Archive for the ‘Blog I like’ Category

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Sharing the awesome

April 16, 2010

I wanted to share a great tutorial I just read from Just Something I Made.  Cathe took a vintage book and used it to make a cover for her planner.  The instructions are easy to follow and the pictures really illustrate her directions. Check it out.

Vintage book planner tutorial

I love blank journals, and planners, and diaries. I cannot wait to try this project for myself. Which I will do as soon as I find a vintage book I don’t mind cutting up. 🙂

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Why Less is Better

June 5, 2009

I follow Holly Lisle’s blog. She’s a writer who recently moved. She wrote a great post about the move, and what she learned. I just wanted to share.

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100th Post!

October 31, 2008

So, this is my 100th post and I was trying to think what to write and I was starting to get way to nervous about it.  Instead of getting totally freaked out and worrying about messing up, I decided to share an assortment of links with you that I found interesting.

First, I love THREADBANGERS.  This is a online show that celebrates all things handmade and handsewn. I found an episode about how to make your own skin care products.  This combines the themes I’m exploring in my life, and with this blog, so check it out.

I like the idea of sewing but I have never had a lesson on how to sew and I don’t have a working sewing machine. Threadbangers makes me want to try.

There are a ton of blogs I like.  Recently, Green Phone Booth, Crunchy Chicken, Allie’s Answers, and LunaPads had some great posts.

I’m gonna have a full post about this later, but Jackson State University recently planted seventy trees on campus as part of Campus Tree Tour 2008.

Speaking of trees, I recently planted the seeds I got from Bottle Tree Plantations.  I put two seeds per jar of dirt. Yes, jar.  I am using quart mason jars instead of terracotta pots.  I had them on hand, and I can see at a glance whether the dirt is still moist or dry.  As soon as they sprout, I’ll be posting pictures.

I think that’s it.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Building a Local Food Supply

October 28, 2008

I wanted to share a link with you about building a local food supply. This is from One Green Generation‘s Blog.

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My Green Education

October 3, 2008

When I heard the topic for the latest APLS Carnival, I started thinking about where I learned what I know about green living, frugal living, and sustainable living. I think all three of those are tightly bound together.

I first learned from my parents and grandparents. They taught me to not waste food, or water, or resources. As an example, my mom bought one two liter of coke a week. If my sister and I drank it up within the first two days, then we just had to do without until she went to the store again. As a child, I hated this policy. But now, I see she taught us how to value what we had, how to make it last, and how to appreciate how sweet and lovely every single glass of coke tasted. We savored it every time we drank that dark carbonated syrupy cola down.

My mom was also a big believer in the clean plate club. If I put it on my plate, I needed to eat it. We could always have seconds if we did not get enough the first time around, but getting to much and wasting it was a huge no-no in my house. I learned portion control and how to know when I was full. I learned to listen to my body and not mindlessly eat.

As an adult, I came to green living by way of frugal practices. When I first set up my household, I could not afford fancy cleaners, only packaged food, or new clothes every month. I learned to make my own all purpose cleaners, cook mostly from scratch, and to love the thrift store and garage sales. My books came from the library or from friends.

Now, almost all my new learning of green trends, green ideas and information about the environment goes beyond my personal choices and habits. I read many blogs and websites for information, I followed every step of the journey of the JUNK, and I write a blog of my own. I think my blog has been the greatest source of my current education. Researching information to post lets me learn about topics I might never have read up on otherwise. I share what I learn through my writing, and for family willing to listen, I tell them about it. There is so much information out there; I cannot wait to see what I learn next.

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Airflow Breeze

September 24, 2008

Allie over at Allie’s Answers is having a giveaway of an Airflow Breeze.  This looked like a really interesting product and I thought I would share news of it with all of you.

The way it works is it takes the place of one of your current vents or registers that are part of your central air and heat.  You install it, plug it in, and then set the temp.  If your room is too cool or hot, the Airflow turns on and pulls air from your duct.  The purpose is to make that room that is always too hot or cold more evenly match the rest of your house.

While I am not in the market for any new items, I ‘put my name in the hat’ to try to win the one Allie is giving away.  If I win, I know exactly what room I would put it in.  My living room is always too cool in the winter and if there was something pulling more warm air from the duct and blowing it into the living room, that would be amazing.

Go check out Allie’s blog about it and post a comment.  Maybe you will win it and then you can tell me (and her) how well it works for you.

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Sharing the Solution

August 19, 2008

Today I want you all to go to Homesteading in a Condo and read the wonderful post there.   Ilex has written a terrific speech that she will be giving on the solution to our food crisis.

I have been reading her blog for a while, and learned more about composting with worms than I ever thought I could know. 😉  Ilex lives in Detroit and gardens on her balcony.  The amount of food she grows is amazing.

So, go read the post from this amazing lady.