I've had several things going on and must admit I fell behind in visiting; however, earlier this morning -- and later -- I've been working at catching up! Between family matters and finally trying to get everything coordinated with getting my kitchen remodeled has taken up much of my time. LOL... seems my life these days is one thing after another, but thank God it's all okay!!!
Of course the other day I spent an entire day trying to reach my families in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Alabama to make certain they were okay and not affected by Isaac; fortunately, everyone is fine and had little or no damage. The hubby has family in Mississippi, so we were really busy on the phone. What made it a bit difficult was that some of my elder family don't have cell phones and land lines were down; we finally got around to getting info on everyone. I've also sent out many prayers to anyone/everyone affected by this horrible storm that's still travelling.
A while ago, we decided to re-do and update our ugly ole kitchen, so we've finally gotten 2 of the work groups together and have one more guy to get in on schedule. Finally made a decision on and purchased our appliances which I'm soooo excited about because I decided on a stove with double convection ovens and a convection overhead microwave!!! The refrigerator is European style with pull-out drawers -- love it!!! If we can get the guy scheduled who's putting in the counter tops on time, it should be all done in a little over a month -- it will take about 4 weeks for our cabinets to be made. In that time, we still have to pick out our flooring, wall tile for the back splash, and a new back door. Now what I'm not looking forward to is all the work getting rid of over 25 years worth of god knows what packed up and needless stuff thrown out before the guys come in to do the floors and walls. So I'll probably be in and out the neighborhood less frequently the next few weeks -- but I will be checking in and as often as I can and I will be squeezing in a few projects (will be using crafting as a tension reliever...lol); probably will get more behind to but just bare with me, I'll get to you! And in a month or so I'll have pictures to share of my beautiful new kitchen!!!
I did manage to squeeze in a little project for today! It's an altered minced garlic jar! I don't think I'll ever do one again using a garlic jar because it was totally disasterous and time-consuming just trying to get rid of the smell!!! After hours of working at it with several products -- alcohol, bleach, lemon juice, etc. -- I finally got rid of the odor and I'm very satisfied with how it turned out:
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I spray painted the lid of the jar and a $1 store candlestick with gold metallic paint; added lace, flowers, and of course some bling to the jar, along with a ploymer clay Nefertiti embellie I made a while ago using a mold. Other than cleaning the jar, this was a fun and pretty fast project to complete. Here is a picture with the lid removed:
I think I'm going to do a bunch of these for Christmas presents and fill them with different things like little soaps, bath powders and salts, candy and anything else I can think of. I hope you like it!
Well, I'm off and running again! Going out to look at some flooring, so I'll be back as time permits but...
I'll be seeing you!