No Chaos No Order

January 26, 2015

Random History: Organic Chemistry

Filed under: heart — fairyguts @ 11:21 pm

The first time I was in college I didn’t put a lot of effort in to my classes. I mean, I did all the assignments, participated in class discussions, and generally performed well enough. I never tested very well, though, often getting poorer scores than the people I helped, but I was ok with that. Ok enough to not read the text books or learn how to study for tests. Until my senior year when I started Organic Chemistry. I got through the first term with my normal habits and received a B, but, by the second week of the second term, I knew I was in trouble! I dropped out and started over, even auditing the first term again. And this time, I used every resource available and learned how to STUDY!  Crazy!  I worked so hard at it, I couldn’t part with any of my materials … Until now.  Here are too many photos for anyone else to be interested in, but it was pretty significant for me.

The text book. Which I read, highlighted and wrote in:


The study guide for the text book. Which I read and did the activities in.   WOW.


My notebook, which held all my notes and completed activities.


My lab notebook.

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The lab book.

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January 19, 2015

Window Frame Photo Display

Filed under: heart, home — fairyguts @ 11:02 pm

We have a surround-sound system with large, black, speakers hanging in the middle of a big, white wall.  I think it looks cheap and tacky.  But I do love me some surround-sound!  I decided the best way to work with it would be to camouflage the speakers by creating a gallery of photos around them.  Here is one item I made to help with the disguise.  This window came off my aunt’s house and was free to me – woot!

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With some scraping and primer …

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and a finish coat of black

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I have a cheap and attractive frame to contribute to my gallery!

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January 12, 2015

Vintage Leathercraft Kit: “Let’s Do Modern Leathercraft In the Style of the Old West”

Filed under: heart — fairyguts @ 11:04 pm

Several years ago, a friend of mine found this at a garage sale. Since I was playing with leather at the time, she got it thinking of me.  Some of the parts for the wallet I made for my husband came from this kit. I am working on finishing projects and reducing my supplies, so eventually, this kit will be used up and then I’ll probably recycle the box somehow, but I wanted to document it for posterity.  It’s a pretty comprehensive kit! And the cover illustrations crack me up.

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December 31, 2014

Play kitchen

Filed under: heart, home, relationship — fairyguts @ 11:25 pm

I made a play kitchen for the boys for Christmas and it has been a huge hit these last few days! Robin knows exactly what to do with it.  He knows the little pot holders are for opening the oven and taking the muffin pan out. He knows the washrags are for washing dishes and the towel is for drying. He spends so much time playing and playing and (the best part!) when I cook, he cooks.  Here are some photos of the creation.  Most of the supplies came from The Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Two drawers and an old, kitchen cupboard:

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With a screwdriver, the drawer fronts come off and leave two boxes. I cut the fronts down for the oven doors.

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All parts cut up, sanded, filled and sanded again.

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I guess I didn’t take any in between photos, so here is the finished set!

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Material list:

ReStore:  2 drawers (10% off) = $7.20; Drawer handles (10% off) = $2.25; faucet = $8.75; towel hook = $0.10; cupboard (50% off) = $2.50; cabinet hinges (for fridge) = $2.30; stove knobs = $0.50

Fred Meyer’s:  Screws = $1.49

Goodwill:  cookie tin (for sink) = $0.99

Home Depot: Paint and supplies = $43.86; rubber feet = $5.85; screws = $1.18; magnetic latches = $3.92; no clearance hinges (for oven) = $10.98

The Dollar Tree: Oven racks = $1, kitchen towel = $1

Total (not including paint): $50.01

And I could have kept it cheaper if I’d been willing to wait and watch the ReStore for hinges, latches, and rubber feet. And, if I weren’t being picky about paint color, I could have gotten much cheaper paint there, too.

November 3, 2014

Random History: The Holy Grail

Filed under: heart — fairyguts @ 5:35 am

I actually still feel guilty for recycling this.  I was involved in high school theater for my senior year and was really just a stage hand – never leading material.  The theater people were relatively accepting of me and I got to go to a couple parties, one of which was spent transcribing Monty Phython’s Holy Grail.  It was fun to contribute to the arguments around dialog, background comments, and especially how to type certain sound effects.  I do not know if this was my copy, or the only copy, but it was time to let it go.  I apologize if it was the only one …




“The Script, of The Soundtrack, of The Movie, of the Python Presentation, of The Retelling of the Great Classic, of The Myth, of The Legend, of The Unproven Hearsay, of The See Webster’s Dictionary for the Definition of the Above – Better Known as…

(Alias)(Wik) *(Da Duh Da Daaaaa)*


(and we really mean it)

(also also wik)

— the strictly unofficial script of the movie, done in a fit of boredom by a whole lot of people– touched up again by Ralph the Wonder Llama (How time flies), and Svend’s Moose.

Assorted above silliness, commentary, and editing by Timothy ‘Tronic a.k.a. Andrew Mansfield”


October 27, 2014

Laundry Room: cleaning supplies

Filed under: health, home — fairyguts @ 5:27 am

Long ago I started an experiment around cleaning solutions. While I was looking for cleaner recipes to try out, I noticed a rash of Pinterest pins exclaiming “How to Turn a Mason Jar into a Squirt Bottle!” showcasing their finished projects. And, while I laud their accomplishments, I could not see the benefit in that. I couldn’t imagine my hand fitting between the trigger and the mason lid – I’d have to hold my smallest two fingers out. And then, because of the broad lid, I’d have to hold my hand cocked awkwardly perpendicular. But, finally, I was confused … I can understand the interest in using glass over plastic, but why not use the screw-lid glass water or juice bottles already available at most grocery stores? And, since I was using plastic bottles with squirting tops that were so crummy they only worked 60% of the time, I decided to do so.  In the experiment you can see the bottles with juice labels still on them, but following are the snazzed up versions for my snazzed up laundry cupboards.

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Galvanized buckets from a feed store ($8 each).

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An exacto-knife is my vinyl cutter to label my buckets of cleaning equipment.

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Nice and cozy in their home!

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Random storage needs are covered cardboard boxes. “Bulbs,” “Basics,” and “Batteries”

October 22, 2014

Crochet Toy Baskets

Filed under: heart, home — Tags: — fairyguts @ 10:07 pm

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I was storing the living room toys in a basket in the media cabinet. It worked well for a while, but my helper-baby, aka danger-baby was starting to break it and use it for even more danger. I needed something else to hold the toys, but not structured enough to be used as a step ladder.  After a look through Pinterest for inspiration, I decided to crochet some baskets using old t-shirts, scrap fabric, and left over yarn. They turned out pretty nice and even my littlest baby can get at what he wants.

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PS: Toys rarely stay in the baskets right now.

October 20, 2014

Random History: HS WordPerfect Manual

Filed under: heart — fairyguts @ 10:12 pm

When I was in high school the “Computer Science” class was mostly about using WordPerfect and Excel (or what would become Excel). We ended up making ourselves a manual for all the different correspondence and forms we would need to use with the appropriate formatting. I wrote some silly things in here, so was holding on to it.  But I don’t need it and recycled it recently.

These pictures are really for me, but everyone’s welcome to read them sideways!

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October 17, 2014

Media cabinet

Filed under: health, home — fairyguts @ 10:03 pm

In our old home our media equipment was stored in the basement – everything gloriously exposed, reveling in its awkward electrical hodg-podg-ery. Our new home, though, doesn’t have space for that. We decided to keep it in the living room and the mess of cables and flashing lights and game controllers was both a dust- and baby-magnet. To make it worse, we didn’t have furniture to accommodate it all. We used a sideboard with a folding table on top, and a homemade counter/table with landscaping fabric wrapped around the base.  We also used old boxes and sleeping bags shoved along sides and in spaces to keep our danger-baby from climbing up onto the rickety tables.  Mmmm – attractive!  (Which explains why there is no photograph.)

I couldn’t stand it any more and measured all of the things we wanted to be with the media and I started shopping.  We don’t have lots of money, so I needed to be careful with my funds.  I started haunting the Habitat for Humanit ReStore and finally found something to work…

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measurements and fantasy

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Ooo! A sale at the ReStore!

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Hmmm … A two-piece desk, but they are priced separately and the top one seems very promising.

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Ooo – totally acceptable price!

Before shopping, I wrote the measurements for each media component on its own post-it note to help me experiment with placement.

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If I add a second shelf inside the cupboard, everything would fit!  I bought it and send my hubby back to bring it home.

I still had some changes to maximize the space and minimize the visibility of things or the possibility for kids to play with it.

First, we added a second shelf and holes in the back for ventilation.


A lock for one side and a latch for the other keep the kids out.



But the trickiest part was cutting and finishing a hole in the cabinet door to put the center speaker inside. With some scrap wood behind the speaker, it rests directly against the door but little hands can’t push it out of the way to reach in.


I think it looks pretty nice now!  We still have the cable box out and another component that need to be exposed for remote control use, but eventually I’d like to install glass doors in the far right opening to put them in. For now, we keep toys there!

October 13, 2014

Quick review of O.N. chapters

Filed under: home — fairyguts @ 10:35 pm

Getting back into using the book Organize Now! to guide my chaos taming has been very helpful! I’d forgotten I had a map for my next moves and it’s injected some vigor into my day.  I showed off my craft room a couple days ago and wanted to quickly review previous chapters since I moved into our new house.

I ended up reviewing all of the first four chapters again: Organize Your Mind & Life Vision, Organize Your Priorities, Organize Your Schedule, and Organize Your Cleaning Schedule. Very good reminders of the things I need to TAKE ACTION on to actually bring into my life – another motivating force.  I didn’t change much except for my chore list.  I haven’t done much cleaning since my first child was born (2.5 years ago!), so I adjusted my expectations and, after looking through Pinterest for ideas, changed how I organized and presented my chores. I’m pretty excited by this – I think it’s slick! The primary inspiration came from Of The Hearth’s tutorial, but I expanded it by adding more layers. Her chart shows rotating chores that aren’t scheduled by day, but here is my chart (not very pretty, though!) which is scheduled:




  • The center, green square has the daily chores that can happen (although watering outdoor plants is no longer needed).
  • The yellow squares show the chores that can happen each day of the week and it repeats because that is how I was able to get it to fit with the month chores that come next.  It is meant to happen each week, not just the first two weeks of the month.
  • Purple squares are for monthly chores and I put them in specific date squares, but only because it spread them out evenly throughout the month.
  • And finally, the blue squares list chores that should happen once or twice a year.

I feel NO compulsion to adhere intently to these days, dates, or frequencies. I see this as a guideline for the ideal situation.

Back to the book, I flipped through the next group of chapters (Organizing Your Papers) and I felt I was keeping up with all of that great. The husband and I even organized our books in our office (non-fiction – by topic, and fiction by author)!  I did come across some books and things that I was keeping out of nostalgia and will be featured in future posts. And then they were all recycled!  Yahoo!

Now I am back to “Organize Your Things” group of chapters and should be organizing my car next. I want to create a comprehensive emergency kit in the car, so this will take a bit of research and saving for shopping to get it done.


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