vacli:

And if you are borrowing a book, DO NOT draw a moustache! (you can do it if it’s a sticker and I can remove it again) ;)

vacli:

And if you are borrowing a book, DO NOT draw a moustache! (you can do it if it’s a sticker and I can remove it again) ;)

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katsplanet:

whenever people say they dont like cats because they dont happily greet you at the door i give them the stinkiest eye

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50shadesofacceptance:


Louis Halsey, 88, & John Spofford, 94, The couple finally got married after 64 years together.
True love has no ending

50shadesofacceptance:

Louis Halsey, 88, & John Spofford, 94, The couple finally got married after 64 years together.

True love has no ending

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hellohappylisa:

Omg this is great. A horse of that size could insta-kill this cat.

What is it doing? Fucking petting the cat.

Horses are the best ever.

I can’t wait to move to wyoming, I WILL GET TO HANG OUT WITH HORSES.

hellohappylisa:

blinkingkills:

jnenifre:

From Facebook

After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. Muruganantham’s interest in menstrual health began in 1998 when, as a young, newly married man, he saw his wife, Shanthi, hiding the rags she used as menstrual cloths. Like most men in his village, he had no idea about the reality of menstruation and was horrified that cloths that “I would not even use… to clean my scooter” were his wife’s solution to menstrual sanitation. When he asked why she didn’t buy sanitary pads, she told him that the expense would prevent her from buying staples like milk for the family. Muruganantham, who left school at age 14 to start working, decided to try making his own sanitary pads for less but the testing of his first prototype ran into a snag almost immediately: Muruganantham had no idea that periods were monthly. “I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!” he said, and sought volunteers among the women in his community. He discovered that less than 10% of the women in his area used sanitary pads, instead using rags, sawdust, leaves, or ash. Even if they did use cloths, they were too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, meaning that they never got disinfected — contributing to the approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India that are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary “Menstrual Man” about his experience, “So you see God’s sense of humour. I’d started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!”After years of research, Muruganantham perfected his machine and now works with NGOs and women’s self-help groups to distribute it. Women can use it to make sanitary napkins for themselves, but he encourages them to make pads to sell as well to provide employment for women in poor communities. And, since 23% of girls drop out of school once they start menstruating, he also works with schools, teaching girls to make their own pads: “Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?” As communities accepted his machine, opinions of his “crazy” behavior changed. Five and a half years after she left, Shanthi contacted him, and they are now living together again. She says it was hard living with the ostracization that came from his project, but now, she helps spread the word about sanitary napkins to other women. “Initially I used to be very shy when talking to people about it, but after all this time, people have started to open up. Now they come and talk to me, they ask questions and they also get sanitary napkins to try them.”In 2009, Muruganantham was honored with a national Innovation Award in 2009 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Now, he’s looking at expanding to other countries and believes that 106 countries could benefit from his invention. Muruganantham is proud to have made such a difference: “from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty — everything happens because of ignorance… I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness.” His proudest moment? A year after he installed one of the machines in a village so poor that, for generations, no one had earned enough for their children to attend school. Then he received a call from one of the women selling sanitary pads who told him that, thanks to the income, her daughter was now able to go to school. To read more about Muruganantham’s story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at http://bbc.in/1i8tebG or watch his TED talk at http://bit.ly/1n594l6. You can also view his company’s website at http://newinventions.in/To learn more about the 2013 documentary Menstrual Man about Muruganantham, visit http://www.menstrualman.com/For resources to help girls prepare for and understand their periods - including several first period kits - visit our post on: “That Time of the Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=3281To help your tween understand the changes she’s experiencing both physically and emotionally during puberty, check out the books recommended in our post on “Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2229And, if you’re looking for ways to encourage your children to become the next engineering and technology innovators, visit A Mighty Girl’s STEM toy section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math


this made me smile

Haha wow
This is awesome in so many ways
Plus it’s a fun story.

hellohappylisa:

blinkingkills:

jnenifre:

From Facebook

After spending years developing a simple machine to make inexpensive sanitary pads, Arunachalam Muruganantham has become the unlikely leader of a menstrual health revolution in rural India. Over sixteen years, Muruganantham’s machine has spread to 1,300 villages in 23 states and since most of his clients are NGOs and women’s self-help groups who produce and sell the pads directly in a “by the women, for the women, and to the women” model, the average machine also provides employment for ten women. 

Muruganantham’s interest in menstrual health began in 1998 when, as a young, newly married man, he saw his wife, Shanthi, hiding the rags she used as menstrual cloths. Like most men in his village, he had no idea about the reality of menstruation and was horrified that cloths that “I would not even use… to clean my scooter” were his wife’s solution to menstrual sanitation. When he asked why she didn’t buy sanitary pads, she told him that the expense would prevent her from buying staples like milk for the family. 

Muruganantham, who left school at age 14 to start working, decided to try making his own sanitary pads for less but the testing of his first prototype ran into a snag almost immediately: Muruganantham had no idea that periods were monthly. “I can’t wait a month for each feedback, it’ll take two decades!” he said, and sought volunteers among the women in his community. He discovered that less than 10% of the women in his area used sanitary pads, instead using rags, sawdust, leaves, or ash. Even if they did use cloths, they were too embarrassed to dry them in the sun, meaning that they never got disinfected — contributing to the approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India that are caused by poor menstrual hygiene. 

Finding volunteers was nearly impossible: women were embarrassed, or afraid of myths about sanitary pads that say that women who use them will go blind or never marry. Muruganantham came up with an ingenious solution: “I became the man who wore a sanitary pad,” he says. He made an artificial uterus, filled it with goat’s blood, and wore it throughout the day. But his determination had severe consequences: his village concluded he was a pervert with a sexual disease, his mother left his household in shame and his wife left him. As he remarks in the documentary “Menstrual Man” about his experience, “So you see God’s sense of humour. I’d started the research for my wife and after 18 months she left me!”

After years of research, Muruganantham perfected his machine and now works with NGOs and women’s self-help groups to distribute it. Women can use it to make sanitary napkins for themselves, but he encourages them to make pads to sell as well to provide employment for women in poor communities. And, since 23% of girls drop out of school once they start menstruating, he also works with schools, teaching girls to make their own pads: “Why wait till they are women? Why not empower girls?” 

As communities accepted his machine, opinions of his “crazy” behavior changed. Five and a half years after she left, Shanthi contacted him, and they are now living together again. She says it was hard living with the ostracization that came from his project, but now, she helps spread the word about sanitary napkins to other women. “Initially I used to be very shy when talking to people about it, but after all this time, people have started to open up. Now they come and talk to me, they ask questions and they also get sanitary napkins to try them.”

In 2009, Muruganantham was honored with a national Innovation Award in 2009 by then President of India, Pratibha Patil, beating out nearly 1,000 other entries. Now, he’s looking at expanding to other countries and believes that 106 countries could benefit from his invention. 

Muruganantham is proud to have made such a difference: “from childhood I know no human being died because of poverty — everything happens because of ignorance… I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness.” His proudest moment? A year after he installed one of the machines in a village so poor that, for generations, no one had earned enough for their children to attend school. Then he received a call from one of the women selling sanitary pads who told him that, thanks to the income, her daughter was now able to go to school. 

To read more about Muruganantham’s story, the BBC featured a recent profile on him at http://bbc.in/1i8tebG or watch his TED talk at http://bit.ly/1n594l6. You can also view his company’s website at http://newinventions.in/

To learn more about the 2013 documentary Menstrual Man about Muruganantham, visit http://www.menstrualman.com/

For resources to help girls prepare for and understand their periods - including several first period kits - visit our post on: “That Time of the Month: Teaching Your Mighty Girl about Her Menstrual Cycle” at www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=3281

To help your tween understand the changes she’s experiencing both physically and emotionally during puberty, check out the books recommended in our post on “Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=2229

And, if you’re looking for ways to encourage your children to become the next engineering and technology innovators, visit A Mighty Girl’s STEM toy section athttp://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/science-math

this made me smile

Haha wow

This is awesome in so many ways

Plus it’s a fun story.

kidstonscottage:

Lavender Syrup

Ingredients – makes 2 x 190 ml jars

1.5 cups water
1.5 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lavender blossoms
few drops of purple food colouring (optional but will stay clear without it)


Method
Place al the ingredients into a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to steep 30 minutes.
Return to the heat and bring back to the boil.
Pour into sterilised jars and seal with lids.
Perfect addition to ice cream, fruit tarts, lemonade, teas or cocktails.

kidstonscottage:

Lavender Syrup

Ingredients – makes 2 x 190 ml jars
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lavender blossoms
  • few drops of purple food colouring (optional but will stay clear without it)

Method

  1. Place al the ingredients into a pan over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Bring all ingredients to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and allow to steep 30 minutes.
  4. Return to the heat and bring back to the boil.
  5. Pour into sterilised jars and seal with lids.
  6. Perfect addition to ice cream, fruit tarts, lemonade, teas or cocktails.

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No Pain, Just Gain : Hand Exercises For Crocheters

juststitched:

robotsloth:

spyraleyes:

Source : Fall 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine

Here are some exercises for knitters and crocheters. They help relieve the pain and numbness that is associated with crafting for long periods of time. They really work! Try them!

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For all of my crochet/knit buddies. I’m looking at you, podkins, juststitched,   and daretostitch!

Thanks for tagging! This is so important!!!

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bearcreekfelting:

Needle Felting a Giraffe by Teresa Perleberg

bearcreekfelting.com

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mythsandfabrications:

Needle Felted Three Toed Sloth with Banner by Mythillogical- Myths & Fabrications. You can also order him with a banner with a message of your choice here (up to 12 characters including spaces lower case letters)

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"Darcy The Flying Hedgehog" is a series of photographs by Shota Tsukamoto starring her hedgehog—voted cutest in the world. Based in Japan, she sets the stage for her adorable, 3-year-old hedgehog in an original and fun manner.

[source] [h/t: f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s]

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holycrapyarnandstuff:

alphabetcoat:

Threads and fibres on blanket, by Michala Gyetvai

Wooooow

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Tags: blanket quilt

cutielittledimple:

Pom Pom Fruit Tutorial, made me wanna try to

cutielittledimple:

Pom Pom Fruit Tutorial, made me wanna try to

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