Magical houses, made of bamboo | Elora Hardy

When I was nine years old, my mom asked me what I would want my house to look like, and I drew this fairy mushroom. And then she actually built it. (Laughter) I don’t think I realized this was so unusual at the time, and maybe I still haven’t, because I’m still designing houses. This is a six-story bespoke home on the island of Bali. It’s built almost entirely from bamboo. The living room overlooks the valley from the fourth floor. You enter the house by a bridge. It can get hot in the tropics, so we make big curving roofs to catch the breezes. But some rooms have tall windows to keep the air conditioning in and the bugs out. This room we left open. We made an air-conditioned, tented bed. And one client wanted a TV room in the corner of her living room.

Boxing off an area with tall walls just didn’t feel right, so instead, we made this giant woven pod. Now, we do have all the necessary luxuries, like bathrooms. This one is a basket in the corner of the living room, and I’ve got tell you, some people actually hesitate to use it. We have not quite figured out our acoustic insulation. (Laughter) So there are lots of things that we’re still working on, but one thing I have learned is that bamboo will treat you well if you use it right. It’s actually a wild grass. It grows on otherwise unproductive land — deep ravines, mountainsides.

It lives off of rainwater, spring water, sunlight, and of the 1,450 species of bamboo that grow across the world, we use just seven of them. That’s my dad. He’s the one who got me building with bamboo, and he is standing in a clump of Dendrocalamus asper niger that he planted just seven years ago. Each year, it sends up a new generation of shoots. That shoot, we watched it grow a meter in three days just last week, so we’re talking about sustainable timber in three years. Now, we harvest from hundreds of family-owned clumps. Betung, as we call it, it’s really long, up to 18 meters of usable length. Try getting that truck down the mountain. And it’s strong: it has the tensile strength of steel, the compressive strength of concrete. Slam four tons straight down on a pole, and it can take it. Because it’s hollow, it’s lightweight, light enough to be lifted by just a few men, or, apparently, one woman. (Laughter) (Applause) And when my father built Green School in Bali, he chose bamboo for all of the buildings on campus, because he saw it as a promise.

It’s a promise to the kids. It’s one sustainable material that they will not run out of. And when I first saw these structures under construction about six years ago, I just thought, this makes perfect sense. It is growing all around us. It’s strong. It’s elegant. It’s earthquake-resistant. Why hasn’t this happened sooner, and what can we do with it next? So along with some of the original builders of Green School, I founded Ibuku. Ibu means “mother,” and ku means “mine,” so it represents my Mother Earth, and at Ibuku, we are a team of artisans, architects and designers, and what we’re doing together is creating a new way of building. Over the past five years together, we have built over 50 unique structures, most of them in Bali. Nine of them are at Green Village — you’ve just seen inside some of these homes — and we fill them with bespoke furniture, we surround them with veggie gardens, we would love to invite you all to come visit someday.

And while you’re there, you can also see Green School — we keep building classrooms there each year — as well as an updated fairy mushroom house. We’re also working on a little house for export. This is a traditional Sumbanese home that we replicated, right down to the details and textiles. A restaurant with an open-air kitchen. It looks a lot like a kitchen, right? And a bridge that spans 22 meters across a river. Now, what we’re doing, it’s not entirely new. From little huts to elaborate bridges like this one in Java, bamboo has been in use across the tropical regions of the world for literally tens of thousands of years.

There are islands and even continents that were first reached by bamboo rafts. But until recently, it was almost impossible to reliably protect bamboo from insects, and so, just about everything that was ever built out of bamboo is gone. Unprotected bamboo weathers. Untreated bamboo gets eaten to dust. And so that’s why most people, especially in Asia, think that you couldn’t be poor enough or rural enough to actually want to live in a bamboo house. And so we thought, what will it take to change their minds, to convince people that bamboo is worth building with, much less worth aspiring to? First, we needed safe treatment solutions. Borax is a natural salt. It turns bamboo into a viable building material. Treat it properly, design it carefully, and a bamboo structure can last a lifetime. Second, build something extraordinary out of it. Inspire people. Fortunately, Balinese culture fosters craftsmanship. It values the artisan. So combine those with the adventurous outliers from new generations of locally trained architects and designers and engineers, and always remember that you are designing for curving, tapering, hollow poles. No two poles alike, no straight lines, no two-by-fours here.

The tried-and-true, well-crafted formulas and vocabulary of architecture do not apply here. We have had to invent our own rules. We ask the bamboo what it’s good at, what it wants to become, and what it says is: respect it, design for its strengths, protect it from water, and to make the most of its curves. So we design in real 3D, making scale structural models out of the same material that we’ll later use to build the house. And bamboo model-making, it’s an art, as well as some hardcore engineering. So that’s the blueprint of the house. (Laughter) And we bring it to site, and with tiny rulers, we measure each pole, and consider each curve, and we choose a piece of bamboo from the pile to replicate that house on site. When it comes down to the details, we consider everything. Why are doors so often rectangular? Why not round? How could you make a door better? Well, its hinges battle with gravity, and gravity will always win in the end, so why not have it pivot on the center where it can stay balanced? And while you’re at it, why not doors shaped like teardrops? To reap the selective benefits and work within the constraints of this material, we have really had to push ourselves, and within that constraint, we have found space for something new.

It’s a challenge: how do you make a ceiling if you don’t have any flat boards to work with? Let me tell you, sometimes I dream of sheet rock and plywood. (Laughter) But if what you’ve got is skilled craftsmen and itsy bitsy little splits, weave that ceiling together, stretch a canvas over it, lacquer it. How do you design durable kitchen countertops that do justice to this curving structure you’ve just built? Slice up a boulder like a loaf of bread, hand-carve each to fit the other, leave the crusts on, and what we’re doing, it is almost entirely handmade. The structural connections of our buildings are reinforced by steel joints, but we use a lot of hand-whittled bamboo pins. There are thousands of pins in each floor.

This floor is made of glossy and durable bamboo skin. You can feel the texture under bare feet. And the floor that you walk on, can it affect the way that you walk? Can it change the footprint that you’ll ultimately leave on the world? I remember being nine years old and feeling wonder, and possibility, and a little bit of idealism. And we’ve got a really long way to go, there’s a lot left to learn, but one thing I know is that with creativity and commitment, you can create beauty and comfort and safety and even luxury out of a material that will grow back.

Thank you. (Applause) .

Homemade Sushi | Fleur & Mike

Hello, guys, and welcome back to our kitchen. Today I’m so excited because we’re making sushi. Thank you so much to Elizebeth Pinchuk and Ceci Couture who requested that we make sushi. The main thing with sushi is actually the rice and we’ve made this in advance because it needs to be cold before you roll it, otherwise it will wreck the whole thing. So what we have done is cooked up our rice with rice wine vinegar. I’m actually gonna be making California roll. Mike’s inventing his own. I’m gonna pop my bamboo mat on there. I haven’t made sushi in a long time. I’ve made it before but I haven’t made it in about five years probably. And then you flip it over so you have a nice, flat cling film base. So mine, I have to do something really technical with. I just put it down and that’s it. Pass me the nori, please.

There you go. – We have the seaweed. Well, you make sure we got wet hands. Apparently, you should still be able to see some seaweed through your rice. I’m going to do exactly the same with my rice, though we’ll be doing something slightly different in a second. Need more water. Oh, you’re not wrong. You know what? I’m gonna put a mug of water for finger dipping right here.

Work well done, sous chef. I’m gonna leave a little lip. I’ve got a lip. It’s quite a fun sushi. It’s also quite fun to make with little kiddies, if you have any kiddies, or any nieces or nephews. So then I’m gonna flip mine over because mine is gonna be inside out. Ooh, don’t know if I’d be doing that right now. Are you ready? I’m gonna start to fill mine up, so I’m kind of doing my own crazy mixtures. So I’m gonna start with some prawns. So I’m gonna measure how much chive I want, which is about yae much and you pop. So I’m gonna add some cream cheese in. Mike, that is way too much cream cheese. No, it’s not, this is gonna be good. Can I have a little bit of cream cheese for mine? You’re not allowed any ’cause you didn’t request it. This is not your cream cheese. It’s my cream cheese, it’s my recipe. Fine. Now I’m just putting some wasabi all the way along. Now it doesn’t look like I put much on, but trust me, it will knock your socks off.

I’m gonna take a piece of cucumber like this and then I’m gonna pop it… pop it in the middle. I’m also gonna take some avocado and then I’m also taking my seafood sticks, you can use fresh crab if you want, but it’s pretty hard to find. Section off a bit, ’cause you don’t want a whole one, you probably want like a half of one. This is how we roll. You take it and roll it over.

This is not gonna work. – It’s the moment of truth. You’ve got to squish it together ’cause the avocado needs squishing down. Squish it like that. Or maybe it will. And then you take it over and you roll it again to the edge and you squish it so it’s kind of square. Interesting. And moment of truth. Are we ready for this? So yours has turned out pretty well. There’s a slight issue on the basis that you’ve done this before, I have not. You have, you’ve done it with me before. Never. I’ve never actually rolled one. I’ve never rolled one. He’s lying to you. He’s copying me. He wouldn’t have done this otherwise. I would have done this exactly what I knew what to do. Copying me again. Whatever. And then… It does look really tasty. A little bit of water on the edge, which Fleur didn’t note to do, which I did.

There we go. Right. Let’s take these off and let’s make some more. And then we can get chopping. I’m gonna add… Smoked ham and cream cheese and cucumber. Okay, I’m going for a veggie one, which is, just using all the vegetables. Smoked salmon. Mine’s gonna be awesome. Nice. – Over filled. See, your technique doesn’t work. Gonna squish it out in the end. Whereas mine on the other hand…

Oh, wait. I forgot to turn it over. So it’s not gonna like yours. Yours looks rubbish now, mine looks amazing. That… Just wrap it in another piece of seaweed. That’s cheating. It’s not. You snooze you lose. There’s cream cheese everywhere. It’s chopping time. You’re doing the chopping. Wet knife, wet fingers because you don’t want to stick to everything. I’m gonna chop the end off first and discard that because we do not want it.

Goodbye. This is the one I’m excited about. – This is Mike’s original one. – This is my original new style. It looks good. So I’m gonna put some ginger on here and I’m gonna put a massive lump because I know Fleur loves her ginger. I’m also gonna add some wasabi and I’m gonna add a big chunk of this ’cause I like a lot of wasabi on mine. And then some soy sauce for dipping. So excited. Can we eat them? Now please. We can. We can eat them now. It’s the moment of truth. I’ve got mine. My favourite food in the world. It’s amazing. I’m not holding back, I’m going for a second.

Can we make sushi at home all the time? Hmm. If you haven’t already subscribed, then please do. And a massive shout out as well to Elizabeth Pinchuk and Ceci Couture for recommending this recipe, because I really wanted to make sushi anyway sp. Mm, good recipe. – Thank you. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments section below. And we will see you next Wednesday. Bye, guys. – Bye. .

Underground House – DIY | How to build a house under the ground

Hey Guys What’s up friends? It’s me the Interesting and I’m Ficus You have asked us to make a house under the ground And today we’ll do it And if you, Yes, You haven’t subscribed to our channel yet Make sure to do it right now So let’s get started Guys, we need to dig a big pit. You can understand And for this we need a shovel, right? Let’s take 2 of them Now both of us have a separate shovel Stop it, People are looking at us So guys, now we are removing the top layer of the soil with grass when our house will be ready, we’ll lay a roof on the top in order to disguise it so that it’ll be not visible Snowman for the Poor It digs quite well but still it’s difficult.

We’ve already been digging around for 3 hours Guys, we are so tired of digging that we realized that this is really difficult so we decided to call an Excavator Guys, this is the fastest transport in the world Sergey, can you imagine this land is thousand years old Really? Maybe we’ll find some caveman there I need your clothes I’ll be back We thought that we can dig up such a pit by ourselves But we couldn’t Whoa, amazing Its cool, isn’t it? Guys, really cool Guys, today we’ll not have time to do anything, so tomorrow we’ll start constructing our house Yes, and it’ll be beautiful It’ll be really awesome, guys Look how high it is, exactly an outstretched arm Really It seems to me, we overdid it Guys, our venue can’t be changed and we’re back in the hardware store In my favorite “Leroy Merlin” Damn! It’s very difficult to choose the boards.

All of them are with knots, so they need to be chosen accurately Guys, without my help they can’t do anything, really For our house we took a cypress. It smells very cool. But you know it’s a street plant so later we’ll place it outside Guys, we have fully packed up the car with the goods from which we will make our house It’s really full.

Look at the top These are OSB sheets from which we’ll make the framework Today really we’ve got a lot of things and above all there are more passengers today so we don’t have enough space in the car Alight, Hurry up! Let’s move, we need to build the house How should we call our tree? Arthur? Is it suitable name? We watched a movie about King Arthur Yes, exactly Guys, I think you all know about the movie King Arthur, we really enjoyed watching it. Alright guys, we have arrived to the pace with all the materials From which we will construct our house And everything is so calculated, so now we should start the construction And what do you think we should do first? Well at first we need to make a ladder Then start making it And now I am leveling the walls, so that these boards fit well inside We’ve already done with the floor Guys, It’s started raining. We need to do it faster It’s already so cozy feeling inside Here we go Our box is ready. Only thing left is to put the roof and make some decor in the house so that we feel inside cozy and comfortable Aren’t you scared? No I can already imagine the picture.

Here we have the shelves, tables and chairs. It all closes and it has a small hole leading outwards This is for the fresh air to enter inside the house because we’ll close it completely. And in case of rain or something, there will be ventilation We have already begun to paint the walls of our house Look, What happened to this! You had such a nice shoes Yes, it was nice Well it’s an acrylic paint, everything will be ok Aha, need to clean them Guys, now it’s time to cover this area with soil so that our house will be unnoticeable for others Wow! Cool I heard something sputtering.

I thought that you are going to cover me inside Come and have a look inside, I’ve almost painted it and it looks cool Wow, it’s so awesome and cozy inside Wow, we got here Christmas tree Christmas tree- Arthur, guys! Woah! Superb! but who is it? This is drawn by Ira. It’s you and Ficus It’s really nice I really like it, guys Just the halo from above, it’s clearly not about him It’s exactly about me We bought such big solar lighting lamps, which are charged from the Sun and lights at night It’s just perfect, because here we have got such holders You take it from the street, put it here and you’ll have a light at home. So now we let it charge to use it later Guys, we’ll really have an exhaust fan. We bought such a fan which we’ll fix it over here Here it is And now we fix it here. So guys we have such a fan inside. It will be pump in fresh air when the door is closed Cool Fresh air from the street This is protection against mad drunkards and drug addicts Wow, it worked immediately Yes So bright! Don’t even have to close anything Just because it’s already dark here I’m terribly tired today But I’m very glad that we made this house.

I have incredible emotions. I just can’t show them, because I’m very tired We did everything in this house to make it comfortable for living. You look at this wall. It’s really kick-ass Roughly speaking, this is not a wall, it’s like a studio You can bring here people for photography and make some money. It’ll be cool, right? Everything is stylish. By the way, it’s Dima who was actually designed the interior So without his help, it wouldn’t have been so attractive inside No, It was actually a good team work Ok, we were an excellent team Today you need to spend the night here, remember? Yes, by tradition Did you hear it guys? It’s the exhaust fan working. Really it can be felt Can you imagine? Here you can even walk. In the evening, anybody can pass around it and nothing will fall apart He won’t even notice it. Yes, that’s true Yes Well, it’s necessary to moisten a little bit with water so that the grass would be well sprouted.

And then it will be completely unnoticeable as everything will grow together with the ground and it’ll be alright Guys, agree with us that we got a cool underground house. Yeah? I thought that our house would be 3 times smaller We are delighted and hope you are too. So please give it a like Yes guys, please support this video and leave your comments down below Write us guys, what kind of house should we make next? We really like this category.

So subscribe to the channel Click on the bell to not miss out the new videos Thanks for watching Bye everyone .

Homemade Sushi | Fleur & Mike

Hello, guys, and welcome back to our kitchen. Today I’m so excited because we’re making sushi. Thank you so much to Elizebeth Pinchuk and Ceci Couture who requested that we make sushi. The main thing with sushi is actually the rice and we’ve made this in advance because it needs to be cold before you roll it, otherwise it will wreck the whole thing. So what we have done is cooked up our rice with rice wine vinegar. I’m actually gonna be making California roll. Mike’s inventing his own. I’m gonna pop my bamboo mat on there.

I haven’t made sushi in a long time. I’ve made it before but I haven’t made it in about five years probably. And then you flip it over so you have a nice, flat cling film base. So mine, I have to do something really technical with. I just put it down and that’s it. Pass me the nori, please. There you go. – We have the seaweed. Well, you make sure we got wet hands. Apparently, you should still be able to see some seaweed through your rice. I’m going to do exactly the same with my rice, though we’ll be doing something slightly different in a second. Need more water. Oh, you’re not wrong. You know what? I’m gonna put a mug of water for finger dipping right here. Work well done, sous chef. I’m gonna leave a little lip. I’ve got a lip. It’s quite a fun sushi. It’s also quite fun to make with little kiddies, if you have any kiddies, or any nieces or nephews. So then I’m gonna flip mine over because mine is gonna be inside out. Ooh, don’t know if I’d be doing that right now. Are you ready? I’m gonna start to fill mine up, so I’m kind of doing my own crazy mixtures.

So I’m gonna start with some prawns. So I’m gonna measure how much chive I want, which is about yae much and you pop. So I’m gonna add some cream cheese in. Mike, that is way too much cream cheese. No, it’s not, this is gonna be good. Can I have a little bit of cream cheese for mine? You’re not allowed any ’cause you didn’t request it. This is not your cream cheese. It’s my cream cheese, it’s my recipe. Fine. Now I’m just putting some wasabi all the way along. Now it doesn’t look like I put much on, but trust me, it will knock your socks off. I’m gonna take a piece of cucumber like this and then I’m gonna pop it… pop it in the middle. I’m also gonna take some avocado and then I’m also taking my seafood sticks, you can use fresh crab if you want, but it’s pretty hard to find.

Section off a bit, ’cause you don’t want a whole one, you probably want like a half of one. This is how we roll. You take it and roll it over. This is not gonna work. – It’s the moment of truth. You’ve got to squish it together ’cause the avocado needs squishing down. Squish it like that. Or maybe it will. And then you take it over and you roll it again to the edge and you squish it so it’s kind of square. Interesting. And moment of truth. Are we ready for this? So yours has turned out pretty well. There’s a slight issue on the basis that you’ve done this before, I have not. You have, you’ve done it with me before. Never. I’ve never actually rolled one. I’ve never rolled one. He’s lying to you. He’s copying me. He wouldn’t have done this otherwise. I would have done this exactly what I knew what to do.

Copying me again. Whatever. And then… It does look really tasty. A little bit of water on the edge, which Fleur didn’t note to do, which I did. There we go. Right. Let’s take these off and let’s make some more. And then we can get chopping. I’m gonna add… Smoked ham and cream cheese and cucumber. Okay, I’m going for a veggie one, which is, just using all the vegetables. Smoked salmon. Mine’s gonna be awesome. Nice. – Over filled. See, your technique doesn’t work.

Gonna squish it out in the end. Whereas mine on the other hand… Oh, wait. I forgot to turn it over. So it’s not gonna like yours. Yours looks rubbish now, mine looks amazing. That… Just wrap it in another piece of seaweed. That’s cheating. It’s not. You snooze you lose. There’s cream cheese everywhere. It’s chopping time. You’re doing the chopping. Wet knife, wet fingers because you don’t want to stick to everything. I’m gonna chop the end off first and discard that because we do not want it. Goodbye. This is the one I’m excited about. – This is Mike’s original one. – This is my original new style. It looks good. So I’m gonna put some ginger on here and I’m gonna put a massive lump because I know Fleur loves her ginger. I’m also gonna add some wasabi and I’m gonna add a big chunk of this ’cause I like a lot of wasabi on mine. And then some soy sauce for dipping. So excited. Can we eat them? Now please.

We can. We can eat them now. It’s the moment of truth. I’ve got mine. My favourite food in the world. It’s amazing. I’m not holding back, I’m going for a second. Can we make sushi at home all the time? Hmm. If you haven’t already subscribed, then please do. And a massive shout out as well to Elizabeth Pinchuk and Ceci Couture for recommending this recipe, because I really wanted to make sushi anyway sp. Mm, good recipe. – Thank you.

If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments section below. And we will see you next Wednesday. Bye, guys. – Bye. .

This is a Computer? — Game LÜT

Pull your limited edition Resident Evil sake and Ace Attorney wine out of a Fallout Nuka Cola Mini Fridge because I’m Jake and this is Game LÜT! Get comfortable in a Loki Cardigan and put your incredibly awesome Super Nintendo sneakers made with actual SNES controllers up on this furniture. Wait a second…that furniture is actually an entire gaming PC. Wow! The Volta V is a beautiful and expensive computer with a case made entirely out of wood. You can get it in either walnut or bamboo and choose the components that suit your needs best. But if the cost for this work of art is a tad bit too pricey, then check out this excellent angular art by Ale Giorgini. Now go super saiyan with a Goku lamp or if you want to heal yourself try a LED potion desk light.

But if potions aren’t in your game, how about a Mario Mushroom which is actually a radish made to look like one using this Radish Shaper. Fun radish fact: radishes have an enzyme called allyl isothiocyanates which give it its tangy taste. It’s also found in mustard and wasabi. Now you can write this fact down on a note and then organize it with Justice League Paper Clips. They’re super…man. Instead of shaping radishes, slice them with a Mass Effect Omni-Blade made from orange resin and complete with a flip out blade. Speaking of Mass Effect, stand in front of some water valves wearing Mass Effect board shorts or an N7 bikini. It’s the perfect way to show off your muscular body, or you could use Street Fighter 2 Muscle figures like these for Vega, Ryu and M. Bison. But it’s still cold out so cover yourself with a Legend of Zelda hooded bathrobe and link it together with a Return of the Jedi opening crawl scarf to stay on the warm side. We should probably get fully dressed, so which shirt shall it be? A Death Note Akira mashup? Or how about letting everyone know you can do a barrel roll with a Fox McCloud’s Tactical Flight School shirt? Oh wait, why not this Attack on Endor one that’ll go great with your C-T3A-PO tea bag holder.

Ok now that’s a lot of LÜT so you might need a Space Invader Arcade Cabinet Backpack to hold it all. Walkin down the street with that baby on your back will make everyone passing by Marvel….bed sheets. Links to all the Lüt can be found in the description below and if you want more Game Lüt, there’s a playlist right over here. Alright, I’m going to go chase a ball or do something And as always, thanks for watching. And I am gonna go check you out, right now.

Oh yeah. Dont…wait. Stop. Yeah that’s right. Links to all the Lüt can be found in the description BLABLABLABLA Links to all the Lüt can found in the description bel…*weird noise* I don’t think he can fit in there. Alright is it…is it good? Paperclips! Because I’m Jake and this… You didn’t like this? Because I’m Jake… Because I’m Jake…you’re a little slow over there. Are we ready? Yeah sure go for it. Okay everyone be quiet! Is this where the camera is? .

How to Make Zongzi 粽子 (Bamboo Sticky Rice Dumpling) | Dragon Boat Festival

(music playing) Hey guys, it’s Angel. Today I’m going to show you how to make Bamboo Wrapped Sticky Rice also known in Mandarin as Zongzi. Now in Taiwanese we call Zongzi (Bahzhang) and the reason why I’m showing you how to make this is because Dragon Boat Festival is coming up soon. Now if you guys aren’t familiar with Dragon Boat Festival it’s actually an annual celebration most famously known for Dragon Boat racing and also the sticky rice so I’m really excited to share this recipe with you and share this annual tradition with you.

And if you’re interested in learning more about the history of Dragon boat day or Dragon Boat Festival my grandfather gave me a translation that he wanted me to share with you guys and I will post a link to that on my blog. So with that, let’s get started. Let’s start with the bamboo leaves. Now this recipe makes a dozen Zongzi, which means we will need at least 24 leaves that’s 2 leaves for each Zongzi that we’re going to be wrapping. So I highly recommend that you wash and prepare about 30-35 because as you go through the washing process you’ll notice that some will break or some may not be the ones that you thought they were, not the right size, so definitely wash and prepare more. You can start by soaking your bamboo leaves in hot water for about 30 minutes. Now they will float in your sink so you might need to put something heavy like a pot or a plate on top so that way they stay submerged in the water. After 30 minutes they should have absorbed water and become super soft, so then what you’ll need to do is take a clean dry sponge, wipe and clean off both sides of the bamboo, and that’s just to wash off any dirt.

Then, bring a pot of water to a boil, and like to add a little bit of vinegar and a couple pinches of salt to help with the disinfecting, then put your bamboo leaves in stem first. Let that gently boil and soften up, and once that’s soft you can go ahead and fold over or submerge the entire leaf. Let that boil for 20 minutes and add more water if needed.

Once that’s done cooking go ahead and rinse with cold water, and if you need to use some scissors to trim off the ends. Sometimes the stem will be a little bit too long, or sometimes the top of the leaf will be a little bit frayed. So go ahead to give that a quick trim to make it all nice and neat. Now, if you’re like me you can do what I did the other day and prepare and wash your bamboo leaves the night before, and just put them in a plastic baggie while they’re still moist and put them in the fridge.

Now, for the ingredients. Let’s start with the meat. Sticky rice is typically filled with pork so, you can use pork belly or lean pork shoulder. Sometimes I also like to add Chinese Sausage, so I’m going to cut up a few sausage links too. Since this is your recipe, you can also add other ingredients like salted duck egg yolk, boiled peanuts, and even chestnuts. And to give this more flavor we’ll also need half a cup of dried shrimp, one cup of dried mushrooms. I’m using these really cute small ones so I can put 2-3 in each wrap. Half a cup of dried shallots, two tablespoons of cane sugar, one teaspoon of salt, a quarter teaspoon of five spice powder, and a quarter cup of low sodium soy sauce. Let’s start by mixing the soy sauce with four tablespoons of water reserved from soaking the dried shrimp. Then, add your cane sugar, the salt, five spice powder, and stir to mix as best you can.

Next, prepare the rice. I’m using 3 cups of glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice. Wash and rinse your rice really well, before letting it soak in filtered water for 20 minutes. Now, let’s cook. Preheat a non-stick pan on low heat and add a bit of oil. Or it’s best to use pork fat if you have some one hand. Add your rice and stir fry for 2-3 minutes to make the rice more fragrant. Feel free to add tiny bits of water if needed to help prevent the rice from sticking to the pan. When you’re done, transfer the rice to bowl. Next let’s cook the filling. Start by browning your pork and your sausage. Add the dried shrimp and shallots too at this time since they take a while to soften. After browning, add your sauce mixture and cook until a small amount of liquid remains. That’s when we’ll add the mushrooms.

Then continue to stir fry until the sauce is glistening and has fully caramelized, then transfer to a bowl while we prepare our string. Now one of the signature technique and looks of bamboo sticky rice is the string wrapping. So here’s how I suggest tying them: Using a ball of cotton twine, find a place in your kitchen to hang your string. This is super helpful. Then measure about 27 inches of string length from top to bottom and wrap 6 times, which will give you 12 strings to hang your Zongzi from, because remember we’re making a dozen. Cut the string and cut again and now you will have 12 evenly length strings. Next, remove the string bundle and tie a knot leaving a loop as a hook at the top. Now, this is kind of hard to describe so I’ll just let you watch and follow along. Once you’ve looped your knot, tighten and check to see if you’ve done this right by pulling one string on each side of the bundle. If the loop and knot doesn’t move then you’ve successfully tied you’re string. Now, it’s time to wrap. Pick 2 bamboo leaves of similar size and shape and layer them slightly overlapped one over the other, steam and tip facing at opposite ends.

I usually like to place the smaller one on time facing closest to me. Then, fold into a cone shape and add a bit of rice, on top of that your pre-cooked filling, and then topped with more rice, making sure to pack everything in tightly. Once you’re done carefully fold the top over then the sides, and finally the top of the bamboo leaves making a triangle shape. Next, go to your hanging string bundle and place the bamboo wrap about halfway up, wrapping the string around once and pulling down firmly making sure that it’s snug. Bring the string up to tie a knot leaving a bit of tail at the end so it’s easy to unwrap when we’re ready to eat. Continue to make your Zongzi and wrap all of them up until you have made your full dozen.

In the end, your bundle should look like this. Now it’s time to cook. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and gently place your sticky rice bundle into the boiling water, including all of the string. We’ll want to cover with a lid and boil for 1 hour and 25 minutes or until the sticky rice is cooked and done. During this time feel free to add more water if needed. Once it’s done cooking remove the bundle and let it cool on a plate for a few minutes. To serve, just pull on the string end to untie, unwrap the bamboo leaves and serve your sticky rice with a side of sweet chili sauce or spicy chili sauce. So this is how you make bamboo wrapped sticky rice for Dragon Boat Day. It’s definitely worth it, it’s smells amazing. I can smell the bamboo infused rice and I can’t wait to eat this. Now if you love eating these, I highly recommend that you double the recipe and make 2 dozen because they do go quickly and the great thing about these is that they freeze really well. Just put them in a plastic bag, you can put them in the freezer they last for a couple months then when you want to go eat them again, just defrost them, for a couple hours and you are good to go, to either reheat in the microwave or you can steam them again.

I hope you guys like this recipe, please share this video with anyone else who you think might be interested in Dragon Boat Festival or how to make Zongzi. I’m really hoping that together we can keep this recipe and these traditions alive. Until then, have a Happy Dragon Boat Festival and I will see you guys next time. Bye! .

Sleeping Pad – NO Fire Retardants! Northern Naturals

Guitar Music Playing Softly Sleeping Pad Video So you can rest easy Hello my name is Lynda Leonard and I am the owner of Northern Naturals. I wanted to invite you into my home and into my living room and show you this sleeping mat. I am really happy with this product. One of the wonderful things about it is that it is a great alternative to a futon partly because it rolls up so easily and its smaller and its easier to store. They have these straps on it so its easy to tie it and keep it together. And as I roll this out you get to see that it is about the size of a twin bed. It’s made with 100% cotton batting… and its got a 100% cotton cover on it which has a really nice weight to it so that it is very, very durable and very, very strong.

It comes in both a conventional and organic cotton. So here’s a product that is durable, it’s going to last a really long time. It’s 100% cotton and it got 100% cotton fill to it. It’s easy to roll up . It’s easy to store. It makes for a great lounging mat. It makes for a great sleeping mat. And, The other thing I really like about it is that there are no fire retardants. So there is no out gassing, and there is no chemical smell at all. So we feel we have a great little product here and we are delighted to share it to you.

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Don’t Let Your Mattress Steal Your Sleep – Purple

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Kerf Bending Plywood – DIY Ottoman Table Build

The problem: Ottomans take up space, no room for coffee table. Ripping 16″ section off birch plywood panel. Marking the center to find where the corners will be. Seven kerfs spaced 1/4″ apart. Raising blade to leave just 1/8″ of material. Scariest part! Running the plywood to cut the kerf. Phew! Cutting the rest of the kerfs. Test bend. Set depth of circular saw to almost bite through. Plunge cut. These create space for hidden splines. Test bend. Scrap hardwood ripped to fit in the circular saw kerf. Cutting out splines. Ready for the glue up! Apply a lot of glue! Clamp and check for square. Insert splines and let dry for a few days. Old desk leg, apply adhesive and sandpaper. Perfect for cleaning up the inside curves. Fill any left over voids. Sand smooth. Not bad! Placing together leaves a void.

Let’s fix it! Marking so it will be flush with the flat surfaces. Cut out on the bandsaw. Round edges on disc sander. Creating the center strip. Setting blade to cut 15° Slicing one side. Flip and slice other side. I went as far as needed, killed the table saw and took out the piece rather than run it entirely through unsafely. That’ll do. Marking out the profile for a lap joint. Cutting out on the bandsaw. Gluing in place. Apply polyurethane. Line inside with a slippery material. Trim flush with razor blade. It fits! This one fits too! Move two together to add the flush insert. Glamor shots. .

Put Vinegar On Your Plants And This Will Happen

There’s a handy ingredient probably sitting in your pantry just waiting to provide an array of super benefits Vinegar did you know you can safely use this ingredient in the Garden to? Check out a few clever ways you can use vinegar white and apple cider where your veggies and plants spend their days one Vinegar Kills weeds Instead of spending a lot of money on toxic chemicals to get rid of the weeds in your garden pour Apple Cider Vinegar directly on the weeds The acetic acid will stop weed growth without damaging the soil To get rid of ants ants don’t like the smell of vinegar so you can keep them at bay by mixing one part water and one part vinegar in a spray bottle and attacking ant hills with the solution both white vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar work well three fresh and flowers Cut a pretty bouquet of flowers from your garden and keep them fresh by adding two tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of sugar to a quart of water and add your flowers for feed your plants some plants like Gardenias Holly and begonias thrive on Acidic soil you can give those plants some extra Love by Spritzing a mixture of one gallon of water with one cup of white vinegar five test the Ph level of Your soil the Acid levels in your soil can affect how well plants grow You can run a simple test on your dirt by placing a bit of soil in a container And then adding half a cup of vinegar if the vinegar begins to fizz and bubble the soil is too alkaline add Sulfur or peat moss to even out the soils acidity 6 remove Allergens from your hands if you’ve been digging in the dirt with your bare hands Make sure to rinse your hands with white distilled vinegar The Vinegar will remove Allergens and other Debris so you don’t start itching 7 keep common pets out of your garden Animals that love to get in your garden like raccoons rabbits moles rodents and Deer also Happen to hate the smell of vinegar.

So it will keep them out naturally without causing them harm All you have to do is slip a few rags in your apple cider vinegar and place them strategically throughout your garden reese oak them once a week to make sure they maintain their maximum effectiveness and eight clean pots mix one part water one part white distilled vinegar Soap glazed Clay or plastic plots in the solution for at least an hour to remove stains and mineral deposits Have you ever used vinegar in your yard, please share your experience in the comments below? .

$139 Plane Seat Vs. $24,000 Plane Seat

– Dude, Ben, have you seen this video? Casey Neistat 21 thousand dollar– what? There’s a shower here? – Yeah, nah, I have seen this. It’s unreal. It’s the OG suite video. Why don’t you just do that? Why don’t you do a planes one? Isn’t that how Worth It works? You just see cool shit on the internet, and you’re like, “Buzzfeed, pay for me to do that.” – Maybe, is that how this works? – You tell me.

Isn’t this your show? Wait, are we on your show right now? – Are we? – You know what I hate about airplane bathrooms is the flush sound. (imitation toilet flushing) – Today, on Worth It Lifestyle, we’re gonna try three different airlines at three drastically different price points to find out which one is the most worth it at its price. – Worth it! I’m all about vacation, traveling, I love it more than anything.

My least favorite part of it is the plane. – I do have a treat for you today. Not gonna be flying on an overbooked airline. Isn’t that crazy how that’s a treat, though? Airplane! Alex, look at the airplane. It’s gone now. It’s too late. You missed it. (jazzy music) – My name is Jamie Perry, I’m the Vice President of Marketing for JetBlue. You’re gonna be flying on Airbus A321 aircraft from LAX in Los Angeles to JFK in New York.

JetBlue’s been around for just over 17 years. We were founded with the intention of bringing humanity back to travel. Bit more space, free Tvs, free Wi-Fi now, snacks and beverages for customers, no overbooking, just being a bit more human in the way we treat people. – What happens if someone is caught joining the Mile High Club on JetBlue Airlines? – Well, that doesn’t happen as often as you would think, but it’s something we discourage. Have a look in the lavatory, I’m sure you’ll understand why it’s not as easy as some people might think it is. When you design the interior of aircraft, you notice that there is very little that you can actually change. We have made a lot of little tweaks to our aircraft over the years that are designed to improve the customer experience. It’s a little thing here, a little thing there, but it all aggregates up. – Can you tell me about JetBlue’s pricing? – We try to be the cheapest or close to being the cheapest.

We certainly intend to offer you a far better experience than anybody else does at a better price. – You know what I actually want on an airline? And this sounds kinda crazy, is a straight-jacket. – You just wanna be like a baby swaddled up. – Yes. – You need a nice little pacifier. Have someone tuck you in. (upbeat music) So these look brand new. It’s like premium leather. They even have like the leather padded belt.

– They have the folding up headrest. (moaning) – I think I’m gonna join the Mile High Club with this seat right here. – No. Your first thoughts. Go. – It seems like I’ve never been on an airplane before, but I just can’t believe that I can actually do this. – It’s the things you take for granted, you know. Also, Alex is freaking out over this guy right here. Cup-holders. – It’s the little things that make all the difference. – This is truly the most leg I’ve ever had. – We’re in coach. – Buckle up, soldier. It’s gonna be quite a ride.

(seatbelt clicking) Wait, this isn’t– this is two of the same one. (drums rolling) Do they have my game on? – Yes, they do. – What? Usually I hate getting on planes ’cause you get disconnected from the world, but we stayed plugged in. Can I get cookies and Cheez-Its? Thank you very much. – You’re welcome. – I’ll just get Cheez-Its, please. I asked for one, he gave me two. That’s a good guy right there. – Doesn’t get better. – Cheers. (drum rolls) – Welcome to Ben’s Bathroom Breakdown here at JetBlue. Pretty close quarters, very clean. (toilet flushing) Clean, small, functional. One thumb up. Let’s get the meals going here. – I got the Soba with the Korean-style chicken. – I got the grilled chicken with brie cheese sandwich. The chicken is delicious, brie is delicious. The bread could be a little bit fresher.

– This one was really good. People are sleeping so I’m gonna whisper Flight Fact. – I say you just let it out there. – Did you know that when you’re flying, you actually taste things differently than when you’re on land. Your senses are dulled when you’re in the air. – So you’re saying if I ate my sandwich on land, it wouldn’t tasted impossibly better. Maybe that’s why all flight food gets a bad rap. – So we’ve been flying for four hours now. As comfortable as these seats are, sitting in one place for this long makes me restless. – I’m just ready to get out of this seat. – And those are the cabin’s fasten seatbelt sign. – Do not like bumping. (beeping) – I don’t mind it. What’s the worst that could happen? – I’m ready to check this one off.

I’m in a cab on my way to surprise my family who has no idea that I’m in New York right now. Hi! (child laughing) – Apple. Apple. – I stole some snacks from JetBlue. Hey yo! Wait, how’s your baby? – I don’t have a baby. – Are you sure? – I have two baby sisters, and they really made the trip worthwhile. – You mean worth it? – Damn it. – Alright, so we’re on our way to Surf Air which is our second airline. We’re going to the nice area, Santa Barbara. – Just try not to die. – Hey, hey, hey, stop saying that. Alex, can you knock on Ben? – Hi, I’m Sudhin Shahani, the Chairman and CEO of Surf Air.

We’re at the Hawthorne Hanger, and you guys are gonna be flying to Santa Barbara today. – Oh yeah. And what is Surf Air? – Surf Air is a membership based airline. What that means is members pay flat monthly fee that pay 1,950 a month, and they get to fly unlimited on our network of flights that go between LA, San Francisco, Tahoe, Napa, various other California destinations. – What is like the benefit of flying Surf Air? – Primarily time. It’s really easy, you pull out your phone, you book in less than 30 seconds, You come up to 15 minutes before departure. Our valet will take your car, you walk into the terminal, one of our club hosts will come and greet you.

You’ll board the plane– – Wait, no security? – Everyone’s been background checked, and pre-checked before and you’re a registered member. Very comfortable business class seat. You’re in the air two to three minutes after the door closes. – Boom boom boom. – Whole new way of flying. – Can I bring liquids on the plane? – You can bring liquids on the plane, yes. – So I don’t have to dump out my water bottle before walking in? – You don’t have to dump out your water bottle before. – That’s huge. So when we get to Santa Barbara, what should we expect? – Our concierge will greet you, give you the keys to the Surf Air Loan-A-Car which is a Tesla that you could use for the day. – Yes. – Nice. I like that. – Can I drive? Or should we have Alex drive? – Alex, you wanna drive? (laughing) – Let’s go fly.

Whoo! (luxurious music) – Let’s check out these seats. – Here we go! – Why would you– – I don’t like this. I’m going back. – If it’s just us in here, this is pretty legit. Check this out. – Oh, help me out here. Yeah. – If one was to join the Mile High Club in here, there is more than enough room to do it. – Welcome aboard. My name’s Austin. Josh and I will be taking you from LA to Santa Barbara today. If you have any questions, just come let Josh or I know. – I think I’m mostly happy about the fact that I don’t have to feel your shoulder rub up against me this type of flight like we did last time. – Here we go, buckle up. I thought there was gonna be a lot more turbulence, knock on wood, but so far, so good. Much better recline factor than I’m used to. This is a very comfortable seat, not gonna lie. – Let me grab that for a second. I wanna show you the leg room that Alex and Ben share right now. Way lot of space.

– And, we can have a casual meeting at the same time. Alright, everything checks out. The company’s yours. – I have this headset, I can use it to communicate with the pilot. Here we go, let us hear. – What’s up, guys? What? Hold up, they’re telling me that I gotta go fly the plane. – Are you serious? – Yeah, yeah, yeah. – Do not let him fly the plane. Many flights, especially the longer ones, have a special compartment, known as a ‘corpse cabin,’ which is built to contain people if they die while on board.

– Promise me one thing, if I die in this flight, you won’t abandon my body in the corpse cabin. – I’ll like probably just throw you out the window. (drums rolling) It’s time for another segment of Ben’s Bathroom Breakdown. Alright, so we’re in here. It’s like– Oh my God, there’s a hand. It’s like a little makeshift bathroom that folds out. It’s a nice toilet, but I’m definitely not using it. For a plane this small, this works. Alright, I take that back.

If Steven Lim can put his hand in while I’m using the bathroom, it’s gotta get a thumbs down for me. (whimsical music) – We just landed in Santa Barbara. And we got a hold of their Tesla. We got Alex on the wheel, are you gonna be okay? – So how was the flight? – Point A, point B, done in the most efficient way possible. It eliminated all the lines, the security, the delays. It’s been the least stressful travel experience that I can recall. – Oh, for sure. – I’m not leaving Santa Barbara without trying some wine so take me to the nearest wine stop. (whimsical music) – Cheers. – What’s the next plane? – So we’re back in New York, we’re gonna check out the most expensive airline we can find but before that– (imitating airplane engine noises) Airplane Fact! In the 1980s, the head of American Airlines removed an olive from every salad that was served on the plane. That saved the company 40 thousand dollars. What could you give up in life that would save you 40 grand a year? – Food.

– Alright, the last airplane to see. Singapore Airlines 24 thousand dollar double suite. – Dude, I have– my whole life, I’ve wanted to fly in one of these crazy– – Wait, I’ll do you one better. Singapore Airlines has given us exclusive access to the entire aircraft, grounded for a few hours. – We can run around like a bunch of little kids. – And they’re gonna serve us everything that they would normally give on the airplane, and no turbulence! – I wonder if anyone has joined the Zero Mile High Club? – Oh, like before takeoff. – Yeah, I bet pilots have really put the cock in cockpit. – Oh my gosh. – Sorry. (luxurious classical music) – My name’s James Boyd, I’m spokesman for the Americas with Singapore Airlines, and today, you’re gonna be checking out Singapore Airlines exclusive double suite. It’s aboard the A380 aircraft. It’s the largest passenger aircraft. We’ve developed an entirely new premium cabin.

We called it the Singapore Airlines Suite. If you’re traveling by yourself, it’s a single suite, but if you’re traveling with someone, we have something that is a first for aviation, and that is the double suite. We’re looking at hotels, we’re looking at the travel industry as a whole, and our goal is to reach beyond aviation to create the world’s best travel experience. – I’ve been waiting a long time to try this. – The first thing you experience is a welcome from our crew members.

– Awesome. Thank you. – Ooh! – This one’s mine? Oh my go– (laughing) What am I gonna do with all that space? – Dude, talk about leg room. – Whoa. – Wow. This is bigger than my dining room table at home. – This is bigger than my TV at home. Oh look at this! Little cubby-hold for my feet! – What’s the reline-ability? – Ooh! – What is happening to my feet? Wait a second! – I’m going all the way in. – I feel like I’m being tucked in like a baby. – Then, the presentation of amenities. – Thank you so much. This is cologne. Oh my God. (Steven laughing) Can we actually keep this? – Yes! – Oh yeah. – I missed. – We also give you a fantastic cotton jersey sleep suit.

– Sleeper suit. – When you’re up in the sky, and you’re getting all these treats, you’re basically in heaven, like this is heaven. Let’s go change in our PJs. – Okay, let’s go. (drums rolling) – Ready for Ben’s Bathroom Breakdown? I’m changing my PJs. See you on the other side. Alright, definitely most spacious bathroom we’ve been in. We’ve got lights, we’ve got paper towels, we’ve got a bench? This is a pretty fancy sink. What? We got a good looking toilet here. Let’s test the flush. Oh my God. That is the quietest flush we’ve heard yet. Oh wait, what? We got a comb drawer? First comb on Ben’s Bathroom Breakdown. It gets one, two, three thumbs of approval. I gotta get Steven in here. – Ooh. Alright, gimme the camera, I’m gonna do a little bit of– – Alright, get in your jammies.

– Jammy time. What is this, cotton? Wow, these are comfy. Boom! Look at this pants. See that? There is a piece of wood on the drawstring to hold it together. Now that’s quality. We get to play with the whole airplane. Money can’t buy what we’re about to experience. – No. – Well, if you’ve got about 300 million dollars at these prices, you might get one of these. – Ooh, man! – I wish I could go to work wearing this every day. Can you invite me to dinner on your side? – Yeah, let’s– join me for dinner. – Alright. – We like to present our passengers with a choice of beverage, and for many of our passengers, that really comes down to having that fantastic glass of champagne. The choice of Dom Perignon or Krug Grande Cuvee. – I’ve been hearing rappers talking Dom Perignon since as far as I can remember.

I gotta try the DP. Thank you for bringing me on this voyage. It’s been worth it so far. – Cheers. (whimsical classical music) That’s like biting an alcoholic apple picked from the vineyard. – I would never forget about the Krug. – Ooh, that’s heaven. Yeah, that’s the one right there. That is the best champagne in the world. (laughing) You know what we’re doing next? We’re gonna have champagne with caviar. – Yes, we are. – Are you kidding me? – Caviar, champagne, Steven Lim? What more can ask for? I don’t know any different, but that is damn good. I didn’t think it could get any better.

– I’m just going all in on this. – Eat that whole– wow. (laughs) Cheers! (ascending climatic flute notes) Damn, that is good! – It’s fresh! It is really fresh lobster! – Mhm! – And we’re in an airplane! We’re in the opposite of the ocean right now. Alex, you gotta try this, man. That’s good. This is not airplane food.

– No, we’re having like a five star hotel food right now. We’ve done it. – Food coma turned into bed time. – Wanna take a little nap? How do we sleep in this thing? – Your seat transformed into a life-like bed. Best night’s sleep you’ve ever had 35 thousand feet. (intense classical music) – Whoa, dude! The bed is huge! – It’s enormous. I never thought I would be getting into bed with you on an airplane. – Oh my gosh. Alright, let’s just do this. Ooh! Is that memory foam? Dude, what is happening? Look at this space. Oh. – Quality sheets. – I just have to check real quick, how easy is it to roll over to your side? – Alright, too close for comfort. – Wait, hold up, we can close all of these. Like we can close the shades. – Now, let’s get private. This is it. Good night. – Good night, world.

This has been Worth It Lifestyle: Airplane Edition. See you in the morning. – Later. (popping music) – What word can you use to describe that? – Exclusive. We just got to do something very few people ever get the chance to do. 24 thousand dollar airplane seat? – That’s what Worth It is. – Yeah. – You get to play in the playground of life. Which one is your Worth It winner? – Every one has so many good things going for it. Surf Air was amazing in that it’s this club where you get to pay a monthly fee, but go all up and down the coast. That being said, my Worth It winner has gotta be JetBlue. Affordable tickets, quality seats, it allows me to fly from the west coast to the east coast, back and forth, see my family as much as I want.

– If you need to go from here to China, what’re you gonna do? You can’t even take JetBlue. You can’t even take Surf Air there. Just for that reason alone, I’m calling it. Singapore Airlines is my Worth It winner, dude. – Whoa! 24k? – Here’s the thing, okay, I have a lot of family in Malaysia. The trip always sucks. Alex, who’s your Worth It winner? Put my mic here for you. – C’mon. – This has been awesome– where are we right now? Who knows, but– Peace. Can you imagine if everyday tasks, or like, going to the airport– let’s say you gonna take a dump, right? And you gotta wait an hour and a half, go through security, and do all that just to take a dump, right? That’s a problem. .

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How to Use Cloth Diapers : How to Wash Cloth Diapers at Home

Did you know that today’s cloth diapers and today’s washing machines make washing really easy? Hi, my name is Erin with Austin Baby and I’m going to tell you how to wash your own cloth diapers. The first step that you’ll do is a preparation when removing the diaper. This is optional but it really does make washing a lot easier as well as the diaper pail. You’ll spray a few sprays of an enzyme which is odor control and and stain control. And that will actually eat the bacteria and make a lot less odor in the diaper pail and a lot easier wash. So after you’ve done that you’ll put the diaper into your diaper pail or diaper bag.

When you’re ready to actually wash the diapers, you empty that into the washing machine along with your diaper bag which should be water proof and washable. You’ll do a pre-rinse on cold water. And after you do that pre-rinse, that’s going to agitate all of the bodily fluids out. After you do that pre-rinse, then you will want to run a full load that’s heavy-duty with hot water and a detergent that is free of residues. It’s not good to use a common detergent that will leave residues because it will cause leaking and smelling with the diaper. And they won’t will not perform properly. So in that load because you have agitated the nasty stuff out, you can actually go ahead and add in any laundry that you don’t mind washing in hot water. Save yourself your own energy and energy used with the washing. And when that load is finished, throw it all in the dryer except for any water proof covers and dry it on low or medium heat. Or you can hang dry them in the sun where the UV rays will take care of any leftover bacteria and will naturally bleach them white.

That’s how to wash your own cloth diapers at home. Thanks, I’m Erin Sheppard with Austin Baby. .

Top 10 Best sheets

Rocks wiki’s best product advisor behind Amazon rocks wiki’s presents top ten best sheets starting with the list number ten she’d name 100% premium combed cotton sheet information 100% premium combed cotton imported our 100% premium cotton is specially combed to remove all but the finest and longest fibers number nine she’d name superior extra soft highest-quality sheet information 100% cotton flannel imported number eight she’d name 100% Egyptian cotton 650 thread count sheet information 100% Egyptian cotton making these 650 thread count sheets the ultimate in luxury number seven she’d name mazzani luxury bed sheet set sheet information 100% polyester microfiber imported number six she’d name cozy house 1500 series luxury bed sheets sheet information softer than silk ready for a restful refreshing sleep number five she’d name six piece bamboo bed sheet sets with stripes by cozy house sheet information a fresh feel like no other with soft bamboo sheets these bamboo sheets are a high-quality blend number four she’d name superior 300 thread count cotton may would print sheet set sheet information 100% cotton imported number three named HC collection bed sheet sheet information our 1800 series sheet set is made from double brushed microfibers and our softer and more breathable than Egyptian cotton number 2 she named superior 100% premium combed cotton sheet information 100% premium long staple combed cotton imported subtle softness number 1 she’d name 100% premium combed cotton 400 thread count deep sheet information 100% premium combed cotton imported thank you for watching our video about top 10 best sheets to get those sheets followed the description link bellow and subscribe to our channel for future upload

2′ x 4′ Poultry Plastic Flooring that Optimizes Bird Performance

This is Double L’s Red Rooster Poultry Flooring. They come in 2 foot by 4 foot sections. It has a 50% opening for great manure filtration. The openings are 3/4″ by 3/4″ and can be used with any size of bird. They come with reinforced premolded screw holes for fast assembly. Made with no break polypropylene gives it a smooth, nonporous surface which is easy to clean and disinfect.

The noncorrosive material will not harbor bacteria, rot, rust, or absorb water like wood slats. 4 foot sections can be easily carried out of the poultry house for cleaning with power washers without having to disassemble the floor. For all your poultry flooring needs, ask for Double L’s Red Rooster Flooring. .

Buffy Comforter Review – Is This Cooling Comforter Worth The Hype?

Sarah: Hey, guys. It’s Sarah from Sleepopolis. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Buffy Comforter. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve seen the Internet buzzing quite a bit about the Buffy, particularly about how eco-friendly it is. Let’s jump right in and see what all the fuss is about, shall we? Sarah: Before we get into what this comforter is made of, I just want to remind you that if throughout the course of this video you have any questions, comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below and we’d be happy to help. The cover fabric of the Buffy is made from lyocell, which is a natural textile derived from dissolving wood pulp. In this case, wood pulp from eucalyptus trees. I don’t know if you guys are familiar with eucalyptus, but it’s got a reputation for antimicrobial properties, being great for anti-inflammatory purposes. The cover fabric of the Buffy was intended to offer this uniquely cool and soothing feel that really feels great against your skin. Also, I have to say, first impressions, it’s kind of a refreshing change of pace from cotton.

The eucalyptus is offering this very silky feel that almost feels silky, like bamboo, this really nice blend between the silkiness of bamboo and the crispness of cotton. I’m really loving that. Of course, there’s an eco-friendly factor at play here. Eucalyptus is a sustainably sourced material. Right away, I’m loving how fluffy it is. The eucalyptus really is just making this cover feel so silky and very uniquely soothing against my skin. Of course, the only way to really know how this performs is to roll around in it. Let’s check it out. Sarah: Now, as far as the comforter itself is concerned, the cover fabric feels very uniquely soothing. That’s definitely coming from the eucalyptus.

It feels just very cool to the touch. It also feels super silky. Then the down alternative inside is really super fluffy. It’s doing a good job staying evenly distributed within the comforter. However, I will say, this is just a matter of personal preference, but I do prefer my comforters to be a little bit more on the lofty side. I mean, so fluffy that you kind of get lost in it. The Buffy, it’s worth noting, is a lower lofted comforter. I wish that it were a little bit loftier.

However, I’m really loving how it feels against my skin which is, at the end of the day, the most important thing. I’m feeling how breathable it is. It might be one of the most breathable comforters I’ve ever tested, which is going to be particularly beneficial for hot sleepers like myself. I have to say, overall, I’m really loving it. As far as what’s inside the Buffy, that’s where, in my opinion, things get interesting. Inside here is a down alternative eco-fiber spun from recycled plastic bottles.

Of course, it doesn’t feel like plastic. It feels like a really fluffy down alternative. Obviously, this is a great example of sleeping green. This is a really eco-friendly comforter. It might be the most eco-friendly and ethically sourced sleep accessory that I’ve ever tested. The cover fabric, the internal fill, it’s all hypoallergenic, it’s all ethically sourced, very eco-friendly. For you eco-friendly sleepers out there who also happen to have sensitive skin or allergies, this might be a particularly good pick for you. Now, the Buffy Comforter also takes advantage of something called 37.5 technology. Basically, it’s a proprietary technology designed to employ active particles that are going to help keep you cool when it’s hot and keep you hot when it’s cold. If you want to learn more about the specifics of that technology, I do go into deeper detail in my full written review, which is linked below.

Sarah: Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you there. I was too busy enjoying my complimentary sleep mask that comes with every Buffy Comforter. Look, I have to say, this is one of my favorite parts about the whole Buffy Comforter. I’m loving the comforter, of course, but the fact that it comes with this sleep mask is a major bonus, in my opinion. Not only is it an adorable design, it’s very silky, it’s very cushy. It’s also filled with lavender, which is notorious for its calming aroma that just eases your transition into dreamland. In my opinion, that’s a major perk. There’s a lot that I’m loving about the Buffy Comforter. Just to name a few of my favorites, like I said, this is one of the most eco-friendly sleep accessories I’ve ever tested.

Between the sustainably sourced eucalyptus fiber and the recycled plastic bottles that make up the fill of this, this is a perfect example of what sleeping green means. Speaking of the eucalyptus, that’s another thing that I’m loving about the Buffy. It’s really offering this uniquely soothing, cool feel to the cover fabric that, as a hot sleeper, I’m particularly liking. Also, it’s hypoallergenic. It’s got great antimicrobial properties. If you have allergies or even just sensitive skin, this might be a particularly good pick for you. Lastly, something that’s particularly intriguing to me is the company’s trial period which, in my experience testing bedding, is unique to Buffy. Some of you might already be familiar with trial periods from bedding brands where you can try a product out, see how you like it, and if you don’t like it, send it on back for a refund.

With Buffy, you literally don’t get charged a single dime until the day after your trial period ends. You can enjoy this comforter for 30 days for free without spending a single penny. Then, of course, if during the trial period you decide that you don’t like it, you can send it on back. Buffy will handle all of the shipping costs. If you decide that you do like it after 30 days, then you’ll be charged.

Again, this trial period, in my opinion, is a really good deal. A couple of things about the Buffy Comforter that some folks might consider to be drawbacks. While Buffy does offer a very generous trial period, it’s certainly not the least expensive down alternative comforter on the market. A lot of folks go for down alternative because it is so much less expensive than real down, but with the Buffy Comforter ranging from about $120 to $190, depending on which size you chose, it might be a little bit more than you were looking to spend for a down alternative comforter. Another thing is about the wash care. While this is technically machine washable, the folks at Buffy say that it must be washed in a large industrial-size washing machine or you could damage the comforter. They actually do say on their website that they recommend that you dry clean this. Not everyone’s going to want to do that. If you’re looking for bedding or for a comforter that is really low-maintenance wash care, that’s something to keep in mind.

A personal preference that I mentioned earlier is that I do prefer my down alternative comforters to be very super lofty, super fluffy. While this is offering me some great fluff — it’s really feathery, it’s very soft — it is on the lower lofted side. Again, as a matter of personal preference, I did find that the low loft actually served to help keep me cool and maybe even made it a little more breathable. Again, something to keep in mind, this is a lower lofted comforter. Sarah: That’s it for me, guys. If you want every last detail on the Buffy Comforter, be sure to check out my full written review, which is linked below. I hope you found this video to be helpful. If you did, be sure to subscribe to our channel, give us a thumbs up, and follow us on social media. We’re always going to be putting out more content with one main thing in mind, “To get you the best sleep you can.” Like I said, if you need a personal recommendation, you’ve got some questions, please feel free to give us a shout in the comments section below and we’d be happy to help.

Thanks for watching, guys. We’ll see you next time. .

Solid vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

With real hardwood – There are two subcategories in real hardwood. There’s solid hardwood, and there’s engineered hardwood, and let’s show you some differences between them, and some examples of both. Solid hardwood is one piece of hardwood from top to bottom. As you can see in the cross-section here, this is one piece all the way throughout, from top to bottom. Solid hardwood comes in different thicknesses. Typically it’s three quarters of an inch thick, but it could be five-eighths uh… is the lowest I’ve seen. Sometimes you’ll see a half-inch thickness of the solid hardwood, but five-eights is a little more typical these days, but the most typical you’ll see, the most prevalent is three-quarter inch solid hardwood. So that would be measuring from top to bottom. It’s all one piece of wood, whenever the piece- the product is, the species, oak, maple, um… hickory, three-quarter inch all the way top-to-bottom. The only way, really, to see the difference between solid and engineered is to look at a cross-section, because from the top, just looking at the surface, you can’t tell the difference.

Even with laminate – you can’t tell the difference between a solid hardwood, an engineered hardwood, and a laminate necessarily just by looking at the surface. You have to look at a cross-section and see how the product is actually constructed. As you can see with an engineered hardwood, an engineered hardwood is made up of layers of wood. Typically it’s seven layers, but it can be anywhere from four or five to nine, I’ve even seen, but it’s layered wood, where the wood is actually put at ninety degree angles all the way across, all the way up, and then the top layer, and usually the bottom layer as well, is the real… oak, hickory, maple, whatever the the product is.

It’s that top layer is what they’re referring to. And the top layers vary in thickness. The top layers, just like in solid or in laminate, 0:02:12.700, 0:02:16.470 could have different features. They could have a gloss on ‘em. They could have a um… a handscrape texture, but the top layer is what’s the actual real wood. Now solid hardwood, some differences between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood, solid hardwood must be nailed down, nailed or stapled down to a wood sub floor. Okay? You shoot the nails, or the staples, typically right through the tongue at an angle and that’s how you install this. So, typically solid hardwood is not installed on concrete subfloors, concrete floors. There are some glues out there that um… that do work with solid hardwood. They are very expensive. They’re relatively new to the market. We don’t even carry them uh… because we’re not a hundred percent convinced that they are the right product to install. Solid harwood – we still go with the traditional nailed down, staple down to a wood sub floor. Now, years and years ago, solid hardwood was installed by face nailing and putting nails right through the face.

That’s still done, typically only around the perimeter of a room, uh… mostly there is a staple process now, through a nail gun, which you can go out and rent if you don’t wanna buy, and you’re gonna do this project yourself um… where the the staple actually goes through the tongue as I said and then… wood go through the tongue, and then the next piece would click together a tongue and groove, and then you’d continue on through this tongue, and so forth throughout your job. So one major difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood is that solid hardwood must be nailed or stapled down to a wood sub floor. So that typically eliminates um…

The population out there that has no basement, that their home is just built on a concrete slab, and they’re doing their project on the first floor. The engineered hardwood you have options in terms of how to install it. It can go down on it wood subfloor or concrete subfloor. On a concrete subfloor, you can actually glue it down direct. You trowel out glue, and put the actual pieces down. That’s very common, a little more difficult for the do-it-yourselfer, but still very common. The other way to install over a concrete subfloor would be to float. You’d actually glue the tongue and grooves together. Put a thin bead of glue in the groove side. Glue the tongue and grooves together and float over a pad. You’d lay a pad out first, just like in laminate. The other way to do it, if you are on a wood sub floor, is just like with solid. You can actually shoot staples through the tongue side, and install it that way. So, there are some installation differences between solid and engineered.

Typically must be mailed or stapled. Wood subfloor only for solid. Engineered you can glue, you can staple, or you can float. You have your options. Now, with solid hardwood, if you get a deep gouge, a deep scratch, um… something damages the floor itself, you have the option, and this is one of the great benefits of solid, you have the option of sanding the floor and refinishing it. The absolute great benefit of solid hardwood – it can be sanded and refinished. Typically multiple times. It’s typically job done by a professional, and they know just how deep to go to get that gouge out that you’re looking for, to replace or to to fix, and they do a very good job of not taking too much off so that you can do it multiple times if you want.

But if you have a deep gouge, a deep scratch, you want change the stain color, you do have that opportunity to sand and refinish. Now, if the the solid hardwood that you have in your home or your business had a handscraped texture to it, if it gets sanded remember that handscrape is gonna be gone, because they’re gonna take it down to a smooth, flat, level surface, and then they’ll apply the stain. So a definite benefit is that can be sanded and refinished, but keep in mind, with the sanding and refinishing comes a pretty good expense.

Um, could be upwards of two, three dollars a square foot, some cases even more cost to you to get it sanded and refinished. It typically – they do have some newer ways of doing it now but it typically is very messy, very dusty, Typically all the furniture in the home gets moved out. The job takes a few day- two to three days, and then all the furniture gets moved back in, so it is a process, but it is a great benefit to solid hardwood, there’s no doubt about it. SOME engineered hardwoods can be sanded and refinished. Typically, that’s not the case. Typically they can’t be. What it depends on, really, is the thickness of that top layer of the engineered hardwood, and if a professional can actually sand down and still stay within the top layer so that you can stain it, recoat it, and still have a beautiful floor. At Floors To Your Home we don’t recommend sanding and refinishing engineered hardwoods.

It’s just – there are too many people out there doing the sanding and the refinishing, and we don’t want to say to you that we guarantee you that you can sand and refinish this wood X amount of times. That’s just not something we do. We want to be upfront and honest with you and tell you that typically you’re better off on our engineered products not sanding and refinishing. So again, a great difference between the solid and the engineered: can be sanded and refinished, typically not on the engineered. Now, with solid hardwood, solid hardwood is typically the most expensive flooring product, wood flooring product, out on the market. People consider it the best of the best, and it’s a great product, there’s no doubt about it, but there are things you need to consider when you’re buying solid. Because of the nature of the installation, because of shooting the nails into a wood subfloor, you do have the opportunity to see what we call cupping over time. Now, because of changes in humidity and temperature, in your home and in the area you live, you can see, you WILL see, the actual individual boards of wood expand and contract.

Now when they contract, you can see boards – and i’ll show you a liottle example of this – you can see boards tend to come apart a little bit, (they’re not gonna come apart this much) but they will come apart a little bit, and they can cup, and you can see gaps in your floor where before that bevel was tight, the tongue and groove were tight, and maybe they came apart a quarter of an inch, or three-eighths of an inch or half an inch. It’s something that happens, again due to changes in temperature and humidity. It’s very possible that that could happen to you in your installation. With engineered hardwood, because of its layered properties, okay, because it’s not one piece of wood from top to bottom, because of these layers, it has greater stability against changes in humidity and temperature, especially when you float the product, you glue the tongue and grooves together, you will see – there will be expansion contraction, but because it’s a floating floor, the floor will move (you’ll never see it or feel it) the floor will move and take care of itself.

You will not seek cupping with this product. It is a benefit of engineered over the solid hardwood. Those are the main differences between engineered and solid. There really aren’t a lot of other differences. They both, as i’ve said before, they both can have gloss finishes. They both can have textured, handscraped finishes. They both could have beveled edges, any of the aesthetic features can be shared between the two of them. They both come in a variety of species, color stains, everything else is is relatively the same – widths, you know, anywhere from two and a quarter-inch width 0:10:23.890, 0:10:28.320 up to, I’ve even seen thirteen inch wide boards. That could be a solid hardwood or an engineered hardwood. You you really don’t need to pick one of those two to get a specific species or, you know, to get a natural hickory, or to get a three-inch natural hickory. They’re gonna be available in either an engineered product or a solid product.

But the basics of this, and the purpose of this, is to really just tell you the difference, and explain the difference, between a solid hardwood and an engineered hardwood. Solid hardwood, it’s pluses and minuses, it’s a great great product, the best of the best, must be nailed down uh… one piece from top to bottom, can be sanded and refinished. Engineered hardwood: also great product, a great product for those of you out there on concrete slabs, that can’t have the solid.

If you want the real thing, this is it. There is no difference from looking above. Your friends will never know whether you have solid hardwood or engineered hardwood. When you go to resell your home, this is still classified as wood. You can still put ‘W’, for word, on that and M L S sheet. You have wood in your home. Those are the differences. If you have any other specific questions on differences between solid hardwood, engineered hardwood and laminate, please feel free to give our customer service reps a call.

We’re standing by to answer your questions. We’re always happy to help and answer any questions you may have. Thank you. .

Can You Guess Bed Sheet Thread Count?

– I mostly sleep naked but I don’t think we can do that on camera. (upbeat funk music) – Alright, let’s get in bed. – Well these are a little rough. – And these are a little newspapery. – I’m not really satisfied with this, it’s kind of itchy. If I have a slumber party, the person I like least would probably get these sheets. (chuckles) – I’m not a fan of these. I think these are like the 150 or whatever.

– These sheets are like a cape for Halloween. – Probably like 250. – Oh 250, that’s very specific. I’d just go with 200. – 300 thread count. – 200. – Well 200 is right but oops I didn’t realize cotton felt like this. – You win. Alright what do we got here? Ooo! – This is significantly better. – I like it. – Ooo these are better. Now I understand. – These are quite nice. – I can have sex in these sheets. – Yes. (laughs) – These are more bangable. – See to me, all sheets are bangable unless it’s a plastic tarp. – I prefer sheets with dark colors. – Yes for periods. – I like touching myself. – I’m gonna get out of bed now. – These are not Netflix and Chill sheets these are like, Sunday morning breakfast in bed, I love you sheets. You know? – I think the thread count is probably, I’m gonna guess 400. – I say 500. – These are 700. Fo sho. – Oh bloody hell we know nothing. – Killin it! – I’m so close! – Well I’m just gonna fart in here. – These seem like an executive would own these. – These are like the not classy 1% though.

This is like the Donald Trump of sheets. – They’re really thick. – Yeah. This feels like an army uniform. – Yeah I’m not a big fan of this. – Also yeah the color throws me off. I wouldn’t really want to bang in these sheets. – I like this color. – So sex rating, low. – I’m gonna say 850. – I would say 400. – Shit I don’t know, 1000? I win! – 1000 thread count. – What! The higher the thread count, the better though.

Or is it sometimes it’ll suddenly drop off and be shit again? (grunts) – Ooo! – Yes! – Yeah were getting into cotton territory. 6- It reminds me of a super hero in the night. – Jesus Christ. – Ok they’re very thin but they’re very soft. – Wiggle your toes. – This just feels very elegant and flowy. – Sex rating? – This is not, this is like a 10. – I would feel bad about banging in these risking not feeling this again. – I don’t know like 3000. – You’re gonna say 3000? I wanna say 1,200. 1800 thread count. If it’s good enough to clean camera lens, it’s good enough to rub on my body.

– I thought you were gonna say butt. – Or my butt. – I think there’s a clear winner. – Yeah. – Microfiber. – Microfiber for the win. – Shockingly enough, microfiber was the upset. It’s a cheaper sheet but yet far superior. – Definitely softer. – Yes these are my favorite. – I love that microfilm. – Microfiber. – I love that microfiber. I love it. .

Vegan California Rolls for Beginners [+ uramaki technique]

Hi guys, Today’s very requested tutorial will be sushi for beginners. The rice on the outside method to be more specific. Now, this isn’t a professional version, just a simple way to do it at home. To make sushi that tastes right, you need the rice to be right. I am using this medium grain rice as it was the closest thing to sushi rice at the the store near me, but if you can get Japanese short-grain rice, it’s even better. First, wash the rice. See how this package says that I don’t have to wash it? Well, LIES! It’s just not as good if you don’t wash it. Just put one cup of rice in the pot and add water.

The water turns milky from the loose starches. Pour most of it away. Then, swish it around some. Add water, and you can see its even milkier looking. Drain that too. Repeat a few times until the water is pretty much clear like this. Drain out the water as best you can. Then add one cup of water. And time to cook the rice. You could use a rice cooker, but if you’re rice cooker-less like I am, you can do it this way.

Put the pot on the stove, cover and wait for the water to boil. This took about 4 minutes for me. You shouldn’t peek like I did. But I can’t help it. I always peek. Now turn down the heat to low. Let it cook for about 25 minutes. In the meantime you can prepare the seasoning. Sushi really just means seasoned rice so this is a super important step. But all you need is rice vinegar, sugar or your favourite sweetener and salt. In a glass, mix one teaspoon of salt, one and a half tablespoons of sugar and 2 to 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar and stir until dissolved. This ratio is just what I prefer; you might want your rice to be a bit more salty, sour or sweet so play with the proportions and find out what you like best. When the rice is done, the grains will be all puffed up and there shouldn’t be any water left in the pot. Fold in the vinegar mixture gently so we don’t squish the rice.

Now we let it cool. The thing about rice that many people don’t know, it that it can go bad if it isn’t cooled fast enough. That’s why I put it in a container like this and spread it out so it can cool more quickly. You can even put it in a cold water or ice bath. I usually just wait until it’s no longer steaming and stick it in the freezer, covered, while I make the fillings. Today we’re making vegan california rolls! Just replacing the crab or polluck with veggie tofu. This deep fried tofu has little bitsies of veggies in it and is pretty tasty on it’s own. It’s also known as q-tofu but be careful as not all brands are vegan. The rest of the ingredients are what you’ll find in a regular cali roll: avocado slices and cucumber matchsticks. I also have some minced scallion greens for extra deliciousness. To roll your sushi, get a few things together. I have my bowl of cooled rice, a bamboo sushi rolling mat, the fillings, a bowl of water to get my hands damp and a towel.

To stop the rice from sticking the the mat, I wrapped it in some plastic wrap. If you prefer not to use plastic wrap, you can also use a sheet of parchment paper as a barrier though it will be a bit trickier. I used plastic today as I thought it would be easier to show you the technique. Grab a sheet of nori and fold it in half across the long side. Then it’ll be a cinch to tear into two. Lay the nori with the textured side up, wet your hands lightly and grab a handful of rice. Spread it on the nori gently. If the rice starts sticking, just wet your hands a bit more. Just try to cover it evenly but don’t lay it on too thick. Even this is a bit too thick. And just for fun, I’m sprinkling some sesame seeds on top. Now, press down the rice firmly. You can use a spatula or just your damp hands. Now flip the nori over and it’s time for the filling.

Lay the fillings in the middle evenly. About this much. Too much and it won’t roll properly. Use the mat to roll the side closest to you, over the fillings and tucking in the other side. Squeeze gently, then release and keep rolling. When it’s rolled all the way, give it a firm squeeze along the length, try to be as even as possible. Then voila! Sushi roll! I find it’s easiest to cut after the rolls have rested for a few minutes so repeat until you’ve used up your ingredients. Then for the tricky part.

Cutting the sushi into maki. The best thing to use is a very sharp knife that has been moistened a little. My knives aren’t the sharpest so the best one for me is this small serrated knife. Which ever knife you use, hold the sushi firmly while cutting, don’t press down too much, just cut back and forth and like the knife do the work for you. I’m also cutting them not too thinly. Bigger pieces hold together better but they should be small enough for you to eat in one bite. And that’s it! Serve with soy sauce and wasabi if you like. And eat! Vegan sushi is so easy to make and can be so healthy as well. Please check out the links in the description for more vegan sushi suggestions. Be creative and use what you have on hand. As always thanks so much for watching this video. To find out what I’m working on during the week, follow me on Twitter or Instagram! Bye for now! .

Building a queen size bed from 2×4 lumber

I want to build a queen size bed for a friend using my plans. And I picked up most of the lumber from the Home Depot with my car. Now the plans actually call for a lot of 2 by 4’s and even 2 by 3’s, but I actually bought mostly 2 by 10’s, just because that way I got much better quality lumber. I’ll start by making the side rails and I want to use some of the nicest looking lumber for that, because that’s the most viable. And that side rail needs to be 7 inches wide. You heard that right, 7 inches. I’m actually using inches for this project. These big planer shavings sure fill up a dust collector fast. Now that I have the pieces planed, I can cut them to length. Now I need to glue on this rail, here and that will later support the slats. Now for the legs I need a whole bunch of pieces that are 2 1/2 inches wide.

But, I’ll cut these to a little bit wider from here so I can trim them down later. Now I’m gonna join the leg pieces together and here’s my long piece and this goes here, and this goes here. These 2 boards are gonna form the headboard with the posts on either side, like here and like here. And I want to give this a bit of a nice profile, so I modified the CAD model and freed up the template for this, and I’m just gonna trace that through, by outlining those lines with a carpenter’s pencil. And that will leave a mark on the wood. For the mirror image, I’m tracing my pattern through the back.

I’m just using a strip of wood to smooth out between the place that I traced through. Now, I’m just gonna round-over the edges before I put the headboard together. So, here’s my glued headboard legs and I could smooth the joints out with a hand plane, but I’ll just do it on my jointer. Here is roughly what my headboard is gonna go together like this. In my plans, I have this joined with dowels but, I’m gonna use some floating tenons, like these. They’re sort of like really big festival domino’s. And that should be much better. I cut these from a strip of Oak and rounded the corners on my router table. And I’ve already joined the foot board with those so, now let’s cut the joints for this one. I just worked up the spacing for the mortises and for each one of those I marked on which side the mortise goes so I don’t cut on the wrong side.

I’m gonna cut the slats on my slot mortiser which I haven’t been using that much since I built the pantorouter. But, this machine does slot mortises really well. I just transferred all the mortise locations for the rails. Now I can also cut those on my slot mortiser. I’m gluing blocks of wood between the slats and that will keep them from sliding around. I’m cutting down the slats in thickness towards the ends, which will allow them to rest a bit lower on the frame. And it also makes up for any differences in thickness in the scrap wood that I’m using. Before gluing it together, I’m rounding over all the exposed edges. Well, that took some fast action with the clamps and some hard pounding to get that joint fully closed. I guess that’s certainly a problem you could avoid, if you just used pocket holes. After that, I varnished all the pieces, but it was pretty boring so I didn’t take video of that.

Headboards are almost always pushed against the wall so I cut out this corner here, for a baseboard and cord around. A little bit, it fits. .

Bamboo Rayon Fabrics Intro

Hi guys, Happy Easter! How good is that? I bet you guys will have a lot of chocolate overload this time. So thank you so much for supporting us throughout this month and last month we have launched our pre-Easter sale so that is 15OFF, 15 percent off of roll purchase order. So if you haven’t actually started ordering please you can start ordering now because it’s ending on the 25th of April so only, you can count only a few weeks left and if you have ordered, we thank you so much for this and we would love to give back to you guys to roll out much more sustainable fabric.

So this month we wanted to focus on something that is inter-seasonal so we wanted to launch our bamboo range that is actually good for our Australian customer that is kind of like autumy and good for our European also US customer that is going towards spring and summer. So first of all I wanted to launch two fabrics that I’m gonna do a bit of a comparison. Now we’re gonna have a new product code for this the SNEW code that I’m telling you in a second they’re just only a temporary code. So this is SNEW85 as you can see, let me put it back a little, it’s a little bit shiny, it’s 100%bamboo rayon and is 140gsm whereas this one is less shiny as you can see it’s a bit matte, it’s bamboo rayon as well it’s 150gsm. So this kind of material is so beautiful that you can make a lot of things out of it, you know, you can even consider making this sleepwear or shirt, shirtdress, of you can even make it kind of a top, you know for casual wear that you can really go out to wear it at the same time youknow you can make it into a dress that you can make it into semi casual that go in to work etc.

Beautiful fabric, it’s so soft, this kind of material, if it touch on your skin, it’s got a natural softness and coolness on it. And then the two material that we wanted to launch is this is bamboo rayon fine twill, and this is bamboo twill. I’m gonna make it a bit closer and you can see the fabric has a bit of a shine on it in the yarn and the fabric is actually you can see the light pattern it’s a bit of a diagonal twill, hope you can see it. And this one has a more obvious twill as you can see. So this is SNEW88 and this is SNEW113. This is 230gsm whereas this one is 160 gsm so it goes thicker as we go. so here are the four new bamboo fabric that we would like to launch we will share with you. If you guys have any questions and would like to try and order some samples please feel free to contact our customer support email, so it’s customersupport@vivifytextiles.com if you have nay questions you can as myself my name is Edwina and you can contact me at edwina.huang@vivifytextiles.com.

So I can’t wait to hear from you guys and thank you so much for your support. Have a great Easter, see you guys .

How to Choose Paint Colors

Hi, I’m the  designer, as well as welcome to Dunn-Edwards Paints’s “How to Paint” video series. Choosing paint colors for your home could be  a bit of a difficulty. While you may feel overloaded with many shade options that you don’t even know where to begin, starting with some standard shade concepts will certainly assist you find the ideal shade. In this video, we’ll share ideas for picking the best shade that’s right for you as well as your room.

Let’s take a look at the psychology of color and also how you can utilize it to make shade option simpler. When checking out a color scheme, there are warm tones as well as cool tones throughout the scheme. Warm and cool tones evoke specific moods in an area that ready standard guidelines to consider when selecting shade. Warm tones consist of reds, oranges, as well as yellows. These colors are energetic, spirited, as well as packed with action and also life. Red, the best of the warm tones, is the most passionate of all shades. Orange is a discussion shade. It’s used a lot in kitchen areas and also eating locations. Yellow, an intense and also joyful color, could cheer up the dullest space. Now, cool tones are the opposite of warm tones. These colors influence leisure and also meditation. They include greens, blues, indigos, and also violets. Green, the shade of nature, is a relaxing, cool shade fantastic for bedrooms and bathrooms. Blue, my favored color and also the shade of the ocean, highlights ideas of day spas and also calming areas.

Purple and indigo are a lot more spiritual and also thoughtful. These colors are great for meditation areas. White stands for purity, peace, and also intelligence.

These in proportion to various other components in the room, it’s terrific for workplace and locations where you have to think. Blacks and  browns are grounding colors. These colors are used in various tones throughout the house. Now, let’s look at the function of the area when picking shade. Most residences have the basic spaces we are all made use to, like living spaces or household spaces, dining spaces and also cooking areas, or bed rooms and also shower rooms. And also some bigger houses have offices. A variety of ideas relate to tint option for several various factors. Your decision to work to a color scheme controlled by warm, great, or neutral tones can be influenced b

y a number of aspects. As an example, the climate where you live– warm colors are usually more appropriate in cool environments and also cooler shades in warmer regions. Likewise, the orientation of your windows– a south-facing orientation will certainly suggest a cool to neutral shade preference, while a north positioning suggests making use of a warmer shade. Activity is another variable. Warmer colors have the tendency to favor task and also stimulation, while neutral and cooler shades prefer calm and reflection.

These results raise symmetrical to the strength of the shade used. Private preference is an additional important influence, as well. Rooms utilized by a single person will be programed to that individual’s certain taste, while spaces used by numerous individuals have to meet the requirements of a selection of choices. Numerous people might want to avoid the  extreme colors in these rooms. Bear in mind, these are basic ideas, not tough and quick regulations to obey. Have fun choosing colors and pay attention to your impulses. Now, consider several of these standard policies to begin with confidence constructing your shade palette. Policy one, do your research. Check out publications, draw paint swatches, as well as match the shades for all the existing pi

eces in your house, from your artwork, rugs, sofas, bamboo bath towels, materials, best bedding, as well as drapery. You’ll desire to identify just what functions are currently in your area that you would certainly think about long-term. Right here’s some info about organic bamboo fabric

Look at the flooring, closets, floor tile, window coverings, and also any kind of huge items of furnishings. Note the major shades that exist in these places and use them as a guide. Dunn-Edwards also provides a, on the internet, shade device called Explore the Perfect Palette, which permits you to develop and also save your favored shade systems. You might even apply shades to a picture of an interior to see exactly how the shade will certainly look in a real setup. And also as soon as you’ve selected your shade, you could get color chips online.

Policy number 2, look at the lighting in your space. Often times, in selecting the appropriate color of color, lights is a determining factor. If a room obtains little all-natural light, you may want to lighten up the space by painting it a light, cool shade. If a room gets a great deal of sunlight as well as you desire to make the room more tranquil, take into consideration repainting it a much deeper, richer shade. Policy number three, do not think that the color on the paint chips will look the very same on your walls. Do not think that the color that you see in

your buddy’s house will look the very same in yours.

You could have different illumination, flooring, furnishings, as well as additionally think about all the building information. Policy number four, be sure to examine the paint samples. Try a the shade on the wall surface prior to committing to a full area of the color. Visit your neighborhood Dunn-Edwards Paints shop and also select from numerous color chips that remain in the color array that you want. Do not restrict on your own to 1 or 2, as they might look different once you take them to your house.

Once you pare down your color options, you’ll want to choose at least 3 to four shades in that same array to test the paint before you paint the whole space. Currently, we’re intending to repaint this room. I brought this little guy, the Dunn-Edwards eight-ounce Perfect Palette Sampler. It’s the ideal amount that you need in order to see precisely how the colors you’ve selected will certainly look prior to your start of repainting. Each eight-ounce example covers concerning a four-foot by four-foot area with two coats of paint. Paint a two-foot by two-foot sample location of each shade on your wall surface, make certain to use a minimum of 2 layers of paint to ensure the most effective color, and afterwards live with the shade for a few days. See exactly how it feels and look at various times of day as well as during the night. See how the lights in your house and also all the surrounding colors influence your shad

e options. Does one interest you greater than others? Next step, get motivated. Ideas are individual to each of the people in our residences. It can originate from anywhere, such as your art collections, draperies, a favored location rug, or perhaps publications.

Last but not least, keep in mind that color shade’s are fun. To find out even more concerning the paint as well as painting, view the various other “How to Paint” video clips on the dunnedwards videos. For Dunn-Edwards Paints, Thanks for watching and have fun painting.

The Facts About Bamboo Sheet

bamboo bed sheetsThere are a great deal of ads regarding Bamboo Fiber Sheets. I could possibly wonder about the fact of these advertisements.

bamboo sheets queenJust what is actual and exactly what isn’t really? Are these Bamboo Sheet like they state?

So, I went down to my collection, OK, went on Google, and did some research study. Here is the Truth Concerning Bamboo Sheets. Very interesting information.

bamboo sheet Basically the research study that I did claims that bamboo sheets are around like you are getting, without spending for silk. And bamboo has some benefits over silk!Not each concurs, however the majority of really feel that bamboo bedding is the ideal.

Bamboo Towels are Eco-friendly!

Are you looking for a new and creative way to help save the environment? Perhaps you planned to “get around to it”, or simply aren’t sure what you can do to start going green. To help save the planet we all have to do our part, so remember, even the little things can add up, which is why one easy thing you can start doing today is to buy organic products.

These are products that are created without hurting the planet like other manufacturing processes. One such product you can buy right now, that you wouldn’t even notice, is to buy organic kitchen towels. These organic towels are available in an exhaustive amount of colors and patterns to suit even the pickiest consumer.

Almost every organic towel is hypoallergenic and the most common ones are made of hemp and bamboo. These towels can be used in the same manner as any other kitchen towel; drying dishes, cleaning up spills, and drying hands. Simply put, you won’t notice a difference between organic kitchen towels and their counterparts.

The plants used to make these towels, bamboo and hemp, are grown organically without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. When the fabric is being harvested and processed, harsh chemicals are not used, including the dyeing process.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at the two most popular types of fabrics used to make these towels and the advantages they have over regular cotton kitchen towels.

Bamboo

The bamboo plant is harvested using very little resources and can be harvested every 3-4 years, making it a wonderfully eco-friendly plant. Towels made from bamboo are naturally antibacterial and biodegradable. They are also very soft and more absorbent than a standard cotton towel.

Hemp

Made from the flax plant, this plant is also grown without the use of any pesticides or chemicals. Most organic hemp towels aren’t dyed. While not as absorbent and soft as bamboo towels, they are generally less expensive.

When buying an organic towel, you must pay careful attention to the label, as it will be certified as organic. Of course the rules are different for each country, so be sure to educate yourself on what truly constitutes an organic product from the country in question.

While we can’t undo the damage to the planet as quickly as we have polluted it, even you can start doing your part today, which includes buying organic products such as kitchen towels. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3937951

Eco Friendly Bamboo Bedding

Bamboo is commonly thought of in its construction and landscaping forms. Many, however, are catching on to the fact that it makes an excellent fabric. When processed (using natural and eco-friendly methods), bamboo fibers can be transformed into fabric that is softer than cotton with a drape like silk. It is less expensive and more durable but, most importantly, does far less damage to the environment even than organic cotton. It is luxuriously soft with what has been described as a similar feel to cashmere. Its cloth is an indulgence with its wonderful silky softness.

Bamboo clothing is for all seasons and for all skin types. It does not stick to the body or skin even on the hottest of days and will always make you feel extremely cool under any condition.

Bamboo Fabric is Green

Bamboo grows over 3.5ft/day at its maximum height during its peak growth. Unlike other forest trees which require a 60-year recovery period, natural bamboo plants are easily recovered within 2-3 years after cutting without leaving any adverse impact on the environment. A bamboo plantation requires less energy to maintain than any other trees or plants for fiber production. The bamboo plant can survive in drought and in flood.

Bamboo fiber is manufactured from 100% bamboo plant using top-of-the-line technologies. Most companies use raw bamboo that is 3-4 years old. Its vast root network assures its sustainability. As new shoots sprout, more sunlight is able to filter through, and greenhouse gases are converted into new green growth. The fiber is completely biodegradable in soil, making it eco-friendly. Bamboo fiber is praised as “the natural, green, and eco-friendly new-type textile material of 21st century.”

Bamboo plants thrive even without any pesticide. Research has proven that bamboo contains “bamboo kun”, a singular unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostasis bio-agent that when blended with bamboo binds tightly into the fiber. Bamboo fiber contains natural anti-bacterial components that, unlike chemical antimicrobial treatments, do not cause any skin irritation or allergies when added to clothing. The natural and unique features of anti-bacteria and deodorization of the bamboo fiber have been proven through research by the Japan Textile Inspection Association, which showed that the bacteriostasis is still present in the fabric even after being washed more than 50 times.

Bamboo Fabric is Gorgeous Bamboo fabric is destined to revolutionize the clothing industry. What is most notable of bamboo fiber is its unusual breathability and coolness. The micro-gaps & micro-holes that naturally occur in the bamboo fiber make its fabric moisture-absorbing and ventilating. This element enables bamboo fabric to absorb and eliminate moisture instantly. The textiles have many fantastic properties that when combined make this a truly amazing fabric – breathable and cool, nice luster; extremely soft; fast water absorption performance; and anti-bacterial. Those familiar with cotton, nylon and other textiles are amazed with the great difference and comfort bamboo fabric provides.

Bamboo Clothing has been tagged “Air-Conditioning Dress.” The fiber is highly absorbent, moisture-rich, quick-drying, anti-bacterial, deodorizer, brightly colored yarn & ultimate softness is breaking textile markets and fashionistas’ choices of clothing and apparel. Designers like as Kate O’Connor, known for creating ponchos and knits, have shifted from silk to the eco-friendly bamboo fabric. Other eco-fashion designers like Amanda Shi and Linda Loudermilk have followed suit.

Perhaps the best use of bamboo fibers is for babies, and lots of bamboo clothing is already available in the market, along with towels, blankets, and other linens. Whether at play or at sleep, babies are extremely comfortable when wearing bamboo fibers because the fiber keeps them cool and comfortable. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1707921