For those who need a balance between couch and projects, I share a few of my favorites that provide useful products and fresh food in the winter.
Make your own candles using recycled glass containers or old candle holders with some basic ingredients from the craft store - another reason to get our and shop for useful purposes in your home. We're getting ready to hit up candlemaking again this year (Mitch does enjoy a break from the couch for candles) using the instructions from last year's blog post on how to make you own candles.
Grow herbs and greens indoors! We have permanent rosemary and lavender plants that get transplanted every year or so and live inside all winter. This year we also brought our geraniums in and they are still flowering! The rosemary, lavender, and geraniums make a beautiful display in the south facing window for the rest of the herbs we are growing inside. Currently thyme and parsley grow happily in the extended light of mid-winter. Basil is growing in the kitchen sink window and I planted cilantro from seeds saved from the garden in the bathroom window. They are almost ready to transplant and join the main display.
We did try sprouts and failed miserably. Do not use micro green seeds for sprouts. I will try again with sunflower seeds and will save the rest of the micro green seeds for planting in a bowl in the coming weeks. Amaryllis bulbs are also soaking and we'll see what other inspirations spark my project energy at the Vermont Farm Show next week!