New uses for old things: how you can use a shoe organizer in every room

Most people own an over the door shoe rack, or have at least seen one. They’re cheap, they’re easy to find, and they’re strangely versatile. 

Most of us use them just like this:

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Did you know you can use them in almost every room?


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You can cut them and affix them to the back of your bathroom cabinets to hold extra toiletries. 


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You can use them in your laundry room to store bottles of cleaner.


Better Homes and Gardens
Use one for extra storage in your kitchen pantry.


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How about in your mudroom or coat closet to store winter hats, gloves and scarves?


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How about in the playroom to store art supplies?

Or in your craft room to store your own crafty supplies?


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I have three of these things right now. I can’t wait to show you how I’m planning to use them.

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A much more organized pantry


Our pantry used to be very well organized, but we got a little lazy.


And then we got even lazier. Things weren’t put away, things weren’t paired down and thrown away, and things were just…chaotic. 


It was definitely time to do something about it.

I decided to take everything out and assess the space. While it was empty, I gave the room a good cleaning.

I then decided to categorize everything and organize it as according to category. 


I also used some smaller baskets to house fruits and veggies, and two wood crates to make a shelf for my cookbooks. 



I moved some items out of the pantry that didn’t need to be there. 


When I was finished, I had a much more organized space. I love that I can see everything and I know where everything is. 


The space functions so much better for us now. 

Our printer is currently on the brink of death so as soon as I fix it, I’ll make new ones. Then this pantry will be complete.

What space makeovers have you done recently?

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Organization: a new command center

The whole purpose of a command center is to help you manage and organize your home.

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When we first made our command center, it did a great job of organizing and managing our home. Over time, though, it was a different story. Oh, it was still nice, attractive, and useful, we just didn’t use it. We talked about it and we realized why we weren’t using it: the command center was located in our office, and we don’t walk by it unless it’s intentional.

We began looking around our home for a more traveled area in which we’ll pass by the command center several times a day. We don’t currently have a mudroom, but it is on our long term list of things to do. We didn’t want to put it in our living room and there isn’t a good place in the kitchen.

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One side of our pantry (the side that isn’t pictured above) doubles as a coat closet. We also park our shoes in here when we come in the door. I also have to go in there in the mornings to collect my purse and the diaper bag. It’s kind of like our “mini-mud room.” Therefore, the pantry seemed like the most logical choice.

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I started by moving the hanging rack down a bit to accommodate the command center. I also removed any unnecessary bags from the hooks- for instance, Emorie’s swim bag was still in here. The child is not currently in swimming, as it is February. Out it went!

I simplified the command center quite a bit, by reducing its size and making it function better for us. I sometimes felt the large command center we had before seemed overwhelming. The cleaning checklist was moved to the laundry room, since that’s where the cleaning supplies are stored. Just made better sense to me.

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Sorry about the boob light reflection in the glass 🙁

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All in all, I really like how this turned out! And it’s getting way more use as well 🙂 Send me pictures of your command centers. I’d love to see them!

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Four week “wait no more” organizing challenge: Week two: the pantry

We have a small kitchen, but a wonderful butler’s pantry right off the kitchen. It has tons of storage  am space, and one corner of it actually functions as a coat closet. There are lost of great shelves and tons of storage space. My eventual plans are to overhall the space by painting or wallpapering the space, adding shelf liner, and adding a cute door instead of the builder grade interior door. I’d also like to buy more matching baskets so the pantry will have a more streamlined look, but this will be done as the budget allows. I have plenty of other projects in front of this one, so I am not sure when this will happen.

We had this pantry beautifully organized last summer. You can read about that here. There truly was a place for everything, and everything was in its place. But then we got lazy. Really lazy. There were things hanging out of the baskets, and it truly was a giant pain.

First of all, let me apologize for the poor picture quality. There is no natural light in here, and it’s a long narrow room. It’s hard to capture a good shot.

Just look at all that mess hanging out of those baskets. Look at those completely empty baskets taking up space. Look at all that stuff in the floor! 

This side actually stayed organized.
I got to work. I donated the food processor that is huge, takes up a ton of space, and we’ve used once in four years. I removed the book bag that hasn’t moved from the pantry since October. The basket system for daily menu items was a good idea, but we never used it and it took up a whole shelf.

I took all the individually wrapped food items out of their cardboard boxes so they’d fit into the baskets better.  I moved my cookbooks to a more accessible shelf. I put the unsightly appliances on the bottom shelf and moved them out of eye level. I purchased inexpensive wood crates and moved the buy-in-bulk items to the crates and set them on the floor below the shelves.



I also utilized some glass canisters to store our lemonade mix and our tea bags.

Now, my pretty milk glass and serveware fit nicely on the top shelf.

I can’t wait to completely overhall this pantry, but I think for now, the functionality and organization has definitely improved. This will make it so much easier to find things in our pantry, which is a plus!

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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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21-day organizing challenge: Week one recap

Things have truly gotten busy at the Boone house in the past two weeks. In fact, I’ve barely had the time to DO the 21-day challenge, much less blog about it. I have done the challenge, though, and I’ve decided instead of making a DAILY post about the challenge, I’ll do a weekly post. 
Originally, I had written days one and two as two separate posts, but for the sake of reading, I decided to make it easier. I also back-dated a few posts into weekly posts so I wouldn’t have to write one big, long, exhausting post. In the first week of the 21-day organizing challenge, we organized all of the following spaces in our house: kitchen cabinets, pantry and coat closet, entry way, desk and home office, bathroom cabinets, and linen closet. 

I started off the challenge with re-organizing my cabinets. My kitchen cabinets didn’t LOOK that bad, but they weren’t organized in a way that made sense. 
There were things in this cabinet we no longer used, and the things we DID use often were in the back. Made no sense. Now, everything is re-organized and for the better. Since I posted the day one post, we have re-done our drink glass cabinet and moved the medicines to a completely different cabinet altogether. Now, everything in this cabinet is drinkware related. 
On day two, our pantry got new labels and the bins were decluttered. Clutter from the floor was removed and sent to lesser-used cabinets, and baskets were re-organized and purged of unneeded or expired items, 
Why coat closet AND pantry? At my house, one corner of my pantry IS a coat closet 🙂 If you cannot say the same, then you have a choice as to which one you want to organize. We re-organized I like the new “chalklboard” labels, don’t you?
We also have this great basket with our entertainment goodies in case of company. Things like small platters, toothpicks, pretzels, and crackers. The basket was so full things were sticking out. Messy!
My solution was to purge some of the items from the basket and restructure it a bit. Those Frozen party plates from my daughter’s birthday? Gone. Stale pretzels? Ditto. 
My husband’s tools mostly reside in the garage, but we do keep a few screwdrivers, a hammer, a tape measure, a few allen wrenches, a level and a small size drill in the house. 
Those tools were a hot mess, so I repurposed a crock that used to hold my kitchen utensils. Now, they look a lot less messy and are still within reach. 
In the “coat closet” area of the pantry, I also took down all the baskets and checked up on their organization.  All items were in the right places but they weren’t really and truly organized. 
I chose to use some “DIY drawer organizers” to give everything its own place. 
I also chose to move some of the unnecessary items from the floor of the pantry to the cabinets above the fridge.
I unboxed the pottery and put it in the cabinet above my fridge. 
Now the floor of the pantry looks like this: 
Our coat closet area looks like this: 
The pantry/entry way reorganizing project was a snowball effect. It let to my reorganizing our desk, entry way, and desk. All of those items were on the list to be organized anyway. 
On day three, our entry way was becoming a “drop zone” and starting to look like this:
Even the baskets were looking piled up: 
This one was just a matter of putting some things up in the correct place, throwing away some things, and only keeping what is truly needed here. 
Now, the entry way is looking a lot neater and less like a bomb went off. 
On day four, I tackled our desk. The desk top itself looks pretty good. However, the drawers look horrible. Here’s what I was dealing with: 
Not terrible, but not great or functional, either. 
Not a good use of this deep file drawer. 
I found some inexpensive drawer dividers and I used them in our desk drawers. They gave me so much more room. 
Remember that deep file drawer? Here ya go. 
The bathroom cabinets were next on the list. We have had our bathroom cabinets organized using various baskets and bins for a long time. I chose to go through our cabinets and organize things by their purpose and frequency of use. We also got a shelf for E’s bathroom to add more storage, but we aren’t quite finished styling it yet. 
Here is E’s bathroom cabinet before, with lots of stuff we don’t use right in the front.
And here is the after: 

In our bathroom, we needed to reorganize some of the poorly organized drawers. here’s a sloppy before for you:

And here is the much better after:

We have the luxury of having a nice linen closet in our bathroom. My dad and I added shelves to it when my husband and I moved in. We also have a tower shelf in which we use bins. This closet just needed a little straightening.

Day seven should have been the day in which I organized the bedroom closets, but it wasn’t. We are in the process of building and installing closet organizer shelves in the closets in Emorie’s new room and the nursery.  We are using an Ana White plan to construct the shelves. My dad is helping us with this project, but his health is more important and that is our concern at the moment. My closet was reorganized in the summer, but my husband’s closet is a hot mess. It isn’t his fault; for some reason, the person who installed my built-in closet organizer did not see fit to install the same organizer in his closet. This summer, we will be removing the shelf above his closet rod, raising his closet rod, and adding a second rod. 
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A Little DIY: Dog biscuit canister

School has started back, and this blogger has been unintentionally AWOL. I didn’t set out to take two weeks off from blogging, but I am struggling to find a balance and I needed to focus on school work. I have a list of great blog entries that I am planning to write, but just haven’t found the time.

I did find time for a cute DIY project which cost me nothing and was a lot of fun. I have had this white crock on hand for years, and just couldn’t find a use for it.

Everything in my kitchen is black or red, so I couldn’t think of how I’d use it there. I have been using a plain white basket to store my dog biscuits in their unsightly, brightly colored cellophane wrappers.

I quickly downloaded a clipart bone from the internet, which I traced with a paint pen.

This is not the finished product. But it does look cute like this, too. 
I wanted to try to make the outline more bold like the clipart I traced, but I couldn’t trust myself not to mess it up. I decided instead to color it in. I think the result is pretty nice, don’t you?
Plus, it looks so much nicer in my pantry than those unsightly cellophane packets of dog treats. See the basket to the left? That’s how I’ve been storing them. Makes for a nice comparison, huh?
I want to buy another one for kitty treats and trace a clipart fish on it. 

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A Little DIY: Dog biscuit canister

School has started back, and this blogger has been unintentionally AWOL. I didn’t set out to take two weeks off from blogging, but I am struggling to find a balance and I needed to focus on school work. I have a list of great blog entries that I am planning to write, but just haven’t found the time.

I did find time for a cute DIY project which cost me nothing and was a lot of fun. I have had this white crock on hand for years, and just couldn’t find a use for it.

Everything in my kitchen is black or red, so I couldn’t think of how I’d use it there. I have been using a plain white basket to store my dog biscuits in their unsightly, brightly colored cellophane wrappers.

I quickly downloaded a clipart bone from the internet, which I traced with a paint pen.

This is not the finished product. But it does look cute like this, too. 
I wanted to try to make the outline more bold like the clipart I traced, but I couldn’t trust myself not to mess it up. I decided instead to color it in. I think the result is pretty nice, don’t you?
Plus, it looks so much nicer in my pantry than those unsightly cellophane packets of dog treats. See the basket to the left? That’s how I’ve been storing them. Makes for a nice comparison, huh?
I want to buy another one for kitty treats and trace a clipart fish on it. 

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