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Friday, September 13, 2013

Art Gallery

This year, my budding artist was asked to have her art work displayed at the Art Show.  She was so excited. We went to the show and saw many talented little people. We brought the art home and it felt like a shame to just put it in a folder where we wouldn't see it again until she went to college.  She was very proud of her work and wanted to put it up in her room.  Up she went with the tape and her picture.  It looked nice up on the wall, but it also looked lonely.

I started thinking about framing her art work but the thought of having to change each picture out was daunting. (She makes a  lot of pictures.) I was looking through frames that I had and found one that was missing the glass and BOOM, I thought if there is no glass it was easy to change. But I only had one :(

So I decided to ask for help. (If I have a broken frame surely others do too.) I posted my Facebook status asking my friends for broken picture frames they were willing to part with, and I hit the mother load. I easily had about 15 frames.

Alex wanted to help.

Alex picked 10 frames and spray paint and we started painting the frames. ( Remember to do this in a well ventilated area. We used the garage)

Her Art Show picture is the fish with the pink background.  She used pointillism to create the fish :)
I have to say it looks pretty good and she can change the pictures as many times as she wants to.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Laundry Room: Our Dirty Little Secret

Cleaning out the dryer lint trap is second nature to everyone. However, I am not sure when we last cleaned out the dryer vent, but when the dryer was no longer drying clothes we took a look.

Eewww, he is putting his hand in there.
First, we disconnected the vent from the dryer and the wall.. Taking off the vent may not work for everyone but our vent is short so it wasn't hard.


This is where the vent meets the wall.  I can see some light.


This is what we, I mean Jack, took out of the vent. I can't even begin to imagine what this stuff is. I think we will put this into a 6 month cleaning rotation. At least now the dryer works great again :)  

If you haven't cleaned your vents you should. It definitely helps with the efficiency of the dryer, not to mention this the stuff that can catch fire and burn down your house.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Garage Purge: Tools Corner

 We worked on a corner of the garage this weekend.  We cleared out ALL the tools and sorted them into pile.  We had: tools, painting, electrical, plumbing, and car maintenance. Then we found bins to put it all in.  I am proud to say that we used bins we already had and I did not spend a dime :)

I still have a couple of finishing touches to do.  I have to print labels, and I would like to spray paint the shelves white or brown to make it pretty.  We aren't at the pretty stage yet.  We are still at purge and organize stage.