DIY Shoe Pallet

Another idea from Pinterest that solved a problem in our house.

I spent ZERO dollars on this project and I didn’t pull out one tool. I used my muscles; which are huge, for the record, and my hands (not huge).

In our last house (that we owned) we had a 3 season breezeway that was on it’s way to becoming our laundry room/mudroom/kitchen prep room Place of Amazing. We paid our favorite contractor around $1,200 to build a custom cubby situation with shoe storage, a mail sorting desk, pantry shelves and lockers.

Mudroom solution: Ardmore house

It was b-glorious. I loved it. We ended up painting it an orange, yellow and I probably would have repainted it something cleaner (more cohesive to the rest of the room) had we stayed. But oh well! Someone else’s problem now.

Only – now that we’re renting and shlepping 18 million pairs of shoes around and no longer have the room for custom built cabinets (nor the budget as a renter) for a permanent solution to the ongoing suffering of our back entry … well. I did this.

Shoe problem? Didn't think so.

And here’s how:

Welcome to our back entry. A place of many insurance problems, I’m sure.

{how to} make a shoe pallet

We were about to hang a liability disclaimer on the back door letting folks know that any fall or mishap was their sole responsibility. šŸ˜‰

In short: it’s a mess back there. And we trip over eachother and shoes and our CSA crate and I dump stuff there that I don’t know what to do with or for a trip to the garage when the weather turns …

{how to} make a shoe pallet

I went on a hunt this morning for a pallet thinking I’d need two but only had room for one in the van – you should have seen my daughters face when I pulled over (in the Lowes parking lot at their dumpster pile) and ruffled through the pallets laying in the rain. I think she was half mesmerized that I was actually doing this and half mortified that I didn’t care who saw me.

We found one and I lugged it to the van for use in our back entry.

{how to} make a shoe pallet

Then I just kicked around the shoes and whatever else was laying around to make some room for the pallet.

{how to} make a shoe pallet

{how to} make a shoe pallet

And simply leaned it against the wall.

{how to} make a shoe pallet

Stuck our shoes in the slots, toes first, and was amazed that they all fit on one pallet with room to spare.

{how to} make a shoe pallet

{how to} make a shoe pallet

A totally free solution!

{how to} make a shoe pallet

Now I just need to vacuum šŸ˜‰ …. and hang a new sign ::Welcome to our home::

{How to} make Cinnamon Sugar Bread.

Printable Recipe

Cinnamon sugar bread. #Fall

Yum. I made this just for you.

You’ll need:

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

I’m still working on the lighting in the kitchen – it does not bode well for photographs. Artificial light and green floors – I battle the yellow 70’s glow in all food photos unless it’s 6pm and the door is wide open and things are just so and well … you get it. I’m working on it.

For this recipe you need Flour, Sugar, Oil, an Egg, Salt, Cinnamon/Sugar, Buttermilk (or milk and vinegar) and Baking Soda.

You start by mixing your Buttermilk with 1 tsp baking soda but if you’re like me and never have buttermilk in your house, you make some. Like this:

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Measure some milk (right now I have Almond milk) just shy of your 1 cup marker. Top it off with Vinegar and let sit for a minute or two.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

It curdles.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Yay!

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Now, add your 1 tsp baking soda and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Pour the milk mixture into your bowl and add the rest of your ingredients.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

1/2 Cup oil.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

One egg.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

1 Cup sugar.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

1/2 tsp salt.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Two Cups flour.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Mix.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Prepare your loaf pan (or muffin tins). I had parchment paper so I used it, otherwise I just oil it.

Pour half the batter in your loaf pan and sprinkle a generous amount of your Cinnamon Sugar on top (1/2 C Sugar to 1 TSP cinnamon ratio). Use a clean knife to swirl around, top with other half of batter, sprinkle a bit more and swirl one last time.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes to an hour.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Try not to eat it all at once. šŸ˜‰

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Enjoy!

Printable Recipe.

{how to} create a Quiet Box

I saw this idea on Pinterest (WHERE ELSE!??!) and had to do it.

I bought the bins from the Dollar store and scavenged the house for items to play with. I made five bins for my son and he has no idea they exist yet.

Quiet Box

You’ll need:

One box or package for each day you need rest time. We did 5 for Mon-Fri. Weekends we all nap, we’re that. much. fun.

Misc items, books or toys from around the house. Mix it up, be surprising. My son l-o-v-e-s texture. A bin of rice would keep him busy for literally 3 hours. (I’ve tried, it’s proven.) But I stayed away from food or objects smaller than a quarter because the idea is that these boxes will be used up in his room – away from me.

This is what my loot looked like at my first pass:

Quiet Box

Quiet Box

Hats, play food, feathers, googly eyes, trucks and cars, tools (that do not cut) and some coloring stuff.

My bins – phase one:

Quiet Box

Quiet Box

Quiet Box

Quiet Box

My bins have some repeating items and I’m not sure how well that will go over but as I get him used to this one bin a day concept I’ll be able to add and take away items that I’m noticing get left out or hoarded in his pockets.

You should see what comes through the wash.

Viola! You (hopefully) successfully created some quiet time for your child, who has no idea they’re learning, as well as for you. You *should* do the laundry but I won’t tell if all you do is sip a cup of tea and watch the weather.

It’s quiet time, after-all.

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{how to} make a SPIDER web

SPIIIIIIIIIIIDER!!!!!

Halloween is almost here and my son is very afraid of bugs. Trick or treating is going to be an adventure. We did pumpkins but then our squirrels ate them (grrrrrr!!!), we made an easy garland for our entry way and we have our costumes. Now we need some gore.

You’ll need:

SPIDERS!

An old doily or lace, a cross-stitch loom (??) thing, spiders.

I have a wooden cross-stitch circle some where. SOME WHERE. But I cannot find it so I have an alternative posted lower. (Not a fan of the pink for a scary spider web.)

You start by pinching the metal loops together to release the inner circle from the form.

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

Wrap the metal circle in the lace.

SPIDERS!

Then you just re-pinch the loops and fit everything back together – make sure you don’t have bubbles in your doily or lace. Pull it tight over the circle for a taut surface.

SPIDERS!

Cut away the excess lace/doily and add your spiders … then hang for display.

SPIDERS!

OR …

SPIDERS!

I have these pieces of cut wood in our garage I’ve been moving around with us because I love them. I love them.

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

They’re left over from an old project that never made it here.

But I just wrapped my lace around the wood and tucked the excess in the back.

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

See?

SPIDERS!

Add spiders and set up. Be scared.

SPIDERS!

SPIDERS!

I probably like the cross-stitch way of display more than the log but until I find my wooden one – I’m sticking with my alternative.

Pretty fun! And cheap. And easy. (All the things you never want your son to say about a girl. Ever.)