Monday, June 14, 2010

My latest obsession

On sunday Kristen and I took an enameling class at a store in NE called i like you. Ever since it is all we can think and talk about. The process is super easy and we loved the results. The enameled pieces are all pennies that we drilled holes in, cleaned, put enamel powder on and then fired on each side with a creme brulee torch. And that's it!

This picture is terrible, but you can see the torch and also the penny with powder on it in the trivet.

The second necklace that I made at home.

Wee earrings to match.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Giving Tree

As a baby present, our dear friends Becky and Raymond generously gave us a honey crisp apple tree. We planted it in the front yard and hope to take many pictures of the child and tree growing together. Plus a bonus it that we can have the apples too!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I am always skeptical of products that claim to be ecofriendly or 'natural' (which is basically meaningless at this point), so i have taken it into my own hands. I haven't quite gone to this extreme yet, but I am headed that way. I decided since the baby will be here soon I would like to have a laundry detergent that I know has less chemicals in it. Plus the eco-friendly ones we have been buying are expensive and this wasn't hard to make. I saw this article online and it inspired a hunt all around the city for one of the ingredients (only to then find out that they were about 5 blocks away at Rainbow).

Homemade Laundry Powder
(Makes approximately 5 cups)
2 cups (finely) grated castile soap (2 cups is the whole bar)
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup soda ash (washing soda)

I use a heaping tablespoon and it, so far, has worked really well.

If you have a hard time finding washing soda (like I did) you can call this hotline: 1-800-524-1328 and have the UPC code 33200-03020 and give them your zip code and they will tell you stores near you that have sold it in the past 90 days.

Also I have been making my own all purpose cleaner that I learned from a neighborhood fair.
(use a funnel for the first 3 ingredients)
1 teaspoon borax
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
2 tablespoons white vinegar into your spray bottle
fill bottle with warm water and shake it up
drop or two of essential oil

Here are some more cleaning recipes, if anyone is interested.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Pretty excited for the World Cup kickoff today.
I like watching so many teams:
Netherlands: I loved playing with Oranje when I played EA Fifa video games. Total football!
France: Les Bleus (The Blues) because my hometown buddy Pat has always been a supporter.
Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile: World Cup qualifying games basically shut down each of these cities when we took our South America trip last fall. I find it hard to not be interested after witnessing the passionate fans up close.
South Africa: I truly hope the host nation has some success. Go Bafana Bafana (the boys)!
U.S.A: Hopefully Bob Bradley has a trick or two up his sleeve.

Here is the best calendar of World Cup games.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Lakewood Chapel tour

Yesterday we went to the Lakewood cemetery chapel and it was truly spectacular. It is relatively small, seemed to me that it might fit 150 people or so, but it is adorned with over 10 million mosaic tiles. The website boasts that many consider it the most perfect example of Byzantine mosaic art in the United States. They were holding tours yesterday because it was the 100 anniversary and the tour guide told us that it cost $25,000 in 1910 (which would obviously be millions and millions now). I have wanted to go for many years, but it is rarely open. Check that off my to-do list.

Don't get me wrong I like our kitchen. I just wish we had designed it so it had every little detail and feature we like. I get that feeling the more I look at these before and after shots of at the Finished Kitchens blog.