paper so much more than the grundge board.

I even have a notebook especially for his stamps, which by the way are great Christmas and Birthday gifts (thank you Phyllis).

Yeah, he is such a nice guy and I love the fact that he takes time to take pictures with people he barely knows.

Thanks Tim for all your inspiration and sharing your gift!

Jan 31, 2011 - Tools of the Trade    No Comments


I took the Vagabond out of the box and Henry had to get in it before anything or anyone else could touch it.

So cute!

It came in this box in  the box above.  This is not as big as I thought it was going to be.

It is really a cute way to promote the machine.  For those of you that are asking …I love it! But wait it looks like a new suit case not a well traveled one.

Yes, it comes with all the stickers that you need to make it look authentic.

Now that is more like it.  It takes a little getting use to and I have not figured out all of the sandwiches and shims that you need but it makes embossing a lot easier.  If you have arthritis this is a must.

I need to get my February calendar done so I can get it posted.  Phyllis beat me and I’m was suppose to have this up by the 22nd.

Mar 12, 2010 - Tools of the Trade    1 Comment

$1 Stamps – Got-a-Love-‘Em

Shucks!  I am having all kinds of trouble getting my pictures off Picasa onto my blog.  It tells me that they have uploaded and posted but when I go in to pull them into the post, they are not there.  They are hanging out in cyberspace somewhere.

Unfortunately, my IT guy (my great SIL) is not available until next week.

So, I’m posting items of what is already uploaded to my media files.  Aren’t these stamps so cute and they only cost a $1 each at M’s.

Click the picture and take a closer look.  I will tell you I do not walk into M’s that I don’t search out where the $1 stamps are and check out any new ones.  They (in my opinion) are a steal at a $1 for the quality.     Thanks M’s!

Craft Storage – Jet Max Cube

As most of you know I have a “Woman Cave” full of Jet Max Cube.  I was so excited when I walked down an aisle at M’s and found the dividers for the Jet Max Cube drawers.

They come looking like this but it is pretty obvious how to put them together; however, they also have a page that gives you the instructions.

They make the drawers look so nice and neat and they really do help keep all those little things in their place.

What better way to use such an awesome drawer than for all the “Distressed” stuff from Tim Holtz.  Now everything I need is right in one drawer.  Yeah, I don’t have any of the new colors but when I get them I’m just going to stack them up in the like color cubes.

I almost have the little monkey card done (it is so cute).  I was going to upload some pictures and make it a two part posting because it is a little long, but Picasa is not working tonight (ugh!).  I don’t know if it is because of my laptop or Windows 7 or something else but I can’t get the pictures uploaded.  I’ll try again tomorrow.

RAK – Random Act of Kindness

This just blows me away.  About once a year I get a package in the mail from Kable Products, in Fairfield, Ohio.

I received these Kimberly Hodges, Embossed Stickers.  They are really cute but for the life of me, I don’t know how they got my name and address or why they send it to me.

At my church (Elevate) we are currently in the process of 40 days of kindness leading up to Easter.  I don’t know if I’m just more aware of random acts of kindness because I’m doing my best to pass them out or if because I am showing the love, God is returning the blessings.  Either way if you sent me this RAK, thanks it absolutely made my day.  I can’t wait to use these on a card or maybe include them in my GS or GD’s albums.

Also, if you sent me this let me know I would love to return the blessing to you.

Feb 26, 2010 - Tools of the Trade    No Comments

Hmm – Journaling Cards

Over at, Mary showed where she  found these ruled index cards at Walmart for about $.97.  You can take them and cut them in half and they make perfect little journaling cards.

A little bit of inking on the sides, a rub-on or a hole with some ribbon in it and you have the perfect size of journaling card.

You can change the color by simply using distressed inks to add a little color or maybe mist them with some Perfect Pearls and a little distress re-inker.

I’ll try this and show you how they come. Hmm, I’m wondering if I could get these to work for making a flower.  I’ll try my hand at that too!  Can’t wait to see how these come out.

Feb 24, 2010 - Tools of the Trade    No Comments

Yes, More Stamps

The two small ones are $1 stamps at M’s and the large one is various definitions.

The larger one I got with the M’s 40% off coupon and I’m going to be using it for a background stamp.

There are some new techniques with distressed inks that I want to try, so keep tuning in to see where these stamps show up.