Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day!

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December 30 is National Bicarbonate Of Soda Day, also know as baking soda, according to The Ultimate Holiday Site. Let us reflect on the this wonderful, powdery, white, legal substance that some many of us just can’t live without. Some of the many uses:

1. Use it and vinegar to make a volcano for the science fair.

2. Use it and vinegar to clean your pipes or unclog them. Combine the ingredients, cover with a wet cloth for 5 minutes and then flush with hot water.

3. Sprinkle on an oil stain in the garage and scrub with a wet brush.

4. Freshen the carpet with a sprinkle, wait a few hours, and then vacuum.

5. Sprinkle on a damp sponge to erase crayon, pencil, and ink from painted surfaces.

6. Rub tub stains with baking soda, cream of tartar and lemon juice. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.

The above tips derived from experience and Real Simple’ 869 New Uses for Old Things (one of my many great Christmas presents this year). There arec a great many uses for this simple powder. What are your favorite uses for Bicarbonate of Soda?

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Batty Clause and Other Christmas Stuff.

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I guess since Christmas is in a few days I should share a little about my Christmas preparations, which really only consist of a tiny Santa hat and wrapping presents.

First thing first, Batty Clause. The Boyfriend bought me a bat for Halloween and I kinda like him, so instead of taking him down for the Christmas season I made him a Santa hat. By the way, Batty’s name is Bartholomew from now on. I think I need to make him a monocle next…. but I am getting off topic.

To make a tiny Santa hat all you need is red material (I just used an old shirt), a cotton facial pad thingy, tacky glue and paper. First make a template by drawing a triangle on the paper and then round the bottom of said triangle. Make the template a little taller than you want the hat and slightly wider than the head of the recipient depending on the stretchiness of the material. Place template on a folded piece of the fabric and cut. (I “hemmed” toward the end of the process, but it might be easier to do it at this point. )

Circle the fabric around on itself to form the hat and glue. This is where I tucked and glued the bottom into the hat to “hem” it. Then all I did was cut a piece of the cotton and glued it to the bottom. Lastly I pulled a piece of the cotton off, rolled it into a ball, added a little glue, rolled again, added more cotton, glue, roll, cotton until the ball was big enough and glued that onto the pointy bit. Let dry for a couple hours to make sure the glue has set and the tiny Santa hat is done! Awww…… isn’t he cute!

Next, how to wrap presents on a budget:

At work if you are asked to wrap 70 packages for employees do so and then to salvage your sanity  use paper clips and strips of paper to fancy one of the packages up for the boss man. (Really I enjoyed it, but I like a little harmless drama here and there) The cabinet I was wrapping has a space between sections of the cabinet that was a perfect scissor guide. Brilliant!

At home decide that you don’t want to spend money or waste space storing wrapping paper so dig out some old Christmas bags and a few old T-shirts (See boyfriend, those old shirts are coming in handy and I will actually use the ones I kept 🙂 ). Make bags out of the T-shirts by cut them under the arms and sewing the bottoms or just use fabric glue or iron on tape. Then just tie off with ribbon. I also had my designer boyfriend make little tags. Aren’t they cute!

Now all I have to do is finish the week at work and drive home for Christmas with the family. My brothers/sisters are even going to be in town, so YAY!!!

Have you made any tiny Santa hats, homemade holiday bags or monocles?

Happy Holidays sweet peoples!

Hello Comrade

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There is nothing like a themed party, is there? Especially nothing quite like the party my friends just put on. The theme: A Communist Party! Everybody wore their “soviet best”, said “Comrade” one too many times, ate Golubtsy (a Russian Stewed cabbage roll), caviar and consumed plenty of vodka.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I am a bad blogger. Bad blogger, Bad!

This is one of the MANY reasons I LOVE my friends!

*This party/post does not reflect the political opinions of those involved, it just reflects our sense of humor and awesomeness.

Liebster Award

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Blogging for less than a year and Christina @The Scrappy Housewife has honored me with the Liebster Award! Christina is so supportive and sweet. Thank you! If you are wondering what the Liebster Award is, it is an award to highlight blogs with less than 200 followers presented by fellow bloggers.

The rules of the award are that you copy/paste the award to your blog linking back to the one who gave it to you. Then you pick 5 blogs to pass it along to and leave a comment telling them so.

Here are my choices:

Shannon Rosan @Shannon Rosan Photography

Carol-Anne @Use The Good Dishes

Shannon @Googiemomma

Techno Geek Nerd Princess

Oksana @Order Matters

Please take a moment to visit these lovely ladies blogs and show them some love!