November 27, 2010

How to clean a ceramic top stove in under 5 min.

so I grew up with glass ceramic top stoves and it was always a chore to keep it clean.  Now I have a brand new stove that also has a glass ceramic top and while it definitely beats taking the elements apart and mopping up spills that fall underneath it is still hard to get the last little bit of baked on grunge off the element, well the other night I believe I  finally found the trick it is a multi step process but each one is quick and relatively pain less, and the result is a sparkling cook top that looks like new. ( I must admit here while with the rest of my house I avoid store bought cleaners I did use some here)

1. wipe up any lose debris with a damp cloth.
2. whip down the stove top with a kitchen all purpose cleaner (I make my own).
3. apply Cerama-Bryte or other cream stove top cleaner (this one is biodegradable and does not cost much) a little goes a long way!  and rub in with the smooth side of a Vileda  Glass Ceramic Scrunge 
4. let sit for a Min or two then use the rough side to scrub any really baked on stuff.
5.wipe clean with your damp cloth.
6.repeat 3-5 if there are any really bad spots.
7. using a 50% vinegar solution spray and wipe down the stove top to remove any residue and leave it with a nice like new shine!

after doing this procedure for the 1st time I was able to see some of the grey letters on the rings that I had not seen since the stove was brand new.

November 26, 2010

My favourite diaper bag...

So I was over at Craft Gossip before Halloween and saw the cutest little diaper bag made from the babies outgrown overalls and as luck would have it I had a pair sitting at the front door that I loved and was just about to give away so I dragged them down stairs to my machine and pulled up the tutorial over at Sew and Grow  and shortly their after I had a cute little bag made from a pair of my favourite baby overalls.

I love this bag because I attaches to your purse and therefore you only need to throw one bag strap over your shoulder.  it is also great for leaving the little ones at a babysitter, grandma or other spot just unsnap the bag and leave it with them. Finally it can be strapped onto a stroller quickly so you have easy access to the snaks.

the only thing I would do different next time and there will be a next time is use a pair of overalls that are not made from a knit fabric that way it will not bulge so much when stuffed full and hold its shape a little better.

Attached to my purse.

the back of the overalls... the reason I like this pair so much.
Such a cute little monkey.

The inside of the bag.
Enough room for drapers, wipes a bottle and a toy.

A better look at the bottle holder made from the pant leg.

Hanging off the back of the stroller
another great place to use it.
If any of my friends would like to have a bag made form their favorite pair of baby overalls let me know and we can work something out.

November 18, 2010

Gift for Dads Birthday under $2

A little while back I was in need of a gift for my husband from the the girls so after a quick trip to the dollar store, and then with a few supplies from home we made dad a gift that he is proudly displaying on his desk at work.

We picked up a simple wooden frame and then my daughter went to work painting the frame with her favorite colours.

the little artist at work.
After the paint was dry I took a sharpie added a caption to the bottom of the frame,  and then sprayed a coat of clear spray paint on top of the paint job and then printed a picture of the two girls.

Here is the frame on display in Dads office (I forgot to take an after pic)