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October 2007

The Vodka Solution

I buy a big ol' plastic bottle of cheap-o vodka about once every two months.  Not because I drink it.  (Heavens, no.  I only drink the stuff in the pretty glass bottles, flavored with vanilla.  But I digress.) I use it on my clothes / linens / upholstery / whatever... It's wonderful.

I'm not sure where the idea began.  My sister used to mix a spray bottle of fabric softener and water and use it to spritz her furniture and carpet because she had two very large, very smelly dogs.  So I started to do that too, because I was in love with the Downy Lavender Vanilla liquid, and Febreeze didn't have anything that came close. 

Then I read about Madonna ordering up a bottle of top-shelf vodka backstage for every show and having her staff spray all of her costumes with it between gigs, because it kills bacteria, evaporates, and doesn't leave a smell behind.  (I also read that anti-bacterial part in Real Simple, but it was after I had already heard the Madonna anecdote -- and Madonna makes this sooo much cooler, don't you think?)


So I thought I might get the best of both worlds if I cut the vodka with some fabric softener.  And you know what?  It works like a charm.  My friend's (very young) brother came by not long ago to help move some furniture and he said I have "the prettiest smelling house (he's) ever smelled."  So now you have to believe me. LOL

Anyway, here's the (not-so) secret recipe. 

Vodka and Downy Spritzer:
   1 squirt bottle
   3 parts Vodka
   1 part liquid fabric softener

USES: I spray mine on my sheets every morning before I make the bed.  On my sweaters that I haven't worn in a while.  In shoes!!! (My word, does my 11 year old have stinky feet.) Also, in luggage, etc.

I have a whole army of friends in town (and out) who have converted to my yummy vodka cocktail.  One was 6 months fully preggo when she went out and bought her huge bottle.  Got some looks, that one. 

Anyone else have a special shortcut like that? 

The Jenny Apron

The demand for aprons stopeth not.  I would love to do a pivot turn and jump right into something else right now, but there is a sneaky happy part of me relishing the fact that other people want my goods.  My sister's friend decided she wanted one, too.  And so, I present Jenny:
I had bought some new fabrics last week and Jenny was calling to me!  The pocket print is from the new Moda line.  The skirt is Freshcut, which is from yardage I've had for so long... but I was too wimpy to cut it. 


I like to think she is definitely feminine, but not frilly.  She prefers her fluffery-ruffles pleated, thank you very much.