Monday, February 23, 2009


Inspiration came by way of Parisienne Farmgirl, Ang, last week, as she re-vamped her pantry area.
Hmmm, I thought.
What could I do to mix things up around here without it costing me anything?
First off, I found the black metal CD stand in the garage.
Took the little rubber feet off'en it.
Had Farmboy figure out how to get it on the wall and able to hold some hefty grains, legumes and spices w/o tumbling down.
(that's what studs are for...Hey get your mind out of the gutter. I wasn't talkin' about Farmboy the Stud, but the studs in the wall!!!)

Back to the garage where I hunted down the 3 cases of old, glass topped Ball canning jars purchased at an estate sale a couple years back for a couple bucks a case.
Cleaned them up.
Filled them with organic red lentils, yellow split peas, coarse ground black pepper, dried chilis, and on and on.
Used some shipping labels to write down the contents.
The end result is a space on the wall getting filled up with stuff I use on a regular basis.
The cupboards where this stuff USED to hang out is much less crowded, and therefore at least APPEARS to look neater and cleaner.
And I got to spend a few hours doing what I love to do most...
putzing around my kitchen!

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Laurie and Chris said...

What a great idea!It looks great.

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

WOW! That looks really great. Now aren't you so glad you kep that old rack! Sometimes that junk waiting for us to be sold at a garage sale comes in really handy! I walked by my gallon jars that I once made pickles in (when my daughter was still home, she ate pickles like crazy!) and I wondered what I could use them for and now I'm thinking RICE CORNMEAL DRIED BEANS BREAD FLOUR etc....

cityfarmer said...

Oh there's inspiration everywhere. I am always inspired by great magazine shoots....even if it's one grand always leads to more.

Since we both know Mary, I always think, what would Mary do?

Everytime WE talk I'm inspired.
My mind is awhirl these days as spring encroaches.

NOW seeing your pantry and watching Ang sooooo excited at the thrift shop the other day, I better get hustling with my pantry...and the black bookshelves, the two empty guestrooms, the bathroom, and the livingroom turned dining room....after all Mary is coming over Thursday for coffee.

Victoria said...

Love this idea- wish I had the space! I've got the jars... and they're blue, too. A perfect match for my someday kitchen.

I recently found the "Na-Da Farm" and this post:
for making a cool t-shirt cooler.

Also, the Nanette Lepore spring line with all of its COLOR and the inspiration to look pretty (after a LONG winter of being drab). We drove past Macy's in Chicago on Saturday and they had the same idea- the return of color.

I love spring for the big 'ol Vogue issue, too: 700 pages or so of eye candy. It actually satiates me with ideas for the whole year!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Looking good- I am so in love with this look Im gonna put everything I own in a ball jar if I don't get a handle on myself.
Makes everything look so clean!
Thanks for the plug!!!!

Barb and Steve said...

I recently reorganized my pantry too. I moved some of the most used items to a hutch in the dining room (like the staples, beans, rice, etc) It really helps a lot to see what you have & not be so crowded.

Chrissy said...

Your putzing paid of!! Lovely post and blog....thanks, Chrissy

kansasrose said...

Looks great Cyn! Ya done good! Cute jars too! Now ya got me to thinkin....hmmmm time to take the cabinet doors off and show off some jars of lentil and beans, and purge! :)

A Vintage Mood said...

My first visit to your blog ~ how surprised I was to hear your Keith Green music. I haven't heard that in years! He was one inspiring man.

Sandy said...

Many bloggers are inspiring to me!

Love the pantry, I need to do but holding off because we might be re-doing our kitchen.

Excuse, uh? :)

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Hi Cyn! I found 'em! I found 'em! Turns out that the grocery store closest to home had them, I went all over. In the past I've looked at all the department stores. Today I went to several grocery stores, they only had wooden ones, but on the way back home I stopped at our local SPARTAN store and found them...they're made by DIAMOND...the same folks who make the matches. They come in a pack of 25 for about 2.75...but they last a long time. The come in an assortment of teal, blue & white. If I was a good girl, I would bring them in from outside each day, but I don't, I may have to start. I asked the store manager to get me ten more packs so I'm not on another hunt like this again. Now my new clothespin bag is well stocked!

Cheryl said...

I pray for total healing and provision for you and your family. I like the scripture that says A good report nourishes the bones or another translation says that a good report makes the bones fat!

Talk on facebook?!

MissMeliss said...

Love it! It looks fantastic! :) Great job. :) I have gone through my pantry at least twice this winter, but need to do it again... stuff gets put on the top shelf that I can't see and then I don't remember what's up there...


katiez said...

I use those jars... for canning! That's the only kind we have here.
Great pantry1

Anne Marie said...

There's something about organizing in the spring....just great!

Anne Marie said...

I am working on a post about my pantry for tomorrow morning am-
thanks for the reminder!