Sunday, August 26, 2012

I Love Green

Green has become my new favorite color. 
It all started with this discount vase.  I love it.  I bought it.
It matched nothing I owned (at the time.)

I say nothing.  Most of my house is done in a mossy gray/green. 
Nothing bright and potentially limey.

Next I found this pear, also discounted for my new bookshelves.

Well, it looked funny all alone.  I added a pair of fleur de lis book ends.
They were originally black, but the Ivy Green Krylon came in handy.
After the book ends was this neat little wooden bird. 
I love birds.

After finishing my library, I needed a chair.
After many, MANY internet searches, price checks, and phone calls,
I got one.
It is the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in.
It needed pillows.  Enter my green...again.
This time, they were napkins from Target repurposed into pillows.
The table square is a table cloth, also Target, that yielded
enough fabric for a square and to recover my desk chair.
Ahhh, green.

Now the real reason for this post.
Meet my new friend.

He's been hanging out on my (also ivy green) patio furniture.
He's tiny, tiny, tiny - about 3 inches long and maybe
as big around as a pencil at the largest part of his body.
My better half says my cat will eat him and
that I should catch him (as if I could) and put him on a tree in the woods. 
I think I'm going to let him live dangerously. 
Currently, we play "I Spy" where he hids and I try to find him.
(It doesn't take much to entertain me!)

And again, I do love green!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Homemade Swiffers...sorta!

I can't follow directions.  

I'll admit it...rather openly.

Well, I don't always follow them completely. 
What I read and what I think I read are two different things.

I found out (long story short) I'm allergic to the scent on my swiffer brand dusters.  It was rather delightful to realize that no, my house really isn't that's something else making me snot profusely when I cleaned!

So, I googled for homemade swiffer dusters.  I'd given up the swiffer floor pads years ago for a microfiber towels (dollar tree) cut in half and tucked in the grips.  Wash, air dry, and go again.

Since I know I have trouble with directions, I enjoyed her pictures and step-by-steps.  I dug through my fabric supplies for felt.  I enlisted my rarely used cutting mat and wheel (a must for this project.  Made cutting SO simple.)
I cut, placed, sewed, snipped and WOW!  I have a duster!
It's really hot's what I had.

I dusted and it was wonderful.  A little thick, but picked up every speck of dust.  It passed my black-bookshelves-test with flying colors.  I just knew I had to be more careful with my delicates.

I noticed when I "fluffed" it wasn't as fluffy as hers.  I read again.  Flannel, Holly, not felt.  FLANNEL.  And, the kicker is, I have a bag FULL of flannel...and I dug out the only piece of felt I owned.  I made three dusters - and, when I'm not so tired, I'll use my FLANNEL to make more. 

I was so proud of being productive after a very full day at work.  The entire project took me about 30 minutes from drag-out to clean-up.  It was after the fact I realized I'd used the wrong material!  Part of it was my comprehension.  I read flannel and thought felt.  And, part of it was being really tired after a restless night and a full day of brain work.  But, it is what it is!

Actually, this may be a good thing.  I needed dusters for work and the heavier duty felt may be just the thing for my bookshelves and computer tables.  I'll make lemonade from that lemon...and read more carefully next time!