Antiquing and/or thrifting is full of highs and lows. What makes it at once thrilling and frustrating is that you really never know what will even be available – unlike the mall, where there are certain to be shirts when you’re looking for shirts – looking for some specific unique or vintage item is a lot more difficult.

One of my favorite pastimes is wandering through antique and vintage shops. Especially when I am preparing for a show or redecorating, I often wander through there hoping to come across “the one” – you know, that one missing magical object that will tie the room together or fit perfectly in that weird space.

I have probably been there a dozen times or more looking for the ideal card display. Sure, I could buy one from a retail fixtures supplier, but that just never felt right. I never really knew exactly what I was envisioning / looking for, but it FINALLY appeared before my very eyes over the weekend!

An antique, handmade, spinning, metal tabletop card holder that – miraculously – exactly fits the size of my cards.

It’s kismet.

I am ecstatic to have it to use in my office, at the Indie Craft Parade, and many more markets to come. It’s a very special piece. I’ll reveal it more clearly with the rest of the fun stuff I’m cooking up for ICP.

Have you had experiences like that?

I am in the process of slowly addressing those little things that annoy me every day as best I can. Like, for example, the bathroom cabinet and my jewelry organization. Done. Then there was the mini-office-reno (which I need to share) — done, and my day is so much smoother when you tackle the little problems.

The next big one was the spice cabinet. Now that I am actually cooking pretty often, these things matter. For example, when you are at a critical point in your cooking process and the garlic salt is running around the cabinet laughing and pointing at you as you knock everything over in a frenzied pursuit. I am over it and going to fix it.

Here’s where we were at before.

The most annoying thing is how there are so many different shapes and sizes of spice containers, some from one store and some from another, so it was hard to get it to stay organized no matter what I did.

So I did some looking around and found these glass jars with lids and the shaker piece. It was only about $20 for the bottles I needed. I would make sure to order a few extra though — you’d hate for your fancy new organization system to be immediately shot if you add a new spice!

Next up was the more exciting part in my world: designing the labels. I decided to go colorful and fun. I set them up to print on Avery labels, 2″x2″ square. You could also just print them and tape them. To make them waterproof, I placed clear packing tape over the label anyway.

Here is the NEW spice cabinet..

I feel better already.

Want to re-do your spice cabinet? Download the labels below!