Pantry m a k e o v e r!

We moved to our house back in March and we had most of the interior painted white (specifically the most dreamy “White Dove” by Benjamin Moore). For whatever reason, I was like oh, don’t worry about the pantry, I can paint that myself. Who cares, you say? It’s just the pantry, right? Well. The former owners had painted the shelves and the wall behind and on the sides of the shelves red. Like bright, blood red. Not a great color for a pantry closet. (The before photos are at the end for your viewing pleasure! 😉 ) It drove me crazy. So finally I got up the nerve to paint. I knew it would take a while and with three little kids, it’s hard to find the time. But I am so thrilled that I went ahead with the project, even though it took me practically all day. I primed, painted, went through everything, tossed some things, organized others. It was fun! Plus, I’m so in love with my new pantry I keep opening the door just to look at how nice and organized it is. Haha!

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as promised, here are some photos of my process…Photo Aug 05, 12 38 40 PM

primed…Photo Aug 05, 6 15 50 AM

first coat…Photo Aug 05, 12 18 25 PM

Easter + Our Bunnies

Easter always catches me off guard. I’m not sure why, but it swoops in and I am always feeling unprepared. This year felt that way even more so, I barely had fresh eggs, let alone anything to dye them with. So, thankfully there is Google and thankfully I have a large assortment of food coloring. I used a recipe I found on McCormick’s website and it was perfect. It was easy and the colors turned out really fun! DSC_5207collage2DSC_5219DSC_5245collage3DSC_5254DSC_5262DSC_5277DSC_5278DSC_5280DSC_5284DSC_5290DSC_5293DSC_5300

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…and we had our very own baby bunny, too. 😉

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a thoughtful DIY gift

A couple of years ago, I came across Heather Bullard on Instagram. She is amaaaazing. She is a prop stylist and everything she does is gorgeous, so naturally I was an instant fan. She shared her recipe for Organic Madagascar Vanilla Extract and I was like oh yes, I must do this! I love to bake and I really like thoughtful gift ideas, so this was perfect. Finally, two summers ago, a friend and I decided to try it out. It’s so easy, but you must have time. Time is the key ingredient here, because you have to let the vanilla cure for 6+ months, the longer the better. Mine has been curing for a year and a half, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally bottle this stuff up!! I highly suggest you visit Heather’s page for all things beautiful and inspiring and for lots and lots of recipes. (Note: I am not afiliated with Heather at all, I just am sharing what inspires me and oh my gosh does she ever!)

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For the finishing touch, and to make it extra festive, I simply tied some baker’s twine around the top of the bottle and added a couple of cinnamon sticks. I think it’s beautiful and I can’t wait to give these as gifts this year. I had an extra bottle so I am stashing that in my pantry for holiday baking! 😉dsc_2797dsc_2807dsc_2809