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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
How To: Retire and Recycle an American Flag

Happy Independence Day! Today in the United States we will be celebrating our independence and we thought it would be a great time to discuss what to do with your old worn out American flags. If your flag is made out of wool or cotton then burning them following a retirement ceremony is the best method to use. You can drop off your worn flags at your local American Legion or contact your local Boy Scout or Girl Scout counsel for help with disposing of your worn flags. Many …

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here is a great video from the folks at www.permies.com. This free tutorial outlines the steps for turning an old refrigerator or freezer into a food dehydrator. We love this idea! I have tried a few homemade solar dehydrators but they didn’t really work because of humidity. This appears to take care of that problem and prevents the purchase of a new dehydrator while keeping an old appliance out of the land fill.      

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
How To: Make A Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet

    One of the best gifts I ever gave my now husband was a life-size, stand-up, cardboard Storm Trooper. He is a Star Wars fan and when I came across the Storm Trooper, well…I had no choice but to buy it. My dear friend loaded it in her car and drove it across the state with me so I could give it to him. Ahhh, love! Interestingly,  after college and  having kids we really didn’t need a big Storm Trooper anymore. We sold it at a garage …

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Monday, January 7, 2013
How To: Felt Wool

Felting wool from old sweaters is a wonderful way to give something old a new life. If the sweater is out of style, out of size or even if it has been attacked by moths you can give it  a new use by felting. Do not be intimidated by this process. It is fun and really easy. Remember that the process is irreversible. Felting wool sweaters: 1. Select your sweaters. If you notice any holes, you can repair them now by closing the holes with a few stiches. …

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
How To: Make a Pumpkin From Scraps

We are still counting our blessings here and enjoying the Thanksgiving Season. This week we are focusing on getting our homes and families ready for a day of gratefulness. It’s not Christmas yet… First up, a scrapy little pumpkin. Made with fall colored material scraps and stuffed with old newspaper. It is fun, easy and looks great in any room of your house. Materials: 1. Material scraps in a variety of fall colors. 2. Twine 3. Newspaper or upcycled wrapping or tissue paper 4. A very small amount …