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Thursday, July 19, 2012


I am donating a “Home” set and a Patriotic set to a friend for a fundraising silent auction, and wanted to make it extra special for her, so I’ve updated some of the interchangeable pieces. I have to tell you, I am so excited about how they turned out:


This set is basically the same, except I add the Uncle Sam Hat.  I think it turned out cute!  I need to make one for me, too! Smile

006added the cupcake, for birthdays…

008love the ladybug!

010who doesn’t love a Hershey’s Kiss?

012a new bunny for Easter…

014an apple, for back to school time.

Of course, the regular pieces will be there too (you can see that post here).  All in all there are 12 interchangeable pieces to represent the seasons (and a birthday  as well). Who needs an ‘o’ anyway?? 

I really hope the auction goes well, and they raise lots of money! 

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day. Smile

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Hi everyone!  This is one of those cleaners, that if I hadn’t tried it myself, I would NEVER believe it worked! 

I bought my little one a couple of pairs of cute shoes at a second hand store.  The bottoms were gross…really gross on one of them. But, I figured they were a good brand, and worth a couple of bucks, to see if I can clean them up.  And, if I couldn’t clean them, she could have them as play shoes.  I remember seeing a talk show or something, where they mentioned using toothpaste to clean the bottoms of the shoes.  Yeah, right.  (Or so I thought!). 

001  The left shoe is before cleaning, the  right shoe is after!

003Both shoes, bright and shiny!

I just used what toothpaste we had,  an old toothbrush, and some elbow grease.  I couldn’t believe how quickly it cleaned them!  This was not just ‘surface’ dirt…it was like part of the shoe! I had tried soap, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and comet. Nothing worked.  I really didn’t want her wearing them out in the condition they were in.  But, now they are awesome!  Love those KEENS!

So, I immediately ran to her room and found the other pair, not Keens, but still cute:

009on this one, I tried to leave a spot that wasn’t cleaned, so you could see the difference.  I couldn’t get a great picture, because of the flash, but here  are a couple. The results were amazing!

012These shoes were so dirty and disgusting…I had actually put them up in her closet so she wouldn’t wear them!  But once I saw how the Keens turned out, I brought them out, still doubting that it would work on these babies, but oh yeah!  It’s amazing. 

So, if you have some shoes that need a little love, try the toothpaste trick!

Thanks for stopping by!