Thursday, September 12, 2013

Recipe & Tablet Stands from Craft Goodies!

Hello to you all!
It's Wendy from Craft Goodies here to wrap up this week of kitchen inspiration. So, I have a confession. I love posting last. It gives me more time to really check out the other projects and as always, add a few things to my "need to make" list. While that list keeps growing, I did manage to get one thing off of it with this month's theme...
{The tablet went missing right at picture time so you get my phone! Too many little helpers in this kitchen...}
 I love to cook. And more and more I find myself pulling recipes from online sources, there are so many good ones out there! It's so easy to pull something up on my tablet and not have to dig through my cookbooks. The problem is that my tablet is then very much in danger of becoming part of the recipe! I needed somewhere to put it where it would be safe from flying flour but I could still read the directions, a tablet stand was definitely needed!

I had every intention of cutting a base board out but happened to be in Hobby Lobby a few weeks back and found this little cutie. Perfect size, already painted to match my kitchen, and it was half off!
 (It's cut from 1/4 inch MDF if you wanted to cut your own)

To make the shelf, I cut a piece from a square dowel--just wider than my tablet, and then a thin strip of MDF just taller than the dowel to make a little "lip" to hold the tablet in place...

...glued them together (use wood glue!), gave it a few coats of gray paint...
...and then glued it into place.

The stand on back is made from 2 pieces of 1x2 hinged together and then glued to the back of the base board. And done! So cute, and just what I needed!

The bonus was while I was in Hobby Lobby I found the cute clip board stand too! Perfect for the paper recipes that I still use, granted it was HOT PINK {and oh so cute, could I get away with a hot pink kitchen?} but that was easily fixed with a screwdriver and a can of spray paint.
So, thank you Krystal for a fun and needed theme, this little corner of my kitchen is  now so much cuter and user friendly. My tablet will live a much happier and cleaner life!
Here's hoping your kitchen project makes your life a bit happier too. Until next month, 
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kitchen Cord Organizer by Under My Umbrella

Wow!  It's been one of those days.  It's Melinda from over at Under My Umbrella.  I'm excited to be up and posting again on WYLTC but I should have been posting about 9 hours ago.  I guess that's when you just say "Better late than never!".  I had a few ideas for projects for this month's kitchen theme.  None of them went as planned.  Boo!  The positive side of failed projects is I finally finished one that has been on my "to do" list for a while.   Our kitchen counter area seems to be charger station central.  We have cords for iPhones, iPads, iPods and DS games systems everywhere. I've seen lots of those cool cord charger organizers on pinterest and decided to make one up so I could hide the big mess of cords.

Goodness!  I love organization.  It just makes you feel good.  This project may look familiar... or not.  I made this for a project way back when for WYLTC.

A few months ago I took the box out of my kitchen and was trying to figure out what to do with it.  This project is perfect for it my cord organizer.  Basically I took some old molding, nailed it together to form a box and spray painted it.  For it to become my organizer I had to make a minor change.  I needed some place for the cords to come up to the top.  I used my saw to make 5 slits in the box. 

Turn it over on it's side and BAM!  Cord organizer :)  It needed a little more pizazz.  I grabbed some paper cut it in strips and used some mod podge to apply it to the wood.

It was really easy and changed the look of the project.  So there we have it.  My counter went from something like this...

To this....

It's called happiness!  I feel so grateful to be crafting with the wonderful ladies of WYLTC.  They really are a great bunch of people.  Thanks for putting up with my tardiness.  Craft up something wonderful and share it with us.  I love seeing what everyone is up to :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kitchen EAT Letters-Crafty Sisters

Hello from Crafty Sisters!
We loved Krystal's Kitchen theme this month and we have a fun set of
EAT letters that are perfect for decorating in your kitchens.

We thought it would be fun to show 3 separate sets that we've put together from the
same set of letters that we cut from 3/4" MDF.
You can also find unfinished letters to use in your local hobby store but if you are adventurous enough to try cutting out your own check out for a huge selection of fun fonts you can use.

All you will need are wood letters, paint, Mod Podge, scrap booking paper and your embellishments.

With these sets we used a fork we got at the thrift store and flattened it with a rubber mallet to create a sign holder that says Bon Appetit!  We glued it on with some E6000 which works great gluing metal.
 There are so many cute little embellishments you can use~by the way Hobby Lobby has a great sale this week on all sorts of little embellishments 50% off!
Here is another set we did with neutral black and white papers.
It's always amazing to me how you can personalize a set of letters to make them your own!
This watermelon inspired set were some I put together for a client and I cut out a separate little watermelon to go with them.  They turned out so fun!
Thanks for the fun theme Krystal~we love your menu planner!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Menu Planning- Sassy Sanctuary

Hello!  Its so good to be back with another round of WYLTC!  Its Krystal of Sassy Sanctuary here to kick off this months projects. And since I got to choose our theme, we are doing "kitchen" crafts this month.  Yay!!

So... one of my big goals (and has been for a long time) is to cook more at home.  I'm ashamed to admit how much we eat out as a family.  I know that cooking at home is so much better for everyone, because I can control what goes into our food!  Also, its sure to save a ton of money.  The main problem is planning.  Usually I have no plan, so by the time dinner rolls around we have nothing to eat, so we go out.  So I knew I needed to put together a meal planning system.

Now there are a ton of different and adorable ideas of menu boards all around blog land and pinterest.  But I wanted to take it a step farther and have pre-planned weeks.  Let me show you what I came up with and I can further explain.

So here is my menu board.  Most of the menu's I've found have a place to hold meal ideas and a place to plan out your week.   But that's not what I wanted.  I wanted to have pre-planned weekly packets.  So I have 6 little boxes.  Each box is going to hold 5 recipes for dinner that week, and a shopping list.  And I'm going to try to organize each week to use similar ingredients to help reduce waste.  So if I use a half an onion one day, the other half will get used later that week.  

Then all I'll have to do is at the beginning of each week, select a packet, shop my pantry to determine what I still need from the store.  Shop once for the whole week. (What a concept!  I'm the queen of going to the store everyday to get only what I need for that day, its awful.) Make 5 dinners throughout the week.  We will have leftovers one day and still go out once a week.  I love that I'll have everything I need for the whole week, but I can still decide that day what sounds good from the weekly packet.

I'm still working on the gathering and organizing of all our favorite family recipes, but I think once I get it all in place its going to be a brillant system!

The actual board was pretty dang simple to make too.

I just got the board from lowes.  I found these "purse" boxes at micheals...


It was the perfect size to hold a 4x6 recipe card.  So I took the extra help from the store and got those and just cut the handles off with a jig saw.

Then I glued the boxes to the board using gorilla glue.  Spray painted, and then added the cute scrapbook paper to each box front.

I also found the little labels in the scrapbook section of micheals and thought they added a nice touch.

The title "Dinner" at the top is also just scrapbook stickers.  Easy!

And thats about it!  Hang and start planning!

I'm super excited about it and can't wait to get everything organized so I never have to plan dinner again!  haha!!

Come back tomorrow (and the rest of the week) to see what adorable "kitchen" ideas the other ladies have for you. They are always fantastic so you won't want to miss it!  :)

Thanks for reading!