April 16th is always a relief for me...the taxes are done or should be. I filed two extensions for people though, so those are still calling to me from my desk. Also calling to me is the business of trying to find a job. After being at home for 14 years, it is a strange feeling to be searching high and low for a job.
Somewhere in the middle of all this "chaos", I found time for a couple of projects.
The first, is my "shoebox". We don't have much of an entryway, and my kids are forever kicking their shoes off by the door. We did have a horrid, torn canvas box holding the shoes, but I had been on the lookout for something else. Last week at Hobby Lobby I spotted this crate. I knew this was sort of what I was looking for. It was stained brown and had some pieces splitting off. I really did not mind the splitting but I asked for a discount anyway and they gave me 66% off! So quite pleased with myself, I brought it home and sprayed it black. I decided it needed a little something else, so I printed out the word shoes in a large (I think 350) font. I then used dressmakers paper to trace the word shoes and then I painted the words. Ta da. My husband was like...did we really need the label to know what is in the box? He so does not understand.
I know what you are thinking - this lady needs to worry more about her ugly green carpet. I know, I know, but not until I get that job.
Next, I got this platter at a flea market for $2.00. It was very discolored and old. I sprayed it white and used my dressmaker's paper again to put the words on. I was going to paint the words black, but then I just decided to color them with a Sharpie..I think it looks pretty good.
I hung it above my stove and then spent the rest of the weekend being teased about it by my husband and 14 year old daughter. Apparently they don't believe our kitchen to be very spicy.