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Display Name: FlorenceAnn
Member Since: 10/15/09

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oh boy, i have a pile of stuff:

garbage bag full of fabric remnants, notions and other crafty stuff, old lamp, old toaster, posters from my college days, books, old frames, off-cuts of wood...the list goes on.

not sure how i accumulated all of it, but it's going out the door!

What's in Your Outbox? | Apartment Therapy Los Angeles
5/12/10 10:33 PM

Um, I wonder if the rug is actually 100% wool. Unless your iron was very hot, wool shouldn't melt and stick together. The melting is something that happens with synthetics (acrylic, polyester). If it is synthetic, unfortunately, you're stuck with a melted rug!

If it is wool for sure, I would try calling a rug cleaner/repair shop for advice. Not sure what they can do, but they've most likely run into this before and might have some advice for you.

Can I Repair Heat Damage to Wool Rug? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
3/10/10 11:32 AM

YES to the DivaCup!

It's the best whether you're at home or traveling. And my suggestion is to get it well before your next period and practice inserting it a few times until you get the hang of it. You'll be an expert in no time.


Greening Our Habits, Revisited Or In This Case, Ladies, a Necessity | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
2/11/10 05:20 PM

one more items to bring along with cleaning supplies - a roll of toilet paper.

nothing worse than making do without or holding it until you can find the box with the TP in it!

Moving to a New Apartment: Pre-Move Checklist | Apartment Therapy New York
2/11/10 05:14 PM

Yikes! Do not try this at home!

Although the rugs do look lovely, I would leave this technique to the professionals.

One of the misconceptions of Rit and other 'home' dyes is that they are safe. They are not safe. Dye particles that are virtually invisible to the untrained eye are released as soon as your open/pierce the Rit dye container (if using powder form). If you are mixing from powder form, it should be done in a dye box to prevent dye particles from escaping.

If using liquid form, remember that once the dye solution dries, for example on a kitchen counter, it becomes a powder again, that can be inhaled, consumed, etc.

This is why folks who dye professionally (textile workers or artists, folks in the movie industry) wear proper masks that prevent inhalation of dye particles (ie. dual cartridge mask referred to above). Their work spaces are usually stainless steel (much like a professional kitchen) so that every last bit of dye can be wiped up during and after dyeing. Industrial gloves are also required so that you don't come in contact with the dye through the skin on your hands. All utensils used in the dye process (measuring cups, spoons/stir sticks, etc) cannot again be used for food/ food preparation.

In addition to the safety hazard posed by dye particles, ensuring a hot enough dye bath, proper ventilation and an even dye job are pretty unlikely if this is attempted at home in a tub. Even experienced dyers find that the larger a dye job, the more challenging it becomes.

Also keep in mind that all of the dye that rinses out has to go somewhere. That somewhere is our water - scary!

I give this plan (and the original project on AT Boston) a big thumbs down in terms of safety and biting off more than one can chew.

First Step for Overdyed Vintage Carpet DIY? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy San Francisco
2/11/10 05:11 PM

hmmm, i'm looking at all of these great holiday give-aways with a bit of jealousy...

maybe next holiday there will be a few that are open to Canadian residents?

Win this E27 Pendant Light from Design Within Reach! Holiday Giveaway 2009 | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/27/09 12:35 PM

Does anyone have any recommendations for air filters that are available in Canada? I'm looking for a small/sleek one as we only have about a foot of space around the bed.

The Green Cure: Making Your Bedroom a Sanctuary Week 7 - Intro | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
11/25/09 05:34 PM

Anyone have any recommendations for an air filter in Canada?

Maxwell's suggested Hoover Silent Air doesn't seem to be available here. Or maybe I just haven't searched hard enough?

Fall Cure 2009: Discussion Board Canada | Apartment Therapy Chicago
11/25/09 05:30 PM

I have a mirror and lighting situation similar to the photo in this past AT post:

Any thoughts on how to:

1. cover-up or change the hideous dressing room brass lighting (it's the only brass in the room)

2. do something with the unframed mirror that stretches ALL the way across wall to the shower/tub stall (and over the toilet)?

The room is beige, with white toilet, sink, tub and tiles. We're not allowed to paint.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Top 10 Bathroom Tips for Renters
10/27/09 06:04 PM

onto week two and the kitchen.

anyone have any ideas for alternatives to vinyl shelf liner?

i'm trying to be green and avoid plastics.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Fall Cure 2009: Discussion Board Canada
10/20/09 02:50 PM

I avoid the fruit fly problem by putting all compostables in a flip-top plastic container and then into the freezer. It's worth using up some of our precious freezer space to keep the smell and fruit flies down.

We live in an apartment with no composting, so when the bucket is full I take it over to a friend's place where I help garden. Community gardens often have composts that they will allow you 'contribute' to, but check their rules as some allow only garden waste and no food waste (to prevent attracting rodents).

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Stylish Countertop Composting Bins Roundup
10/16/09 03:32 PM

Curing in Vancouver

3 years in a 2 bedroom apt
2 people working from home
= too much stuff!

time for the cure

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Fall Cure 2009: Discussion Board Canada
10/15/09 02:16 PM