G.F. Ranch

The beginning of His vision

Forced to Clean

I like having a clean house, but can’t particularly say I like to clean.  I guess I don’t mind cleaning except for 1) It takes time away from crafting! 2) Finding motivation is difficult when it comes to cleaning 3) I don’t like anyone here when I clean. When you home school & live out in the country…needless to say I don’t get much time without Bug home.  And when I do, I like to enjoy it by crafting without guilt or interruption.

But Hubby comes home in 5 days so it’s really time to get things in order for his arrival.  So I forced myself to clean today.  Although the main areas need some TLC, I started in the Bunk Room.  That is the old master bedroom with bathroom we will use for the boys when we start foster care again. It’s kind of become a storage room and when Mak (my great-niece) came to spend a week with Auntie, she and Bug played and slept in there since there is a bunk bed. And I have some craft projects in there too.  It was just getting out of hand!

I also took pictures of the boards I stained last night that I talked about in Exploring Stains (Ughhh, took a bit but got the link).  The boards are in reverse order as I had them listed in the post. Not the best picture of the white, it doesn’t look like white paint.  Do you see the Weathered Gray and Gunstock?  Think those are my favorites!



I took a picture of the hooks I straightened out.  The smaller ones come in a pack of 25 but the ornate ones came in a pack of 8.  I actually ruined one of those by unraveling the wrong end.  It was late last night & I was tired.

I’ve also been trying to make a DIY stain (inspired by S2C) , but I think it’s going to take some time.  User error probably; maybe added to much vinegar?  But you soak steel wool and vinegar.  She also adds instant coffee to hers.  I personally HATE coffee!  And hubby doesn’t do instant, so I’ll pick up a cheap jar of it.

This is after 3 days.  I did have the lid on until today.  It kept building up pressure (Chemistry lesson! Chemical reaction, LOL). So I took the lid off today to see if some O2 will help it progress faster.  I’ll keep you updated.

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Goo Gone

When I find something I like on a blog, I tend to check out the rest of their blog for more great ideas.  Often I either find nothing else or maybe one or two more things.  Occasionally I hit pay dirt!  Am sure you already expecting this recipe for Homemade Goo Gone to come from POPSUGAR Smart Living.  And you will not be disappointed.  Both, because you are correct and also because this is a great recipe.


I questioned how well a 2-ingredient Goo Gone would work and I was pleasantly surprised!  Various glues are used on different items and differ in ease of removal.  There are occasions I have had to repeat two or three times.  But to not deal with the horrendous smell of Boo-Be-Gone, I do not mind one bit.

I also found that by spreading a thin layer over the glue area first,  then adding on a bit thicker of a layer and leave to set or dry, makes the job even easier!  I now make this recipe in double or triple batches as I love to save bottles, jars and even some plastic containers.

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