Crafty Tutorial – How to Make a Necktie Minibag


Happy Saturday! The necktie hoarder is back with a shiny new tutorial to dispel the winter blahs. And, to make the day even more entertaining, you can enter to win the very bag created in this tutorial! Read through to the end – you’ll get there… This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of machine sewing […]

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EcoTutorials You Will Love: a DIY Project Top-Five Review


I love to share my own crafting ideas with the world, but when my brain is overloaded (which is often the case these days), I feel the need to reach out to other sources for inspiration.  So, rather than posting a tutorial this week, I decided to post a review of some of my favorites – […]

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The Ubiquitous Lentil and a Great Winter Recipe


Although the modern vegetarian diet can take advantage of many processed “meat substitutes” with the texture and taste of meat, I find it much more rewarding to utilize earth’s natural bounty of vegetable protein, which is plentiful and diverse. Vegetarian diets in most every culture rely on legumes, particularly lentils, as a mainstay protein source. […]

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{Eco-Tutorial} Get a Jump on Handmade Holiday Gifts – Make a Colorful Padded iPad Sleeve (or Two or Three)


Do you often forget to toss your reusable shopping bags back into the car and then realize, once at the market, that you don’t have a bag to use? Do you then buy another… and another … and another, seemingly ad infinitum? Are you attracted to the most colorful bags on offer? Have you found […]

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{Food and Gardening} Hibiscus: A Little Red Magic


I have always been a huge fan of herbal teas, particularly the sharp tasting “zingers”  that are commercially available. All of these zingers have in common a very special, magical ingredient – hibiscus flower, which grows in many corners of the world, hence its popularity. What is so magical about hibiscus? For a start, the […]

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{Green Living} Keep our National Parks Beautiful – Take Out the Trash


Sandy Hook is a miles-long, ocean-front, National Park in New Jersey that promotes a “carry-in, carry-out”  policy, in an attempt to keep its beaches and parkland clean. It’s a simple enough concept – whatever you bring in to the park, you take out of the park. If you generate trash, take it back out with […]

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{Food and Gardening} Allotment Gardens in London

Photo from Linda Everett

My husband and I recently made our annual trip to the East End of London to visit family. On one of our daily walks we passed through St. James Park and came across the allotment gardens that have been an East End mainstay for many years and became very popular in war time. An allotment […]

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