How to Spot Clean Upholstery Stains

Don’t be put off by stained upholstery, there are several ways you can spot clean it to look as good as new! Upholstery Stains We don’t have a lot of upholstered furniture. It may sound odd, but the majority of our pieces are just wood, or they are painted wood. In our house we have a sofa and a few chairs that are upholstered but that’s it. I don’t spend a lot of time messing with cleaning upholstery now that our kids are grown, but I did today. My recent re-decorating of our living room is about complete, as I found the finishing touches at the thrift store this week. These two fabulous side chairs were donated to the store, practically brand new. They have a bit of water damage on them, probably from one of our recent summer rainstorms. It looks like they were perhaps under a window that was left open during a storm. The water damage is mostly at the back of the chairs, and a little bit on the arm and back of the seat. You can see the slight stains in these photos. Sad for them, good for me because I scored these chairs for just $14.00 each! I was not concerned with the damage at all, water is just water and it does clean very easily. Here’s how to do it: How to Spot Clean Upholstery You will need the following supplies for cleaning water spots: Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar or they may make the…
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10 Products That Will Simplify Your Spring Cleaning

Spring is here! Spring brings many exciting holidays and warmer days, but it also brings along the notorious spring cleaning. While this may not be a chore you enjoy, it must be done. Here are a few of the products we use to make the task easier, more enjoyable, and safer for the environment.  A few years ago I came across an advertisement for Grove Collaborative. From the beginning, I was intrigued by their mission statement. They strive to create sustainable and safe alternatives to the mainstream cleaning products which are full of harmful chemicals, without compromising on efficacy. I was immediately hooked and greatly impressed by both the variety of products they offer and the quality of those products! This post contains affiliate links. By making a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Thank you for your support! I’ve already waited far too long to share this excellent resource with you, but with spring cleaning looming in the distance I figured now was the perfect time to do so! Use this link to receive $10 off your first order with Grove Collaborative!  (They also love to throw in free items on almost every order which feels like a surprise gift each time!) And now, without further ado, I give you my list of Grove Collaborative must-haves.  1. Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap. I never thought I would be so excited over something as mundane as dish soap! Mrs. Meyer’s comes in a wide variety of scents and with ratings as high as these, you know it’s…
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How to fix up and restore an old bicycle

I love bike riding. We used to bike for miles and miles during the summer months. I especially loved riding the long trails that are refurbished old railroad beds here in Wisconsin. You can bike through the entire state on those flat, groomed trails. They are well maintained and take you through some of the pretty countryside in the Midwest. There is no better way to see the state than to bike through it. However, it’s been years since I owned a bike, and even longer since I took the time to go for a ride. Until now. #Iamcheap One of my girl friends passed this bike on to me. She doesn’t ride it anymore and it was just collecting dust in her garage. It was over all in good shape, but had a bit of rust here and there. I loved the old fashioned character of it. However, it was just sort of a blah color. It needed PIZAZZ. You know, the kind of pizazz I typically whip out in creating things like the angel wing home decor, modern farmhouse bathroom and do it yourself window curtains. You know me, I have a basement full of PIZAZZ fixers, including a ton of spray paint. I use this spray can for all sorts of projects, including stenciling bathroom walls like you see in my bathroom remodel before and after.  I rummaged around and came up with some Rustoleum Spray paint in Gloss Key Lime Green and Seaside Blue. By the way, if you spray paint at all, you simply must…
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Lessons from the Arborist

Buying a home in an established neighborhood is great because of the mature trees. There are a number of them in the yard and we knew right from the start that they hadn’t been properly maintained in many years. The various sucker branches growing every which way was our first clue to their lack of maintainence. We decided to call in an arborist for a professional opinion on what to do with the trees. We are so glad we did, little did we know what was growing in our yard! When we bought the house, we decided to take down a couple of trees in the back yard. Not only were they over grown but they took up the entire space leaving us with a full shade property. Our lone maple tree would be the first to go (in the back corner of the lot), it was on the property line too close to the neighbors garage and killing all the lawn in its shadows. The biggest problem with this tree, is that is was inhibiting the growth of the other tree in the back yard. We hate the idea of chopping down trees, but with a small yard and awkward location of the tree, it just wasn’t practical to keep it. The other tree in the back yard which you can see in the photo was some type of maple, however it surprised us the most. It turned out to be a Pin Oak, a rare find in Wisconsin. In addition, this tree is protected by law. We can…
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DIY Cleaning Products: Drain Cleaner

  It’s been about four years since I started blogging. My most popular post is my DIY Drain Cleaner recipe. I really had no idea it would be a popular post, I wasn’t even sure anyone would be interested. Thousands of views have proved me wrong! I learned this home remedy from a late night TV show, about a million years ago. I have been meaning to make a new video for a while and it seemed like a natural thing to do, so here it is. If you have a clogged drain, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I use this combination for regular drain maintenance about once a month. I do not purchase any chemical cleaners in our home, this recipe works great and is cheap and clean for the environment. For bathroom sinks, I use the smaller amount, for larger drains like the shower and bath tub I usually double the amount given. My kids love to help with cleaning the drains, we call it “drain cleaning science”. I found out that the Cream of Tartar is a form of tartaric acid and is a bi-product of winemaking. Potassium bitartrate is derived from the crystals formed on the inside of the wooden wine barrels as the wine ages. These crystals are then refined into Cream of Tartar. Who knew? Here are my Amazon Affiliate Links so you can buy your supplies and get started! I would love to hear how you like this recipe, here are some testimonials or leave me a comment! “I know…
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Five Step Terrarium

I am dreaming of the garden. I am itching to plant and create anything green. I decided to settle on an easy 5 Step Terrarium. Yesterday I braved the blizzard we were having to run to the garden center and pickup the supplies.   I happened to have 3 mini plants on hand for this project, but I could have also bought them at the garden store. Fairy gardens are hot items these days and our garden shop had loads of miniature plants to choose from. I actually don’t know what variety these are, I am sure I could Google it if I wanted to, NOT. While at the garden center I priced out purchasing a fancy smanchy terrarium bowl. They where in the neighborhood of $40.00, which I thought was outrageous for what is essentially a plain glass container. I opted to use the Truffle bowl my husband inherited from his Aunt. Since I have never made a truffle desert in my life, this is probably the best use for it. We love how it turned out. Here’s the Easy 5 Step Terrarium process: Collect supplies: You will need a truffle bowl, 3 small plants in different colors, height and leaf texture. This makes for an interesting display. I chose a purple leaf, a bright green mossy type plant, and a taller darker green plant. You will also need potting soil, activated charcoal and spaghnum moss. A few rocks decorate the top, but are optional. Fill the truffle bowl with 1 1/2″ activated charcoal. This helps with drainage and…
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How to Keep Fresh Roses

The week has flown by. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. We were sick all week so we haven’t done anything special this year. I feel like I am missing all the good things in life lately, with the move, being sick and trying to catch up and get organized. I am still not on top of things, including blogging. Valentine’s Day came around and I found these lovely bouquets of flowers on the table along with cards and chocolate. My sweet hubby out did himself this year. The second bouquet was for my mother. She was so pleased, she said she has NEVER gotten flowers or candy for Valentine’s Day. What a shame! There are some tricks to keeping bouquets as long as possible. Perhaps you weren’t aware that your flowers need some special treatment when you bring them home from the store. First step is to pull them out of the vase and trim the stems at a 45 degree angle, at least 2″ or more depending on the size of your container. Both flowers and greenery should get this treatment. Roses do better in water when you smash the ends of the stems with a hammer. This helps them draw the best water and stay fresh longer. Before you put them back into the vase, remove all foliage below the water line. This keeps the water cleaner and gives the flowers more room to spread out and open. Fill your vase with water. Add your floral fresh if you have it. A crushed aspirin makes an excellent…
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Reusable Gift Bags

When we were kids my Grandmother always reused her gift wrap. She would patiently open each gift, gently removing the tape piece by piece. Then she would fold it up and store it away for the next year to reuse. This made the gift opening process take forever, as opening gifts in this manner is very, very slow. It’s also nearly impossible when you have little children. This year, I decided to go tiny with Christmas. Tiny decorations, and tiny gifts. Then I decided that Thrifty was almost as good as Tiny, and I spent my day making a few Reusable Gift Bags for Tiny gifts. They were very easy to make, and inexpensive. The great thing, is that you can reuse them and they essentially become a practical part of the gift. Just think how much money you could save without buying ribbon, tape, paper, boxes and tissue each year! These bags are sewn from scraps of fabric, or fat quarters that I had lying around. I cut the fabric pieces 7″ wide by 18″ long.   With right sides of fabric together, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side. Turn down the top edge of the bag 1/4″ and stitch (FIY the sewing foot is about 1/4″ wide, so you can line your fabric up with it). Turn the new seam edge down further, to 1″. Sew again, on top of your first line of stitching. This way you have a nice neat seam, and you won’t have to measure or pin each time. Leave about 1/2″ of…
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Pomegranate Infused Honey

I love pomegranates. We usually buy several of them this time of year to share with the entire family. We love eating them just as much as we enjoy looking at them. They are so colorful. Our kids will spend enormous amounts of time picking every last seed out of the shells and eating them one by one. It takes a lot of patience. I recently learned about an easy way to make Pomegranet Infused Honey. This is an amazing discovery. To make the honey, slice the Pomegranet in half. Invert the slice over a bowl, bang on the back of the shell with a large spoon until all the seeds come out. The seeds practically remove themselves. There is no need to spend hours picking them out one by one. Who knew this was so simple? Cover the seeds with water and any unwanted debris will float to the top. Doesn’t the empty shell look beautiful? Drain the water and shell debris from the seeds.   In a food processor, pulse the seeds briefly with a sharp blade to juice them. Combine 1/2 cup chopped seeds and juice with 1 1/2 cups honey in a small sauce pan. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Strain through a fine sieve into a glass pint size Mason jar, removing seeds and debris. Cap with a lid and screw on band, allow to finish cooling completely. I found this unique Mason jar with a bee on it last spring, it’s a great place to…
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A Trip to the Orchard

It’s hard to believe that fall is here AGAIN. Wasn’t it just fall last year? My sense of time gets more warped the older I get. It seems like we were just here picking apples last year. This year is even better for we had an excellent growing season. I love the apple logo at our favorite orchard. It’s so quaint. It’s even more adorable on this old truck. Our youngest son was rather reluctant to come apple picking. He quickly changed his mind when he realized how beautiful the apples were. He now tells me he wants to work here some day. We came home with bags of Empire, Golden Delicious and Jona Free apples. We sampled each one on the drive home. They were all excellent. The orchard also has several different types of grapes that you can pick. The vines were loaded and we brought home a bag full of Concord grapes to make jam. More on that soon! I always enjoy seeing how professionals find ways to use sustainable gardening methods. This Mason Bee house was one of several along the orchard groves. The bees make there homes in here and pollinate the apples in the process. I love it! This farm raises black Welsh sheep. They sell their wool for yarn and you can buy fresh mutton, although I can’t imagine eating such a darling creature! They use the sheep to clean the orchards after the picking season is over. The animals eat the fallen apples and even find the weeds. Such smart farming! Isn’t…
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