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You can save money and do your bit for the environment by reusing household items rather than sending them to the landfill.

How to Creatively Reuse Items – 5 Quick & Easy Ways

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This is an article I wrote a while back. One of my major goals for 2009 is to live a greener lifestyle and one part of that is reducing the amount of chemicals around me. I did a lot of research into just what certain ingredients actually are and wrote about my findings.

Pond’s Cold Cream: Reducing the Weird Chemicals in Your Life
Pond’s Cold Cream has been around for a very long time, and tons of people swear by it. However, that doesn’t always mean something hasn’t got weird chemicals in it. Since my skin adores the stuff, and it’s going on my face, I especially want to know how toxic it is.

Just What is Sodium Borate, Anyway?

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photo by Katharyn Boudet

photo by Katharyn Boudet

This story about a basset hound and an owl striking up a friendship while watching television just made my day when I first read it. Absolutely adorable.

Doomsday type news stories, like those about asteroids or the sun exploding one day in the future, don’t usually bother me at all. However, the quakes that are happening in Yellowstone right now? Totally freaking me right the heck out. Mostly because I watched a special on the volcano in Yellowstone on one of the science channels a long time ago. Remind me not to do that sort of thing.

This is an older story but it’s one I hadn’t caught until it was mentioned on end of the year list. I thought it was incredibly interesting – a man was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor and his life saved all because he shook hands with the right doctor.

I’ve heard of Soles4Souls at some point but I don’t think I ever knew what it was exactly. They’ve won a Guinness World Record and helped clean up a massive shoe spill of all things, so hopefully more people will learn about them and help them with their cause. They’re a charity that sends used shoes that might otherwise end up in landfills to people in need in Haiti.

I love the movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” I actually made a soot sprite for my boyfriend for Christmas. I was really sad to find out that the landscape in which it’s set is rapidly declining. It’s a beautiful place and the habitat is home to various species that are now in danger. Here’s another link about the efforts to save it.

When a couple of people inherited a garage from their uncle they had no idea that inside was an incredibly rare 1937 Bugatti – only 17 of these cars were ever made and this one’s odometer reading is only 26,284. That had to be a shock. I am now secretly hoping to one day inherit a Bugatti Veyron from some long lost relative.

Lastly, as a science major, this story really interested me. There may be a more natural way to stop the spread of malaria and dengue fever through mosquitoes by infecting them with an insect parasite. Basically, the parasite will cut the life span of the mosquito and therefore make it unable to incubate the malaria long enough to be able to pass on to humans. I really hope the results of the longer studies are promising because this can save so many lives in addition to reducing the need for insecticides made with nasty chemicals.

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10. Get organized –

You can’t craft if your desk is covered in supplies. It’s as simple as that. If you’re organizationally challenged, check out photos on Flickr of craft rooms for inspiration. Read organization tips and apply them to your craft supplies. Get crafty with new storage solutions – remake tea boxes into drawer dividers or soup cans into brush holders…

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This dress! I found this photo in the Wardrobe Remix pool at Flickr and I fell in love. She sewed it herself from vintage towels. So clever and so pretty. The pattern of the dress and the pattern of the towels both make me happy. Very excellent work, wouldn’t you agree?

Twinings Tea – currently drinking the Prince of Wales blend. By far, my favorite brand of tea. Irish Breakfast, Lady Grey, English Afternoon… all so good.

Rock On by David Essex. I love this song. Can’t embed this video though. Or, if you’d rather, the version from Dream a Little Dream, which is where I first remember hearing it:

This photo print at Etsy.

DrawerGeeks. I keep forgetting about this place but it’s so good for inspiration.

This post over at Resurrection Fern’s blog. She used thimbles as vases for tiny flowers and then did a wonderful photo shoot. (I just discovered her blog recently and it is a crafty biology student’s dream blog, seriously.)

The Amateur Naturalist, a book I checked out from the library. I flipped through it last night before bed and I’m excited to try some of the experiments and to discover new stuff. I have a feeling several things related to this book will be blogged soon. (Full discretion – that link is an Amazon associate link.)

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I need to try this!

This is brilliant. Berlin’s Whimsy has a tutorial up about how to make a scrubby dishcloth. You knit tulle in with the yarn! One of those “I wish I’d thought of that!” things. Go check out her page for the tutorial.

I knew there was a reason I bought the tulle I saw on sale. Heh. This will be my next knitting project more than likely. Ooh, I just realized I have some cotton yarn that will match the tulle perfectly too.

Also! I went to a fiber festival this weekend and spoiled myself with new fibers. Cashmere and camel and silk, oh my. Pictures and such to follow soon. I’m too busy petting it right now. Mwahaha. Soooo lovely.

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