Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Hanging out in thought land.

Hi everybody!

I've had a cluttered brain lately so I decided to declutter the house hoping it would help. And it did!

Besides rearranging furniture, taking several trips to Ikea, deciding what things to discard, stubbing my toe on at least 3 occasions, eating way too much lime slice and making new jewellery, not much else has happened.

However I did find a genuine 60's Parker table with four chairs in perfect condition for next to nothing. The Owl scored!
Mid sort. Thank you Ikea for my Billy (budget) bookcases

And, I also rearranged one of the rooms that two little owls share....things are a little more organised now- hopefully we will never find socks hanging on hangers again (I'm not sure who did that)

rearranging the desk

We did have a lovely anniversary, in which Mr Owl and I celebrated our 12th year of him hanging around....he's still hanging around and I think he likes me:) We had the pleasure of going to a Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Melbourne Recital centre and it was so inspiring- although, it did point out to me how much work I have to do to actually play 1/10 of what those violinists achieve.

Backpack Cello's? Australia says yes!
He surprised me and bought me a lovely new lens for my camera- it is giving me much joy and I of course bought him his smiley puppy (a while ago) and a man lunch box (those ones with the thermos attatched to a box?) considering that he has been making his lunches in attempt to become a little more healthy.

The dog got hold of my boy's favourite sleeping toy....

Super boy with an Adductor strain (tear in the groin muscle)

I guess the toy of steel really wasn't. No good for PR.

I am busily planning my next market- and I have not stock left so the next couple of week are going to be intense- but good.

Butterfly pendant with glass resin dome and vintage image

My crochet hook has also been working- and I have been making a snood! I hope you all know what it is:)

I'm in the mood. The mood for a snood (if you're American)...otherwise, if you are English or Australian
I like hoods, and I like snoods:)

Have a lovely week everyone

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Food based jewellery. No diets allowed.

I have been working on these cute rings.

They are lots of fun and I am learning to make more food items (and other things) out of clay.....I think Watermelon, Donuts and Milkshakes are on the menu. Eat up!


Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Homemade Laundry cleaner.

Itchy, scratchy and poor?

Look no further, homemade laundry cleaners that help eliminate a lot of the extra chemicals that cause many allergies and also saves the mean green as well:). Borax has chemicals in it, so if you wanted to eliminate all chemicals, maybe dont put the borax in.

These recipes were found in a great little book by Rhonda Hetzel- Down to Earth (a guide to simple living). She also has a cool little blog found here.

The most cost effect version of the laundry cleaner in the laundry liquid. You will need:

1 1/2 litres water
1 cup grated yellow laundry soap or homemade soap or soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda (lectric soda, not baking soda)
1/2 cup borax

Into a medium sized saucepan add the water and the soap. Over a medium heat, stir until the soap is completely dissolved.
Add the washing soda and borax. If you use the grey water from your laundry on your garden, leave out the borax because it can build up in the soil and affect your plants. Its safe to use if you have a sceptic tank. Stir until thickened and remove from heat.
Pour this mixture into a bucket and then fill the bucket with water from the tap. Stir to combine- it will thicken up as it cools and often separates, the more you stir, the smoother the liquid will be.
Poor the liquid into the container that you fill almost to the top. Use 1/4 to 1/2 cup per load and see what works for your level of dirtiness:) You can rub some of the liquid into a stain before you wash too.

Powder version (Easier but not as cost effective)
4 cups of grated laundry soap or soap flakes
2 cups borax
2 cups of washing soda.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a container with a lid. Use 2 tablespoons per wash.

I have a few sickies in the house. I'm hoping the sun comes out to play so I can catch a bit of vitamin D.

:) x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Updating an old piece of furniture

It has been nothing but rain, rain and rain down these parts lately. The ground is so water logged, the rain water just seems to be sitting on the top- nowhere to go.....which is awesome for children and puppies who like to bring the outside, inside......... But, nothing a mop can't fix I guess!....and poor Lola has been neglected due to the weather...

So if you love old furniture and hate seeing an original piece be massacred LOOK AWAY NOW.

I have been rearranging the owlette's rooms, trying to reorganise and get ready for a one weekend makeover. Its kind of a surprise for the two older ones, who share a room, and so I've dragged all the toys out, pulled all the books off the bookcase in readiness for the upcoming weekend. We have arranged the children to be away with extended family that day, so me and Mr Owl can get down low, and go go GO!

Baby Owl has her own room at the moment. So I just rearranged her room and moved some furniture around. I've had this old piece for quite some time:

And decided to give it a minor colour uplift for the baby owl. I love it as it is, but it is probably a bit too "heavy"for a child and needed a little bit of oomph for baby Owl.

So I got some wonder colourful paper- scrapbookers paper, some mod podge and away I went. I'm not a scrapbooker but I've always admired the beautiful paper you can buy. It didn't take long.
I probably will do something about those door handles though

They are all overlapping as I didn't want it to look too perfect. And if I decide to go back to its original state one day, I'm sure it won't take long to take off.

I hope everybody has a lovely week.