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TAG : Winter 2019

Upcycled Projects for Easy Home Décor

This upcycled bookcase uses painted apple crates to make a rustic chic place for books and knick-knacks.While recycling today is trendy, I want to take it even further — not by decorating our homes with secondhand objects, but by starting with everyday objects that we have at home or can ...

The Fat Kitchen: Rendering and Cooking with Fat

The only real drawback to rendering your own fats is time. Regardless of the type of fat you’re working with, the process is pretty much the same. Chop the fat into small pieces (1-inch dice or smaller), put in a heavy pot, and add a small amount of water to prevent scorching until the fat ...

Spruce Up Your Space

A home should be a reflection of you and your personal style, and I believe it should tell a story about the people who live there. But what if the story or first impression you’re telling isn't a true representation of who you are? As a designer, I believe that when your surroundings are at ...

News Briefs and Old Advertisements from the Capper’s Farmer March 1927 Issue

“P’s” Pay the Grocery Bill on This FarmBy Mrs. Mary L. BallewClark County, Arkansas By “p’s” I mean potatoes, peanuts, popcorn, pumpkins, peppers, poultry, pigs, peaches, plums, pears, and peas. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule when “bad luck” hits a fellow. But no ...

Natural Beauty from the Garden

I started making my own beauty products at a very young age. My father was a farmer, which meant we lived in the country. Commercial beauty products were hard to buy because they were sold in town, and I was too young to drive. But I loved reading beauty books and magazines for hours in my ...

Knitted Twine Planters

With these knitted twine planters, your plants will help bring any room alive with both foliage and funky style. Dress tin cans in twine to make these fun and funky planters for succulents, cactus, wheatgrass, or other plants.Difficulty: IntermediateTime to make: About 3 hoursTools & ...

How to Braid a Cozy Rag Rug

Colorful, cozy rag rugs are enjoying a resurgence as folks rediscover the frugal beauty of their ancestors' home goods. Photo by Adobe Stock/JanaRag rugs have been around as long as frugal folks have set aside worn clothing until they found something useful to do with the fabric. Besides ...

Handmade Bread Recipes

A batch of homemade bread dough is ready to be baked. Photo by Getty Images/Ann_ZhuravlevaI was fortunate enough to grow up with a mother who cooked nearly everything from scratch. In addition to cooking meals and packing lunches for our large family, she also began baking bread when I was ...

Hanging Candle Jar

Whether in your home or out in your garden, this hanging candle jar will provide a warm, relaxing glow to any space.Add light to your garden or home with these simple-to-make homemade candle jar holders.Difficulty: EasyTime to make: About 1 hourTools & Supplies:1 old board (from a pallet, ...

Build a Rustic Barn Quilt

A hand-crafted barn quilt adds country charm to the outside of a home.Back in college, I missed home terribly. I went to college to study agriculture in one of the largest cities in my state. My decorative style definitely didn’t fit the confines of the 800-square-foot apartment I shared with ...

Cooking Beyond the Kitchen

When I attended the National Dutch Oven Gathering (NDOG) in June 2018, the only Dutch oven I knew was the deep, enameled pot I associated with my mother’s stovetop. When I arrived at the event, however, I learned about an entirely new piece of equipment with the exact same name. Perhaps ...

Bound-Up Bookcase

This upcycled bookcase uses painted apple crates to make a rustic chic place for books and knick-knacks. Turn empty crates into a stylish bookcase to fill an open space. Be sure to look around for your crates. They can be old, and they don't have to be identical. If you want new ones, you can ...

Editor’s Note: A Stitch in Time

My grandmothers were both prolific quilters, but quilting skipped my mother’s generation. When she started sewing, quilting was considered old-fashioned. So, my friends and I had to teach ourselves when we decided to take up quilting at a young age. YouTube videos didn’t exist in those ...

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