Category Archives: Reusing

New Spring Garden Tool Belts Up For Grabs!

Toolbelts_lscp016I had to share the newest set of tool belts I made that are now on Etsy. These fabrics are so adorable!

Toolbelts_lscp008Pinwheels! A polka dot version and a triangular version! Pinwheels belong in the garden, don’t they? So fun!

Toolbelts_lscp006And then there’s this, which I’m calling the “Urban Forest” tool belt. I think it just screams northwest life! Technically though, the name of the fabric was called “From My Trip to Tokyo.” This fabric with the orange ribbon just pop!

Toolbelts_lscp003When I was wandering around the fabric store, I just couldn’t pass up this modern floral number. Pink peony tool belt? Um, yes, please! I think this one has Mother’s Day all over it!

Toolbelts_lscp011And then there was the pixilated bees. Yes, those are bees. Made out of hearts. Are you kidding me with this? So perfect! It needed to be transformed into a tool belt!

Toolbelts_lscp009I’m planning a special trip to Bolt in the very near future where I will be adding all kinds of fun fabrics to my collection. I see many more fun garden tool belts in our future! Stay tuned!

 

Urban Farm Fashion Statements

11001846_846409595397971_8208010011669954977_nI think my excitement for the arrival spring is showing up in my wardrobe these days. These botanical accessories are making me so happy lately! The KALE sweatshirt is just too much! Apparently, Beyonce really put this sweatshirt on the map (according to a guy in the airport who told me he liked my Beyonce sweatshirt). I wanted to say something ridiculous like, “Oh, she went to KU too? Neat.” But I refrained. Eric and I joke about that often. So if nothing else, the sweatshirt brings us silly and oh-so-nerdy joy.

succulents2And then there are these amazing succulent hair pins. They showed up in my Etsy newsfeed, made by the same awesomely talented artist who made these gardenias for my wedding:

theDavisons_web-312She makes these adorable succulent hair pins (among many other beautiful clay floral hair pieces) for brides. But who says brides have to have all the fun and beautiful hair accessories? They’re just too precious to resist and for an urban farm girl itching for spring, they’re priceless!

*Image of succulent pins by dkdesignshawaii

Super Simple Autumn Craft: Leaf Bunting

Fall_FeetWhen I first got the idea to make leaf garland, I was beyond excited. Not just because I thought it would look pretty. I was excited because I felt like I was getting my groove back. Nothing kills inspiration more than stress and overwhelment.

photo (2)As we walked around green lake collecting a vibrant assortment of fallen leaves, I looked at my boyfriend and squealed, “I’m so excited! I’m inspired! I haven’t lost it, love!” We took twice as long to walk around the lake as we usually do. Each new tree, each new color, each new leaf shape stopped us and begged to be gathered.

photo (3)My love put the leaves he collected in neat stacks, one leaf on top of the other, and placed them into the bag. Had I realized how easy that would make it to string them together and use them as art, I would have done the same. When I took them out of the bag at home and laid them out across the table, they looked like warm-colored paint on a palette.

photo (5)I set to work immediately to bring my creative vision to fruition. Working with the just-picked leaves was easy since they were still mostly-full of moisture and pliable. When I started the project, I imagined creating strings and strings of garland that day and hanging them outside. However, I underestimated the time I had that day and only managed to get a couple strands strung and hung. I left the piles of leaves on my table only to discover the next morning that the bulk of the leaves, the garland I hung in the house included, had begun to dry  and curl out of the distinct leaf shapes I had wanted to admire. I quickly set some heavy books on the piles that were not crinkled and dehydrated beyond repair. I ended up with plenty of pressed, dry yet slightly-pliable leaves to work with.

photo (4)I punched holes in the top of the leaves – some with two holes in the top for a more flat appearance and some with just one for a more stacked appearance and texture. I liked to use a combination of the two. The leaves that had been pressed and dried were a little more delicate, but still fairly easy to string together.

photo (6)I used jute twine for a natural looking material to string them together. It turned out that the jute also had just enough texture and friction to hold the leaves in place and separated. A small piece of tape on the starting end of the jute kept it from fraying and made the string easier to push through the small holes I punched in the leaves.

photo (7)The final product turned out amazing! The leaf bunting I hung above my front door, the strand with the big leaves with the most stunning combination of green and red, looks festive and inviting. My porch got dolled up for fall and I got to be giddy with inspiration in the process. I really needed that.

Compost Veggie Stock

compost_stock_bagSeveral months ago, I started a veggie stock “compost” bag in the freezer. Instead of throwing the ends of an onion or carrot into the compost bin, I put them into the bag in the freezer. This weekend, I made the most delicious stock from the bits and ends that might have otherwise gone to waste. It was super simple to throw together and is the most delicious way to put veggie waste to use.

stock1You can add a lot of veggie bits to your freezer compost bag – just know that strong-tasting vegetables like those in the brassica family (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, etc.) may end up being an overpowering flavor in your stock. So, you may want to leave those out.

Compost Vegetable Stock

A gallon-size ziplock bag of frozen vegetable bits
1-2 cloves of fresh garlic, peeled and slightly smashed
a sprig or two of thyme
½ teaspoon salt
~ 8 cups of water

Combine all the ingredients into a large stockpot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Simmer for at least an hour. Remove from the heat and cool completely before straining and transferring to clean jars or containers for storage in the freezer.

Makes about 2 quarts of stock (with head room for expansion when they freeze – about 7 cups)

Coincidentally, I discovered that King County recently launched a campaign to educate people on ways to reduce their food waste. They teamed up with PCC and made a couple of videos with simple food waste reduction tips and tricks. I am totally making an “Eat Now” box for my fridge!