Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sweet Decorations

The last two years I have used the space above my kitchen cabinets to decorate/store Christmas presents so that 1) my kitchen is decorated and 2) small hands don't get into them early. And I love it! It's so festive, and I never worry about anyone peeking (or demolishing). But there's this let-down when I take the presents down and then it's just empty. So this year I determined to finally fill the void. The problem was that I didn't know what to put up there. I don't really collect anything and I didn't really want to spend a ton of money. And I'm not even sure where I came up with the idea, but one day I decided to fill various glass jars with candy in the same color scheme as the kitchen. And look! It's so pretty!

A few things about this project:
  • I had to look at a lot of thrift stores and craft stores to get jars at an affordable price (AC Moore, Michaels' and Joann's all carry them and you can use a 40% off coupon)
  • Trying to find candy that matches your colors can be hard when you decorate in "Bay Mist" - aka light aqua. But I was able to find a lot of things at the specialty shops at the Farmer's Market and then at a candy store. And in order not to spend a fortune on candy, most of the jars have a plastic cup in them to take up space.
  • Most importantly - there isn't a single candy up there that I would eat. And definitely NO chocolate. And after the first day of telling CJ that "we don't eat decorations", she lost interest in them too. {My brother told me it was silly to buy candy that you weren't going to eat. He didn't seem to see the logic in it. Guess he needs to take an interior decorating class.}
I had originally thought of putting them up until I found something more permanent, but I think this may be permanent. So what do you think?

1 comment:

  1. I think this is a great idea! It's like your very own candy store.

    I really love reading your blog. I've made all the costumes for the school plays at my school in Istanbul for the last 4 years. Over that time, have fallen back in love with sewing. Reading your blog gives me ideas...which is actually kind of dangerous since time I spend sewing is time away from lesson planning :-)