Last Minute Gift Idea: Knit A Cozy Pot Holder

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:43 am on Friday, December 12, 2014

If you’re fast with knitting needles, there’s still plenty of time to make pot holders as a Christmas gift.

Here’s a pattern for a pot holder with an owl on it.

Easy DIY Colorful and Fun Fruit Ornaments

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:12 am on Friday, December 5, 2014

These DIY Fruit Christmas Ornaments are cute. The tutorial shows you how to turn clear glass ornaments into strawberries, watermelons, pineapples, and oranges. They would be a great gift, too.

Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:09 am on Thursday, December 4, 2014

I kind of like this Himmeli-Style Christmas Star Tree Topper. You can make it yourself using round metal brass tubing and brass wire.

DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:54 am on Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is a pretty cool project: DIY Copper Pipe Ipad Holder.

Knit a Pair of Yoga Socks

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:06 am on Friday, November 14, 2014

If you know someone who is into yoga, here’s a great gift idea: Knit a Pair of Yoga Socks.

Knit A Blanket For Seriously Cold People

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:03 am on Thursday, November 13, 2014

Free pattern: knit A Blanket For Seriously Cold People. I could use one of these right now.

5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:10 am on Friday, November 7, 2014

I’ve written about 3D printing your own Christmas ornaments before. For example, check out this awesome Poinsettia Ornament we put on our tree last year. Here are 5 Christmas Ornaments You Can 3D Print:

Personalized Rocket Ornament

Pixel Star Tree Topper

Christmas Tree Mini Ornaments

Toy Horse Ornament

Christmas Pudding Ornament

How To Make This Marie Antoinette Costume

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:29 am on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Is it too late to make this Marie Antoinette costume? Maybe not, since the wig is made of paper. It starts out like this:

Pretty clever. Click here to learn how to make it.

Last Minute Crocodile Costume

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 7:59 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

For a last-minute Halloween costume, go as a crocodile. All it takes a narrow cardboard box, butcher paper, tape, and tissue paper. Pretty cool.

Harvesting Your Own Salt

Filed under: DIY — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:53 am on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Living on the California coast, I have thought once or twice about harvesting my own salt from the ocean. I haven’t tried it, mostly because I suspect that the amount of effort and money spent on electricity would be higher than just buying salt in the store.

Then I ran into this video about Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt in Oregon. His passion about salt harvesting reawakened my interest in harvesting salt from the ocean.

Now I’m curious. I haven’t harvested my own salt yet, but maybe I will. It looks easy.

According to Wikihow and posts like this, harvesting salt takes:

1. Collecting clean salt water in jugs or a cooler.

2. Running the water through a cheesecloth to get rid of seaweed/other particles.

3. Slowly evaporating the water over many hours, usually in an oven or on a stove top set on low heat.

4. Collecting the salt crystals.

A gallon of water will produce between 3-8 ounces of salt, depending on salinity. To make it worthwhile, you probably want to do a lot of water.

Here’s a video that shows the whole process from start to finish:

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