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From Fence Slat To Fairy House

Dealings With Fairies by Joy T. Tending her fairy house Almost every day, Little Sister asks me why we can’t move back to Florida so she can be with her best friends again.  It has been 3 months since we moved to the Pacific Northwest, and while the rest of the family has adjusted wonderfully well (and […]

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Bra To Dust Mask

In the spirit of ingenuity and using what you have, Emily Groff has designed her own bra to dust mask. When we first saw it on our Buy Nothing group, everyone laughed with Emily, seeing the humor in it. But then we saw an igNobel prize was awarded for a bra converted into a gas […]

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DIY Washable Menstrual Pads

Washable Cotton Pads Made From Old Flannel Sheets Almost all sanitary napkins and tampons are made with bleached rayon, cotton and plastics. Feminine menstrual products are a $718 million dollar industry and the waste from these single-use products is monumental. There are reusable alternatives, like these DIY washable menstrual pads that one of our Buy […]

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DIY Kitchen Compost Container

By Liesl Clark My new favorite kitchen thing is a thing I’m reusing for something else. This thing can be used, now, in 2 ways! What am I talking about?? Ta da! My new kitchen counter compost container! It’s a Romertopf oven turned compost collector that actually looks nice on the kitchen counter and it […]

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Chive Salsa

In which chives and mint are combined to make a stunning salsa. By Liesl Clark I’m not one to follow recipes to the letter so feel free to add and subtract as you see fit for your tastebuds. We have a lot of chives in the garden at the moment and since this is the […]

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Reusable Garden Netting

Skip the Delicate Plastic Bird Netting in Favor of Sturdy Sheer Curtains  by Rebecca Rockefeller We’re lucky enough to have berries and cherries in our backyard, but that means we also have hungry birds waiting to share in the summer bounty. Now, I’m a big fan of birds but I don’t like to give them […]

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Drip Dry Your Laundry & Water Your Garden

This one’s simple. 1) String a laundry line over your tomato plants (or basil or really anything you’re growing that needs watering.) We tend to water our tomato plants and tomatillos as they don’t need much water and our grape vine digs it, too. 2) Wash your clothes but don’t do a spin cycle. It […]

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8 Onion Skin Uses

By Liesl Clark Just like garlic skins, onion skins have some unique uses. They’ve even been touted as the new “superfood!” After reading our select list, if you’re looking for ways to get your hands on onion skins, just collect them with a few onions at your local store. They’re always in the bin with […]

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40 Ideas For An Upcycled Summer Party

By Liesl Clark Outdoor Party Decor: 1) No Sew Bunting: Here’s an easy outdoor no sew bunting for a flutter at the party. 2) Leaf Coasters For Your Party: In the theme of the outdoors, use leaf coasters so wow your guests. Cheap, pretty. 3) Wine Glass Candle Lamps: Have some etched wine glasses? Save […]

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8 Uses For Garlic Skins

By Liesl Clark Don’t toss those papery white skins! Use them up: 1) Save them in your freezer and use for your vegetable or chicken stock. I also throw them in my slow-cooked beans to add more flavor. 2) Compost them. 3) Keep the skins on your garlic when you roast it and the protective […]

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