Sunday, December 31, 2006

Laundry Solution 101

Please be patient with this article. If doing laundry is a snap and you can not imagine how the everyday success of the thing could be a mystery, then this article is not for you.
For those of us that have had struggles in the past or present making doing laundry a breeze, then read on.

In my cleaning house yahoo group, many have expressed their desire to get others ideas on laundry solutions. Somehow, it just gets done, but not always with ease.

Personally, when I moved into my present home, it was equipped with built in laundry shoots under each linen closet area. Laundry pretty much landed in there, but then I had to pull it all out, sorting in the hallway. Then, the hallway stayed in shambles until all was finally done.

Solution: I purchased 5 laundry baskets that did not protrude much into the walk space of the hallway. I labeled each basket to suit our needs: whites, colors, darks, reds & brights, & towels.
In clear view and easily accessible to the entire family, we were trained to place the laundry in the proper baskets. This is a tried and proven solution that has worked for me for about 2 years now. When a basket becomes full, it gets picked up and done. The basket is a good size that holds a normal size load of clothes.

We have now graduated with the same baskets in the original laundry shoots with labels outside the pull out door. The towels basket in under our vanity shelf in the master bath. Just a quick look occasionally, and I know when it is time to wash a load.

My favorite detergent: Gain and Gain fabric softener sheets. To pre spot I use the large "Mexican style" bar of soap found at a dollar store. Works great.

For lables, I used Gigi font, size 72 printed on card stock. I used decorative brads purchased at Hobby Lobby threading through both the label and a card backing secured again with double stick tape and tape over the brad prongs.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Merry Christmas From My Daughter, Hannah & American Idol's, Will Makar

This is my daughter, Hannah with her favorite American Idol, Will Makar of The Woodlands, Texas. Hannah was privileged to meet Will for the first time when he sang at the 2006 Fourth of July Celebration with the Houston Symphony. She got a chance to go back stage, meet him, and get a photo.

This Christmas, Will was featured at the "Winter Fantasy" in The Woodlands where again, Hannah was able to talk with Will and get some photos. Will’s first single will be sold in January.

You may enjoy visiting Will’s site:

Merry Christmas!! From Hannah & Will

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Why Decorate Your Office Space?

In the prayer of Jabez, he ask God to "enlarge his coast". I recently requested to work at a great company for two days a week. Thankfully, they found a way to work me in doing a portion of work that allowed this request. It was really neat to have a clean pallet given to me as my very own office area. Although there only two days a week, I loved the challenge of making my small part of my "office" world an extension of me. It is really a very "warm" feeling to come to work and feel "at home". Here is my idea of how I "enlarged my coast".

A real plant brings life, so this was my first priority. I used the planter, which I fell in love with, as my inspiration. As you can see, the fabric surrounding me is peachy tan, so, the soft teal was a good choice. I used inexpensive and light weight acrylic frames I caught on sale for half price at Hobby Lobby and had mats cut to match the planter. The frames holds pictures of my family. I chose a chocolate brown as a second color and used books, an antique hat, a copy of my sister’s original art in the small frame, an open weave basket for a pen holder and lamp, all in chocolates to balance out my color scheme. There is also a soft teal vase with dried flowers on the left.

Here is an idea for a splash of Christmas on your desk: I used 2 square glass vases, fake snow, fake pine limbs (although real would be even better), and teal Christmas bulbs to tie in my color scheme. I couldn’t resist to add a little bit of humor with my "all decked out" little bear.

I Chronicles 4:10 Read the "Prayer of Jabez", a powerful prayer to claim as your own.

BDP International Transport, Import/Export Clerk, 7th floor in the JFK Building, Houston, Texas