"A terracotta pot lined with aluminum foil, perched on a trivet and filled with hot coals from the grill makes a spectacular tabletop station for roasting marshmallows. Kind of like fondue for the garden-party set."
"Using salvaged bottles and jars is nothing new, though I’m amazed at each new spin on this theme. Check out these clever decorating ideas to get a feel for the myriad ways you can reuse them for parties and everyday decor."
"It turns out that making my own dishwashing detergent and other natural cleaners isn’t just easy and environmentally friendly, but my dishes are coming out cleaner at about a tenth of the cost of expensive commercial detergents."
"Preparing these delightful little firebombs for service is easy, and after using different colors of wax and adding essential oils, fire-starting pine cones aren’t just super handy, they also look great perched by the fireplace and smell spectacular."
"When rust rears its ugly head on a beloved cast iron skillet or pot, unlike “modern” cookware, all is not lost. Even the most abused cast iron can be restored to like-new condition with a good cleaning and re-seasoning."
"Somewhere along the way, I failed to pick up on the fact that cleaning your washing machine should be done with some regularity—not, like, never. I figured that the soap in the detergents kept it squeaky clean, and why wouldn’t anyone? Oops."
"My visions of gorgeous DIY flower arrangements didn’t ever seem to work out, no matter how many times I shoved the stalks around, trying to get them to stay where I wanted them to be. Lucky for me, I was able to beg a flower-arranging lesson from a great friend of mine, Heidi Hamblett, who, aside from being a best bud and fellow craft addict, is insanely talented with flowers."
"This is better than any store-bought solution I’ve found. Simply fill a dish with half an inch of vodka and soak your jar. You’ll immediately see the label loosen from the glass. Keep soaking, and then just rub the gunk off with your fingers. How easy is that?"
"Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to build your own cardboard box fort. Go find Rust-Oleum NeverWet. Trust me. Not just for box forts, but for outdoor linens, paver stones, water-play art projects, and (my next test) weatherproof suede ballet flats. Rust-Oleum NeverWet to the rescue!"
"For those of us who like a little modern convenience in our homesteading, fresh, preservative-free butter can be made at home without the need for bulging biceps. Break out the stand mixer, and let’s get started!"
"The days of spending money at the pet store on toys deemed 'indestructible' or toys that have a badgering squeak are over. My budget-friendly solution? A dog toy made of old t-shirts. I made three of these with two t-shirts and an extra hour."
"I can’t believe how easy this is. And so cheap! On a scale of one to five, one being totally doable and five being not-so-much, I give this project a one — as long as you have the supplies to ensure you don’t make a total mess."
"I’ll tell you a little secret, one that stingy gardeners keep to themselves. Listen up: It’s all in the roots. So now you know the secret. Ready to plant? Here’s a little tutorial on planting tomatoes in trenches."