Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitchen. Show all posts

January 9, 2011

Stenciled Sugar Bowl

It’s been very cold and very wet here in Northern California.  Lately, we’ve had an invasion of credit:  http://kishorksharma.files.wordpress.comAnts. Everywhere.  I don’t think they much like the weather so they’re looking for a warm place to stay. Siena Sugar BowlThis sugar bowl is one of my favorite items in my kitchen.  My husband and I bought it in Siena on a trip to Italy ten years ago.   Unfortunately, the ants like it too. 

I needed a temporary ant-proof sugar bowl until we can get these little buggers under control.

I found this inexpensive air-tight and ant-tight storage container at Wal-Mart.   It’s a Flip-Tite container from Better Homes and Gardens.stenciled sugar bowl Using my newly acquired Silhouette Cutting Tool, I stenciled on a simple design.
Italian Stenciled Sugar Bowl In a nod to my Italian sugar bowl, I also stenciled the Italian word for sugar. my backyard eden I couldn’t forget Spanish and French as well. Ant Tight Sugar Bowl But the best part is the air-tight, ant-tight lid! 

Have you had any uninvited invaders this winter?

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August 16, 2010

Cute Kitchen Towel Makeover

My Grandma used to have kitchen towels with crocheted toppers.  They were always close at hand in her kitchen, hanging from the oven door, or cabinet knob.  Tired of constantly having my kitchen towels disappear from my kitchen, and since my crochet skills are nearly nil, I created my own quick sew version. 

Quick kitchen towel topper

I dare the kitchen towel gnomes to try to run off with these!

towel topper supplies All you need is a kitchen towel, a scrap of coordinating fabric, some elastic and my simple pattern.

cut kitchen towel in half First, cut your kitchen towel in half, crosswise.  Each standard size towel can make two towels with toppers.

Cut fabric Using my pattern, cut two pieces of your coordinating fabric.

Make elastic loop Cut a piece of elastic approximately 4 inches long.  Fold it in half, and decide how big you need your loop to be.

Mark and place elastic Mark your elastic at the desired length, and line that mark up 1/2” from the top edge of the right side of one piece of fabric.  Make sure the raw edges of your elastic loop are oriented toward the edge, and the loop part is pinned down in place. 

Pin Then, having the elastic loop pinned inside, pin your two fabric pieces, right sides together.  Leave the straight bottom edge unpinned.  This won’t be stitched until later.

Stitch 1/2 inch seam Using a 1/2” seam allowance, stitch all the way around the piece, stitching slowly and carefully across the elastic.   (Like my super nifty blue painter’s tape seam guide?  Nothing but the best will do for this gal.)

Backstitch over elastic To make things extra secure, I backstitched a couple of times over the elastic.   Then trim the seams to approximately 1/4”.

turn under 1 inch Before turning right side out, turn up the open edge 1” and press.

Turn and Press Then turn right side out and press.

Loosely gather towel Using your fingers, loosely gather the cut edge of your kitchen towel.

Tuck towel into topper Tuck the gathered edges into the fabric topper.  You may have to fuss with this a bit to get it looking right.   When it looks perfect to you, pin them together.

Stitch topper to towelSlowly stitch across the edge of your topper, making sure to catch the underside topper edge as well.   I used a wide zig-zag, but you could use whatever stitch you like.

Finished Towel Topper All done!  Your easy towel topper is ready to use.  Now, I’m off to make another one with the other half of the towel!

Did your Grandma have crocheted towel toppers like mine did?

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August 5, 2010

Broom Closet Cleanup

Every time I opened up my kitchen broom closet, I saw this: 
Messy Closet.And then usually, this would happen:
Messy mess.Grrr.

So I made one of these:
Bag bagIt was so easy, I should have done it ages ago.  It took exactly 1/4 of a yard of fabric.  I just stitched a tube, added a casing and some elastic at the bottom, and sewed an easy handle.  It literally was 5 minutes sewing, tops. 

Now, when I open my kitchen broom closet, I see this:
Clean ClosetThen, I smile!  Hooray for the little things that make life easier!

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March 26, 2010

Prettied-Up Pot Holder

See my old sad potholder there?  Kind of worn out, huh?  See how it’s cozying up to those fabric scraps?  I think it’s dreaming of a Spring makeover. 

Potholder Makeover 
First, I gave it a haircut.  I never used those hanging loops anyway so I just snipped them right off.

Potholder haircut 
I cut two pieces of fabric about a half inch larger on each side.  Then I placed the fabric squares right sides together, laid the potholder on top, and stitched around, leaving about three inches open to turn.

Potholder construction
When I stitched the pieces together, I squared off the corners so it would be easier to turn later.  Then I trimmed my corners and turned it inside out.

DIY potholder
I topstitched around the edge, catching the unstitched opening edges under.

Topstitching potholder 
I thought it might be cute with a little more top stitching so I went around a few times, using the edge of my presser foot as a guide for the inside stitching lines.

Potholder with decorative stitching

Pot holder

Easy peasy!  If that potholder had feet, I’d say it had a bit of spring in it’s step!

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January 14, 2010

Pretty Organized Pantry

What's in the pantry?

Did you think I meant that my pantry is pretty organized?  Or that it’s pretty and organized?  You’d be right either way!  I spent some time over the holidays cleaning out cupboards and organizing my pantry.  I discovered a couple of ancient food items lost in the way back.   Can you say “science experiment”? 

Part of the problem was that the shelves weren’t labeled.   At one point, I had stuck labeled Post-it notes to the shelves, but they had long since floated off and stuck to something else. So while I know where everything goes, TheHub and kids usually just stuck stuff on whatever shelf was closest.     Not anymore.   I present, for your viewing enjoyment, my newly labeled pantry shelves:
 labeled pantry shelves
TheHub surprised me by ordering and installing these metal label holders.  My  daughter, M&M made up the labels.   I smile every time I open up the doors when I see her cute 10 year old handwriting.  :)

baking label Snack label
Bread Label Canned Goods 

TheHub also installed a write-erase board  inside one of the doors.   It’s great for jotting down an item when you run out.  Or just for doodling on!

Memo Board
Let’s hear it for pretty organization!

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October 12, 2009

Towel Holder Transformation

One of these things is not like the other...... One of these things just doesn't belong. Can you tell me which thing is not like the other, by the time I finish my song?

Did you pick one?

Pretty much all the hardware, fixtures and accessories in my kitchen have a dark, oil-rubbed bronze finish. I've had that stainless steel paper towel holder for years. I love that it's sturdy, heavy and it does it's job. Then my eyes began to wander and I started coveting this one from Ballard Designs.

Photo from Ballard Designs

Sigh.....It's so pretty with that dark, rich finish that I almost gave into temptation and ordered one. But I had restraint. A little cleaning, priming and a couple of coats of my BFF spray paint later, and Voila! It's like new! Now if I could just find a cheap pear finial.....

What have you transformed lately?

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