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Post  jillintx 12/13/2012, 11:49 am

My DH and I are making Christmas gifts this year, and one project is seed bombs.  These seed bombs are bascially small dried clay balls with a little bit of worm castings and some flower seeds in them.  You can slightly bury the "bombs", or just toss them in areas that need a little "love."  When it rains it will disolve the clay, the seeds can sprout, and the worm castings will give the seeds a little boost.  I've selected flowers that are hardy in this area, and I have hopes that some of these flowers will reseed themselves.  I think that a handful of these and some home canned items will be a bit hit for gifts.  

Has anyone else been working on gifts?
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Post  llama momma 12/13/2012, 12:18 pm

Been straining and bottling homemade vanilla
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Post  daryl.weaver 12/13/2012, 12:34 pm

jillintx wrote:My DH and I are making Christmas gifts this year, and one project is seed bombs. These seed bombs are bascially small dried clay balls with a little bit of worm castings and some flower seeds in them. You can slightly bury the "bombs", or just toss them in areas that need a little "love." When it rains it will disolve the clay, the seeds can sprout, and the worm castings will give the seeds a little boost. I've selected flowers that are hardy in this area, and I have hopes that some of these flowers will reseed themselves. I think that a handful of these and some home canned items will be a bit hit for gifts.

Has anyone else been working on gifts?

Cool idea. I'd love to see a picture of them. Do you mix seeds on the balls?
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 12:50 pm

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jillintx wrote:
Has anyone else been working on gifts?

Cool idea. I'd love to see a picture of them. Do you mix seeds on the balls?
There's a link on this thread about seed balls/bombs.
https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t4747-fun-side-projects-and-ideas?highlight=other+gardening+projects

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Post  jillintx 12/13/2012, 1:58 pm

There are several different ways to make the "bombs" but I'm going to mix the seeds into the clay. That way the dried clay can protect the seeds from birds until it rains.

I'll try to get a picture of them when they're done.
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 7:16 pm

Here is a photo I took from online:
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Post  daryl.weaver 12/13/2012, 8:12 pm

I helped my college-age daughter make soap today for "inexpensive" gifts of her time. It was sorta fun and came out grew for a first try...certainly gift worthy. I also canned pickles this summer and plan to give those to family and close friends.
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 8:36 pm

I have some nice mango chutney I am gifting, as well as honey and stained glass.
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Post  cheyannarach 12/13/2012, 8:50 pm

I have seen these before but completely forgot about them! I think I might make some of these for stocking stuffers tomorrow! Glad you brought it up again! I am making some maesuring boards (To measure kids height and hang of the wall) for both sets of grandparents!
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 8:54 pm

jillintx wrote:There are several different ways to make the "bombs" but I'm going to mix the seeds into the clay. That way the dried clay can protect the seeds from birds until it rains.

I'll try to get a picture of them when they're done.
Sounds like a good plan. Also it makes it easy to lob into empty lots and such. Twisted Evil

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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 8:57 pm

llama momma wrote:Been straining and bottling homemade vanilla

How do you do that? That sounds wonderful!
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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 9:01 pm

daryl.weaver wrote:I helped my college-age daughter make soap today for "inexpensive" gifts of her time. It was sorta fun and came out grew for a first try...certainly gift worthy. I also canned pickles this summer and plan to give those to family and close friends.

Those are wonderful gifts and sound fun to make!
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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 9:06 pm

camprn wrote:I have some nice mango chutney I am gifting, as well as honey and stained glass.
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That honey looks so heavenly! This is a dumb question, what do you do with the honey comb? Where does the bees wax come from?

I have been wanting to do stained glass for a long time. That looks like fun!
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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 9:09 pm

camprn wrote:
jillintx wrote:There are several different ways to make the "bombs" but I'm going to mix the seeds into the clay. That way the dried clay can protect the seeds from birds until it rains.

I'll try to get a picture of them when they're done.
Sounds like a good plan. Also it makes it easy to lob into empty lots and such. Twisted Evil

That made me laugh, lob it into someone's yard and they would wonder why flowers are growing where they weren't planted. I know you said an empty lot but my mind wandered!
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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 9:13 pm

I haven't done anything this year but in the past I have made the traditional cookie press cookies. One of my sons-in-law tried to walk off with most of them a few years ago. My neighbor and good friend last year gave us jam she made. I love homemade gifts!
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 9:30 pm

Triciasgarden wrote:

That honey looks so heavenly! This is a dumb question, what do you do with the honey comb? Where does the bees wax come from?

I have been wanting to do stained glass for a long time. That looks like fun!
The bees make the wax and build it into comb to store their honey. In many part of the world honey comb is desired above the extracted liquid honey. You can eat the comb or chew it until all the honey comes out then spit out the wax.

I started doing stained glass a number of years ago. I started by taking a class at a locally owned mom and pop craft store. It's fun, but bring band-aids. Wink

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Post  daryl.weaver 12/13/2012, 9:44 pm

camprn wrote:
jillintx wrote:There are several different ways to make the "bombs" but I'm going to mix the seeds into the clay. That way the dried clay can protect the seeds from birds until it rains.

I'll try to get a picture of them when they're done.
Sounds like a good plan. Also it makes it easy to lob into empty lots and such. Twisted Evil

You can throw them on open ground, and they will grow???
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Post  camprn 12/13/2012, 9:55 pm

daryl.weaver wrote:
camprn wrote:
jillintx wrote:There are several different ways to make the "bombs" but I'm going to mix the seeds into the clay. That way the dried clay can protect the seeds from birds until it rains.

I'll try to get a picture of them when they're done.
Sounds like a good plan. Also it makes it easy to lob into empty lots and such. Twisted Evil

You can throw them on open ground, and they will grow???
OH! Yes indeed, guerrilla gardening. What a Face

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Post  Triciasgarden 12/13/2012, 10:13 pm

camprn wrote:The bees make the wax and build it into comb to store their honey. In many part of the world honey comb is desired above the extracted liquid honey. You can eat the comb or chew it until all the honey comes out then spit out the wax.

I started doing stained glass a number of years ago. I started by taking a class at a locally owned mom and pop craft store. It's fun, but bring band-aids. Wink

That's what I thought about the comb but didn't know why it was also in the jar. I thought I was missing something so that explains it. It is so beautiful!
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Post  jillintx 12/14/2012, 9:16 am

It's great to see so many people excited about making their gifts. - as I read this thread I could feel the enthusiasm!

LM - how long have you been making vanilla? I just did a quick search on it, and it mentions that beans from different areas have different tastes...have you experimented with that yet? (getting ideas for next year already.....)

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Post  llama momma 12/14/2012, 9:28 am

I started in February. Here is the thread that someone started.

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Post  daryl.weaver 12/14/2012, 10:52 am

This was our (me and my daughter) first attempt at soap making. It was a good learning experience, and I'm sure we will improve.

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I actually found some recipes for soap made in the blender which sounds a lot less messy and sticky. When I think about home made soap and candles, it brings to mind "hippies" from the 60's (which is ironic because they were widely derided for the LACK of soap use). I was thinking about doing some gifts for my staff with a retro 60's theme of tie-dyed soap scented with sandalwood or patchouli (talk about a blast from the past!) and a CD of last 60's/early 70's music (think Joan Biaz). I'd also add from fresh baked sour dough bread as a nod to the Haight-Ashbury "summer of love" and some of the pickles I made from my sfg. I think it would be a fun gift. It would certainly be unique.
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Post  llama momma 12/14/2012, 11:00 am

jillintx wrote:It's great to see so many people excited about making their gifts. - as I read this thread I could feel the enthusiasm!

LM - how long have you been making vanilla? I just did a quick search on it, and it mentions that beans from different areas have different tastes...have you experimented with that yet? (getting ideas for next year already.....)


I didn't answer your second question on vanilla --
No I haven't experimented with different ones. But I wouldn't be surprised if I have a mixture since some were store bought as Madagascar bourban beans and others were from a food co-op that were sold in plastic baggies without the info.
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Post  camprn 12/14/2012, 11:03 am

daryl.weaver wrote:When I think about home made soap and candles, it brings to mind "hippies" from the 60's (which is ironic because they were widely derided for the LACK of soap use).
Just goes to show ya that stereo types clearly aren't always the result of factual awareness and logical thinking.

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Post  Triciasgarden 12/14/2012, 12:45 pm

llama momma wrote:I started in February. Here is the thread that someone started.

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t4537-make-your-own-vanilla-extract

I sure love being able to read discussions on different topics like the vanilla extract one. Thank you for bringing it back!
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