I believe it was Henry Ford who once famously quipped that you should chop your own wood because it would warm you twice. Sage advice, but frankly, most of us these days don’t have time for all that on a busy homestead. Chopping firewood takes a lot of time and effort, and it also takes […]
Check out our nifty do-it-yourself projects that will allow you to make stuff that you’d otherwise buy from the store on your own.
Whether it’s a mosquito trap or a root cellar, there’s definitely a project to fit your needs and skill level.
Soap is something we all use on a daily basis and many people like to make soaps at home. There are so many variations in the shapes, colors, and scents that it’s almost impossible to track them all. It makes for an interesting gift and, if you work the flea market scene, homemade soaps can
Ah, fall! A time when the weather begins to cool as summer fades away towards the winter season. This is probably my favorite of the four seasons because it’s not hot but it’s not freezing cold; it’s somewhere in the middle. Fall is also the time where the leaves start changing colors from the usual
Being a creative person, I love making my own household products. I love to pick and choose essential oils that are soothing and smell delightful to me. Making your own foaming soap is so quick and easy to do. You only need a handful of ingredients and a dispenser bottle. Making your own foaming soap
I have 3 great big golden retrievers in my home. When we say it was the dog, believe me, it was the dog! They can make the room a very uncomfortable place to be… if you catch my drift! For us, the dogs are a big reason we need air fresheners in our home. But
I have always adopted a holistic, multiple attack attitude in my life. I have used almost every aromatherapy oil available in various applications around the homestead. It turns out, mosquitoes are also sensitive to certain smells. In the past, way-way back, at least 4 years ago, there was a thing we all called “mosquito season”.
In many places across the world, people are thinking out of the box to make their own power-free washing machines to do their daily laundry. The majority of Africans wash their clothes by hand, either in buckets or in streams. This is because an automatic washing machine from a well-known, popular brand can sometimes be
A root cellar is an essential facility for anyone planning to grow enough food to feed their family through the winter season. Most root cellars are located below, or at least partially below ground. A root cellar can be anything from a trash can buried in the soil to a purpose-built room. The concept of
Whether you are stuck at home with no access to a washing machine or you just want to cut costs, living off the grid is a very attractive dream right now. For thousands of Americans, this is something they have already been doing for many years – at least to some degree. With electricity rates
A clay pot heater is a simple, effective way to heat a small room or space using nothing more than a few candles and some clay or terracotta pots. No moving parts. No electricity. Just ambient heat. But capturing that heat is the key. A candle on its own generates a set level of heat