Sunday, November 15, 2009

The new flier for ClayOctopus

The new face of - the knitting crocheting old school octopus! I wanted to create a flier that people would be attracted to. I wanted it to be so good infact that they wanted to keep is as art or an idea. Hopefully I have accomplished that. My first location to litter them about was between the corner of N. highland and n. ave. and ponce. Tomorrow I will try to hit L5P. After that, east atlanta, and even more in less obvious places like the library, buckhead, and coffee shops up north!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cleaning tip number 1: Swiffer type dust cloths

Might as well start at the beginning. Don't know why I didn't start this before!

Today's tip actually comes from my good friend Jennifer Roland who has been cleaning houses for nearly 10 years! She showed me in her own house how she uses swiffer 360 dusting products to dust the surfaces in her house.

You don't even have to have the handle! Just take out the pads, fluff them up, and dust! The best part about these babies is that you can cover a large area in a short amount of time AND you can trap a lot of dust!

*you don't have to use swiffer brand! Any off brand will do. You can also use the dry floor wipe refills.

Most of the wipes are launderable at least once and if you leave out the fabric softner, then they become super charged with static electricity which aids in collecting dust! I often use these to wipe down dusty trinkets, legs of chairs/stools/book shelves/furniture, electronics and their small dials.

***Depending on how dusty your house gets or if you have animals, you may want to dust every week up to just once a month. These products are especially good at removing what I call "sticky" cat hair from things! (See my future columns for the full description of sticky cat hair! Note: not all cat hair is sticky. ) They will not remove dust or hair from fabric like materials.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

ITE means "in this economy"

So the last time I went swimming was literally the day before the weather turned about 10 degrees chillier...which is still wonderfully temperate and caked with humidity. It was night time and the pool was lit up like a piece of topaz! There were four of us that had come to swim in our skivvies amongst the cozy group of condos set on the corner of chandler park. We trou-ed down (as in took our trousers down), and half of us took a mindless leap into the deep end. The rest sunk slowly in by the the shallows, step by step.

As we wallowed around, never quite able to reclaim the passion of our childhood pool adventures, we gave in to reminiscing, making waves in our conversation instead of the water. Cameron bobbed about and listened as I explained my cleaning lady financial woes. Then as I end my thought he added "ite". Um, what? Ai'ght? No, not the slang for alright but a new slang coined by someone somewhere born to make comical anacronyms but never lucky enough to be given credit.

ITE or "in this economy" is a sardonically cute accompaniment to almost any thought having to do with the present state of things.

"It's so hard to find a job...ite! (in this economy)"
"I'm the happiest I've been in years.....ite!"
"I've never liked tofu until recently.....ite"
"Shit you are smokin hot!....ite!"

I laughed heartily, and rolled the words about in my mind as pebbles in a creek, churning into smoothness. The expression joined a list I've been compiling of things that indicate my present time of in these are the mile markers of an era bound by a set of calendar dates and times, and further defined by the experiences and sentiments gathered during said spell. Things on the list include:

the color of automobiles: rather drab, right?
the abundance of yardsales
the resurgence of handmade aesthetic
the inevitable break from celluloid toward cyberspace
falling prices
falling wages
love of chocolate milk, wild things, social scenes, work


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