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Homemade Laundry Soap

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Hello friends.

Hope you had a good weekend. We had a quite weekend and didn't do a lot.

Welcome to new follower Jacqui from Tipeetoes. Why not pop along and have a look at her blog?

A little while ago I made some laundry soap. I won't bother you with a recipe as you can find lots on the Internet.

When I made the soap I followed the recipe but I only add half the water because I wanted make it into a concentrated soap. BIG, BIG mistake because when I came to use it, it had set solid. That really was not a good idea.
I had to use a sharp knife  and cut the bottoms of each bottle and emptied the contents in to a my large pan and melt the soap again. luckily I had more empty bottles.
After the soap had melted I half filled the new bottles with water (my pan in not that big and I didn't have a large bucket)I then topped them up with the warm soap, put the top on and shook the bottles to mix up the contents.

I have used the soap quite a few times now and feel that it doesn'…

Half Term

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By ek it's cold! Just come in from hanging out the washing. Don't suppose it will dry much. Oh it's just started snowing, defiantly won't dry now. Guess I'll bring it back in. Why not help yourself to a brew and I'll be back shortly. Mines black no sugar. Thanks

I'm back.

Its been a busy half term this week. On Tuesday I had an appointment at Wigan hospital. It was the follow up from having the polyp removed from my tongue. The department I was referred to was for facial cancer. I had no fears that the polyp that was removed was cancerous but it was still tested. It was clear and I've now been discharged. M drove us there and L came with us and after the appointment L suggest that as it was such a nice day why don't we go for a walk in this park she had seen near to the hospital.
We had to find the main entrance as the one near the hospital was the back and not good for parking. The park was Haig Hall Country Park and Golf Course. Sor…

Dance Sewing

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Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Welcome to new follower Trudie from Trudie's Cottage.

Sorry I wasn't around last week but I have been very busy sewing. L is in a dance show this Wednesday. Her dance teacher, Kelsey, hires the costumes but unfortunately cannot always get exactly what she wants and the hirer doesn't have the time to make the items so last year I made 20 pink waistcoats for the little dancers and 5 ties for the boys. This year I made these:
I was fortunate that I only had to make 2 pairs of trousers to make them up to 20. However I had to make 20 pairs of braces and 20 pairs of buttons (Umpa Lumpa costumes)
I was also fortunate in that the material was provided and I only had to provide the thread (already had) time and electric.

Next I had to convert 10 kangaroo costumes in to bear costumes. this prove a little more difficult as the costumes were well made and I didn't want to cut them up and they were hired. (sorry no phot…

Cleaning and Scrubbing

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I am ashamed to say that I have not cleaned my oven for far too long and it looked like this



It's disgusting and a disgrace. I spent a good couple of hours cleaning and scrubbing. I even took the glass out of the door and scrubbed it on both sides. This is the top oven and grill on my cooker and I use it a lot. The bottom oven only get used about 4 to 5 times a year so is not as bad but I will clean it after I've done this one. No point doing half a jobis there?  Are you ready to see the end result?   

I'm so proud of the results I just wanted to show it off. I didn't use any special chemicals specifically for ovens. I used lots of elbow grease and different types of scrubbers and Flash Bleach for the grease.  Whilst cleaning the oven I had the back door open because the sun was shinning. The breeze was cold but I was working up such a sweat I didn't bother. I need a brew now would you like one too?
Have a good day and thanks for dropping by and see yo…

Queens and Crafts

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Did you all have a good week end?

The weather here was quite nice but chilly.

Yesterday afternoon L and I went to the local Queen of Queens.  It's new thing this year where all the local Gala/Rose Queens are invited to a gathering (indoors). L is a Lady in Waiting with the Thornton Gala Queen 2012.
The queens parade around the hall a couple of times, in front of some judges, and then have some refreshments. During the refreshments the Queens are escorted, one by one, up to the judges for a little chat. Afterwards when the judges have made their decision the queens and their retinues line up and the winner is announced. This year the Lytham Queen and her retinue won and received a trophy.

As a side attraction people were invited to set up stalls of handicrafts for a donation to the raffle. After thinking about this for a little while (all of 10 minutes) I decided why not as I will only be standing around watching the proceedings and I could test the market.

This is my…

Been A Busy Bee

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How are you?

My chesty cough is getting better. I'm very thankful that it didn't turn into a chest infection.

I bought a gardening book from a charity shop on Monday for £2.99. It's all about growing veg in pots and making the most of the small space. At the moment it's in the car as I read it when I pick L up from school. It's very interesting with the suggestions for what will grow well in in pots, about watering a feeding, also about pests. I'm hoping for better crops this year. I need to decide what will be eaten in our house and what I can grow and then sort out my pots. (future posts)

We went to a parents evening for L and met some of her teachers. She is doing very well and is meeting her end of year targets already and the teachers are pleased with her progress. Later this year she has to choose her options ready for year 9. Some of you may be thinking that it's a year early and, yes, you are right they are a year early. Her school do…