August 2010

Beautiful Clockwork: Handpainted, Recycled Record Clocks Thumbnail

I have seen my fair share of things made from recycled vinyl records. Bowls, clocks, mirrors, coasters — if it's made from a record, I've probably seen it. The common thread between all of them is that they all still look like records. That's great if you're buying them for nostalgia's sake, to help you…

Pretty & Patterned: Organic Cotton Floral Upholstery Fabric Thumbnail

I have become quite the collector of fabric — most of it organic, and some of it secondhand. I rarely know what I'm going to use it for. Only that I eventually will use it. My fabric stash thus far has come in really handy for making cloth napkins and handkerchiefs for my daughter to…

Making My Home Greener and Cleaner, Part 1 Thumbnail

A lot of things have changed for my family since January. When my daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), it felt like someone pulled the rug out from under us — like things would never be "normal" again. In part, we were right. The doctors and nurses charged with my daughter's care warned…

Get the Look: Pre-Painted Bamboo Blinds Thumbnail

Remember those bamboo blinds that I hand-painted last summer for my mother's patio? Yesterday, I stumbled upon bamboo blinds with a similar style pre-painted on them at World Market. It is available in warm colors (red, orange and cream) and a cooler palette (blue, green and yellow). And even better, they cost less than what…

Green Steals of the Week: Organic Crib & Toddler Bedding Thumbnail

I have spent months with baby fever, in part because so many of my blogging friends recently had or are having babies and I wanted to remember what it felt like again. Sending my daughter off to kindergarten only multiplied that effect, although I wonder how wise it is to wish for an infant now…