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« Reply #150 on: May 17, 2020, 03:04:13 AM »

I ordered two pounds of lavender and am now making eye pillows with lavender and rice. I have no sewing machine and wouldn't know how to use one anyway. So I hand sew the little rectangles and try to use up the fabric I bought years ago for "projects" that never came to fruition. After working all day at my computer and being interrupted by my kids for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a ride, solving a problem, something something something else. I can't wait to go back to the office. I'm more productive and efficient there.
I make the lavender sachets in the little draw string pouches that you can buy as wedding favor supplies. I use a ton of them in the closets. My best hack for laundry is to take the absolutely single socks that have been hanging around forever, fill the foot part with the lavender  and tie a knot in the neck. Then I throw it into the dryer and everything smells great.

That is a GREAT idea, DoV! I now have all this lavender. I can throw it in a single sock in the dryer and call it a day. I poured a bunch in a bowl and just put my face in the bowl for insta-aromatherapy.

Principessa--you lucky girl you! Having guys put IKEA stuff together for you and get their woodworking fix. We should all be so lucky.  Icecream Laugh bounce
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« Reply #151 on: May 17, 2020, 03:51:29 AM »

My late MIL was a true believer in mothballs. Under every piece of furniture and in every closet there were at least 5 boxes . When I brought things home (thank you darling husband of decades) moths started appearing despite everything stinking of cancer causing chemicals. So I went crazy on the lavender and got rid of as much  the stinking  items as His Grace the Duke of Verona would allow me to. This continues even today (not the moths). I was required to take home all these things "Live with them a year or so and if you dont like it you can get rid of it". Ha ! Now when I try to send it away it's  still like I am cutting his fingers off one knuckle at a time.
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« Reply #152 on: May 17, 2020, 10:21:34 PM »

Gawd, how I know that feeling, Duchess.
One bleeding knuckle at a time.
On the other hand however, he can get rid of something of my family faster than I can swat a mosquito.
He threw out something a few months ago, and just learnt this week how much it fetches on eBay. OOPS..
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« Reply #153 on: May 18, 2020, 03:11:22 PM »

This week help from a nice neighbour with putting up IKEA furniture Smiley

Unfortunately due to some issues a bit delay. But in the meantime the guy went enthusiastic outing ideas, drawing, designing etc. for a build in wooden desk for my appartement. Including drawers and shelves. I am ok with it and we will see. He also offered to build it, with only material costs. But for now I need a cleaned up space and some rest. As currently I am still living in a mess. It feels like it is dragging on and there need to be a kind of closure. So I told him that and also gave him an additional challenge. Designing something for the weird bar between my living room and kitchen.

It seems I have a lot op men in my surroundings with a passion for working with wood  Laugh bounce

Glad to read that you're making some progress on the apartment renovation principessa. I know that living in the midst of the mess is trying, but hang in there. Thumb up
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« Reply #154 on: May 21, 2020, 04:50:26 AM »

Today's plantings on the vegetable front: Sweet bell peppers, Asian mini eggplants, the first half of the pattypan squash, and scallions (in some places called green or bunching onions). Giant pumpkin transplants tomorrow! Still waiting on the lettuce seeds. The potato foliage  has been growing 3" over night every night. I am maybe 2 days growth from the top of the grow bags. Then you let them set leaves and flowers. I just seeded the second crop of rainbow carrots in the planters that I got for the front urns. I have harvested twice  this week from the spinach already. The California heirloom tomatoes all went in yesterday  and the day before and this morning I noticed the first tiny tomato (Black Krim variety). The raised beds are filled with rotted chicken poop and leaf compost, so it all grows like crazy.
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« Reply #155 on: May 21, 2020, 05:01:19 AM »

I ordered two pounds of lavender and am now making eye pillows with lavender and rice. I have no sewing machine and wouldn't know how to use one anyway. So I hand sew the little rectangles and try to use up the fabric I bought years ago for "projects" that never came to fruition. After working all day at my computer and being interrupted by my kids for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a ride, solving a problem, something something something else. I can't wait to go back to the office. I'm more productive and efficient there.
I make the lavender sachets in the little draw string pouches that you can buy as wedding favor supplies. I use a ton of them in the closets. My best hack for laundry is to take the absolutely single socks that have been hanging around forever, fill the foot part with the lavender  and tie a knot in the neck. Then I throw it into the dryer and everything smells great.

That is a GREAT idea, DoV! I now have all this lavender. I can throw it in a single sock in the dryer and call it a day. I poured a bunch in a bowl and just put my face in the bowl for insta-aromatherapy.

Principessa--you lucky girl you! Having guys put IKEA stuff together for you and get their woodworking fix. We should all be so lucky.  Icecream Laugh bounce
My recycling/repurposing/retasking  little soul loves to find a use for that which is hanging around the house rather than send it to the dump. You will make your life easier when making these up if you make a 'funnel' out of a thin magazine so that the dried flowers slide all the way down to the toe rather than clinging to the sides of the sock. But it works a treat. I also do  a ton of sachets for the sweaters before they  go to storage upstairs for the season. In theory the sachets should make them less hospitable to  all bugs, including spiders, which I loathe. We have giant wolf spiders 1.5" across and they jump!!! YUCK.
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