Recycling & Nature Crafts

Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Stick Edition

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Every year I get more and more averse to buying cheap, imported stuff; stuff that breaks, gets tossed aside the moment the newness wears off and becomes little more than something I can’t wait to discard so I don’t have to keep picking it up so I can vacuum. Here are a few of the […]

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Harvesting Madder Root

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Back in, hm, let’s check the date stamp on the photos . . . the latter days of March, I decided to dig up the madder plants that had begun to sprout and harvest the root for dyeing. The madder is some I started from seed I bought from Fedco Seeds three years ago.  The […]

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Make a Felted Wool Rose

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These are so easy I wanted to share them with you.  You get such a lot of cuteness for very little effort you have to try making them. Here I show it as a hairclip, but they are great as brooches with a little bar pin, or sewn on to sweaters (maybe over a moth […]

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Making a Luffa Sponge

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This year was a first for many things in the garden.  Probably the most dramatic new addition was the luffa gourds. They got off to a bad start.  Soon after sprouting, they disappeared entirely one night.  Chipmunks?  Alien abduction? So I planted more.  They soon sprouted and whatever got them the first time decided to […]

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Grapevine Wreath Bird Feeder

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If you’ve ever been torn between the desire to tidy up the dead seed heads of spent summer blooms and the knowledge that you would be taking away a food source for wild birds, this is a project that will give you (and the birds) the best of both worlds. Trim back those spent blooms, […]

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