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DIY no flies compost the easy way

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My first attempt with making compost was with vermicomposting. Vermicomposting means using red warms to digest your kitchen scraps.

The "Warm box" is a great idea, enabling the warms to migrate to the to the newest food source when all scraps on the bottom tray are digested.

The warm box: http://www.createcompost.com/information.php

Purchasing a small number of red warms, I had too much kitchen scraps for the warms to digest efficiently. A lot more warms were needed for that. 

How to make your cat drink more water

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Being a cat lover, I never stopped to think about the quantity of water they drink.

I used to think that animals drink water when they are thirsty and that the quantity they drink, is what they phisically need..unlike me preferring coffee or sweet drinks over water.

One fresh water bowl at home and one in the back yard were enough I thought.

As it turns out that about a third of household cats suffer at one point from kidney problems and that kidney disease can be caused by dehydration.

How to photograph white products on a white background

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Taking photos for your online shop, you want the image to be one that will get the attention of a potential buyer. The image should show the item at it's best and yet representing it as close as possible to reality

 Having a white background enables a dramatic eye catching image and a more uniform presentation of your online shop

So you need to take good photos, but  you are not a professional photographer and you don't have the professional gear for it

Having a small struggling online shop, you can't afford an expensive photographing gear

DIY copper patina

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Start by cleaning the copper as detailed here

https://underlyingsimplicity.indiemade.com/blog/diy-cleaning-vintage-copper

Follow the instruction up to step 4

 In a large enough covered plastic box, lay two- three layers of paper towels soaked in the vinegar- salt solution

( Take the copper dish out of the vinegar solution ( as detailed on step 4.

Do not wipe or wash it. Try not to touch the copper with your fingers

Sprinkle some kitchen salt over the dish

Cover the box and leave for a few days for patina to be developed.

Step by Step Guide to the Restorative Cleaning of Vintage & Antique Porcelain

 

Periodically cleaning your pieces of porcelain is important. With careful restorative cleaning & handling, your vintage glass and antique porcelain items will look beautiful for years to come.

1. Pad your work area with soft cloths or towels. Polyethylene foam stretched over a table and affixed to the underside works well.

Max Melton's Remarkably Efficacious Tooth Powder

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Max Melton's Remarkably Efficacious Tooth Powder  from Neil gaiman's "the ocean on the end of the lane" made me courious about tooth powder

   History of tooth powder

Tooth powder was generally used by the Romans, who used many substances, such as the bones and horns of certain animals; crabs; egg-shells, and the shells of oysters . They were reduced to a powder after having been previously burnt.

Tooth powder was used to clean and whiten teeth and to and to strengthen the gums. 

DIY making skeleton leaves


Selecting your leaves:

Skeleton leaves can be used in scrap booking, gift wrapping and other crafts. These leaves are beautiful and lacy. Skeleton leaves are also very simple to make.

The first step is to collect leaves you want to skeletonize. The easiest leaves have tougher skeletons - oak and maple leaves are best suited. Delicate leaves will also do, but may tear when using the washing soda method.

The Water Method: