Long about a year ago, the Small housecats ran with fleas. We went with Frontline, which cured the kitties, but probably wasn’t ecofabulous.

So, guess what: The little fuzzfaces are infested once again. While a bona fide flea killer can’t be brewed at home, flea repellent can be DIY’d from household ingredients, says Craftzine. Observe:

Could this help my catskys? Anyone out there ever test drive a similar recipe?


A Recipe for Oilcloth

July 10, 2009

Who doesn’t love oilcloth? That texture, that smell, that pattern, that swift-sternum-kick of nostalgia for your granny’s kitchen table. Too bad, though, duckies: all the newfangled oilcloth out there is coated in PVC (ick!) or some other petrol-based product, which makes the cloth neither earthy nor particularly human-healthy.

Imagine my Smallish delight, then, when I spied this Craftzine linkage on DIY oilcloth, made the trad way: cotton duck (or canvas) and linseed oil. It takes some doin’, but the results are way better than eating pretty peach pie off petroleum.

Mission for this week: lobby She Fights Like a Girl to share or sell her Harry Houdini portrait cross stitch pattern. Join the campaign! Canvass your neighbors!

I’ve free-handed cross stitch gifts in the past (vulgar ones that consisted of goofy bunnies and block letters — nothing to write home about, really), but I’m anxious about starting a portrait of the world’s greatest prison breaker. The likely outcome:

Will you help me?