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1  Upside-down tomato planter from old rice container in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by purple_leopard on: May 23, 2011 02:31:51 AM
We finished a big tub of rice, and I kept the container, knowing I'd do something with it!  I decided to drill a hole in the base, fill with compost and plant a tomato plant (variety: Tumbling Tom) in it.  I have since wrapped a tea towel around it to protect the roots from the sun, and have hung it on a hanging basket stand.   Smiley

For the full story and photos, have a look at our blog!  http://canthack.org/2011/05/re-use-and-recycle-various-gardening-hacks/


Some photos of the plant in full bloom, with the addition of a tea towel to protect the roots from the sun!

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2  Wooden wine and port boxes turned into planters! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by purple_leopard on: May 02, 2011 12:32:23 PM
Our local Oddbins (wine/beer shop) was closing down and we popped in to grab some bargains.  
Sadly the booze was mostly sold! But we found these lovely wine and port boxes for 2 each.

I got them home, drilled holes in the bottom (badly!!!)  
...and planted a courgette plant in one, and the other will be for spinach and lettuce. Smiley

A photo of the other container with various varieties of lettuce, and spinach.  (Around it are pots of rocket.) 
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3  Wearable electronics (jumper gets Christmassy!) in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by purple_leopard on: November 28, 2010 01:31:34 PM
With a lot of help from a very patient friend, I had my first foray into electronics this weekend!  I decorated an unChristmassy jumper to make it festive, and adorned it with LEDs.  I created a circuit with LEDs, resistors and a battery pack, and sewed and glued them in place on my jumper.

See a picture of it, and a step-by-step guide of what I did, here: http://canthack.sdfsdfs.com/2010/11/ugly-christmas-jumper

Next week, I am hoping to add even more LEDs and make a matching hairband!  Let me know what you think.
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4  Pickled (canned) chillies - yumtastic :) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by purple_leopard on: October 04, 2010 02:25:00 PM
Made these pickled (or canned for our American friends!) home-grown chillies at the weekend.  Great fun and we're really looking forward to trying them when they're ready.  Haven't tried it before, but it's been a fun experiment Smiley

2x jars of whole chillies
1x sliced jalapenos

The one thing that I have learnt from growing your own chillies is...you can never grow too many!  40ish plants gave us a basinfull of chillies.

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5  Two necklaces made from scarves in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by purple_leopard on: September 24, 2010 12:22:04 PM
I made these the other day, using chiffon scarves and beads from an old necklace.  Hope you like!

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6  Seed starter plant pots made from toilet roll tubes in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by purple_leopard on: June 08, 2010 02:51:31 PM
My mum came up with a great idea...making seed starter plant pots out of toilet roll tubes!  Eco-friendly, biodegradable and uses up toilet roll tubes!  Wish I'd had them this year, I ended up using plastic glasses and yoghurt pots!  At least I have loads ready now for next spring.   Smiley

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7  Ubuntu Linux themed pizza! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by purple_leopard on: May 08, 2010 03:04:41 AM
We were having a very geeky Ubuntu Linux launch party for the Lucid Lynx launch, and I wanted to theme the food with the new colour theme...unfortunately it is purple and white, of which there isn't much food!

So I went for an Ubuntu logo pizza Smiley using pepperoni and orange peppers on a margherita base.  Hope you like it!  *sniggers geekily*

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