Friday, March 15, 2019

FMM - I Just Meant to Move a Couple of Bowls...

I'm still figuring out how to best place my Fiestaware in my new kitchen cabinets.  We use some items all the time and some not so often, and because ol' shorty here has to stretch to reach into the cabinet on the far left side, I decided to move some bowls that I have an excess of - no, wait...there is no such thing as an excess of anything Fiesta - into that cabinet.  I removed the dishes from all of the cabinets and stacked them on the counter and on a whim decided to sort everything out into warm and cool color sets.  That was fun!  I really love my Fiestaware, have I mentioned that lately?  I decided to put all of the warm colors into the far cabinet because I don't seem to reach for them as often as I do for a cool color.

This was the result, and yes, I was extraordinarily pleased with how it came out:
I stacked everything in the same color order, as much as possible - I don't have all the colors in all of the dishes.  I know, what a travesty!  But I do love this, and it's much easier to grab a bowl now that there's not so many stacked in one place.

Of course I can't leave well enough alone, so I also rearranged everything on the countertops.  Side note, this was a great opportunity to clean all the way back to the deep recesses, which doesn't happen as often as it should:
Changed up the canisters, swapped out our old toaster for Allie's toaster oven that she wasn't using, and I came up with a fun way to display my Fiesta salt and pepper shakers!
This is an old wood Coke box that I've had since I was a young teenager.  I used to have it hanging on my wall and would put tiny collectibles in it.  I've been wanting something wooden for the counter to offset all of the stone/tile/ceramics, but never found anything that I loved enough to buy.  Then I remembered I had the Coke box in the attic and voila!  The shakers were a perfect fit.
View from the top.
I finally gave into our left-handedness and moved all the utensils, plus the salt and pepper that always ends up on this side of the counter when we are cooking, to the left side.
Right side of the stove - I keep thinking I might want a larger bowl to hold all of the vegetables, but I'd have to move something to make that happen, so I just pile everything up in one area.

As you can tell, I'm easily amused - arranging things is my, er, thing.  I love how you can move around the stuff you already own, without buying anything new, and make it look so different.

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FO Friday - Sometimes it's fun to knit a quick and easy project.  About 30 minutes before we were going to leave for our three-hour drive to Dallas, I was looking at new patterns on Ravelry and this one caught my eye.  It helped that I had the same yarn in my stash that was used for the project, so I quickly grabbed it, some needles, and started knitting when we got on the road:
Dashboard shot - I got about 3/4 of it knitted as we drove, which was pretty good because oftentimes knitting while driving makes me carsick.  I only had to set it aside once for that reason.
I finished it on the drive home!  Pattern is Odessa Cowl, but I am calling mine the Dallas Cowl.  Yarn is my favorite Malabrigo Rasta, colorway Indiecita.

I don't have any pictures showing how it looks while worn, so I went old school and had my model get to work posing:
He still has the model emo look down pat, I see.
I bery handsome.  But dis cow is choking me.

If I was freezing, I could wear the cowl doubled up, but like Paco, it would feel a little tight on my neck.  This used the entire skein of yarn and *sob* I am now down to one skein of Rasta in my stash!  I like having this yarn on hand for times when I want to knit a quick hat.  Looks like some yarn shopping is in my future!

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We are running a St. Patrick's themed 5K tomorrow and I'm not sure what I'm more excited for, the race or the fun shirts Diane and I will be wearing.  Aw, who am I kidding - it's the shirts!  Recap to come on Wednesday.

Have a great weekend - and don't forget to leave me a question on this post, if you have anything you'd like to know about me that I haven't already shared over the years.

28 comments:

  1. What fun to rearrange the dishes!!! I love to rearrange furniture! (Alas, where we live there is not too many options for moving stuff!)

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    1. Same here on the furniture - I love to change things around.

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  2. I just love all your colors in your kitchen!!!

    That photo of Paco cracks me up! We always talk for Cocoa too. LOL

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    1. Of course you talk for Cocoa - dogs need interpreters, right? ;)

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  3. Very nice scarf. I love the pictures of Paco he is a great model.

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. The whole time I was reading this I had thoughts: "Didn't she 'just' arrange that kitchen? How dirty could the recesses be? Now I want Fiestaware." Looks great! I have to admit, and maybe it's because I live in a house that has restrictive spaces, I rarely rearrange anything (which probably means my counters and cabinets are filthy lol).

    Look at handsome Paco! May I also point out that his scarf matches your Fiestaware!

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    1. Toaster crumbs and I swear, I'm still seeing construction dust...like on the underside of one of the shelves! Crazy.

      Haha, the scarf DOES match!

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  5. I love all the colors... I think I'd wear the scarf to dinner at your house because it matches your dishes so well. LOL.

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    1. Well now I'm thinking I need to have a dress code for dinner - you must wear cool colors to match the dishes. Think anyone will go for that? ;)

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  6. Your model looks very excited to be wearing the scarf, ha ha. He is so cute!

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  7. Your fiesta ware is so pretty! It also looks like you have several bread baskets like the one my neighbor gave me. I love it--usually use it for ripening fruit. That cowl is very cute--looks like seed stitch?

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    1. Sometimes I use those bread baskets for fruit/vegetables on the counter...I'll probably bring one out soon to corral everything a little better.

      The cowl is seed stitch - I didn't mind doing it because it was on such bulky yarn and it was a small project. I've looked at some sweater patterns that have a lot of seed stitch and are in dk weight and I've noped right out of them. Can't take that much back and forth.

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  8. I love all the pops of color in your kitchen! We have the same subway tile backsplash!
    Paco makes a very good model!

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    1. Thanks! That subway tile is so nice for showing off all of the colorful stuff I have.

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  9. I love, love, love little rearranging projects. It can be so satisfying to move some of your existing stuff into new configurations. Maybe I'll do one of these projects this weekend for fun!

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  10. I can't wait to see your shirts for the race! I hope the race is fun!

    You have the best eye for arranging things! I love how all your fiesta ware looks! And I love how the scarf turned out! I have a scarf I want to make but it involves cabling. Have you done much of that?

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    1. I have done cabling on hats and to be honest, it gets old after a while because you really have to pay attention. What pattern are you looking at for the scarf?

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  11. Now that's some NICE color! (But do you leave your cabinets open to show off all the time?) I used to rearrange all the time when I was a kid, making everything feel like it was brand new (and SUPER cleaned at that point) but as an adult, I seem to have stuff that only fits one way. I need to rethink the stuff we have!

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    1. I like to have the "oooh, pretty!" surprise when I open my cabinets. Unless my husband has emptied the dishwasher...then it's more of a "why did he put this HERE?" surprise, LOL.

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  12. I am wondering how you started running to begin with... and how the renegade runners got there name. You may have covered it, but I have forgotten! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the question - added it to Monday's post. :)

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  13. You will never get rid of construction dust. I swear LOL! At first I started reading the post where you said "I stacked them on the counter" and I was afraid I was going to read about you knocking them over. Probably because that would have happened to me :D Happy St. Patty's Day and racing!

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  14. love those scarf colors and the bowls - great collection because yu have the cabinets to show them off!

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