Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Cleaning Tips!

1 Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.

2 Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it's worth the effort.

3 When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.

4 Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.     5 Make small repairs. If you're not handy, hire someone.     6 Invest in good rubber or vinyl gloves to protect your skin and nails.     7 Dust before vacuuming or cleaning the floor. Try feather or lambswool dusters, especially extendable ones for reaching above window and door casings and into corners. Household rags are invaluable for jobs requiring a damp cloth – natural fibres work best.     8 Buy mops with a squeeze mechanism (great for vinyl, linoleum or ceramic tile floors) and a decent-size heavy-duty pail – one with a measuring scale helps get soap-to-water ratios correct.   9 Don't stand your brooms on their bristles. It will destroy their shape and diminish their effectiveness. Instead, get a broom holder, like the Magic Holder 5-position broom organizer.   10 Use a Swiffer for light dusting, or your favourite broom or vacuum attachment to clean hardwood floors. Then damp-mop with a mild cleaner such as Murphy Oil Soap. I recently discovered BonaKemi's MicroPlus Hardwood Floor Care System, which includes a mop with a removable washable microfibre pad and a nontoxic water-based spray cleaner. It makes the floors glow, and smell good, too.     From of Style at Home magazine

Spring!

OK, maybe I am rushing things a little but I can feel it in the air and am dreaming of it's sweet scent. Looking forward to my tree in full bloom as seen in the photo. Some more favorite pics of Spring and a favorite poem 

 

Chorus from 'ATALANTA'
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins:
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And in the green underwood cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins
                                           Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837-1909

Pictures courtesy  of:
Sonya Kinkade Design
Andrewprokos.com
hiderphoto.com
designsdelights.com
 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Valberg Imaging

Valberg Imaging is Ottawa’s only combined photographic art studio and gallery. Located in the heart of Westboro Village, award winning photographer Michelle Valberg leads her team of highly talented professionals, including Valerie Keeler and Jennifer File. All three photographers are dedicated to using their creativity to fuse art and science with breathtaking results. I have had the privileged to work with Michelle and will work with her and her team on more design projects in the future.

Michelle Valberg is an award-winning Canadian photographer, renowned for her soulful portraiture and stunning landscapes. She possesses a magical combination of artistic creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and community commitment with a diverse career and excellent reputation. Valberg’s work has appeared in numerous magazines including US Magazine, In Style, above & beyond, Ottawa Life, Canadian Geographic, PhotoLife, Reader’s Digest and Chatelaine, and has been the subject of her two self-published books—Look Beyond… The Faces & Stories of People with HIV/AIDS and Dare to Dream… A Celebration of Canadian Women, which became a national bestseller. Each of her book projects has raised money for Ottawa-based charities. Valberg is currently at work on her third book — The Land & Life of the Inuit… Through the Generations —due to be released in 2011.

If your looking for a great photographer look not further than Valberg Imaging!

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