The Project Gutenberg eBook of The Evolution of Fashion, by Florence Mary Gardiner. A Practical Zeer Pot (evaporative cooler / non-electrical refrigerator) A zeer pot is an evaporative cooler used in rural Africa and the Middle East to keep vegetables fresh. They consist of two terra cotta pots, one nested inside the other, with the gap between them filled with wet sand. The sand serves as a thermal mass that helps keep the pot cold once it has cooled down, and acts as a wick to spread the moisture up the walls of the pot. When placed in a shaded, breezy location, the evaporation of water off the outer surface chills the pot. If you have a good breeze, or a fan powered by a solar panel blowing the pot, the pot can get quite cold. Imagine that chill you get when you step out of a pool when the wind is blowing. Unless the air is very dry and the pot is exposed to a constant breeze, they generally do not become as cold as a refrigerator, but they will keep vegetables fresh for a couple of weeks. Think of it as an open-cycle refrigerator. What makes this zeer pot practical? (Be sure to read all the notes to all of the photos.
8 Vegetables That You Can Regrow Again And Again. Scallions You can regrow scallions by leaving an inch attached to the roots and place them in a small glass with a little water in a well-lit room. wearenotfoodies.com Garlic When garlic begins to sprout, you can put them in a glass with a little water and grow garlic sprouts. nancyengedesign.wordpress.com Bok Choy Bok choy can be regrown by placing the root end in water in a well-lit area. makesmemine.blogspot.com Carrots Put carrot tops in a dish with a little water. projectfidgetyfingers.blogspot.com Basil Put clippings from basil with 3 to 4-inch stems in a glass of water and place it in direct sunlight. thateverydaygirl.com Celery Cut off the base of the celery and place it in a saucer or shallow bowl of warm water in the sun. infusionfibers.wordpress.com Romaine Lettuce Put romaine lettuce stumps in a 1/2 inch of water. fastcheapandgood.blogspot.com Cilantro The stems of cilantro will grown when placed in a glass of water. food-hacks.wonderhowto.com
31 Household Products You'll Never Have To Buy Again 27 Creative And Inexpensive Ways To Keep Kids Busy This Summer costumingdiary.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-make-simple-chemise.html Instructions for a simple chemise. Great for 18th century costuming. Can be sewn with french seams. Measurements Chemise Width Measure around the widest part of your body, usually at the bust or hips. Your chemise width = _____________ The following formulas are an exercise in using the golden ratio to calculate length. Chemise Length Thigh length: Height / 7 * 4Knee length: Height / 7 * 5Floor length: Height / 7 * 6 Example: I’m 59” tall. Your chemise length = _____________ Sleeve Width Measure around the top of your shoulder through the armpit. Example: Shoulder measure = 16”. 16 + 3 = 19”. Your sleeve width = _____________ Sleeve Length Short sleeve: Height / 7 Mid-length sleeve: Height / 7 * 1.75Long sleeve: Height / 7 * 2.25 Example: I want a mid-length sleeve59 / 7 = 8.4288.428 * 1.75 = 14.75= 14 3/4” Your sleeve length = _____________ Shopping List Multiply chemise length x 2. I recommend lightweight linen, cotton voile, or cotton lawn. Total amount of 45” wide fabric: _____________ Hem
Welcome to The Sietch - Projects Build Your Own Solar Thermal Panel After our first attempt at a home built proof of concept solar thermal panel, we were a bit disappointed with the results. It took about 4 hours before the thing started work, and was a bit costly (at over 50 dollars) to make. I knew it could be done better and cheaper. Another flaw from the first panel was using pond liner as our collection medium. We solved this problem by using a ready made collector. The last major flaw in our first panel was using plexiglas for the cover. We solved this problem by using good old fashion window glass. Now onto the project. Our local dump has a coolant removal program that has refrigerators and dehumidifiers that they remove old freon from. Make sure that the freon, or other coolant has been removed, and cut the grill off at the base, near the large coolant holder. There was an old couch that had been run over by one of the large dump plows, the inside wood was the perfect size for the frame. The door mat was HUGE, so I had to cut it in half.
Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video) Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, hoop houses or greenhouses. Greenhouses are usually glazed structures, but are typically expensive to construct and heat throughout the winter. A much more affordable and effective alternative to glass greenhouses is the walipini (an Aymara Indian word for a "place of warmth"), also known as an underground or pit greenhouse. Here's a video tour of a walipini that shows what a basic version of this earth-sheltered solar greenhouse looks like inside: © Benson Institute It's a pretty intriguing set-up that combines the principles of passive solar heating with earth-sheltered building. The Walipini utilizes nature’s resources to provide a warm, stable, well-lit environment for year-round vegetable production. SilverThunder/via Cheap but effective, the underground greenhouse is a great way for growers to produce food year-round in colder climates.
Spirograph Necklace Tutorial | Stealth & Aces So, here’s the tutorial on how to make the Swirl Spirograph Plastic Canvas Necklace, such as: Now, this is my first ever tutorial, so please forgive me if I’m too pedantic or if I’ve confused you. I’m happy to answer any and all questions. If it sounds like I’m talking down to you, I promise, I’m just going for clarity and I don’t think you’re an idiot. Also, all pictures are linked to larger versions of the images, so if you need a closer look, just click on the picture. Full tutorial is below cut. First, you have to find the round, plastic canvas. Hobby Lobby: The circles I’ve found are 2 and 7/8ths” in diameter, but anything in the 3″ range should do fine. Next, take one circle and figure out how large you want your finished piece to be. Next, cut out the inner circle. Next, select your string colors. My canvas has 48 squares, so I opted to go with 6 color sections, selecting 6 colors to use one time each. Like this:
21 Incredibly Important Diagrams To Help You Get Through Life dressdiaries: Regency chemise in 14 photos From last November when I first started my foray into Regency fashions: I always like to start from the ground up, so to speak...I guess that's the skin out. If there's anything I've learned in my journey from 'costumes' to 'clothing', it's that the right underpinnings make all of the difference. I for the life of me can't seem to locate the exact instructions I used, but this is a very straightforward design consisting of two large rectangles (front and back), two smaller rectangles (sleeves), and two squares (underarm gussets). Photos shown below accompanying descriptions. Step OneSelect a sturdy but lightweight fabric. Length: shoulder to knees + 1 inch seam allowance (I cheated and used the selvage edge as the bottom hem)Width: hip measurement divided by two + 6 inches Step Two (Not shown) Cut two rectangles for sleeves. Cut two squares for underarm gussets the same size as the width of the sleeves - 5.5 inches here. Step ThreePin the gussets to the sleeves. Step Six Step Seven Step Eight
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French chaise made from card stock This is the project for this month. This French chaise is made from card stock, foam core and mat board. You could trim off the front of the chaise and make a chair. The chaise in front, the one with the patterned fabric is a little longer than the pattern included. Below are the patterns. For a form for the back I used the top of a solid air freshener container. Measure down from the small end 2 1/8 inches. Cut out your back pattern and trace it onto a piece of card stock. Mark a center line on the front. Cut the back out, don't cut on the line this time. Spread wood glue on the back of your back. Place the first back onto card stock and press all of the glue out. Spread glue on the back you just cut out and place it onto another piece of card stock. Press all of the glue out and make sure you have all 3 layers glued together well. Now, you cut the back out following the line. Mark a center line on the back of the back, too. (I like these rubber bands. Leave this to dry. Cut the base out.