Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cleaning Up

I've been making a half hearted switch to homemade cleaning products over the past year or two.  I had a few trusty recipes for items I used regularly - but hadn't really made a commitment to change.  I was still holding onto a few some several a large number of commercial (chemical filled) products. Until now.  After watching a documentary over the weekend on chemicals in cleaning and personal care items, the Man of the House and I are more interested in making the change complete.

Now... It. Is. ON! 

I have pulled every cleaning product out of my closet and have begun the process of finding effective, all natural, home made items to replace them. 

Finding myself a bit baffled that I have more than one "all purpose cleaner". If they are really ALL purpose, shouldn't one be enough?  Something to ponder...

I have recipes for all purpose cleaner, laminate floor cleaner, bathroom and toilet cleaners, dish soap, laundry detergent, glass cleaner, soft scrub style cleaner, and dusting spray.

I am still on the search for a good solution to use in my carpet cleaner, and air freshener.  So, if anyone has something that works well for them - PLEASE share!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kitchen Cafe Curtains

After a long and exhausting search for new window treatments, the result is finally hanging over the sink!

I struggled to find cafe tiers that were the right size for this little window.  Finally, in the middle of about the 6th store where I looked, I had a light bulb go off!

I used a spring tension rod, curtain rings with clips, and two patterned napkins from World Market.  The napkins are the perfect length for this small window! 

Anyone else ever use something out of the ordinary to create new window treatments?

*** see the full story of our search for the perfect curtains HERE ***

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Home Sweet Home

If you read this blog regularly you've seen the nifty iron hook rack my dad made for me when he was taking a blacksmith course at the local community college.  I love this thing, and am always trying to think of something cute to hang from the hooks. 

My most recent burst of creativity lead to this:

The glass letter P was a find at Michael's. 

A few frames from the dollar store, a few pieces of scrap booking paper, some ribbon, hot glue, a glue stick, and some letters printed off the computer as templates.

There ya have it! 

The best part (in my opinion) is that the frames can be easily opened from the back, which means I can switch out the letters for a different message or some pictures.  I'm already picturing some holiday themed paper to create "NOEL" for Christmas, and red and pink "LOVE" for Valentines.
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