4.22.2013

Happy Earth Day


Happy Earth Day!  
Take a look back at these Earth Day links posted in years past - all still great resources!

And a video clip of sunrise in Sedona, Arizona taken earlier this month when visiting this astoundingly beautiful place.  Just watched it again to remind ourselves how wonderous our planet truly is.

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4.15.2013

P.S. Terrariums: what plants work best


P.S.  So I started to build my terrarium realizing that I had procured all of the base elements: gravel, stones, potting soil but no plants! And while my previous post highlights some lovely looks it lacks the essential imfo: What plants work best for a terrarium. I had thought succulents, but they are desert plants and a covered humid vessel surely bears no resemblance to their natural habitat. Nothing like stating the obvious! ;)

So here's a list of top plants for terrariums from Better Homes and Gardens

And a great HOW TO for set up and care can be found HERE at Miss Kopy Kat blog

4.13.2013

A Green Thumbs Up for Apothecary Jar Terrariums

About to embark on an early Spring green thumb project of terrariums and thought I'd share these few sweet findings...

From Sirona Springs - love the varied shapes
 especially the one on it's side


Hard to resist a gnome - from Blythe Gardens on Etsy


OK not exactly a terrarium but impossible to resist!
via Northest Parkway on Pinterest


These beautiful classics from The Clean Slate blog are a "how to" in a photo -
hope it's as easy as it looks!


Nothin' beats a collection! via Thrift Candy


Last but not least - these tiny pendants from Herbs & Wonders...
a perfect accessory for Earth Week!


3.18.2013

Blog Brief

It's been awhile- Dec. 31 to be precise! One of my New Year's resolutions was to blog less, say more.
So, unless something really strikes a chord and inspires, we're reducing and downsizing our posts. ;)
I see this as a really great thing- a fundamental shift that has happened for so many = we are so much more educated about green lifestyle and green initiatives than we were when we started nearly 5 years ago.  There simply is not as much that needs to be said. 

That said... here are some beautiful, inspired artistic paper creations from four artists that I came across today. I found them on the many incredible artist links on these two fantastic blogs: Upon A Fold and Discover Paper.  Enjoy!


Australian paper sculptor Anna-Wili Highfield 
creates amzingly realistic, highly detailed bird sculptures from paper




British/Italian artist Chris Gilmour
turns every day objects in to objets d'art- created with corrugated board
 
 Above photos via chrisgilmour.com



Japanese artist Kako Ueda creates organic creatures intricately cut in paper

 
 Above photos via kakoueda.com



Wonderful whimsy in hand made paper from French artistes 

Above photos via papieraetres.com 

 

11.05.2012

Are Bamboo Shoots Really Bamboo?

Dining on a delectable dinner this evening - chicken, snow peas and bamboo shoots - I savored the bamboo shoots and wondered... Are bamboo shoots really made from bamboo?

A little research and, why yes, they are! They have outstanding nutritional value and require important preparation guidelines  (Keyword: COOK... they release hydrogen cyanide if eaten raw).

If you have a green thumb and a hearty appetite learn how to grow 'em here and cook 'em up with recipes here.

Photo: justhungry.com
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