plumen’s pretty low energy lightblubs come to u.s.

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Thanks to the savvy Ginny Figlar for pointing out on her new blog semicolonsomethings that these gorgeous lightbulbs have hit our native shores. We have long lamented that the design of CFL bulbs leave much to desire, and now that these beauties are here we should stop complaining. The Pulmen is pricey — $30 — but it iss gorgeous enough to stand alone or shine in a clear shade. It will last ya eight years, so really that’s pennies day.

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make your own laundry and dishwashing detergent!

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My friend Angie gave me a great tip (along with an awesome Burro’s Tail succulent) not too long ago. She showed me how to make my own detergents, using easy to find, household ingredients. I’ve had the supplies purchased for a while, but was waiting to run out of my current stash of Mrs Meyer’s before mixing up a batch. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take more than a few minutes and equipment you’ve already got on hand.
Find out how — after the jump!

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etsy find: wine cork doormat

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Awhile back, we mentioned the DIY wine cork bathmat. We love repurposing, but there’s always that small issue of “having enough time and energy to actually sit down and make that thing we like.” So for those of us who have the sneaking suspicion we’ll never actually make the mat, Sarah Racha’s Etsy shop has done the work for us. It can be yours for $120. Cheers! –Mary T.

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jams across america: can-it-forward day is aug 13

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Can you can? Do you kick out the jam? Pickle some peppers? Or do you want to learn to preserve your garden bounty, but don’t know where to begin? Then tomorrow is your day, folks. National Can-It-Forward day is Saturday August 13, and FreshPreserving along with Canning Across America have organized a massive Seattle-based teaching event at Pike Place Market this weekend, — also live streaming from here all weekend at home-canning parties across the nation. Best part, it’s all free!

Last summer, I tried my hand at blackberry freezer jam, but it never set, so I wound up with 10 jars of delicious compote. This summer, I WILL succeed! Do you can? What’s your favorite thing to “put up”? — Megan B.

Jar photo courtesy of TheBittenWord on Flickr.

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eco-friendly party idea II – frost your party glasses!

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Last year I had quite a few outdoor parties, and went through a lot of cups, utensils, and napkins. You name it, it probably got thrown away after one use. Ugh. I decided to cut down (some more!) on disposable glasses, but after losing two somewhat-expensive wine glasses at a lively party, I knew I needed to find another solution. So, I picked up a dozen glass goblets from a local second-hand store and designated them “outdoor only” use. But their “mis-matchiness” bothered me and I wanted a way to tie them together. Then it came to me – frost them! I ordered some etching liquid online and dipped the glasses in the solution, and presto – matching outdoor drinkware! While the etching liquid is a little tricky, and not very forgiving, I got the hang of it after a few glasses. Now, if one happens gets broken, it will be inexpensive to replace and I don’t have to worry if it’s exactly the same style as the others. Just frost and it will instantly become part of the set! — Rebecca F.

Photo credit: Rebecca Firlik

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