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!

Make-Do Curtain – Bohemian Style!

I injured my arm. And then the blind on the window overlooking my main sewing machine decided to jump off the track if I didn’t use both hands. So now the evil blind is in the trash and I made this curtain from two discarded cotton scarves. What do you think? I kind of like it.

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!

Make Your Own Hummus

Easy. Quick. Healthy. Vegan.

After learning to make my own hummus, I am embarrassed that I ever used store bought! 

This recipe is easy,  quick, and cheaper than buying premade. And to top it all off its healthier than most packaged products. Don’t have tahini? Don’t worry. You can make it without. 

Just whip it up and refrigerate. You will have fresh hummus all week to use on sandwiches, as a dip or in recipes. Great for parties too! What do you use hummus for?

Ingredients you will need:

  • 2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) (drained. I don’t remove the skins but if you prefer you can)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup roasted red pepper (I don’t recommend the kind in oil. Use the ones packed in water or make your own instead)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • cumin to taste (start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re not sure)
  • chili powder to taste  (start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re not sure)
  • 1/4 cup tahini (optional)
  • smoked paprika to taste  (optional – start with about 1/2 teaspoon if you’re unsure)

    In a blender blend chickpeas and olive oil. Add each ingredient one at a time and blend between each until final mix is smooth. 

    Place in an airtight container and refrigerate. 

    Yes, it’s that easy!


    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. 

    Quick and Easy Minor Quilt Repair

    Do you have a favorite quilt that is getting a little wore? Here is a quick and easy make-do way to fix small holes and imperfections in your favorite quilt.

    *Please note: I do NOT recommend using this technique for heirloom quilts that are not used daily. This is intended for use on everyday quilts that are used often. Using this technique may reduce the value of an heirloom quilt. Please contact a professional if your collectible quilt needs repairs.

    Supplies Needed:

    1 piece Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold adhesive
    1 small strip/scrap of matching fabric (find fabric as close as possible to the area of your quilt that needs repairs.

    Step 1:

    Cut a strip of heat and bond the width of your scrap fabric you are using to repair the quilt. I recommend using Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold (the package on the right). If you don’t mind a little hand sewing you can use the sewable type (shown on the left) but you will need to be careful to sew through only the TOP layer of your fabric. Otherwise the stitches will show on the reverse side of your quilt.
    quilt repair 5

    Here is an example of the strips I cut for this repair. The strip on the left is the fabric.  I used pieces from the original fabric which also contained small holes then cut around the holes.

    quilt repair 3

    Step 2:

    Follow directions on the Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold and iron the adhesive onto the scrap fabric. Remove the paper backing and make sure your adhesive is not shiny (see directions on package).

    Step 3:

    Cut strip into small pieces a little larger than the hole you are repairing. I do not recommend trying to repair a hold larger than 1/2 with this method or repairing a loose or ripped seam. (I will be adding a mini tutorial on how to do that later).

    quilt repair 1

    Step 4:

    Set the iron to the settings given in the Heat-n-Bond instructions. Iron the tiny patch onto the fabric. Allow to cool then check the edges to make sure it adhered correctly.

    If you were careful picking your scrap for repairing the hole the repair will be barely noticeable. If not, you could always add interesting fabrics as patches that match your quilt. Sometimes patches can add character.

    Did you like this mini make-do tutorial? Follow my blog or sign up for updates. I will be adding more quilt repair and some mini tutorials for repairing clothing with a similar technique.

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    Tangy Two Bean, Three Bean Summer Salad – A Make-do Recipe!

    This is an easy “make-do” recipe that you can throw together quickly with what you have in your pantry. It is easy to adjust to your individual taste and change up as often as you like. It is also vegan, pretty healthy and high in protein so we make it almost weekly as a quick meal or snack. Enjoy! And leave a comment if you change the recipe and let us know how it turned out.

    Mix and Match:
    1 can Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
    1 can Red Kidney Beans
    1 can Green Beans
    (We used garbanzo beans and kidney beans for the salad shown in the photo. Use two or all three. I like to always include the garbanzo beans though because they give it a crunch. You can also use home cooked beans as long as they aren’t cooked to the “mushy” stage)

    1/2 medium onion
    2-3 cloves of garlic
    1/8 cup chopped parsley
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    black pepper and salt to taste

    Mix it all up in a bowl. Chill in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving to mingle the flavors.

    The longer it chills the better it tastes!

    This is a truly make-do recipe. Don’t like one of the ingredients? Omit it. Too tangy for your taste? Reduce the vinegar.  And because you can use canned beans it makes a quick dish. We may even try adding some corn next time…

    Have a Daisy May Day!