DIY

Bug Defense Cage From Old Window Screens

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I know it’s late in the season for squash, but I just had to give it one last try. My inability to win the squash bug, squash beetle, and, particularly, squash BORER battle is a sore spot with me. This may not work either, but like Charlie Brown and that football, I can’t resist. I […]

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Misadventures in Urban Plantsmanship

by Daisy DIY

I bought a pineapple guava plant through the mail. I was lured by promises of tropical beauty and exotic flavor. It was around midnight, and I had fallen down an internet rabbit hole of off-the-beaten-path edible shrubs, vines, and other fantastical fruits. My eyes locked onto pineapple guava and I was mesmerized. Apparently, the petals […]

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Eggshell Toothpaste and Face Scrub In One

by Daisy Body Care Products

Yes, you read that correctly, and yes, I may be crazy. My kids think so. “Are you putting toothpaste on your face?!” “Yes, I’m putting toothpaste on my face. Show me the rule that says you can’t put toothpaste on your face.” In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have fed them the “show me the rule” […]

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DIY Decor Sale Shout-Out

by Ivory Soap DIY

I don’t normally do this.  But, today is the last day for the calendars.com 2015 sale.  I know that sounds nuts.  What do I need a half used calendar for?  Well, I learned from my MIL to use them for the art.  Between dead vintage children’s books and calendars, she has decorated the nurseries in […]

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Misadventures in No ‘Poo

by Daisy Body Care Products

Ever since I stopped using shampoo, I’ve tried several different approaches to having presentable hair: apple cider vinegar rinses, brushing it out with a natural bristle brush, and essential oil-baking soda scrubs. After giving up on baking soda after hearing it was too harsh for hair, I’ve relied on hot water and vinegar rinses almost […]

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No ‘Poo For Me

by Daisy Body Care Products

Did the people who named the shampoo-free movement “no ‘poo” really think that one through? Besides being confusing (it’s hard to communicate that apostrophe in spoken communication), it’s a bit inelegant. But what’s done is done. I’ve gone no ‘poo and I think I’m sticking with it. It’s been about three weeks and I’m liking […]

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What I’ve Been Building This Winter

by Daisy Barnyard

I love to build. I also love to “design” building projects from scratch. Sitting down with a pencil and some scrap paper and a few ideas is one of my favorite ways to wile away a winter evening. Then, starting to put things together, working out problems along the way, researching, adding on, tweaking the […]

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Build A Vintage-Inspired Egg Rack

by Daisy Barnyard

This is one of my favorite things around the house. The first time I noticed an egg rack was in a movie. It was Gosford Park, and believe me or don’t believe me, but I was more interested in this thing than in Clive Owen. I froze the movie over and over to get a […]

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I’m Plotzing!

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I can barely contain myself. Something I’ve been waiting for years to happen has happened. In fact, it’s something that helped bring about the formation of this blog six years ago. Deanna and I had been friends for ten years at that point, but somehow we never fully realized we shared a certain passion for […]

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Easy Blueberry Bush Bird Protection

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Many years ago I tried draping deer netting over my blueberry bushes. It was a complete failure. I didn’t secure the netting at ground level so the birds got up under the net, it was a pain to crawl under there to pick, and the birds could sit on the outside and pick berries through […]

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Roll-Out Nesting Box

by Daisy Barnyard

Chicken Time-Out wasn’t much of a success. First, there’s the problem of having to catch an angry chicken first thing every morning. No amount of coffee can prepare me for that. Second, I think there may be another culprit. My smartypants Rhode Island Red laid an egg on the top shelf of the coop yesterday […]

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DIY Soothing Plantain Salve Recipe

by Daisy Body Care Products

Plantain, that pesky lawn and garden weed, makes a soothing salve for itches, bites, burns, rashes, sore muscles and strains. Using the plantain-infused oil we made in this post, here’s a recipe for an easy-to-spread salve to keep in store for all the times someone in your family says “I’m itchy!” and “Ouch!” PLANTAIN SALVE […]

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DIY Plantain-Infused Oil

by Daisy Body Care Products

Most people have seen this herb growing in cracks in the sidewalk or marring the monoculture of an otherwise pristine lawn. Before you pluck it out and toss it away, consider that broadleaf plantain (Plantago major) is a nutritious edible plant and a potent medicinal herb. Plantain (especially the young, tender leaves) can be used […]

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No-Tip Fairy Chairs

by Daisy DIY

If you have fairies, (and who doesn’t?) you must know a major problem with fairy furniture is that it tips over. What with the uneven terrain, wind and rain, crawling creatures and clumsy fairies, most fairy abodes look like they have barely survived an earthquake. When I decided to make a few chairs for the […]

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Safe “Miracle” Laundry Whitening Recipes

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  I mentioned in the last post that some laundry recipes online mix things that aren’t supposed to be mixed.  However, it appears that the users are putting them in the washer in such a way that there is no immediate reaction that chokes them out of the house.  But, rather than gambling on someone […]

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DIY Laundry Solutions Safety Warning!

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  After years of DIY solution making, I stopped looking around the net for new ones.  However, in an effort to shake up my DIY cleaning routine, I started checking out some popular sites and recipes.  I am continually irritated by recipes with ingredients that cancel each other out or deteriorate and lose cleaning power […]

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Still Worth It DIY: Herbs and Animals

by Ivory Soap Barnyard

  Of all the low hassle animals in the world, chickens are the top.  They eat the leftovers.  They make eggs.  No food is wasted in our house, ever.  My kids are free to never clean their plate, because we have chickens. Also, still worth it, mini-goats.  No, we don’t milk them, but they’re so […]

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Half-Time DIY: The Cleaning Product Review

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  Daisy and I have taught many a class on DIY cleaning products.  And after years of trial an error, I find that I’m a halfsy at heart.  I still keep spray bottles of alcohol and vinegar around for general spray down, but when there’s something that might really require elbow grease, I still go […]

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Half-time DIY: The Body Care Review

by Ivory Soap Body Care Products

I have been in love with the smell of Ivory Soap since college, so no matter how hard I try, I just can’t quit loving it, even in favor of something I make myself.  So, for body and laundry, I still buy it rather than using my own homemade version.  For GIFTS, though, I totally […]

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Half-time DIY: The Laundry Review

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

After years of DIY, I have to admit, that when it comes to laundry, I’m only half committed to DIY.  Once every six months I mix up a TON of powder and use it until it’s gone.  But until I get in the mood to make it again, I pick up the Tandil while I’m […]

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