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By: Admin    May 22 2018 , 09:38 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Saving for a rainy day? Try building a rain barrel! Collecting rainwater is a fantastic way to save money and use naturals resources. Rain barrels collect the water runoff from a roof and store it for later use, typically to water gardens and lawns. During the wet summer months, you might conserve around 1,300 gallons of water. Using a rain barrel can save you an average of $35 a month on your water bill in the summer! Before building a rain barrel check your state regulations to see if there are any laws against it, as it is not legal in certain parts of North America. Selecting Your Barrel  All rain barrels are basically made the same way, but depending on the materials, it can cost anywhere from $15 to $150 and up. The primary tool you will need is, of course, a barrel. You can also recycle an outdoor trash can if you have one lying around -- this is one of the cheaper barre...
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By: Admin    April 27 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Photography , Facts
April 29th, 2018 is Pinhole Photography Day!Celebrated annually on the last Sunday of April, this day gives photography enthusiasts the chance to appreciate the pinhole camera.Nowadays, it seems like technology is advancing with every breath. VHS tapes became DVDs, which then became digital downloads. Cellphones have replaced traditional landline phones. Digital cameras are the new film camera. Although it is hard to find a VHS tape or landline phone today, there is still a large appreciation for the camera in all its forms. Pinhole Photography Day is just one of those ways to celebrate this wonderful tool.What Is A Pinhole Camera?The first detailed sketches and ideas that shaped the pinhole camera date back to famous Italian Renaissance inventor and artist, Leonardo Da Vinci in 1485. The images went from being projected on the wall to being printed on film in 1850, thanks to Sir David Brewster, a Scot...
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By: Admin    April 18 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Nature , DIY
Writing used to be a complicated task.If you wanted to write a letter to a friend a couple hundred years ago, it was not as easy as buying mass-produced pens and paper. Writing utensils were handcrafted. Pens were simple tools, made of carefully carved sturdy feathers, or quills. Getting ink was a more complicated process. People produced their own ink from ingredients found in nature. Using creativity and a little bit of science they created a vast variety of colored inks, and improved them through time. Famed Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci used ink made from black walnuts during the Renaissance Era, and people continued to make this type of ink for centuries. Iron gall ink was used in the creation and signing of the Declaration of Independence, which lasted longer than black walnut ink, but demanded more chemistry. With the right materials and know-how, you too can make your own quill and ink ...
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By: Admin    March 16 2018 , 07:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , Nature
Crafting is the perfect way to Get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit.Get the family involved and “go green” with these fun crafts that incorporate seasonal spring greenery!St. Patrick’s Day is often associated with food-related fun – many people look forward to the creative alcoholic drinks, Irish soda bread, and traditional meals like corned beef and cabbage. However, as mid-March marks the beginning of spring, this is an ideal holiday to celebrate with creative gardening crafts.Crafting with Garden GreensYour family will love incorporating the great outdoors into these fascinating and fun projects.If the weather is nice where you are, you can get your kids outside and plant common Irish vegetables, such as peas and potatoes! In addition to being staples of Irish cuisine, peas and potatoes are cool season crops and March 17th is traditionally an ideal day to start them. If your garden ...
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By: Admin    March 01 2018 , 11:21 pm
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Category: Nature , Art
Nature is a wonderful source of art...Before stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby existed, people looked to nature for their craft supplies. Here are a few crafting ideas that utilize the beauty from your own backyard!Flower Petal PaintsMaking paint from flower petals is an easy and fun process. The processed paints that are in stores are far more pigmented, so flower petal paints are subtler and look more like watercolors. First, go exploring outside for colorful flowers. You will need approximately 1/2 cup of flower petals per color. Separate the petals from the flowers and divide them into different piles according to color. Individually, put the petals into a food processor or blender to break them up more. After they are ground up a bit, place the petals into 1/4 cup of hot water and let them steep for a few hours until saturated. When the paints are ready to go, drain them using a sieve or cheesec...
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