We entertain a lot in the summer in our itsy bitsy urban backyard (very quietly, after midnight, as not to impose ourselves on our neighbors) and I always try to find ways to do it with as little environmental impact as possible (see my discussion of our Halloween party for some of the things I think about when planning a party). Anyway, there is a tree that hangs over our yard - its the best place to hang lights for when it gets dark, creating a lovely ambiance for our little cozy yard. I already have a lot of lights, so will NOT be running out to buy these immediately, but it is nice to know that when I do have to replace some, I will be able to with these Solar Powered ones from IKEA. See more here. Although I might consider investing in the garden sticks above - they have such a fairy quality to them - and Mark has worked so hard on the front garden. Most of the lanterns have LED lights - the most efficient form of lighting discovered thus far - although still a bit expensive for larger applications.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Earth Day may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you have to stop loving our fine planet.
Do so by recycling your old wallpaper scraps (or old wrapping paper, or old tissue paper, or...) rather then adding them to your collection of garbage. A new book out by Derek Fagerstrom and Lauren Smith shares with you 50 SUPER cute craft projects using wallpaper.
From useful note cards to flashy serving trays, Fagerstrom and Smith are experts at making crafts look classy, not kitsch. Check it out on Amazon.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Hmmm . . . perhaps I am feeling a bit cynical this year, or perhaps its just that I've been too busy with Earth Day prep for my full-time job to have time to really enjoy the idea that one day a year, many people pause and think about the environment . . . wait, maybe that's just it. One day a year.
I just saw this skirt in the latest issue of Lucky Mag.
It is made from hundreds and hundreds of friendship bracelets - yes, those ubiquitous, colorful woven pieces of thread that you wore 24/7 when you were in 7th grade. (Oh stop. You know you did.)
Besides being a well-made addition to your spring wardrobe repertiore, sales support the Sri Lankan villagers who weave them.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I just bought this dress on Ebay last week to wear to a wedding in Atlanta in May. It is made from a yellow silk shantung and is from the 60s and looks like it has never been worn (there were tags still on!). I will have to take it to my local tailor, Chaudre, to have the chest taken in, but everything else fits like a dream!! I paid . . . wait for it . . . $56.
I plan to wear it with fushia flats . . . or gold flats . . . still figuring that out. : )
I got it from The Spectrum, a vintage reseller based out of Tulsa. Find them on Ebay here (honestly, I don't really want to share the link with you, but oh well . . . gotta spread the good vintage love).
Peace and cupcakes, y'all.