Designer Crafts Connection :: Etchall Challenge

You can't use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.  --  Maya Angelou

I haven't experimented with etching in years and even then I only used a dremel.  When the
opportunity came about to participate in the etchall® Design Challenge, I jumped at it.  The product
has been a crafting mainstay for 80 years.  I want try it out in my art, but rather than experiment first
on glass sheets, I gave myself the challenge of trying it on the curved surface of my favorite pitcher.
It's so easy to use! 

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Free Pattern :: Button Embellished Kitchen Canister

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“If you're afraid of butter, use cream.” ” - Julia Child

This kitchen canister was given by a colleague during a holiday gift exchange.  I have since made many of my own,
some which I've kept and others which I've given filled with homemade goodies.  They make a great host(ess) gift!

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kitchen inspiration :: one reorganized pantry


“He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day... needs to reorganize his life.” --  George M. Adams

My aunt was looking through my blog when she came across the post about my pantry.  Her only comment was, "Oh, dear!"
Condemned in two short words.  Naturally, my cousin chimed in with "I thought you already remodeled your kitchen."

Uhm. No. I've been meaning to get around to it, but.....

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kitchen inspiration :: getting organized - under the sink

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"If you can organize your kitchen, you can organize your life." -- Louis Parrish

I find these words immensely encouraging.  I am determined to organize and remodel my kitchen and hence
everything else will fall into place.  Right?!  Last week I wrote about my pantry, a nightmare, but nothing compared
to the jumbled mess under the sink.  Frankly, I amaze myself that I've been able to function with such disorder.  

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kitchen inspiration :: getting organized, part one

My pantry

"The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious." --  Marcus Aurelius

I have a great pantry.  It's a full walk-in closet with a built-in dresser at one end and lots of shelving. You would think that with this amount of space I wouldn't have issues, but I do.  The room is grossly under utilized.  After recovering from the sticker shock of a quote for pantry organization, I decided to go DIY. 

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Inspiration :: Chalkboard Paint in the Kitchen


My kitchen is in desparate need of a remodel.   I dread the process - all the decisions, the mess, and the expense.  But let's face it, it's time.  The last update was circa 1969 when the previous owner lived here.  The counter is cracked, the floor tiles slide out from underfoot and the plaster walls have a lovely pattern similar to swiss cheese.

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