Friday, May 25, 2012

Random Tip

Mayonnaise is usually reserved for sandwiches right??

Well here's something else you can do with mayonnaise.

I have had a watermark stain on my antique baby grand piano - for years...which I've just been covering up with my pile of music books. I came across an article with 35 'great tips that will change your life" and read that if you smear mayonnaise on a watermark on a piece of furniture then it will disappear! I decided it was worth a try - and to my surprise, it worked a treat.

My piano is lacquered, I don't think I'd do it on an unlacquered wood as it would just seep into the wood and make an oily stain.

And as for changing my life... I'm not looking to do that, and if I was, I think that might take more than a jar of mayonnaise!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My new little Blog Badge.

I cannot begin to tell you how frustrated I've been, trying to get a blog badge onto my blog.

I just couldn't work it out.  I tried SO many tutorials and spent countless hours... until I came across the instructions from Oikology 101.  Thank you, thank you.  Maybe it was because I'd been trying for so long that the instructions started to make sense.... not sure.  But if you need a badge for your BLOGGER blog, then I would recommend you give this tutorial a go.

Next step is to now start a little collection of cool badges...

Pinterest Spam Alert

I've said it once, and I'll say it again... I love Pinterest. And if you are looking at this post, you probably arrived here via Pinterest.  So maybe you can help me....

I have an issue that I'm trying to sort out....

A few months ago, I put up my very first pin... it was for a repurposed cable reel table which I had made.   Click here for the instructions.

Within a couple of weeks, it had been repinned nearly 1000 times.  I was quite staggered.  (What a pity I wasn't selling them on my blog!!).

One day, I found myself playing around on the Pinterest site, and noticed that if I entered "cable reel" into the Pinterest search box, my little table came up on the screen hundreds of times!!! What the??

So I started clicking on the images, and noticed that some of them didn't link back to my blog (which is what is supposed to happen when you click on an image on Pinterest), they either went to another site selling something, or else there was an alert put up by Pinterest saying:

I sent a message to Pinterest to report this and I'm still waiting to hear an answer from them.

I think I might have to delete my original pin.... and replace the picture with another one.  But who's to say it won't happen again?  I certainly don't want to direct people to spam sites!

Just for the record, I'm going to load up a screen shot of my original pin - which has now got close to 10,000 repins.

I'm not a technical guru, so if someone out there can tell me what to do ... I'd love some advice.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Time for a bit of sewing.

Who has time...

I mean really!!?

Between work, family, extended family, cooking, cleaning, gardening, laundry, maintaining the house... sometimes I just get the urge to sit and create something nice.

I had a friend with a birthday this week, so I decided to make her a cute little makeup pouch using a tutorial from the very talented Flossie Teacakes: Lined, zippered pouch / make up bag tutorial.  My friend loves Babushkas, so I found a fun fabric, and had some handy scraps for the lining.  I've got quite a collection of zippers and had just the right size and colour at the ready.  

I also made a beaded bracelet to give her with the pouch.  And of course, I made a spare purse...just for me!
(I secretly wish I had more friends who could give me a homemade gift on my birthday too!!)