Category Archives: House keeping

Chalkboard Holiday Blocks, very simple and interchangeable

I  painted these wooden holiday blocks (cut from a 2×6) in a tan neutral color, before using the chalkboard paint on them so they would match my house, but be versatile and interchangeable blocks for all the holidays.


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only 4 wooden letter blocks plus a base 2×4 and here is a list of the sayings I have come up with to use here.






Give – thanks


HOME – welcome


Xo  Xo  Xo

Ho Ho Ho


So many fun things to do with them, I hope you make some of your own, or I can custom make them for you if you contact me.

Have a Great Day!!

My Dog Dish Dilema

I have a major problem in the kitchen right now.  This picture doesn’t even begin to describe the mess my puppy girl makes when she is hungry.spilling dog bowl


Its cold around here and I litterally have minutes before she is a house dog….  You probably all know how hyper a puppy can be.  This girl only has one speed.  I would call that FULL SPEED, PUPPY ON CRACK, or something of the sort.   It takes nothing to get her going and she steps onto the hard floor and cant stop when she gets to a corner or her dish.  She slides into the cupboards, her food, or the garbage can like a major league baseball star sliding into home to win the game.  Its hilarious…. but, maybe not 10 times a day.  I warned my hubby, that we really had to fix this problem. (I’m serious, this is the only picture I got of her that wasn’t a blur, do you see those crazy eyes? I’m holding a dog treat above my camera and she sat for 1 second.)clumsy wiemaraner puppyspill proof dog bowl
To make your own, measure the width of you bowl, (not the lip of the bowl) this will be the length of the short 2×4’s for the long 2×4 the width of the bowl plus 3 2×4’s.  (8+1 3/4(3)

Good luck now if she would keep from splashing when she drinks.  hmmmm.

Laundry Bag from Shirt

This makes the perfect graduation gift for the student who is going away from home. It is so simple to make in just a matter of minutes yet it serves for a lifetime as a handy laundry bag for anyone.  It can hold everything or maybe it would be great just for whites to keep them separated from the rest of the laundry.  I also love this handy bag because it is almost free to make.  Just use an old shirt you have or get one from a thrift store or a friend.
I composed the little rhyme and printed this picture out and cut a slit in the top so that it fits over a button on the front of the shirt. I reinforced the back where the slit would be with tape.


1-Lay the shirt out flat making sure there are no wrinkles underneath

2- Cut straight down from the shoulder to the hem.

3- If there is a pleat in the back pin it together about half way down
4- Sew up the sides and bottom

This is what you will have


There you have it.  The perfect laundry bag.  Just put the clothes in the top and open the buttons from the bottom up to get them out.
The bigger laundry bags are made from an Extra Large shirt.


How to starch and iron a shirt the more professional way.

How to Starch and Iron a dress shirt

– It is not a big deal.  Just follow the simple steps. 

My husband loves  a clean crisply starched shirt. They look so neat and sharp.  

A shirt that is starched will look great and like new for years.  He has taken them to the cleaners for years and loves the heavy starch.  I have finally convinced him that I can do it.  The first time I did it I put them in a sink with a lot of starch and water and they were very very stiff.  He liked it though.  then I learned that you can just
1. pour your liquid starch in the fabric softener dispenser in your washer.  That worked great for a light starch.  2. You just don’t totally dry the shirts and iron them while they are still slightly damp and then let them “cure” on the hanger.  They will stiffen up some more when they are dry.
3.I added a little spray starch to them to make them a little firmer.  They turned out just like the laundry does them.
4. Another way to have them firmer would be just to run an extra rinse cycle after the wash and add 2 cups of starch instead of the one that would go in the fabric softener dispenser (if you have one)

How to make your own starch
For a light starch just add 1 Tablespoon cornstarch to 1 cup of water and mix it.  You can shake it in a spray bottle if you are going to spray it on.

For a heavy starch just add more corn starch to your water.

Tips on ironing a dress shirt
1-Dampen shirt if it is dry with a spray bottle.  You can spray the shirt and put it in a plastic bag for 15 minutes for a more even result or just spray and iron.

2- Iron the yoke of the shirt on the narrow end of the board first.

3-Iron the collar. first the wrong side and then the top.

4- Iron the cuffs on the outside.  Iron one cuff and that sleeve.  paying attention to the sleeves seams being straight.

5-Now iron the back of the shirt on the wide end of the board.  It will fit right over it nicely.

6- Now do each front side.  You save it for last so you do not wrinkle it with your other ironing.

7-Check it over for touch ups.

8-Hang it up and button up the collar and front so that it will hang nicely while it drys totally (“cures”).

With practice you can do it in three minutes or less and it will look great on.

It reminds me of a poem I once knew.  The last line says “for I have ironed a clean white shirt and hugged the husband in it!”  A freshly ironed shirt (his or hers) boosts one’s self esteem for sure!  Soooo happy ironing.