“Why aren’t we allowed to sell some projects we see on some websites where they post step-by-step… they say it’s only for our personal use, not for selling purposes?”
I received this question in a comment today, and it got me thinking.
A perfect tutorial for the holidays, this step-by-step video will guide you through the process of making your own gourmet vanilla extract!
If you’re into baking, top quality vanilla extract is a must. Trust me on this.
Let’s take a moment to talk about MacGyvering. If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, then this term probably requires little explanation.
For everyone else, allow me to elaborate.
Have you ever been in a pickle (and I don’t mean literally inside of a pickle, that would just be weird. And briny.), and your solution involved toothpicks, duct tape, and clothes pins?
Then you, my friend, have MacGyvered.
And I think you’ll agree with me when I say that there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction that comes from really MacGyvering the crap out of a problem. I’ve got a drinking straw on the thread holder of my sewing machine- it keeps the taller spools from toppling off the holder. Every time that bright pink plastic tube catches my eye, a tidal wave of pride washes over me. A drinking straw! On a sewing machine!
Hot damn, I’m one clever S.O.B.!
So I’d like to share with you what I consider to be a solid gold act of MacGyvering: a weaving loom made of nothing but cardboard and bamboo, and which requires a single construction tool: a pair of scissors.
Two of my favorite flowers are blooming right now: lupine and columbine.
I started both plants as seeds in my first Winter Sowing experiment a few years ago. I didn’t get any blooms the first year, as expected. Last year, the columbines bloomed almost all summer, but the lupines looked like such pathetic weaklings, I’d pretty much written them off. I think I got three scrawny blooms between four plants.Read more…