Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Kettle/ Teapot Cleaner Tutorial

It has been a while since I have done a tutorial on the "HBT blog" so I thought I would share a "Kettle- cleaning tutorial" that has been handed down through the generations in our family. My grandma first showed my mother how to do it and it was sooooo good I still do it today! It's hard not to spot the safety-yellow coloured Berri Lemon juice (since 1942) above but I can assure you this is not a sponsored post on behalf of Berri. It's just berri good ok ;-). Ha, no seriously, I am sharing it because I've been doing a little spring cleaning of late (go figure??) and thought if ever I had a trick worth sharing this might be it; it really works a treat on kettle/ teapot scale without using any harsh chemicals. For the record I have tried to be all hippie and use just plain lemon juice but it does not work, at all. You need to use the real lemon squeeze concentrate!
Pour Lemon squeeze directly into your kettle at least 2cm deep, swirl it around and close the lid.  
 Pour a small amount of the squeeze into a small porcelain dish. Using a brush or cotton wool bud, also clean the outside of your kettle. This will remove any build-up and also make it look shiny and happy again.

Don't forget to swirl the lemon squeeze around regularly inside your jug so that it will reach the areas up high.  

 Leave your lemon squeeze inside your kettle/ teapot for 1-2 hours, this is mine already looking very shiny after about 1 hour. You can even leave it overnight if you would like.
When happy with the look of your kettle; rinse and boil your kettle a few times over to remove any lemon squeeze residue. 
Do you too have any spring cleaning tricks that have been handed down through your family?
Rach xx

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

How to make a sweet home!

I made a chalk board for one of my clients; it's ok to try it out on my kitchen first, right?? Love playing around with different looks and could not resist! I needed a lil kitchen-y type accessory to go with a clock I had previously sourced and a lovely canvas that my client already owned. I am happy to report that all three look very fabulous together in her kitchen and make a lovely wall vignette. I will show you the reveal over on my new site, very soon ;-).

The same client also sent this very sweet snap of her children helping paint the kitchen furniture. I know, bless them!

Admittedly the perfectionist within me was a little worried about application... but seriously "phht", who needs perfection! This lovely family will remember this time for years to come and I do think memories are the things that really make a home a sweet place to be.
Visiting Ivy and Elephants linky party



Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Decorating with tropical plants

It occurred to me oneday as I was zhooshing things around my house (as you do) that I did not own one single palm tree/ plant. How very un- Queensland of me! I have lived in Qld for over six years now and I instantly knew that I had to do something about it. 

Do you like to decorate with plants?? I do and I think they create much decor warmth and calm for everyone to enjoy. Here is my palm- plant purchase above; it is a Parlour Palm. Apparently and I do love a good quote ;-O "Research has also indicated that growing plants inside can effectively assist in filtering and improving air quality"- Pohlmans; I best get a dozen more!!! I think my palm looks very Queensland/ tropical, cheery and a lovely addition to my home. 

Do you too like tropical plants??

Do have a great week everyone! 
Rach xx