Posts Tagged ‘crafts’


DIY Gardening supplies

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Yes,  this is another gardening post! Basically, planning our garden is all I think about right now. We eat sandwiches and fries and talk about gardening rather than plan and cook good food. Anyway, gardening supplies can be quite expensive and on our tight budget we just can’t afford to buy all kinds of expensive pretty crap. So we browse the internet, think a lot and come up with smart solutions.

Stack of folded newspapers

I know what you’re thinking, ‘why is she showing me a stack of newspapers, and where can I get that snazzy keyboard?’ and I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on. Basically this is a stack of folded newspaper sheets which magically (using the power of origami) turns into practical and environmentally friendly plant pots for your seedlings. I found a great tutorial for making these at VideoJug posted by Tiffany at No Ordinary Homestead. Check it out!

This is what they look like unfolded. Stand them right next to each other so  they support each other in a tray in the windowsill and when your plants are big enough to be planted outside you can just pop these right into the ground. Easy peasy.

Newspaper pots

Also, Alex and I made this greenhouse today using cheap items from my favourite store IKEA.

Greenhouse IKEA hackIKEA hacked greenhouse

It’s a cheap shelf for garden use with a shower curtain stapled on to it. We only paid 91 SEK for all of this while a greenhouse of the same quality (plastic plastic plastic) from a shop would be about 500 SEK. Win! I thought this up all by myself, I am both pretty AND smart!

The shelf we used is called HYLLIS and costs 79 SEK / $14.99 / £5.86. The shower curtain is called NÄCKTEN and costs 12 SEK / $1.79 / £0.87.

We’re also using more of those shower curtains to cover our raised beds as they’re very cheap compared to the plastic covering you can buy in most gardening stores.


DIY Sugar, Salt & Pepper Packets

Monday, June 16th, 2008

When I was at Vegomässan in December I had these little paper slips with my blog address and e-mail on them that people could take. A great idea I thought. Well, I had an even better one today. As a foodie and someone who blogs about/obsesses/drools over/thinks of/dreams of/plans/eats food I thought I’d be nice to have my contact details on something a little more foodie related than just a plain piece of paper. Enter sugar/salt/pepper packets. They’re easy to sew together in an hour and makes interesting business cards.

Simply make a design (my sugar packet is 9 x 3 cm or 3.5 x 1.5 inch) and make sure to have enough space to sew on. Print it out and put on top of another paper. Sew it up using a sewing machine, but leave one side open for filling with sugar. Fill with sugar and sew up the last side. Keep the stitches tight. Trim the sides with scissors, but don’t cut too close to the stitching. And voila!

I put one teaspoon of sugar in the big packet and in the small packets are about 1/8 teaspoon of salt/pepper. The small packets with images on them have salt/pepper in.

salt and sugar


Reusable shopping bag!

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Blog action day wasn’t long ago and it got me thinking about the things we do, and don’t do, for the environment. I’m not a regular user of reusable bags. In fact, I always get plastic bags from the store and that’s incredibly stupid of me. After blog action day I started looking for patterns for a shopping bag (with the intention of having Alex’s mother sew me one or two). I found this, and it was pretty amazing. Of course ‘I’ could never make anything like that… or so I thought. I have a sewing machine (but I’m sure only the higher powers know why) but I haven’t used one since I was 14 and forced to in school. Yesterday I got the brilliant idea of making a bag (I still have a cold and I was feverish). It took me 2.5 hours and a lot of swearing but I made it!

Here’s the link to the original bag and the tutorial

Singlet style shopping bag – Tutorial

And here’s my bag!

bag lying flat
my sewing is eh
singlet style bag

The sewing is kind of bad, but I’m a novice and the bag works perfectly. I can fit a lot of things in there and it feels sturdy enough. I will make a couple more… sometime in the future.

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