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Leftover Lace Makes Versatile Designs

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Adding a little lace can give a design an instant lift. Whether seeking a style that’s a little edgy, sweet or a kickback to a couple decades ago – lace can make it happen. No-sew projects with doilies, remnants or upcycled materials can turn a plain item into an original statement piece, for a fraction of the price of a store bought item. Too tight, too short or too boring shirts can be made bigger and more fashionable by adding a lace extender. Sew a lace panel into the side seam or around the bottom edge of a T-shirt or… read more

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Research, Results And Smiles for Over 50 Years

Research, Results And Smiles for Over 50 Years

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been a leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment for over 5 decades. Established by Danny Thomas on February 4, 1962, the story of this children’s hospital is an inspirational one. The goal of the hospital remains true to its original vision, to find cures for cancer and other diseases that affect children through a research based model and individualized treatment. St. Jude is open to all children, worldwide, and the hospital sees an average 7,800 patients annually, and families receive entirely free services for their children. Patients that need treatment at St. Jude… read more

Is The Handwritten Note A Thing Of The Past?

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Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail may be a rare thing. The giant wave of all things technology has certainly made our lives easier, but have some of the simple things been lost in the process? Many feel that letter writing has now become an art form, and that is hard to argue with. The steps involved with actually writing a letter seem, well, lengthy…time consuming for today’s standards. The ease and immediacy of pressing keys and buttons is a far contrast from carefully selected and then handwritten prose on paper, perhaps the need for stationary even. Then more… read more

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday Décor On A Budget

Holiday retail displays and commercials may have those in the spirit wanting to decorate, and it is tempting to give in to the desire to decorate for the occasion. However, during tight economic times it hardly seems reasonable to blow your budget on décor that will only be displayed a small fraction of the year. Simple projects and some do it yourself creativity can allow a holiday style around the house without breaking the monetary allowance for the entire season. Trim the tree with reused objects and everyday items from around the house. This ideal uses animal figurines and gives them… read more

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

Let’s Wrap It Up

Eco-friendly Gift Wrapping

Newspaper: Using old newspapers for wrapping gifts is one of my favorite options. Take use of the colorful section from the newspaper and use it for wrapping. As the colorful parts are glossy, it would be a perfect eco-friendly option for wrapping gifts. Those pages are also brighter and more festive. Fabric: Take use of recycled or recyclable fabric for wrapping. You can easily design your options and wrap your gifts with ease. This art of wrapping gifts is one of the greener methods, because the fabric may be reused multiple times. Old Magazines: Choose only the old magazines that… read more

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

Make Your Own Solid Perfume

If you don’t like strong scented sprays but still want a hint of fragrance, try a solid perfume. These can be customized with favorite scents and all natural ingredients. Placed in a locket or other sealable container, they make resourceful gifts. Just be sure to make extra for yourself. Perfume sprays can contain chemicals and harmful ingredients that you don’t want on skin. Solid perfumes scent the skin without irritating sprays that aren’t so air friendly. Plus, homemade perfumes in a solid form are fairly simple to make. There are many recipes available, but most call for using beeswax. Be… read more

All Wrapped Up

All wrapped up

I love wrapping gifts. In fact, my Mother and I used to covertly compete when it came to wrapping presents. I even got to a stage where there were layers of paper with a hint of this colour, and a hint of that, on every one of my beautiful wrapped presents. Nowadays, I am way too conscious to be so cavalier with shiny, dyed paper that gets an appreciative glance (or not!) and then off to the bin it goes having experienced a very short life indeed. Now at birthdays and at Christmas I tend to think of creative ways… read more

10 Green Gadgets for Dad for Father’s Day

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Picking out a gift for your dad or husband or son on Father’s Day can be tough enough on its own, but getting the perfect gift for the green guy in your life can be even more difficult, as you also have to try to keep in mind their ecofriendly lifestyle so that you end up picking something both useful and green. But you’re in luck, because if your favorite dad is a gadget-lover, we can help point you in the direction of some excellent green gadgets for Father’s Day, covering the spectrum from solar power to smartphone to home… read more