Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Spotlight on Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

I got my new catalog in yesterday from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds.  What a purty book. Lots of info and recipes, and large pictures of the produce.   See them here: Baker Creek.

So what's so great about this company? Other than their very nice catalog?  They're non-GMO.  I like this. Pure and natural. Not harmful to us or the environment.  As they say:

"A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) results from a discipline called Genetic Engineering which involves taking genes from one species and inserting them into another. For example, genes from an arctic flounder which has "antifreeze" properties may be spliced into a tomato to prevent frost damage. It is impossible to guide the insertion of the new gene. This can lead to unpredictable effects. Also, genes do not work in isolation but in highly complex relationships which are still not fully understood. Any change to the DNA at any point will affect it throughout its length in ways scientists cannot predict. The claim by some that they can is both arrogant and untrue."

I don't know about you, but I sure don't want my DNA messed with.  Any change to any part of our eco-system and our environment creates consequences.  These can be good or bad consequences. These can be either immediate or long-term.   What we do, all we do, affects not only ourselves, our children, our pets, but the land and atmosphere around us. I believe in balance and responsibility for the only world we have to live on.  I'm not a tree hugger, but I do like living. And living well.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Flower Press

Easy to make and use:

two 4"x6" pieces flat wood
(this one is made from decoupage plaques from a craft store)
four long bolts
4 washers
4 wing nuts

non corrugated cardboard
(corrugated will make lines on your pressed flowers)
acid free paper for pressing

Drill holes in the wood at the corners (together to get them lined up)
cut cardboard and paper to fit inside the press.

Select fresh flowers and put between paper and then between cardboard pieces.
Put press together and tighten wingnuts to press down.  Let sit 2 weeks. 
Check to see if more pressing is needed.

I used pressed flowers and a clear coat urethane to decorate this one.

Spinning wheels and spindles

Great info here for spinning! http://joyofhandspinning.com/HowToDropspin.shtml

Make your own spinning wheel!  http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-projects/spinning-wheel-plan.html

Another version: http://www.reluctantordinand.co.uk/spinning-wheel-plans/