Well, I am alive! Can you believe that! I have been so busy with life that I totally let this blog go for a bit! I have decided to start up a sewing blog. A blog that will mostly be about sewing, with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. So, I would love for you to come find me at my new blog and follow me there. I have lots of ideas and thoughts for the new blog that I can't wait to share with you! So, when you get a second, please check out my new blog. Thanks!
Here are just a few things that I showed in my first post...
So, I will still post fun crafting ideas here, but anything to do with sewing will be over at Ruffled Creases. I do have some posts that I need to do for Crafty Girls blog that I am sure you will love! So, stay tuned!
As most homes in the southwest...I have a lot of tile in my home. And, those of you with lots of children, like me, understand how hard it is to keep the grout clean. Well, on Pinterest, there were a lot of ideas on how to clean your grout...so I decided to try one. The one I tried was from Aprrils Opinion blog.
First I want to show you my floors...
I know! GROSS! I hate grout!
Between the fridge and island (where the kiddo's eat) is even worse!
So, as you can see, I was desperate!
Here is the formula that was recommended...(copied from Aprril's blog)
7 cups warm water 1/2 cup baking soda 1/3 cup ammonia 1/4 cup vinegar
Now this much liquid didn't even close to fit into my tiny little spray bottle and it probably won't fit in yours either, so here is the recipe halved and quartered.
Halved 3 1/2 cups water 1/4 cup baking soda 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp ammonia 2 Tbsp vinegar
Quartered 1 3/4 cup water 2 Tbsp baking soda 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp ammonia 1 Tbsp vinegar
I used the quartered version for the pics below. I also wrote the formula on a piece of paper and taped it to the bottle. Make sure never to mix bleach with ammonia, you will die or something...
Here is the method:
First mix the ingredients and give the bottle a good shake. Spray the grout (I started with 2 tiles at a time) and let the spray sit and absorb a little into the grout. Be generous. Grab a grout brush, scrub brush, or tile brush with a handle and scrub the grout vigorously where the spray has been sitting. Don't get it in your eyes, trust me. Use a clean damp rag to wipe each line of grout right after you scrub it to pick up all that dirty liquid, might be handy to keep a bowl or bucket of warm water nearby because you'll want to continuously clean the rag. Depending on the color of your tile, you may want to mop the whole thing when you're done because the baking soda may or may not leave some white residue. Personally, I mopped and towel dried the floor.
OK, so I did all that...here are some pictures of the outcome...
Already much better! It does leave a white film on everything the liquid touches!
Here is the grout after wiping it down.
And, after I went back and mopped everything down.
I have to say, I am pretty surprised! It does look great.
The bummer to this...the grout just gets dirty again. It's been two weeks since I tried this and it definitely is staining up again. But hey, for a couple weeks it looked great!
Finally! Five minutes to sit, relax and show you a fun perpetual calendar that I made for my family. Both my husband and I are from large families, and every year I make a goal (that I have broken every year!) to remember all the birthdays. So, to try to help with that, I came up with this perpetual calendar for my kitchen.
The best part about this calendar is that I will see it everyday so I will have no excuses for not remembering a family member's birthday!
I love the line of paper from Stampin' Up that I used...it is called Patio Party
Gotta have tulle in the project somewhere!
I started this project out with a 12x12 wood frame that I painted white. I then made a scrapbook page for the background of the calendar. Super easy! Yes, that is a dinner doily!
I then took a standard clip-board and cut the length down so it would measure 9x9 inches. I decorated the clip-board with coordinating papers and ribbon.
I printed out each month and mounted the months onto colored card stock. I cut these to measure 8x8 inches.
Then, I went through each month and added the birthdays and anniversary's
I made a couple of banners and added them to the frame. Once all that was done, I put the background paper in the frame, hot glued the clipboard to that paper and added the banners and I was done!
And that's it... super easy and fun! It definitely adds a bit of color to a dark corner in my kitchen!