Pet storage and chalkboard shelf

Back in the fall I purchased a shabby chic shelf with two small drawers and four painted panels that can be taken out.  When I spotted it at a booth at my favorite shop in my old stomping ground (Gravy in Brevard, NC), I just had to have it.  I thought the painted panels would match perfectly with my newly (at the time) painted walls.  It has been occupying space on my bedroom floor for months and it was time to move it to its new home on my wall.  I knew exactly where I wanted it so I Craig’s Listed this old piece:

I love my old baker’s rack – it’s the only piece of furniture I still have from high school.  I have gotten lots of use out of it and it was harder to let go than expected, but I wanted something cleaner and with hiding places so it wouldn’t seem cluttered.  And it felt good to pass her on to someone who really wanted her (is it strange that I just personified a piece of furniture?).

I knew that the top right panel would have to be taken out since the thermostat is in the way.  I decided to channel my crafty pinterest board and make my own chalkboard paint out of leftover wall paint so that the bottom left panel would be the same color.  I apparently lost the picture I had taken of the process (sigh).  If you want to mix your own chalk paint, the recipe is 1/2 cup acrylic paint in whatever color you like mixed with 1 tablespoon of unsanded grout.  It’s quick, easy, and fairly mess free!

Didn’t get the measurements for hanging quite right the first time, but the 2nd time it was spot on!  I was excited to write on my chalkboard panel for the first time!

I wanted a storage bench under it to have a place to put on shoes and store Susie Q’s doggy goodies, so I took the wheat tufted ottoman from under the sideboard and organized all of her things: treats, shampoos, meds, paw wipes, febreze, dog fur roller, mini broom and LL Bean travel bag.

Et viola!

It was a great day for a small after work organization project!

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strawberry shortcake cupcakes

Spring has sprung early this year, but there are certainly no complaints here. In celebration of my favorite season and love of its delicious strawberries (and perhaps a little pinspiration via Food & Wine), I decided to make strawberry shortcake cupcakes.  After about 20 minutes at 350 degrees, I let them cool on racks for about an hour.

While I waited, I prepared the strawberries by soaking them in an apple cider vinegar and water mixture to get rid of any bacteria and dirt.  Then I sliced them just to the caps so I could fan them out on the icing.

Then I prepared and sampled the icing…

By the way, I live in Nike running clothes on the weekends. Don’t judge. After waiting extra long enough so the icing wouldn’t melt off the cupcakes, I began icing.

Then delicately pressed a strawberry fan on each cupcake.

And, because I like to stage pretty pictures of my delicacies, I gorilla glued one candlestick and saucer from the Dollar Tree and placed a cupcake atop it.

Finally, because I don’t need 24 cupcakes for myself, I individually wrapped them to give away to friends and coworkers. I go to the Dollar Tree for all my gift-wrapping essentials, including party bags and clear cups. I already had some pink ribbon to tie around each bagged cupcake. I wanted everyone that received a cupcake to feel like they were getting a special treat.

And for the final ooh and ahh effect:

I must admit, they were enjoyed by all. I even saved one or two for myself to enjoy…okay, maybe three or four. 🙂