It’s time to ferment…

Cabbage that is. Sauerkraut has been around for hundreds of years and my husband is making sure the art of making it doesn’t die in our family, at least not yet. He really likes that stringy sour cabbage, me on the other hand not so much. I have tried our homemade kraut and it is better tasting than the stuff out of a can and it smells better when it is cooking, too. So here’s how we make it. Continue reading

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DIY Mason Bee Houses

Mason Bees are a good substitute for honey bees, they will enjoy pollinating your fruits and vegetables. Since they do not have honey and a queen to guard they are not aggressive and you won’t even know they are around. We have been inviting Mason Bees to set up their nests around our house for several years. In past years we have had old soup cans full of straws for them to nest in, but this year we have made new houses and we hope they will enjoy them.

This is an easy DIY project.

Mason Bee House

Mason Bee House

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Nieghbors Trash = My Treasure

It is hard to believe what people throw away. And its fun repurposing their trash. This is the story of what I did with my most recent find.

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Here it is fresh out of the garbage.

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Here is what I added to it:

Thin branches (I found last fall and brought in just incase I needed them), twine, hot glue gun and moss, just not what is pictured, I will use the real moss I found on our walk in the woods (Pictured in Thru-the-woods-with-the-dogs) The first thing I did was clean some of the dirt off the frame, I did leave some of the dirt on the mirror part because this is going to be hung outside and that way the sun won’t reflect off of it too much and it makes it look older. (there was a $39.99 price tag on it)

Then I took and broke the branches into the right lengths to fit the mirror shelf. (I like breaking them for the rough look) Hot Glue one of the long pieces across the front of the shelf. Next, take one of the short pieces and hot glue it to the each of the top sides of the shelf and the side of the mirror. (pictured below)

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Glue a long one across the front , then the sides again. I kept repeating this process until I got the depth and look I wanted. I went 5 high. Then I cut the twine into about 4 foot lengths and weaved it from the bottom up through the twigs going in and out, then over the top to the other side and weaved my way back down and then repeated this on all 4 corners.

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Now I haven’t been able to get the moss due to the constant rain and ice we have so you will have to stay tuned for the finished picture in an up coming blog. But here it is, so far.

DSCF0031Happy Repurposing!!