Monday, February 11, 2013

52 Weeks of Happy - 6/52

Joining in with Jen at little birdie, here are my four photos of happy for the past week.


I finally got my kitchen gadget drawer under control, thanks to this helpful $8 purchase at TJ Maxx. You can see how the drawer was just a gigantic jumble before. I could never find the tools I needed. These little bins really make a difference. I still can't fit everything into a compartment (my tongs are too long, the potato masher is too oddly-shaped and tiny items like wine-stoppers and corn-on-the-cob holders have to nestle in the little space to the front left) but this is SO MUCH BETTER now. That makes me unbelievably happy!


Over the weekend I began cutting fabric for my attempt at the Scrappy Trip-Along quilting project. I made a template for myself out of lightweight plastic sheeting which worked great for the first few squares but I had so many to cut that I eventually switched from scissors to my rotary cutter. The rotary cutter made pretty short work of my plastic template and soon my fabric squares were oddly-shaped. The Bear came to the rescue, going out to his workshop to make me this template out of masonite. What a great idea; it works beautifully and will last forever. I should have him make me a whole set...


I enjoyed a quiet couple of hours on Saturday afternoon while the GB napped and the Bear and LB worked outside in the yard. I sewed, drank tea and ate these cookies that I had found in the international grocery section at World Market, which is one of my favorite places to shop. I love everything they sell there. These cookies were delicious. This is a Hit biscuit from Germany with cocoa cream filling and Singoalla cookies from Sweden with both cream and raspberry fillings. So good.


I have been enjoying my rainbow maker even more lately. I think the sun has shifted with the seasons to have it receive more direct sunlight for longer periods in the day. I have only ever tried it in this window, in the breakfast nook at the east end of the house, but I think this is our sunniest window and therefore the best option. Please disregard the rain marks on the windows, I assure you they are very clean on the inside! The rainbow maker has been giving lots of beautiful rainbows all over the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room which has been very happy and cheerful.

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  1. My utensil/gadget drawer looks just like your before picture! I better look for some of those bins, lol. I have never seen a rainbow maker. It sounds pretty cool. Oh those Swedish cookies look great. That masonite square was a great idea! Sometimes those guys are handy to have around. ;)

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    1. Hi Softie! Go to TJ Maxx, they had a lot of sets, in many colors too. The rainbow maker was a gift from my husband's aunt and uncle who always give the coolest, most unusual gifts. The masonite square is so awesome! He is so great to have around, he makes life a lot easier, most of the time. :)

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  2. I love those Swedish biscuits too, wouldn't it be great to try making them at home?

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    1. Hi Selma! Oh, that would be good. I should look for a recipe. I think they must be butter cookies?

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  3. I have MANY drawers that look like your before photo! My husband accuses me of scraping everything randomly into the nearest one to create an illusion of tidiness...I hate to admit it but he's right! x

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    1. I understand. I think most of the problem here is that I don't have very many drawers in my kitchen and everything gets shoved into that one. I keep the items I use most often in a crock next to the stove for easy access but everything else needs a home too. Sometimes I can't believe how much kitchen junk I actually have, it's insane.

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  4. I have one of those rainbow makers too - but mine hasn't done much rainbow making this winter - it's been a gray one. I'm anxiously awaiting some SUNSHINE!

    I love TJMaxx . . . I buy almost all of my clothes there.

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  5. Oh, I understand. Even here in NM, it's been kind of dreary lately. I love TJ Maxx too, I go pretty often! I buy clothes and housewares!

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  6. All my kitchen drawers look like your before photo - they are a disgrace! But I know where everything is, I promise. I love biscuits from other parts of the world, they always seem to be more interesting than the ones we grew up eating.

    Gillian x

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    1. Ha...you're doing better than me. There was getting to be too much swearing whenever I needed to find anything. I did this for the children. :P I know, the cookies are so different in other places. Candy too; when I was a child I had a friend who came from Germany and I loved going to her house because they always had chocolate and really good snacks.

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