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reuse #2346777

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Because I cannot get enough of glass bottles and jars…introducing the Frame Jar.
jar
Works best with seated pictures, but jumping pictures might be fun too. And, if you are doing a b/w photo, how about filling the jar up with stones or candies for color?

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07/30/2010 at 4:33

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holding on to hope.

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kitchen

Before we spend a huge chunk on remodeling the outdated kitchen, I want to live in it for a while to figure out what I need, what I want and what makes sense for the space. In the meanwhile, it definitely could use a bit of perking up. This weekend, we took advantage of the sunshine and painted the cabinet doors and existing hardware. It is a work in progress, but I’m feeling perky.

…and this is what’s coming before the end of the summer: brand new granite countertops!

p.s. Mina, if you are reading this, did you notice the tea kettle? On my trip to HomeGoods last week, I found a replacement kettle in the same color! Can you believe Husband didn’t even notice the switch?!

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07/07/2010 at 4:33

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words are powerful.

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I picked these *easily removable* metallic alphabet stickers off a clearance end cap for $3 and transformed them into an important daily reminder.
word_art
Sure, they are crooked, off-center and not very well-balanced, but who cares? They are already working 😉

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06/30/2010 at 4:33

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postcard in a jar

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jar
Easy and pretty. Just tuck a postcard into a jar. I’m using one that came free with an order from Ink & Spindle and a Safeway jelly jar. Peeking out, you’ll see one of my etsy air plants.

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06/17/2010 at 4:33

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call me crazy (bottle lady)

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When I was a kid, my Mom and various aunts (I have many) routinely washed and reused containers for storing leftovers. Popular ones were yogurt, margarine and sour cream. It was always disappointing when I peeled back a familiar lid and did not find the thing I was looking for inside. Of course, their leftover food was perfectly fine; my childhood tastes just happened to be more grilled cheese & twinkies and less mug, dal, shaak or rotli.

Funny that now I’m the one who is the crazy bottle lady. I cannot bring myself to toss *any* glass bottle away – and I’m talking about into the recycle bin! As a result of this kooky habit, I’ve been using bottles (some painted, some not) all over the house for branches, plants, flowers or just displaying them bare. Needless to say, Goo Gone and I share quite an intimate relationship.

bottles

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06/04/2010 at 4:33

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white board remix

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My craigslist white board was taking up way too much space in the playroom, so we changed it up a bit.

white board transformation

you’ll need:

hand saw
– strip molding by the foot (home depot)
staple gun
spray paint

***SEE HERE for update***

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05/10/2010 at 4:33

Posted in craigslist, DIY, paint, playroom

start of a new addiction

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I just could not wait for my air plants to arrive to start the terrarium. These are so much fun! Try making one yourself. You’ll like it. I guarantee it!

Here’s my first try. I was going for the jungle scene from Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but can’t find the German Sheperd. Until I find it, consider the Rott a stand-in for Delgado.

take one

I chose the smallest plants found in the yard and mixed some rocks in with the soil. I’m no gardener, so I can’t tell you if this is a good idea. Lucky for me, I have a gardener friend coming for a visit tomorrow – hooray for Kim W.

update of terrarium on 05/20
terrarium today

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05/06/2010 at 4:33

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