Ward House

Declutter update

Decluttering the living room went well – and I took the sofa to Rickerman’s to be redone; the price is VERY reasonable and the fabric will be a beautiful burgundy.  In the  meantime we have the porch sofa in the house and it looks really nice with the remaining furnishings.

Today is kind of bleck for me and tomorrow evening will be even more so.  My Granddaddy (the ones we spent summer’s with in Florida) has gone down hill fast.  He no longer recognizes people and is in hospice care; we will visit him and Grandmother tomorrow evening.

So in the meantime, I will leave you with these pictures from this weekend:

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning | , , , | Leave a comment

Its time to declutter

Because I am housekeeping challenged it is important that items we do not use do not stay and clutter; clutter drains energy from the owner.  Items that I want to keep need to displayed or used in some manner; taking up drawer space does not count.

I have a love seat that belongs to my great-grandmother that I would love to keep and use.  This piece is so old that it still has the original horsehair stuffing!  Odis loves this material and has proceeded to chew a big hole in the seat – Mom, this is why I suggested it come to live at your house for the time being.  I believe I would probably recover/stuff it yet am scared to try as I have never tried something like this before.  Some of the springs have begun to push through the fabric and, well, it just needs a makeover.  *sighs*  Bartering for the fix would be divine though not realistic.  Googling to see if this is something I can tackle – any advise would be helpful.

Other items my step daughter has put dibs on for when she moves, starting out with candelabras and the leather porch sofa (you’d have to see it).  Whatever else there is, if she does not want it, it will go into the “everythings a-dollar” yard sale.  If it does not rain (like it is supposed to be doing right now) this’ll happen tomorrow.  I need to get this stuff outta here.  My next challenge is on how to better manage my paperwork.  Would scanning items and saving them to an external drive be a better idea?  I saw this the other day and have an extra dresser that can be converted into such a beautiful and useful item.   Check out those binders – makes me want to organize papers!  My challenge with organizing is having what I need at hand to create that organized space.  I’ll nit Ronnie up for some nails later this evening.  Muhaha

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning, Recycling | , | 3 Comments

Liquid Soap Recipe

Yesterday there was a big to-do over at the Simple, Green, Frugal Co-op about making soap in a crock pot – something I am soo going to do. Not going to use my food crock though – need to check the Good Will/thrift stores for a crock to dedicate to the soap making process.  During the discussion, Adele posted that she had a recipe for making liquid soap – voila!
Liquid Soap Process
I want to thank Adele for forwarding this tutorial for me to post.

Happy soap making ya’ll.  Pictures will follow as soon as a batch is underway.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning | , | 5 Comments

Gelatinous detergent

I found this awesome recipe on Rhonda’s site about homemade laundry detergent, went to soapsgonebuy.com ordered my supplies and made detergent last nite.  While it was setting up, I noticed that some of the ingredients were trying to seperate, I mixed with my wooden sloted spoon, scoped some out and did a load of laundry – great stuff!  Overnite the mix finished cooling and is now firm jello.  LOL  It is still scoopable and I wonder if I should, in batches, take and mix it back up with some hot water to make pourable – or just leave it jello and scoop out as I need.  *hums*  Any suggestions?  Next time I will let it thicken more on the stove before transfering it to my bucket and adding water.  I’ll have to post a picture.  Right now it is living in a 12 ltr bucket!

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Cleaning | | 3 Comments

Early morning

I love early mornings at my house; the crisp air, filtering the sunlight into streamers of golden warmth flowing through the trees.  The garden is almost finished.  There are a few pepper plants still producing and one cherry tomato plant that does not yet realize that fall is here.  These little tomatoes ripen so quickly that they burst from their skins before I can eat them.  =( 

This next pix is taken from the back yard (where I hang the laundry) and faces Rte 220 (Sam Snead Highway).  My maples, which are next to these to the right (cannot see them in the picture) are always the last to turn and have not begun to color. 

The furnace is complete with exception to the thermostat installation and that I must wait until the guy can come out on Tuesday.  In the meantime, the days are still fairly warm, the evenings cool so we just layer on a sweater and snugg under more blankets.  Even if the furnace were finished, it does not seem worth the wood to fire it up just yet since the house warms up during the day.  Sleeping in a cool house is good for you anyway (or so I am told).

Yesterday, the package from Soaps Gone Buy arrived.  The small size of the box suprised me – so much savings in such a tiny thing!  This weekend I hope to brew some liquid laundry soap using Rhonda Jean’s recipe.  I’ll post pictures of the results.  I cannot wait to begin mixing!   

My next project is going to be creating yule gifts for my family and few friends.  Christmas has always been low key at our house – the resources are not here for a commercial christmas.  That kind of flies in the face of what the season is about anyway, yes?  Ronnie and I usually create a stocking for each of the girls that includes some small things that they have been wanting: make up, glitter, funky socks, etc. Last year we went into the woods and cut down a small yule tree to decorate.  We made cinnamon ornaments to hang with a few ornaments I had from my Mom (family items passed down) and strung cranberries and pop corn.  I loved that tree.  Will have to search my computer for a picture.  Anyway, I’ve started to think about what family needs and to plan accordingly.  I believe I have enough yarn here for a few projects without buying a new skein and then there are preserves. The apple butter I made a few weeks ago is almost gone!  Looks like everyone else gets grape!

Oh, I made applesauce the other day – first time ever – and it turned out!  I canned three pints and we have almost used up the 4th.  Wish I had more apples (and the time to put them up).

Time to run – more later!

October 10, 2008 Posted by | Cleaning, Cooking | , , , , | 2 Comments

Laundry

We are working hard to become more chemical free AND save some $$.  Perhaps more frugal is the better word.  I’ve been following Rhonda’s blog and she has great information on living a more sustainable, frugal lifestyle.  In this blog I found some great cleaning recipes that really work and are cheaper than commercial cleaners!  I’ve made the change to using baking soda and vinegar in the bathrooms and have already noticed a big difference in how clean everything looks – and how much I enjoy using these items knowing I no longer need to worry about the cat or dog licking up the water when I am done.  I think the fun-ness of knowing how cheaply I am cleaning and that I am caring for my home makes cleaning fun again and I am more likely to do it! 

In the attempt to save some $$, I have also started the process of stock piling following the inspiration of the ladies of my blog roll.  Laundry tends to be big at my house, with 2 kids in sports and a maintenance man.  Using a laundry soap that does not create an allergic reaction is also EXTREMELY important.  Back to Rhonda’s blog, she has a whole post on simple cleaning recipes, including this one for laundry and cleaning recipes.  I ordered the items I needed from Soaps Gone By and using Rhonda’s recipe, I will be able to make 10 liters of laundry soap for $2.65.  Now 10L = 42.2675 US cups.  If I use 1/4C to do a load of laundry, and my math is right (which is sometimes suspect), I think I will get 165 loads out of one batch of this laundry soap.  Hmm.  I am such a cheap date!

October 6, 2008 Posted by | Cleaning | | 2 Comments