Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bowl cover

These covers are made using old bandanas but you can use scarfs or any old fabric really.

made for each other lol

The Making of a Bandana Bowl Cover

To create a bowl cover, first spread out the bandana and place  upturned bowl in the middle…getting it as evenly centered as possible.

 I also like to use a tie rather than elastic

Recycling collectibale spoon holders

great way to display vintage handkerchiefs using holders for collectible spoons. I painted some units I found white and now they look pretty cool and are a really nice way to make these handkerchiefs look nice

Monday, September 26, 2016

Vintage trick for storing Lemons

This simple trick for storing lemons will blow your mind! It is so simple and keeps your citrus fresh for up to a month in the fridge…

Extend the life of fresh Berries

It’s always only a day or two before they start getting mushy and moldy. And no one wants moldy strawberries in their cereal. No sir.

Put unwashed, uncut strawberries in a glass jar. Seal and refrigerate. That’s it! Your berries should stay fresh for at least a week.
The important thing is not to put any bruised berries in the jar. Save those for the freezer, and keep the good berries for the fridge.
If you notice condensation forming in the jar, wad up a piece of paper towel and put that inside the jar with the berries, and it’ll soak up the excess moisture.
If you tend to buy a lot of berries, get a large jar. The quart size mason jars won’t quite hold a pint of strawberries if they’re really big.
This works for other berries as well- blueberries, raspberries, blackberries… so don’t be shy about stocking up the next time you’re at the farmers market.

Reusable Produce Bags

Time to ditch the plastic peoples and get into re-using

These bags are light weight easy to carry to the market and of course are totally reusable

These easy homemade reusable produce bags are a simple way to reduce the amount of trash you  generate

.Step one: Cut a square of sheer fabric that is approximately 22 by 16 inches.

 Step 2: Fold one edge in and stitch to make a casing for the drawstring.

 Step 3: Fold in half and stitch the side and bottom closed.  Be careful to stitch only up to the bottom of the casing you just made.  You want to be able to get your drawstring in later!

Step 4: Zig-zag stitch around the bottom and side that you just sewed to prevent fraying I like to double fold the edges as it makes sure that the fabric will not fray

Step 5: Turn the bag right-side-out and use a safety pin to push a piece of  ribbon or string

 Done!  Wasn't that easy?  Now for the hard part: remembering to take them with you in to the grocery store!

Thanks to Imperfect Home making for the tutorial 

Give Your Vegetable Scraps A New Life

Instructions for the lettuce:



1. When cutting, keep approximately 2 inches of the base intact.
2. Set the lettuce on its base in a glass with ½ inch of water, and place it in sunlight. Change the water every day.
3. After 5-7 days, some new leaves should have begun to sprout from the center, and roots should be forming. Transfer it to soil and you can begin harvesting leaves when they reach 6-8 inches tall.

Instructions for the mint and basil:



1. Cut approximately 3 inches from a fresh stem, just above a node. Remove the leaves along the bottom 2 inches of the cutting.
2. Place the cuttings in water, keeping the leaves on top above the water.
3. After roots have formed and grown 2 inches, transplant to soil. You can begin harvesting when the plant is fully grown with mature leaves.

Instructions for the green onion:



1. When cutting, keep approximately 2 inches of the roots and base intact.
2. Place the roots in ½ inch of water with sunlight. Change the water every other day.
3. Transfer to soil after 5-7 days or keep in the glass of water. You can begin harvesting when they are fully grown.

Instructions for the celery:




1. When cutting, keep approximately 2 inches of the base intact.
2. Set it on its base in a glass with ½ inch of water with sunlight. Change the water every other day.
3. After 5-7 days, the leaves in the center should be a deeper green. Transplant it to soil and you can begin harvesting when it is fully grown with stalks.

Instructions for the onion:



1. Your onion scraps should still have approximately 1-2 inches of the root base intact.
2. Plant directly into soil with a thin layer of soil covering the cut top. To make room in your garden, you can trim the sides of the onion as only the center is needed for regrowth.
3. Harvest the onions when the green tops have yellowed and fallen over.

Instructions for the garlic:



1. Select the large outer cloves from your bulb.
2. Plant directly into soil with the base facing downwards. Cover with approximately 2 inches of soil and pat down firmly.
3. They are ready to harvest when the green tops have started to brown and wilt.

thanks to Goodful for the tutorial


What fruits grow indoors

Lemon, orange, grapefruit, and limes: all of these belong to the genus Citrus that have a wonderful and rich aroma almost all year round. The basic thing for growing tropical fruit is that the seeds for planting must be fresh. Planting itself is actually quite simple: rinse the seeds with water and plant them either in damp garden soil, peat, river sand, or in a special soil for citrus. You should put every seed in a separate pot or cup.
In addition, make sure that your seedlings get enough natural light, but also protect them from the midday sun and dry air. Note that winter temperatures, 53 — 60°F (12-16 °C), will be fine for your citrus trees.


 Each date has a pit inside that can easily be grown into a tree. Place the pits in a small dish and let them soak for few days before planting. Bury them in a peat and sand soil mix, and remember to keep the soil damp with sprayer every 2 days. Like citrus trees, dates require a lot of light and a cool, winter temperature.

Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)



Seeds of this exotic plant should be taken from ripe and squishy fruit. If a feijoa isn’t yet ripe, put it in a warm place and wait for a few days. Then, rinse the seeds from the surrounding pulp with water and leave them to dry on paper. After that, bury the seeds in sandy soil.
The plant may pop up much faster than expected. That’s why when planting the sprouts, you need to pinch the main root and transplant it together with the old soil into a bigger pot.




 If you plan on growing a fig tree, you need to rinse and dry the seeds first, then put them into damp soil. Sprinkle the soil with a little sand and cover it with plastic wrap. Find a warm spot with plenty of sunlight for your potted fig tree. The first sprouts will appear in about 3 weeks if you regularly moisten the soil and ventilate the room. The recommended temperature in summer shouldn’t be less than 68°F (20°C) and not exceed 57°F (14°C) in winter.

Passion fruit


 Well, if you decide to plant passion fruit seeds, you will most likely get a vigorous and fast climbing vine rather than a fruitful tree. This plant will really delight you with its luxurious blossoming and bright colors. You will probably be lucky enough to grow delicious, juicy fruits at home. Passion fruit, like any tropical plant, needs a tremendous amount of sunlight, fresh air, warmth, and high humidity.





You can grow this wonderful storehouse of vitamins from a pit in one of two ways: either remove the pit carefully, wash it gently to remove the flesh, and then plant it in the soil, or stick 3 toothpicks 120 degrees apart into the middle of the seed to balance the pit on the inside of a cup without completely inserting it into water. When the plant develops a good root system in the water, you can carefully take it out and bury it in the soil. Keep it in around 64 °F(18 C) before the leaves come into bloom. Avocado loves the sun, so place it in a sunny windowsill — the more light it gets, the better.




 Growing pineapple is a lot easier than you would think. You don’t need seeds to grow it! Instead, twist the leaves off the top, strip off some of the lower leaves to expose the stem, and plant it in a pot filled with river sand. Pineapple trees like a lot of sun and need to be kept fairly moist. The plant will only stop growing during the winter months. However, growing this tropical plant indoors is quite possible!




This drought-tolerant tree can grow well almost everywhere. Dwarf pomegranates will delight you with their conspicuous scarlet flowers and mouth-watering fruit all year round. The average yield of these pomegranates is from 7 to 10 edible fruits about 2 inches in diameter.





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