Archive for June, 2011

Upcycled: Before and After

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

You can find these funky shelving units for free all day long on Craigslist – This Before and After was taken from a Better Homes and Garden article, I found it at Happy Day Vintage.  How cute would this be in an entry way or a nursery!

Wine Country Upcycled

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011







Since I live in wine country proper, I thought it would be nice to include some wine inspired upcycled projects.  I found these at Upcycle The Art of The R’s.


Ironing Board TV Tray

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Most things in my world are line dried and when necessary, 10-minutes-in-the-dryer kind of things.

But, for whatever reason I love to iron cloth napkins -love it.

So for me this is perfect! Found it on a quilters blog, texasfreckles, so you know she knows a little something about ironing!


Upcycled Garden: Rosewater; Epic Fail.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I tried whipping up a batch of rose water using an enamel pot as a homemade still, boiling water, a brick and of course; a bowl of rose petals.

It stunk up my house; something akin to asparagus.

Evidently this stuff has to age awhile and I’ve never been good at waiting – so… Three of my most fabulous BFFs and I visited The Russian River Rose Company located in Healdsburg, CA – right in my own back yard.

We signed up for the Perfume Rose Harvest Tour and after a little instruction we were out in the rose fields harvesting baskets full of roses – it was incredible! It doesn’t take long for you to discover that your tour guide is a gentleman farmer well educated in history, chemistry, economics, advertising and of course; all thing roses.

Your group stuffs the homemade still with rose petals and is rewarded with a cup of hot tea and an interesting demonstration and education.

By the end of the morning you’ll have made a mason jar of rose water! Your host will let you test some aged rose water (remember; asparagus) on each other – hilarity ensues!




Upcycled Garden: Cantaloupe!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I compost to make dirt for my garden – It’s not glamorous, but there it is.

But then I thought – What if I used my compost to plant my garden?

Experiment No. 1 ? Cantaloupe:

1. Scoop out the innards of a cantaloupe

2. Bury the whole slimy mess under about 2 inches of soil

3. Water your garden as usual

4. Thin out the little sprouts – I placed mine about 3 feet apart

It only took a couple of weeks before a little row of green sprouted!

According to all-knowing Google, I’ll be serving my family sweet organic cantaloupe this summer.


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