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Join me on my new adventure - Van Living!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Studio is Finished!

I'm all moved in!

And here is the first new doll I finished.
Her name is Sophia.

I'm happy!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Bottling Laundry Soap

Here is a photo of the laundry soap I bottled up today.
I ended up with around 10 gallons.
There is still some left in the bucket.
Total cost was less than $3 for all this soap.

Materials were Fels Naptha Soap, Borax, and Washing Soda.

Each time I make the soap it takes one bar of Fels Naptha, so I just buy it by the case.  The boxes of borax and washing soda have lasted through three 10 gallon cycles and still are at least a third full.

I'm going to record the date in my bullet journal and see how long it lasts.
One capful per load is plenty.

Also, we put a dehumidifier in the basement yesterday to see if it would make a difference in the smell of the house. This old house was built in 1930 and when I returned from Spain, an "old person" smell hit me in the face when I walked in. I'm hoping the dehumidifier will make a difference.

I just checked it and there's already over half a gallon in the container and it's only been running 4 hours.

Getting the house back in order, minimizing, and working on the studio has been fun, but tiring. I'm looking forward to spending a few days at the beach next weekend with some friends.

Did I tell you we have a neighborhood turkey? She leaves eggs at the neighbors and we share them.  They're much larger than chicken eggs and really rich. We aren't sure where she came from but we're happy she has adopted us!

I love being home!
It's always such an adventure!


Spring Clean Your House in 10 Minutes a Day - Living Room

Here is my list for my living room. 
Remember, your house could be bigger or smaller or have different jobs:

  1. Clean street-facing window #1 inside and clean windowsill top and bottom
  2. Clean street-facing window #2 inside and clean windowsill top and bottom
  3. Clean street facing window #1 outside
  4. Clean street facing window #2 outside
  5. Clean side window #1 as above
  6. Clean side window #2 as above
  7. Clean side window #1 outside
  8. Clean side window #2 outside
  9. Clean baseboards streetside
  10. Clean baseboards house side
  11. Clean baseboards side #1
  12. Clean baseboards side #2
  13. Clean front door inside and out and wipe off top of door
  14. Clean door FRAME - use magic eraser sponges
  15. Clean door frame going into hall
  16. Cobwebs - get them off the ceiling and out of corners
  17. Window Air Conditioner - wipe it down and clean filter
  18. Clean heat register on floor - take off cover and vacuum it out
  19. Clean television 
  20. Clean fireplace mantel and sweep down brick
  21. Clean recliner #1 - vacuum under cushions
  22. Clean recliner #2 - wipe down leather
  23. Clean chair #3 - wipe down leather
  24. Polish dining table 
  25. Polish dining chair #1 and #2
  26. Polish dining chair #3 and #4
  27. Clean light fixture and put bulb covers in dishwasher
  28. Polish piano and bench
  29. Vacuum fireplace screen 
  30. Clean ash out of fireplace
  31. Clean and polish shoe rack
  32. Wash and/or replace front door rug

Friday, July 08, 2016

Spring Clean Your House in 10 Minutes a Day - Kitchen List

Here is my list for the Kitchen  - I'll work on this in July

Remember, just do at least ONE job each day.


  1. Clean under sink
  2. Window above sink
  3. Drawer 1 - Take everything out, wash drawer, sort and replace items
  4. Drawer 2 - "
  5. Drawer 3 - "
  6. Drawer 4 - "
  7. Cabinet 1
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
    4. Shelf 4
  8. Cabinet 2
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
    4. Shelf 4
  9. Cabinet above stove
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
  10. Clean stove top - take out burner and clean drip pans - make this 4 jobs if necessary
  11. Clean UNDER stove top
  12. Clean knobs on stove
  13. Clean drawer under oven
  14. Clean oven - weekend job
  15. Wash garbage can
  16. Wash recycle bin
  17. Refrigerator
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
    4. Shelf 4
  18. Refrigerator Door
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
    4. Veggie Bin
    5. Veggie Bin
  19. Freezer 
    1. Shelf 1
    2. Shelf 2
    3. Shelf 3
    4. Shelf 4
  20. Clean Refrigerator door outside and polish it
  21. Wash off top of Refrigerator
  22. Clean outside of dishwasher
  23. Wipe out inside of dishwasher - any bits in the bottom?
  24. Clean broom closet
  25. Clean all switch plates
  26. Clean doors and TOPS of doors
  27. Clean greasy fan
  28. Clean light fixture
  29. Sweet and scrub floor (weekend job)

Thursday, July 07, 2016

A New Studio

Life has been a whirlwind since I got home from Spain.

I'm in the process of getting my life organized - trying to minimize is always a priority when I return from the Camino.

Today I made 10 gallons of laundry soap. Here is the recipe I use, in case you didn't read the post:

I've also been watching Joe as he completely rebuilds my new Art Studio.  When we moved into this house, there was a hot tub in a glass-sided building out on the back patio.  We used it for storage for a couple of years, and this year, I decided I'd like to use it as a studio where I can read, do watercolor, and just be outdoors.

When he began tearing into the building, he found much more of it was rotten than we'd thought.  There were rat holes everywhere. In fact, he pretty much had to tear it down to the bones.

The inside was rotten and full of rat holes.
Off comes the old front

When he got the old facing off, all the wood had to be replaced.

Nice new front.

New braces

From the inside

The roof had some damaged and rotten wood
that needed to be cut out and replaced.
There were shingles missing.

Nice new wood

New window
I had him cut a window in the yard side. 
I think we'll need to cut one on the other side for 
cross ventilation, as well.

All the old insulation had to be replaced.

All new insulation

From the inside

Yesterday the building got a new plywood floor. 
Joe will seal it for me with a low VOC sealer.
He also started the drywall.

Today he is putting in the new door.

Stay tuned to see the results!