Thursday, April 29, 2010
2. It's great for preserving the colour of swimmers - soak swimmers in a combination of water and a teaspoon of vinegar after swimming in a chlorine pool.
3. Blankets and woollens come out a lot fluffier from the wash if you add 250mls of vinegar to your rinse cycle.
4. It will act as an insect repellant if you add equal parts water and vinegar and wipe over the surface you want to remain insect free.
5. Clean your windows with a solution of white vinegar and warm water in equal parts. Spray on the window and buff with a soft cloth. Will not leave streaks or marks on the glass.
6. Put neat vinegar on a rust stain until it disappears and then rinse the marked item.
7. Keep fresh cut flowers longer by adding 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar to the vase.
8. Rinsing your hair in vinegar every so often neutralises the alkali left by shampoos and gives your hair extra shine.
9. Douse the outside perimeter of the sandpit in the backyard to keep cats away.
10. If you have an unpleasant odour in the car such as vomit (hello Rhianna!) then place a bowl of white distilled vinegar of the floor of the car and close it up for the night.
Have you ever had a look through the wonderful stuff on Etsy? For those who don't know, Etsy is an online marketplace for crafty folk to sell their wares.
Boy, there sure are some talented people out there. And I met a lovely lady today called Marsha who lives in the USA. Marsha crocheted the wonderful afghan below and I promptly bought it from her. (Actually my son wants to buy it for me for Mother's day - thanks Broc.)
I absolutely adore the colours and the hexagonal granny squares. It's my first international buy from Etsy and it's Marsha's very first sale. So we were both kinda excited. Let's hope it all goes well.
That's not to say that I've given up on my own plans to learn to crochet - it's just that a little inspiration never hurt anyone.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Going through my scrapbook stash the other day, I started to feel mighty guilty about the amount of scrapbooking supplies I have for somebody who has not produced a layout in about 6 months.
So I got to work. These two pages are in their early stages but I felt a great relief that I can again say with pride "Yes, I scrap."
Do you remember what it's like to fall in love? The thrill of seeing your beloved for the very first tim? well, I felt it all again today - at the newsagents.
I am a magazineaholic and these, dear readers are my new drug of choice. Peppermint and Frankie. Another blogger got me onto these 2 magazines and I am loving them. If you love your craft with a good deal of kitsch thrown in - have a look at these next time you are at the shops.
And in the mail today, some welcome junk mail. My new Cath Kidson magazine from the UK. I am having a bit of a moment lately with everything British - (think tea and toast and woolly cardigans). I just applied for this online and a few weeks later here it is. All things Cath Kidson - very drool worthy over a cup of Earl Grey.
Rhianna decided to make some flags with chalk in the backyard. One was an Australian flag. (Rhianna actually wrote this part of today's post herself)
Hope everybody had a good hump day.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Love Padlock Lookout
A couple of years ago I read about a place called Pecs in Hungary where lovers began to clamp padlocks to a wrought iron fence in the main square of the city as a symbol of committment to one another. This tradition has now been replicated in other cities over the world. I thought it was such a cute custom.
Last year Bill and I celebrated 10 years of marriage and I had my own padlock engraved with our names and date of marriage. But where to put it??????
Hungary was obviously out of the question. So I presented it to him at our favourite lookout walk at Glenbrook. It's a lovely bushwalk of around 20 minutes and then you come out into a clearing with a view all the way back to the Sydney CBD. We locked our padlock onto the fence in July last year. Today we decided to pay our padlock a visit.
The troops get organised
..someone else has followed our lead and now there are 2 padlocks on the fence. Hello to Melissa Gilbert and her beau. I was so excited to see another padlock I screamed. I've started a tradition. Me, little old me, has started a tradition of love in my little suburb. I was so chuffed.
I'm now hoping to see more whenever I go.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
As most of you know I am a nazi recycler. I recycle absolutely everything that I can. I even recycle the little tags off the end of teabags. Well, every little bit helps. We have our recycling basket behind the bar as our kitchen is way too small for normal rubbish AND recycling.
In recent times I have had to upgrade to a bigger basket as it gets full quite quickly. And that led me to thinking about all the junk mail that is going in there. Specifically, I am talking about catalogues and store brochures.
Now I love my catalouges as much as the next girl. I love to see what's on special at Target this week and what are the good food specials at Coles and IGA.
But you don't need to fill your letterbox with a tree to look at these catalogues. You can go to http://www.cataloguecentral.com.au/ and read them all on there. They even have some I don't normally get delivered so it was quite exciting all round. Then the next thing you have to do is put a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on your letter box. Of course I have sourced a free one of those for you as well. Just ring the Distribution Standards Board on 1800 676 136 and they will send you a free No JUNK MAIL sticker. There, all sorted.
Happy recycling everybody.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Last night my husband brought me home a bunch of flowers, for no particular reason but it was Rhianna who opened the door to let him in. Of course being a woman in training she assumed they were for her. "Oh Daddy, you bought me flowers. It's the very first time you've ever bought me flowers. You usually just buy them for Mummy. Thank you so much."
Bill didn't have the heart to correct her. So when I woke up this morning and saw them, I really did smile.
Then when doing a tidy of the lounge room I found lion and puppy sitting, waiting patiently for the return of their Mumma from school.
And lastly I had a proper look at the little Bingo bags my Mum has made for our school fete. You really are a treasure Mum.
I hope you all find something to smile at today. Have a great weekend everybody.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Random Bits and Pieces
It looks so nice next to our new retro lounge
I was given all thes lemons by a friend last week and I have been staring at them ever since wondering what to do with them.......hmmmmm
Then inspiration struck in my new Julie Goodwin cookbook. Lemon Diva Cupcakes. I will be giving these a go on the weekend. I have plenty of people visiting this long weekend so it will be nice to have something homemade and delicious to offer them.
My friend Linda made this cute little notepad in one of her cardmaking classes. Just the right size to pop in your handbag. I love how she was able to match the cardstock to the colour of the pen.Thanks Linda.
And on the inside, some of those handy post-it notes.
I'm having an absolutely lovely week this week and hope you are too.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Anne of Green Gables is a new addition to the bookcase. we started it last night. Rhianna loves it. A friend of mine, Emma, reminded me how much I loved this story myself as a girl so I found it for Rhianna.
Mum says the whole bag cost her 99 cents as she had all the fabric scraps already lying around. So much cutemess for such a little price.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Rhianna and I have just come back from a few days with my Mum and Dad. My Mum is very crafty too, so as you can imagine the house turned into craft central pretty much as soon as we got there. Dad left the house 10 minutes after that. Haha.
Mum showed me how to "sew" my knitted squares together to start forming my blanket. As this is my first knitting project I am quite pleased with how it is turning out.
Have a good week everybody.
Today you will probably take a shower - maybe 10 minutes of your time (4, if you're good and have a timer in there with you, hehe) but over the course of your life you will spend 6,000 hours in that little cubicle. You will also eat 1200 chickens and buy 678,740 consumable "things". So little things can have a huge impact - even just by little old me (or you).
One thing I'm into, and this is going to sound a bit weird, is smiling at strangers. I really like it when the stranger looks grumpy. If I go for a walk I say hi to every person I walk past - even if they have headphones on. If I am being served by somebody in a shop I smile at them first before I start talking. And mostly people respond in the positive. I mean, some people smile straight back at you, some people nod or smirk but usually there is some response.
But then I met the lady from the drycleaners/newagents at the end of my street. She aint smilin' at no-one - for any reason.
Now normally, I would then refuse to go back to that shop as the service, and lets face it, the atmosphere is less than desirable. But not this time. I am making it my personal mission to get a friendly response from this lady.
Everytime I go in and I remark what lovely weather it is - she keeps her poker face firmly on. I then pay my money and as I leave I say "Have a nice day/ weekend/ evening". No response. But I will not give up. I actually enjoy the challenge - strange little creature that I am. And when she does smile, when she finally cracks open that sour faced shell of a face I may just give her a hug.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
I've been promising to take Rhianna up to this new attraction on the Central Coast for a while. It's called Treetops Adventure Park and it's at a place called Yarramalong.
There are a series of platforms located throughout the treetops and between each platform is a "challenge" activity. There is a run for the kids and graded runs for adults. I had to supervise Rhianna so unfortunately could not have a go myself but I am dying to go back sometime soon as everybody there was having so much fun.
First we get fitted with our harness and safety helmet
Then it's time for a safety talk and challenge instructions
Good concentration is required
It's best if you don't look down.
I'd highly recommend this as a family outing. Its fun, its outdoors in the Ourimbah State Forest and it sure tires everybody out.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Our solution as a family is going to be a TV free day each week. I'm going to make it Friday.
Firstly we have after school activites on a Friday and we also do our family Fun Night on a Friday - so hopefully the whinging and whining will be less. I'm going to make a list of alternative activites for us ALL to do during this TV free time - like reading, riding bikes, craft etc.
I'll let you know how it all goes. I just hope I remember as I am usually pretty brain dead by Friday. I also just read that over 45% of homes have 3 or more TV's in their house with most children over the age of 4 having one in their rooms. I must admit we have 3 Tv's in our house although one doesn't get used. Rhianna does not have one in her room. I would love to not have one in the bedroom but Bill likes to watch TV in bed some nights and they are a godsend when the kids are sick.
I'd love to know how many TV's you have in your home?
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The New Craft Cupboard has Arrived
Fun things to do every day.
We Love Lamps
..and lamps instead of lots of lights. After dinner we turn on a low wattage lamp in the kitchen to reduce the release of carbon dioxide (and save on our electricity bill).
In the bedroom we use lamps almost exclusively.
By replacing all our globes with CFL globes we are helping to reduce our carbon footprint and save money as these globes last 10 times longer than ordinary globes.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
One thing I've stopped buying in the past year is soft drink. As well as being rubbish for your waistline and teeth it's also bad for the environment. A litre bottle of soft drink uses 30 litres of water in production. Instead we are drinking lots of cold water in summer and lots of hot tea and coffee from here through till spring.
Now everybody knows tea tastes better in a nice cup. In a little antique store the other day I found this adorable cup. The art work is by Carl Larsson. The Larsson trust has allowed a very small percentage of his gorgeous works to by used for commercial purposes.
I love the little tea strainer inside and I really like the little ceramic lid that keeps my tea warm as I wander around the house. Too cute!!!!