Jan 29, 2011

Winter Reading

I follow a site called Design Sponge. I love it. It has a hodgepodge of different things from decorating, recycling, books and so on. The post that I got today was a list for books for winter reading. All have to do with gardening, self-sufficiency and living a peaceful, happier life. This ia good time of year to do some research, plan gardens and order seeds...My favorite time...

The Dirty Life is going to be a must read for me and I found a couple more that will be Christmas presents next year. The Four Season Harvest by Elliot Coleman is another book I am interested in. The husband and I have been planning our next project which is a greenhouse to extend the growing season, eventually produce our own food year round. Elliot Coleman is the "Guru of Organic Gardening"...a wealth of information with shows on PBS and other books.
Also Mycelium Running by Paul Stament is another one I plan to read ..we have some ideal areas for growing mushrooms and try to utilize what we can at our home. This book goes into why cultivating mushrooms is good for the environment by the process of breaking down hydrocarbans which cause pollution.

I am posting the list of books. Click on Design Sponge or the book title to take you to the page to read the summaries of these books. There is something for everyone, city or country.

1. Farm Together Now by Amy Franseschini, Anne Hamersky, Daniel Tucker

2. The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

3. The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball

4. The Self-Sufficient-ish Bible by Andy & Dave Hamilton

5. The Creative Family by Amanda Soule

6. The Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

7. The Urban Homestead by Erik Knutzen & Kelly Coyne

8. Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich

9. Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes

10. Mycelium Running by Paul Stamet

Also check out a few of my favorite spots, tried and true...you can't go wrong...

Jan 28, 2011

The Dark Side of the Super Bowl


"The trafficking of children for sale at the Super Bowl is welldocumented. Texas Attorney General Abbott is taking a standand has prepared a task force to identify and respond to traffickers who plan to sell children at the Super Bowl. However, it is not enough to expect law enforcement and victim advocates to bear the entire burden of responding to this issue, which is expected to include many victims. In support of the efforts of the task force, we are requesting the Super Bowl Host Committee embrace a proactive approach with community members by endorsing the “I’m Not buying It” campaign, which would raise awareness and deter the buying of children during the Super Bowl"
Please sign the Petition posted on my sidebar....This is unacceptable!
Please share this too....

Jan 26, 2011

The Legend of the White Squirrel of Brevard NC

A friend on Facebook was telling everyone about watching two white squirrels playing this morning and how wonderful it was... That was intriguing and so after some help from some friends, I found out about the legend and how the White Squirrel came to be in Brevard, North Carolina. So here it is and I hope you enjoy the story and the pictures. Thanks Lelania !!

"Legend has it that Brevard, North Carolina’s White Squirrels arrived here over 50 years ago via a circus truck. Now this story is so strange is almost has to be true. So here is goes…

It all started with Mrs. W.E. (Barb
ara) Mull, a long time resident of Brevard, North Carolina. Her brother-in-law, H.H. Mull, was given two white squirrels by a Mr. Black of Madison, Florida way back in 1949. The pair of white squirrels had been squirreling around in Mr. Black’s pecan grove ever since a circus truck had overturned near his home. H.H. Mull then gave the little white critters to his niece Barbara Mull up in North Carolina. She kept them inside and hoped they might even breed, but alas, no such luck.

In 1951, Barbara Mull got married and went her way. In her absence, one of the white squirrels escaped outdoors. Not long afterwards, Mr. Mull (Barbara’s father) let the other heart broken and love stricken white squirrel go free. A short time later, little white squirrels began appearing in various parts of town – apparent direct or indirect off springs of this “Adam and Eve” pair.

The White Squirrels of Brevard, North Carolina have become so famous that in 1986, the Brevard City Council unanimously voted for an ordinance that established a sanctuary for all squirrels. The ordinance reads, “The entire area embraced within the corporate limits of the city is hereby designated as a sanctuary for all species of squirrel (family Sciuriadae), and in particular the Brevard White Squirrel. It shall be unlawful for any person to hunt, kill, trap, or otherwise take any protected squirrels within the city by this section.”

Other towns also lay claim to having white squirrels as residents. These include Olney, Illinois, Marionville, Missouri, and Exeter, Canada. Unlike some of these squirrels, Brevard’s White Squirrels are not albinos squirrels, but a variant of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. And since an amazing 27% of Brevard’s squirrels are white squirrels, and since only Brevard has an annual White Squirrel Festival, The White Squirrel Institute, and The Squirrel Box Derby downhill race, this is why Brevard, NC is often referred to as the “White Squirrel Capital of the World.

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(disclaimer: these pictures are not mine.
I gave credit to the ones I could,
the rest came from Brevard NC websites)

Jan 23, 2011

Magic Bus ...an Artistic Expression

(disclaimer: these pictures are not mine and are only being used
to express an appreciation for the artistic value)

Jan 21, 2011

The Hobbit....

I am a Lord of the Rings fan but my favorite book is "The Hobbit". Finally after hearing rumors of a movie back in 2007, I finally checked and found that they are making the movie. It will be in 2 parts with the Part 1 due to be released Dec 19th 2012. I for one cannot wait and highly recommend that you read the book before you see the movie...It is a fantastic read!! I also posted a link to one of the websites so you can see who will be in it from the LOTR movies... Enjoy!!


(via Vintage Rose Garden)

Jan 19, 2011

Recycled Necklace Hanger

I made this from a architectural piece that came from an old Garden Angel...I carved some simple flowers and did some spiral work with black craft wire...The hangers are upholstery tacks.
I try to make pieces that fit in with my decorating scheme...which is pretty eclectic so just about anything works at my home... and it usually ends up expressing who I am .....which works too!!

(some of the pictures may be fuzzy as I took these with a phone camera.)

A Mystic Garden

Everyone should have one...Our bedroom overlooks our mystic garden... It is the first thing I see when I get up. A great way to start the day..
All gardens are mystical because even in the winter there are things taking place under the snow away from our eyes...little miracles that occur even during the cold winter months...
I read a book, mostly during the winter months, called "The Mystic Garden" by Gunilla Norris ... Not everyday but when I feel I need a boost. It is a reminder of how important winter is...not only for our environment but for ourselves ....here is an excerpt from the first chapter "Winter"...

"Now is the time for no thing. We are invited to enter this mystery. Frost is the teacher that shows us we would not survive a day without a home and heat. And our souls, too, know something our outer selves do not register most of the time: in winter we have a chance to enter a clear empty space. When ever something ends, something else has begun. Our souls can dive into the biting cold, into the darkness, into bare being. The unknown is there. There is no calender, no time. No self-definition. Winter is a womb in which to grow."

This is a book I highly recommend...very simple but profound. Whether you have a garden or not, you will benefit from it...But it may also get you thinking about having your own garden no matter how large or how small...

Jan 17, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream

In Honor of a Great Man

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."

Jan 11, 2011

Jan 2, 2011

Epsom Salt Luminaries

I have discovered that Epson Salts' use extends into the recycling realm. They are great for achy muscles and sprinkling around newly planted roses to help the establishment of the roots. But now they can be used to make an elegant candle settings.

I found this website and fell in love with this craft. I love the fact that you can use old jars to make these and it's simplicity in making is as beautiful as the candle light it reflects. This is something that can be used year round and would make a gorgeous centerpiece!

This is one I made from a candle holder and placed it in a Hurricane Jar with clear acrylic pieces that look like ice. ( I think I got them at Michael's Craft Store.) It is so pretty at night with a tea light inside.

I am posting the link to the tutorial...Simple and fun to do!! Enjoy!!

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