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DIY.

Chemical Free Air Freshener

It takes a second. Baking powder and essential oils. Stir.

Recycle an old jar or glass container.
Put a lid on it, or foil.
Make it look nice, or hide it somewhere.

I like how laid back the Burlap Bag is about this blog post.  Go check it out!

+ if you make a really unique one, show me!

Source: The Burlap Bag – High Quality Handmade Goods Shop – Austin Texas

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Melting Ice with Beet Juice??

Who needs that yucky, salty de-icer when you can just pour some beet juice on it!

Save animal paws, trees, plants and our water systems from the impact of road salt by clicking Beet Juice Mania to watch a video about how it’s done!

Hey, why don’t you let me know how it works?

It hasn’t snowed much in Peterborough, otherwise I would have tried it out myself…

Recycled Crochet Hook Holders

Wow! What a cool idea! This is a perfect way to use the outside of a pen after I finish using the ink up.

My mom would love a gift like this!

LadyWillow's TreeHouse

Living Green and Recycling can be fun and creative.  Customize your favorite hooks for comfort and be environmentally conscious at the same time. /;)

Examples using empty pens, highlighters and permanent markers.

LW Recyled Hook Holders GC #2b

Old favorites hidden in a drawer till rescued. /;)

LW Recyled Hook Holders #3

eBay discoveries that brighten my collection.

LW Hook Holders-Purchased

If you’re interested in making your own – click on the file name below for  step by step instructions and more examples.    

Please be patient it’s a large PDF file and may be slow to open. /;)

Recycled Crochet Hook Holders Tutorial by LadyWillow Designs©

LadyWillow TreeHouse

 

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Marine Debris Awareness | Recycled Nautical Rope Bracelets

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Bracelets for a good cause! Help support coastal & beach cleanup projects by purchasing a stylish nautical rope bracelet. available in blue, green, brown & grey.

Source: Marine Debris Awareness | Recycled Nautical Rope Bracelets – Planet Love Life

 

A friend of mine shared this with me and I think it would be one of the best ways to give a gift this year! They are so beautiful, too.

Check out my post about plastic in our oceans  if you want to know more.

15 Non-Sex Uses for Condoms | Mental Floss

This is great way to recycle condoms when you find some old ones laying around in your sock drawer, or you’re unsure if someone poked holes in them.

Source: 15 Non-Sex Uses for Condoms | Mental Floss

Condom Stress Relievers – diY OR DIE.

 

hAHA oh man this is too funny… but also

“if you have ones that are too small hanging around”

How to make your own Creepers

♫ you can never have too many platform boots ♫

I have yet to try this one… what a great way to give a new life to the flipflops hanging around at home.

Want to have your own pair of these amazing sneaker Creepers?

INGREDIENTS:
  • Flat Lace ups shoes- Could be Vans, Converse or high tops –High Tops provide more support for your ankles) ,
  • Three pairs of rubber thongs, give or take depending on how high you would like your creepers. You may find that you will need a larger size of thongs than what would you normally wear.
  • Shoe glue – I used 2 tubes.
  • Scissors
  • Large serrated knife
  • Ink pen or pencil
  • Plasti-Dip liquid rubber paint
  • Sponge paint brush
  • Rubber bands
  • Rubber Gloves- So you dont get glue all over your hands

Step 1: Clean the Shoes

  • Ensure that before you start making the shoes that they are thoroughly cleaned, Use Mentholated Spirits or nail polish remover to do so. (It’s essential to make sure everything is clean as dirt and moisture prevent glue from making a secure bond.)

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Beading Pains

I stabbed myself while working on this beaded medallion…


PROCRASTI-MOMENT: I tried to use the blood to add color to a drawing I did, but there wasn’t enough. I wish I bled a bit more because I was SO ready to start ‘finger painting’. Curious? Check out this Blood Drawing.

What do you think of my Rosette Medallion? I am in a beading circle with Trent University’s First Peoples House of Learning and I have never done this before. I MADE SOME MISTAKES, I KNOW – but I am not a perfectionist.
Beading is very relaxing and meditative once you get into the groove  + picking beads up with the needle is fun!

Can’t wait to make a turtle :}

Educational Graffiti – COOL Things to Do in the Classroom –

Yellow Fish Road™ Program is a Toronto and Region Conservation initiative that offers students a FREE half-day of curriculum-linked learning.

This hands-on program allows students and participants to get involved in community outreach action by getting out there and DOING something! Yellow Fish Road™ uses a PowerPoint presentation, an in-class demonstration and an interactive aspect to help students understand how our storm drains are directly linked to local water bodies without any purification/treatment.

i.e. everything we dump in storm drains goes directly into our water systems!

After students are educated, they can mark local storm drains with yellow fish and share educational pamphlets to homes in the area, helping educate others about storm water pollution.

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* – The program runs from April-October and can be used in schools (grades 2-12), corporate and special interest groups or guides/scouts.

If you want to know how you can get your classroom involved, check out the Yellow Fish Road Website or the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Website

Haveuseen-yellow


Source: Fishes of Toronto: A Guide to their Remarkable World – City of Toronto Biodiversity Series, 2012

Mia Hug + How 2 Erasure Poem

Erasure poetry is super-easy and really fun to do! I find it helps when I have writer’s block because the words are already there, I just need to make them something new.

In the Middle of a  Hug

by Cathy Casper
erased by Arisetotrash

just now a halo hugs the moon,
and the earth hugs the moon to her side
the mountains hug the mesas holding them close to the river
while the mesa hugs the valley close about the town
and the deer who can’t hug, touch muzzles
chickadees hug plum tree
branches between their tiny feet
as you will hug me when I open the door
of all the ways to hold close, I treasure this four-armed hug
but when you go, and hugs turn into waves, we need not feel alone
the moon
k [.]nows [T]that the Earth will hold her forever in their turning
so, hold this
aware [,] ness in your heart
we are
always in the middle of a hug

This is what In the Middle of a Hug became after I remove what I erased. For my youngest cousin:

Mia

Just a hug, and the earth hugs her back.
That Earth forever aware,
always in the middle of a hug.

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