Things that tick me off Thursday

Yesterday I decided that my floors absolutely couldn’t wait another day to be scrubbed. I’ve been using commercial cleaners for my floors pretty much since I started cleaning them, but yesterday for some reason I was just getting annoyed with all the foam that the cleaners make, not to mention the film that is left behind. I don’t know why, but this just really bugs me, and finally I decided that I’d had enough and wanted an alternative.

So I did what everyone does when they decide they need information–I “googled” it. 🙂 There’s this site out there called TipNut, which is pretty awesome when it comes to pretty much any kinds of tips/ideas. I found a recipe on there for making my own floor cleaner using vinegar, water, and a squirt of dish soap. It seemed to work like a charm–I didn’t need to do much scrubbing to get rid of the dried on spaghetti stains (or any other spots), it doesn’t smell like vinegar once it dries, no film or foam, and it was really easy to mix up. Plus, it was ridiculously cheap.

I’m off to finish up those shirts for my hubby, hope ya’ll have a wonderful and productive day! 🙂

Sewing Room Facelift

I spent a good chunk of time moving stuff out of the sewing room, putting things away, throwing out my old mistakes, de-stashing, etc. I can’t believe all the things I’ve found while doing my cleaning!

Today, now that I’m home from doing the grocery shopping, and it’s time to finish moving things out of the room, because *drumroll please* it’s getting a new paint job! Currently it’s just white, and while some people like lots of white, the room just felt cold (and actually, it kind of is–being in the basement and all) and I was ready for some color, because I’m very much a color person. So I’m really excited about being able to add some color to the walls and cheer the place up a bit.

Thank God I sew!

I’m a little late to the “ModCloth” bandwagon, but holy crap! Their clothes are ridiculously expensive! Some of them are just too cute though, so I am going to figure out how to knock off some of these myself.

ModCloth Sidesaddle Shirt

ModCloth Swiss Mist Tunic

ModCloth Jurisdiction Dress

I actually have a pattern that would work for tweaking into the Jurisdiction dress–only thing I’d need would be the collar, and I might even be able to draft one of those myself….key words there being “might be able to”.

(Most likely) No sewing today, I’ve got to clean up my horribly unorganized/messy/pigsty of a sewing area. When I lost my pincushion and my little bodkin, I decided that I needed to do a clean-up session. Plus my scissors are buried somewhere underneath a random pile of fabric (which is strewn everywhere), and my little pieces of thread are clogging up the wheels on my little rolling chair. 😦 Sometimes I wonder if I have some sort of weird weather situation in my basement that causes freak tornadoes to tear through my sewing area when I’m not there….surely I’m not the one making such a huge mess!?! 😛

Housekeeping Tip #1

I hate cleaning floors. H.A.T.E. doing it. I don’t know why; my hatred is completely irrational, and I know it. But there’s something about sweeping floors feels like the BIGGEST waste of time. However, I also know that they don’t clean themselves, *sigh* and there’s very few things more disgusting than little crunchies under your feet or discovering something sticky as you walk across your kitchen. So, I like to invest some time and effort into a good floor wax. Why? Because it makes cleaning up messes (and if you’ve got a toddler or baby, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about) SOOOOOOOOOOOO much easier. So seriously, go to the store and purchase a good quality wax–extra emphasis on the GOOD QUALITY part. 🙂

I used some day before yesterday called Trewax, and while it works great in the bathroom (two coats), my kitchen flooring (a unique laminate click flooring) already has some scratches in the wax from our dining chairs (they are wheeled chairs). However, using an old mop (or a new cheapie) makes the application of this stuff easy-peasy, and it only takes 30 minutes to dry enough to walk on it. I’d recommend it for your bathrooms and other areas where you have actual vinyl/linoleum. 🙂 Happy waxing! 😛