'Stay, stay at home and rest. Homekeeping hearts are happiest.' ~ Author Unknown.

Friday, April 1, 2011

~Pantry Boxes, Cookbooks, and Projects - Oh, My!

Boy, have I been going through the sponge brushes!

Whew! These are my latest project to get done - I have had these unfinished paper mache' pantry boxes sitting in my laundry room for nigh unto 8 months. I painted, sanded, and stained them and they are now ready to put away. Let's see where they were placed around the house.....

In a grouping on the dry sink:

On top of the pie safe in the Entry:

On top of a dresser in the spare room:

Near a night light in another bedroom:

In the kitchen sink window area:

And on top of my dresser:

So glad they are all done and not taking up space on top of the washer anymore!

I also imbibed in some interesting cookbooks on Amazon - they are really interesting, if only for the verbiage they are written in and description of ingredients:

And last but not least, this evening is my monthly 'Finish-It-Friday' Night with the girls - we all plan our projects so carefully to get maximum benefit of serious sewing time. I have three projects that I may work on this evening - finishing the quilt binding on my log cabin quilt (notice Abe Lincoln as my backing - get it? Abe Lincoln/Log Cabin? - I thought it went together nicely):

Or possibly working on a counted cross stitch project started in 2008!

And last, I just started this wool rug hooking kit - this is my first, so I am learning:

So much to do and so little time. BUT, I have finished a bed and all my pantry boxes, plus a dozen other projects since the beginning of the year, so I am making some headway.

Blessings on your day and hold your family ever so close - practice patience and understanding and we will all be the better for it. I wrote our son an email this morning, wished my Aunt a Happy Birthday, and now I think I will go call our daughter. All live so far away, wish I could have them for dinner. Nice weekend expected here in the Pacific Northwest - I may just plant my peas tomorrow!



Gayle said...

Wow Shanda - You've been busy! Love all your little boxes - have you put any treasures inside of them? I have a log cabin quilt done in very similar colors, but I appliqued scrappy dresden plates in the middle of the light squares - it turned out good. And welcome to the world of rug hooking - you're gonna love it! I have a list of rug hooking blogs I like to visit - if you stop by my blog you'll find them on the left side.

A Primitive Place Magazine said...

So many wonderful projects!!The quilt is especially gorgeous though! looking forward to seeeing all the other projects finished and displayed in your lovely home.

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

My goodness, you have been busy.
I love everything!
The colors for the boxes are wonderful.
Love that quilt and Perfect backing for it.

Gettysburg Homestead said...

That sure is a lot of boxes. But at least you found room for all of them.

LOVE your log cabin quilt. great idea backing it with Mr. Lincoln.


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I love your colors for the boxes. Great choices!

Jo-Anne said...

Wow! That sure was a lot of boxes to get finished! Good job you! :) I love all of your projects...especially your bed in your previous post. It turned out so pretty! I had a little giggle when I saw the pic of your hubby napping on the floor. Poor guy. He must have been pretty tired!:)
HAve a wonderful day~

Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi Shanda!...I love boxes!...and you have placed yours around perfectly!...have fun with the rest of your projects!