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July 28, 2012 by tomofholland Earlier this year my friend and sound artist Dr Felicity Ford went on a month-long residency at the MoKS Center for Art and Social Practice in Tartu, Estonia. Dr Felicity Ford spent some time travelling, recording sounds, visiting sheep farmers, interviewing amazing makers, before staying at MoKS for her British-Estonian textile traditions swap-out, using native sheep breed fibres and traditional indigenous plant dyes.
I know I talk a lot about things from a rural perspective, but can I take just a minute to encourage all you urban dwellers that homesteading can be done in the city as well? Including raising chickens? You would need to check your city ordinances, but assuming they allow poultry, look at what you can do in a small space!
Some molds cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. And a few molds, in the right conditions, produce "mycotoxins," poisonous substances that can make people sick.
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Here is a collection of free clothes pin bag patterns and tutorials I’ve found from around the net plus I tucked in a vintage embroidery goody at the bottom (a dancing wooden peg on a bar of soap, too cute!). Most of the tutorials are for sewing but there are a few crochet projects too. Enjoy!
You’ll often find baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda or bicarb) a frequent ingredient required in many recipes, but here are 50 ways you can use it to make the job easier and save time when cleaning and freshening around the home.
Ton of emails circulate the Internet that offer hints, tips, suggestions, warnings, funny stuff, and information. Honestly, most of these emails are complete bunk, and you can often find out the truth to these myths, rumors, and information by visiting a site called Snopes.com . However, one interesting email that has wandered into my inbox several times was one about alternative uses for normal household products.
Household products aren't always used exclusively for their intended purpose, and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid is one of those products. Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has been used to clean the feathers and fur of animals that have become victims of oil spills, and Dawn Dishwashing Liquid has proven to be a very safe and versatile product in and around the home as well. The following information provides alternative uses for Dawn Dishwashing Liquid.
ost cleaning products fall into one of two categories: toxic or expensive. While both types will clean almost anything (or at least, anything within their limited range of capabilities), there's a third option. It's inexpensive and not at all poisonous to humans. It's multi-purpose as well--one container will take care of laundry, kitchen cleaning, even bugs and weeds. This "miracle cleaner" is vinegar. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid that forms through the fermentation of sugars or starches.
Make Green Slime. For directions, click here . Shine china. Add one-half cup 20 Mule Team Borax to a sinkful of warm water, rinse fine china, then rinse again in clean water. Clean hairbrushes and combs. Mix a quarter cup 20 Mule Team Borax and a tablespoon of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a basin of warm water.
Cleaning is another area where the frugal homemaker can save money. Buying different cleaning products at the store is like buying convenience food. Most of them are overpriced.
Sautéing okra over high heat with spices brings out its essential grassy flavor. This method also mitigates the "slime factor" that prolonged cooking or stewing can bring out. This recipe works equally well with small, young okra pods or larger okra pods cut into small pieces.
Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes still cleaned up nice! Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load!