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How To Make An Oil Lamp Out Of An Orange

| September 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

DIY oil lampPower went out a few times when we were in Pedernales, Ecuador and next time we’ll have these standing by so we can make our own light … thanks to the author for a great DIY post; just follow the link and do it yourself. A great thing to do with the kids too … hint hint!


How To Make An Oil Lamp Out Of An Orange (With Step-By-Step Images).




How to Make Toilet Paper – Naturally

| August 25, 2013 | 2 Comments
wooly lambs ear leaves

wooly lambs ear leaves

Toilet paper didn’t always exist. The original toilet paper was the medicinal herb “Wooly Lamb’s Ear”.

Brought over from England it was used back in the old days.  A smart plant choice because of its soft leaves and it was easily accessible. Back then how to make toilet paper was as simple as planting a garden.

How to Make Toilet Paper

Soft and pliable, wooly lamb’s ear is a natural and sustainable solution to adding pollution to our ocean’s water system. So how to make toilet paper? Grow it!

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Wattle Fencing

| October 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

Here’s very sustainable fencing that can be done right from the trees on your property. This is not only smart but cost-effective and a great fence to boot!

DIY fencing

Wattle Fencing | Ali Does It Herself.

Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things – Review

| October 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

cradle to cradle book

Rethinking, reinventing, reusing and recycling the stuff that is made to make our lives better is key to living a more sustainable lifestyle. If we want our world to flourish it’s time to change the way we think and the way we do things. Here’s a book that is leading the way in redeveloping sustainable manufacturing.

Recommended by an expert in the field of recycling and waste reduction, it’s an interesting read that can change our world and our perspective of the responsibility we as the people who are using, producing and recycling the stuff we purchase have.


Cradle To Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

How to Season and Clean Cast Iron Cookware

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments
cast iron frying pan

cast iron frying pan

We have a cast iron frying pan that we’ll be packing away for a few months and yes it is one of the items that will end up with us in Ecuador. Why? The frying pan is at least 45 years old, we used it camping when I was a child and we continue to use it and it is still the best frying pan I’ve ever used.

Cast iron pots and pans need to be “seasoned” every so often and it’s what I will be doing to our fry pan to put it to bed until it rejoins us in our new residence.

Here is a great post that describes everything you ever wanted to know about taking care of cast iron and were afraid to ask … so I thought I’d share the link!

Thanks to the What’s Cooking America website for the post: Cast Iron Skillets, Cast Iron Pans, Cast Iron Cookware, Seasoning Cast Iron, How To Season Cast Iron, How to Clean Cast Iron.



the Humanure Handbook : Worth Reading

| August 18, 2012 | 7 Comments

the Humanure Handbook

This book teaches how to turn human and animal waste into compost safely. Very detailed and informative it’s a book worth reading if you’re interested in the concept of reusing animal and human waste. We will be using this method until we set up our bio-gas system.

Thanks to author Joseph Jenkins for writing this excellent book.

Follow this link to Humanure Handbook.








Recycled Tires as Highway Railings

| August 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Ecuador they recycle tires to use as roadside highway railings during highway construction around steep corners; great way to reuse tires!

tire barriers ecuador

tire barriers in Ecuador

Off Grid Air Dryers – Back in Fashion

| August 11, 2012 | 4 Comments

An easy way to become sustainable where ever you live is to try using an off grid air dryer and see if it works … no electricity needed and your clothes dry beautifully. Believe it or not off grid air dryers were used for years and still are all over the world …

off grid air dryer in Canada

off grid air dryer in Canada

air dryer in Ecuador

off grid air dryer in Ecuador

Recycled Tail Light Cover

| August 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

While camping we broke our door light cover and our friends broke their tail light … so we reused the one to fix the other and voila we had beautiful light while sitting around camping in the backyard … and yes that’s a pony clip!

tail light cover and pony clip

Watering Can from Recycled Materials

| July 30, 2012 | 1 Comment

Here’s a simple and creative idea reusing an old container – you can find the plans here – thanks to

Thumb-controlled Watering Pot Made With Recycled Materials : Fun In The Making. for the ideas and DIY plans!

homemade watering can