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1. Fireplace starters.  While at my last rotation, one of the nurse was saving egg cartons for starters...ThreeFoldCord, I thought of you and your fire-starting woes!  Take egg cartons, half fill with sawdust or dryer lint, then using your leftover bits of candle wax, melt and top off each egg pocket. Here's a website with an outline.  When you go to burn it, peel back the paper to act as a wick--and be careful!  It's meant to start a fire--use only in fireplaces.  :-D
2. The Daily Green.  A website I stumbled across, this has tons of ideas for making your home energy efficient, using skills our grandparents did, and ways to cleans homes, clothes, and bodies without an arsenal of chemicals.  Cheap Vodka, a zillion uses.  How to hypermile, it's there.  Green cleaning, get those arms in shape!  

3. Self-Watering Pots.  Not owning our own property prohibits me from ripping up the lawn and converting it into garden.  Pots can prove to be a challenge...forget to water them once and you'll fight to keep your plants from shriveling and dying.  Hot summer days make for anxious days, fretting over your babies left to languish on the porch.  Self watering pots are an idea, but they tend to be expensive.  This blogger has detailed instructions and a video on making your own self-watering pot--"on the cheap."  To be honest, I don't understand why he had to have copper tubing, so they could be a LOT cheaper with plastic, or even left-over pieces of hose, as it's kept against the side of the pot by soil and the divider.  Although the plastic buckets are cheap, I think I'd want something a little prettier.  It should be very easy to convert the idea to any solid container. :-D

 4. Knitting. FarmersAtHeart had a recent post about how not having the internet these past few months has let her get tons of knitting done.  Being a knitting noob myself, I had never tried to make anything more than a scarf....A quick google search landed me at  Let's just say, I'm 100% sold on being a bit more adventurous in my knitting!  It's a free, on-line magazine of knitting with complete patterns free for personal use only.  Wonderful gift ideas, methinks!
(Isn't that sweater positively gorgeous?)
 5.Crochet.  If you're going to knit, we gotta add in crochet. As a kid, my mom taught me knitting and my dad taught me crochet.  Personally, I find crochet a lot faster, but I think knitting looks a little more refined sometime.  Here's a has a lot of crochet patterns for free, links to video bits on crocheting, and instructions!  Enjoy!


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