Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Give a Tip Tuesday - #1 Ruffles vs. Pleats and other tidbits

Aloha!

So I always have these little tidbits of information that I want to get out to you, but I don't feel any one of them is ever worthy of their own blog post. SOOO...I thought I'd take one day a week to throw these small tips out to you and then ask YOU what your tips and tricks are.

Categories can and will range from:

cleaning
cooking
sewing
decorating
thrifting
parenting
marriage

And the English major/Linguistics minor in me is going to throw out a grammar tip each week as well. If editing is not your thang, please tune in. There's nothing I love more than seeing a blog with perfect use of punctuation and spelling. ;)

This week's tips by category:

Tip 1) Grammar:  Its/It's    What is the difference between its and it's?

If you're confused about which to use in a sentence, ask yourself this question, "Can I replace this word with 'it is'?"  If you can't, DO NOT use an apostrophe. Even though there's something in your brain that may make you stop and think, "But wait...'its' is possessive. I'm sure it needs an apostrophe." IT DOESN'T. Just like "hers", "ours", and "theirs" do not need one either. :)  So that simple question will alleviate all your "its/it's" problems. CAN I REPLACE IT WITH "IT IS"?

Tip 2) Sewing:  Ruffles  vs. Pleats. What is the difference between ruffles and pleats?

This is a ruffle:

For my tutorial on making ruffles without a ruffler, please refer to THIS post.


And this is a pleat:


I'll give you a tutorial on how I made these knife pleats later this week. But if the picture doesn't help clarify it for you, Wikipedia has some excellent information on the different kinds of pleats. :)

Tip 3: Parenting  How do I get my child to let me rinse their hair in the bathtub?

Each of my three girls are very different, but NONE of them likes having their hair rinsed of soap while bathing. I've tried those little head cup thingies you put on that's supposed to keep water out of their eyes, but they never fit to their heads quite right (we have pin heads, ok?), so they leak and just make everyone mad.

I find that it helps if they have an expectation of how long it's going to take. So singing the ABC's helped immensely with my two oldest girls. They both loved that they knew exactly how long it was going to take, and it took their mind off the process. My third just got annoyed with that song, but she loves animals, so for her, I start by asking her what the "piggies say", and on and on with other animals and slowly tip her back and rinse her off while she's distracted thinking about and making animal noises.

Works for me! Has worked for 6 years with three different kids. :)

Tip 4: Cleaning  How do I clean rust from stainless steel appliances?

We live in an area of VERY high humidity, so rust and mold are big problems here. We JUST bought this stainless steel dishwasher a couple months ago, and this is what the front looked like:


An online suggestion mentioned using dry baking soda, rubbed on with an old toothbrush or your finger, so I thought I'd give it a shot.


I found the finger method worked much better than a toothbrush.


Worked like a charm!


Then I just washed off my finger smudges and the baking powder with my regular old stainless steel appliance cleaner. :)  Good. As. New!



NOW IT'S YOUR TURN!

If you have a simple, one- or two-paragraph tip you'd like to share, I'd love to hear. And it just may be featured on an upcoming Give a Tip Tuesday with a link to your blog (if you so desire).

Aloha!
charlie

7 comments:

  1. Great advice. I am going to have to remember that about getting rust off stainless steal stuff.

    You asked about canvas in you comment. These were about $17 each, but they are always half off at my local craft place. You should totally check them out next time.

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  2. Aloha!

    I've arrived here today, and i'm loving this blog!

    I'll be back soon!

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  3. You're nice. When I give my boys a bath I tell them to be quiet and we'll get the hair washing over with as fast as possible. Then, I dump a bucket of water on their heads. I guess they're used to me by now b/c they don't even say anything about it.

    Baking soda and vinegar are my best friends when it comes to cleaning.

    When we were moving out of an apt. and wanted to deep clean the bathroom we googled removing shower scum. The tip we got was amazing and it's the BEST way I've found to clean my shower. SO, you heat up vinegar in the microwave until it's warm (not boiling hot) and put it in a spray bottle (I just use a heavy duty spray bottle that I nuke just fine and that way I don't accidentally spill hot vinegar on my hands). Then you spray down your shower with the hot vinegar. The trick is to keep spraying it every 5 min. so it remains wet but it allows the vinegar to soak into the soap scum. I sometimes have to reheat my bottle of vinegar. After about 20 min. my tub is ready to clean. Honestly, dirty soap scum can then just be wiped off. It does stink but it's a great way to get rid of shower filth.

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  4. Great idea. I love to find little tips and tricks like these.

    Along with Kimberly's vinegar tip (great idea by the way). Vinegar is also very good for cleaning your stainless steel appliances. Just wipe them with white vinegar (undiluted) and finger smudges be gone!

    Love you blog.

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  5. I have two questions - 1) We have one of those fake stainless steel front fridges. Rust isn't a problem, but under the water and ice dispenser, there is a huge hard water stain that runs to the floor. Also the plastic grate under the dispenser is covered in hard water stains. Any suggestions? 2) Sometimes I write an aside (is that the right word?) in (). I also want to put a smiley face at the end of my little note. Do I then put another ) under the smiley's mouth? Because then it looks like I've given myself a double chin. (And my grammar in this is terrible - I am all self conscious about it now.:-))<-- see? double chin. ~Barbara

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  6. To add to your how to rinse hair in the bathtub... I give my son some kind of cup to hold on to when it's time to rinse. Then he tries to "catch" the water with the cup when I rinse, gets his mind off of the water in his eyes! :)

    emily
    morefromthemoorefamily.blogspot.com

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  7. HI Charlie,
    First I have to say I love your blog. OK so as far as your tips, I remember when I was a kid my mom would hand me a DRY washcloth to cover my eyes that way any splashing would absorb to it and took away the fear of the shampoo in my eyes. But you still have to tip your head back or it gets the cloth wet to fast.

    Onto the stainless steal I think you might try sealing it after you clean it real well. Maybe it won't rust so fast or at all, my ex-husband had his own car finishing biz and I figure metal is metal, right? Plus you said you are going to rent the house out when you have to move so, you might need something that will last a while. And that the new tenants might do to take care of your house.

    Grammar is not my thing....... I wish I had a grammar checker on my computer like my spellchecker.

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