Crafts · Glass · Organization · Recycle/repurpose

One More Time

Just when my husband thought it was safe to relax, I let him know that the garage was next on my list. I had piled all the bins that I emptied from the closet to the garage. It was bad enough already from all the glass work I did last year. I had been waiting for the shelving unites from the closet to use in the garage. I need to start organizing my glass inventory.

What A Mess

No complaints from the hubby. All he askes is that I leave him a 4th of the garage for his work and workout area. So, we rolled our sleeves up and started working on the garage. He did have to adjust some shelves to hold glass when it comes in.

Sweet! I have a workbench

Wow, I have a work bench now. I have a habit of piling things on it when I am in a hurry. I had all my Dremel stuff on the bench as well as little things that needed to be fixed.

Glass everywhere

I separated out the glass into two areas. I think this will work better and keep people from being cut on the glass sheets. Still need to make dividers for the big pieces of glass when they come.

Now that looks better

I have a couple wood pieces I need to decide if I am going to fix or get rid of them.  There are also a few chairs I need to donate. But the bins will have to stay in the garage until we figure out the rest of the mancave closet. I still have a few things I need to get for my work. I will worry about where they will go when the time comes. After a long day of work, we can now walk in the garage.

Decorating · Family · Organization · Shopping

Spring Cleaning

Mancave Closet

I have the spring-cleaning bug. Yep, I got hit hard this year with it. I have already tackled my office and our guest room. I am talking including rearranging the furniture. Luckily my husband loves when I get like this. What was a little bit of a surprise is that I was ready to tackle our big storage closet in the mancave.

Closet Before

Ever since we had it built, we have talked about really getting it organized. We had put up a couple shelving units in it, but it wasn’t working. We had way too much stuff and no organization. It was hard when holidays came around to get to the decorations. We had bins on shelves, bins against the walls and stuff just stacked on top of more stuff. We are the curators of his family history so one shelving unit was just for that.

We finally decided it was time for us tackle the closet. After my husband took some measurements, I made an appt at the Container Store. If we were going to do this, we were going to do it right. I used the Container Store to the closet in my office. So, I met with the designer and we worked up a plan. After a little tweaking with my husband we had them order everything. My husband was out of town when everything arrived, so I was going to have to wait until he was home to get started.

Elfa Shelving from Container Store

After removing the contents of the closet, I cleaned up the floor and walls before we got started with the installation. This where I love having an engineer for a husband. He laid out the plan and got to work measuring where the supports were to go. With this system, I decided on mesh bins to put things in. A total of 32 bins that slide in and out like drawers. These bins can be taken out of the system so that you can take the contents where ever you need it. I was so excited! These bins hold as much as those big bins we were storing our decorations and stuff in.

What a mess
Closet Installation

I was able to get everything except his family history organized and put up. I am planning on making labels to attach to the bins. I still need to go pick up a few bins to store soft goods on the shelves. The family history is going to take a little time to go through. His family has kept their history well documented.

For now, I am in a holding pattern with my closet. I have done all I can do. It is so nice to walk in there and be able to find what I want without having to dig or move bins to get it. When we finally get through the family history and I get my labels attached I will show you the final project.

Cooking · Family · Food · Shopping

A Spice in Life

By now, you all know that I love to cook. For me, cooking is like art. I am always amazed by the flavors, aroma and beauty that is created. It doesn’t matter how simple or how complicated a recipe may be, it is the end product that entices me. I love shopping local farmers markets, butcher’s shop or fish market when I get a chance. I have been known to drive hours to shop at a specialty grocery store. Nothing gets my creativity going like finding something new to try.

 
One of my standard gift requests is for my daughter to send me spices from Central Market. I just love Central Market. That trip to the specialty store I mentioned, that was to Central Market in Austin when I lived in Houston. HEB had not graced Houston with one yet. That was a very long time ago. This past year, once again I asked for spices for Christmas. But to my surprise, she gifted me a year of spices from a company called Piquant Post.

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During one of our conversations, I let her know that I had received her gift. I didn’t know how to respond because I knew nothing about Piquant Post. I looked at the little packages of spices and the recipe cards included. They came in this plain brown envelope, nothing exciting. The spices are finely ground so I couldn’t really tell much about it. It lacked the visual interest of spices not ground so finely. The first recipes were things I already make or had made before. I felt bad because all I could say is that it was interesting. I am a little bit of a snob when it comes to food. So, when the next shipment arrived, I took the time to really look at the recipes. These had more spice and creativity of food combinations. Ok, I thought I can work with that.

 
Living here in Florida, we have amazing Caribbean food. So, I decided the first recipe I would try was going to be the Jerk Chicken. I followed the recipe exactly as the card instructed using chicken breast. I decided to serve mine with yellow rice and fresh tomato slices. I was so surprised that I really like it! I mean, I could have made it hotter, but it was a great combination. I cooked mine in the oven and used the broiler to give a little char. My husband agreed with me that it was very good. I made a note of the recipe card of our rating. This is one I will want to make again.

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Now, Piquant Post does not have an online store for gift subscription receivers to order more spices from yet. But you can email them your request according to their website. My daughter can order since she sent it to me. I will investigate the reorder process and see what happens. You can’t remake the recipe if you don’t have the spice combination they provided.

 
Lacey did a good job surprising me with this one! Tonight, is Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork.

Crafts · Family · Glass · Party · Wedding

Amber & Chris Part 2

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It was the big day y’all! I am nervous because no one has seen the cake stands yet. I am lucky that I have such a great glass supplier here in town, Osceola Glass and Mirror. They were incredible help through this whole process. I knew what I wanted to do and when the 1st idea had a glass issue (no longer made) they were right there to help me figure out what to do next. And now everything was going to finally be revealed not just to y’all but to the bride and groom. They had no idea what I had done! We arrived a little early to set up the stands and dessert. Craved Creations did such an amazing job on the cakes. Once we were done, we were off to find our seats.

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Setting up


Amber and Chris had decided on Ashton Gardens as their wedding venue. What an incredible placed! The venue is tucked away and surround by beautiful trees. The bride’s father, Dave, made the huge cross for the service. Amber was stunning in her gown and whole service was amazing. I could not be happier for Amber and Chris. What an amazing day!

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They walked down to the reception to the theme from Star Wars. I laughed and it just seemed right. I will admit I teared up when Lacey gave her maid-of-honor speech. Two girls (both an only child) that decide long ago that they were sisters. And Chris now Lacey’s brother in our eyes.

 

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When Amber went to throw the bouquet, Lacey was determined she was not going to catch it!

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What a relief! Amber and Chris loved the cake stands. I did the stained glass for them to keep and the cupcake stands were personalized for the wedding, but I will reuse them. I used removable vinyl for the messaging. I decided to go clean and simple on the stands. (I have future projects with these already planned.) And I can not say enough about UV glue for glass. Amazing product!

Thank you, Chris and Amber, for letting us share in your special day. It was an honor to take part in your celebration. We love you both!

What a beautiful couple!

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Lacey and Amber – Friends and sisters!