Making Ripples

What’s Good For The Goose

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Natural scents, plants repel unwanted visitors AMANDA BANCROFT Making Ripples If you’d like to keep your garden organic but free of pests, or if you’re simply looking for a way to discourage pets from getting into trouble, there are plenty of easy-to-find natural repellents. There is also the option of making inexpensive sprays from scratch,…

Wren Renters — Making Ripples

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Wrens are creative, flexible nesters, just as happy in a potted plant as in a bird abode.

Nesting birds make great porch pals Wrens and porches just seem to go together. These birds create great entertainment with song, artful nests and home nature programming as they raise their young right before our eyes. In Northwest Arkansas, Carolina wrens are here year-round, but we also see the house wren because we’re in the…

Pushing Past Paper — Making Ripples

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Amanda Bancroft did this drawing of Costa Rica’s fiery-throated hummingbird for PRIDE month. It was her first drawing using drafting film, colored pencil and chalk.

Alternative surfaces help artists save trees For the adventurous nature lover and artist, treeless substitutions for paper are a brave new world. If you love trees and want to use less paper, these synthetic surfaces will charm anyone with the results they can produce. Many of them last for centuries, recycle plastic from the waste…

Cutting Your Party Footprint

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  Summer get-togethers can be sustainably satisfying Summer is a popular time for family reunions, church picnics, grilling outdoors, weddings and other events at parks or venues. Despite all the conventional ways they generate waste or pollution, summer parties don’t have to be unsustainable, and nobody has to be perfect to make a difference. Little…

Eco-Friendly Fries

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Photo by Amanda Bancroft
Homegrown lavender sweet potato fries.

Photo by Amanda Bancroft Homegrown lavender sweet potato fries.   Fried foods are delicious, but most people accept that they are treats, not healthy snacks. However, there are plenty of ways to reduce their unhealthy qualities by making them from scratch at home using local, organic ingredients. Homemade fries dispose of the need for disposable…