Cloth Napkins

Sandy Voeltz Sandy’s Sewing Corner I started making cloth napkins about ten years ago. I like the way they feel, and I like not wasting paper napkins – to save trees. For napkins you could also use: bandanas, fingertip towels or kitchen hand towels. To make napkins from material: Cut squared …

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Fix Your Shoes

Alanna Stitches Things You Need: A leather needle or very large sewing needle with a large eye and thicker stem than most needles. The good ones are about an inch or so longer than a regular one. Embroidery thread or waxed dental floss Broken shoes (yeah, this is a fool …

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How to Make Wine

Jim Stumm reprinted from Living Free #118 I’ve been making wine at home for many years. I seem to constantly make small changes in the process in an effort to make it simpler and quicker. The way I do it these days is to use a 64-ounce bottle of grape …

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How to Plant a Tree

www.communitytrees.org Choose at least a 5-6′ tree grown to nursery standards. Select a site with enough room for roots and branches to reach full size. Avoid overhead and underground utilities. Prepare a planting area as deep as the root ball and 3-5 times its diameter by loosening the soil. Dig …

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Keychain

Anonymous I made this for myself a few months ago and it has been great! There are a bunch of reasons why I love it and here are a few: 1. I always have a fork and spoon on me, so I’m always ready to eat. 2. It saves water …

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My Experience Building a Computer

Nate Dobbins Do-It-Yourself projects – whether they be repairs, improvements, or brand new creations – are often highly regarded among sustainably-minded people, and for good reason: getting into the habit of ‘doing-it-yourself’ will lengthen the life of your possessions, thus reducing the amount of ‘stuff’ you consume. It also affords …

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Natural Beauty Recipes

http://styles101.homestead.com/hrecipes.html Herbal Ingredient List: Burdock: root helps prevent dandruff Catmint: leaves encourage hair growth and soothes scalp irritations Chamomile: flowers soften and lighten hair Flannel Mullein: lightens hair Goosegrass: tonic and cleansing, helps prevent dandruff Henna: red hair dye and conditioner Horsetail: non-fertile stems and branches strengthens the hair Lavender: …

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Natural Foods Cooking and Health and Wellness Classes

Ami Voeltz Do It Green! Minnesota Byerlys Cooking School St.Louis Park, MN 952-929-2100www.byerlys.com/fc_culinaryarts.cfm  Chef’s Gallery Stillwater, MN 651-351-1144 (Chef’s Gallery) 651-439-1118 (Chef’s Table) Email: mail@thechefsgallery.com www.thechefsgallery.com  Cooks of Crocus Hill St.Paul: 651-228-1333 or Edina: 952-285-1903 www.cooksofcrocushill.com  Kitchen Window Minneapolis, MN 612-824-4417www.kitchenwindow.com/CC_CookingClassHome.asp  Pathways 3115 Hennepin Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-822-9061  Present Moment Minneapolis, MN 612-824-3157 Email: herbshop@presentmoment.com www.presentmoment.com Twin Cities Co-ops See …

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Raw and Delicious

Do It Green! Minnesota Easy and Quick Raw Apple Pie Crust: 2 C. Walnuts 5 C. Dates (Medjool dates work best) Filling: 3 Apples 1 Banana 1 C. Currants 1 Lemon 1 Tbs. Cinnamon Extra currants for garnishing (1/8 C.) In food processor, combine dates and walnuts for crust. Process …

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Rubber Stamps

Matte Resist Resist Zine Making rubber stamps is incredibly easy. I can usually throw something together in about 5 minutes. All you need is: An old inner tube (like from a bicycle tire) A scissors (or very sharp knife) Rubber cement Something to glue your stamp to (like a block …

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Screenprinting At Home

Brent Johnson The Twin Cities Green Guide Materials: You can find most of these supplies at Northwest Graphic Supply, 612-729-7361 located at 4200 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis or check your local art store. Although many art stores have stopped selling these products, you can still order them from online …

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Tasty Condiments Can Benefit Digestion

Jennette Turner Wedge Co-op Newsletter Believe it or not, ketchup was originally a naturally fermented condiment. So was mayonnaise. Instead of being health liabilities, they contained beneficial enzymes and nutrients that actually enhanced digestion. In fact, people all over the world have included naturally fermented foods in their diets – …

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The Sun Powered Pond

Patrick Hamilton Do It Green! Magazine After a couple of years in the contemplation stage, my wife and I finally decided to build a small backyard water feature. In May 1999, we ordered pallets of Sahara stones, Holland pavers, and sand, with which we hoped to build a small (56″w’ …

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Using the Sun Wisely: Solar Shades & Energy Saving Awnings

Todd Fink Best Power, Intl. It’s 10 a.m. on a Saturday and I’m cooking an egg on the sidewalk, not in Death Valley but in St. Paul, and in a solar oven. The pace of solar cooking allows me to parent, write and ponder our civilization’s future without burning my …

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