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Out-To-Dry Paint Brush Holder

Since my past month has been dedicated to repainting our entire house — and the color in some rooms is taking 1, 2  and 3 tries to get right — I’ve been going through a lot of paint brushes. So I’m doing my best to rinse and reuse them as much as possible. I’m really struggling with the kitchen color, so last night I was playing around with some more color samples.

I used 3 different paint brushes, rinsed them, set them by the sink, and went to bed. This morning, I was still feeling that urge to try more, and noticed that my brushes weren’t dry yet. And that’s when something caught my eye. This little container of chocolate powder was waiting to be put outside to recycle. Hmmm. Recycle…That shape. That plastic. That solution!
I immediately rinsed out the chocolate, found some scrapbook paper to pretty it up, and just like that…a totally cute, totally FREE place to dry my paint brushes! My drying spot went from this:

To this!

This would also be great for other storage – markers, pencils, rubber bands, buttons….

I love it. Not bad for a 6 am creation!
And, hey, it ended up being “recycled” after all.



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Clay & Cotton

Remember way back when, when I did a little post on some of the fun, new shops in Kirkwood? One thing I mentioned was that Clay & Cotton would soon be celebrating its grand opening. Well, I just got an email reminding me to check it out September 23-26. Plus, a portion of all proceeds from the weekend are going to be donated to Stray Rescue! What better reason to stop on by?

And… if you just can’t wait another 8 days to see all they have to offer, this weekend also happens to be a great time to stop in. Because while you’re there, you can stop by the Green Tree Festival for food, fun, crafts, dog shows, beer gardens, dancing, music, kettle corn, contests, adoptable pets, games, kabobs…

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65¢ work of art

The wall in our bathroom has been horribly blank for quite some time. I had yet to decide what actually belonged there.

But, just the other day, I spotted this adorable monogram image on Etsy.

“Perfect!” I thought. And I decided that as cute as it was, I could always save some cash and make one on my own. So I printed out a pretty “P” with “Puricelli” and headed to Michael’s to gather all the necessary pieces to make the perfect bathroom decor:
various sheets of patterned scrapbook paper ($.60 to $.90 a sheet)
an Exacto knife (3 bucks)

And then scrounged around at home to find the rest:
double sided tape
old picture frame

So….last night I sat down at the table and got to work. Or so I thought. I kept trimming up that “P.” Swapping out my fancy backgrounds. Attempting a frame to put around my initial….

Until realizing that all I created was a big, old “UGH.” This brilliant DIY idea was NOT transforming into the beautiful picture I had imagined.

I began to give up. My last hope was to frame this disaster, with the thought that it would somehow magically become the perfect picture I had in my head. So, I grabbed one of my favorite backgrounds, placed the “P” in, and took a look…

ummm, not so much.

But that was when I realized that the paper alone was really pretty.

Hmmm. I thought. What if…I took out the initial, trimmed up the paper, and let it stand alone. PLUS, the natural feel of the cardboard that was already in my frame added an organic touch…

hey! ….65¢ never looked so fine!

I put it up on the wall, and the design brought in the exact colors to pull in the brown on the walls with the sky blue in my bath mat!

I loved it. And, not to mention, the price.

I still have a place in my heart for that initial, so I might just have to find a spot for it. I’m thinking maybe it wasn’t meant to be right there on the bathroom wall…after all, our initial is a “P” and it’s kind of an ironic letter to have directly across from the toilet. :) ha. potty humor.

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