Saturday, January 21, 2012

Creative class display

School in Queensland starts back on Monday, so I spent some time setting up my classroom. I had taken some photos of my class for this year when they came for orientation in the last week of school, last year. I had tried hanging coloured laminated photos but they had already started to slide off the fishing line I had hung them up with. So I was looking for another creative way to put up the photos and Welcome my class. Then I was inspired by the very popular My family stickers that many people have on the back of their cars.
I ended up printing their faces in black and white cutting them out and gluing them on paper. I then drew stick person bodies on them; cut them out and laminated them. The photos are of the results - I have blurred the faces of the students for privacy reasons. It is amazing how necessity leads to creative solutions.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Creative Cleaning

Well today is my last day of holidays before I go back to work. Thinking over my holidays, particularly my time I spent at home, much of it has been about reorganising, spring cleaning and sorting out ready for a new year.  One thing that I have done is start to use alternative (or old school) cleaning products instead of the chemicals used in so many expensive manufactured ones.
At the beginning of the holidays I cleaned my tile floor with Bi-carb and vinegar and it came up so well. I have made some homemade washing powder with blue soap and washing soda.
I am about to trial washing soda and bicarb in my dishwasher, and have heard that you can also use vinegar as a rinse aid, which I am keen to try.
I guess I am starting to experiment with all these alternative cleaning for a few reasons, was diagnosed with high allergies a few months ago and figure removing more chemicals from my life must help with my health. Also these alternatives are so much cheaper than the supermarket alternatives. I would much rather spend my money on some yummy food or a night out than cleaning products.

Here are a few things that I have been trailing:

Cleaning Tiles: 
Sprinkle some bicarb on the tiles and then spray with white vinegar, scrub any stubborn areas with a scrubbing brush. Mop with warm water and small amount of vinegar.

Cleaning Oven door ( and the rest of it I would say):
Pretty much like the tiles - sprinkle with bircarb, sprinkle or spray vinegar on bicarb let it bubble etc. then wipe off with a cloth.

Dishwasher powder:
Mix Bicarb with washing soda - more Bicarb than washing soda.

Use white vinegar as a rinse aide. (read somewhere you can add a small amount of lemon oil too but not sure)

Cleaning Glass: 
Add some vinegar or mentholated spirits to water and wash the glass. Squeegee off or use old newspaper.

Laundry soap: 

Mix grated soap - eg. sunlight (I'm currently using blue soap I bought many years ago in Fiji) with a small amount of washing soda.

Friday, January 13, 2012

creative organisation

I think this holiday break has all been about organising and using the small amount of space I have in my unit in a better way. This morning I heard a crash in my bedroom cupboard, upon closer inspection I found the clothes rail hanging down and my clothes everywhere. This was cause for some creative organisation. I was grateful for my parents who came and helped me fix the rail and make up some new shelves to help organise all the mess.

mess all over my room

more mess

more organised

more creative organisation

Sunday, January 8, 2012

wall art

I had some creative fun decorating my unit with some wall stickers. I have a fascination with lamps so when I found a lamp wall sticker I could not resist getting it for my room. I also had recently had changed my 2nd bedroom into a more functional but also more aesthetic room. I now had a wall that was previous covered by a lounge as a blank wall, I could not resist adding some more colour with some red poppies to match the red I had already added.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Fun In Melbourne

Seeing it is Summer Holidays I headed off to Melbourne for just over a week for a break. I had such a great time and enjoyed the beautiful country that is Australia. I would have to say one highlight was seeing the rock formations on the coast along the Great Ocean Road - it was so beautiful. I also had time to take in a few Art Galleries in Melbourne and see some street art. It was also so nice to watch the Midnight fireworks from the balcony of my cousin's apartment on NYE. I was also inspired to do a small amount of drawing myself. It is really nice to chill and take time to enjoy the creation (both God and mans). I have included a few examples of the beauty I experienced.

the beauty of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Rd

my attempt at sketching the Princess bridge over the Yarra River

another picture of the rock formations known as 12 apostles

Loch Ard Gorge on the Great Ocean Rd

beautiful view of the Fireworks on NYE

St Pauls Cathedral, Fed Square and Flinders station from the Sky deck

lights of Southgate on the Yarra River

my love of lamps continues 

sunset from the Skydeck

MCG, the gardens and the Arts centre from the Sky deck