Monday, January 17, 2011

Vinegarizing my Swiffer

I love using my Swiffer Wet Jet.  Especially for spot cleaning.  I don’t like how some of the cleaning solution would leave a residue on my floor.  I already use vinegar and water for my counters, so I was excited when I found out you could use it in your Swiffer too!  Here is how!

First I took an empty Swiffer solution container.  I removed the label to make sure I kept it separate from my containers with regular cleaner it them. 

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Then I turned it upside down in a cup of hot water.  You leave it in for a few minutes and then screw off the lid!  Now you can fill it with your vinegar and water solution!  You could probably put anything you want in it, but I’ve only used vinegar and water.  If after letting it sit in the water you still can’t get the lid off, try hotter water.  I just used mine as hot as the tap would get it. 

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Winter Weather Ya’ll

Here in the south we are not use to snow.  Usually it snows once a year, tops.  We are lucky (or unlucky some would say).  This year it’s snowed twice already.  And I haven’t left the house since Sunday.  Cabin fever is really kicking in.  I could have probably have gotten out a few days ago, but decided why chance it.  We have been enjoying it here, but I must say I’m ready for it to be over.  Oh the snow can stay, but the ice has got to go.  If you notice in some of the photos below the snow underneath the ice is melting, but leaving the ice frozen on top.  So you get these voids.  Pretty weird looking.  And the reason that the ground is black underneath is because I caught the yard on fire . . . I had a permit! . . . . enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Harvest

I started thinking about my word for 2011 the day after Christmas.  I wanted to be prepared.  I thought about my past one word resolutions (Simplify for 2009 and Keep for 2010), and whether or not I had been successful.  I thought about what I had gained for keeping these words in mind, and what I had lost.  Maintaining the housework has become easier with less clutter.  I’ve realized that I don’t have to go all out for the holidays, and it will be ok.  And more importantly there are just some things that I’m not going to get done, and those things don’t really matter anyway. 

I also thought about how much I still want to accomplish, and how hard I’ve worked.  I just couldn’t find a word that fit with what I had done, and what I still wanted to do.  And then today I found my word.  I feel like I have cut out a lot of excess in my life, and I’ve tried to expect less, but I’ve also feel like I’ve lost some of me along the way.  Thinking about this reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.  “To everything there is a season . . .”  Especially the verse about a time to casting away stones, and  a time to gather stones.  I think I’m ready for my gathering season. 

So that is why I thought this word would fit my resolve for 2011?  Harvest: the season when ripened crops are gathered; a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored; to gain, win, acquire, or use; and the product of an effort, action, etc.

That doesn’t mean I want more “stuff.”  It means I want to store memories, gather for my future, and to gain more focus on my family.  In the south there is a tradition that what you do on the first day of the year is what you will be doing for the whole year.  I decided that I want to be surrounded with my family, so we had a big lunch to celebrate the new year.  It was on 1/1/2011 at 1 o’clock.  We were filled with collards and mustard greens for money, black  eyed peas for luck, and deer roast.  It was a good day.

So goodbye 2010, and hello 2011!  May you bring a year filled with love, good health, and a bountiful harvest!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Christmas Party Gift Bags

I always get busy and never post my Christmas crafts until way after Christmas.  Oh well.  Better late then never, right?

I wasn’t really as into these as I was the Halloween bags.  There was already a gift swap for the festivities, so I decided to keep it simple and basically do the same things that I had before but with a Christmas twist.  I also waited until the night before to make these, so that sort of limited things. 

Here are the bags that I made with my little helper.  Basically these are large lunch sacks stamped with foam stamps.

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Here is the Christmas themed coloring books that I made.

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The images again came from the Crayola website. I used Publisher to lay out the pages.  This was a lot easier this time.  I used basically the same format as the one before, but with a few changes.  Instead of trying to do front and back pages, I just did one on each page.  I also put the book plate on the inside cover. 

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I really wished I had some decorative tape to cover the stitches on the cover.  I thought about making some using fabric, but decided since it was the night before to keep it simple.

Here is my favorite part!  I LOVE making these!  This time I put them on these cardstock cards. 

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I also added good chocolate candy and oranges.  Oranges are sort of a tradition in the south.  I really hope the kiddos liked these.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

And the lucky winner is . . . . . . . . .

 

Samantha!

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Thanks to everyone who entered.  And check back soon, because I will be doing another giveaway!  I’m thinking Martha Stewart themed.  I know!  Exciting!