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I was very tempted to leave this page blank. I mean, do you really want to know anything about toilet paper?

It’s one of life’s necessities (except for the four billion people in the world who don’t use it) that we don’t really think about.

Yet, a survey that asked what people would choose to take on a desert island revealed that 49 percent would take toilet paper over food.

It’s a multi-billion dollar business that helps us clean up our business.



The other day I was changing a toilet paper roll. I started to walk away when I turned back, took it off its little holder and unsealed the end part. Then I ensured it was facing the ‘right’ way – with the paper for use at the front.

Why? Because I would be told in no uncertain terms by one of the Goddesses that I hadn’t done it right. 🙂

This has happened before. It is often followed by “Don’t worry Grandy, I’ve fixed it for you.”

Her mother has obviously taught her how to replace a roll so it is most convenient for use. She’s doing a much better job than I did with my kids as I couldn’t even get my sons to change the rolls, let alone have them facing a certain way.

In fact, you are considered more intelligent if you hang your paper so you can pull it from the bottom, so they are definitely onto something. I have to admit, before my Goddess’s admonishments, I had never really given it any thought. Hope that doesn’t make me dumb.

More than $100,000 US dollars was spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. According to this important research, three out of four people have the flap in the front.

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It had me thinking about the paper, though. We take so much in life for granted without giving it a second’s thought.




The first use of toilet paper can be traced back to the 6th century AD in China, with mass production occurring in the 14th century.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that the modern form was commercially produced.

It was recorded in 589 AD that the scholar-official Yan Zhitui wrote this in reference to toilet paper;

Paper on which there are quotations or commentaries from the Five Classics or the names of sages, I dare not use for toilet purposes.

This is in contrast to Koji Suzuki, a Japanese horror novelist best known for writing The Ring. He had an entire novel, The Drop 1.2.3., printed on a single roll of toilet paper. 100 percent recycled paper was used.

Records show that in 1393, during the Ming Dynasty, an annual supply of 720,000 sheets of toilet paper was produced for the general use of the Imperial Court of the capital of Nanjing.

Imperial Bureau of Supplies recorded that for the Hongwu Emperor’s Imperial Family there were 15,000 sheets of special soft-fabric toilet paper produced, each sheet perfumed.


Those not lucky enough to have access to paper used wool, lace, or hemp, if they could afford it.

Other people used all manner of plant matter, such as leaves and moss, or their hands, to clean.

In Ancient Rome some people used sponges stuck to the end of sticks. These would be placed in a bucket of vinegar to be reused.

These days more than seven million rolls of toilet paper are sold each year in the United States alone.

There is even a National Toilet Paper Day (August 26).

It wasn’t until 1935 that a manufacturer was able to offer ‘splinter-free toilet paper’. Ouch.

Coloured paper, to match your toilet, was popular in the Sates until the 1940s.

Novelty toilet paper can still be bought, sporting patterns for Christmas and Halloween, as well as the most popular patterns – Sudoku puzzles, a money print version, and glow in the dark paper.

An Australian manufacturer claims to have a 24 carat gold toilet paper roll (3 ply) for sale. It comes hand delivered with a bottle of champagne and a horrific price tag.

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Toilet paper can come in 1 ply to 6 ply – when multiple sheets are back to back. The more ply, the softer, thicker and stronger the paper.

In the average house, an average toilet paper roll will last about five days.

Toilet paper uses shorter fibres than facial tissue paper or writing paper, so it decomposes faster.

Using toilet paper as a barrier between your body and the seat actually increases your chances of getting the germs, like E. Coli, that spray around everything within six feet when a toilet is flushed.

This is because toilet seats are specially designed so they won’t hold germs, And toilet paper is not. In fact, toilet paper’s fibres are the perfect breeding ground for germs.

Research has shown that toilet roll dispensers are the dirtiest item surrounding toilets.


Another vital question, which is popular on the internet; are you a scruncher or a folder?

According to some, how you use toilet paper can say a lot about your personality.

If you are a scruncher, you are determined to get the job done quickly while offering maximum protection for your fingers. This could mean you are spontaneous, outgoing and fun.

Folders are seen as clean, sensible and efficient and organised – and tend to use less paper.


It takes one tree to produce about 45 kg (100 pounds) of toilet paper.

Global toilet paper production consumes nearly 30,000 trees daily. That’s 10 million per year.

A startling statistic when you consider between 70 and 75 percent of the world population do not use toilet paper. Some consider it unsanitary while some do not have the resources or plumbing to cope.

Thankfully, manufacturers now offer recycled toilet paper. That’s recycled from other paper sources, not reused toilet paper – yuk!

During Desert Storm, the US Army used coloured toilet paper to camouflage their tanks.

A contest to make wedding dresses is sponsored by Charmin. The winner receives $2000.

Hotels often fold the end piece of toilet paper to show the bathroom has been cleaned. The first piece is often folded into a point but the practice has started to fire up imaginations creating a whole new craft – toilegami, or toilet paper origami.

This has inspired creatives to fold the paper into hearts, fans, and flowers and many other wonderful shapes.

There is even a machine, invented in Japan, that will automatically fold the first sheet of toilet paper into a triangle at the push of a button.

I remember the days when I was a young adolescent and made my mother write toilet paper in code when she sent me shopping because the words embarrassed me. It wasn’t a very clever code – TP – but it stopped me from blushing should a stranger read my list. How crazy are adolescents?

Anyway, Mum will be so proud I’ve written a whole post on the subject.

Hope you enjoyed my TP trivia. Stay tuned, next month I’ll be writing about toilets in honour of World Toilet Day (November 19). 🙂

Happy wiping and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.






mummies and monsters for Halloween picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – easy to make mummies and monsters for Halloween.

These fun crafts are the perfect way to help your little ones get into the spirit of Halloween.

The mummies are so easy even the three-year-old Goddess enjoyed the fun.

Who doesn’t like making scary monster faces? This one is made out of a tissue box. Watch out when you put your hand in his big mouth – you may just end up with a handful of treats!

The creepy candle holder takes a bit more skill, but the kids can still help with the gluing.

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stumble picture

There are many ways to stumble in life.

You can physically stumble or trip, which can lead to a fall or act as a warning to correct yourself and save you from that fall.

You can make a mistake, an error which can cost you but also teach you.

You can stumble upon something, coming across it simply by chance.

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apple head picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making apple head monsters for Halloween.

If you want to create this craft you will need to start really soon to make it in time for Halloween,  as the apples take several weeks to dry.

Other than that, it’s a simple craft that doesn’t require any special skills or tools.



  • Apple
  • Wooden skewer
  • Knife
  • Fabric –  optional
  • Wooden chopsticks – optional
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Apple head when first carved.


  • Peel the apple
  • Stick a skewer into the bottom of the apple
  • Use a knife to carve out simple facial features – eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Place the apple head in a ventilated area and wait for it to dry – this will take several weeks.

As the apple head dries it will start to crinkle and darken and feel like leather. It took nearly three weeks to get to this stage, which is about how much time is left before Halloween.


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Apple head is just starting to brown at the end of week two.

Once it is dry it is up to you how to decorate it.

I crossed two wooden chopsticks and attached them with a rubber band.

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You can cross two wooden sticks to make a ‘body’.

If you choose to ‘dress’ your monster you can use any fabric but I opted for hessian as it was so effective with my Mandrake.

I just cut the hessian to size, poked a stick through the middle of it and then used staples to secure it before trimming it.

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After nearly three weeks my apple head was dry enough to decorate.

When I placed it in a pot it reminded me of a baby version of my Mandrake.

It’s a really easy and fun craft to make and an effective Halloween decoration.

Why not make a whole family of them and add some rope for hair, or wire arms and legs that are bendable?

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Apple monster snacks.

If your taste buds are aching for the crisp taste of apple as you are carving this, why not give them an extra treat with cute apple monster face snacks (pictured above). All you need are apple quarters, mini marshmallows, strawberry halves, and mini chocolate treats.

Happy crafting and have a glamorous week, Tamuria.





grand crimes picture

“Please, will you just shut up,” I pleaded/yelled as all chaos broke out with four Goddesses all vying for my attention.

This was my Grand crime. I imagined how my reputation with the neighbours as a dedicated Grandy had just gone down the gurgler.

The Goddesses looked at me in shock. Grandy doesn’t usually speak to them this way.

The outburst served to keep them all quiet for seconds until the next drama erupted.

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making a mandrake picture

Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making a Mandrake.

Mandrakes are Mediterranean plants of the nightshade family.

They were made famous in the Harry Potter movies because their forked, fleshy roots resemble the human form.

Formerly used in medicine and magic, these remarkable plants are said to shriek when lifted from the ground.

In the Harry Potter movies the Herbology students studied Mandrakes and how to make their Restorative Draught, which was a cure for those who had been petrified.

I’m going to show you how to make your own but be warned, this project is a bit creepy.

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happy habitat picture

It’s cold outside and the radio tells you a massive storm is on its way.

You hurry into your home and flick a switch for heat. Maybe it’s central heating, a gas fire, a small heater, or maybe you light wood in a fireplace.

As your home heats up you fill your kettle with clean water for a well-earned cup of tea.

You sit on a comfy lounge and as you are sipping that tea you might think of the terror of the 60-year-old grandmother who shivered under a tree in the darkness for five hours with her grandkids and son as Cyclone Winston ravaged her Fijian village.

The raging wind shook the walls of their house and they soon determined it was not safe to stay there.

The family held hands tightly, frightened the young grandchildren could be swept away in the wind. They virtually crawled their way to a large tree.

It was the only protection in sight.

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flowering seat pciture


Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project- making a flowering seat.

Spring had sprung in Australia and we’ve been doing the annual spring clean for a few weeks now.

Part of the process is getting rid of things, or transforming them, that are no longer useful.

If you read my post Trash to Treasure, It’s Easy, you’ll get some great tips for transforming things you cannot bear to part with.

For me this year it was a silly, broken chair.

The thing about that chair that had been sitting in storage for a few years was that my sons had sat on it while studying for important school exams, such as the School Certificate and High School Certificate.

It has history and memories of the days when this house was bursting with the loud voices and music of teenage boys.

How could I possibly part with it?

A year ago I put it outside in readiness to put on the footpath for a council collection. I just kept finding reasons not to leave it out.

Now, a broken chair just looks like rubbish, no matter how many memories it holds.

So I decided to make it pretty by turning it into a flowering seat and transform it into something useful and worthy of keeping.

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man's best friend picture


Bali dogs, they get a bad rap. Last year the Indonesian government organised a ‘dog elimination day’ after 15 people in Bali had died from rabies resulting from dog bites. Thousands of dogs were killed using strychnine-laced darts.

With World Rabies Day just around the corner, my thoughts go to those beautiful dogs – most of which are better behaved than a lot of their Aussie cousins.

These beautiful creatures, who share their DNA with Australian dingoes and Chow Chows and Akitas, could end up extinct if the culling continues.

The breed is unique to Bali but numbers have dropped from an estimated 600,000 in 2008 to 150,000.

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – a collage that shows the story of the butterfly’s journey from humble caterpillar to spectacular flying insect.

In last week’s project,  Making these Fairy Furniture Projects is a Walk in the Park, I shared a park adventure that resulted in many nature treasure finds, and how we transformed them into wonderful fairy garden furniture.

I also promised to show you how to use some of these treasures as a story time prop by making a collage that illustrates the change from caterpillar to butterfly.

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