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).
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.