random nonsense-ness of the eve of Autumn…..

I have much to share.. but be fore-warned.. I’m all over the board today…

***And if my mother were to find out that I was going to post something about cleaning …..  well, mom… be ready ***

( don’t worry, Mom, I only have one tip…I’m still me 🙂 )

back to my tip.  …

Cleaning. I know.. it should be a four letter word. yuck. I have the ut most respect for those who do it as a living. You folks Rock-MY-World!!

For ages we talk about Spring cleaning. But if you do a deep cleaning in the spring, then Mother nature ( no disrespect, madam..) then pollen shows up.. then the humidity of summer gets everything sticky and if you are an avid gardener like Mr barefoot& I are.. well, there are days that there is more dirt on the inside of our house then outside.

I’m a HUGE advocate for fall cleaning.   and by fall cleaning I mean that i clean for a little while then fall down and a take a nap zzzzzzz..

just kidding.


Once in awhile I find a great tip and this, friends, is a good one…

You know how if you have nice **silk flowers or plants they get all dusty & rather scary

I know.. scary.. eh?  How do you clean this? well, you could dust each and every leaf (NOT) OR

you can fill a bag ( paper or plastic)  with Kosher salt. Yuppers. Salt.

just make sure your bag doesn’t have a hole in it.  Don’t ask me how I know this….

once your hole-less bag has salt ( just a big handful per item) place your plant in the bag, close it up tightly &

Shake shake shake… shake shake  shake.. shake your groove thing 🙂

guess what? you just cleaned your plant!!!

and the proof is in the bag.. litterally.

on the right.. the ‘dirty’ salt.. eeiiw……  and on the left, I sprinkled some fresh salt so that you can see the difference.   If you are a fan of barefootgirl in the kitchen on facebook then you know that I proclaimed my addiction of both salt AND pepper.. and this is just one more reason why 🙂

(see mom, it was light cleaning 😉 )

Ok… while I was shopping with a good friend earlier this week she forced me  encouraged me to buy this cookbook stand…

(sorry about the glare..)  and WHY did the NEED to come into my home??

be fore warned.. I’m about to leave you hanging…. although  I’m quite sure a family member of mine might chime in with the answer…..

family?? please don’t let me down 😉

lastly, I’ve spent some one on one time with my sewing machine this week….  but not quilting…. ( although I have many quilts calling for my attention…)  I have been taking wool sweaters & recycling or UPcycling them into something new..

I’ve posted one on barefootgirl in the kitchen ‘s facebook wall, but here is one that I completed today.

I started with this family shawl…

that sadly had been shrunk in a washing machine accident. ( c’mon… we all know it happens)

call me the shrunken laundry ambulance..

this is the second one that I’ve made.   I am LOVING this idea…..  partially beacuse of the whole recycling nature of it…. but I’m into this on another level…..I want to take clothes that mean something to you ( like a sweater from someone who has passed and re-purpose it into something that you will use everyday.

❤ legacys…..  have a sweater that you would like to repurpose? get in touch with me… barefootgirl27@comcast.net

Ok.. thanks for listening to my randomness……  this was only a sliver of what is jumping around in my mind…..

and tomorrow.. I PROMISE you an awesome recipe…. very fall- like 🙂

ciao bellas!!

** although I think that silk plants have their place and CLEARLY I have them in my house, I will always opt for real 🙂


  1. Jodie Charest says:

    Meme and Pepe’s Silverware!!!! Nice touch!!.. I sooo love your randomness!! Great Tips on the plant cleaning.. and.. OH.. By the way… you CAN do anything!!.. I think you have proven that!!.. You got the creative side of the family!!! Wubba U!!!


    • barefootgirl27 says:

      wubba you too!!! YES!!! I found their silverware in a random store on a cookbook holder!! I could NOT leave it 🙂 I am so happy that you noticed….

      oh how I miss the two of them…..

      ❤ you!


  2. where’s the pic of the “clean”flower? Haha..? Love that purse!!


    • barefootgirl27 says:

      yay for the purse!!! Yeah about the clean flower… make no mistake.. it IS clean. I am just deciding what goes where in my change of seasons decor… trust me, you’ll see it!!!!


  3. Great tip about the fake plant cleaning!!! And I love that you are repurposing sweaters!


  4. DAMN Jodie. I was hoping to be the first to reply. [although I haven’t been on fb in almost a week]. Shelley, OMG how freakin’ awesome. Love the silk flower cleaning idea, goin’ to have to try that. I have 2 lace pieces of lace from your Great Meme’s wedding dress, and a knitted shawl of hers also. Got any ideas? Let me know.


  5. Oh BTW I love “still you”


  6. WOW!!! The silk flower cleaning idea is grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat! to quote tony the tiger.


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