Spring Florals

 

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Photo by Rodion Kutsaev from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/frostroomhead/

Hello Spring!

Bring in the new! Colors play a big part in the Spring landscape. Scents and colors are synergistic partners when considering choosing a botanical blend.

This season is when plants and flowers are springing up and floral essential oils are an excellent seasonal choice for botanical blends. Ylang Ylang, and Rose Geranium blend in beautifully with the Spring landscape. Think bright floral colors. 

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If you’re not the flowery type, then herbal blends such as Lavender, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus are complementary to this season. Think muted natural pastel colors.

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If you’re all about a new start this season, then green blends such as Spearmint, Basil, Clary Sage and Petigrain help assist with change and breathe in new life where needed. Think ethereal fresh greens.

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Any of these palettes can be mixed and matched, the botanical blends always work best with an intention in mind. A rule of thumb when choosing a scent is to go with the flow of the Season.

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
/2012/05/10-diy-urban-gardening-ideas/

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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