Wednesday, August 21, 2013

“Blurring the Lines Between Indoors and Out” Indoor Gardening Series Recycled Seed Starter Pots

Good Morning!

Today marks the beginning of a lovely green series all about indoor gardening! I shall call it:

“Blurring the Lines Between Indoors and Out”

And thanks to the fantastic P. Allen Smith this ravishing phrase has become quite catchy and a tad overused but nonetheless ideal.
As few (if any) of you know I have quite the dainty indoor garden in my bedroom (NOTE* recommended to have a large sunny space as plants take up room and smell slightly dirty thanks to the potting soil) To start my humble gnome home I selected a room with a big window that faces primarily south/southwest in order to harvest all the sunlight I can. I then selected seeds that will work well indoors. I chose Marigolds (yummy tea!) Cucumbers (hardy indoors or out but needs a trellis) Green Bell Peppers (Favorite snack!) and Sunflowers.

Yes, Sunflowers can be grown indoors with high ceilings and plenty of light (No, my parents do not know about this one :] )

To start my lovely seeds I wanted to find an eco-friendly, recyclable, yet decomposable seed starter and after many hours of internet searching I found the perfect one!

To make these cute little guys, I began collecting many toilet paper rolls. I then pre-creased each edge of the bottom of the tube to make it easier to form the pot-like bottom

I then pinched in opposite sides and folded them down to create half the bottom

I repeated the process with the last two remaining “points” to form the base of the pot (this part can be a tad tricky)

 *If your pot doesn’t stand well try placing a small cylinder item inside, setting it on a hard surface, and pressing the flaps flat.

I then filled each little pot 7/8 (fancy measuring skills there *guestimate) full with an organic seed starting medium. I placed a tiny little seed in the middle and filled the pot the rest of the way full with seed starting medium. Place your little dandies on a plastic tray (water and soil may leak out the bottom) in a sunny location (bright window sill or shelf with a grow light) and be patient. Be sure to water frequently and of course introduce yourself to the cute little seeds.

After the little buds are a few inches tall, you are ready to pop them into their permanent home and treasure your new roommates!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

21 Signs You Sew Too Much

21 Signs That You Sew Too Much
1.  You own 3 pairs of scissors
2. “fabric Stash” is an underestimate
  3.You know your body’s measurements by heart
4. “Sew only September” is on your bucket list
5.You no longer feel pain after sticking your finger with a pin or needle
6.The seam ripper is your best friend
7.You go to a clothing store and think “I could make that”
8.  Whenever you hear “Make it work” you automatically picture Tim Gunn
9.  You will frequently disappear for hours and have nothing to show for it because you couldn’t “make it work”
10.  You will stab someone for using you fabric scissors for anything but fabric 
111. “Where did you buy that?” Is the world’s best compliment
12. Joanne’s is preprogrammed into your GPS (Like you actually need it)
13. You can perfectly eyeball an 1/8”
14.   You go hours with a measuring tape around your neck forgetting it’s there
15.   You own more than 2 pincushions
16.   You know what different fabrics are based on their feel
17.   You own more throw pillows than you know what to do with
18.   You know the differences between a Baste stitch and a Topstitch
19.   Your sewing machine has a name
20.   Be honest, you haven’t measured a hem since your first circle skirt

21.   “Hi Lo” Is an excuse for not measuring the hem…

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Save the Asian Elephants!

Save the Asian Elephants!

Hello, Today I want to share with you all a very important cause. Being an Activist I see many animals fight for their lives and the existence of their species, something we could end if we all work together.

The folks at put together this lovely campaign that I need to share with you!

Campaign to Protect the Asian Elephant

The Asian elephant, once widely distributed throughout many areas of India, is now listed an endangered species by the Indian Government and included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. The factors leading to steep population declines in all five major elephant habitats include: rapid human population growth that has resulted in shrinking habitat; major reductions in elephant “exclusive zones” and elephant “buffer zones;” and increased human-elephant conflicts, including poaching and an extraordinary increase in railway accidents, resulting from an Indian government decision to increase the range, size, and speed of railways throughout the elephants’ habitat.

Unlike elephant populations threatened by large scale poaching, the threats plaguing Asian elephant populations in India can be greatly reduced through three strategies: organizing community-led on the ground interventions; eliminating the Indian Railway exemption from the Environmental Impact Assessment process; and developing broad based public support for elephant protection.  
To reverse the Asian elephant population decline, Earth Day Network India (EDN-India) proposes a three year campaign to:
  • Initiate public interest litigation against the Indian government to eliminate the  EIA exemption for railway activities;
  • Launch a pan-India campaign build and mobilize a broader national citizen’s movement to support the elimination of the EIA exemption and to protect the Asian Elephants, Rhinos and Tigers.
  • Engage local community and other stakeholders in one of India’s most important elephant habitats in a one year pilot program to develop and implement a comprehensive protection plan, including a simple but effective Early Warning System to reduce elephant deaths to zero from railway accidents;
  • Offer medical assistance to participants and their extended families as well as environmental education and sex trafficking education in all participating communities; and
  • Develop  and implement an environmental stewardship ethic among local community stakeholders, including community leaders and small and local government leaders.
India is home to between 50 and 60 per cent of all of Asia's wild elephants.  Asian Elephants are listed as an endangered species on the World Conservation Union’s Red List, Schedule 1. The protection of Asian Elephants in India is thus of paramount importance.  
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Remember lovelies, It only takes one person to change the world!