Posts tagged craft

It’s raining, it’s pouring

It’s been raining in our town for most of the week.  I love the rain and it’s doing my garden the world of good, my washing pile, however, is looking to be taller than me.

This makes my bathroom look untidy and makes me sad, looking at this ever-increasing hill of dirty clothing and linen.  With my one son potty training, I have had to find cheap, household remedies for urine smells on linen, bed and clothing.

I use a process of elmination start at the top and work your way down the list until the smell has gone…

Beds, Linen & other furniture

  • Mop up excess urine and dry area as much as possible
  • Clean area with a mixture of white vinegar, water and tea tree oil
  • Let the area dry thoroughly, in direct sun if possible (works best for mattress and linen)
  • Sprinkle area with bicarbonate soda and allow to sit for 24 hours
  • Vacuum off the bicarb and the bed is really to be made
  • Extra smelly touch – for a pleasant, calming smell, I crush dried lavender and rosemary leaves and sprinkle on with the bicarb

Clothing

I found my boys clothing sometimes took 2 washes to eliminate the urine smell.  I adjusted my methods and did the same as with the linen. 

  • Rinse off clothing with clean water
  • Spray affected areas with a vinegar, water and tea tree solution
  • Spin wet clothes in your washing machine – the  dryer the clothes the better
  • Allow to dry thoroughly
  • Place clothes in a bucket with a mixture of bicarb and crushed lavender and rosemary leaves.  Cover with a lid and leave to stand for 24 hours
  • Shake off clothes and wash as normal

I know this sounds like a lot of work, I usually keep a separate bucket in our bathroom for these clothes.  I fill the bucket with water and a few drops of tea tree oil.  I then wash these clothes when the bucket is full, allowing me to wash a full load of clothes instead of only a few items.

Safety Tip:

As with all essential oils, please use reasonable caution and discontinue use if a reaction occurs. 

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Global Economic Summit – Can we help ourselves

The recent recession hit many of us in South Africa hard.  High numbers of jobs were lost as countless companies closed their doors.  My husband’s family business was hard hit aswell, with blessing, they have remained open, however our budget has become exceptional tight.

A radio discussion this morning got me thinking, I don’t like many ideas our government has on health, housing, social development and environmental issues – I won’t even start on economic issues.  I also feel we talk more than we do.  My activities in the local community help me to give back and do my bit for our society, however I’m left with, “what can I do to take hold of my family’s future in these dull times?”

I feel very strongly that we should all have a skill, hobby or pastime that we enjoy doing.  Why not use that skill or hobby to create a safety net for you to fall financially?  We don’t have to be the next Martha Stewart, but we can make small nest eggs for ourselves.  My thinking is that not only will it be an excuse for you to enjoy something that you love doing, but you can then become a little bit more independent from the government.  This way we become more in control of our future and less reliant on government to create jobs for us. 

So if you don’t like what you hear coming from the Global Economic Summit, don’t feel despondent, you can do something about it!  We can also use this as part of our children’s lives to teach them about hard work and how there is no substitute for it.

Good luck on your independent missions and let me know how it goes…

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I love these sites!

 

Some of the sites I love to visit for inspiration and to see what others are doing. 

http://www.flamingotoes.com – a gorgeous crafting site, from clothing and home decor to bags and some cute toys.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com – a useful site with some great tips on organising your house and diy decorating.

http://blog.effortless-style.com – totally fun site, great ideas for art works – I’m working on a collection of SA stamps for our hallway.

http://www.notmartha.org – run by Megan, this site has light-hearted feel to crafting.  Easy crafts with great photos and clear instructions, I’m in love with Megan’s Christmas tree!

http://www.mental-health-matters.com – a helpful site for me – it gave me good ideas on how to calm down my worked up 4-year-old.  Also made me feel normal, that I’m not completely useless at this parenting thing.

http://happychildfoundation.co.za – an organisation based in South Africa – they fundraise, feed and uplift communities.  All with the help of their Happy Bars.  They need help to get their foundation funding to continue their work.

http://www.4akid.co.za – great safety products for kiddies.  They have been very generous over the last year with donations of presents and party pack items for birthdays and Christmas.

http://www.safecosmetics.org – delicious diy beauty and makeup recipes.  So easy to use and something you can do with your sisters, daughters and friends.  Make a party of it!

http://www.rockyheath.co.za/ – a local lass, a friend of my sister-in-law.  Rocky does beautiful photos of pets as well as photos at our local SPCA of  those needing homes.  There is a scruffy one and a basset hound that are nudging my heart!

http://eatmytreats.blogspot.com – oh how I would love to meet Lauren.  She makes such gorgeous cakes and she also is super nice and puts her recipes on the blog.  With Lauren’s help I will be making my son”s “How to train your dragon”4th birthday cake.  I’m going to make the fondant and modeling chocolate myself – watch this space for updates on how well it turns out 🙂

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A few things…

There are a few things in my life that have made life easier and more fun. If you think I’m completely crazy, I don’t blame you, but it is the simple things that make me a happy, happy mommy!

  • My Russel-Hobbs bread maker 
  • My dishwasher
  • A butterfly mop
  • Watching Take Home Nanny
  • Dr Christopher Green’s Toddler Taming
  • Old plastic ice cream containers
  • Masking tape
  • Hand-me-down fabric, linen and home decor
  • A bedtime routine, every day of the week
  • A week-day morning routine
  • Doing the day’s washing every evening
  • Linen the same colour as the bedrooms for each of the room
  • And learning to be more strict with the “Before you leave a room, tidy it”rule

This might help someone, after watching some episodes of Take Home Nanny, I can’t help but feel like we are doing something right with our kids.  Although I still find the whining very annoying and it works on my nerves to no end.

Have a happy recycling day!
Hayleigh

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Sale – Hot Bags on Sale!

I’m having a sale on all our handbags, prices ranging from R10.00 for the small beach bags to R120.00 for the Demin Bags.  Look out for my price list with photos!

Recycled Inc – Hot Handbag Sale!

Pink Flowers – R120.00

Demin Bag, fully lined in funky, colourful fabric, embellished with buttons, beads and fabric

 

Bobtail Bags – R70.00

Fully lined bags from various brands of dog food.  Bags can be ordered although each one will be different.

 

Demin Shoulder Bag – R50.00

Demin shoulder bags with light embellishments

 

 

Bleach Demin – R100.00

Bleached demin bags embellished with fabric and wooden beads.

 

Demin Shirt Bag – R70.00

Large bag with splashes of colour

 

Basket Bag – R50.00

Perfect summer bag with ribbon accents and a broach.

 

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We’re taking a roadtrip

Kimi and I are taking Recycled Inc on a road trip to Stutterheim for the Amahlathi Craft Festival.  The festival will be held at the Stutterheim Show Grounds and gates open at 09h00.

We will have many wonderful Christmas gifts as well as biscuits, mini Christmas cakes and clothing on sale.  Come join us for a wonderful weekend with Cheese & Wine tasting, an art exhibition and the Southern Gypsey Queen live!

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Recycled Bead Work

Most of our items are once-off we may be able to make something similar but not exact but to the recycled materials we use.  Here are a few of our products…

 

Bufferfly Blue Keyring

     

Blue Skies Keyring

   

Bling Purple Keyring

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