Okay, “Canister It” would probably be a better title, but that’s not really a phrase, now is it? A couple weeks ago it was really, really hot here. Because in case you didn’t know, South Carolina is situated at the intersection of the tip of a volcano, the equator and the surface of the sun. So, that’s not actually true, but it is seriously flipping hot here. Anyway, it was really hot, so every bug on the planet decided to try to infiltrate our comfy air-conditioned house- namely a bunch of teeny tiny ants. I hate ants. Not as much as I hate spiders or ::gag:: roaches, but they’re third on my “Bugs I Loathe” list.
I was not very happy when my pretty, newly DIY’d kitchen was overrun with ants, but I killed them all and felt better. Until I discovered that they had weaseled their way into our sugar canister. We had stainless steel canisters with little acrylic “windows” and I guess someone left the window open because, well, yeah. So seeing as how bugs could get into my stuff, I wasn’t feeling all that secure in my baking supply storage. I knew I wanted some fun glass canisters to open things up visually on the counter, so I went to my FAVORITE place on the planet: World Market. Be still my bleeding wallet.
One problem: they didn’t have a matching set that was big enough. I like to be able to put my big ‘ole measuring cups in my canisters and their sets of matching canisters were really scrawny. So, I decided to go in a different direction. Instead of purchasing a matching set, I went with a very eclectic look and bought three different canisters and just tied them together by putting a chalkboard label (also from World Market) on each one so they looked cohesive.
Here’s the final product:
I did discover that writing on the chalkboard labels with chalk doesn’t actually work all that well, at least not if you want to be able to read what you write. Seeing as how I am kinda partial to legibility, I wrote on my labels with a Metallic Sharpie, instead. This way, the chalk doesn’t wipe off every time you touch the jar AND you can read the descriptions. It’s a good thing, all around.
I’m kind of obsessed with them, I think they’re so much fun! Another upside is that this was really cheap. I think $25ish for everything, including the labels. And did you notice? The sugar jar opening is now encased in metal. There will be no sugar-thieves this time!
Okay, now I have to figure out what else needs a chalkboard label. I vote: everything.