Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Lint Feeder

Lint lint lint. It's something we don't think about much other than when we occasionally remember to scrape a wad out of the lint filter to make room for more, but I stumbled across this cute little lint feeder.

Cathi makes these lint feeders and sells them on Etsy. Here is the description of her handmade lint feeders from her Etsy store, The Square Peg:

Its always seemed a bit of a waste to me to just toss the lint from our dryer into the trash.

Problem solved with this little lint feeder! Hang it on an exterior wall, fence post, tree or anywhere birds gather in spring, and let the birds feather their nests with your dryer lint!

Stoneware clay with Shino and Ohata glazes, it measures about 6 inches across and 3" deep.

Comes with natural Manzanita perch (actual perch may vary)

I'd like to caution you NOT to use lint from clothes dried with a dryer sheet, as its not good for birdies!
Its also best if you don't use dryer lint until after your area's rainy season is done, as wet lint can compromise the integrity of a nest's structure.
Cute, huh? And what a good idea, letting lint go to the birds.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lint as Fire Starter

Lint. It really is useful stuff. I post links to my blogs and online articles to RedGage to get more exposure for my writing. Another RedGage user, Kinderhook, recently commented on one of my earlier lint blog entries. She said that lint is great as a fire starter. Well, I guess it would be! Lint is, after all, little bits of fabric that flies off our clothes in the drier and gets caught in the lint filter.And fabric, especially little bits of it, will burn so it makes sense that lint would too.

So, here's what my current wad of lint would look in a campfire setting:

So... the dog sniffed out the campsite, the donkey hauled the lint and vittles, the singing pickle provides the entertainment, Cookie the chef is ready to make dinner once the poodle gets the fire started, with the lint, of course.

Going to start collecting your lint now, aren't you?


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