A beautiful box cake that looks good enough to eat! But this cake’s ingredients are all from recycled pieces layered with boxes decorated in colorful paper, flowers, ribbon and lace with a message on top. Celebrate Spring with this delicious decoration that will complement any room of your home. Here’s How: Cover boxes in different colored papers. Glue boxes one on top of another. Gather & glue tulle around one box. Glue flowers around another box. Glue gold trim around each box. Glue violets, lace & ribbon to egg. Gather & glue festooning to top of box. Glue chicken/... Read more →
Extra, Extra from the Goddess of Garbage . . .
A Dear Doe: The recent Mountain Living Magazine shows one of Bryan Christiansen’s artistic works. A “Doe” sculpture created from “bits/pieces” of a teal leather loveseat is an exceptional piece of art. Christiansen is known for transforming discarded furniture parts into sculptural show pieces. He states, “remaking the object into a deer was about giving it life, a sort Dadaist endeavor.” Stremmelgallery.com
Jung Lee’s Outdoor folding Chairs: Lee’s chairs are an industrial take on the bistro classic chair. Strips of recycled tire rubber are woven and then fastened to a sturdy brass frame. $350.00 for a set of two. Great for extra seating indoors or outdoors. Jungleeny.com
Reclaimed—wood wall cladding in colors: $11.00 per square foot; windfalllumber.com
The Sustainable San Mateo County netted over $50,000 at their 16th Annual Sustainability Awards Dinner. The College of San Mateo Bayview Dining Room was the venue that welcomed 250 people. The delicious appetizers and buffet dinner were enjoyed by all. California State Senator, Jerry Hill was the Emcee and Auctioneer. A very successful event. Congratulations Everyone!!
A simple plastic flower pot, a glue gun and rope can take an ordinary flower pot and elevate it to a cache pot with character. Use colored rope for variation.
Reusing plastic storage bags is a no-no. Even though you rinse out a plastic bag before reusing it, the bag still contains bacteria from the food and from your hands.
Have Book Will Travel: Pamela Keach, writer, artist and curator, has put together another guide book.
If you love traveling and searching out the unusual for your homes,pick up a copy. "The Best Flea,Antiques,Vintage, and New-Style Markets in America. $22.00
According to Michael SanClements, author of a new book on green living,"Plastic Purge", 48% of bottled water comes from a plain old tap. There doesn't seem to be a law requiring companies to state the source on their label. Ah, - that's an interesting tidbit.
Time changes can be very stressful for many people. Medical professionals report that there are more strokes and heart attacks in the two days following a time change. Ponder this photo as a stress reducer. Very Zen… and found in a professional building’s atrium in Northern California. A small waterfall and garden can immediately relax the mind. Maybe you can re-create this for your home. Read more →
I love to save old cards from special occasions and recycle them by cutting out the artwork and pasting it onto nice, colorful card stock paper. In this case, I found a Vintage Valentine (Circa: 1960) that caught my eye. It's a Gibson Import from West Germany that sold for 50 cents at that time! What can you do with old cards for that special Valentine? Read more →
Have a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year. See you in 2016! A sparkling candy shoe is a creative container for your favorite Holiday treats…whether it’s candy canes, fudge, caramels, popcorn, chocolate bark, toffee or peppermint, this unusual paper, pointed toe shoe becomes a festive vessel for Christmas confections. It can also be used as a tree ornament, party favor, hostess gift or part of a holiday table scape. Read more →
Remember when stores would give gift boxes during the Holidays? No longer…and who can afford professional gift wrapping these days? I solved the problem by designing a special signature gift box for that special person…or why not everyone on my list or yours? Added bonus: no wrapping! Happy Holidays from the Goddess of Garbage!!!! Read more →
The holidays are upon us and while getting everything ready can be stressful, making your own decorations can be a family affair that is fun and stress-busting for all. Here are two of my favorite decorations, one for the door and one for the table. All upcycled, recycled and re-used. Check back next week for a special gift box to make for that special person and the following week two more last minute projects. Happy Holidays from the Goddess! Read more →
Thanksgiving has historically been a feast to celebrate the harvest since recorded time began. Ancient Greeks enjoyed a harvest festival called the Smophera. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvest, had a festival called Cerelia that was celebrated on October 4th. In Old England, the autumnal feast and harvest was called Harvest Home. Read more →
I needed a small decoration for my Halloween tablescape, so I created this mini vignette. It will surely delight your Halloween party guests and maybe even scare some trick or treaters when placed by the candy bowl on Halloween night. Mini Halloween Celebration Tag. You’re it! Make and attach a Halloween novelty tag to a gift, place card, bag of candy or all three. Trick or treat anyone? Here’s How: Twist black pipe cleaners into hands, feet and body. Loop silver pipe cleaner to hang and belt waist. Use ribbon to attach to gift, place card or bag of candy Read more →
Autumn has officially arrived …pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere, colorful leaves are falling and dancing in the chilly breeze, football season is in full swing and, of course, October means Halloween. I am starting to add pieces of Fall décor here and there in my home and also integrating some of my favorite Halloween decorations early in the month. Here are two easy, DIY projects to get ready to greet the spirit of Halloween. Read more →