Category: Environment


Don’t throw that out!


PS-I Made That

3 reasons you don’t throw out old stuff!

1. Tights. A ladder in a pair of tights CAN be a nightmare, but it can also work out GREAT if you know how to handle it. Make even more holes and ladders in them with some handy scissorswork and pile on a pair of patterned tights under them. By the way, pink leopard print tights and blue holey ones are pretty amazers.

2. Tops. It doesn’t sit right. It’s gone out of shape. You just downright hate it. Any of the above? If it doesnt sit right, turning it into a tank top works wonders. If its gone out of shape, turn it into a tank top, THEN sew the bottom up for an eco-friendly, handmade, pretty pretty tote bag. Hate it? Keep it. Patchwork pillows don’t make themselves, you know. Collect a few more horrible t-shirts and you’ll have a…

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gettin' fresh!

One of my gardening dreams is to have a greenhouse. It doesn’t have to be enormous, just a pretty little affair like Lynnette’s over at Chooks and Roots blog, where I can grow a few prized tropical plants all year long. (Tomatoes… lemons… limes… bananas… mangoes… coffee… okay, maybe it’s going to have to be a smidge bigger than Lynnette’s….)

Well, at present I don’t have the money to spend on a full-blown greenhouse, but I did decide that this spring I would make the effort to build a cold frame. A cold frame is basically like a miniature solar greenhouse. The sun warms the soil and air inside to a few degrees over what it is outside, but it’s called a “cold” frame to distinguish it from a “hot” frame, which has an additional, non-solar source of heat. (This could be electrical, or it could come from decomposing…

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Non Compos Mentis Mama

Ooooh….I want to make these!

Here are the directions.

These past few days have been writing intensive for me, and I’m about to get super busy with Tumbleweeds, an article for Local Flavor, and a big proposal for Daybreak Solar. Yes, these big projects will all coincide. C’est la vie, right? PLUS I’m shooting a wedding next weekend!

Life clumps.

The good news: these are all creative ventures. All things I love to do. 🙂

One last note, then I’m off to eat guacamole and watch the Super Bowl (rooting for the, um, Broncos! Yeah!!)…

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The Comet Camper

Friday, two days ago, was an amazing day. I drove a couple of hours out to Mashpee, MA to meet with the lovely people at G Green Design Center, an eco-friendly and people friendly one-stop shop. I went there to meet with the manager, see some samples, and get some info about which materials might be best suited in The COMET. G Green Design Center has everything from countertops and flooring, to bedding, rain collection systems, paint, and upcycled handbags. If it’s green, they’ve got it. The showroom is gorgeous and super fun to explore. One of my favorite things about sustainable building materials and interiors, and especially things made from recycled materials, is the visual texture of those products. I love when you can see the little bits of broken mirror that went into the recycled glass countertops, or when you can feel the variation and softness of…

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readsandbeads

I have been using Kleenex tissue boxes to make tags and business cards.  The kleenex box designs can make for interesting or pretty backs to the tags and cards.  The small pieces can not go thru your printer so I print stickers and then stick them on the cut box pieces.

I purchased a tag punch which makes even tags with a hole pre-punched.

I found this tutorial for using cereal boxes for business cards.  Boxes could also be used for tags.   Don’t have to utilize just cereal boxes.  Any boxes that can be cut to fit your printer would work;  cracker boxes, baking mixes, and more.

Cereal Box Business Cards

by Ashley Weeks Cart

Successful business is all about out of the box thinking – and what could be more out of the box than business cards handmade out of old cereal boxes?! If you’re looking for a card…

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Pedagogy of the Plants

This first go at moss terrariums follows a tutorial by a Brooklyn based terrarium store.  Inspired, I hiked along a stretch of railroad that runs through Whitehall Forest, harvesting verdant rugs, small chunks of pink and greyscale granite,  and parched epiphytic aliens.

The simple tutorial fails to include instructions and tips for anyone interested in creating lasting enclosed microenvironments.  After a week, the apothecary terrarium above is growing a white, moldy beard from the sphagnum layer.  While troubleshooting, I discovered some comprehensive websites dedicated to the natural art beyond home decor trends.  These are the best so far:

The Fern and Mossery

The Terrarium Man

The next batch will include a layer of activated charcoal to absorb any toxins, cleanse the water as it travels up and down, and (hopefully) stem mold growth.

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Life's little slices

I love saving money! I don’t know about ya’ll but I also love a great laundry soap. I would vary between the two main brands of laundry soap. There prices ranging between $15.00 to $19.00. As much as I wash clothes, I was buying one every two weeks. I was paying around $390.00 a year on laundry soap. Whoa! Recently Pinterest has opened my eyes to saving money and dressing fashionable, if i say so myself. 😉 I found a money savvy mom blogging about homemade laundry soap. I have never heard of this before! Where have I been?!

Here we go!

Supplies:

  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the cleaning/detergent isle
  • 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cleaning/detergent isle
  • 1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz)…

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lacey's laughable life

This recipe I think I can actually call my own. It took me quite a few batches with lots of trial and error to find something that I really liked. I started by reading through all sorts of different recipes that I could find on other people’s blogs and honestly I’m not even sure where I got this ingredient list from but the measurements and method are something I did on my own.

You’ll need:

  • 6 C. vinegar
  • 4 C. Boiling Water
  • 1 C. Baking Soda
  • 20-30 Drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)

Start by bringing the 4 C. water to a boil in a LARGE pot. (it is going to bubble up at some point so grab the biggest pot you have)

 Once boiling, turn off heat and add 1 C. baking soda. It is going to foam up!

<– Adding this

                                                  Does this –>

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Frosting & Facials

Ever since I saw a post on one of my favorite blogs (Passionate Homemaking) about all-natural homemade deodorant, I’ve been intrigued. I finally ran out of deodorant, as did my Hubby, so I knew today would be the perfect day to test it out!

The essential oils are optional, and I added Tea Tree Oil as well as Peppermint.

I just stored mine in a small container, but my Hubby put his inside an old deodorant stick container.

Here’s a link to this post… http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2010/02/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html

…as well as some other natural ingredient products that I’d like to try out:

*http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2009/06/homemade-all-natural-dishwasher-detergent.html

*http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/08/going-fluoride-free.html

*http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/08/homemade-natural-hair-care-shampoo-recipe.html

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