Monday, May 23, 2011

Inventory Sheet and Food Storage

Hello! After we moved I felt like our stockpile/food storage was a huge mess and I finally have it organized somewhat and the inventory sheet updated. (Expect for my Walgreens trip today...)

I started with a blank inventory sheet that I made. It had mostly non-food items on it. (If you would like me to e-mail it to you so you can just go in and add or delete a few things, let me know and I would be happy to e-mail it to you! :) )

Here it is after it is filled in...

These are some of the pictures of our stockpile/food storage. I love to shop sales with coupons so I don't have to pay full price for things. I also think it is important to have a storage because you never know what could happen and if you would be able to get to the store to get things. For the town I live in, if some major event happen and everyone ran to the store, our stores would only provide enough of everything for each person to have enough for a day and a half. That is scary to me! I like having a storage and knowing I'm prepared. Also, I write on the inventory sheet with pencil so I can update the sheet as numbers change. You could also put in a frame and use dry erase markers...

Baby B likes this part of the storage the best! :)

(Bottles of peaches, green beans and tomatoes that I bottled last fall)

There it is! I hope this has helped others get an idea on where to start on organizing food storage and knowing what you have.

Have a great Monday! :) Were off to play in the sunshine since its not raining for the first day in a week or two....

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cowboy subway art

I am finally back! Finally have the internet and ready to get back to blogging!

I was over at Small Fry & Co. a bit ago and posted this tutorial. Baby B's room is done in a cowboy theme.... With all of the subway art floating around I decided to do a cowboy themed one to go with his room. So thats where the project started....

This is the before picture.... I found this frame at DI for a dollar and thought it would be perfect for this project.

I started out by taking the old picture out and using the cardboard piece behind it. I got paint color strips and glued them onto the cardboard piece. (I did every other strip with the dark end on different sides so the dark and light wouldn't be the same place) I put a books on top of it until it dried so it wouldn't curl.

Once the glue dried I cut the extra off and put it on a newspaper. Then paint with crackle medium and let that dry.

Once the crackle medium was dry I painted over the top with a tan paint.

As its starting to crackle...

I then got out my handy dandy Silhouette! I did cowboy words so it would match Baby B's room, but you could do any variety of words. Also if you don't have a silhouette you could print or stamp letters and cut them out. Or even the press on letters would work good too. :) (Or if you want certain words cut out in vinyl e-mail me and I can do cusotm orders through my etsy shop. :) There is a link on my blog.)

After I pulled all the extra vinyl off. (I had to do it in a few different pieces where the frame is so long) And yes the U is missing in "Buckaroo." Accidentally pulled it off too so I had to cut an extra one. :)

I then pressed transfer paper on top of the vinyl so I wouldn't have to mess with the spacing.

Here it is once on the transfer paper. It is backwards but will be the right way once it is on whatever you are putting it on.

Here was the first finished product. I got this far and didn't like the color of the frame. So back to a new idea... :)

I decided to paint it with a really light tan. Once it was dry I sanded it to make it look distressed and old. I also got out a flat head screw driver and scratched it up and hammered some screw driver marks into it. Yep don't know what else to call that. :)

And here is the finished product! It was a fun project and really quite easy and quick!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Almost all moved...

Sorry I have been gone the last few days. We have been moving and have no internet.... So tomorrow I should be back and have the internet! Lots of new post coming up! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Guest Posting at Small Fry and Co.

Today I'm guest posting over at Small Fry and Co. as part of her Unsung Creative Mom's Week! I am way excited and love following her blog! (Her blog is one of my very favorite!) She has tons of fun ideas! Mosey on over and see what I posted about... See y'all there! :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hand scrub recipe!

As you know, we are moving this week. I am way excited for our new house but I am sad to leave our neighborhood friends. I wrote cards to all my friends, but for my best ward or neighborhood friends I made hand scrub! It was so fun and easy! It will be perfect for this time of year with everyone out in their yards and their hands getting rough.

The recipe is so simple....

1 cup sugar
1 cup olive oil (or any oil you prefer really)
1-2 drops of vitamin E oil (optional)
food coloring (optional) I used purple
1-2 drops of an essential oil (optional) I used lavendar essential oil

I mixed it up and poured it into small jars. It came together so quick!

I made a simple top using my silhouette sketch pens! Way quick and easy project! (I planned on spray painting the lids... Running out of time trying to move and go all out with crafts though. So today they will stay as they are...)

This also would be a great idea for a Mother's Day gift! :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

The way I clip coupons...

As you might be figuring out I am a big fan of couponing.... :) (Except as were moving I wonder what I have been thinking. Its taken me 10+ big boxes to pack my stockpile that is NOT food.... I still have the food to do.) Over the last year I have went back and forth on the ways I cut and organize coupons and what works best for me. With organizing coupons, there is many ways with different benefits and different amounts of time it takes, but clipping I feel there is a way that probably works the very best no matter what. I get a few papers and rather then pulling out the coupons I want and cutting each one individually I have a different method.
I start by putting all of my inserts in piles.

Once they are in piles I go through the insert and pull out the coupons I want and make each a different pile. I then go through the next insert and stack them on top.

Then once they are in piles, I stack them up and cut the numerous papers all at once. Takes tons less time and once they are cut, like coupons are together and easier to organize... This method works great for me and I hope it helps you couponers that arn't already doing this. Wish someone would have told me when I started. :) Post coming soon on various ways to organize coupons.

Post soon coming on this too... I have been busy painting. Soon you will see what a little paint and glaze can do for a table. :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

We had a busy but fun weekend! We finally closed on our house so we were over painting and cleaning yesterday. This week will make for a busy week between finals and moving... Fun though! Yesterday was a good day to be inside doing stuff because this is what it did...

Yep snow! Yes and the last day of April none the less! Hopefully it warms up!

I have lots of posts coming this week so see you all soon! :) Hope you had a great weekend too!