Posted in Daisy May Days on Etsy, Decorating, Home & Garden, Make-Do Tips, Sewing, Uncategorized

Ideas for old Christmas Linens and Fabrics

If you are like me you have lots of old Christmas towels, table cloths, napkins and other cloth items that have nostalgic value but no longer go well with your current decor or are just worn or stained from years of loving use. Have you considered creating a memory quilt with those items? Most people think of memory quilts as made of old clothing from a loved one but there are many different kinds of memory quilts. Some ideas would be to make place mats, table runners, decorative wall tapestries, or cheery holiday throw to wrap up in on a chilly night. 

If you try this send me a pic! I love seeing others creative ideas. 

Not ready to tackle a memory quilt on your own but still want one? I make all kinds of memory quilts. Contact me directly here or visit my Etsy shop Daisy May Days.

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Posted in Family, Make-Do Tips, Recipes

Summer Fruit Salad

Super easy, fast and yummy! This fruit salad has been updated from the fruit salads I remember as a child  to be a little healthier and easy. The only complaint I have about this salad is that it never lasts long enough! Perfect for picnics and last minute potlucks.

Easy recipe. Short prep time. Vegetarian. Vegan. 
Easy Summer Fruit Salad

  • 1 can mixed fruit – drained well (in light syrup or juice)
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple – drained well (in natural juice)
  • 1 small can Mandarin oranges  (optional) – well drained 
  • 1/2 – 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 
  • So Delicious CocoWhip – I don’t usually recommend brands but this is the best for this recipe I have found. No I’m not being paid for the recommendation. 
  • About 1 cup- Vegan mini marshmallows (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces (optional)
  1. Drain all fruit very well then mix together in a bowl. (If the fruit is not drained well your salad will be watery). 
  2. Add unsweetened coconut to taste. 
  3. Add vegan marshmallows to taste.
  4. Add pecan pieces.
  5. Mix CocoWhip until the mixture is  well coated. 
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. 

I recommend making a double batch if you plan on taking this to a potluck or party. It goes fast!

Have a Daisy May Day!

Posted in Home & Garden, Make-Do Tips, Natural Alternatives

My Testing Experience- Homemade Insect Spray on Ant Beds

I use natural alternatives to dangerous and environmentally harmful substances as often as possible. I have used this insect spray recipe to rid my bean plants of insects that were eating my plants in the past and it worked well. This year we had 3 huge anthills in three of our raised garden beds. We use those raised beds to grow food so it was important to me that we not use a commercial poison. So, even though I hadn’t heard of anyone using this mix for ants I thought I would give it a try. 

It worked! I only changed two things about the recipe. As a plant spray I strained the mix and used a spray bottle to apply it.  And I applied it in the evening and left it overnight. As an ant mix I did not strain the mix and I poured it directly into the anthill during the hottest time of the day. Be careful when doing this. Ants can come out of there quickly and be on you and stinging before you know it. Wear protective clothing and move away as soon as you finish pouring! Try this at your own risk! And please do not kill any creature unnecessarily, insect or not. The ants we used this on was blocking our vegetable beds and stinging us. 

Here’s the recipe:

  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine (fresh – don’t use powder)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp. Natural dish soap
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper

Mix with 1 quart warm water and steep at least one day. The longer it sits the stronger the mix. Strain it then use a spray bottle to treat plants or pour as-is if using on anthill. For ants, make sure anthill is saturated in order to reach the bottom of the hill. 

Have a Daisy May Day!

Posted in Home & Garden, Make-Do Tips

Make-Do Tip – Cleaning

Whether you want to save money, use safer chemical free cleaners or just ran out of your usual supplies. Here’s a quick make-do recipe for cleaning your floors. It cleans very well and deodorizes, sanitises and leaves behind a pleasant odor. 

I have personally used this cleaner on my (finished) 100 year old wood floors, vinyl flooring and tile. It worked great on all three but just to be safe I recommend testing on your floors in an inconspicuous area first. Also I have not tried this recipe on unfinished wood floors at all so if you try it please test first. 

Make-Do Homemade Floor Cleaner

All measurements are approximate. Adjust as needed. 

1.5 cups white vinegar

2 small squirts natural dish liquid or liquid Bastille soap

3-4 drops Rosemary essential oil

2 gallons water. 

Mix in a bucket and mop as usual.