Make It Yourself

I’m always tossing around a few ideas of what I’d like to work on.  I have a greater shortage of time and energy than I do ideas.  But I thought I’d share what has caught my eye recently.


Make it Yourself: Reusable Beeswax Cloth Wraps

Reusable beeswax wraps can help you eliminate plastic waste in your kitchen. Here are step by step instructions on how to make your own. Great for your zero waste kitchen and for gifts, too!:
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Recently, Attainable Sustainable released a tutorial for beeswax cloth wraps.  I’m pretty excited to give this project a try.  I’ve been talking about buying some of these for a few weeks now, and when I stumbled upon this tutorial, I had to add it to the top of my list.  I’ve been looking for something to wrap home-baked biscuits and quick breads, as well as to use for packing lunches for my kids.  My son and daughter both promised they’d help make some of these because they’ve been asking me for something other than disposable sandwich bags.

…Or Buy Some

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If you have less time than you do ideas, you can skip the DIY project and order fantastic wraps from Bee’s Wrap: Sustainable Food Storage.  Bee’s Wraps are handcrafted in Vermont and made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin.  They are washable, reusable, and compostable.

Both of these make a great substitute for using plastic wrap and plastic sandwich bags.  I don’t think you can go wrong either making or buying some of your own.


Make it Yourself: Wall Art

Yesterday I was invited to my cousin’s house to make my own wall art.  It was so much fun!  Danielle of The Noisy Design helped us all create something unique and one-of-a-kind.  Danielle teaches classes so that everyone can have the fun of choosing paints to match their color schemes and offers many designs of her own, as well as custom creations.

I saw a mountain stencil I liked and Danielle made me a custom stencil.  In true Joy-fashion, I didn’t pay attention to the bracket on the back, so I made it upside down.  Oops!

So here’s me, letting my inner nerd show through (maybe that isn’t anything new):

what are men to rocks and mountains

Someone mentioned that I didn’t pick the best Pride & Prejudice quote.

True, there are plenty.

I could let my slightly thorny-side show though and go with the following:

jane austen quote

I told my daughter she’d love making her own wall art for her new apartment, so we might have to give this a try again soon.  It was definitely fun to make something unique.


Make it Yourself: Rain Barrels

The other thing that I’m thinking about getting done, hopefully before the rainy season starts again, is making a rain barrel.  I haven’t found exactly what I’d like to do, but I’ve been checking out DIY rain barrel instructions and tutorials online, such as this one from Grow Forage Cook Ferment.


Have you finished up any projects, or are you tossing around some ideas of things to do? 

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