Category Archives: Do It Yourself!

Simple-to-make wild bird food for our northwest winter

PB and Yummies for Wild Birds in Winter

You don’t need a fancy feeder to serve this simple wild bird food concoction.  Whip it up, smear it on the nearest post or tree trunk, and store the rest in an airtight tub. You can make it either meaty or vegan–your choice.   Either way, your feathered friends will thank you!

If you cook bacon, save up the grease until you have one cup.  A great way to “up-cycle” something that was destined for the garbage!

If you don’t cook bacon, just substitute lard or vegetable shortening.  You can also mix up a combo of these fats. Continue reading Simple-to-make wild bird food for our northwest winter

Super easy faux concrete pots and planters

A great way to re-purpose disposable plastic containers –

Love the homespun look of concrete pots and planters, but can’t stand lugging them around?  Or dropping one on your foot?

Or is it just too intimidating to work with pure concrete mixtures?

Try this super-easy and inexpensive method to make your own faux concrete pots and planters.  They are much lighter than regular concrete, too!  Even elderly people and children will have no problem filling and moving these pots.

Don’t have any fancy molds?

That’s the best part of these creations!  You can use anything as a mold, as long as it’s flexible and disposable. Continue reading Super easy faux concrete pots and planters

Homemade Dog Treats–They’ll Love Them!

Our dogs love this homemade treat.  You can make them any size or shape that works for your fur babies.

The key to making this  cookie firm and crunchy is to bake it at a low temperature for a long time.   I bake them at 275 degrees for about 50 minutes, and let them cool before you package them up.

No artificial ingredients here!  These can have a strong smell when they are baking, so don’t make them when fussy people might show up.

This recipe makes a lot of treats – you can cut it in half, thirds, etc. Continue reading Homemade Dog Treats–They’ll Love Them!

Create Easy, Inexpensive Terrariums – Fun for All Ages

I loved creating simple, easy terrariums as a girl.   All ages can enjoy making them, and they add a simple elegance.

Open terrarium
Open terrarium

They’re inexpensive, low maintenance, and any problems are easy to fix.   Make sure you do a little research first, before you buy your plants and supplies.

Choose plants with similar moisture and light needs.

Terrariums can be open or covered.   Open terrariums can tolerate some direct sun, but too much bright sunlight can burn leaves that touch the sides of the container.

Sun-loving plants that grow in natural light will do well in an open container, including low-moisture succulents.

Closed terrarium
Closed terrarium

Terrariums can also be covered – with plastic wrap, or a clear cover. Covered terrariums can take bright light as long as it’s not direct sunlight, which can cook the plants.

Just watch the heat in your covered terrarium, as well as the light, since covering a terrarium increases the heat.  Watch a covered terrarium’s moisture as well.

Once started, covered terrariums rarely need watering.   Clouding and condensation are signs of too much moisture, which can sicken plants and cause mold, mildew, and algae growth.  Uncover the terrarium for a while to release excess moisture. Continue reading Create Easy, Inexpensive Terrariums – Fun for All Ages