I love pinterest.
For a hoarder like me it means I can collect as many
ideas, patterns and pictures as I like without have shelves full
of folders and box files cluttering up the place,
although of course I do still have a few.
Well this week I had to clean up some jars to be used
as garden night lights at a wedding.
It's a job I hate as it usually takes ages to get rid of
that sticky residue left by the labels.
So on to Pinterest to look at some of the weird and
wonderful home cleaning ideas that are on there and
see if there is an easier solution.
Of course there was, how did I doubt it.
The solution turned out to be mixing
equal amounts of bi-carbonate of soda and vegetable oil,
Paint it onto the jar, make a cup of tea and catch up
on some blogs.
10-15 minutes later wipe the jar with kitchen roll
and pop in the dishwasher.
beautiful shiny jars
which is wonderful as I have quite a few to do over the next
One of the other things I love doing is browsing charity shops.
This week I found this wicker basket which I
knew would be the perfect size to put herbs in on my kitchen windowsill
but felt it was a bit dark for what I wanted.
So out came the left over white emulsion paint from the garage
and a couple of coats of paint later it looked much better.
While it was drying I remembered something else I
had seen on Pinterest and as the paint was out
I thought I would give it a go.
These two baskets have been used as waste paper baskets
and needed a bit of a lift.
Put the paint in an old washing up bowl and dip
the basket in the paint. Then you sit there for ages in the sunshine
holding the basket and
letting the excess paint drip back into the bowl.
Then just leave them to dry.
Parsley, basil and coriander fit nicely
in their new container
With my lovely ceramic plant labels.
It might be back in the same position but it looks
a lot nicer I think.
So thank you Pinterest for the inspiration.
And to finish
some flowers from the garden