Sunday, December 30, 2012

Time For Creativity

I am loving winter break.

I don't know how it happened, but we ended up with nearly 3 weeks off.

The first week was for vacation.

The second week was for cleaning and reorganizing.

But, today is the beginning of a week that is all mine.

After a long walk on the beach this morning, we came home to

a clean house,

no laundry to do,

all the Christmas decorations put away,

and nothing urgent to be done.

Steve headed off to the meat market to choose something for dinner.

I headed to "the" studio.

I designate it as "the" instead of "Steve's" because I now I have my own little corner to work.

I really like this basket I saw last summer at one of my favorite antique stores, American Home and Garden.

My plan was to stencil numbers on these baskets.

I couldn't find any stencils so I thought about printing out numbers and creating my own stencils.

Walking to the computer, I passed my Ikea Expedit and realized I had zinc number stencils.

I ordered these on-line, but can't remember the source.  

I have had them for several years and only used the 8 on a bottle.

I figured that I could wash the paint off the zinc so I got out white paint, but when I set the stencil on the basket, I liked how it looked.

The project became a whole lot easier and was finished rapidly.

I simply tied the numbers onto the baskets - no paint, no spills, no clean up.

I was finished in less time that it took Steve to do the grocery shopping.

It was nice to get a little time for creativity.


I am linked up at

Bliss Ranch - Cowgirl Up Party

Between Naps on the Porch - Metamorphosis Monday

Twigg Studios - Sunday Show Off Linky Party

Alderberry Hill - Make the Scene Monday

Under the Table and Dreaming - Sunday Showcase Party

Boogieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday


  1. Sounds like a wonderful day! The baskets look great with the numbers tied on! In a former life I was a teacher..enjoy your break! From one teacher to deserve it!!!

  2. That's a cute easy project! I really like those zinc numbers better than the stenciled numbers. Much easier to change out!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Love your home and how blessed to live by the sea! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! xox

  4. I like the look of the stencils on the baskets! Later you can change the look by painting the baskets or the stencils! So cute and so organized at the same time!

  5. There is no way to measure how jealous I am that you have your Christmas put away already. Those zinc stencils are fabulous. Glad things are peaceful in your world.

  6. The baskets look great with the zinc stencils. The perfect touches of texture and industrial for your shelf. All the best in this New Year. I am stopping by from the Cowgirl Up Link Party.

  7. Delightful...simple yet sophisticated! Grown-up adornments for sweet baskets!