Self Help

You will need: -zipper -sewing machine -pins -seam zipper Take a picture of how the original zipper is placed in your garment before using a seam ripper to remove it from the garment. Use a seam zipper to cut through the stitch line on the zipper until it is free from the garment. Pull off any loose threads.  Take a new zipper (make sure it works) and place it in the same...

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  Leaves are falling, coats have to be worn but what about your summer plants? It can be confusing to know how to take care of our plants as it gets colder and hopefully this guide will help answer some questions. It is important to know some key terminology: Growing Zone, Perennial, Annual, First frost, Overwintering.      What is my Growing Zone?   A grow Zone uses climate data to...

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With many remote classes planned for this coming Fall Quarter, staying on track with everything can be stressful and overwhelming. Here at the IRL, we’ve taken the time to put together a list of resources that may assist you in staying productive and on track:   MS OneNote: It allows you to take notes with a stylus if you are on a touchscreen laptop or iPad. The...

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Budgeting and sticking to a budget is one of the hardest things for most people. But just understanding what goes into budgeting, how to start, and even beginning with your own finances!   HOW TO MAKE AN ACTUAL BUDGET:   You can do this in excel, on paper, whatever works best for you. You can change the categories a little bit to fit you. If you have credit card...

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Basic Clothing Tear Repair   You find your favorite shirt has a hole in it. What now? During shelter-in-place you may not get the chance to go to a store to buy new clothes, and with financial instability it might not be an option. Luckily, there is a time-tested fix for fabric wear-and-tear: hand sewing! All you need is a needle and thread for most repairs, but...

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While many of us are following the shelter-in-place guidelines suggested by public officials, it can be a real challenge to get up, follow a routine, and stay active in some way; luckily, here at the IRL we decided to give you some motivation to remain active! Here is a quick 10-minute workout you can follow in the mornings and afternoons to get your blood flowing...

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When boiling vegetables for various dishes you are preparing, vegetables will release pigments into the hot water, which can be repurposed into dye after boiling. This is a great way to be zero-waste, as you are using the dye from boiling the vegetable instead of throwing it out. Using natural dyes are low-cost as they come from your produce. Various vegetables produce various colors. While...

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DIY originally by happiestcamper.com https://happiestcamper.com/easy-hanging-kitchen-towel-sewing-project/   While being stuck at home you can feel like you want to accomplish big projects- but sometimes the little things can make a big difference. That’s why we are bringing you a small DIY that can be a big help! The Hanging Pot Holder and Towel! They are super easy and machine washable.     What you’ll need for this DIY is:   a hand towel ...

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