Category: How To


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Great article from Associated Content explaining What to Do with Your Carved Pumpkin Decoration!

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Wondering what to do for a costume? This great article from ezine is broken down by what color clothing you have to work with!
Also, check out coolest-homemade-costumes.com and inhabitat.com’s article on DIY Costumes.

Happy Halloween!

Great article in the NYT about how environmentally friendly straw houses are, but then the twist: they’re great in an earthquake!

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I have written before about straw building here, that time inspired by the New Orleans Common Ground Collective, who was using straw bale building as a cheap way to house returning Orleaneans.

Nothing inspires me more than this kind of thinking and utilization of resources!! 🙂

Gotta love Youtube. Here’s a DIY (how can you resist?) on making a generator from solar and hydro energy.

Ck’s Weblog posted “50 ways to Help the Planet.” Awesome!

Here’s a clip:

* DON’T RINSE
Skip rinsing dishes before using your dishwasher and save up to 20 gallons of water each load. Plus, you’re saving time and the energy used to heat the additional water.

* DO NOT PRE-HEAT THE OVEN
Unless you are making bread or pastries of some sort, don’t pre-heat the oven. Just turn it on when you put the dish in. Also, when checking on your food, look through the oven window instead of opening the door.

*RECYCLE GLASS
Recycled glass reduces related air pollution by 20 percent and related water pollution by 50 percent. If it isn’t recycled it can take a million years to decompose.

* DIAPER WITH A CONSCIENCE
By the time a child is toilet trained, a parent will change between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers, adding up to approximately 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year. Whether you choose cloth or a more environmentally-friendly disposable, you’re making a choice that has a much gentler impact on our planet.

*HANG DRY
Get a clothesline or rack to dry your clothes by the air. Your wardrobe will maintain color and fit, and you’ll save money. Your favorite t-shirt will last longer too.

*GO VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK
One less meat-based meal a week helps the planet and your diet. For example: It requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef. You will also also save some trees. For each hamburger that originated from animals raised on rainforest land, approximately 55 square feet of forest have been destroyed.

Beyond the Blog has a good post today about the difference between thinking and acting “green”. Check it out.
He says that two things really shifted our thinking away from the earth, one being religion and the other being big business. I agree, but I think the agricultural revolution needs to be in there somewhere. Maybe that falls under big business?
By the way, the Thinkgreen website turns out to be WM (waste management)….hmmm. The image above came from amoeba.com.

Excellent youtube video on recycling your own paper! I was thinking of doing this as a program for my girls 🙂


I’ve found some great little projects with which to use found materials or your own trash and turn it into something beautiful!
At DIYNetwork, we have recycled planters, using paint cans, cinder blocks or old jello molds.

Instructables (love that site) has a simple and free self-watering planter which you can also do with 2L soda bottles.
Here’s an example of the 2L at groovygreen.com.


And last but not least, a fun video on a self-watering 5 gallon pail

The camomile is coming along nicely.


Here are the new baby strawberry buds! They just came out of hiding.



The basil is growing like crazy!