5.31.2012

Unusual Uses for Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I don't buy expensive clothes, mainly because most of my clothes wind up with paint, bleach, or some other foreign substance on them. This particular t-shirt was attacked by toilet-bowl cleaner that contained - you guessed it - bleach. I paid approximately $4 for this shirt, so it wasn't a huge loss, but dog-gone-it, it was new and it was green (my favorite color), and I was determined to salvage it. I decided to act like I bleached it on purpose...

Step One: Create a clever design that incorporates the original bleach spots with chalk. (See the bleach spots on the birdie's head?) Be sure to put a board or something inside the shirt so the bleach doesn't bleed through on the back...


Step Two: Put the Offender to use to remedy the situation it so inconsiderately caused in the first place....

(I squirted some of the toilet bowl cleaner out onto a plastic dish and used a CHEAP, JUNKY paintbrush to apply it to my design. The bleach had completely eaten away the bristles of my paintbrush by the end of this project, so don't use a good one...). I decided to use the cleaner rather than straight-up bleach because: A) I already knew it would work to bleach the color out <ahem>, and B) it was in a gel form, so I figured it would be less likely to "bleed" outside of my design than liquid bleach. I was also afraid straight bleach would eat holes in the fabric...

Below, I've painted the gel on, and it's doing its thing....


I let it sit for about 30 minutes until the color was gone, and then I gave it a good rinse in the sink and threw it in the wash. Here's the finished product:



One of the prettier uses for toilet bowl cleaner, I suppose...
;o)

Hope you're having a lovely week. 

5.30.2012

Quotables: William Blake


"The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness."

- William Blake, The Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake

5.29.2012

My Happy Place

Above you'll see my little studio with its latest addition, my print cabinet! A friend's frame shop was closing down, and he gave me a great deal on this piece of furniture....

Here's what it looked like before:


And here's what it looks like now after downsizing, sanding, paint, and new hardware:





I'm in love. That's all.
Hope you're having a lovely week...

5.28.2012

The List that Never Ends: # 611-620

Today, I am thanking God...

# 611. ... for the brave men and women who have given their lives to protect our freedoms here in the USA, and for their families.

# 612. ... for a beautiful, sun-, water-, and bird-filled day at the lake on Friday with my parents, brother, nieces, nephew, husband, and a pack of crazy dogs.

# 613. ... for a new engagement between two very good friends. Yay. :o) 

# 614. ... for a random Mute Swan that showed up on Watauga Lake the other day - that was the first swan I'd ever seen on that lake in my life, and it just happened to show up AFTER we started our "Big Year." Cool.

# 615. ... for work to do every day.

# 616. ... for cool breezes and air conditioners on hot days.

# 617. ... for perfectly ripe avocados.

# 618. ... for my new little American Goldfinch friend that keeps coming around.

# 619. ... for comfy flip-flops.


 
# 620. ... for the power of forgiveness.

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5.23.2012

Quotables: Francis Schaeffer



Sin is sin, and we must not call it less than sin. It is
not an act of love to explain sin away as a psychological
determinism or sociological conditioning, for it is real and
must be dealt with. Men need a Savior. Therefore, Christians in
our generation must resist relativistic and deterministic
thinking. If men are going to find a real solution to the
problem of who they are, they must come to terms with the fact
that they need a Savior because they are sinners in the
presence of a holy God. Sin is serious business.

- Francis A. Schaeffer, No Little People

5.21.2012

The List that Never Ends: # 601-610

"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"

  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Thanking God today...
# 601. ... for a fun weekend celebrating several family birthdays, birding and talking birds with other bird enthusiasts, and relaxing with Josh.



# 602. ... for discovering Pumpkin Spice K-cups - on clearance, no less!
# 603. ... for a beautiful, sunny day at the lake with some of my favorites.

# 604. ... for the amazing variety, beautiful colors, and interesting habits of some of God's most beautiful creatures.

A Pileated Woodpecker I saw yesterday!
# 605. ... for bacon, avocado, tomatoes, and lettuce wraps. De-lish.
# 606. ... that God has really worked through a lot of difficult times and situations in our lives over the last few years, and that there is now some clear direction for the future.
# 607. ... for opportunities to encourage other people.
# 608. ... for an adjustment in my bad attitude about a few things.
# 609. ... for time to soak up some sun.
# 610. ... for the fact that, no matter how many times you read it, God's Word always has something new to teach you.

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5.16.2012

Quotables: W. H. Auden

I'm not crazy about the entire poem, but this line is great:

"If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me."

- W. H. Auden

Happy Wednesday.

5.14.2012

The List that Never Ends: # 591-600



"Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone." 
~G.B. Stern


Thanking God....
# 591. ... that my toe wasn't broken (just bruised) when I dropped a jar of spaghetti sauce on it this past week. <ouch>

# 592. ... that Josh finished another rotation successfully, and that he's enjoying the new one so far.

# 593. ... for our Moms and Grandmothers - Happy Mother's Day yesterday!

# 594. ... that no one was injured or killed in the big fire we drove by yesterday (as far as they know).


# 595. ... for a good deal on a great new art supply cabinet for my studio. (Here's the "before" - I'll show you the "after" soon.)

# 596. ... for a fun new hobby that Josh and I are enjoying together.

# 597. ... for Epsom salt soaks and good books... ahh...
# 598. ... for friends who pray.
# 599. ... for cool, rainy days.
# 600. ... for challenges that make us grow.



Joining Ann today...

5.13.2012

Quotables: G. K. Chesterton


"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about arithmetic and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone and narrow to be everything to someone? No, a woman's function is laborious because it is gigantic, not because it is minute."

- G. K. Chesterton
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Happy Mother's Day...

5.02.2012

Quotables: Charles Dickens

On the danger of going through life with a chip on your shoulder: 


"...Thus it will always happen that these men of the world, who go through it in armour, defend themselves from quite as much good as evil; to say nothing of the inconvenience and absurdity of mounting guard with a microscope at all times, and of wearing a coat of mail on the most innocent occasions."
- Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop

5.01.2012

The List that Never Ends: # 581-590

Well, here I am chiming in a day late with my "list that never ends" due to some Internet problems. It was down over the weekend, and guess what? You actually CAN live without being online! (Well, maybe - I still had my iPhone.... ;o)) The little break was kind of nice. Anyway, without further ado, here's this week's installment....


 
Thanking God today...

# 581. ... for working Internet!
# 582. ... for a random interview request last year that led to being published in a Kindle book recently.


# 583. ... for getting to visit with my cousin and her family before they move to CA.
# 584. ... for a couple of opportunities to serve others lately.
# 585. ... for a cute husband who's building us fun birding stands in the woods.


# 586. ... for a beautiful and sweet wedding of some good friends from church, and for the testimony of their commitment to purity (their first kiss EVER was at the altar).
# 587. ... for lunch dates with friends.
# 588. ... for some opportunities on the horizon which will help build my business.
# 589. ... that my nephew (who has had something like 18 heart surgeries) got over the weird virus that had us all worried.... and that the rest of his family who got it afterwards is almost over it... (hopefully).
# 590. ... that God is constantly working on me and the people around me, and that He doesn't give up on any of us.

 
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