Faded Bluebird

Your Questions, My Answers -A Faded Bluebird Q&A

February 2, 2017 5 Comments

I know I’m not the only one who looks at the background in pictures, then comes up with a series of questions.  Being a mirror hoarder, I always check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and Etsy, and it never ceases to amaze me how much entertainment value I can find.   My first question is usually, “didn’t you look at the reflection in your mirror?”.  It reflects what it’s facing!  So you might want to wake your husband up, ask him to throw something over the tighty whiteys and make the bed.  Just saying.  But thanks for the giggle!

Your Questions

Even doing this myself, I’m still surprised when someone picks out something in one of my pictures and sends me an email or private message on Facebook with a question.  My favorite to date is, “what’s that thing in your kitchen, under your china cabinet?”.  Well, I’m going to tell you, plus answer some other questions I’ve received recently.

What’s That Thing??

kitchen built-in

My kitchen built-in hutch

That stylish 1950’s laundry hamper is my recycling bin for the kitchen.  My city doesn’t provide curbside recycling, so I have to collect my recycling and take it in myself.  Ohhh, my over-organized obsession gets better. This hamper is then taken out to my garage on Saturday when I separate it into categories.


I have 5 trash cans that I use to separate and collect my recycling.  Then once a month I take it in.  But a better question is…..what’s behind my stylish 1950’s laundry hamper? Ready for this?  Because this is where I’m going to lose some of you.  It’s my worm composting bin.

Yes.  I have worms in my kitchen.  If you didn’t know it, I’m an Education Director for a Conservation District by day.  I get to teach people how to live greener, and one of the things that I encourage people to do is handle their kitchen waste differently. I produce beautiful compost for my garden….ok well my worms do, but I take the credit!  So, there you have it!  The thing in my kitchen and what’s behind it helps me handle the waste that I generate.

Why Do You Mix Your Own….

Onion Soup mix

Try this in hamburgers, on chicken and put on potato cubes baked in the oven.

I’ve been asked this question numerous times, not only by FBB followers but when I accept a speaking engagement through work.  “Why do you mix your own?”.  You can learn more about my story by reading my About Me page.  But it boils down to this.  After my husband was diagnosed with Cancer, we had a major lifestyle change.  What he ate became a huge focus for me and I needed to cut out a lot of things but mostly control his sugar and salt intake.  So when I began to investigate what some of the ingredients were in my store bought beef stew packets, I flinched….big time.

So I began experimenting with different seasonings.  We now enjoy seasonings without the tongue twisting added ingredients.  Just herbs and spices.  And let me tell you, not only are they cheaper in the long run, they taste better too!  You can find some of my favorite mixes on my Food 411 page.

Ohhh, That Smell!

Junkers everywhere have to deal with this one eventually.  You’ve either bought a used dresser or found an awesome chest of drawers on the curb.  Your adrenaline is pumping so hard you don’t notice until you’re a mile down the road that an obnoxious smell is slowly drifting towards you.  Eventually it builds up to the point you’re rolling down all the windows and praying for green lights all the way.  Your new furniture treasure smells.  Really, really bad.

furniture questions

Whether it was pet urine, cigarette smoke or some kind of roach infestation, it’s enough to knock you back when you open the drawers or doors.  Ohhh, I’ve been there!  And there’s hope!

This is what I do, but there are tons of ideas on Pinterest.  First, I’ll wipe it down with vinegar and water.  And if weather permits, I’ll pull out all the drawers, open the doors and expose it to the sun. If that didn’t get it all, I prefer to use activated charcoal.  I put the charcoal in coffee filters closed with a twisty bread tie and place one or several of them in each drawer and on each shelf.  Close it up and pray.  You can find activated charcoal at your local Pet Supply store like PetSmart in the aquarium aisle.  You can also try using baking soda, but I find that the charcoal works the best.

Leading Questions

I enjoy receiving your questions and comments, I wouldn’t be a very happy educator if I didn’t.   So keep them coming!

Happy Curiosity!





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    February 9, 2017

    I love your worm bin idea! Can you tell us more about it? I love the idea of composting for the garden, but have never gotten past leaves and grass; perhaps your inspiration can get me started with the waste from my kitchen. Interested to hear more; you are such a creative gal with so many inspiring ideas – thank you for sharing!

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      February 9, 2017

      Oh, I could talk for days about worm composting! But this might be simpler. I wrote a post for the Cleveland County Conservation District concerning how to build a worm composter that might help.http://www.clevelandcountyconservationdistrict.com/apps/blog/show/11899216-getting-jiggy-with-it- ALSO, there are several really good videos on You Tube! This compost is the best I’ve ever used, you won’t regret doing it! Other than your food waste, you can throw in paper, cardboard, your dryer lint, empty your vacuum into it…they will eat it all! One of these days, I will write a post here about vermicomposting. Thank you for asking!

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    February 2, 2017

    I just want to say that I love your custom shelves with the cut out that perfectly holds your tureen. I would love a worm bin in my kitchen!

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      February 3, 2017

      Thank you!! But I can’t take credit for the cut out in the hutch, it is part of the built-in hutch. I just made use of it to show off my tureen, it was a happy coincidence! And let me say my worms ROCK! Worm bins are easy to start, I hope you try!

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