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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cleaning House

Yesterday I dusted using Bounce Dryer Sheets. I read on Pinterest (you can see and repin the pin here) that if you do so they'll put a protective covering over your baseboards that supposedly repels dust. It may just be wishful thinking that because I did this, dust will bounce back off of my baseboards like phaser fire off an adapted Borg (see what I did there, Geek +5), but I thought it was worth a try and did my shutter-blinds too. So far all I can say for sure is it does pick up dust. You can see it on the sheets.

Another Pinterest trick I want to try is cleaning your wood floors with tea. Our living room/dining area has this gorgeous hard wood floor which Matt thinks is original to the house (our home originally dates to the mid-sixties). It's actually one of my favorite things about the house. Some of the design choices, which I'm not going to change because I'm lazy, weren't what I would've picked. I don't particularly like the muddy brown and beige colors that seem to be so popular right now, but at the same time, I don't feel like repainting three or four rooms, and while they aren't what I would've picked, the colors work.

I'm determined to be very crafty and clever in my home making. I want to make things from scratch. The other day I made a basket to corral my makeup supplies, and it looks really cute. . .I crocheted it, of course. I haven't advanced to basket weaving. I'm also already hording glass bottles and jars that I like. Matt and I will probably have words about this eventually. He's anti-clutter and I'm a collector. Opposites. What else can I say?



Anyway, if you are interested in checking out home care ideas that I want to try, you can follow my boards here: Follow Me on Pinterest

Also, if you are interested in making your own baskets, I've never actually written a crochet pattern before. I've been crocheting for a long time, and it is almost as intuitive as writing now. Basically I just crocheted in a circle, increasing six per row evenly until I reached my desired size, crocheted around in the front only of one row, worked straight until I achieved my desired height, then did an easy four stitch, half-double crochet shell along the top for interest.

I think most hook wielders can figure it out but I'd love to answer questions if you have any.

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