Well, hello there! It seems like forever since I’ve posted a project on here. That’s probably because it has been forever. The end of Summer has us super busy, I have been working on another big project that just wrapped up yesterday (unrelated to the blog), and we’ve been painting lots our our walls and trim ….. white. Putting white paint on the walls just didn’t seem like a topic worthy of a post (and I’m sure you agree). Maybe the before and after pictures when we’re done, but the long, tedious process … not so much! Excuses, excuses … I know.
I AM excited about two things, though, this week.
The first is the ‘All American BBQ’ that is scheduled for bright and early tomorrow. Basically, we’ve compiled of a bunch of BBQ recipes, drink ideas, crafts, and activity ideas for your later Summer BBQ’s. It’s potluck, and there are a bunch of bloggers each bringing something to share.
Since ya’ll know cooking and food ideas are not my strong suit (I’m working on it, though), I’m sharing a fun Utensil Caddy you could easily whip up for your next party or BBQ.
Here it is …
I was going for the antique-y look. Or maybe that shabby chic look?
Basically … these guys started out as good ol’ tin cans (beans or tomatoes, I’m sure):
I simply added a couple coats of white chalk paint (the Americana Decor kind from Michael’s), distressed the cans with a little sandpaper, and applied a wax over the top.
My favorite part about his caddy is the little labels. I made these with scraps of white canvas fabric cut in rectangles, letter stamps, and a black stamp pad.
It’s pretty self explanatory from here …
- Stamp out the words; SPOONS, FORKS, KNIVES
- Cut a hole and trim the canvas to look like a tag.
- Tie to the can with some Rafia (Baker’s Twine would also be cute)!
And … if they look familiar, that’s because they made an appearance last month in a post I shared on The Thinking Closet. That post was all about this fun Nautical Inspired Upcycled Serving Tray and Coasters:
The serving set was made from a cake pan and hardware store rope. The coasters were made from that same rope and a little felt. Click here to read more about those projects. And now … the utencil caddy was made of reused tin cans! We were very thrifty …
SO …. stop back tomorrow morning for the party! It will be full of fun recipes, crafts, kids crafts, and drink ideas!
And just in case you are looking for some other fun ideas for your patio table, check out these:
AND … that second thing I was excited about? We’re kicking off a new series on Monday called, Kids in The Kitchen!
Basically, I joined this series because I want (and need) to get my boys more involved in the kitchen. They love to help. They love to watch me cook (or more often, watch Matt cook). I want boys that can feed themselves when they leave for college (or better yet, boys that want to cook dinner once every now and then for US when they are a bit older). I want boys that know how to make healthy food choice.
These other lovely ladies are joining in on the fun:
It kicks off next Monday, and here’s the schedule:
8/25: What’s for breakfast?
9/1: Let’s do Lunch!
9/15: Delicious Desserts.
9/22: Snack Attack!
9/29: Kid Creations…(Let your kids come up with a recipe! Fail or Success, it will be fun!)
We’ll also be providing a link up if you’d like to join along in the fun. Link up your ideas to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Share your kid-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack ideas! We’d love to see what has worked for you!
Okay … thanks for stopping by! I have new motivation to get some projects done around here, so hopefully I’ll have some more to share shortly!