A great little carrying basket for your harvest trips through your garden. Dirt falls right through and you can even hose off vegetables outside for a neater trip inside. Comes in a variety of sizes to match your garden needs.
How geeky do you want to be in your gifts? How about a solar panel charger for your gadgets that you assemble yourself.
This 5W solar panel kit from Bootstrap solar is a gift twice over. First, your friend gets the cool factor of putting it together and then they get the geek factor of being able to charge their devices no matter where they are.
From the Bootstrap Solar Web Site…
Key Features Comparison
5W solar panel generates enough power to recharge an iPhone in as little as 2 hours
Supports up to two solar panels, for a total of 10W
A 6000mAh/22Wh battery, can hold 4-5x as much power as a smart phone’s internal battery
Two USB ports, outputs up to 1.5A.
Charge a smart phone in 1-1.5 hours!
It all fits in a bamboo enclosure, which is renewable and sustainable.
Comes as an easy to assemble DIY kit. All you need is some glue and a screw driver.
FIY (fix-it-yourself). All replacement components are available for sale individually.
This falls under my “Man, this would be sooooo cool to have it is wasn’t so expensive” rule of purchasing. Still, I am sure there are those among you who could make great use of the Nest to keep your house more comfortable and save money on your energy bills.
The Nest thermostat not only learns what your heating and cooling preferences are, but also uses its WiFi connection to learn what the weather forecast is for each day and uses that to manage your house’s temperature. Click through to read more about this amazing device.
Each year since 1992 we have hosted our Annual Christmas Cookie Party. For this I bake upwards of 70-80 dozen cookies of many varieties, cook up a 20qt pot of my special Christmas Chili and then invite all of our friends in for an all-day Open House.
This year I am going to try and document every cookie and candy I make on video and include all the recipes here. Since I have been working on the #KitchenParty show for Bakespace.com, I am finding I have a lot more to say — and shoot — about food. So, in that regard, here is the first installment in this year’s Cookie Party Prep!
This week on Kitchen Party… “How to take great food photos with Camilla Salem, the Founder and Creative Director at The Violet, a quarterly online women’s magazine. With the popularity of food blogging, pinterest and instagram, more people are taking snapping a photo of their meal than ever before. in fact, more than 10 million photos were uploaded to Instagram on Thanksgiving!
So grab your camera and join us on Thursday, November 29th at 5 pm pacific / 8 pm eastern for another #KitchenParty live chat.
HOW TO WATCH THE SHOW: Every Thursday a new show starts at 5pm PDT/8pm EDT. Every show has a new blog post where we post that week’s video and chat box. If you don’t want to miss an episode, subscribe to our google+ account or youtube pages. We’ll post the video here the day of so you can watch and join in the conversation.
JOIN THE CHAT: You can follow along on twitter by tapping into the #kitchenparty hashtag.
An older book, but a master work and a must-read regardless of your profession. Peter’s brings together all of his business insight over the last 20 years into a book that seems to touch on the past, the future and everything in-between.
As I have headed back into the garden recently, I remembered how much I like my Fiskars PowerGear Pruner. These have lasted for a long time with just a little sharpening every now and then. When I do the big rose pruning job at the end of each year, these are the pruners I want in my hand.
The bottom handle rotates as you close your hand and this helps to reduce the odd hand movements and stress that traditional pruners can cause. Even more, this tool allows me to attack much larger stems and branches than I probably should. I have never come close to breaking the blades or breaking them in any other way.
I love it when I find a tool that works. Sometimes I make the common mistake of buying a cheap product instead of something in the middle of the price curve. I am always disappointed when I do that and I have to remind myself that certain products are worth their price, even if you have to pay a little more for them.
Obsessive model maker, passionate defender of maker culture, and co-host of Mythbusters and Tested. Recorded in September 2012 at XOXO, an arts and technology festival in Portland, Oregon celebrating independent artists using the Internet to make a living doing what they love.