Apr 29, 2010

Cleaning Glass Bottles in Natural Way

There’s no need to use chemical matter to clean your dirty glass bottles. Here’s the easy way for you :
  • Fill in your dirty bottles with water until top
  • Put several tamarinds into the bottles

  • Stay aside the bottles for about four days

  • Pour out all water in the bottles and then rinse the bottles with water until clean.
Voila… It’s easy and safe, right?

Source: tabloid Rumah

Apr 26, 2010

Mellow Yellow: Falling Leaves

A few days ago I captured these falling leaves that I saw around. Now I share here for Mellow Yellow. Happy Monday, every one…


Apr 19, 2010

Mellow Yellow : Jackfruit

Monday is time for Mellow Yellow! May the splash of yellow brighten your day…
We have this jackfruit tree in the front of our house. It has many fruits; sometimes too many, so that we share them to neighbors, relatives and others. Fortunately, there is one fruit on a low branch, so I can capture it!


Apr 17, 2010

On Skin of a Tree

Several living organisms can live together on a tree's skin. This time I share a mono picture that describes about it. I found this tree -I don't know what tree is-just around my neighborhood.

Monochrome Weekend for more stunning monochrome photos. Have a great week end...

Apr 16, 2010

New use for Your Present Things!

It’s a clever way to repurpose your stuffs. Don’t just buy a new one; be creative with your present things. I share here some ideas (written by Sharon Tanenbaum) for you…

Display photos with a flower frog
Original purpose: Arranging flowers.
New use: Displaying photos. After you’ve thrown out the bouquet, just wash and dry the frog and insert your favorite snapshots.

Use wineglass as candleholder
Original purpose: Toasting to health and good cheer.
New use: Casting romantic shadows at the dinner table.

Serve drinks on a picture frame
Original purpose: Displaying your favorite photo, print, etc.
New use: Serving drinks. Place a double of your favorite photo (so as not to ruin the original in case of condensation) under the glass and set out the drinks.

Use dish towels as placemats
Original purpose: Drying your dishes.
New use: Bistro-style table setting. Let a colorful dish towel span the center of your table and you'll get two place mats for the price of an easy wash-and-dry staple.

Upgrade a lampshade with ribbon
Original purpose: Giving ponytails a girly touch.
New use: Lampshade trim. Apply a thin layer of fabric glue (roughly the ribbon's width) to the top edge of the shade. Place the ribbon along the edge of the shade and press the ends (cut on a diagonal) together tightly. Repeat on bottom.

Tall vase as toilet paper container
Original purpose: Showing off all those long-stemmed roses from gentleman callers. New use: Helping toilet paper hide in plain sight.

Planter as table
Original purpose: Potting your favorite plants.
New use: Serving as an occasional table. Bring your planter inside when the season is over, top it with a piece of glass, and enlist it at winter gatherings to hold cocktails or light up a dark corner.

Apr 12, 2010

How to have an Efficient Laundry Room (2)

Hi… this post is the continuance. After talking about transporting and sorting, dabbing, pouring, restoring and drying; I move on the next steps of laundry jobs. Happy reading…

  • When tumble-dried clothes are dry―preferably when they are still warm―hang them up or smooth them out and fold them right away. Avoid having them sit and cool in a crumpled state.
  • Clothes that should be folded include: T-shirts, sweaters, jeans, sweats―basically anything knit or stretchy.

  • Make sure your folding surface is high enough, be it on top of the washing machine or part of the sorter, so you don't have to stoop and strain your back.

  • Lone socks should never leave the laundry room. If a solo sock ends up in the wrong bedroom, it is less likely to be reunited with its mate. Have a collection bag for such socks in the laundry room or pin them to the bulletin board.
  • Hanging certain garments as they emerge from the dryer can save on ironing time.

  • Clothes that should be hung include: creased or pleated items, button-down shirts, khakis―anything that wrinkles easily.

  • Wooden hangers with a rod work for most hangable items. Choose padded hangers for fragile items, and hangers with rubber clips for skirts (metal clips might dent the fabric).

  • Get in the habit of bringing empty hangers to the laundry room. You'll have a supply on hand, and you can rid your closet of extras.

  • Return wire hangers to the cleaners.
  • Keep an ironing board for the few garments that must be pressed.
  • Get a wall-mounted rack that keeps the board out of the way and holds a hot iron; then you won't have to wait for it to cool.
The Ambience

The laundry room should emanate cleanliness. It should be bright and easy to clean. If it doesn't have a window, then flood the room with lights and make sure the walls are white or a luminous color. Clean the laundry room when you clean the house, not just when you clean the basement.

These touches can make the space as livable as any other room:
  • CD player or radio
  • A rug or carpet swatch to stand on. It absorbs splashed water and cushions your feet.
  • Framed art or photos
  • A pretty dish or bowl near the washing machine serves as a catchall for pocket contents. It's also a reminder to check pockets for lipsticks, pens, crayons, and other detergent-defeating culprits.
  • Bulletin board. Tack up care labels, extra buttons and thread, stain charts, and product samples.
  • Trash can for lint. Lint makes high-quality tinder because it is extremely combustible, which is a main reason you shouldn't let it build up in the dryer.
  • Ironing-board cover. Contrary to popular belief, these don't have to borrow patterns from tea cozies. Look for striking new styles instead.
Picture source: azclosetsolutions.com

Mellow Yellow : Yellowish Sunset

It’s time for Mellow Yellow! This sunset moment was captured from our balcony, a few days ago. Happy Monday…

Apr 10, 2010

Little Bees and Lotus Flower

It’s my first Monochrome Weekend. Nice to join and share my photos here. Have a great weekend, every one…

Apr 9, 2010

How to have an Efficient Laundry Room

If you still have an untidy and unorganized laundry room, this article, written by Amanda Hinnant, will help you. An efficient laundry room will make you easier to do your all laundry jobs.

Transporting and Sorting
Few moments are more absurd than the times you beg your loved ones for their dirty laundry. That's why you should put a few receptacles in strategic locations that will make transporting and sorting clothes easier.

  • A hamper, a basket, or a bin should go in each family member's bedroom or bathroom. Even if you can't get every family member to do his or her wash, you can save time by giving everyone a portable receptacle. Make sure the hamper has soft edges.

  • Set up a central three-bin sorter in the laundry room where people bring their individual hampers. Laundry that doesn't make its way to the sorter doesn't get washed. (If your child's jeans du jour are left dirty, it's not your problem.) Any family member over four feet tall should be able to separate lights and darks. Hand-washables go into the third bin.

  • Keep dry cleaning away from the laundry room to avoid confusion. A bag with handles, kept in the closet, works well.
Dabbing, Pouring, Restoring
Keep everything you need near the washer, on a shelf preferably at eye level. If you don't have room, try a rolling caddie that slides between the washer and dryer.

  • Arrange products from left to right in the order you use them. For example, start with stain removers, then follow with bleaches and detergent, then fabric softener, and lastly spray-on starch and distilled water for ironing. Be sure to keep bleach and ammonia (this includes many window cleaners) away from each other; when mixed, they can produce toxic fumes.

  • Boxes or baskets on the shelf make grouped items more accessible and less likely to topple over and leak. For example, keep stain removers, both commercial and homemade, in one box.

  • Consider corralling all wardrobe-related items (sewing supplies, shoe polish, spot remover) on this one shelf. If there is room, rags, paper towels, and household-hint books can find a home here, too.
For clothes that might shrink in the dryer, get a folding drying rack or a collapsible drying mesh to avoid creases.

A set of pant stretchers will dry pants and make creases down the legs so you can spend less time ironing them.

I’ll divide it into two posts. Next post will mention folding, hanging and ironing. See you…


Apr 6, 2010

Mellow Yellow : Yellow Orchid

It’s my first entry… nice to join this meme! I have this beautiful yellow orchids in my front yard.


Apr 4, 2010

Make Your Own Wall Gallery!

Are you still looking for an idea to decorate your wall? Painting is beautiful thing and it’s perfect for home decoration; but it can’t be so expensive. Instead of investing in one massive piece of artwork for the space, why don’t you consider on creating a gallery of smaller works. Depending on the pieces and frames you choose, the look can range from polished and cool to original and cozy. The process is easy, and chances are you probably already have enough miscellaneous prints, postcards, sketches and photos (including your own masterpieces!) to get started.

I’ll share here guidance to make your own wall gallery; written by Meryl Levin. Check it out…

Step 1: Choose Your Art
Any image is fair game. If you want a streamlined, modern look, keep the artwork uniform, such as all black-and-white photographs, or all illustrations by the same artist. For a more eclectic display, mix a wide range of styles and media (photos, sketches, etc.). Even if you’re going for an eclectic effect, try to keep most of the pieces in the same basic palette, adding one or two contrasting images to keep the display dynamic.

Get creative in your search. Include postcards and snapshots you’ve taken yourself, or images clipped from books, calendars or magazines.

Step 2: Frame Your Art
Custom framing can be pricey, and choosing art in standard sizes -- 4x6, 5x7 and so on -- will enable you to find a variety of affordable frames anywhere (Exposures has a good selection). For an odd-sized piece, order a custom matte from a local frame shop or online (try pictureframes.com) and put it in a standard-size frame. The simplest approach to framing is to use the same style for every piece. Whether you choose black, white or metal frames, the look will be clean and unfussy, and will place emphasis on the artwork.

Step 3: Arrange Your Gallery
Before you put anything on the wall, place the framed works on the floor or a table, and play with the arrangement. Try to keep the spacing between pieces similar throughout. Once you have a layout you like, take a picture so you don’t forget what went where.

Step 4: Make a Template
Trace each frame on contact paper and cut out the shapes to make templates. On the front of each template, mark with a Sharpie the spot where the hanging hardware should go.

Step 5: Adhere Your Templates to the Wall
Remove the backing and adhere your templates to the wall in the arrangement you’ve chosen. This is your chance to adjust placement, spacing and leveling (use a level for best results).

Step 6: Hang Your Art
Once the contact-paper version of your gallery is perfected, use the markings to install hardware. Nails can be hammered through the contact paper and the paper cut away; for screws, poke a hole and use a pencil to mark the wall underneath so you’ll know where to drill. Carefully hang each piece, then step back and admire your gallery!


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