Have all your babes grown up? Do you still have that crib hanging around? I spent months dithering over the perfect crib. It had to be the right look, the right color, safe, functional, and we really wanted it grow with our child too. I hate to see it unused, sitting in our basement propped against the wall!
When I was a kid, I had a Little People houseboat. It was one of my favorite toys. In my mind a houseboat was the perfect place to live — like always being at home and always being on vacation, all at the same time.
When shopping her local thrift stores, Amy from Maker Mama noticed a lot of random pot lids in cute colors without any pots to go with them, so she came up with the idea to turn one into a clock. Instead of purchasing a clock kit, she continued with the reuse theme and used parts from an old clock.
What do you think about when you buy a new sofa? Probably you think about the size, the color, the style, how easy it will be to maintain. Almost certainly you think about the cost — whether or not it's a good value. But what about the human cost? Who makes the stuff that fills our homes? Where do they live? How are they treated?
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).