So how about a bunch of totally random stuff on a Tuesday?
Around Earth Day I asked about the Green Bags
for produce. Based on your recommendations, we bought them. I've been using them for about 3 weeks now and being the scientist that I am, I had to do a few experiments of my own. These bananas are both 14 days old. The one on the right was on the counter, the one on the left in the green bag.
Overall, I quite like them. They really have saved me money on produce. In fact, 3 weeks out I am just now starting to need produce again.
I have a few complaints though. The bags are hard to get to stay closed. You might spring for the ziploc type ones, because if they are open, they don't work. It's hard to see what produce is what in the fridge inside them. The shipping costs were outrageous, $9 or something for 20 bags that came in a padded envelope that mailed for a little over a dollar I am sure. Even the large size bags do not hold things like green onions or asparagus effectively. If you put the entire giant Costco sized box of strawberries in one bag, the weight of the berries alone will kill the ones on the bottom, so you need to split them into several bags and try to position things in the fridge so they are not piled on one another. (Which is tricky with my silly, small side by side fridge.)
If you are going to order them, try HSN first. They were selling 50 bags including extra large ones, for $24.95 with shipping. I paid $20 for 20 from their website.
If you want to make the belt buckle frames, here are a few tips:
*Wear safety glasses. If you turn that dremel cutting bit at an angle it will break off and nearly put your eye out.
*Keep the kids far away when doing said project.
*When you are buying all those bits in the hardware store, do yourself a favor and buy a particulate mask. Those things are so toxic and they smell SO FREAKING BAD that you will think you are going to either vomit or die before you are done.
*It's really quite hard to hold such a small thing steady and cut it apart with a dremel without fearing you are going to lose a finger. I think you need some kind of clamp on a work surface if possible to hold the buckle in while you cut.
*On the super small ones you will have to be creative with getting the middle part out without cutting the buckle. Even if you can only get a really small portion of it out, you can grind down the rest of it.
*I used Steam-A-Seam to get my fabric onto the backing. The regular stuff, not version 2. I just cut the pieces of fabric and ironed them on so they would be wrinkle free and not have glue bleed through.
*I bonded the fabric to mat board, not card stock. It makes a nicer finish and adds the needed weight to the fabric. You can buy giant sheets of mat board at Hobby Lobby for about $6. I have been using the same sheet for projects since last summer.
*I made the hangers with a jewelry finding that I just hot glued to the back of the mat board. Sorry that I don't know what to call that piece, it's a small circle on a long post, they are easy to find.
On Sunday, while we were in Hancock's fabrics, Jack had an accident that resulted in his falling head first onto the cement floor from a few feet up. His head immediately started to swell up, the eye started to swell closed, and I freaked out. Totally.
We rushed him to the pediatric urgent care, where we were assured he would likely be fine, but we had to wake him up every 3 hours Sunday night.
What a night.
The eye looks pretty good though, thanks to the wonders of Arnica Gel
. That stuff really works on bruising and swelling, particularly on kids who won't use an ice pack.
We have also started a new morning routine with him, which involves actively waking him up when his father gets up, so that Dave can get him dressed, fed and out of the diaper. It means I have about 3 less of the "are these jobs ever going to end?" jobs to do with him in the morning, and he is getting up early enough to need a nap in the afternoon and still be able to sleep at night.
Plus we are totally pull-up free during the days now, even during naps!
Now, that is what I call "cosciting."
P.S. As soon as it stops raining there will be photos from the 100 mile yard sale. We are still heavily flooding here, and are 12 inches above normal for rainfall for the year so far. It really does just keep raining here.