While the “before” isn’t exactly gorgeous, here is the antique Enterprise press that I am restoring. I hope to use this as a fruit press, perhaps to make wine with sometime in the future! This one is a 6qt size. I did need to buy a few replacement parts for this, but hope to have it fully functional and re-seasoned very soon!
There is a fair amount of rust, but that should be fixable with a fair amount of elbow grease and a wire brush (perhaps some Whink rust remover as well to make my life easier).
After our success growing green onions from scraps, we decided to try the same experiment with our celery leftovers. We put the ends right side up in glass dishes and filled them with water to about halfway up the stalk. Once the leaves had grown to about 4-5″ tall we planted them into a pot filled with potting soil mixed with peat.
Hopefully they will continue to grow and we will be able to enjoy a continuous supply of celery through the coming winter. It never ceases to amaze me how much can be grown from things we would have discarded. Very empowering!
Olive oil lamps are a beautiful alternative to a candle and can be quite easy to make.
While you can buy premade olive oil candle wicks, they can be somewhat expensive and it is really quite easy to make them yourself with materials you might already have on hand.
Thick glass container, such as a ball jar
Long piece of wire
Wick (can be made of string or any thin piece of cloth)
Shape the wire into a circle with the pliers, bend one end upward toward the center and form a loop to hold the wick.
Slide the wick through the loop and wrap downward around the wire. The thicker the wick, the larger the flame you will have.
Place the wire and wick assembly into the jar and fill with olive oil until just below the bottom of the loop. Soak the wick completely with the oil and allow the oil to absorb into the fabric before lighting it.
Oil candles are a great alternative in an emergency if you don’t have any wax candles available. They are also great for everyday use if you love candles, but want a more eco-friendly source of ambience. Using a high quality olive oil burns with no noticeable scent or smoke and can last for quite a long time.
Remember to always use candles with caution and never leave burning unattended.
After learning to make my own homemade household cleaning products, I needed a better way to store and organize them. I was lucky enough to find some spray bottles and swingtop sealed jars at the dollar store of all places (JACKPOT! I absolutely love the sealed jars!).
Now that we have all these containers, I wanted to label them so I would know what was inside each of them. I like the idea of a clear label, but the kits to make them are rather costly. I thought about perhaps printing onto a transparency, but I didn’t have any in the house. So, out of cheapness (and laziness) I decided to just print onto plain paper. If I get tired of the labels, I can always change them to something else at a later time.
Printer With Ink and Printer Paper
Clear Packing Tape
X-Acto Knife and Ruler (Optional)
I started by designing some labels on the computer – you can use any digital image software to do this. If you don’t have one currently, Gimp is a good free program that can get the job done. I then arranged all the labels to fit on a single 8.5×11 sheet and printed them out.
Next I trimmed the labels with an xacto knife and ruler leaving a small white edge around the sides. If you don’t have an xacto, scissors will work if you have a steady hand. Then I placed each label print side down onto a piece of clear packing tape and trimmed the excess with scissors.
Finally, take your new label and place it onto your container starting in the center and working your way outward. Be sure to smooth out any air bubbles. One tip when working with containers that have irregular edges is to make the labels slightly smaller than the even surface. This will ensure that they can be adhered smoothly. As you can see, these cheap little labels don’t look too shabby!
Total cost out of pocket if you already have everything on hand = $0, can’t beat that!
While these won’t be dishwasher safe, they are good enough to survive a hand washing if you are careful.