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Henry Larson commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"I made this formula with the following modification 16 oz. canola oil, 20 oz. Crisco, 12 oz. distilled water, 4.8 oz lye. The result was fantastic. I apprreciate te basic formula posted here"
May 27, 2013
Christa Nelson commented on el vigilante's blog post 'DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials'
"very snazzy, and clever! ......well done!"
Mar 3, 2011
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DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials

I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm.  Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.Here's what you'll need: Two empty cat or dog food cans, washedHardware clothLarge, sturdy rubber bandsWirePoke two 1/2" holes in the bottom of one of the cans with a pen or a screwdriver. This is going to be the bottom…See More
Mar 3, 2011
pelenaka commented on el vigilante's blog post 'Free Land Available to Modern-Day Homesteaders'
"The first thought that crossed my mind was that this retired nurse had a source of income perhaps two or more. So her moving to a lower cost of living area makes sense. But when one moves to a small community there often is a decrease in employment…"
Jan 26, 2011
Cornelia commented on el vigilante's blog post 'Amaryllis After Care'
"Thank you for sharing this! I love Amaryllis and the colorful elegance they bring to a room."
Jan 21, 2011
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Amaryllis After Care

 I have three amaryllis bulbs that I started in potting soil last October. Two of the bulbs have bloomed beautifully, but the third -- well, I don't know what it's trying to do.  I think it's a dud. But as for the two bulbs that performed as expected, I'm now wondering how I'm supposed to care for them.  Fortunately, I had saved one of the boxes in which one of the bulbs was packaged…See More
Jan 19, 2011
el vigilante replied to Tory's discussion 'Clothes Line. Which direction is your set?'
"Hi, Tory.  My clothesline is in the north part of our yard, just right off the back door.  It runs north-south and seems to catch a good amount of sun and wind in the warmer months.  Part of it is shaded from October through Spring,…"
Jan 18, 2011
el vigilante posted a blog post

Earth Stoves: Disco Day Relics Still Useful

Introduced by Earth Stove, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon in the 1970's, Earth Stoves were innovative in that they were airtight, had a large wood capacity and thermostatic control. Early Earth Stoves are easily recognized by their signature orange and yellow ceramic medallions on the front of the stove.…See More
Jan 17, 2011
el vigilante commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"Kattya, we homesteaders always seem to do a cost comparison before we try a diy project don't we?   Depending on the ingredients of course, I can make my soap cakes for far less than what the stores or farmer's markets…"
Jan 14, 2011
Kattya Graham commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"Hi, have you compared the cost per soap bar to store product? (dr. bronner's, etc) I'm seriously thinking about making our soap, and because of the lye issue I'm still buying it at the store but it is expensive, even more at the…"
Jan 13, 2011
el vigilante commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"Thanks Lizz for the heads up! Cornelia -- feel free to add this to your site. :)"
Jan 13, 2011
Lizz commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"hi Nancy:)  if you don't know about it already this is super handy when making soap recipes I use it often! http://www.thesage.com/calcs/lyecalc2.php  it helps you figure out how much lye and water  to use when you plug in the…"
Jan 13, 2011
Cornelia commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"Nancy, this is AWESOME! My father told me that, growing up on a farm in Iowa, he would love to use his aunt's lye soap because it was so "nice on the hands". It does seem like a scary process, but the photos and step-by-step make it a…"
Jan 13, 2011
Nancy commented on el vigilante's blog post 'How to make cold-process lye soap'
"This doesn't sound very hard at all.  I always wanted to make soap.  I just have to order the lye, apparently.  Can't wait."
Jan 13, 2011
el vigilante posted a blog post

How to make cold-process lye soap

This information is dedicated to all those beginners out there who really want to try their hand at cold process lye soap making, but are afraid of that three-letter ingredient, l-y-e.I'm here to tell you, and I mean this, if I can do this, so can you.  After I poured the very first plastic cup of those scary lye crystals into a pitcher of distilled water -- and realized nothing…See More
Jan 13, 2011
Tory commented on el vigilante's blog post 'Lye Soap Making: Keeping it simple'
"I'm the exact same way about soap!  I just like it au natural, plain jane, pure.  I've had my eyes on making soap for some time.  The only thing holding me back is getting my hands on the ingredients.  Not too easy out…"
Jan 10, 2011

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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
I live on an 80-acre farm in eastern Nebraska. Please visit my blog at http://aruraljournal.com to learn more about me, my family and life on the farm.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Fried Chicken
Currently reading:
Countryside Magazine
Currently listening to:
The White Stripes
My latest DIY project:
Making grapevine bird feeder wreaths.
Web site I recommend:
http://aruraljournal.com

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DIY Sunflower Seed Bird Feeder from Recycled Materials



I figured out a way to make my own sunflower seed bird feeder with recycled materials I scrounged from around the farm.  Besides not really costing me anything, I think it looks pretty snazzy, to boot.



Here's what you'll need:



Two empty cat or dog food cans,… Continue

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

Amaryllis After Care

 

I have three amaryllis bulbs that I started in potting soil last October. Two of the bulbs have bloomed beautifully, but the third -- well, I don't know what it's trying to do.  I think it's a dud.

 

But as for the two bulbs that performed as expected, I'm now wondering how I'm supposed to care for…

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Posted on January 19, 2011 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Earth Stoves: Disco Day Relics Still Useful







Introduced by Earth Stove, Inc. of Tualatin, Oregon in the 1970's, Earth Stoves were innovative in that they were airtight, had a large wood capacity and thermostatic control. Early Earth Stoves are easily recognized by their signature orange and… Continue

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 7:08am

How to make cold-process lye soap





This information is dedicated to all those beginners out there who really want to try their hand at cold process lye soap making, but are afraid of that three-letter ingredient, l-y-e.



I'm here to tell you, and I mean this, if I can… Continue

Posted on January 13, 2011 at 7:09am — 7 Comments

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At 3:20pm on March 8, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi there and welcome to HOMEGROWN.org - I like your attitude!

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