Monday, January 12, 2015

Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice

It's that time again!  Time for another Silhouette Challenge!  My favorite part of participating in these challenges is the motivation to get some projects done.  This month's theme is organization.  And boy does my house need some of that!  My project has been 2 years in the making, so I needed the extra motivation to finally finish it!  What a great feeling!  And now I'm in the organization zone, so I can't wait to check out all of these other great projects for some more inspiration!!

My first organizational project on my list was the kitchen.  I've been working on getting all of our spices organized and in the same type of container for a while.  

The Target brand spices come in cute little jars and they fit perfectly into my vintage Coke bottle crate.  I loved going through all of our spice containers to find out we had so many duplicates!  Who needs 4 containers of paprika?  Really?  I don't make that many deviled eggs!

It was getting a little ridiculous to find anything in the dark cupboard, so this was the perfect solution for me.  Alphabetized, labeled and uniform. Couldn't get any better than that!  I also love that I can go to Sprouts or Whole Foods and buy spices by the ounce and refill these cute little jars without having to buy another whole container!  I used the Silhouette clear sticker paper to cut out labels for the top.  In theory, it should have been a super easy and fast project, too bad it too me so long to complete!

Spices done.  Next step, pantry.  So a couple years ago I redid our whole pantry, it was actually one of my first projects after purchasing a Silhouette.  It's been great.  I bought a bunch of jars, made a bunch of labels and gave everything a nice new home.  I love my husband to death, but he can not keep a pantry organized to save his life.  He doesn't understand the need for homes.  So every so often I have to sort through something like this to get it back to normal.

Before I printed labels out on standard label paper, which I do not recommend!  My husband swears I have constant wet hands while cooking.  I of course denied it, but the proof is in the labels.  The ink smeared and the labels wrinkled, and they turned into a big mess.  I knew at some point I would need to redo them, but there goes that whole motivation thing again!

I needed something a little more water resistant.  I thought I would just do clear labels like the ones I did for the spice jars, but turns out they don't stick too well to the frosted glass jars (which are from Ikea by the way).  So I went with vinyl.  The weeding process was a little tedious (a LOT tedious), but they were much easier to install than the labels.  Vinyl is easier to re-position and I found that the rounder shape was more forgiving when I didn't get it on there perfectly straight...which was ALL of them.

I'm hoping these will last longer than the last ones, but I know they will be easier to remove if and when I do change my mind.  The previous labels were a pain.  I had to get soap and water involved.  It was worth it though, I love how they turned out.  They kind of look etched into the glass!

Another obstacle I didn't have last time was food allergies.  I constantly worry about my son getting into something he's not supposed to, or my husband and I accidentally adding something in that he's allergic to.  I wanted the no-no's to stand out in the pantry, just as an extra bit of precaution.  All I did was add a bright border around the label and now they are very noticeable.  It's great for us, and even better when we have a babysitter.

Everything has a home again and all is right with the world!

I really went all out on this re-do.  I even added the cooking instructions on certain items.

And since I was on a roll, I decided to tackle the last item on my to do list.  I've been making my own spice blends for tacos and chili and even onion soup mix.  To make my life a little easier I decided to put the recipe on the top so when it's time to refill I don't have to go look up the recipe.

I love checking things off the list!  I have so many more projects to tackle in the new year.  But now I  can at least sleep knowing my pantry is not in disarray.  Labeling is a disease!

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Organizing With Icons Butterfly Labels Customizing Your Erin Condren Life Planner Weekly Layout Organizing Your Craft Supplies with Labels Weekly Menu Box Peg Board Entry Way Order In Kid Land A Fun Way to Label Binders Sugar and Spice Looking Oh So Nice Turning a Plain Cabinet into Something Beautiful DIY Cash Budget Envelopes Flour and Sugar Pantry Container Labels Personalized Hair Bow Organizer Organize your Refrigerator DIY Vinyl Decorated Coupon Organizer 2015 Blog Planner Designed For Dragonfly & Lily Pads Laminated Labels with Your Silhouette The Secrets of How We Built Our DIY Play Kitchen Creative Way to Dry Winter Mittens Organizing Canvas Toy Bins with Labels Kids Closet Storage {with Rubbermaid Drawer Dresser and Vinyl Labels} Cute Gold Binder Labels {2015 Organization} Easy Vinyl Storage Organization and TWO Free Cut Files Personalized Ring Holders Upcycle for Organization Organizing Makeup with Style: A Monogrammed Makeup Case Vinyl Tupperware Labels How to Make a Chalkboard Clipboard Christmas Card Memory Book Simple DIY Holiday Storage Labels DIY Vinyl Frame Calendar with {FREE CUT FILE} Ribbons & Tapes Upcycled Organizing Box Print and Cut Pantry Labels
1. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Daily Dwelling // 4. Ginger Snap Crafts // 5. Our Southern Home // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Moberg Family // 8. Decor Adventures // 9. Pineapples and Pinecones // 10. Patina Paradise // 11. The Thinking Closet // 12. It Happens in a Blink // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. From Wine to Whine // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 17. unOriginal Mom // 18. One Dog Woof // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. My Favorite Finds // 21. Create it. Go! // 22. A Prudent Life // 23. Where The Smiles Have Been // 24. Barb's Life // 25. Everyday Paper // 26. Pitter and Glink // 27. Peanut Life Adventures // 28. Feto Soap Blog // 29. Our Rosey Life // 30. Two Purple Couches // 31. My Paper Craze // 32. TitiCrafty // 33. Lil Mrs Tori
Hope you can get into the organizational mood too!


  1. First: I love your coke bottle crate and am green with envy over it! plus what a great idea to use it as a spice rack
    Second: your pantry is amazing and love all your labeled container!
    Great job!

    1. Thank you!! I found the coke crate at flea market. They had a couple of them and I'm kicking myself for not buying more!

  2. oooooh I loooove this! You did a great job! I wish I had a pantry that looked even close to yours! Also I loved the coke case. Funny story, my husband's grandpa collects coke stuff and he's got probably 30 of those wooden boxes!

    1. Thanks Randi! 30!?! Wow! That's so awesome. Have you seen those coke crate drawers? ( I think those are so cute!

  3. Wow! You took on so many different organization projects at once! I particularly love where you added the recipes to the tops of the mixed spices and the instructions for the rice. What a great idea!

  4. Kerri ~ Holy moly! Your pantry is fabulous! Adding cooking instructions and recipe mixes on repetitive things is brilliant. Great job!

    1. Thanks Michele! It was mostly for my sanity...I tend to lose recipes :)

  5. I love the idea of putting the recipe on top of your spice mixes, will be stealing that idea for sure! Could you please share the font that you used on the lid of your spice jars, it's super cute! :D

    1. Hi Nikki,
      So glad you liked it! The font is called Tangerine. ( Good luck with your spices!


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