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Friday, November 03, 2006

I finished these guys on Halloween, but Blogger has been giving me some incredible troubles for quite awhile now, so I was not able to post them.
Little Boo and I went to a fabric store Sunday, and their anti-pill fleece was on sale. I asked him to pick out any color he wanted for a monster, and he chose the "medium purple".
He has named this tall guy Spooks also. I tried to get him to choose a different name, but he says that he now has two Spooks.
The little short one has four stubby legs, six long tentacles, and two tentacle eyes. LB calls him his spider. I made him without much of a plan, which is hard for me. I often like to over-plan my creations. In my sewing, cooking, traveling, everything, I want to have it all planned out ahead of time. I'm a bit of a control freak that way.

Small household tip I have to share here. Last week, (I wanted to post it last week, but kept having problems with blogger) I made a 90 minute Coq au Vin from the current Cook's Illustrated issue. It was good, and I actually made it in the 90 minutes. (Rachel Rays' 30 minute meals take me at least 45, if not an hour. I don't like to rush.) As good as it was, it left the house smelling like it. Every room seemed to be infused with the reduced pinot noir sauce. So, I took out my handy gallon of white vinegar, poured a bit in a casserole dish - enough to cover the bottom, and set it downstairs. Then I did the same in a smaller dish and set it upstairs. By bedtime, the smell was almost gone, and by morning, it was completely gone.
I learned about the deodorizing effects of white vinegar from a custodian at an elementary school where I worked. She would set out a dish of it afterschool in rooms that were, let's say, less than fresh. I've even seen it (smelled it?) get rid of weekend dead hamster smell quite quickly.
White vinegar is amazing.

For a great tip on how to store those plastic bags, go to Sweet's blog. Since she shared this, our bags of bags are much more managable. It's easier to store them and carry them back to the store for recycling this way.


  • They are adorable. I so missed you last night. How are things in pregnant land? I hope you are doing great!!!!

    By Anonymous cat, at 3:14 PM  

  • I have a little nephew in Alabama that would so lo-o-ve to receive some buddies like those! (And I'm laughing at the "overplanning" comment.)

    Great white vinegar tips! It's nice to use non-toxic natural cleaners when you can. Who needs more carcinogens? (Do you like to use baking soda? It has a zillion wonder uses too.)

    By Blogger Glaistig, at 5:48 PM  

  • Spooks Two and Spider are fantastic! Maybe LB needs back-up for Spooks One?
    Am trying your vinegar tip as we speak. Didn't notice any strong smells when I got home, which is promising.
    Thanks Marth- I mean Ann!

    By Blogger Em, at 3:36 PM  

  • Umm excuse me, but where are the Wallace pictures? We are all waiting to see B at Halloween thank you very much!

    By Blogger Ms. Knotty, at 4:14 PM  

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