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Display Name: rachaelc1986
Member Since: 3/26/09

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(ARGH) I have piled the clothes I don't want to fold, but it's also about 8 feet long.

How To Get the Most Storage Out of Dresser-Top Space? Good Questions
7/24/14 02:20 AM

I have a long, low dresser, but it's one of the few storage pieces in the whole apartment besides bookcases, which are for books. I have my jewelry in some vintage enamel dishes on book stacks for height variations, a fairly deep tray with my nail polish in it (I'm kind of obsessed), a couple plants, and a pretty basket full of scarves (also a bit of an obsession). I don't think it looks cluttered, as long as I haven't piled the cl

How To Get the Most Storage Out of Dresser-Top Space? Good Questions
7/24/14 02:19 AM

I'm like Notsofishy up there. No seafood at all, no fish, not even seaweed or nori, plus a couple other food allergies. PLEASE talk to your friend. Find out specifically what they can eat. Nothing makes me feel scummier than finding out that a friend carefully made an accommodation for me that I still can't eat. Even though I know I have valid medical concerns, and refusing their food will keep me out of the hospital, I still feel terrible. I'd much rather have the conversation before hand and work out a solution together.

Also, thank you for being aware and caring enough to make accommodations in your menu. It baffles me that some people think allergies aren't serious and surely I can have "a little fish sauce" or a strawberry garnish on a cupcake, or once, a tuna sandwich, because "tuna isn't, like, real fish."

What's the Best Substitute for Fish Sauce in Thai Dishes? Good Questions
7/22/14 01:14 PM

My husband and I have this problem and it's just the two of us, so we write our names on our glass glasses with a dry erase marker every morning, wipe it off and put the glass in the dishwasher every night. If we have company, they do the same.

Clever Hack: Magnet Fridge Cups for Kids
7/9/14 12:42 PM

Bar keepers friend! It's a little harsh for the laminate, so don't use it every time you clean, and test in an inconspicuous spot (or on a stain--can't make it worse!), but it got a turmeric stain off the beige laminate in my rental.

How Do I Get Spice Stains Out of My Laminate Countertops? Good Questions
6/17/14 03:33 PM

Our local university has student art sales once or twice a semester, and I love stopping by to check out what's for sale. There's a broad range of styles, and it's all reasonably priced and and the majority of the purchase price goes back to the student who produced the work, and the rest goes into the university's art program. I've found several fantastic lino prints, and a dreamy watercolor that hangs above my bed, and spent maaaybe $150 over the years. I love the idea of someday discovering that the student I purchased something from is now an important artist.

8 Tips For Getting Your Art Collection Started
6/2/14 07:19 PM

I keep a running shopping list. One section for groceries, another for project supplies, and a third for things I'm looking for for the apartment with measurements of the space I want to put it in (bed height for bedside tables, the size of our table for linens, etc)

Five Lists I Always Keep in My Phone
5/19/14 12:31 PM

I participate in a produce co-op called Bountiful Baskets every few weeks. My contribution for a non-organic share usually averages about $19, and we get at least 20 pounds of fresh produce every time. There are organic shares, and you can frequently also get cases of specific things, organic breads, granola, etc. They have distribution sites around the country, and while it's usually an early Saturday morning pick up, our food budget goes so much farther when we participate. The only problem my family has come across is that you never know what you're going to get, and occasionally, there's something in the basket I can't eat (I'm very very allergic to strawberries, for instance), but usually another participant will trade something, or I give what we can't eat to a neighbor. The basket has introduced us to things I never would have picked up at the grocery store (jicama, Brussels sprouts, rainbow carrots!), and it pushes us to eat more fruits and veggies so we can eat all our yummy things before they go bad. It's not an option for everyone, but it's something that's been a huge help for my family. We've even picked up our share on our bikes--two fully loaded backpacks and a bike basket barely contained it, but we managed.

How To Eat Well When You're Low on Cash Budget Living
5/6/14 12:36 PM

I keep my current handwork project in a basket by the couch (crochet, embroidery or handquilting usually), and the rest if my supplies are stored in a large bookcase in the corner of our second bedroom. I just wish it had doors, since it's not always tidy and that room is our office/guest room.

Do You Have a Dedicated Craft Space?
4/21/14 05:19 PM

A friend of mine found a gorgeous iron headboard online that cost several thousand dollars, which was waaaaaay out of her budget. She then found a local ironworking shop, and took in a picture of what she wanted, and had them build her something similar and powdercoat it, which ended up around $350. She's in a rural area, so in a city it might be more expensive, but it might be worth looking into. Sometimes, custom is surprisingly cheaper.

What's Next When the Wall Decal Headboard Won't Cut It Anymore? Good Questions
2/13/14 03:25 PM

"Hamburger style" means folded in half on the long side. Does that make any sense? An 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper would be folded down to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. It makes it short and fat, like a hamburger. (The corollary is "hot dog style", which is folded the other way, so the same page would fold to 4 1/4 by 11 inches--long and thin like a hot dog.) It's a descriptor frequently used by kindergarten teachers. or at least, that's where I learned it. :)

Also, pop up cards are a lot of fun to make, and there's dozens of other tutorials on the internets, so you could probably find one that makes sense to you.

DIY Project Idea: How To Make a Pop-Up Valentine Apartment Therapy Tutorials
2/10/14 02:59 PM

I've got a winter allergy, and am craving summery foods. Pasta salad with leftover roast chicken is on the docket tonight.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of January 11-12, 2014
1/10/14 05:51 PM

My apartment bathroom has a similarly low towel ring, but it's also so close to the supposedly grounded outlet that I've gotten zapped a time or two when my hands were wet, which lead to me declaring that no towel would ever be put there again, so now it's a useless ring and the hand towel is hung on a 3M hook in a more logical place. We're not allowed to move any towel racks, even that one (I've asked) and combined with the slightly sketchy wiring, I can not wait until our lease is up.

Kim's Cure Project: Refreshing the Bathroom Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/9/14 06:05 PM

About cleaning your handira: My grandmother "rescues" antique quilts that are often quite mangy (60 or so years of grime is a lot, even when they've just been stored). The quilts are usually cotton fabrics with a cotton stuffing, and I'm not sure how they'd compare to yours, but she uses a product called Biz, and soaks the quilts in a cool water solution in the bathtub, then rinses, squeezing out the water gently, and repeats until the water runs clear, and then air dries on a large rack or the clothesline. It's pretty miraculous. I'm not sure if Biz is available in the UK, or if there's something similar, but that might give you a starting point!

Eleanor's Cure: Big Changes Afoot Liveblogging the January Cure 2014
1/3/14 01:38 PM

I always make my grandpa peanut brittle, but most of my homemade gifts are sewn. I'm thinking about passing along a few quarts of homemade stock this year though...mostly because my freezer needs clearing out! :)

Are You Making Homemade Holiday Gifts? Reader Survey
12/2/13 04:08 PM

I think it all depends upon the person, the recipient, and the item. I don't have the space or the life for big things like furniture (my husband's in grad school, so we're in a transitory stage in our life, and probably not living here forever, and especially not in this apartment), but I do have a few family heirlooms that I treasure, as well as use. I have a few things that belonged to my great-grandmother who died when I was 15, mostly her jewelry, and I wear most of it. My most treasured, but also carefully used family heirloom is the quilt my grandma claims is "the first quilt she was proud of", which she made for my great grandparents in the early 1960s. She gave it to me as a wedding gift, and firmly told me that quilts are to be used, and she expected me to use it. Being the oldest granddaughter has some perks. :)

What's the Right Age or Moment to Pass on an Heirloom?
9/27/13 09:54 PM

We've got soup on the stove with barley, spicy turkey sausage, and fava beans. It smells amazing! Besides that, I'm not sure, we'll see what adventure we get in our Bountiful Basket tomorrow.

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of May 25-27, 2013
5/24/13 09:16 PM