Friday, September 28, 2012

Funny pic of the week

I LOVE these babies. They make me laugh every single time I look at them. Their expressions are absolutely priceless, & I hope they put a smile on your face too!


 Have a great day! 


What a 'Good Idea!'

I admit it, I am addicted to Pinterest. :) Not in a "I have to look at it every day or I'll just die" kind of way, but I can honestly say that my life has changed because of it and I do love it. I am creating more, thinking more, imagining more, and hence being more because of it. By this I mean that I am seeing so many ideas and things I had never thought of or seen before, and it's making me branch out of my own little square mind and see the world as the creative gift-box that it is.

So many ideas to get, so many projects to do, so many beautiful things to see.

I have a big variety of boards and one of them is the "Good Idea!" board. You can guess what is on it.. (ideas!), and I am happy to report I've actually followed through with applying some of them. I can honestly say my life is slightly less stressful, and slightly better because of each idea. And this is one of them:

Medicine Drawers. I don't know about you, but for years our family's medicine 'cabinet' consisted of two square clear plastic containers that sat above our fridge. It was filled with everything from eye drops and panadol, to nappy rash cream and birth-control pills. It had leaked cough syrup in the bottom, zinc cream smeared on the side, countless flat-batteried digital thermometers, and more loose bandaids than we actually in the bandaid box... Sound familiar? 

Well, I decided to bring this "Good Idea!" to life. And along came:
THE MEDICINE DRAWERS!

They sit in my laundry cupboard, and I haven't looked back. This past winter has been a whirlwind of sickness after sickness for our poor little family. Sometimes there seemed to be more medicine on the kitchen counter than in the boxes. Well, I was sick of stretching up to the top of the fridge day after day, and went out and got myself these babies. The hardest part was deciding what to label all the drawers. It sounds easy, but it got quite complicated. Depending on what you labeled them, one draw might only have three things in it while the other drawers had too many things. So getting the right balance was an important and thought-provoking process. 

To be completely honest, I love it so much, but sometimes I get a little confused at where I put things! The other day I needed Bonjela for my baby Anabel's teeth. So I went to 'Digestive & Face' because it was in her mouth. But then I found it in 'Creams & Ointments' because it was in a tube... Argh, even now I'm confused over where it should be... Because it actually could also work under 'Pain Relief', right?? What to do?? If you have better ideas for how to categorize my fabulous medicine drawers, please share!! But beware, it sounds easy... but you might be surprised...!! (At least, I hope you will.. or else I'll feel pretty dumb... :-/ ) ... How is your medicine box? Could you use this 'Good Idea' in your life?
x Rani

D.I.Y. Wednesday

OK, so I know it's not Wednesday, but I wanted to introduce you to 'D.I.Y Wednesday', because it will be real starting next week, and I'm too excited about this project to wait til then! But first, What is D.I.Y Wednesday, I hear you ask? It's the day to share my D.I.Y jobs; making, creating, etc, etc.. Why Wednesday? Well, I figure I'll do a lot of my projects on Saturdays, then on Sundays I'll need to rest my aching body, on Mondays I'll most likely be thinking "Heck, what have I gotten myself into?", on Tuesdays I'll have to fix the terrible job I did on Saturday, and then on Wednesdays I'll be here to post cool pics and tell you all about my fab new creation. Why do I want to do this?  Well, I like goals. I like making goals and then completing them. Long term goals bore me, but short term D.I.Y goals excite me :)  And a public blog is a pretty motivating forum for me to get my butt in gear and actually DO them. 

Speaking of motivation, check this out (*drumroll please..*): 
Yuck, right? It's a hand-me-down from my parents, and it was actually second hand when they bought it about 24 years ago. Not old enough to be antique, not cute enough to be vintage, but not gross enough to throw away... Needless to say, I was quite relieved when the drawers began breaking and it got to the point where my daughters could no longer use it for their clothes. But having said this, its bones are good and it's still standing strong. It's got straight lines and I believe has the potential to become something display-worthy. And that is why this old beat up chest of drawers (without the drawers) will be my first official online D.I.Y Wednesday project!  
I want to turn it into a piece I can use. At the moment it has a bunch of kids' books and papers in one drawer and a collection of cards and puzzles in the other. It sits under my kitchen bench where no one can see it unless they turn and look, and it's in the 'kids corner', where I hoped it would blend in with the rest of the mess there.  But my plan is to cover in its base with wood and put square baskets (maybe 2, maybe 4) as pull-out storage underneath the drawers. With a coat of paint and some new handles I think it will look great. I might also add some short block legs just to give it a little more character. Are ya feelin' me?  Am I making any sense? Can you imagine it? 'Cause I can. It will sit somewhere... maybe a hallway, maybe against a wall or couch in my family room, and it will be useful again.

Still lots to decide on... what color, what handles, brush or spray paint? But hey, I'm up for it. I need ideas. Do you have any advice? What color/colors should I paint it??? There are so many to choose! Do I want to go interesting and unique, or a color that will blend and easily match anything? These questions will be asked and answered next Wednesday. Til then please feel free to comment! 
xx Rani

"How Exciting!"

They are probably my two favorite words to say out loud: "How exciting!" :) And that is exactly how I feel while I write this first post on my new blog. Unlike my other blog (www.thefamilymontes.blogspot.com), which is an online journal for my little family, this blog is all mine. This is the place I plan projects, get creative, share new ideas, & just basically let it all hang out. Strap yourself in, this could get hilarious... :-)