Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Have you ever...


Have you ever washed and dried a crayon with your clothes? Yikes. This is not fun. Yesterday when I pulled my girls' clothes out of the dryer there was spots of turquoise all over. It looked as if they have part-time jobs as painters! ;) I'm a little nervous to rewash them again because I'm scared of the outcome.
Have you ever opened a book and was so inspired you were running to your scrap desk to start creating? This one did that for me.

Have you ever thought a piece of paper was too cute to cut up and you would rather just hang it up on your wall? This line did that for me when I was at CHA in Anaheim and Sassafras did it again with this new one.
Have you ever ate a tub of cookie dough? ;)
Despite the fact that 1 in 10,000 eggs has salmonella. I haven't either... yet!
Have you ever sent a text to Cha Cha (242242)-not only is it a sexy dance-but a cool resource to ask any question you would like. Plus it's free. I've sent them a text asking where the nearest Sprint store was, where's the cheapest place to buy gas from where I live, who won the BYU football game, if they believe in magic, and I just asked them how bad cookie dough is for you? That's where I got the above egg statistic. :)

47 comments:

angie worthington said...

never sent a text to ChaCha.. i'll be sure not to tell my daughter, she had 14,000 texts last month...she does not need another # to text!...

i am so guilty of eating cookie dough (and, i am still here, lol)...i know it really is bad for us!!!...wonder about the cookie dough in ice cream?..liz, ChaCha it to see if it is ok?....
(hugs)

Jasey said...

I sure hope that prayer is answered... the ones that go soul-deep are usually the important ones.

bmac said...

MUST TRY THIS!!

For us it was an orange crayon on just received hand-me overs from my wife's sister for our young kids. RATS!!

This site was my first Google result! ;) Hooray!! Clothes were mostly mixture of darks (denim, darker shirts--mixture of fabric types however) Older washer/dryer.

I used the following mixture to turn an otherwise bad situation into a true learning experience

2 max amounts (line 3) of concentrated Tide
1 cup Oxiclean
1/2 cup 20 mule team Borax
1 cup Shout liquid
1 cup white vinegar

I went with HOT water (but warm may work and be best for fabrics, see gotcha below). Let this agitate for a minute, then add clothes, agitate for another minute to work through, and soak for about an hour and run on a regular, long cycle with extra rinse.

Ours came out 95%+ removed, we did it a second time just to see if it would help, which it did on the crayon and got us to 98% but read on for gotcha.

GOTCHA, even though we knew some things might shrink, I chose HOT water--no not dumb male doing laundry, just trying to save some clothes for some child to use and figured the extra heat would draw out the oil and melt the wax.

SOOO 1)Sort by fabric type if desired to allow for doing HOT vs WARM and 2) Sort out the "bleeders" this was the real gotcha that I did forget about especially with the HOT water; ie little red dress, shirt--you get the idea. First soak/wash was fine--but the second we now have a few items to go back and touch up a different way.

Finally, the dryer: Soft Scrub foaming spray took off most of what little (fortunately) crayon residue was there--just a big pain and awkward to do in a small space.
WHEW! What a day. But at least my sweet wife is happier now that she did not ruin a nice gesture from her sister.

May it never happen again :O

joybear said...

Enjoyed your post..love cookie dough! The resaon I am stopping by is to let you know I received the magazine and stamp set from World Cardmaking day. LOVE it..thanks so very much!!!! I will enjoy them, Joy

Rachel said...

Never eaten a full tub of cookie dough, but now you have me wanting to do just that!

Designs by Erika Hyde said...

My son did that with a red crayon. I just sprayed the spots with Spray 'n Wash w/ Resolve, let it sit while I was filling up the washer with HOT water on the heavily soiled cycle, dropped them in and it all came out just fine. Hope it works for you too!

Allie said...

Mmm... cookie dough sounding good. :)

Kathy said...

Crayons....no, but he's turning two in November so I'm sure if I look in the crystal ball I can see it in my future.

Paper...all the time. I always love my paper so much that I never want to cut it up. As a matter of fact that is one of my goals this year. "To really USE my paper" and not just slap pictures on it.

Cookie Dough...yes, but with a couple of friends. You could do that in highschool and not really have to worry about the calories. I wouldn't dream of doing it now. I have enough calories to count without adding a tub of cookie dough. :)

Thanks for the tip about Cha-Cha. I'll have to try that. There are so many times I am on the road and wish I had an internet connection to find something out. I'll definitely be trying this. Maybe I should up my text messaging on my contract first. This could be dangerous.

Lee said...

Chocolate chip cookie dough...delicious! In college, I always had a roll of dough in the fridge for late-night snacks...then they started selling those little break-apart packs - sweet!

So glad I'm not the only one who likes to save the prettier pieces of paper...it's just too darn hard to cover up some of those designs with photos (no matter how wonderful the photos are!). =)

Sharon said...

Crayon, not yet.
Paper, ALL THE TIME.
Cookie dough, may need to try it.
Chacha, texting my first question right now.
Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

Oh, and I'm getting that book! LOL

Mary and Ryan said...

Guess who actually got salmanila....Ya that's right, luggage loosing Mary:)

Tricia Wilson said...

I felt the same way about the Sassafras Lass paper! It was perfect all by itself.

MEMORY ARTIST said...

That paper is way to cute to cut up!!! I have eaten cookie dough - and lived to tell about it (not the whole tub, though).

Amy C said...

One of my boys left a crayon in their pocket, and I didn't find it. I washed and dried it, and was sick when I found yellow all over all of the clothes and the dryer, but it was a washable crayon, so I said a prayer, threw the clothes back in a warm was with soap, and it all came out. I hope for your sake it was a washable crayon! :) Good Luck

Lisa Lew said...

You crack me up (get it? eggs).

Michelle said...

Ah yes, the crayon in the washer trick. Yep, and chapstick does a doosy on clothes, too :) My daughter...and hubby...are guilty of that one!

swell.life said...

Oh no...Not the crayons. This has happened to me before and you're right--it's so not fun. I tried everything to get the crayon out and honestly, the best way to get rid of it is to toss out the clothes and forget the awful memories. :( Crayola.com suggested WD-40 (!?!). It sort of works, but will make your laundry room reek of fumes. Definitely try washing them with a few different stain removers before drying them again...But I think once they've been dried the stain is set. :( Sorry for the dreary news!

Kristin Reinhard said...

Hope the crayon dots come out!!

I have yet to get that book, but it is the next on my list to get! So glad that it is worth it!

Latrice said...

Try goo gone on the crayon. It worked for me. Or even try the Un-Du for scrapbookers. We've had this incident.

Love the Sassafrass. I took pictures of some cutie mushrooms I saw at an antique store and the next week saw their add with mushrooms. I couldn't believe it. There goes my inspiration. I was totally going to create some from felt....I probably still will, but can you believe it?!?!

Becky said...

never eaten a "tub" of cookie dough but I've eaten plenty and never gotten sick over it.
I hate crayons in the wash. But I LOVE crayons. There's nothing better than getting a brand new box of crayons and dumping them all out and sorting them by color! It just has to be done!

Emilyt said...

2 out of 5 - crayons & paper, yes. I just rewashed and they were fine - washable crayons are a GOOD thing. I have a paper collection, I swear, that I am forever passing up using because I love it too much. What's with that? it should be the opposite, right? LOL Great random post today.

~Sasha Farina~ said...

Liz, I have that paper, still uncut! let us frame and hang it on our wall~! heeheee!!

jcmcmt said...

The crayon thing happened to me when my kids were small...A drop of Dawn dishwashing liquid on each of the spots, then wash in warm water did the trick. The dryer was another story...I ran it for a little bit with nothing in it to soften up the crayon and then took a toothbrush and more Dawn...who knew a dryer had so many nooks and crannies. Boy did I have a crick in my neck after that! Somehow the grease-cutting ability of the Dawn breaks down the crayon.

Good luck!

Jingle said...

LOL! The ChaCha thing sounds fascinating! LOL! On the crayon note...DON'T put them in the wash with hot water and DON'T dry them! The wax and pigment will get all over your machines and it takes several cycles filled with junk towels to get it out. You want to know the sad thing...I know this and I don't have children! LOL!

Sarah E. said...

Okay so I just washed and dried 3 loads of laundry last week with an orange crayon melted in the dryer. Yes...it took 3 loads for me to realize. I feel your pain! ;)

Amy said...

You are so cute! Just love your blog, always what I need to put a smile on my face!
Never washed a crayon (yet) but several months back I pulled some of my husbands dress shirts out of the dryer and thought what are all these "oily" spots ALL OVER THEM?!? Needless to say I found one of my daughters tubes of lipgloss in amongst the clothes, and yes, it was completely empty. Ugh... try as I might nothing got those stains out! BTW when this incident occured she was only 4, so watch out crayons... =)

Krista said...

If the company that made your cookie dough has done their food microbiology correctly, you should be safe! They normally do testing on incoming raw products as well as in process and finished products. Granted, something could get by but it is rarely!

Dawnie said...

My own have you ever: Have you ever wondered who my favorite blogger is? It's you. I think your great!

FYI, turquoise is very "in" this year so I think you're good w/the crayon artistic thing... hey! This might start a new trend. Post pics! :)

Marie said...

1) Try Spray and Wash dual power. You will never use another stain fighter! I used it on oil stains from 6 months ago and they came right out!

2) About salmonella, the actual egg shell is what carries the salmonella, not the yolk or the white. So as long as the baker was sure not to get eggshells into the dough, you will be fine...as far as salmonella is concerned!

Calories and far are a whole different story. I wish that food lost caloric or fat content when it was removed from its packaging...but no such luck.

Laura Looooo said...

1st of all... i loveeee cookie dough...and secondly...cha cha... I had never ever even heard of it... but just did it for the first time thanks to you. I didnt know what to ask it... so I asked it who elizabeth kartchner was.... this would prove how great the thing really is...

it said... she worked as a stamp artist at close to my heart. she is obsessed with the beach and scrapbooking.

hahahaha... i officially love cha cha!

Jamie said...

A tub...no; a roll of Pillsbury...yes! Love it! Have you ever been so hard up for sweets in your house that you dump out a box of chocolate chunk brownie mix to eat the chocolate (and some of the mix, if you're really desperate)? Been there, done that! :)

Liz said...

Okay now THAT is just funny! Unfortunately I *LOVE* cookie dough and cake batter.. but I can't take my chances, just found I'm pregnant.. and on Wednesday get to confirm whether or not it's TWINS! WOW! :)
Good thing ColdStone Creamery has cake batter ice cream! YUM!

Emily H. said...

I have so much "cutesy" paper just laying around because I'm TOO afraid to put anything on it! So funny!

Thanks for sharing your blog via CK, it is so much fun to read!

I have a question for you--what is the easiest way to scan a traditional 12X12 layout into the computer? You may have addressed this at one point and I just missed it...

Thanks!~Emily

Anonymous said...

Ok, so this is just scary.....I read your post this morning and thought "thank goodness I haven't had the crayon thing happen, the worst thing I've had go through the wash is a few random rocks in Natalie's pockets" (Natalie is 3).

Well, fast forward several hours later when I pull a load of washing out of the dryer.....only to find random blotches of RED CRAYON all over everything!!! I was seriously not happy as half the clothes in that load were brand new, never been worn yet. And I knew darn well that it wasn't a "washable" crayon either.

However, I'm VERY happy to say that I've just re-washed them with an extra big dose of Tide on the heavy duty cycle and it looks like its all come out. Whew! Thank goodness it was a darker load of denims etc.....I'm sure it would have ruined a load of whites.

So I reeeeeeeally hope you have the same luck with your kiddies clothes! And from now on I will be diligently checking all pockets before washing :)

Megan

5purposedriven said...

I WAS TOLD IT WAS MUCH SAFER TO EAT STORE BOUGHT REFRIGERATOR COOKIE DOUGH BECAUSE IT USES LIKE EGG BEATERS (PASTEURIZED EGGS).

Jen said...

Just had to say that everything in this post totally applied to me today. I ate cookie dough, texted cha cha, colored with my little girl, and totally have that cute, cute paper that you love. ;)

undonegirl said...

Oh man....yes the orange crayon last weekend was my nemesis. It was eaten by a very old dog who proceded, hours later, to vomit it all over my NEW carpet. Yes, bright orange dog vomit. Good times. I'm feelin' your pain.

The paper -- no, but my girl Tricia feels the same way about your Sasafrass Lass. She can't bear to touch it! The book equally inspired me and...what else? Oh yes, cookie dough. Eat it everytime I make it. Can't resist. I feed to to my children too. I know, bad, bad mamma. I do draw the line at cake batter though!

lisa said...

crayola has a great stain remover guide on their website for every one of their products for every possible surface:

http://www.crayola.com/canwehelp/staintips/index.cfm

we have had great luck with their suggestions.

good luck!

Jessica said...

I soo love raw cookie dough and was actually just reading a book about salmonella (What to Eat by Marion Nestle)... it was pretty interesting so i thought i would share... some safety efforts have helped so it went from 1 in 10,000 to now 1 in 20,000, which is 0.005% (seems small), but USDA counts 70 billion eggs in the US food supply each year, so 0.005% of that is 4 million eggs could be contaminated with salmonella. That's a lot! makes me rethink eating the raw cookie dough. I wish they would do better tracking of salmonella instead so we didn't have to worry about it.

Lacey said...

I'm feeling your pain with the crayon!! Luckily my son had it in a pocket that velcroed shut. It didn't leak on ALL of the clothes but it did turn into a huge wax ball inside his pocket. Not happy!!

Lacey said...

I'm feeling your pain with the crayon!! Luckily my son had it in a pocket that velcroed shut. It didn't leak on ALL of the clothes but it did turn into a huge wax ball inside his pocket. Not happy!!

Holly said...

I'm the same way with cookie dough.

Erin said...

Hey Liz,

I just saw you on Studio 5 and was so excited! You did awesome and presented yourself so professionally. I would have been so nervous and probably would have peed my pants, but you seemed so calm and collected. Way to go my famous friend!

pakosta said...

hi there!
i followed your comment from my old blog, not even sure how i found it!!
and yes, i am the tara pakosta who won the AC photo contest! i am indeed the only tara pakosta in the world i am sure of that! it's an odd name HA HA!
thanks!
tara pakosta

The Kotters said...

Here's a good way to get stains out of clothes, oven cleaner, yes I'm serious. A friend of my mother's said she used it all the time on clothes of her kids that had spit up stains and what not and it worked. So try spraying some on the clothes that were affected that you're going to toss anyway and wash them in a load with soap by themselves to see if they come out. My mom tried it on a pair of pants that got stained by accidentally washing them with darker colored clothes and she said the stain came right out... Give it a try!

Elizabeth said...

um, have you ever had crayons in your dishwasher??? Yikes...we thought it was the dish detergent turning everything yellow and stinky. Nope, just a good ole' crayola crayon...