Monday, April 25, 2011

KT Treats

I posted earlier about my cool cookie jar present (from over a year ago--time flies!!) and it's still in regular rotation on my KT counter. Most recently it's been holding cinnamon twists. Ok, that's a lie, most recently it's been holding air because the cinnamon twists (you know, the flaky, sort of crunchy, 2-bite sized pastry items?) don't have a fighting chance. They're around for 2 days, tops. So, this is what the container has been looking like the majority of the time...

So, instead of buying a dogfood sized bag of twists (and pants in a larger size), I thought that stocking the jar with something yummy but not quite as addictive might be the way to go. Hence, the current snack item, gingersnaps...

Don't get me wrong, I like gingersnaps, but I don't mindlessly eat 3 of them and then want another. So hopefully these will go a little more gradually--along the lines of the pistachio bowl I have in the great room (I think the labor-intensity of shelling them keeps them around longer) or the clementines I set on a side table (as seen here).

Any snack items in the house that are your downfall? Anyone else like have edibles in the main rooms?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hidden Lists

Quick share of another item that helps me think of myself as organized...

I got these dry erase board squares during a "everything you need for your dorm room" type of sale--you'd think I could save time by not going into departments with bright pink butterfly chairs and Scarface posters...but I still do. So, I stuck my diamonds in the rough findings on the inside of a cabinet door for quick list making. (I used the 3M adhesive strips that can be stretched off without residual residue.) It's handy that it's near the fridge because I use one square for meal-planning, too (I started to make notes after I had one-too-many food items spoil just because I just forgot to use them!)

I don't write everything I need at the grocery store on there (I have to sit down with some coupons and make an extensive list for the weekly grocery run), but it's perfect for the things I realize I'm low on mid-week (soap, toilet paper, olive oil) and will forget about until it's too late!

I have a similar set-up with corkboard in the pantry--but I'll share that little gem (and the entire pantry transformation) later.

Monday, April 18, 2011


This weekend I capped off an ordinary trip to the grocery store with a purchase of some budget blooms. The 2 bunches of "novelty poms" (as they were termed on the tag) set me back $6 and gave me a fun opportunity to try to be Martha Stewart (no success) and use a pair of Goodwill vases and a family auction (get the background here) milk glass vase.

This is the professional look general interpretation I was going for...

Chrysanthemum Dome Centerpiece
And this is what I ended up with for the Goodwill vase.

I intended the flower bunch to work for both vases, but my flower estimation skills need some practice, because it only filled one. Well, pencils used to be plants at one point, so I let the other pencil-filled vase in on the desk-topping action.

Maybe I should've stuck with half-hearted look I did initially and then I would have had enough for both...

The fuchsia-y "novelty poms" were for the milk glass. Again, I'm working on the whole flower estimation thing, so this arrangment definitely had a good side and a bad bald side.

Hmmm, It looked way less lopsided in person...

Once I added it to my dresser I realized that it picked up some color from the scarf hanging from my multi-pronged hook....

From left to right:  hook that I overload with stuff, craigslisted dresser that has a sibling in the bathroom, glass vase for change and pocket lint, TV that I was given and have yet to plug in or use, frames that need a home within my home, floral subject of post, craigslist chair, fireplace that needs some DIY fix-up love.

...Which reminded me of the color of my new (well, new-to-me, that is!) purchase--so I had to get them posing together.


It made me think of one of those reality shows when the contestants are given an outfit and have to formulate a room's interior from it, or vice versa. "Just see how the fringe of the tassel mirrors the petals and how the clean lines the clutch pick up the unfussy shape of the vase?" --say this with a breathy and serious accent for the full effect.

Any spring-y decor activities recently? Don't you love when you get to use something that you already have in the house? Any new design shows that I should be tuning into?