I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old – maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. Continue Reading
Candy corn’s the kinda thing that divides loved one’s right down the middle. Either you hate it, or you love it. And like all good things, if you love it, you should make it. And like those very all good things, the homemade version tastes even better.
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup salted butter
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1/3 cup powdered milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
red and yellow food coloring
What’s your favorite thing to do with candy corn. Continue Reading
Your handpacked lunch. Sore joints. Picnics. Having a quick source of cold is infinitely helpful for keeping what you need chilled, and doing it well.
As it turns out, you can make your own – infinately sizeable and shapeable – but just limited how water freezes by adding something with a much lower freezing point, like alcohol….both the rubbing and the, er, vodka kind.
Mold. It’s BAD NEWS. As well as just being gross it can do some pretty rotten things to your lungs.
Prevention is definitely the way to go, as once you’ve got mold it’s
the very devil to get rid of. Luckily, you don’t need harsh chemicals to
stop mold arriving and bringing 50 gazillion of it’s friends. Jennifer
Chait, green-mama-maven over at Inhabitots has a recipe for an
all-natural mold prevention spray.
You mix two cups of water and
three drops of pure organic tea tree essential oil, pop it in a spray
bottle and spritz (then wipe) your walls once a week. Continue Reading
Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don’t buy them at all. Make ’em.
With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.
- Facial Astringent
- Facial Scrub
- Laundry Stain Pre-soak
- Liquid Hand Soap
- Houseplant Fertilizer
- Brass and Copper Polish
There once was a high school teacher named Kevin who had the dream of turning a 1938 International Harvester Truck into a gypsy wagon. His remarkable story-book ending includes bathroom facilities, hot and cold running water, an antique wood-burning stove and a sleeping loft, among other cottage-y comforts. To see the transformation, visit Kevin’s web album. Via Uncooped.
Cheaper, less smelly, homemade, and WAY better for the environment and your own health, these seven techniques to rid your garden, walkways, and lifestyle of unwanted green growth provide a great alternative to commercial chemicals.
1. Boiling Water.
2. Bleach (okay, maybe not so great for the environment)
5. Rubbing alcohol
6. Corn meal
First we tackled the dryer; now we’re on to the dishwasher! Apparently, a homemade version is incredibly easy to make and cheap cheap cheap. (I found this recipe repeated on about a dozen other websites, but it’s so good, it required a Curbly appearance.)
What you need:
For the detergent:
Mix 1 part Arm & Hammer to 1 part 20 Mule Team. Continue Reading
Here's an interesting article from the Honolulu Advertiser on the DIY gift movement. They allude to sites most Curbliers are aware of: buyhandmade.org and craftster, but they also offer some helpful tips for making handmade gifts this holiday season.
Also includes a helpful, basic crafting bibliography.
They just coming, and coming, and coming…
- Try a sprinkling of food grade ofDiatomaceous Earth.
- Spread some black pepper over their entrance/exit,
- Add some baby powder to infected areas.
- Lay down some bay (laurel) leaves.
- Make a homemade Ant Spray.
- Feed them Cream of Wheat.
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