Friday, August 19, 2011

Craft Room Re-do

I have a serious problem.

My art stuff is EVERYWHERE.

So I have been researching some ideas to clean it up.  Here are some photos of ideas that I like, I found on Pinterest
I love the green/white color scheme in this one
I love the shelving & organization in both the picture above & below!
I really want some drawers & table space like here, plus I LOVE the wrapping paper organizer!
I am obsessed with apothacary walls like this one, but not sure if it will be too busy for the room.  
The biggest problem is getting this kind of organization on a very slim budget.  I did though get an awesome sauce deal on Craigslist on a pair of super cute end tables for the MB.   I want some new ones because the ones we have are going to be moved into the living room.  Both sets I am going to re-furbish in the next week.  I am thinking I am going to paint them yellow.

Well its the weekend, happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

And The Winner Is...

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Comment number one said...
  • Susan Flory
    I would love to have an official letterhead for my freelance graphic design business. Perhaps I would appear more professional. As it is, I type up my invoices and print them out on plain white paper. So boring!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Green of the Week Link Party #2

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This week is all about Homemade cleaning products.  I HATE how costly cleaning products are.  I would say I am a pretty clean person & I use them often so it adds up pretty quickly for me.  There are still a few products I like to use for heavy duty jobs but for the basics here are some recipies that I use around the house.  To make them it costs about 1/10th the cost per ounce of product, saves you money and saves the planet!

1/4-1/2 teaspoon of your favorite liquid detergent
3 Tablespoons of vinegar
2 cups of water
1 spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

1 cup or more of baking soda
A squirt or two of liquid detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven. If this recipe doesn’t work for you it is probably because you didn’t use enough baking soda and/or water.

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
A dab of liquid soap
2 cups of hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

1/2 teaspoon of oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)
1/4 cup of vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5 percent vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. I often spray the vinegar on our cutting board before going to bed at night, and don’t even rinse but let it set overnight. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.

Tea Tree Treasure
Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. I’ve used it successfully on a moldy ceiling from a leaking roof, on a musty bureau, a musty rug, and a moldy shower curtain. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way.  I buy mine from the local health store or Body Shop.  Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.  I like the smell though!

2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
2 cups of water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray
Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours

Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

Happy green cleaning!  ADD YOUR LINKS!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Highs & Lows

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After selling our old motorcycle last fall, Spencer has been itching for a new one & this week he finally got a new baby.  He is in love of course.

This weekend was "Tax Free" weekend for back to school in Florida so we went shopping.  I got lots of awesome clothes and some killer boots.

We finally got our wedding pictures! I am going to do a post about our big day soon but here are some sneak peeks :)  Photos taken by Jillian Bowes Photography
I have had insomnia almost every night this past week.  I am hoping that this week will give me more sleep.  Spencer hopes so too because that will mean a less grumpy wife!

I wanted to get the paintings I have been working on done by today but that unfortunately didn't happen.  Maybe next Sunday they can be on my "Highs" list :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

LOOK! Shaydes First Giveaway! - CLOSED

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