Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

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When did coconut oil become so popular? My jar ran out after a long three months and I realize now how much I use it. Besides cooking delicious Indian foods, or using it in place of butter and shortening, coconut oil has so many other uses. First the obvious. Raw organic coconut oil is wonderful as a skin care product. A 16 oz. jar is around $5.00. Using the oil as a moisturizer is less expensive than buying those fancy over-marketed creams and lotions, which often use coconut oil as […]

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DIY Backyard Makeover

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Previously published in The Wave. For the past four years, our backyard has been a renovation dumping ground. Now that the house is essentially done, we wanted to clean things up and start the backyard garden for the summer. In April, I watched this awesome show on Netflix called Love Your Garden. It’s hosted by Alan Titchmarsh, a professional English gardener, poet and gardening journalist turned TV personality. Alan and his quirky, knowledgeable team visits homes around the United Kingdom helping people transform their gardens. The families are deserving, having […]

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Rockaway Beach Needs Garden Zhooj-ing

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It’s mid-April: the time to slip out after dusk with your trowels, rakes, plants and seeds. If heavy rain is in the forcast, get prepared to launch your green grenades over your shoulder on the way to work. What? I’m talking about guerrilla gardening, planting in places that need a little love and wouldn’t otherwise get it– abandoned lots, under the el, unkempt street medians, every tree pit on the blvd. past 90th st. Rockaway Beach is the perfect target, and the result is aesthetically pleasing, enhanced public spaces, not […]

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upcycle containers

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I had two ideas – not original because people do this all the time but nonetheless I wanted to share them on the blog. The first is using a kombucha bottle (which I love the shape of) to store salt. I cook a lot as you know. Having the salt right by the stove is convenient. Putting it in a nice bottle means I can leave it out and it will look nice. Eventually I will do this with all my spices! Make sure to put a few grains of rice in the […]

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DIY Dead Body

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I’ve been looking on Pinterest for DIY Halloween decorations because Matt said I’ve already spent too much money on hay, decorative gourds and “all that junk”. I found this cool DIY dead body project and thought, “I’m definitely making this!” It was so easy and fun to build.  This is how we did it! What you need: Large tarps or old blankets Black contractor bags Duck tape Fake blood (we used a red lipstick) I recruited Anna to help me! It’s easier with two people but totally doable on your own. To start, what […]

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Molding and other finishing work

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We are taking a few weeks to finish off our apartment. Here’s where we’re at… Matt pulled off another awesome craigslist score – a large lot of reclaimed mahogany. I (yes me) spent a whole day prepping the material. I’ve seen Matt use the planer a dozen times by now but I never used it myself. To get the wood looking “clean” you have to put each piece through the planer and remove a quarter inch of wood at a time.  This process also makes the wood flat so it can be cut down on […]

wreath-making for the holidays

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The Tomato Gals love seasonal decoration. The holidays are here – it’s time to adorn the home! Before you run out to Michaels Craft, take a look in your backyard or outside the apartment. You’ll be surprised what you can create with the materials around you. I was upstate recently at John’s cabin and came across this neat book. Using steeplebush branches I started to created a fall wreath. The city is not the Catskills, but you’ll find what you need. Last resort… take a walk to your local NYC Park. […]

Plant Sale at the Ridgewood Market

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We’re excited to participate at the Ridgewood Market this month, selling our unique potted plants. The planting containers vary – we have up-cycled hand-picked finds, decopage recycled cans and handmade wooden planters from reclaimed barn wood (white pine). Look for Spider plants, Coleus, Pothos Vine, and Kalanchoe. All plants are propagated and homegrown with love and care. Check out a sample of our merch!   Sunday, November 23rd 2014 11 AM to 5 PM! – Handmade, Artisan, and Vintage Gifts! – Food, Pastries, Brunch, Alcohol, and Music!!! – Gottscheer Hall!! […]

DIY recycled centerpiece

DIY recycled centerpiece

With branches from your garden or found tree limbs on the street, give this DIY centerpiece a whirl. I was on the RD looking around when Aunt Brenda’s voice echoed in my head “I JUST SPRAY PAINT EVERYTHING, IT’S WAY CHEAPER THAN BUYING THAT STUFF IN THE CRAFT STORE.” Aunt Brenda is famously known for her gorgeous holiday decor. She uses spray paint on found yard branches to make Christmas and Easter centerpieces. After she transforms them with sparkles of gold and silver, she hangs ornaments on the DIY trees. Every year […]

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Aunt Brenda’s Pineapple Tree

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Aunt Brenda came up with a creative decorating item for your next Hawaiian luau party – a pineapple tree!  She created this splendid centerpiece for Aunt Joanie’s party this past Saturday – it was a big hit to say the least. What you’ll need… (Try to find most of this stuff around the house or at a thrift store) Board about 12″x18″ about 1″ inch but it can also be round Drill with long 7/8″ bit 7/8″ dowel Screw about 1 1/4″ long Drill 2-3-4 pineapples depending on how big […]

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