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Hooray!  I’ve been selected for a sidebar feature on the fabulous Miss Funky Junk Interiors for my post on

button bracelets 

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Isn’t she just the coolest thing ever?

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NORTHERN COTTAGE

Pantry Organization

My pantry is one of the first things you look at if you come in through our garage entry door.  We pretty much leave the door open.
So this is what has been hitting me in the face every time I walk in the door.
It was unsettling for me all of a sudden.
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Had to do
something
All that color and packaging was making me anxious!
So I cleared it out and organized
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I combined a lot of the items and placed in containers
whether they were baskets, metal bins or vintage bread boxes….similar things were placed in a designated spot for containment purposes.
One of the best things about this process is that is is sustainable for me because I can keep things in the bins without them being ‘perfect’.  Like if when I get another bag of chocolate chips….just throw ‘er in the baking basket. 
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School lunch and snack items are combined into specific metal caddies below…one for granola bars, one for pudding and fruit cups, one for fruit snacks and treats
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Chips are combined in one bigger metal basket
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Making use of some of my vintage locker baskets for the boxed pantry times (mac & cheese and taco shells, etc.)  {I have a plan to put a cute little liner in these to screen off the contents from immediate viewing}
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wouldn’t these be darling with a linen ruffled little liner….hmmm we’ll see.
I took all the cereal out of the bulky boxes and am just gonna keep the clear bags….less jarring of a view and yet you can still tell your rice krispies from your corn flakes.
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Some pretty canister for rice
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and hiding some of the other dry good behind the canisters
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all the supplies for pancakes are in one tray (oil, syrup, and the pancake mix switched over to a prettier jar)
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All the crackers
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and baking supplies contained in baskets
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pasta moved over to pretty jars as well
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A stool to keep right in the pantry to grab those higher shelf items
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Up above are on the top shelf my prized le crueset pots (one from the thrift store – score!)
I also decided to hide some of the shelves behind a burlap sack just so it is a prettier and calmer view upon first glance.
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Not totally done yet….as with everything I’m sure there will be little tweaks here and there but for now….
ahhhhh.
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NORTHERN COTTAGE

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Mom’s Button Collection

My mom was a wonderful seamstress. 

With that skill comes some supplies

She shared her button collection with me years ago and up to now I’ve enjoyed it wrapped up in a pretty jar for display.

Now I’ve decided to put some of them into action.
So I took some of these

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and some of these
 
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put them together for some of these
bracelets and necklaces
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some black and bling:
 
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mmmm…absolutely loving this little reminder of mom around me!

 

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NORTHERN COTTAGE
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