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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 …

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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Hands-on Review: Summit Soap Company

Upcycled soap? I know… I was slightly skeptical when this review first crossed my desk. Until that day, I had never considered upcycled soap. By the time, the package was 6 inches from my nose I had already started my conversion. Summit Soap smells FANTASTIC! The primary ingredient in this upcycled soap is cooking oil from Rocky Mountain, Colorado restaurants. The vegetable cooking oil is then purified and quality tested. The fabulous scent comes from fresh herbs and essential oils. I have used the soap for a week …

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Friday, July 27, 2012
How To: Make a Compost Bin From a Trash Can

I grew up in the country, right in the middle of corn fields and farms. Every evening when we cleaned up the dinner table we had a bowl for kitchen scraps. The bowl was either dumped in the corner of the garden or given to the pigs. I never thought to do anything else with kitchen scraps. That was, until I went to college. I clearly remember the first meal I made in my college apartment. When it came time to clean-up, I didn’t know what to do …