DIY Wildfoods: Manzanita Sugar

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If you are a foodie who doesn’t get much in the way of sugary sweet treats then manzanita sugar might be the perfect addition to that little something you crave. Autumn is a beautiful time of year in the foothills of Northern California. The leaves of the plentiful trees shift into amazing hues of yellow, [...]

Eco-friendly Granola Bars Recipe

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One of the things that bothers me most about portable food is individually packaged serving sizes.  Reusable bags and lunch kits are great.  But there are some foods that you can only get individually packaged.  Granola bars, for example.  But, you can make your own. There are oodles of different granola bars out there, some [...]

Making Paper Flowers from Magazines

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This is a great craft project to complete with the kids or on your own. What a great way to use a WHOLE magazine to create something beautiful! The completed flowers are suitable for decoration in your home, at your craft booth, a wedding, a shower…almost anywhere you’re decorating with “green” items.  If you have [...]

Tutorial: How to Make Wristcuffs with Neckties

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This tutorial assumes a basic knowledge of hand-sewing and comes with a serious caution – be super careful with the box cutter! Another caution – if you value your fabric-cutting scissor, do not use it to cut plastic – it will dull the blades. When working with neckties (my favorite material to repurpose), I often [...]

How to make homemade potpourri

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Humans have used natural scents for 6,000 years.   People used flowers and spices in their homes, and carried them around.  In the middle ages, people carried around bouquets so that they could sniff them when they smelled the odors from the gutter where people emptied their chamberpots.  Herbs and flowers were also used underfoot in dirt floored [...]