Maura Grace Ambrose founded Folk Fibers with the goal to "share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting." Each of her quilts is hand quilted in Austin, Texas and is made using 100% natural fibers.
Creating beautiful things from ceramics comes naturally to Paul Burns. He grew up in a family where everyone painted and threw pots and created murals and mosaics with ceramics, and spent summers making tiles in his uncle's shop. These days, he's the president and Chief Ceramicist at Fireclay Tile, a company comitted to creating beautiful tiles using “old world” methods that are unique, affordable, and friendly to the environment.
Besides replacing the fridge with a more energy efficient model, the best way to reduce energy consumption is monitoring and reducing energy use of smaller plugged-in devices. This little device installs in between the socket and electronics, shutting off standby power automatically from three pre-set time settings (30 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours), putting the kibosh on unnecessary energy use with fans, humidifiers, irons, heaters, or anything else easy to forget to turn off (if you desire more information about energy consumption, the Conserve Insight is an upgraded model with a realtime usage/cost display).
Have you ever been intimidated by refinishing metal furniture? Joanna shows it's entirely possible, and gets great results with a little time and elbow grease. She found this little cabinet in a parking lot and instantly saw its potential. Want to see the result of her work? Read on...
When photographer Rylee Hitchner was getting married, she dreamed of DIYing organic hypertufa pots with moss matted to the outside and gorgeous plants cascading over them. But two weeks before the big day, those pots still weren't done. Find out how she turned a bag of Portland cement into a rustic centerpiece, without the weeks and weeks of aging.
Last week I shared some resources for free botanical prints, and a commenter reminded me that free botanicals can also come from leaves and flowers that you collect, dry and frame yourself. Below are some inspirational ideas for displaying your botanical artwork, both prints and the real thing.
One of my favorite things to do when I travel to a new destination is to find a garden or conservatory to visit. It may be an acclaimed one that I pinned to my "Gardens I Must Visit Before I Die" Pinterest board, or I might have just stumbled across it while out exploring. Regardless, in my book garden visits trump museums any day. Here are some of my favorite gardens that I've visited across the US, as well as gardens that I plan to see in the future.
If you're planning an outdoor wedding or other celebration this season, chances are that you're scouting ideas for outdoor lighting. Whether you're adding sparkle to your celebration with strings of twinkle lights, pendants hanging from tree branches, or intimate table lamps on your guests' tables, we've rounded up the best and brightest here (without an electrical outlet in sight).