I recently decided that it was time to end the cookie cutter mess under my counter in a deep dark cupboard. I called it the cupboard of doom. Everytime I opened it, cookie cutters would often come spilling out or leaping at me. And don't even ask how I ever found what I needed. It was often quite a long process and filled with profanity.
I don't honestly know what kept me from organizing them for so long. I've been collecting them for over three years, now, and there are easily hundreds of them.
What I ended up doing is purchasing a bunch of plastic caddies, labelling them with familiar categories, such as animals, different holidays, geometric shapes, etc. and then sorting the cookie cutters this way.
Now I just need a place to store the containers.
I've had this issue for a little while, now - as I seem to get busier and busier, I am quickly running out of room to store all these things and make all these things.
This week, I decided to take a little time off. Not much of a vacation - a staycation if you will - but I wanted to actually take some time and figure out the kitchen.
We purchased our home back in the late Summer of last year, and ever since then, it's just been GO TIME in baking land. I haven't had any time at all to really step back and take it all in. Until now.
I spend most of my days in this room - sometimes 12+ hours a day, mostly all at once. I felt it was only fitting to give the kitchen a little freshening up. The cupboards, specifically. It's hard to see from the photo, but many of them have started to wear. The wood laminate on the cupboards closest to the sink have peeled and warped, so we had to remove the laminate entirely.
Instead of replacing them with pieces of plain laminate, we got a big 8 x 4' piece of bead board, and cut them to replace the two pieces of laminate on the sides of the cupboards above the kitchen sink, and the giant piece of laminate on the outside of the kitchen island - where the two stools are sitting in the photo. I chose "brewster gray", a fancy name for a blue-gray colour, for the lower cabinets, and "chantily lace", a fancy name for white, for the upper cabinets. I genuinely wanted to take some time off my feet, though, so a friend of a friend is doing most of the painting.
Enough yammering, though - I should get back to "not working" for a change. Though blogging doesn't feel much like work.