kate5kiwis: spring *giveaway*


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Sunday, July 20, 2008

spring *giveaway*

i hate the word "housewife". cos i'm *not* married to my house. it shows. i do wipe around the bathrooms and clean the loos every day (yeah, we all have our fetishes) but i am a CLOSET closet-crammer.
yesterday, in celebration of Early Summer i had a wee *sunshine moment* and made myself a summer tote bag (yeah, nicked the pattern off sarah).
and then woozie lined up for one,
made from a canteen bandanna
(i did iron it, but it does look a tad skwoshed here). and feeling evah-so-springy, this morning we wrote THE BIG LIST and began THE BIG CLEAN.

: why do you call it a "spring clean"?
: because it's gonna take until september to finish it.

ye-e-e-e-s, it took three hours to clean up the lounge and half of the kitchen, including vacuuming up two inches of dust from under the telly and rescuing seventy zillion marbles and pieces of lego from under the couch, and wiping half a year's worth of mould from the wooden slatted blinds, and biffing the cd collection from 1994, and unearthing an old library book that i'd already paid for and will now be able to get my money back on. yuss.
and lookit the first cupboard in the kitchen: the pantry, cleaned and organised by R15.
NB: woozie is *not* the SPRING CLEAN GIVEAWAY.
a *summer tote* bag (like the ones i made yesterday) is. in the colour of your choice. just leave me a comment revealing your house-cleaning-fetish (yeah, i know ya have one or two: leaving shoes outside? or wiping under the toaster? or washing up the kitchen at soon as dinner is finished? or making your bed every day? or
(*scratches forehead and think-think-thinks, cos none of those are mine*)... and i'll draw a winner by spring, as soon as we've finished cleaning up this:
and this:
and this:
or i *could* start creating the tote sooner, if anyone knows a fairy-with-a-magic-wand who'd like to *alacazam* my house?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OKAY, close off your comments after mine, because I MUST win that. I am in desperate need for a bag for Jack. A bag worthy of Jack. And I think I just found one.

Oh, happy cleaning....NOT!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Here is my cleaning fetish, promise you won't laugh!!!! You know those glass 1970's lamp shades? Well, at our last house we had two of those ugly things (as well as those upside down ones that catch the bugs, ewwww!!!!) and boy are they dust traps!!! I would spend hours climbing up, unscrewing all those tiny screws, washing them in hot soapy water, drying and polishing them and the climbing back up and screwing them back together. I would be soooo proud of myself until.... Jarrod got home and asked why had i not bothered cleaning the bathroom, or vacuuming the floors, or picking up after the kids!!!

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cleaning fetish? if only!.. well maybe I am a little obsessive when we move houses.. have several times been told that it is the cleanest empty house they have ever seen.. but haven't moved for a very long time now! Am very envious of your pantry.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

they are lovely and R15 did a great job :)

Cleaning fetish? I dont think I have any. My mother wouldnt be very happy with me. I do clean my house - vacuum, wash floors, tidy on a Saturday morning. I dont get time any other time during the week. I dont dust and I dont iron


6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, job well done! My house currently looks like my dryer threw up in it. Laundy, laundry, laundry....the bane of my existance.

LOVE LOVE the totes!! Wowza, Katie! They look great.

I see the petit sac francais peeping out there...you need a new one?

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Bench-wiper said...

Flip me days mate!! That is gonna take ya all spring alright! I am SO glad to see that I am not the only one who has been storing up chores for spring! My cleaning fettish - wiping down my 2.5 meter long waterfall kitchen bench...it takes me literally half a day to get around the whole blinkin thing! I dont have time for a life, I am too busy wiping my huge BENCH! Ang x

7:43 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Closets are made to be crammed... otherwise they get empty nest syndrome and that's very sad.

8:41 PM  
Blogger debbie said...

At one time i may have had a cleaning fetish....After 5 kids and a dog they have all vanished. I am spending my summer procrastinating.
As i type my 2yo is sweeping cheese curls into the closet....sigh...

3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kate! You've been featured as one of my favourite Handmade Havens!


(PS: My word verification was Dr. Zrpial. Do you know him? *snort*)

5:49 AM  
Blogger Rach said...

M5 did not understand teh importance of this post....he wandered by and said (and I quote verbatim)
"That's a messy house eh"

No winners here!

12:37 PM  
Blogger nova_j said...

ha our place is worse than that.. we've become ceiling cavity crammers! *blush* guess what my life will be dedicated to over the next few weeks?

my obsessive habits would be.. returning shoes to the shoe rack, and putting dvds/videos back in their cases & onto their shelf.. ad infinitum with a toddler who prefers the opposite! lol..

2:21 PM  
Blogger Carnies said...

hmmm, well, your comments made me laugh out loud... several times.

Cleaning fetish... hmmm, well, i don't think i keep anything clean. Not like my folks do anyway.. just like Jen, I don't dust, I don't iron (less I'm sewing --- 'SEWER' guess the tv advert!), however i can't stand the fur on top of the cabinet that sits under the stairs... ewww, and since i started at 'the house' I love massive piles of laundry! Weird I know.. it's the folding I'm not so keen on, but finding enough room on the washing line is a bit of a fun challenge for me! *heart* your house! *heart* the lived in look xx

2:27 PM  
Blogger Fabfeathers said...

I have one girlfriend who is a "messy" like me and another who keeps an inmaculate house, doesnt matter when you call in, its always perfect. If you want to visit me, I need a days warning. My office looks like its just been moved into, you know, boxed piled high, cupboards open overflowing with stuff, like I have yet to put everything in its place. Problem is, where is that place its suppose to go into???My husband always stubs his toe on something on the way out the door. The room next door to my office is husbands office. Just as bad but in a different way. So a 4 bedrmed house with two of the rooms as "Junk" offices. Will the kids ever get their own rooms??? I wont tell you about the 2 car garage that can only hold 1 car, or the bookshelf in the hallway which was on its way out to be sold on trademe, which now houses my hats, and my breakfast dishes which never make it downstairs to the dishwasher until I have run out of dishes and am forced to bring them down... shall I go on?

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I have puzzled and puzzled until my puzzler was sore and I don't think I have any cleaning fetishes at all. I simply don't notice mess.

I do always wipe the cooker hob after cooking. Does that count?

The bags are lovely.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Will you hire R out as a pantry-sorter- outer? I would hire her!

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Sagittarian said...

At last! Someone who went to the same school of clean that I did! My mother was always making things (she spins, weaves, dyes, makes paper, makes felt...) so we always had "creative clutter" at our place - I inherited that gene but not the creative one! Go figure.
Lovely bags tho'.
My "obsession" (apparently) is squeezing the toothpaste tubes into shape rather than have them all odd and disfigured. I have to have the bottom of the tubes flat with the fat paste near the lid. Which I also clean.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Ohhhh a giveaway how exciting...

Well I have never been much of a domesticated goddess, but we have plodded along happily mess and all. Recently however I have found that I can not relax if the lounge is in a mess when the kids are all in bed. It is getting slightly out of control and turning into a weird obsession, some evenings I have even found myself dusting (er yes dusting...) before settling down with a cuppa and my knitting... (oooo sound like a granny now..) Great photo's, I have rooms and areas like this, I seriously need someone to come in and dejunk my home....

What a gorgeous helpful daughter you have, hope that my girls grow up to be like this too......X

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Free said...

I'm no little-miss-housewife. Kiddo and I are always having to rush around tidying up before someone visits (man, I hate it when someone just drops in, I'm sooo embarrassed about my pig sty).

However, like you, I have my little things... I have to have the drinking glasses lined up in some sort of order. It bothers me when we've used too many and the cupboard looks empty!

I've got better with that now - strangely enough, it's got easier in this house where the cupboard has no door. At first I was twice as bad about, because *everyone* could see it! But then I realised how nutso I was and started to relax. Phew. But it still bothers my inner clean person.

I also wipe the taps every day. There might be a pile of unwashed dishes sitting on the bench and cluttering the sink, but those taps will SHINE!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

We share similar domestic skills. I love you.

2:36 PM  
Anonymous BeachMama said...

Hmmm... fetish??? Not sure, but I do know that the shoes must be in the hall closet every time you come in the house. And the door must be closed. I do vacuum twice a week (dogs), more if we have company. I try to keep a clean house, but sometimes it is all hiding behind the doors :).

2:05 PM  
Anonymous kate Mills said...

I don't really have a cleaning fettish but I do amtch my peags when I hang out my washing and I fold my washing a certain way so now no one helps coz they know I will re do it.


8:34 PM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

Well it's not a cleaning one - but just something I like to do - when hanging out washing I like to match the pegs - not only with each other, but with the article of washing...sounds like a time waster - but it's not, I actually have got it down to a very fine art!! (and my washing looks beautiful - especially when I had all the little girly clothes all lined up on the line...!!)

3:07 PM  
Blogger Ang Jackson said...

My my didnt they just love it so!! One of your most commented on posts, and look what the topic is - CLEANING! I think a few people need to get to Mamma Mia and forget all this spring cleaning!! Bench Wiper - aka Ang x

7:31 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Well... I'm technically not in charge of cleaning my house (my Mum is mwahahaha) but I can't stand the mess on the roof in front of our balcony - the neighbours on top of us throw down all their cigarettes and beer cans etc. so I get the long broom (mostly used for cleaning up in the corners of the ceiling), anchor myself behind the balcony and stre-e-e-e-tch till I can swipe all the trash into the gutter, where it shall never be seen again. Also, I organise all the downloaded music on iTunes and all the files in my section of the computer in alphabetical order. Just call me freak :)

3:36 PM  

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