Quite a few folks have looked at my previous Halloween costume links where I painstakingly went through a bunch of costumes and matched them to patterns in the BurdaStyle online pattern store. For your viewing pleasure, here is the original post and here is Part 2.
This awesome blogger has put together a comprehensive list of posts on Disney princesses.
Time for the kitchen, which is almost finished. I've got to clean a couple more cupboards, but as they're not currently in use, I'm focusing on more urgent matters.
Here's the realtor photo of the kitchen on the listing.
Not much has changed at this point. Obviously I've added my stuff, as the seller has removed his.
I am rather proud of my beautifully organized cupboards. The one in the middle, above the stove, had no shelves at all (a common issue in this house) so I used shelf extenders purchased at Walmart. They're very effective!
Now, everyone has their own particular way of arranging a kitchen. Mine is done by zones, with everything I need for a specific activity in that zone. In the photo above you can see all my condiments and spices in the shelf to the left of the stove. That shelf also holds my spreads and items that I would use in the griller, the toaster, or the blender.
The shelves on the right have been rearranged since I took this photo and now hold all my baking goodies for easy access and use. Not that I'm currently using them, as the oven still needs my attention. I have a griller, a crockpot, and a microwave. Oven is much lower on the priority list. Like oh-my-gosh-it's-Thanksgiving-what-about-the-oven? lower.
The kettle and coffee makers are all on the other side with mugs and ingredients at hand in the shelves immediately above and to the right.
My delight, though, is the window. When the curtains are open I get a view out over the back garden, not particularly exciting, but a nice enough view nonetheless. When the curtains are closed, well, I get roosters parading! Love it! A gift from a lovely neighbor.
You may have noticed I also have a rooster clock and a rooster on my utensil holder. No, I don't collect roosters or chickens or any other fowl. It just worked out that way. No, I don't want a bunch of cute poultry items. Thanks for thinking of me. Put it back, walk away.... You're so sweet!
I collect winning lottery tickets. You're welcome to send me any of those you happen to find!
When I was younger, I used to dream about being able to afford a washing machine. My first was an old twin-tub and I loved it! Then a dryer and a dishwasher made my wishlist.
Now I have all three, and am somewhat amused at my changed mindset. After a mammoth couple weeks working my way through a bevy of boxes, I found my washing machine! Yay! I got stuck into some much needed washing.
And look at my novel idea:
Not so novel, really, but what a pleasure to have all my washing out on the line again! It smells so heavenly, although I forgot how stiff and scratchy line drying can make your clothes. I'll be creating a fabric softener soon.
Less than a minute after snapping the photo, this happened!
And for those of you smart alecs who noticed the sky in the first photo - bite me! It was my first line load in years, I was going to enjoy it, weather or no.
I wryly mentioned this to The Bratness and she responded, "Yup, happens in the UK all the time. Hang out your washing and it starts to rain." So it's a British thing then? The Brits can keep it! I like my lovely hot weather and washing smelling like sunshine and happy.
We desperately need the rain, so I wasn't particularly distressed. In fact, I sat on my front porch and enjoyed it! It's a free rinse for the washing, anyway. Rain water, good, right?
Look at all this water pouring off the roof!
Another honey do for Himself. He shall have to add rain barrels at some point.
When I was a kid, we used to call this BBC weather (bed, book and chocolates!) but it hasn't lasted long enough for me to even consider getting out a book. The rain only appears to come down for about 20 minutes, long enough to cool everything down, and then it's sunshine and sweat all over again. So I did what any sane woman would do.