- Pick up our dog, Pippin, from the vet hospital where she has been since Saturday with a deadly virus. Praising God for her recovery! Now to fatten her up :)
- Found some great fabric and yarn at the local thrift store
- Continue organizing my craft room so that I'm more inspired to work in a clutter free area.
- Make meals/dishes/laundry to help the fam. out.
- Check homeschool work.
- Finish knitting a hat a lady ordered (wash yarn first, and dry it)
- Work on daughter's fingerless gloves (birthday is only 9 days away!!)
- potentially start on a garland order (waiting for final ok)
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGletterml-e.asp#1392028-Lettermail dimensions and standards defined by Canada Post
http://sproutluv.com/noted/etsy-canada-post-shipping-superheroes-luv-and-the-etsy-discussion-thread-canada-post-and-shipping-guide-of-glory/--Etsy thread on info about all this CP from someone who works there :)
-Venture one business prices
-parcel service regular prices
-Price Zone codes (US/Canada)
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Saturday, September 14, 2013
-cattail seed heads dipped in pine pitch to make a long-burning torch
-Milkweed, nettle, dogbane and yucca are some of the best cordage plants in my area--you want to look for a plant whose stem contains sturdy fibers which don't easily break when the stem is broken, Cording the inner bark of an aspen tree.
Q: (arctic cotton??)
-Balm of Gilead:"The buds of a number of varieties of cottonwood and poplar trees (Populus nigra, Populus balsamifera, Populus augustafolia and others) contain a sticky orange resin that has been used for centuries to make a soothing, healing salve commonly known as "Balm of Gilead." This salve has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic/antiseptic and pain relieving qualities, and has been effectively used to treat abrasions, minor burns, frostbite and to ease the pain of sore muscles and joints. It is also (sometimes known as Black Salve) a traditional skin cancer remedy.
There are several ways to extract the resin from the buds for making Balm of Gilead salve. One is done by slowly simmering the buds in hot oil to release their resin, and the second, which takes longer but yields a slightly more potent finished product, involves placing the buds in a crock or jar, and covering them with oil, leaving them to "steep" for a period of several weeks to a year.
I find that a ratio of 1/1 by volume of oil and wax shavings generally works well.
-Fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) is a common sight in the high mountains and on the subarctic tundra alike, its uniquely colorful blooms adding some spice to otherwise drab landscapes. The plant does especially well on areas which have recently been burned in wildfires, and is often one of the first to return.
Young shoots can be peeled and eaten much like asparagus, blooms are edible and the leaves are good both added to soups and made into a tea. Roots, also, can be eaten, and are sweetest when harvested in the spring.
This plant's seeds produce a fuzzy down similar to that of dandelions, and this can, somewhat ironically, be used as tinder for starting fires.