How to make cordage/rope (resources)

Cordage (rope and string) can be made from many fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, straw, Juncus. Each material has specific requirements for extracting and preparing the fibers, but there are only two basic ways for using the fibers to make a cord: braiding (or plaiting) and twining. Braiding was usually done with flat, split materials such as cattail or flattened straw. The instructions in this article will deal only with twining, specifically with two ply (S-twist, Z ply, also called right handed) cordage. Read more @

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Soap Just Soap

T and D Organics and Designs

This is the equation for our soap:


A crock pot + three different oils + distilled water + 5 extra minutes in the check out because I have to get carded to buy lye = soap

Seriously: In this town I am carded for lye and Visine Advanced but not for Sudafed…

Moving on…

T and I are getting away from processed EVERYTHING. We are growing our own food, making our own candles, our own soap and shampoo.

I’m getting into this whole “If I can’t read it I’m not using it” thing and not because I’m one of those tree hugging, environmentalist, hippy fascists- I just don’t like the idea of using something that I have no idea what it is, what it does or what it was originally for (ie the pesticides we currently use in commercial farming were originally nerve…

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Family Emergency Preparedness Manual-Free Kindle ebook

Family Emergency Preparedness Manual

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it. ~ Proverbs 27:12 Before an emergency happens….. PLAN…….PREPARE…….BE INFORMED This manual will help you and your family PLAN for an emergency, PREPARE your home, supplies and…