Chalkboard Kitchen Art FREE Printable

 I have a fun free printable for y’all today.  My chalkboard kitchen art is a fun cheeky way to share what is on the menu tonight with your crew.  Print this fun art that looks like a chalkboard and leave it up all year long.  Anyone want to know what is for supper?  Point them to this sign!

 Chalkboard Kitchen Art -- print this fun kitchen art for free and let them know what is on the menu today!

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Kitchen Organization Ideas

I have posted a variety of kitchen organization ideas around here over the years.  I decided I would round up the top ideas that actually work in our home.  These ideas are all still functioning in my home today and make our kitchen run smooth.  These are all tried and tested ideas that you can easily replicate for some organization in your own home.

Kitchen Organization Ideas -- ideas for every area in your kitchen -- stay organized and neat! [Read more...]

Organizing Spices in Mason Jars

 Is your spice drawer a mess?  I have a great solution for you!  Organizing spices in mason jars.  However my version has a unique twist with chalkboard that makes this idea even better.  This one was first posted over at the Darice blog however I wanted to share it here in case you missed it.  I have been living with this mason jar spice organizer for over 3 months and it really works for us.  I hope it will work for you as well. 

Organizing spices with mason jars -- learn how to use mason jars and chalkboard paper to organize your spice drawers.  A great kitchen organization idea!

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Refrigerator Command Center

 Everyone that has kids knows that there are schedules and paper everywhere.  In order to keep it all corralled and somewhat organized, I came up with this refrigerator command center.  We had a big empty area on the side of our refrigerator just begging to get clean and organized.  This is a project that won’t take you much time to complete but will reward you with time when you don’t have to search for those pesky doctor reminder cards or the latest sports schedule.

Refrigerator Command Center --  a great way to get your family more organized in the kitchen. [Read more...]

Summer Utensil Caddy 3 Ways

 Are you throwing any parties this summer?  Get my ideas on how to decorate a summer utensil caddy three ways.  Turn a simple utensil caddy into part of the party decor with my super simple ideas.  The best part?  All of my ideas are not permanent so your utensil caddy can be re-used again and again.

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Paint a Step Stool

 Take a cue from the project below and paint a step stool this weekend.  A fun and easy project that will look great in your bathroom, kitchen, or any other room in your home.  So y’all I can’t reach the top cabinets in my kitchen.  Yep I am tad short.  So this step stool gives me the extra height I need without pulling up a kitchen chair.  However I wanted it to be pretty and go in the kitchen as well.  You will love this stencil and how easy it is to get this look for yourself.  This project was originally posted over on the DecoArt blog but I am sharing here in case y’all missed it.

Paint a Step Stool -- love the stenciled arrows on the top and the color dipped feet. [Read more...]

Painted Plaid Rug

I am in love with a recent project I completed and wanted to be sure y’all saw all the details on my painted plaid rug.  I grabbed a plain jute rug from Old Time Pottery and added in some plaid flair with just a little paint.  This project was actually deemed as “cool” by my teenagers.  Now that is something to shout from the rooftops y’all. 

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Just click here to go to Old Time Pottery for the full details on making your own painted plaid rug.  I write a blog post over there once a month and trust me y’all…..you don’t want to miss this one!  Make one of these for your kitchen, kids room, bathroom, any room in your home.  A touch of plaid is great anywhere.  

Painted Plaid Rug -- turn an ordinary rug to extraordinary with a little paint!

Are you using plaid in your home to decorate?  I would love to hear where or better yet leave me a link to your blog and show me.  I hope you will head over and see my painted plaid rug tutorial as well.  This post is sponsored by Old Time Pottery but all opinions and projects are my own.  

Weekly Menu Planner System with Free Printables

I have a treat for all of you that are on the new year organizing kick.  My weekly menu planner system with free printables is the perfect way to organize your kitchen this year.  I am excited to announce Online Labels as a sponsor of this post and further posts here on The Country Chic Cottage.  This first one I am really excited about.  I find that menu planning saves me time and money.  I wanted to design an easy to use system so you can enjoy menu planning for yourself.  My system will allow you to plan a week’s worth or a month’s worth of meals.  So if you want to jump in to menu planning in the new year, give my printable system a try.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Lets start with the menu planner.  First off I have a printable planner with the days of the week.  You can plan up to 5 weeks on one label sheet.  You see I designed my planner with removable label weeks.  Then each week you just peel off the plan and put it onto my weekly menu sheet.  You then have a place to drop in a shopping list for your week’s worth of meals.
Click here to print the weekly menu planner.  (Uses OL7000WX labels from OnlineLabels.)
Click here to print the weekly menu sheet with shopping list.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
You can drop your weekly menu sheet onto a clipboard on the fridge so everyone knows whats for dinner as well.  Not only does a plan save you time searching for something to cook but it can save you from answering that “what is for dinner” question.
Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
You can also print my free recipe cards that print onto an OL450WX label from OnlineLabels.  You can then just peel these labels and stick them to a plain 4 x 6 index card wrapping under the extra height.  I love these little recipe cards for organizing my massive stack of recipes.
 

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

My entire weekly menu planner system will fit nicely into a binder in your kitchen.  Add the weekly planner labels and weekly menu sheets to full size sheet protectors.  The recipe cards can be added to 4 x 6 index card holders that will also go great in a binder.  You will have an organized recipe area in no time at all.

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!

Save money with a weekly menu planner system by planning your meals around the items that are already in your kitchen.  I love to think of what I can make with things I have on hand or produce that needs to be used up.  BONUS:  This saves food waste as well.  I am off to plan a few more weeks’ worth of menu.  I am wondering how low I can get my grocery bill in January.  How about you?  Do you meal plan?  Print my system for a new twist on your existing planning system.  Even if you are new to menu planning my system is super easy to use and will change your life.  That nightly battle of what to cook for dinner is gone…for good!

Free printable weekly menu planner system -- includes free printable recipe cards as well!
 
I am compensated for this post by Online Labels but all projects and opinions are my own.

 

DIY Deer Painted Plates

We are back with Crafty Hangouts again this week y’all and I am kicking things off with my DIY deer painted plates.  These plates are so easy to make yet will really impress your holiday guests.  You can literally make a plate in less than 10 minutes.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video below for the proof.

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts and myself are hanging out in the video below and painting together with DecoArt Multi Surface paint.  We were both sent some paint to play with from DecoArt.  Join us in our Google+ Hangout as we craft together even though we are across the country from each other.  You can see how to make my plates as well as an adorable reindeer from Carolina.  Her reindeer is perfect for a napkin ring y’all so be sure to watch below.

For any of you that don’t like video, the brief step by step instructions are:

  1. Wash plate well with rubbing alcohol.
  2. Print image you want to use on just plain paper and tape to the front of your clear plate.
  3. Trace image on the back of your plate with a gold sharpie marker.  Fill in with marker as well.
  4. Paint with DecoArt mutli surface paint on the back of your plate right over the top of your sharpie marker.  You will need at least two coats of paint on your plate.
  5. I recommend adding Americana Decoupage Outdoor formula to the back of your plate (2 coats) to help protect your design.

 

DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!
 
You are left with a really awesome rustic design that almost looks worn.  Really all you did was draw with a sharpie and paint white over the top.  So darn simple yet so gorgeous!  Perfect for any holiday party you are throwing this holiday season.  I think this would be so fun to try with the kids as well.  Let them doodle on a plate then paint over it to see what type of effects you can create.  I hope y’all enjoyed these fun DIY deer painted plates.    
DIY Deer Painted Plates -- a quick 10 minute way to make gorgeous custom designed plates with a sharpie and paint!

Festive Holiday Tablescape and Prepping for a Holiday Party

I have a festive holiday tablescape for y’all plus some of my tips on prepping for a holiday party.  I received a steam mop to review and used it to help prepare for a little holiday party.  Get your snow boots on as this party is getting a little chilly.  
 

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

I started with my Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP and a house full of wood floors.  Ever need to do a quick clean on your floors?  Steam power is the way to go y’all.  I use steam regularly and one of my favorite things is to steam clean floors.  As a special bonus, the Swiffer clothes are scented.  It was almost like using air freshener in each room without actually using air freshener — love that!  When the guests arrived my floors were cleaned and each room smelled great.  

 

 

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

My steam mop review included lots of floor cleaning in my striped socks.  Don’t judge y’all a girl has to stay warm.  But seriously, I gave the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP a workout for y’all and it is everything you would expect from a name like Swiffer.  The extra boost of steam really helps to power away the dirt and grime.  I am going to say this beats the regular Swiffer mop by a mile.  This one is quick, easy to use, and leaves you with wonderfully clean floors (woot!).  Floors that are clean enough to have guests over….which is what I did.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

If y’all are prepping for a party, be sure to print my holiday party cleaning checklist as well.  A Swiffer BISSELL STEAMMOP will help you complete your checklist quickly then you can get onto the important part of your dinner party….the decor!  I started with some vintage china and a table setting.  Then I added in a centerpiece and decor that went with these plates.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

I have a piece of muslin on the entire table then a white square tablecloth over the top of that.  The table runner is an old piece of wood with a collection of snowy items sitting on top.  Start with a few of my waterless snow globes in mason jars to add some fun.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

Add in some pine cones, mini trees, and of course some loose snow sprinkled all around the centerpiece and the table itself.  Bring the winter wonderland to your guests.

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

This is a dinner party for 6 but you could expand this fun theme to a party for any number of people.  Grab your snow and get started on a fun themed dinner party this weekend.  We had a blast and I am sure your guests will too.  Now that the party is over, it is time to break out the Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST again.  It never ends does it y’all?  

Come see a festive holiday tablescape plus more on how I prep for a holiday party.

Be sure to pick up your own Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST.  The new Swiffer BISSELL STEAMBOOST ingeniously couples the power of BISSELL steam with the innovative cleaning technology of Swiffer to deeply penetrate and help remove soils that mops can leave behind. The steam’s heat activates the dirt dissolving solution in the cleaning pad. Together, they break down dirty and trap and lock it away.  Make your own version of my festive holiday tablescape and throw a dinner party once you have your house all clean.  Are you prepping for a holiday party this year?
I was compensated for this post and a steam mop was provided for my review but all content and opinions are my own.   
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