Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Saying Goodbye/Beverage Tub Makeover

Today, blogs and blogging provided me with a much needed diversion on a hard day for my family.

We had to say goodbye to this little lady.


Maggie turned 13 in August but had a rapid decline in her health starting around March of this year.

Prior to this Maggie was a cat who stayed kitten-sized and acted like one as well.

She always had a daredevil streak to her which may have stemmed from the fact that when we adopted her as a kitten from the Humane Society she had already fallen from a 14th floor balcony into a snow bank. She loved to be up high and would spend her time watching you from the top of the kitchen cupboards or her scratching post tower.

Even though I no longer live at home, I still think of Maggie and Buddy (my parents’ other cat) as my pets because I was there with them from the beginning. I will always remember Maggie being so small that her entire body would vibrate when she purred.

I have never met another cat like her and I’m sure I never will.

When I had my final visit with Maggie on Sunday night, I knew my parents had made the right decision and that her time had come. I’m relieved that she is no longer suffering, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less.

To quote my Mom, “Maggie had a happy life and a peaceful end, and we will love her forever.”

We miss you, Maggie!

Now for what I had originally planned to share before life threw me a curveball . . .

Throughout the summer I kept tabs on the price of this metal beverage tub from Lowe’s knowing that I could use it for . . . something. The outside looks like white enamel and the inside is galvanized metal.

Laundry Bucket Before WM

When it finally reached a clearance price of around $7, I pounced after striking a deal with Mr. Mechanic that I would clean up the Laundry Room if we bought it.

The Laundry Room is still a disaster (shh!) but my tub looks adorable thanks to a quick and easy vinyl makeover.

Laundry Bucket Symbols Zoom

I learned from this post that there is a free font {SL Wash} made up completely of laundry symbols.

You can download SL Wash here or by clicking on the image below.

Character Set For SL Wash

I typed the letters that corresponded with wash, dry and iron in Silhouette Studio and resized them until they were all the same height.  Then I cut them out of black vinyl with my Silhouette.

Finally, I used a combination of transfer and painter’s tape to place the symbols on my tub.

I’m not going to lie, it was a pain in the butt to try to align them on a curved surface, but it was worth the aggravation in the end!

Wouldn’t you agree?

Laundry Bucket After WM

While the rest of the Laundry Room is still nothing worth sharing thanks to an on-going basement renovation, my kitchen towels and rags have a cute place to hang out until I accumulate enough to justify a load of laundry.

Thanks for sticking with me today!

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P.S.  Don’t even ask about that chair. It’s a DIY Chalk Paint experiment that went terribly wrong. I’m starting to realize that painting furniture is not my thing.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear about Maggie, Claire. What a loss for your family. I've never been a cat owner, but we had several dogs. Our last 2, Wicket and Jake, both deteriorated too much later in life that we knew it was the right thing to do. my mother had a really hard time letting go of Jake because he was my father's dog. My sisters and I reassured her that my father would be happy to receive Jake in heaven and she let him go much more easily (though still with a broken heart I am sure!) May Maggie hold many fond memories in your heart!!

    Oh yeah! The bucket!Love it. The Silouhette does wonders, doesn't it?

  2. Hi Claire, once again, sorry to hear about Maggie. I hope that you are feeling a bit better today.

    As for your project - I love it!! Very cool tub and I adore the laundry font! This has made the ideas start swirling around in my head! I am going to pin this and the fonts and check out your board again!

    I hope you have a good day.

  3. I am so sorry about your kitty. It is extremely hard to lose these family members, but I hope you will keep your mother's wise words in your thoughts.

  4. Hi Claire!
    So sorry to hear about your little kitty! It is the saddest, but I am glad you got to see her recently. I did not get to say goodbye to 2 of my beloved pets, and even though I know they knew it, I so wish I could have told them how loved they were one more time.
    I love your laundry decal tub - so cute! And if you need some distraction, you know Pinterest is the place to go. :)

  5. Sorry to hear about Maggie. We were blessed to have our cats for a long time but Misty left us at age 21 and Gizmo at age 18 both in the same year. We miss them!

    Your tub project turned out great

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Maggie. It's so hard to say goodbye to our little furry family members. They have a way of weaseling their unique personalities into our hearts. Sending you a great big hug! And one for your Mom too.


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