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Friday, August 17, 2012

Notes to Myself - Dry Erase and Chalk Markers

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I've finally reached that point.

I've got so much stuff to remember that I've become a note writer.

But I don't just write notes on paper. I write them on major appliances





 I write with EXPO dry erase markers, on the washing machine, to remind myself of items in the washer that I want NOT to inadvertently throw into the dryer.  Or to remind anyone else  in my family who may feel compelled to help me with the laundry that there's something special  in the load that can't be dried.

Okay, who am I kidding?! That never actually happens, at least not in recent history.   


I write temperature or baking directions in chalk marker, on the oven door,  for recipes that have multiple temperatures during the cooking process.  I use chalk markers made by Pentel. I purchase them at Hobby Lobby. It says "wet erase" but they wipe off of glass with a dry cloth.


Sometimes, I write notes to other people in my family, on the bathroom mirror, like this one:


But mainly, it's to protect the clothes.

Like the White Gap T-Shirt. 


And my sanity.

Speaking of REMEMBERING THINGS, I have exciting news to share.  My blogging mentor and BFF, Karianne at Thistlewood Farm is
         GIVING AWAY A TICKET TO THE SOUTHERN BLOGGERS CONFERENCE!

Here's the blog page too: http://www.southernbloggersconferenceblog.com/
It's being held on October 12 and 13th in Raleigh, NC and Karianne is one of the speakers! You don't have to be from the south to attend! Heck, I'm trying to figure out a way to be there and I know of at least ONE other Illinois blogger who is making the trip.

SO....If you're a blogger who wants to learn more about how to grow your blog,
 if you are considering being a blogger and want information about how to get started, or
if you just want to spend a couple of days hanging with, and learning from, some of today's best,  
 get your blog-lovin' self over to Karianne's and sign up for your chance to do it FREE!


xo,

Kimberly

I'm linking this post to:
Its So Very Cheri
New House New Home New Life

26 comments:

  1. Great ideas....although, it would make me nervous to do that especially on the oven. I once put a window cling on the microwave to decorate it at Thanksgiving. For years after I had the outline of a turkey on microwave door. Glad we got a new one eventually! Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Lisa! I don't know, I've been doing it for ten years and have never had a problem. I used dry erase at first but now chalk because it shows up better. Maybe it's because the front of my oven is glass? Either way, thanks for the good information about NOT sticking vinyl to the microwave! :(

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    1. Thanks, Gina. I suddenly realized, a few days ago, that not everyone does this stuff. I had a friend walk in and say "what's that on your oven?" :)

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  3. This is beyond a "great" tip - this is pure BRILLIANCE!!!! Can't tell you how many tops have not been retrieved before hitting the drier. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise! It's saved several tops, a couple of sweaters and more than one pair of "dark" jeans! I'm happy to share and you're ENTIRELY welcome!

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  4. Kimberly,

    I thought you were going to say "Remember the Pioneer Woman" on the dryer! LOL! Great tip and thanks so much for the shout out my wonderful BFF!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. LOL! I could have! I thought of you today as I "pioneer woman'ed" my sheets. Seriously, if they could "lay out in the sunshine", they would. But we've got laws against that type of behavior here in suburgatory. So my sheets are upstairs, laying out under the ceiling fans, getting smooth...like butta' Have a wonderful weekend! xo

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  5. OH this is simply the greatest!! Why have I never thought of it because seriously I write on everything.... but those wet erase markers from Hobby Lobby are the best. Mine ran out of "chalk" because we used them too much... but not for practical things like this. NO we used post it notes or pieces of paper taped to stuff. No more!

    I know I saw about the ticket giveaway but was in the car ALL day... so now I'm off to enter! Karianne is so stinkin' sweet! I know what you mean about trying to figure a way to get out there... I'm trying to figure that out myself but don't know of anyone else in Indiana going...

    Have a wonderful day! Now I'm off to put away groceries, look up the directions for preserving corn, and sterilize some jars so I can finish putting up my pickles! Woo hoo love having a garden with warm weather crops! :)

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  6. Hey you - I've got a chalk marker post in the works, too. It comes with a little giveaway! You might want to keep your eye out! (different brand, but i love'em).
    by the way - very nice handwriting!
    b.

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    1. Hi! I'll do that! I love them too...but I write mainly on glass with them. I'm taking a break from painting the kitchen. It's amazing to me that I can paint an entire kitchen that has 10 foot tall ceilings and use only a little over a QUART of paint. I realized tonight that I don't really have any "walls". Hope that your bathroom demo is going well. I'm SO excited for you!

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  7. That is brilliant, Kimberly! I won't stick around long enough in my creepy basement to doodle on the washer but I do have a graphite chalkboard board wall in the kitchen on the way down. ;) Love the idea of writing on the oven & mirror too. You get an A+ for communication skills! I love simple little things that are life changing. LOL! xo Jami

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    1. It all started with a couple of very nice cotton sweaters... then, I realized that I didn't have to leave cook books open on the counter and re-read them 10 times. The mirror thing actually started when I was in college and used to write on the mirror with a bar of soap! This is SO much nicer! xo, Kimberly

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  8. I'm cracking up at all your little reminders. I have to say that the mirror one is brilliant. It would have made my life so much easier when my kids were still at home. Hope your weekend is going beautifully!

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  9. Hi Kimberly,
    What a great idea!!!! I will definitely have to pick me up some dry erase markers and chalk board markers!
    Love your blog, it is just wonderful!!~
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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    1. Hi Melinda! Part necessity/Part fun! win/win! I'm having a glorious weekend and I hope that you are too! Hugs to you, Kimberly

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  10. I use my markers on mirrors for notes to the family all the time but never even thought about using it on my dryer or oven! Brilliant idea! And the comment about family members maybe helping out with the laundry....I laughed out loud...same in my house! Great tips!

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    1. Hi Sharon! Appliances are my favorite...even more than mirrors! As for the laundry...loosing battle, I'm afraid...but it's nice to know that I'm not the ONLY one...because sometimes it feels like it! :)

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  11. It's a brilliant idea1 I don't know why I didn't think of it earlier either. I just started using it this spring. It's been great...!

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  12. I guess it's okay on the dryer or washer if no one sets or slides the white gap shirt across the writing and it comes off onto the shirt. Is the ink washable? Well, I love the idea. And it's always fun to leave notes in unexpected places. A very fun idea.
    Liz

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    1. Hi Liz! I've solved that little issue by erasing the note as I remove the items from the washer to put them into the dryer (or, in this case, NOT into the dryer). I'm not certain if they are washable or not. I know that I use Isopropyl Alcohol to clean my marker board so I'd guess that it would take the ink out of clothes as well. Fortunately, I haven't had to find that out just yet!

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  13. Great idea. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

    Holly

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  14. Oh stop! Why didn't I think of this?!


    Thanks for sharing on The All Star Block Party!

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    1. Probably because you were too busy finishing your GORGEOUS loft! xo

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