Thursday, September 6, 2012

Salt and Pepper shakers

Have your noticed that interesting salt and pepper shakers can set you back quite a few pennies. I took this as a challenge a few years back and took to the thrift stores. I have a found a few since and added to the rotation. I wanted to share with you a few and also a DIY pair.
I have always liked the look of the tall ones but found them to be quite pricey so I was thrilled to find some semi tall ones for next to nothing. I prefer a pepper mill to freshly grind and these had that too but they were just too plain. Very easy fix. Just some regular acrylic paint, a design idea and many coats of varnish, to keep the paint from scratching and make them wipe able. Ta da what I think to be unique and pretty shaker set. These are two other sets I have picked up, mind you each set only being a couple bucks. Cute little pine ones with nice big holes and the tiny set from Japan. I love this little set. One it is so tiny and cute, another is the interesting features, tiny pepper mill, sliding door to fill it and the silver salt circle swivels for filling. They are very well made a enjoyable to look at. So there you have style and function all on a budget. Don't forget the all important feature, unique.

Kids and school

This week the kids started school.  I have one in each school building now, as usual my life with kids will be keeping me hopping.  My youngest is in 2nd grade.  She is always the most excited about school.  Our social butterfly, she got a teacher that she didn't know with a lot of different kids than last year, and rather than being disappointed about it she looks at it as an opportunity to make new friends.  Her optimism is contagious to say the least.  My son is a sophomore, don't ask how that happened because I don't have an answer.  The other morning I heard the words "Don't touch my hair".  It made me laugh and cringe at the same time.  He is a good, smart boy and kind.   Doesn't care for school much, but takes art and Spanish to keep his mama happy, never a bad thing.  Olivia is in fifth grade which has meant a change in schools.  I recently met with the school to amend her IEP to have half days, after consulting with our counselor and a few solid teachers that worked with her we knew this to be the best thing.  The school quickly agreed, to my great pleasure and relief.  They very helpfully arranged her core classes and early dismissal at 11:30.  We are in process of making a home schedule that will include silent reading, home and life skills and establishing a good work ethic using my art business.  Thing are still a bit hectic and unknown, but I am hopeful we will be falling into a good routine shortly.