Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Toy storage from Popcorn tins!


We like to have a room available to host people/family who need a place to stay. Right now our home is a 3 bedroom house and we have 3 (going on 4!) kids. So that means the office is also the guest bedroom and the kid’s sleeping room is also their playroom! Though many times the play room ends up being the living room!

So in order to keep the toys orderly I devised this organization system that cost me mere dollars.

I got some boy scout popcorn tins at 2 different garage sales and one thrift store:

These tins are a little shorter than the normal popcorn tin and since they all matched I didn’t have to worry about one being skinnier than the other etc…

And they are boy scouts so they are fairly easy to find. They ranged from 10 cents- $1

First I spray painted them metallic.


Then I used my mom’s Cricut to cut out the letters. I could have stenciled them on but this was handy.


She was given, as a teacher, the black vinyl so I didn’t even have to buy that!



Then I filled them with the toys. I tried to do this with the tried and true toys that have many parts. Like Lincoln logs.


It was like giving the kid’s new toys! They played and played with them. And it was such easy clean up. And easy to say, “Well, put that tin away and then you can get the other one out.”



Also it keeps the pieces from being lost.


I have noticed some of the paint chipping off. I did several coats so I’m not sure if I need to do some sort of clear coat on it to help protect it or what. I’ll see how they hold up!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book in Review: Grace’s Pictures

I just finished reading Grace’s Pictures by Cindy Thomson. It is an excellent book with facts about history, photography, immigrants and living condition of the very early 1900. Thomson takes you back to a time when there weren’t smart phones or digital images and shows a girl’s passion for the art of capturing images. Her passion, however seems bent on getting her in trouble when she continues to snap photos at in opportune moments for the local crime gang.

With the help of the local police, men she had to learn to trust considering it was the police who took her from her mother when she was young, they seek to find the leader of the gang and bring him to justice, saving many immigrants like her from faring evil fates at the docks.

As she fights the fears that her father pounded into her head as a small child she turns to the Lord for her support and lets go of her self doubt.


This book is a great read. It has depth and unanswered questions that keep you hanging until the end. Thomson writes with great knowledge about the century and the countries portrayed in the book.

Author Cindy Thomson

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