i love hummingbirds! ..they’re beautiful, fun to watch, and even friendly once they get to know you..
..and best of all they don’t leave a huge birdseed mess all over the ground, attracting, slugs, rodents and weeds.
in nature, hummingbirds eat flower nectar for energy and bugs for protein, flower nectar is 21% to 23% sucrose.
making your own organic hummingbird nectar will cost you pennies using just one ingredient from your pantry.
first, you’ll want to choose a feeder. the most important feature when selecting a feeder is, make sure it’s easily taken apart for cleaning, it’s extremely important to keep your feeder clean.
these cute little bunny bags filled with goodies were given to each of my daycare children this past friday after our Easter party. they were personalized by age, the older toddlers received color books and crayons, while the one year old received a story book, everyone received bubbles, and a handmade puppet [tutorial by The Purl Bee].
to create the bunny gift bag i used the same sewing technique as my 5 minute reusable shopping bag, using white canvas, premium felt, black embroidery thread. i made my own double fold bias tape with an orange print from my fabric stash to finish off the top and create the handle.
the finished size of these gift bags were 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″.
this is a 10 minute do-it-yourself carseat strap cover tutorial! all you need is two 6 1/2″ squares of fabric, one 6″ square of batting, coordinating thread, and your sewing machine.
todays tutorial..a 5 minute reusable bag/tote using canvas napkins! amazing right..
i stopped using plastic bags a couple years ago, and our area is slowly but surely doing away with plastic shopping bags all together, so customers will have to bring their own bags, purchase a reusable bag or carry all their items out in their arms.
so, why not make your own cute bag with fabric you like and no big ugly store logo printed across the front!
many of todays cleaners not only remove dirt, they leave behind toxic chemicals, are not safe for use around children or pets, and shouldn’t be inhaled.
all one has to do is read the ingredients on the label to understand, modern day cleaners are not a healthy option for you or your family.
a few years ago, i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers, and search for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.
this formula is not only cost effective to make, it cleans, disinfects, fights soap scum, mineral deposits and smells great too, and no it doesn’t smell like vinegar!
about four years ago i decided to do away with all my toxic cleansers and look for more eco friendly, natural choices for my household and the environment.
i’ll be sharing all my natural cleansers, laundry soap, stain fighters and more in a series of blog posts, beginning with this all important one…..handwashing!
i do love bath & body works sea island cotton foaming hand soap, but i don’t love the cost, even on sale. i’ll show you how to create your own natural antibacterial foaming hand soap using just two ingredients mixed with water!
it dawned on me this morning while i was cutting strips out of some aqua and red prints i’ve been collecting, that a DIY jelly roll of your favorite fabrics would be a great gift for a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker who also has the quilting ‘bug’ aka addiction..
i thought i’d share my technique for cutting quick 2 1/2″ strips aka jelly roll strips.. this likely is not new for the seasoned quilter, and i’m sure there are other ways, but it’s been the technique that gets the job done for me.
note: a standard jelly roll consists of 40 strips of various “dark & light” prints cut along the width-of-fabric [WOF=selvage to selvage].
the gift of a DIY jelly roll.
- create your own unique jelly rolls with scraps, new or vintage fabric.
- your jelly roll does not need to consist of 40 strips, the choice is up to you. a lap quilt can easily be made with half a standard jelly roll [20 strips].
- once you’ve cut your strips, carefully roll your jelly roll, smoothing as you go, and use a rubber band to secure.
- wrap twine or ribbon around your jelly roll, tie, removing the rubber band is optional, attach a note and your gift is ready for the giving.