Sunday, March 11, 2012

Best CHEAPEST laundry detergent EVER!

1 bar Fels Naptha (grated on a regular cheese grater)
1 c Borax
1 c Washing Soda
1/4 c Baking Soda

Shake well, 2 tbsp / load.

  • all of the ingredients are available in the laundry aisle at walmart
  • worth the initial investment of <$15
  • our clothes are softer, cleaner and smell better than ever
  • works in out HE washer
  • works with out SHOCKINGLY hard water
  • i have a family that doesnt itch!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Photojournal: Beer making

As I am not the only crafter in this loverly little home, I feel I should share with you the merits of Beer Day.  HTB (Husband-to-Be) brewed a batch of Irish Red Ale yesterday and allowed me to take a TON of photos.  

beginning wort



fun with amber bottles

that's HTB thru the bottle


I call this Brewers Pride.
Brewing beer is a little like combat, short bursts of frenetic activity followed by long tedious periods of waiting for the next short burst of frenetic activity.  As you can see, I got a little "in" to taking pictures, and even more into editing them....

Anyway - Check him out over here:  Adventures by the Pint.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Home Management Binder

Organize!  Save Money!  Reach Goals!

the new year is nearly upon us.  this year i will be more organized, primarily with my finances.  in the spirit of this resolution, i have begun a home management binder:  a three ring binder that holds the important bits from the three ring circus i call a life.  2011 has been a big year: found a house, bought a house, moved into said house, etc.  and all this upheaval really did a number on my "flow."  i used to know where everything was, what drawer to look in, what hidey-hole id hidden my whosy-whats-it in.  my bill pay groove got all de-groove-ified.  so ima get my groove back in 2012, which is shaping up to be EVEN CRAZIER (hubs 30th, graduation, wedding, reception/reunion)

our binder is very much in the infant stage.  I started with the things that were most obvious to me: Food, Money, Chores, Cars, House and Medical Info.  it has pictures that make me smile, pockets to stuff things in and plenty of space to add things, remove things, reorder things and so on.  I NEEDED to lay it all out so i could see it. 

Heres to 2012!  may the force be with me.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


Was: a Smucker's Caramel Topping Jar
Is: a Santa Bottle (fill with Hershey's Kisses)

Was: leftover Christmas bulbs, wire hanger, hot glue and yarn remnant
Is: Decorative door hanger for apartments where a Wreath would wreck the door and cost your security deposit

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

the great reorganization (p.743)

in an interest to not buy anything this weekend, i am taking stock of what i already have.  im winding yarn balls, emptying remnant boxes, and generally reevaluating whats what in the crafty spaces in my home.  i decided that i needed a break after the 17th yarn ball gave me a charlie-horse in my hand.  and i still have a dozen to go. 

have you ever noticed that craft stuff seems to reproduce?  i couldve sworn i needed black yarn until i dumped out my yarn basket and discovered 6 skeins of the stuff.  and then theres the little pots i forgot i bought at that REALLY good sale that time.  and the half box of christmas cards i bought at the garage sale.  im always hunting a bargain, even if its a bargain on stuff i dont need.  when JoAnns has a sale on chunky yarn, i buy enough to make every single person i know 3 hats and a matching scarf.  crafting of any kind is expensive, and eventually you just buy the stuff thats on sale, know that eventually- itll get used.  assuming you dont lose it in the back of a closet or in a box in the garage.