October 2009

Marigold Insect Spray

by Daisy DIY

I can’t bring myself to pull up the giant marigold that’s hogging a good one-third of one of my best raised beds so I’m determined to get the most benefit out of it.  One of the uses for this plant is in a spray which is said to combat tomato hornworms, other leaf-cutting insects, plus […]

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Neem Oil Soap

by Daisy Lye Soaping

Neem oil, if you believe all its fans are saying, will do anything and everything, and has done for millenia. For repelling insects, treating eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin, it has a league of admirers. Do a simple search and prepare to be amazed by the breadth of its curative wonders. If it does […]

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What is This Thing?

by Daisy Garden

It’s very fancy. A little bit of Carnivale in my backyard. I have no idea what it is.  I think it came in a packet of Fedco mixed salad greens, but, of course, it could have been dropped from the heavens by a tropical bird. Something like this: Compared to the cabbages and the lettuces […]

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Homemade Car Air Freshener

by Daisy Cleaning Products

My car doesn’t smell bad to me, but someone was making a stink-face every time we had to go somewhere. Enter child-labor. What we did: Draw (or have someone draw) the motif of choice. Someone wanted a star. Cut out pattern and pin to felt of choice and cut out: Make two: Pin together and […]

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Pure Olive Oil Soap

by Daisy Crafts

I heard the stories about 100% olive oil soap, that it was so gentle and mild, yet “slippery” and “low suds.” I made up a batch and have been very pleased with it. Here’s the deal on the “low suds” issue–it’s true to some extent UNLESS you use one of those scrubby plastic bath puffs. […]

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Doing It Right, But Something’s Wrong

by Ivory Soap Simplify

A healthy body has very few needs. 1.  Real food. 2.  Exercise. 3.  Sleep. The better you do at each of these, the better you should feel. But what if you don’t feel better? Then you’re me. I have food intolerances.  They hold more power over my health and energy than almost any of the […]

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Composting with Chickens

by Daisy Barnyard

My compost pile is located inside the chicken yard– part coincidence, part deliberate decision, and it’s been a good combo. The compost pile has always been beside the outbuilding which is now the chicken house. When I enclosed a space connected to the chicken house, I included the compost pile area and it’s naturally the […]

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Blueberry Buttons

by Daisy Crafts

Yep, literally. It may be carrying frugal behavior to a bizarre extreme, but I saved the prunings from my blueberry bushes.  I wanted them because they make great gee haw whimmy diddles, but I got to thinking that I could also use them for other things. Like these: I don’t have a garment in mind […]

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Writing in Rhyme

by Ivory Soap

The general advice in the field is DON’T DO IT. However, many of us break into children’s writing doing exactly that. The more correct advice is LEARN TO DO IT WELL. Rule Number One: Have the Right Attitude When novice writers approach rhyme, they often do it from the idea that it’s easy to make […]

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Homemade Furniture Cleaner

by Daisy Cleaning Products

It’s a little early for Halloween, but I wanted to show you what’s happened to my furniture. The rain finally quit, but the extreme humidity left a moldy, green haze on everything. Pretty gross. It got me thinking about furniture cleaners/polish, and how I hate the petroleum smell of store-bought. It lingers and doesn’t do […]

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Illustrators

by Ivory Soap

Since announcing my upcoming (5 days!!) book release.  I have had people asking about illustrations and how you get them done for your manuscript.  Get ready…. You do not have to find your own illustrator. This is news to all of us in the beginning, but the truth is that the ‘house’ that publishes your […]

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