I don't make my own clothes, but I will sew on patches and med jeans so that they can me worn for longer. I have found that a cute thing to do is to go to garage sales and find worn out little girls clothes with cute needle work on them, and then sew them on under the holes as patches. I will then outline it in a matching embroidery thread.
I am trying to fence in my dog yard and I have been trying to track down some 5 ft green fence posts. I have checked at Home Resource and they had one (which I bought for $2), and I know Home Depot has them, but I don't want to have to buy new ones. Does anyone have any suggestions on were else I might be able to find some?
Yes I have been there multiple times. They have lots of planes, and pictures and all sorts of cool things. They offer little tours but you can roam the museum if you want to. The smoke jumper museum tours are inside and outside so if you plan on going make sure that its nice out.
While we are on the topic of rhubarb does anyone have any good recipes for it. My neighbor has a plant that she was just going to mow over, so I snagged all the rhubarb that I could and froze it. Can I dehydrate it?
While messing around on the internet I stumbled upon a U-pick herb farm in Missoula. Coming up on the 12th the owner will have a guided U-pick. There are additional dates and more information at Urban Herbs.
In Acres USA they have an article about Natural Farming with Indigenous Microorganism (IMO), which has to do with microbes. From what I read it was lower cost but produced more desirable crops. Has anyone tried this? If so any suggestions? Do I need to tailor this around what I'm trying to grow/where I live? Or is this like a one size fits all type thing?
In the Ask Jackie section of Backwoods Home Magazine a reader asked if you could can salad dressing. Jackie's answer wasn't really an answer, but more of an 'I'm sure you could but I don't know how to.' Since Jackie doesn't know I thought that I would ask all of you. Can you can homemade salad dressing? Is their only certain types of dressing that you can can? Does anyone have a recipe? Has anyone tried this?
As I was flipping through Backwoods Home Magazine, I stumbled upon and article called Call me Plumber about a woman who instead of calling a plumber and spending $100+ to get a toy lodged out of the toilet, bought a drain snake for $15 and fixed the problem herself. After reading this article I felt that maybe some plumbing issues can be fixed with out a costly plumber. Does anyone have any good stories about playing plumber at their house? Is there a good book or web site that I can read to help me get a better understanding of the basics? Are their certain problems that I can fix myself? When do I need to get a plumber involved?
There is an article in Backwoods Home Magazine written by Jacky Clay about rhubarb. In the article she talks about cutting part of the plant off and then giving it away to friends so that they could have their own plants. Does this really work? Are there rhubarb seeds I can plant, or do I need to find someone with an mature rhubarb plant and ask for a piece of theirs?
Found this article in Countryside and thought that I would pass it on to you.
Solar heat streaming through windows on a winter day feels great, but those same windows can let a lot of heat escape on cold nights, unless you insulate them. I made thermal nighttime insulated shades for my 34" x 76" windows.
They provide the "one-way valve" to heat flow. I used "Reflectix"--a double bubble pack, with Mylar facing on both sides. It is available at most home centers. Using simple rollers to roll them up during the day, each winter morning I just pull a cord to raise them, and pull them down at night. They slide in grooves in the window molding to make for an efficient seal.
I used spray adhesive to cover the inside surface of the Reflectix with muslin, an inexpensive strong cloth available anywhere material is sold. Covering the Mylar with cloth probably reduces its ability to reflect radiant heat somewhat, but the improved looks are worth the tradeoff, in my opinion. No sewing is involved, and the shades cost me about $15 for each of my windows, about 15 years ago. The only maintenance I have done in that time is to replace the hardware. The usual lightweight roller shade hardware only lasts for a few years. Maybe you can find a source for stronger hardware. If you do please let me know: I have taken to making my own.
There are no horizontal battens. The Reflectix just looks that way after it's roiled up and down a few times. It does look good. After a decade or so of sliding up and down in the wood grooves, the edges of the shade wear somewhat, so I just folded a strip of white duct tape along both edges. This also helps to make a good seal. I cut a small piece of the Reflectix to attach to the top, it hangs down so that its lower edge rides on the shade as it makes the corner around the smaller roller. I originally had adhered cloth to the outside of the shade, but sunlight eventually caused the adhesive to let go. I now leave the outside uncovered Reflectix. It shows little signs of deteriorating after more than 15 years in place. It is reflective enough that it helps to keep the space between the shade and glazing from overheating if you leave the shade down when it's sunny, but I try to not do that. The "tracks" are just strips of poplar I cut from my property, air dried, and planed--any 3/4" wood will do. I made mine do double duty as stop strips for the glazing and dadoed grooves in them for the shade tracks. I attached a 3/4" x 3/4" dadoed piece to the bottom of the shade to give me a handle to pull the shade down with, and to help it seal at the bottom. The rock on the cord is to keep the rolled up shade rolled tightly (any weight will work). The stone just fits in with my stone house decor. I'm glad to help; ask if you have any further questions.
Has anyone though of using coolers and then storing them in cold rooms or outside. I recently read an article in Countyside about not having a root cellar and instead using coolers and then placing them in a unheated room or outside depending on the weather. The woman in the article had used them to store her apples and carrots in during the winter.
Black pepper is considered one of the great tonics in Chinese medicine for its warming, energizing, and stimulating properties. This is due to peppers ability to stimulate the sense and warm the body. It's recommended that one uses lack peppercorns in a decoction for poor circulation, cold, and low energy levels. Black pepper can also be applied directly to cuts to stem the bleeding.
I have a 3 month old black lab and I need socialize her more. We are having a problem with her peeing (due to being scared) when anyone/thing except me, my cat, and my boyfriend talk to her. She is a super sweet puppy and plays with my mom's dog sometimes. She gets scared at first, but warms up quickly to others. I just want to introduce her to other people/dogs in the hope that it helps her overcome her weak bladder.
I have been a non smoker for the past 3 weeks, and I would have to say that the thing that has helped me the most is carrots. When ever I was craving a smokey non fat treat(aka a cigarette) I found that munching on carrots helped reduce my cravings. I also chewed alot of gum, especially when I was driving to help curb my cravings.
On a side note - I have stopped hacking up nasty things from my lungs!
Looking to make crepes for dinner, but I don't want them to be like breakfast or dessert crepes. My mom once made them with a chicken filling, but she can't find the recipe. Does anyone have any good/good for you recipes that I could try?