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Sara, my laundry is actually possibly worse. I am glad you like your class so much.

As for an ice cream maker, I know two people with the Cuisinart 1 1/2 qt. maker that prices about 70.00. (Not the one with the built in freezer-- the one with the insert you freeze ahead of time) However, my dad has a 1 qt maker from Deni that does the trick, although the ice cream does seem to be a little softer and looser than the Cuisinart results. I'd spring the extra 30.00 and get the Cuisinart, personally.


Ha! I can't tell you how much it changed my life to get a washer and dryer in my kitchen. I sometimes get impatient because I don't have enough dirty laundry to justify running the machine. I love doing the laundry. I used to have to go to the laundromat (which I confess I did not entirely hate), or over to a friend's house to do laundry; I repay the universe for the latter by inviting my friends who do not have laundry facilities in the house to come over and wash clothes whenever they want to.

If only I felt this way about the rest of the household chores.


Why not just call it a a kitty bed? Then it's fulfilling it's purpose ;-)


BLC -- Thank you. I was looking at the Cuisinart; I think you can get pretty good deals on it online.

There's an interesting discussion about professional ice cream making/makers over at Eggbeater, but that's all way out of my league...for now. More on that in another post.

Alphabitch -- The sad truth is we have a washer and dryer in the bathroom, and in our previous domicile had a set in the basement. We went from whining about having to go to the laundromat to whining about having to go all the way downstairs into the basement -- which wasn't entirely unreasonable, because it wasn't finished and got viciously cold -- to now whining about having to haul our laundry half the length of this apartment, a three-room-plus-kitchen-and-bath affair that is the top half of a hundred-year-old house.

The problem is we have too much stuff, too little closet space that isn't being taken up with tools, books, and office supplies, and only the one laundress -- me -- who has other interests.

AmpuT -- Oh, but it's so much more than just a bed. It's more like a kitty recreation center. ;)


That's pretty cool with the taking classes - I think I would take a classes call small moving parts just because - and all I have to say is that I saw the pile of laundry and said "Holy Crap!" followed by, "Hey how come she has a shoe tree and we don't?"

Hope the classes are good and see ya tomorrow!


Oh, Elizabeth, the over-door shoe organizer is an absolute gift from the gods. I don't know if I would ever manage to wear matching shoes if I did not have it.

You can get your own here.

Of course, they have others, too...


I agree about the over-the-door shoe organizer. I have one, and then also several over-the-closet-bar units as well. There are two closets in my bedroom, and one of them is given over entirely to shoes and handbags (and a couple of off-season coats). But I don't have all that many clothes, so neither of the closets is completely full.

My kitchen is another story; every corner of every space is tightly packed, and if I get so much as one extra item, it sits on the counter for ages. Along with everything else.

The jewelry classes sound so totally cool. Can't believe I haven't looked at your etsy shop. I'm off to check it out.


Oh, thank you, Alphabitch.

It's a little depleted right now. I hope to have lots of new stuff in there within the week, but that's only if I don't meanwhile suffocate under an enormous pile of fallen laundry or something. ;)

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It really shouldn't have come as a surprise to me that you and I have several identical favourite Etsy items, should it...?


Heh -- really, no. :)

I have no idea how many of mine I first saw among yours.


Sisyphus had it easy compared to my attempts to stay on top of laundry in my house.
Have favourited your Etsy shop but, strangely, it is the bag with the lizard head on it that is calling to me the loudest...


"Sisyphus had it easy compared to my attempts to stay on top of laundry in my house."

Yes, but you have children!!! What's my excuse? Oh, right, other interests. But geez, who doesn't have other interests?

The original painting that the lizard head came from can be seen here. It's another crazy synthesis of growing up in Los Angeles, reading fashion magazines as a young woman which included articles advising against facial expressions because they could cause wrinkles, etc.

Meanwhile, Redneck Mother recently alerted her readers to the existence of a worker-owned maquiladora in Mexico that makes organic cotton canvas bags and organic cotton T-shirts. My plan, as soon as I figure out why my printer is sucking all of a sudden (or replace it), is to order a bunch of blanks and do my own iron-on transfers, then sell the products through the Etsy store. Until I can do that, I guess CafePress is my best option, but stay tuned for further, more ecological and otherwise conscientious shopping choices sometime in the next few months.

And hey, meanwhile, congratulations again on your most excellent news! Here's to years and years of more Laurie!

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