Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Don't throw it away, Give it away.

Two weeks ago my sister suggested me a group on facebook, it's call "The Free Market of Melbourne / Palm Bay, Florida". So I read the description of the group and of course joined it. I love to support these kind of activities. The Market take place at Holmes Park (manatee park) in Downtown Melbourne; every last Sunday of the month from 1 to 4pm.

I went there and take with me some stuff I've been collecting like old kid's movies, cd's, some cellphone charges for the car and a pair of brand new sandals. Now I got some space at home for new stuff that I want to buy, and I bet other people did the same thing. I'm pretty happy with the concept of this activity and I congratulate Adam the founder of the market for this wonderful idea.

Now I decided to spread the word. If you want to know more about the group. Here is the link.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Guest Blogger... Ecogeneration

Coffee, Tea, or be eco-friendly? by Ecogeneration

If you are like me, there’s nothing like a strong cup of coffee in the morning. But for me, after one cup of java in the morning, I switch to Green Tea, Black Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey Tea, you name it, I have them throughout the day. Of course, freshly brewed tea is so much better than using tea bags but I use tea bags too. So what do I do with all those used tea bags or leaves? Here is what I found out about using used tea bags.

1. Water Your Plants - split cold used teabags and put them into the pots with house - plants, especially ferns and roses love this.
2. Soothe Your Eyes - you've done this, I'm sure, but cool used tea bags reduce swelling around the eyes. Great solution for those of us who are "women of certain age."
3. Cure Warts - I know! Can you believe it? Tannin in teas helps cure warts. Press used teabags onto the wart, remove it, and let the skin dry naturally. Do this for a few days.
4. Dye Fabric - great for white cotton or muslin. Use strong tea for darker color. It is a natural dye that won't run or wash out. (I used an used tea bag to stain paper for my daughter's school project to make it look old and antique-ish. It came out perfect!)
5. Scent a Drawer - take a few used teabags that have been dried and add a couple of drops of essential oil. You can use it to make a sachet for drawers. Lavender or lemon oil work well with this.
6. Marinate Meat - use cold tea to marinate meat to tenderize.
7. Remove old Polish - soak a couple of teabags in boiling water. Allow the water to cool for a while and then soak a soft cloth in it. This can be used to wipe away old polish and dirt from furniture. Great for refinishing old furniture.
8. Clean Mirrors - Cold tea will bring a great shine to mirrors and tiles.
9. Soothe insect bites - put a cold used teabag on insect bites. The tannin will neutralize the sting.
10. Make Ice for Iced Tea - Why use ice for iced tea? Freeze leftover tea as ice cubes and use them the next time you want to make iced tea. Pour the tea over them for instant chilling.

Thanks you so much Karen :D

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Monday, July 13, 2009

A very special friend...

Last Friday I was talking on the phone with Lolos as usual planning all the activities for our Spanglish team, she mentioned that she's was going to Orlando for shopping on Saturday. And I said wait...where? Orlando? You're going to be so close to me and we are not gonna meet each other? no way... All the plans begins to unfold... yes you read it right... we finally, almost after a year since we met on an Etsy lab... see each other eyes, face to face, cheek to cheek hehe...we laughed a lot that day. I met her husband and daughter, she met my daughters and husband also.

Lolos and Bululu

We spent the afternoon and part of the night chatting, laughing, joking. It was a rainy and stormy day. What a wonderful person she is, I'm very glad that I met her and her family. I believe this is the beginning of a new friendship.

Gracias Lolin :D

Monday, July 6, 2009

Frida Kahlo Birthday Challenge

I'm participating in the Frida's Challenge hosted by Spanglish Team and the Etsy Owls Team. We are celebrating the 102th Frida's birthday. It has been a very enjoyable week, working on this organizer. Hope you like it.

If you want to vote for your favorite Frida click here. You can search the tag on Etsy: "frida challenge" to see more wonderful items from my teammates.

Here is my version of Frida Kahlo.