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Pocketful of Rye loves Sarah Smith!

Posted by lucyfreeman on October 18, 2013

Lovely review on the joys of an eco kitchen from the great family website Pocketful of Rye – thanks guys!

http://www.pocketfulofrye.co.uk/domestic-central/the-eco-kitchen

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We’re in the Family way!

Posted by lucyfreeman on September 16, 2013

Thank you to the Madhouse Family for their lovely review of our beautiful new cloths! http://madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/sarah-smith-ecocloths-review.html

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An end of school hols pick me up

Posted by lucyfreeman on September 2, 2013

Just before we descend into packed lunch/where’s my PE kit madness, celebrate the end of the summer hols with a Desert Healer, courtesy of @tabitha_tweedie on Twitter.

Desert Healer

1 measure gin
1 measure orange juice
1/2 measure cherry brandy
2 measures ginger ale
1 maraschino cherry.

Shake, enjoy, and toast yourself for surviving the last six weeks.
Then find that PE kit.

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JIMSY JAMPOTS’ CHICKEN FAJITA SALAD

Posted by lucyfreeman on June 18, 2013

* 4 chicken breast fillets, cut into strips
* 2 teaspoons of paprika
* 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
* One orange pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
* One red pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
* One green pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
* 140g fat-free natural yogurt
* 4 limes
* 1 large lettuce, torn
* 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
* 1/2 cucumber, sliced
* Rice, to serve

* Mix the chicken, paprika and cumin together until the chicken is
evenly coated. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes
* Preheat a large, non-stick frying pan and drizzle it with a little
oil. Stir fry the peppers until they are soft. Put in a bowl and put
them in a oven on a low heat, to keep them warm
* Drizzle a little more oil in the pan and cook the chicken strips
for five minutes, until cooked through
* Mix the natural yogurt and the juice of three of the limes together
to make the dressing
* To serve, first plate a layer of the lettuce. Add large spoonfuls
of rice on top before arranging the vegetables and chicken on top of
the rice. Serve with a splodge of the yogurt dip and a lime wedge

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Winner of Sarah Smith poetry competition announced!

Posted by lucyfreeman on June 12, 2013

Thank you so much to all those who entered our poetry competition. We were extremely impressed by the standard of the entries, and our winner is Jadine Eagle, a bank administrator from Swindon.

Poet and comedian Kate Fox, our judge, said: ” It was really interesting to read such a variety of different takes on womanhood in the 21st century. It’s clear that lots of women are frustrated at being pinned down to just one identity, but at the same time fed up of being dictated to by media images of women doing everything all at once, which becomes another kind of pressure. The word “compassion” came up in many of the poems, which was interesting. “21st Century Woman” by Jadine Eagle concisely, and with a lovely lightness of touch, captures the need to find one’s own way of being whatever it is that womanhood means to you.”
And here it is….

21st Century Woman

Your glossy pages show a life of perfect cakes and wallpaper,
hand-stitched cushions and dinner parties.
Children fed with nothing but organic food
taken from the vegetable plot within a beautifully landscaped garden
and served on artisan plates.
You show a life where I am to be a sex goddess, a yoga guru, a feminist;
how I should wear full makeup in keeping with the seasons;
style my hair according to the latest trends
and spend evenings counselling sad friends
or partying with those whose life is grand.
Flaunt clothes from the Catwalk or the High Street,
depending on whether it is in vogue to be frugal or extravagant.
You show me I must invest my money wisely, give all to charity,
to eat my perfect cake but by the next article I must run a marathon
to lose that weight
even though you tell me to be happy with who I am.
To travel to off-the-beaten-track places
and soak up the culture and local faces because
a package holiday is just not good enough.
Be smart, be funny, dazzle and excite.
Be humble, be demure, agreeable and contrite.
Live for others, live for myself, take time out yet fill every moment of my life.
Choose the most impeccable gift, the most appropriate wine.
You guide me to be the ideal housewife, employee, lover, mother,
boss, woman, friend, daughter, eco warrior…
don’t you wonder why you need to write articles on depression?
You lay out a world of so much opportunity and push us to grasp
each and every bit.
We have so much to live up to and you gasp if we don’t manage it.
I sit amongst your scattered pages amplifying what I merely am
against a back drop of what you demand me to be.

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Summer Cotton Bag Sale in Aid of Za Foundation

Posted by cbirnie on June 3, 2013

This was so successful at Christmas that we thought we should do it again now that Summer is threatening to arrive!

As before all proceeds of the sale will be donated to Za Foundation to help continue the brilliant educational work they do in the Nkomazi region of South Africa.Za Foundation fund a drama group Zakhele who visit schools and clinics to run educational workshops about HIV and AIDS; they provide free school uniforms for orphans to enable them to go to school; they have built and will now run a new library giving people an unprecedented access to books; and every two years they bring the Zakhele  group to the UK as part of their partnership programme with schools in the North Somerset area and run educational workshops to remind our children that HIV is not just a developing world problem. The motto of Za Foundation is Support, Educate and Inspire. They rely entirely on donations. Every penny they raise is spent on the programmes they run and all their volunteers are unpaid, even those who work for the foundation full time. Sarah Smith Director Kate Birnie (pictured) is a also a Director of Za Foundation and we are proud supporters of their work. For more information on Za Foundation visit their website or Facebook page. Or you can follow them on Twitter.

Once again we are going for a straight forward sale. Below you will see details of three styles of our much loved cotton shopper bags. Available  in our red “Moo!” pattern,  pink “Scooby” or apple green “Confetti”. They are on sales here at £5 each which includes UK Post & Packing. If you are looking to buy from outside the UK please contact us first ( info AT sarahsmith dot co dot uk). All the bags are the same size 40 x 40 cm excluding the handle which is designed for over the shoulder use.

Just click on the appropriate BUY NOW button for the item you would like to buy and you will be directed to the paypal account of Sarah Smith co-owner Clive Birnie who has kindly offered to manage the donation collection for us. Any queries, questions etc just email us.

THANKS!

 

Sarah Smith Red “Moo!” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Sarah Smith Pink “Scooby” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Sarah Smith Apple Green “Confetti” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Hollywood’s secret – our Stain Away Wipes!

Posted by lucyfreeman on April 15, 2013

Our fabulous Stain Away Wipes are in the news…..http://www.beautybusinessnews.com/2013/03/celeb-make-up-secret/

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Our celeb secret….

Posted by lucyfreeman on March 11, 2013

Our amazing Stain Away Wipes are in the news!

http://www.beautybusinessnews.com/2013/03/celeb-make-up-secret/

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Jimsy Jampots Easter Lamb Curry

Posted by lucyfreeman on February 27, 2013

Spring is springing….but it’s still freezing out there. What you need is a hot dish of Spring lamb curry to warm the cockles.

Ingredients
400g diced lamb pieces, trimmed of as much fat as possible
1 large onion
4 large garlic cloves
1/2 tbsp of ground ginger
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
1/2 tbsp of curry powder
400g can of chopped tomatoes
3 carrots
450ml vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
4 large chopped tomatoes
100g spinach leaves

Method
1. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and brown in batches in an overproof casserole dish, transferring to a plate when cooked.
2. Dice the onion and fry it in a little oil for five minutes. Reduce the heat, add all the spices and cook for another five minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 190C. Put the lamb back in the casserole dish with the onion and cook for a couple of minutes more. Then add the tomatoes, the stock and a bay leaf. Chop both the carrots and the tomatoes before adding them, too. Bring to a simmer.
4. Cover the casserole dish and put in the oven for an hour and 30 minutes.
5. Take the dish out of the oven, stir in the spinach and pop back in the oven for five minutes more.
6. Serve with rice and a dollop of creme fraiche.

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WHAT’S UNDER YOUR BED?

Posted by lucyfreeman on February 12, 2013

Lizards, a false hand and a live partridge unearthed while cleaning

Our survey revealed some startling items that have been turned up in a spring clean.  Respondents reported discovering dead mice, a false hand, a
hibernating hedgehog, £60 in coins from one favourite armchair alone, a bat, some spare sets of false teeth and a live partridge.

Sarah Smith CEO Clive Birnie says: “We were extremely surprised at some of the things that our respondents discovered.  Under the sofa and behind the fridge were the most common places to find peculiar objects, with the dog’s bed coming a close second. The most we were expecting was loose change and Lego.  There were lots of nice finds like engagement rings and long lost photographs, as well as some more suspect discoveries like pants and even the key to a set of handcuffs.”

Sarah Smith cleaning cloths are available in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado.

 

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Take our survey….

Posted by lucyfreeman on January 19, 2013

We’d love it if you wouldn’t mind taking our very quick survey. It would make us very happy, and anyway it’s too cold to do anything else…pretty please?
Click here to take survey

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New Year Calming Soup

Posted by lucyfreeman on January 10, 2013

After the endless roast potatoes of Christmas, the mince pies and the booze, we all need something calming in January, something natural and mild. To soothe the soul and flatten the tummy, here is Jimsy Jampots’ leek and potato soup.

Leek and Potato Soup
2 large leeks, sliced
1 onion, sliced
300g potatoes, diced
1 litre of vegetable stock
Greek Yogurt.

1. Fry the leeks, potatoes and onion in a large saucepan for about five mintes. Then pour over a litre of the vegetable stock, stir well and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are very soft.
2. Season the soup well and blend in either using a food processor or a stick blender.
3. Just before eating, stir the Greek yogurt. This can either be done in the pan or in the bowl. You need one heaped tablespoon of Greek yogurt per serving.

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Another Jimsy Jampot recipe – Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Squares

Posted by lucyfreeman on December 19, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Squares

Ingredients

For the chocolate layer

350g of dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solides
1 x 397g can of condensed milk
30g of butter
a large pinch of salt

For the peppermint layer

175g white chocolate
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
3 large candy canes (ideally green)
Gel food colouring to match the colour of your candy canes

To decorate

Crushed candy canes

Method

Line an 8 inch square tin with foil, making sure there’s an overhang
Roughly chop the chocolate and add it to a medium sauce pan. Add the butter, the salt, and 250g of the condensed milk. Put over a low heat and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring constantly. You should end up with a really thick, gloopy mixture.
As soon as the chocolate is melted, remove the pan from the heat and pour the chocolate into the tin. Smooth it over, making the surface as even as possible, and leave to cool. When it’s room temperature, pop it in the fridge.
In a clean pan, melt the white chocolate together with the peppermint extract and the remaining condensed milk. As soon as the chocolate is fully melted, remove it from the heat.
Crush the three candy canes using a rolling pin and stir into the white chocolate. Add tiny bits of the food colouring, stirring well, until you reach your desired colour. Then pour this over the top of the dark chocolate fudge.
Roughly crush the remaining candy canes and sprinkle this over the top of the peppermint layer. Leave to cool until the peppermint layer is set but still squidgy.
Remove the fudge using the overhang of foil, and cut into small, even squares. Stack two or three pieces of fudge and tie with a Christmas ribbon — wrap in clingfilm first if you’re giving them as a gift.

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Sarah Smith Charity Sale 2012 in Aid of Za Foundation

Posted by cbirnie on December 4, 2012

Last year we held an auction of limited edition Sarah Smith items to raise money for Za Foundation to aid them in their project to build a library in a small community in Nkomazi, South Africa where no library exists within a 30 mile radius.

Za Foundation report that they have shipped 10,000 books that had been donated to the campaign and hope to open the library early next year. However they still need help in raising the money needed to complete the library and to run the library on an ongoing basis. For more information on Za Foundation visit their website or Facebook page.

So once more we are doing what we can to help with a small Charity Sale of Sarah Smith goodies.  Last year 100% of the money you paid for items was donated to Za Foundation, and we will do the same this time around so you can be sure that 100% of all the money we raise will go to Za Foundation.

Instead of an auction we are going for a straight forward sale. Below you will see details of three styles of our much loved cotton shopper bags. We have 98 in our red “Moo!” pattern, 96 in the pink “Scooby” and 82 in apple green “Confetti”. They are on sales here at £5 each which includes UK Post & Packing. If you are looking to buy from outside the UK please contact us first ( info AT sarahsmith dot co dot uk ). All the bags are the same size 40 x 40 cm excluding the handle which is designed for over the shoulder use.

Just click on the appropriate BUY NOW button for the item you would like to buy and you will be directed to the paypal account of Sarah Smith co-owner Clive Birnie who has kindly offered to manage the donation collection for us. Clive has been assisting Za Foundation with this project for the last two years. Any queries, questions etc just email us.

THANKS!

 

Sarah Smith Red “Moo!” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Sarah Smith Pink “Scooby” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Sarah Smith Apple Green “Confetti” Cotton Shopper Bag £5.00 each incl. UK P&P.

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Jimsy Jampots’ Christmas Tree Cup Cakes

Posted by lucyfreeman on November 26, 2012

For our first recipe from Jimsy Jampots, Sarah Smith’s in-house chef, comes Christmas Tree Cup Cakes for when you fancy a change from mince pies but still want to keep things seasonal….  Delicious!

For the cakes

  • 150g butter
  • 150g soft brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp milk

 

To decorate

  • 500g soft butter
  • 1000g icing sugar
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Green gel food colouring
  • 12 small stars
  • Coloured balls to decorate

 

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Combine all of the cupcake ingredients together in one go, sifting the dry ingredients. Beat until the mix is light, fluffy, and lump-free.
  3. Divide the cake mixture between 12 muffin cases, half-filling each case. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cakes are springy to the touch, and remove them from the oven. Leave to cool on a wire rack
  4. When the cakes are cool, make the icing. Put the cubed butter, icing sugar, milk, cinnamon and food colouring in the bowl of a free-standing mixer. Put the mixture on a low speed and combine all the ingredients. Then turn the mixer up to it’s maximum setting and let it beat for five minutes. Turn the mixer off, scrape down the sides and let it beat on highest setting again for 30 seconds.
  5. Put the icing in a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle. Smear icing over the top of a cupcake and smooth it over to give a neat edge. Then pipe “branches” from the centre of the cupcake to the outer edge, evenly spaced out. Repeat on top of these branches, finishing just before the icing below does. Keep doing this, with the branches getting smaller and smaller, until you reach the top. Then pipe a vertical “branch” on top.
  6. Dot the coloured balls around to resemble baubles, and add a large star on top.

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SARAH SMITH HOUSEHOLD APPOINTS IN-HOUSE CHEF

Posted by lucyfreeman on November 23, 2012

Jimsy Jampots supplies Sarah Smith fans with seasonal recipes

Cult cleaning company Somerset-based Sarah Smith is delighted to announce the appointment of its chef in residence, Jimsy Jampots.

Jimsy Jampots will be supplying a recipe a month to Sarah Smith fans through the new Sarah Smith newsletter and contributing to the Sarah Smith blog.

Jimsy Jampots, 22, was born in Wales and now lives in London where she has a tiny flat with a beautiful little kitchen.

The first thing she can remember baking was Welsh Cakes with her mum when she was seven, but she never tried anything more adventurous than chocolate-chip butterfly cakes until 2010. Since then cooking and baking have become her favourite things to do — partially because of the joy of creation but mostly because she likes eating.

When Amy isn’t in the kitchen she enjoys reading, walking her dogs (two Dalmatians and one chocolate Labrador) and very, very slow knitting.

Sarah Smith CEO Clive Birnie says: “We’re delighted that Jimsy Jampots has joined the Sarah Smith team. Her recipes are delicious and she reflects all the Sarah Smith values – cheerful, honest and playful.”

Jimsy Jampots’ recipes are seasonal, accessible and perfect for a busy woman feeding her family.

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The launch of new Chunky Dishcloths!

Posted by lucyfreeman on November 20, 2012

Chunky not clunky – stylish pink thick eco textiles

Made of 50:50 recycled polyester and viscose blend, the Chunky Dishcloths are bacteria resistant and like all Sarah Smith products, meet the Oeko-tex textile standard 100 standard and are therefore certified free of substances harmful to humans and the environment.

The range is as cleaning-friendly as it is eco-friendly.  The Chunky Dishcloths are durable and machine washable.  Our special ingredient keeps them bacteria resistant and therefore fresher for longer.

The range is British-made, reducing air-miles, safeguarding local jobs and ensuring British quality.

Sarah Smith chunky eco cloths

  • Pack size:             2 cloths
  • Available from:       Sainsbury’s
  • RRP:                   £1.89 approx

 

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HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITY SECRET – SARAH SMITH STAIN AWAY WIPES!

Posted by lucyfreeman on November 19, 2012

Catherine Zeta-Jones’ secret to looking spotless

We’ve hit the A-List with its Stain Away Wipes being used on the set of new action film Red 2, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker and being filmed in London and Paris.

Wardrobe Master Kevin Pratten contacted us to say how much he loved the wipes.

Kevin commented: “They are absolutely fantastic. We have used them on a number of clothes and have managed to take away everything and have left no residue – which is so important on camera. So I just wanted to say how great these wipes were, and that I will definitely use recommend for future filming.”

As well as being red carpet friendly, the wipes are also British-made, reducing air-miles, safeguarding local jobs and ensuring British quality.

Our CEO Clive Birnie says: “All our products are fit for superstars, and we are delighted that the Stain Away Wipes are keeping such august company.”

The wipes are available in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose at £1.99 for 14.

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Terms and conditions for the Sarah Smith poetry competition

Posted by lucyfreeman on November 14, 2012

1. The poetry competition (the “Competition”) is open to women living in the UK aged over 18 who have not had a full collection published. (“You”).
2. To enter the Competition, You should write a poem and email it to us at pr@sarahsmith.co.uk, or post it to Poetry Competition,
Severn Delta Limited, Showground Road, Bridgwater, Somerset
TA6 6AJ
You are responsible for the cost of sending your Competition entry to us.
3. When submitting your Competition entry, You must provide your name and address. We will only use this information in relation to the Competition and will not use it for any other purposes whatsoever. We will not keep this information for longer than is necessary for the operation of the Competition.
4. You may only send one entry to the Competition.
5. We must receive your entry to the Competition by 11:59 pm on 31st March 2013.
6. Employees or agents of Severn Delta or their family
members may not enter the Competition.
Picking the winners
7. Kate Fox and Clive Birnie will pick a winner. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
8. The winning poet will have a pamphlet of five of poems included in 10,000 packs of Sarah Smith cloths sold in supermarkets across the UK, and her poems regularly posted on www.sarahsmith.co.uk, in the Sarah Smith email newsletter.
9. You own the copyright to your Competition entry as its author.
10. By submitting an entry to the Competition, You give Severn Delta permission for your entry to be published and grant Severn Delta a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to republish your Competition entry in electronic format and hard copy for purposes connected with the Competition; and b. The right to use your name, and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry.

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SARAH SMITH™ LAUNCHES THE SARAH SMITH POETRY PRIZE FOR WOMEN

Posted by lucyfreeman on

Theme: Women in the 21st Century
Judged by Kate Fox

The Somerset-based Sarah Smith eco kitchen textiles company is launching a nationwide search to reward a female poet in the Sarah Smith Poetry Prize, with the theme “Women in the 21st Century”. Entries are invited from female poets who have not had a full collection published. The winning poet will have a pamphlet of five of poems included in 10,000 packs of Sarah Smith cloths sold in supermarkets across the UK, and her poems regularly posted on www.sarahsmith.co.uk, an unrivalled opportunity to take poetry to a wider audience.

The poet will also be invited to become poet in residence for Sarah Smith, composing poems for publication on the Sarah Smith blog and in the Sarah Smith newsletter which is sent to 15,000 recipients. The competition will be judged by Kate Fox, a regular on Radio 4’s “Saturday Live”, she has also recently performed on the Radio 4 shows “You and Yours”, “The Wondermentalist Cabaret”, “Arthur Smith’s Edinburgh Bash” and “Doggerel Bard” as well as on BBC2’s Daily Politics Show and BBC2’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage.

Clive Birnie, poet and CEO of Severn Delta, commented: “This is a perfect way for a developing poet to gain exposure for their work.”

Full details of the prize and how to enter are available on the Sarah Smith blog at www.sarahsmith.co.uk. The competition opens for entries on 1st January 2013 and closes on 31st March. The winner will be announced in May 2013.

Sarah Smith cloths are made in Britain, are eco-friendly and have appeared in the kitchen of River Cottage, under Jamie’s chopping board and toured the country with Adrian Edmonson on Ade in Britain.

Note to editors:
All our cloths are made in our Bridgwater factory in Somerset, UK. For high resolution images or samples please contact Lucy on 0208 527 2531. For further information on the brand please look at www.sarahsmith.co.uk.
Kate Fox’s poetry has received the prestigious Andrew Waterhouse Award from New Writing North and an Arts Council Award. She was also a finalist in the Radio 4 Poetry Slam in 2007 and won the Cheltenham Science Festival Poetry slam in the same year, as well as various other performance poetry competitions.
She has developed work as an Associate Artist at New Writing North and ARC arts centre in Stockton and undertaken many residencies including for the Great North Run, Darlington Railway Museum, Humber Mouth Festival, HMP Frankland, the Free Word Centre in London, Fest Magazine in Edinburgh and NHS leadership conferences.

Clive Birnie has had poems published by Popshot, Inc.Zine, The Delinquent, and other literary journals on and offline. Most recently a 14 poem sequence was published by Silkworms Ink. Clive is also behind the new poetry publishing imprint Burning Eye Books.

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Cards on the table….

Posted by lucyfreeman on July 24, 2012

I absolutely love these cards and I snagged a huge bargain the other day when Penny decided to clear her end of line stuff and only charged postage.  I bought beautiful ‘new baby’ cards as I seem to have many pregnant friends at the moment.  I just adore the simplicity of the cards and the really clever use of different textiles, like the tiny blobs of wool just perfect for minimalist little sheep.  Naturally I intended only to buy the cards on which I only had to pay postage and just as naturally got seduced into buying lots more as they were so irresistible, but I still managed to convince myself I got a bargain.  Have a look at www.pennylindop.com.

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The wonders of baking soda The wonders of baking soda The Wonder Powder

Posted by lucyfreeman on July 20, 2012

Grouting.  One of those things I feel guilty every time I look at as I never feel it’s properly clean, don’t feel I can ask my cleaning lady to do it but at the same time hate doing it myself as you have to use noxious chemicals that stink the shower out.  No longer!  Baking soda seems to be one of those ingredients that is so incredibly useful it could probably bring about world peace if we gave it half a chance;  my recommendation is three ounces of baking soda, mixed with one tablespoon of water until you have a paste, then use it to clean the grouting with an old toothbrush.  Extremely satisfying and no stinkiness afterwards.

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Scaredy cat

Posted by lucyfreeman on July 16, 2012

I am including here some remedies I have been recommended but never tried because they sound too odd.  If any of you have, please do let me know as I would love to know if they work.  First – does a slice of bread rubbed over wallpaper get rid of dark smudges?  Secondly, my grandma used to collect up my grandfather’s pipe tobacco ash, mix it with vegetable oil and use it to wipe out scratches on furniture.  And thirdly, and I cannot believe this one, that vodka in a squirty bottle used where a cat has peed will stop it using the same spot in future…personally I can think of much better things to do with vodka that squirt it round the house, but I’d love your views.  And has anyone actually ever used lion poo to deter cats and foxes from their garden?  I’d love to get together your ideas – they’ll all be credited.  Let’s share the house-smarts!

 

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Wood you?

Posted by lucyfreeman on July 11, 2012

Polishing wood is one of the cleaning jobs I mind least, as I feel as though I am somehow doing something nurturing for the wood itself.   As the next in my series of ‘home cooked’ cleaning products, try a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a cup of lemon juice (from real lemons, not the bottled stuff).  Rub it on to wood with a Sarah Smith eco cloth, put the kettle on, then come back and buff to a shine with a dry Sarah Smith cloth.   I have also heard that cutting a walnut in half and using the cut half on scratches in wood hides them beautifully.  I haven’t tried this yet but have a gorgeous little wooden desk inherited from my grandmother that was regularly attacked by her cat so I will give it a go and report back.

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Wood You?

Posted by lucyfreeman on June 18, 2012

Polishing wood is one of the cleaning jobs I mind least, as I feel as though I am somehow doing something nurturing for the wood itself.   As the next in my series of ‘home cooked’ cleaning products, try a tablespoon of water and a tablespoon of olive oil mixed with a cup of lemon juice (from real lemons, not the bottled stuff).  Rub it on to wood with a Sarah Smith eco cloth, put the kettle on, then come back and buff to a shine with a dry Sarah Smith cloth.   I have also heard that cutting a walnut in half and using the cut half on scratches in wood hides them beautifully.  I haven’t tried this yet but have a gorgeous little wooden desk inherited from my grandmother that was regularly attacked by her cat so I will give it a go and report back.

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