11 Reasons to Love the Fall

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All four seasons are about change, and of all of them Fall is the most dramatic. Starting with the change of light, for a brief time between late September to late November we get this wonderful Autumn sun glow that can be seen most during sunrise and sunset, and it casts a warm hue throughout the day.

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Rosemary in the Autumn glow

The moon is also glowing and gorgeous during the Fall too, especially the Harvest Moon, as in that SuperMoon we had late September. As we get later into Autumn, this quality of light gets richer and warmer until it gradually gives way to Winter’s crisp blue cast.

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The SuperMoon September 2015

Fall Highlights:

Okay where do we start?

  1. Harvest time! Springtime’s planted crops and fruitful trees are now ready to harvest. The apple and pomegranate trees ready to be picked. The photo above is of the pom’s from the backyard.
  2. Back to School: Okay, I’m not in school, but many people of all ages from 6 – 60 are going back to school, and it’s exciting! It’s a new start, full of potential, with like-minded people. I also use “Back to School” as an analogy for “fresh starts” in life regarding a new job, new projects, a career change, or start up/launch a new business.
  3. Fall in love! Spring is overrated Fall is the best time for new relationships or a new approach to existing ones. You’ve got that Autumn glow that makes everything look magical.
  4. Fall Fashion Week: I know not related to natural changes…or is it? Fashion is time based and follows seasons and trends, plus I love it, it’s like art to me. I’m not a fashionista but I really like the idea of people changing their appearance and season related clothes in tune with nature. I’m hoping to see more eco-conscious and sustainable clothing though. We’ll get there.
  5. Fall Festival Time! – this includes Wine & Food Festivals, Craft Fairs, Harvest Festivals – which are sort of like a giant Farmer’s Market, and of course Octoberfest!
  6. The weather, it’s neither too hot or too cold (except in Southern California it’s been too hot 80+ – 100 degrees, with some occasional cool days since August.) We get this lovely dry breeze that seems so refreshing after months of humid weather. It’s a cross between sweater weather and t-shirt weather.
  7. Pumpkins! To eat, to decorate, to carve, and then there’s freshly roasted sea salted pumpkin seeds.
  8. October: it’s magic. It just is.
  9. Halloween! I think Halloween is the fantastic closing night of October. You gotta love a night holiday, especially one with candy. Creativity, imagination, illusion and fun are in full bloom on this night.
  10. Thanksgiving! This is Fall’s major holiday and one of my favorites! Food, friends, family, relaxing with hot spiked apple cider (unless you’re planning on cooking & hosting). If Thanksgivings have been stressful for you in the past, then make sure to enjoy it this year in the best way possible, create new traditions, spend it with friends, a community, or serve others through volunteering. This is also a good time to take stock of your natural gifts and talents, and how you can share them.
  11. The lovely foliage, creating a colorful tree-scape of reds and golds. The leaves are not going quietly as they’re  making their grand finale and graceful exit off the trees.

I hope you enjoy this magical Fall season. I could list off many more things I love about this season, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Bike Meets Sewing Machine

This is sort of an oldie but goodie re-blogged from StarsWeAre.  This a short post about man and his bike powered sewing machine.  Happy Earth Day!

Bike Meets Sewing Machine, A Love Story

I love when two unrelated things are combined to make something useful and creative. If you can get past the hipster cuteness, watch this video, it’s a great idea. The New Museum of New York and Spanish fabric brand peSeta teamed up to work on the project named Bicycle Cap, this was initiated by ad agency Leo Burnett Iberia. They are not the first to make a bike powered sewing machine, which have been used by craft artists over the years, but the way they present the idea across in this video about hybrid power is kind of a hybrid in itself, is it an ad? documentary? or just plain cute? directed by Zipi, it gets the point across without being preachy.

The Bicycle Cap by peSeta for the New Museum from casa peSeta on Vimeo.

Below is Paul Nosa and his mobile sewing bike…

 

Artist: Paul Nosa sewing bicycle

Artist: Paul Nosa, patches make by sewing bicycle

Artist: Paul Nosa, awesome discount!

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2011-05/26/bicycle-cap
http://oaklandnorth.net/2010/07/03/bicycle-powered-sewing-machine/
http://bikeportland.org/2005/11/14/bike-powered-sewing-machine-635

http://starsweare.com/2011/05/27/bike-meets-sewing-machine-a-love-story/

How to Grow a Sexy Urban Garden

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Urban gardens!… they’re so creative and its fascinating to see life spring from the most unlikely of places. I don’t have a sprawling yard, so I love the idea of growing plants indoors or in small outside areas.

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I have to confess I don’t have much of a green thumb.  Plants and flowers just don’t thrive under my care, even though I will water them (probably too much) and talk to them (again probably too much) and put them in a place to get lots of sunshine, they just don’t grow.

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Its a skill that I’d like to work on because plants instantly beautify a small space and in my opinion these plants also reflect the state of the environment and its inhabitants, healthy space = healthy people = healthy thriving plants.

Below is my first attempt at successfully growing a cinnamon basil plant….and yes it is from a kid’s book called Sprout, that you can see here.

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Here are some creative ideas and EASY DIY garden tutorials I thought I’d share, I’m going to try this and see if I can make a sexy urban garden using empty egg cartons…

5 DIY Projects for Indoor Gardening (via sustainablog)

I don’t know about you, but where I live, it isn’t easy having a garden. The weather is unpredictable, and the seasons never want to behave themselves. It gets colder earlier and stays that way longer. You think that Spring has really sprung with days of warm sunshine and singing birds, and then…

10 Ideas for Sexy Urban Gardens

by on April 16, 2012 in Shelter

Haute gardening for boutique parcels of land.

It’s Earth Month, technically. At the risk of sounding like a cliché: for us here at EcoSalon, every month is earth month. To celebrate April and beyond, we’re going to be taking a look at gardens galore this month and next. We’ll be exploring ways in which designers, gardeners and other earth-loving individuals are integrating nature into their homes and communities.

Today, some haute gardening ideas for tiny parcels of land in dense urban environments, where space (and greenery) is at a premium.

If your “acre of land” is actually a wall, try hanging pots, empty jumbo soup cans or a salvaged boom box:

Garden bags are perfect for a room with a view:

The Kikkuu White Planter is perfect for an enclosed patio or porch:

Make your rooftop a thrift-store/flea-market gardening oasis:

An amazing reuse of pallets:

here’s a straightforward video on how to grow herbs in a reusable shopping bag….

http://www.refinery29.com/urban-gardening

http://www.elephantjournal.com
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Mini Vertical Garden for Balcony, Patio, or Kitchen.

http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/

More DIY garden tutorials…

Modern Hippie

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I always thought of myself as a rocker, but I guess I’m just a modern hippie at heart.  I’m less granola and Birkenstock and more urban gardens, creative recycling, DIY style, metaphysics and modular furniture.  I can also appreciate the color spectrum of crystals and natural rocks and use them for inspiration in design.  I love both natural and man-made design, but don’t like man-made materials at the cost of our health, animals, environment or unethical labor conditions.  I know not everything will come without a price, even the organic things come at the expense of something else, but the less damage overall and the more in tune with nature, the better. 

So I decided to embrace this notion of Hippie Modernism and created a homage below via Pinterest, I put together some images on a board that I thought were inspiring, modern, fresh and sustainable.  Just looking at this board makes me happy!

So I guess the hippies were right, groovy!

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” -Joseph Campbell

(click on photo to see board)

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