11.06.2010

Tick Tock! Don't forget to turn your clocks back

Tonight at midnight the clocks go back and give us all a much deserved extra hour of sleep. The dry facts and history of the time change are below but the topic has inspired my search for great clocks. So many choices, which one to choose?











Here are the dry facts:

Daylight Saving Time originally began in the USA during WWI in order to save energy for war production, utilizing the later hours of daylight between April and October. In WWII the USA government instituted the practice again. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 which standardized Daylight Savings Time.


Some USA states and territories don't have to worry about it. Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, and Arizona.

Most of Canada uses Daylight Saving Time. Some exceptions include the majority of Saskatchewan and parts of northeastern British Columbia. In the fall of 2005, Manitoba and Ontario announced that like the United States, they would extend daylight time starting in 2007. Other provinces have indicated that they may also follow suit.

J

11.05.2010

Crisp white sheets are always best

When it comes to dressing the beds in my home I always choose crisp white sheets. Easy to keep bright and white and guaranteed to make your home feel like a 4 Star hotel, you may not be able to get rid of your guests.


When choosing your sheets, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1 - Thread Count
Thread count is the number of threads, both vertical and horizontal, in a one-inch square of fabric.
The number of threads per square inch are not the only consideration, though they tend to be the most influential factor when consumers buy their sheets. The thread count is not the only thing to consider, the ply and thickness of the thread are equally important.
Ply refers to how many threads are wrapped together into a single thread. Single-ply fabrics, for example, use threads on their own, while two-ply fabrics are formed by two pieces of thread twisted together.

2 -Weave - it must be considered in conjunction with the the thread count.

Percale: a closely woven. Plain weave, spun fabric made from both carded and combed cotton. Percale sheeting is the finest available. The high tread count gives the fabric a silk-like feel.
Flannel: a soft, medium weight plain or twill weave fabric, usually made of cotton with a napped finish on one or both sides. The raised surface provides a fluffy appearance and supper soft, cozy feel. Great for warmth during the cold winter months.
Jersey: a plain stitch knitted cloth. The fabric is knitted in circular, flatbed or warp knitted methods. Very elastic with good draping qualities.
Sateen: a weave construction that has more yarn surface on the face of the cloth than other basic weaves giving a softer hand and more lustrous look.


3 - Care

This is a fail safe recipe to keeping your whites white.

1 * Check care label to make sure the fabric is bleach-safe.

2 * Soak overnight in an enzyme presoak, which will immediately go to work breaking down organic materials to augment the cleaning process later.

3 * Set washer to as hot a temperature as tolerable by the fabric (see care instructions on clothing).

4 * Use twice as much (bleach-safe) detergent as usual.

5 * Add chlorine bleach 5 minutes after the wash cycle has begun.

6 * Hang in bright sunlight to dry.

When it comes to keeping a home tidy I often turn to Martha Stewart. She has the best tips on folding sheets. Follow the link below for the how to.

http://www.marthastewart.com/how-to/how-to-fold-a-fitted-sheet

10.31.2010

Whimsy

whimsy (hwim′zē, wim′-)
noun pl. whimsies -·sies′

1.an odd fancy; idle notion; whim

2.curious, quaint, or fanciful humor: poems full of whimsy

3.something odd or whimsical, as an art object, piece of writing, etc.

Do you have enough whimsy in your life? To be honest some days I'm not sure I have time for whimsy, I'm well aware that this is a shame but what is a busy girl supposed to do?

I hope this adds a little whimsy to your day.







J

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