Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Bike Racks

Step 1: Remove the PocketUse a seam ripper to remove the pocket from the button-down shirt. After removing the pocket, press the area with a hot iron to close any holes in the fabric from the stitching.

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Wood board
Bike seat
Handle bars

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Lead light light bulbs

 Great way to recycle and if you want to use glass paint to give a stain glass look this can be amazing

Fusing plastic bags

Do you have one zillion plastic drugstore and grocery bags under your sink, or perhaps smushed into a drawer? Ever wanted a cheap and easy use for them? One that leaves you with an intriguing and useful homemade craft supply? Do you have an iron? Why don't you fuse them together?

 What you'll need
Plastic bags (thin, flimsy ones work best)
Parchment paper, freezer paper or plain old copier paper
Iron (and your favorite ironing surface)

Making it

 Flatten out the bag and trim the bottom seam and handles off. This allows the bag to be opened up into a larger rectangle of plastic.

 Turn the bag inside-out if it has printing on it. Once the ink heats up, it comes off the bag and makes a huge mess. If the bag has an interesting design that you'd like to preserve, try using a clear plastic bag layered on top of the printed one.
We find that between 6-8 layers of plastic gives the best results. So, you can either fold your bag twice until it is 8 ply thick, or use three or more bags layered on top of one another. Trying to fuse less than 6 layers often results in little holes forming in the finished piece and a generally weaker material.
Sandwich your plastic bags between the parchment paper

 Next, run a hot iron (we set ours to "Rayon", but you will need to experiment a little to see what works for you) and keep the iron moving constantly. Make sure to get the edges, and after about 15 seconds, flip it over and iron the opposite side for a few seconds.

 Peel a corner of the paper back to see if the plastic is fused together. It should be fairly smooth and "one sheet" to the touch (watch out, its a little hot). If the layers are not all melted together, iron it some more.

Peel the parchment paper away from the finished plastic sheet. Voila. Now, you can use this stuff to make a million things. We've made re-usable grocery totes, wallets, and floor cushions; I think its an inexpensive way to make waterproof linings for beach bags and makeup clutches. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Recycling the Old and Dry into Liquid Gold


 1. Rubber-banded 5 or 6 dried out water-based markers of a similar color together (I used Crayola and liqui-mark brands). I removed their marker tops and I'm saving those little goodies for another occasion.


 2. Pour water into glass baby food jars below the screw top area.

3. Put the color tips of the markers into the water and just let it be.  If you look closely at the green jar you can see the green seeping out.
The longer it sits the better.
4. Removed the markers and  test the coloured water on paper 

This is a great way to make  a really green and cheap way to make liquid watercolors.

Op shop teapot + old drawer = awesome little birdhouse

Op shop  teapot + old drawer = awesome little birdhouse

Teapot bird house

what one can do with an old teapot and wire and what a great birdhouse it can make

Cardboard bird houses

I love this and these beautiful boxes are so easy make using cardboard or old childrens books (which is my Favorite) and how gorgeous do they look on walls. They can also be covered in fabric or old wrapping paper, the choice is endless.

Table cloth Poncho

how cool is this idea

take a table cloth fold in half and cut a hole in the middle where your neck will go . cut a an old lace tablecloth to use as edging and wow what  great looking recycled top

Potatoe storage

Such an easy way to store potatoes and onions

Old window White Board

This is such a great idea for a white board and a wonderful recycling idea.

Back an old window with any coloured paper or fabric but remember not to make it dark. Write on and when done wash off.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Recycled plastic bag holder

Recycled plastic bag holder  and this is perfect for camping

Brown Sugar Fudge

 Brown Sugar Fudge came out creamy with a great butterscotch flavor

I am not, generally speaking, a candy man. Either making it or eating it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sweets, but straight sugar injections have never really done it for me. Until now, that is.

The recipe follows the same basic approach of the others online, only five simple ingredients involved:

Brown Sugar Fudge
3 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
And essentially, you just throw it all in a pot. Heat to the soft ball stage  should only take about 5-8 minutes. Let it cool for about 40 minutes and beat with a whisk until its lighter in color and no longer glossy. That could take a couple minutes, don’t worry, keep going.
Dump the whole mess into a greased pan. They suggest a 9×9, but I found that to make a pretty thin layer so I moved it all into a snugger 6×6. The stuff will keep for a month or so with a tight fitting lid in place.

came from the lost recipes cook book

Windshield Shade Solar Funnel Cooker

Windshield Shade Solar Funnel Cooker
While experimenting with various designs of cookers over the past year to introduce in the indigenous communities where I live and work in southern Mexico, I hit upon an utterly simple way to make an instant portable solar oven.  Taking a reflective accordion-folded car windshield shade, you can turn it into a version of the solar funnel, by simply sewing on little Velcro tabs along the long notched side. Here’s how:
Materials needed:
  • A reflective accordion-folding car sunshade
  • A Cake rack (or wire frame or grill)
  • 12 cm. (4 ½ in.) of Velcro
  • Black pot
  • Bucket or plastic wastebasket
  • A plastic baking bag
  1. Lay the sunshade out with the notched side toward you, as above.
  2. Cut the Velcro into three pieces, each about 4 cm. or 1 ½ inches long.
  3. Hand sew one half of each piece, evenly spaced, onto the edge to the left of the notch; sew the matching half of each piece onto the underneath size to the right of the notch, so that they fit together when the two sides are brought together to form a funnel. (see below)  Note:  I first tried sewing these on a sewing machine, but found it cut through the reflective material.
  4. Press the Velcro pieces together, and set the funnel on top of a bucket or a round or rectangular plastic wastebasket.
  5. Place a black pot on top of a square cake rack, placed inside a plastic baking bag.  A standard size rack in the U.S. is 25 cm. (10 in.).  This is placed inside the funnel, so that the rack rests on the top edges of the bucket or wastebasket.  Since the sunshade material is soft and flexible, the rack is necessary to support the pot.  It also allows the suns rays to shine down under the pot and reflect on all sides.  If such a rack is not available, a wire frame could be made to work as well.  Note: the flexible material will squash down around the sides of the rack.
The funnel can be tilted in the direction of the sun.
A stick placed across from one side of the funnel to the other helps to stabilize it in windy weather. (see below)
After cooking, simply fold up your “oven” and slip the elastic bands in place for easy travel or storage.
I have found this totally simple solar oven extremely practical, as it is so lightweight and easy to carry along anywhere.  But in addition, it has reached a higher temperature in a shorter time than all the other models I have experimented with so far (I haven’t used a parabolic) - a little above 350 degrees F.  I have cooked black beans in about the same amount of time as on a gas stove;  I’ve used it to bake breads, granola, brownies, lasagna, all sorts of vegetables, and to purify water. The sunshade may not be available everywhere, but I suspect it can be found in most urban areas, since I found it here in southern Mexico.  The Velcro was also available in fabric stores.
 Thanks to

Kathy Dahl-Bredine

for the tutorial

Amazing DIY Concrete Block Rocket Stove

How to make a “FOUR BLOCK” Rocket Stove! Easy DIY.

There are certain tricks in life that you can use in order to turn normal things, like building materials, into amazing devices. If you too have some concrete or cinder blocks at your disposal, we will show just how easy and fast it is to make a 4-Block Rocket Stove. The secret behind such a simple build lies in the design of the block itself. Actually, there is no build required whatsoever, only a clever positioning of the 4 blocks of concrete, this way of making a DIY rocket stove will prove extremely efficient. Very little fuel, meaning twigs, leaves and small sticks is necessary and has shown to be resistant to harsh wind and rain. below to learn how to put it all together and how to cook with such a DIY device. The resulting food will taste great!
Four concrete blocks is all it takes to make it! The stove funnels all its heat up under the bottom of the pan. uses very little fuel. fueled by small sticks, twigs and leaves. cooks great. wind and rain resistant.

 Watch the video on how too make this

Thanks to all self sustained for the tutorial

Homemade kindling dryer

Homemade kindling dryer made with cheap cement blocks and 2X4's.

Now this is an easy and wonderful idea.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Homemade Coconut Milk

  1. 1 cup (90g) shredded unsweetened coconut
  2. 2 cups hot water
  1. Place the coconut and water in a high powered blender.
  2. Turn on low then up to high speed.
  3. Blend for 3 minutes.
  4. If you are using in a soup or a curry, I recommend using as is. If you plan on using it as a beverage, then filter through a fine mesh sieve, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag. You can keep the sediment to add to smoothies or dry it out at a low oven temp and use as coconut flour.
  5. Store in the fridge.
  1. Makes 660 ml (2 and 2/3 cup)

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Felted patches

shirt- jumper- long sleeved t
cookie cutter
felting needles
sponge (thick)

Mark the elbows with a piece of tape
 insert sponge under the tape

double needle thread hack

I don’t have a lot of experience with a double needle. If you do, you probably know how great they can be when it comes to making double...