The fundamentals of Rocket Stoves

Most of our household energy requirements come in the form of space heating, water heating or cooking, with these making up a large percentage of our monthly bill. Rocket stoves are an example of appropriate technology which can cover all of those needs, cost you next to nothing to build, and just a few sticks […]

ron’s d.i.y. projects for Maria

Wag ‘n Bietjie: As requested by Maria here are a few of my fairly recent restoration / repurposed projects of discarded items…. River Stone Garden Arch I purchased a discarded metal arch (single frame)  from one of the local coloured people and added a second metal frame constructed to hold river stones – no shortage […]

Sweet Violet Dream Finish

Gray Barn Designs I’m so happy with the way my violet mini quilt finally came together (only about a year late — ahem). With Cindy’s quilting help I finished . I think the flower really “pops” in all the right places. She left some of the petals plain — I love the extra 3-D element […]

Making Hatpins. 🎨

Originally posted on TOK:
I made a few hatpins, which I want to use in my scrapbooks. “Hatpins reached a peak of popularity between the 1890’s and 1920’s, as music hall actresses like Lillian Russell and Lillian Langtry fueled the popularity of large elaborate hats without bonnet strings. Having originated in the 1850’s to secure…

Kyle’s chess set….

Posted by donnaturns The story behind Kyle’s chess set…. It all began about eight years ago with Harry Potter, so it was fitting that the chess set I made had a connection to that story…. When Kyle was I think, about eleven years old, he spent a week with me in New Hampshire during the […]