Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
I cannot tell you how much I looked forward to starting our summer vacations. This last school year, though went pretty quickly, also felt very exhausting.
As soon as the activities and routine slowed down I had full intentions of using the extra free time to spend lots of time in my studio.
We are already a month into the beginning of the summer holidays and the only thing I actually did was sew a few outdoor pillows for our patio furniture.
Apart from spending time with the kiddos and keeping the house in a decent state, I had been reading so much like I haven’t done in a long, long time. I had a few books I was eager to read and then I order some more.
I’m crazy about history, biographies, and historical fiction. I literally devoured so many wonderful and absorbing stories that I’m thinking it might be a good idea to post some recommendations, if anyone is interested.
The good thing about my studio is that it is well organized and well stocked with a nice variety of my Night Lights (Etsy). We will see when the “crafting itch” comes back… in the mean time I can’t think of a better way to spend my free time.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Last December when I visited my parents during the holidays, my mom and I went through some storage boxes. It was nice to see again all kinds of stuff from the past like photo albums or my own baby clothes, and in one those boxes I found between old crockery one of my grandmother’s porcelain dish. Even though it was in good condition it was badly stained.
To make a long story short I took the dish and carried it my self in my backpack for more than 24 hours during eternal line airport waiting, plane transfers and long flights.
I read about stains and how to clean porcelain. The stains occur because moisture filtrates through the very small almost invisible cracks in the glaze and stays under it, hence scrubbing the surface won’t work.
I tried every recommended product like sodium bicarbonate, borax, oxi, vinegar, salt, and always submerging the piece in hot water, making sure that whatever I used would not damage the glaze or the painted design, but the stains always came back as seen in the top picture.
In the end what really worked was soaking the dish on a strong solution of hydrogen peroxide (30% volume also called “developer”) that I found at a beauty supply store. I let it immerse for a couple of days and the stains were completely gone. I made sure I handled the dish with rubber gloves, then rinsed it thoroughly with warm water, and dried it well.
I am so glad that my “Nonna’s” dish is looking beautiful once again and is now hanging on our dinning room wall. Not only brings a bit of color amongst the other dishes but also and most importantly good old memories that I have of my grandmother from when she was with us.