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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Ipswich Flooding

For those that emailed wanting the picture of the flood waters up at out flat... here they are...

I don't have a really good before and after sorry.

This is in South Ipsiwch QLD, which is now being battered by a category 5 storm in the north.

We are not affected here.

This is the link to before photos of the buildings we were in!! [CLICKY]

MY building where the water came to just under the second story

After QLD floods of 2011

Middle of Ipswich Flooding Jan 2011- My building
Some of our shoes

sign reads keep kitchen tidy - Hole in wall is where fridge ripped out

Aren't i a great house keeper

yes the cleaning product ended up on TOP of the door frame
what it looks like now - just a smidge bare no? lol

My place is the back building there sort of in the middle.

Can you spot where the pool is....:-) it isn't there... neither is the gazebo or the community center or the office.

To think the creek out the back is so small a 5 year old could jump across it... will send some more pictures soon

All out thoughts to those in NORTH QLD, who are now facing cyclone Yasi!!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Great Historic Embroidery Pattern Link

Great Historic Embroidery Pattern Link

check it out for historic embroidery patterns

gotta dash

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Natural Cleaning Products


Ok, So i am certainly a cleaning Freak. (Yes a capital).
I get super upset at poor hygiene and i regularly clean and disinfect.
I also don't like the cost of these products, and also don't like how "chemically" they are.
I would spend $15 a week on cleaning products easily.

I was writing a bio for a book character (as yet unplaced in a story) when i had a look at natural cleaning products on line and home made recipes that are economical, effective and easy.

I wasn't expecting much. I found much!

The plethora of websites, books, blogs and advice was staggering. Many had very similar ideas, others people had commented on with their own additions to improve the original ideas. Many debated the effectivness of Vinegar and compared it to Borax or lemon. Others suggested the use of natural oils to create beautiful smelling products that are just as good.

The advice was super.

I immediately ran out and bought the ingediants and bottles and set to.

I went shopping today (new house), and instead of buying a range of cleaners and odd's and sods. I put a bottle of lavender into the trolley :-)

$10 (yes it was that much)
But it might last 3 years or more if i am lucky. Today i made toilet disinfectant, cleaners, freshener, justing about 15 drops of a mixture of oils, a few  table spoons of vinegar (at $1 per 2 Litres) and water.
It left the toilet bowl sparkeling clean and smelling deliciously edible.

I labeled the bottle and have left it in the bathroom. I nearly went so far as to throw out the aerosol can in there at the moment.

Oh yes, did i mention the other bonus, Reusable bottles and less wastage ....

Very happy!

Thank you to my crazy natural lady (character in progress)


Saturday, 22 January 2011

Minor Queensland Flood Crisis

Well I'm shit at housekeeping aren't!

Hi All,

Had a minor crisis in Queensland the past two weeks, a few of you guys have emailed me to make sure all is well.

We lost out downstairs in the floods. (see picture of clean up). Thank goodness most of my embroidery was upstairs in a high shelf. All is well.

We have now moved house (3 weeks after we moved into the one that got flooded i might add)


My good friend Nicole has just published her first novel.
it is currently on sale on Amazon at a reduced price (for the first couple of weeks)
PLEASE, support her. Buy a copy and have a read. Or don't and pass it on to someone else. It can be downloaded straight to your computer.


It is a fantastic story.
here is the link!!

Please have a look and grab a copy. Supporting young authors is a great thing to do!!