Tuesday, January 24, 2012



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Friday, January 20, 2012

Happy 16th Birthday

Today Darian's (our eldest son)16th Birthday.
Our friend Barbara put his birthday on the radio and he won the birthday from May's Bakery.
Here's the Card I quickly made this morning.
 Last week on NZSU blog Paula set us a colour challenge to use, River Rock, Cherry Cobbler & Marina Mist or River Rock, Tangerine Tango & Not Quite Navy.
I didn't get a chance to play last week, so I decided to use River Rock, Tangerine Tango & Not Quite Navy to make Darian's card.
I used the Sketch Challenge from JAI#101 challenge this week.
I have read somewhere not sure where that Tangerine Tango is the colour of the year for 2012.
Yay I love Tangerine Tango.
 I liked this sketch and found it quite easy to do, I made this card within 20 minutes.
 I have used 'Circle Circus' and 'Bring on the Cake' Stamp Set
'Circle Circus' is a great set for men's cards.
I stamped the River Rock circle with River Rock Ink, then I over stamped in Not Quite Navy then using Tangerine Tango Marker coloured in the 1 and 6 and circled the th.
The square of Tangerine Tango, I stamped with Bleach.
Here's the inner, sorry the photos not the best.
I was very pleased with the finished card.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Jacob's Birthday

Happy Birthday Jacob Roscoe.
Samuel's friend Jacob Roscoe (Samuel always uses his surname when talking about Jacob, too cute) turned 6 today.
 Here's the card we made for him.
I used 'Under the Big Top' Stamp Set and matching Big Top Birthday DSP.
Here's the inner.
Jacob had a party in the Scenic Reserve here's a pic of Jacob and Samuel.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Holiday Mode

We are still in holiday mode here.
I haven't done any craft, in fact I don't have a craftroom at the moment it has been a bedroom.
I will be fixing that problem this week.
We have just been relaxing, enjoying great family times and memories been made.
I have been reading and time spent on pinterest, I have lots of ideas for this coming year.
I was talking about new years resolutions in my last post.
This years resolution is to lose weight, drink more water and be healthier.
Here's a few photos taken this week.
 The kids at Dashing Rocks.
 Paul and Savannah had a day trip to Mt Nimrod on Thursday.
View from the top of Mt Nimrod.
 This is Abi Kempf a friend from church, sing in the semi finals talent show at Caroline Bay Carnival.
 We took our tea down to the bay and watched the talent show, Abi sang beautifully.
 Samuel on the Inflatable play equipment.
Darian in the dogdems at the carnival.
Paul is back at work on Monday so life will go back to more normal.
Savannah has a week till she go to Guide Jamboree in Rotorua, she is getting excited.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hello Twenty Twelve

Happy New Year to you all.
I hope you are relaxing and enjoying the holidays.
We certainly are.
Paul (DH) has been on call up until yesterday, so it's really his first day of the holidays today and he is back at work on Monday.
Have you made New Years Resolution?
This time last year I said I would stop biting my nails and look at cleaner greener cleaning products.
I managed to stop biting my in November and I have used lots of baking soda, borax and vinegar as cleaning products.
I found a Bin Inn recipe for my own washing and dishwasher powder and made it.
After some research online I discovered that the Bin Inn washing soda has 76% water content.
So I found a trader on Trade Me who sold the super strength washing soda and borax and have been buying it from since, he is a great trader and I recommend him, click HERE for his listings.
He also gave me a recipe for washing powder and I was using that until I came across Pinterest ( an online pin board) and found a couple of recipes for washing liquid.
The first I didn't like.
So on Boxing Day I needed to make more so I used the other recipe and I love it, it was easier to make about 45 minutes in total.
It makes 38 litres of laundry soap, I only had enough bottles to store it in concentrate, I will dilute it as I go.
I have converted it into litres, apart from that the recipe is the same as Janae's CLICK HERE to view the orginal recipe, Janae has lots of in depth photos and has compared it against another laundry soap and also has a leading washing machine manufacture letter.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to pick up:
  • 1/2 cup (125g) Borax ($10.80 from Trade me for 2.25 kilos includes p & p)
  • 1 cup (250g) Super Washing Soda ($10.80 from Trade me for 2.25 kilos includes p & p)
  • 155g Sunlight Soap (121g per bar, grate into second bar), ($4 for box of 4 soaps at local supermarket in laundry aisle)
  • 20 litre bucket with lid (around $25 at Mitre 10 Mega)
  • Old milk bottles (or other containers, you will need about approx) that have been cleaned and rinsed (the concentrate will disperse more evenly if you go ahead and divide it up.
  • OPTIONAL:  Essential Oil Drops for fragrance (we did not add this, so I am not sure how much it costs)

Grand Total:  $3.68 for 300 loads in a top-loading machine.  That’s just over 1 cents a load. 
And you have all the spare ingredients in your cupboard for next time, it will be the soap you have to buy more often.
1. Grate 155g of Sunlight soap.
2. Put into pot with 4 cups of hot water. Stir continuously over meduin-low heat until all of the soap flakes have dissolved and melted (about 10 minutes).
It should be slightly foamy with no chunks or flakes to be found.
3. Fill a 20 litre bucket with 9.5 litres of hot water.
4. Pour in soap mixture. Add 1 cup of super strength washing soda and 1/2 cup borax and stir.
I used a long stick, but a broom or mop handle would work also (something that can reach to the bottom of the 20 litre bucket).
5. Fill to the 19 litre mark on bucket (I poured water into the bucket first to 9.5 litre marked with Vivid (marker) then to 19 litres and marked again) with cold water. Stir again.
6. Cover and let it sit overnight.
7. When you open the lid up the next day, it will have jelled and thickened slightly. Stir again.
8. Use a funnel to fill a clean bottle and fill to Half way with soap mixture. Fill the other water and shake.
9. Once you’re ready to use the laundry soap, shake it in the container first.  Then add:
-1/2 cups for a regular top-loading machine
-1/4 cup for a front-loading (HE) machine

I found this on Pinterest, Pinterest is an online pin board if you would like an invite email me and I will get one to you.
Be Aware it is very addictive.
I will come back and share this years resolution with you.