I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn't help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It's still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I'm making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!
Your handpacked lunch. Sore joints. Picnics. Having a quick source of cold is infinitely helpful for keeping what you need chilled, and doing it well.
As it turns out, you can make your own - infinately sizeable and shapeable - but just limited how water freezes by adding something with a much lower freezing point, like alcohol....both the rubbing and the, er, vodka kind.
So....with more than five pounds of cherries left from syrup making, I realized I was gonna have to get these dudes processable so that, come winter time, I'd be to able use them in a variety of ways. Creating pie filling for freezing was an option, as well as just throwing the cherries whole into the freezer, but I wanted to be able to keep them versatile for whatever...
Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.
To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice...
Where I live, it's cold outside. Really cold. Like -18 (-27.8C) ambient temperature cold. Seeing an image like this reminds me things could be worse. Much worse. Back in ‘05 the wind blew sea spray, which froze on contact, leaving this house in Plymouth, MA, cocooned in ice. Source. Image by Bill Peaslee via Weather Underground.
Have a peek at the pretty that is the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Different every year, it's built from ice taken from the nearby river and from snice (Snow. Ice. SNICE!) sprayed on huge metal forms. Once the basic shape is in place a BUNCH of different designers, artists and clever folks are shipped in from around the world to make each room unique. And, you know, mind-blowingly beautiful.
Here are a few of the highlights of this winter's Hotel.
Milky Way the exterior light/art installation. The lighting this year has been designed
These ice candles are super simple to make and the outcome is gorgeous. To make one, you'll need:
- a clean juice or milk carton
- candle wax
- melting pot
- candle thermometer
- wick or taper candle (the taper candle really the way to go)
- wax coloring and scent
To read the entire tutorial--as well as watch a video of the process, visit diynetwork.com. (The link to the video in at the bottom right side of the page.)
This article claims to offer a bunch of environmentally-sound methods of de-icing sidewalks. However, most of their tips are directed more at removing ice from your window (though they are good tips for doing so).
Luckily, the folks in the comments section offer great green ideas that seem much more fun than shoveling at six a.m.
- Pure urea fertilizer
- Fire place ash
- Baking soda on steps and walkways
- Just add sand for traction
- Ground leaves from the...
This time of year, ice becomes troublesome. Around here, it’s everywhere. Roads, roofs, sidewalks. A certain hatred develops. What’s it good for, really, besides keeping my drink cold? And who wants a cold drink when it’s 8 degrees outside, anyway? Do I even NEED ice cubes in my refrigerator's feezer for the next three months? Apparently so, if I’m to attempt any of these alternative uses for the frozen blocks.
Water Plants and Christmas Trees:...
"Gardeners, listen up. You need not stand by each fall while Jack Frost kills off your favorite tender plants one by one. You can rescue your plants from certain death by bringing them in for the winter. Coleus, begonias, and even heliotropes don't mind taking a holiday as houseplants. And once your plants are indoors, it's easy to make more with cuttings. On the following pages, we've laid out a strategy designed to keep your plants healthy...
Embrace your inner rock star and pick up these Cool Jazz ice cube guitar swizzle sticks, available at Verbena for 9 bucks. Just add water, freeze and slip into your favorite groupie’s drink. Party on.
What You Need
Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail
Small plastic jar or storage container
Stones, marbles, etc for weight
Votives or tea lights
Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes
What You Need to Do
1. Place smaller container in center of pail
2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight
3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container
4. Place bucket outside in freezing...