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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why a Dyson is a Necessity

Busted! Oliver at the scene of the crime.

When I first heard about Dyson vaccuum cleaners, I thought that they looked cool on the commercials, but couldn't begin to imagine paying hundreds for a vaccuum.  We've owned our Dyson Animal vaccuum for about two years, and I have to say that it is one of the most amazing things in which we've invested.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

re-purposing cat litter buckets... it isn't gross, i promise!

Over the past few years I’ve been excited to discover a passion for many things: photography, gardening, painting, sewing, baking, graphic design, jewelry design, etc.  As you can imagine, with all these hobbies, and also just through everyday living, I acquire a lot of loose ends, and something that really excites me is thinking about new ways to repurpose household and art supply items.  The way I see it, this is a much better option than traditional recycling where the items still have to be moved across town, sorted, cleaned, etc.  Not to mention, I would just be going to purchase something similar to what I just put in the trash!
Today I want to share a simple project that merges a few of my passions, and provides valuable storage for whatever you might need.  In case you didn't know, my husband and I are the proud owners of three cats, ages 1 to 16 years. (Actually, it is debatable who “owns” who, but that’s for another day).

To do this project hopefully you have cats or know someone who does.  As you can imagine, three cats require a considerable amount of kitty litter, and our brand of choice is Tidy Cats, and yes, we buy it in 38 pound buckets.  I needed some storage and realized that a large number of perfectly good containers were being thrown away each month. 

Materials needed:
  • Empty cat litter bucket or similar container
  • Damp cloth
  • Old newspaper
  • Spray paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk
  • Items to store!
Steps:
  1. Take the damp cloth, and wipe the dust residue from the cat litter out of the container.  Note: The containers used for this project have ONLY had clean cat litter in them, not used :)
  2. Make sure the outside of the container is completely dry, and place outside on old newspaper. 
  3. Spray paint the out side of the container.  (I leave the lid closed when spray painting so that it doesn't get stuck closed later.  No one except you will see the inside anyway!
  4. Wait for the spray paint to dry.
  5. Use the brush to paint on a square of chalkboard paint to use to label your container.
  6. Once the chalkboard paint is dry, use the chalk to write the container's contents on the outside of the container.
  7. Fill your container, and enjoy!


I use mine right now stacked in the garage with contents like potting soil, sand, lawn lime, gravel, etc.  I'm planning to make another set to help organize my craft room supplies like fabric, zippers, buttons, well, you get the idea!



Saturday, August 6, 2011



I came across a few butterfly photos that I took last year and wanted to share.

As always, you can order your own copy of my photos through my etsy shop, chickadeesbylj.
Watermarks are removed prior to printing.