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DIY Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

Moss Bath Mat

 

How awesomely fun is this! You can create you own Moss Bath Mat that gets water from the steam in your bathroom as well as from you when you dry off! Make sure to place the mat directly outside of your tub or shower like you would any other mat. I think this is a great use of greens in the home especially if you are someone who isn’t good at keeping plants alive. I personally managed to murder a cactus that has been in my office for the passed 3 years. I think I need a lesson in not murdering plants which is why this mat is so appealing to me. I found this fun little project right here if you want to see the full article.

Supplies:
Plastazote Foam Roll
Scissors
X-ACTO Knife
Stencil
Hot Glue Gun
Assorted moss plugs

Directions:

1. Measure and cut two sheets of plastazote foam from the roll at 24-by-12 inches each. This plastic-foam material is what is used in making commercial moss mats, and is ideal for wet-dry use.

2. Lay one of the sheets of plastazote in front of you and place a large stencil in the center. It can be of any shape you want. Stick simple shapes if you are a beginner.

3. Trace the shape with a white crayon, since the plastazote material is dark in color.

4.. Cut around the shape tracing with an X-acto knife. Cut down through the entire depth of the material, and push out the cutout shape, leaving a perfect hole in the shape of the stencil. Do this as many times as you want on the material. Place smaller stencils around the large cutouts and repeat, as you please.

5. Squeeze a line of hot glue along all four edges of the second sheet of plastazote material. Layer the sheet with the holes over it evenly, pressing the edges together. This creates a single mat of about 2 inches thick. The top layer features perfect molds for filling with moss.

6. Moisten the top layer of the mat after it has dried for an hour. This gets it primed for the moss. Spray it with a fine mist of water from your shower head or a spray bottle.

7. Fill each “mold” in the top layer of the mat with your own selection of moss plugs, which can be purchased online or from specialty nurseries and gardening stores. Irish moss, Spanish moss and some forms of live sphagnum moss thrive well in these living eco-shower mats.

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

 

 

I was looking for some summer crafts to do since we decided against our garden this year as our outdoor fuzzy friends refuse to even give the garden a chance and everything we have tried doesn’t keep them out. I still love me some greenery and didn’t want to slack while the weather is so nice. I have been seeing succulents and succulent projects all over the place.  After much searching I have found a project that I love love love!!
Since it is summer and I know everyone knows at least one person who goes to the beach regularly and collects shells why not make great use of them. You have used sea shells as decorations before but why not as a planter right? This is an excellent way to upcycle! You can give the the conch shell planters away as gifts, do it as a party craft or even save it for next school year for a craft project. Conch shell planters can make beautiful decorations for inside or outside of your home. You can brighten up your office even! Here is all you have to do:
1. get and clean a conch shell
2. buy a pot or if you already have a pot of succulents you can use them
3. spoon

Make sure your conch shell is clean and big enough to give your succulent room to breath. You can really use any plant you want if succulents aren’t your thing.  I am really into the look of succulents lately here in NY you don’t really see them very often as decor.  I really like the look of them and there happens to be a wide variety to work with. Use your spoon to gently dig the plant out by the roots.  Once the roots and plant are out add a little soil to the bottom of the shell to make sure the roots will be covered.  Add the plant then the rest of the soil.  Make sure the soil and plant are packed tight enough to not fall out and there you have it! Your conch shell planter is ready.  I have seen some crafts where you can add wire or twine to hang the planter which is also a super cute idea!

 

The Beagles Green Tips for Turkey Day

Green Turkey Day Tips
Green Turkey Day Tips

 

 

 

Turkey Day is almost here and every year I post plenty of do it yourself decorations, crafts and activities to green up your Thanksgiving. There are some tips I mention over and over because they are that important. Thanksgiving has become a holiday of gluttony and not thanks for anything in my opinion. Try really being thankful this year and try to give back to the earth.

1. Save the seeds from your dinner and plant them when you can. You can also include the dried and cleaned seeds in a holiday gift for people who attended your Thanksgiving. Give them something to remind them how thankful they should be. You should be thankful for those seeds, they gave you a great meal.  Maybe if properly cared for you can serve those very veggies at your next holiday meal.

2. STAY LOCAL! Get your produce from local farm stands or local grocers. This season for fall harvesting didn’t do that well for some fruits and veggies. I know by me apples took a hard hit locally. You want to keep your neighborhood from becoming a ghost town? You want to make sure you have places to spend your money near you than purchase from around you. Not at the chain places at the Mom and Pop places. Helping your community helps you.

3. Compost all of your leftovers. If you can’t give things away,eat them all or reuse them in other recipes compost them for your yard. No need to throw food into the trash. Depending on what we have I make yummy meals for our pets. I know I am thankful for them so I share to make sure they know it.

4. Use as little packaging and throw away utensils as possible. I personally don’t appreciate disposable items. Not because of their wastefulness but because I feel like you are telling your guests you don’t have the time for real utensils or that they aren’t worth it. I understand disposing is easy but you can put that much more effort into a meal you have slaved all day over and make it look that much nicer. Again, remember show your guests you are Thankful for them!

5. Conserve Energy where you can. Your house is going to obviously get hot with all of the cooking, eating and people in the near vicinity. Turn your heat down or off (depending on the temp. outside) and open some windows. Let’s not forget to not turn every light and electrical gadget on in the house the entire time. While people are cooking try to get people to go outside and be active. Don’t have multiple tv’s, video games and lights on in the house. Force your friends and family to spend time with each other. You will be thankful you saved on your bill the month before the real spending begins.

6. Potluck? I know some people take pride in cooking the whole meal but think of the time and energy everyone saves if they are in charge of bringing one or two things. Everyone gets to actually sit, relax and enjoy time with their friends and family. Try it, you might be thankful that you did!

7. NO TURKEY PLEASE!!! I can read off a ton of statistics about how horribly turkeys are treated and the processes but that isn’t going to make most of you listen. I don’t expect all of you to listen but I hope some do. There are plenty of delicious options to having turkey on your plate. The photo is Tofurkey which looks delish! You can go with other less traditional and or vegan dishes. Get creative. Just because it is called Thanksgiving aka Turkey Day doesn’t mean we can’t change it to Tofurkey Day. If they called it Horse day would we have to eat horse????

St. Patricks Day a Day of Green

St. Patrick's Day

 
St. Patrick’s Day is always a day of greenness but we should make this holiday less about just the color and more about the act of being green and doing green things. You may even be able to trick those un-green folks who think your attempts at saving the Earth are futile into doing green deeds with you. Here are some tips I found floating around the internet on turning your holiday in to a real green day!

1. Buy Organic Liquor for Your Partying.
I know that today is notorious for everyone just getting plain drunk today so instead of serving regular old liquor at your event why not get all organic drinks instead. I bet no one would even notice and remember to recycle all of the empties!! Try Organic and Vegan Wines.

2. Go Veggie with your Irish Cooking!
I know that corned beef and cabbage is all the rage but this year why not be different and create a vegetarian meal for the holiday comprised of all green foods and maybe a veggie version of corned beef. If you don’t tell anyone and dress it up like corned beef they probably wouldn’t even know. Get them drunk first just incase. Whole Foods Companion can give you some tips

3. Use Vegetable Dyes
Today is the day everyone wants to dye everything they own green: pets, hair, nails, clothes and especially food! That is all well and good but when you dye things green maybe go for a much safer type of dye that is vegetable based. Manic Panic hair dye has no animal by-products and isnt tested on animals or for food try India Tree Natural Decorating Colors Set

4. Donate to an Irish Cause!
Instead of getting wasted why not really honor the Irish by giving to a cause that is important to them or their environment. You can find help here: http://www.ehow.com/how_7536854_donate-irish-charity.html

5. Plant Something Green for St. Patrick’s Day
Do your part as you should anytime and plant something. It happens to be a bonus that the color of this holiday is green. Make it a true green holiday and plant something nice in your yard, office, community area or even somewhere random where there isn’t alot of green.  <a href=’http://scripts.affiliatefuture.com/AFClick.asp?affiliateID=221854&merchantID=3995&programmeID=10118&mediaID=0&tracking=&url=’>Plant Trees</a> or Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 10% Off Orders over $50 at Burpee.com, when you use code STPT10 now through 3/18

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Plant a tree for Arbor Day!

Plant Trees for Arbor Day.
The definition of Arbor Day is an unofficial holiday observed in all 50 states of the United States, most often on the last Friday in April, for the public planting of trees. I am disappointed this is an unofficial day and that more people don’t make it a more recognized holiday! The weather is nice, the summer is coming why not try to plant at least 1 thing in honor of Arbor Day or in honor of the the environment! Planting should be something everyone is involved in. It is a great outside activity for you and your family. It keeps you outside, it can save you money and most importantly planting is helpful to the environment! Why not take 5 minutes, saves seeds from things you eat normally and see what happens. Its an excellent science project. Imagine walking out of your house or apartment and having fresh lemons, flowers, cherry blossoms whatever you like!

Urban Harvest: Pre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

urban harvest

Host: Urban Harvest
Type: Meetings – Club/Group Meeting
Network: Global
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Urban Harvest Farmers Market- 3000 Richmond @ Eastside

DescriptionPre-Order Fruit Tree Sales

(This is what everyone has been waiting for.)

What

Urban Harvest is now offering a pre-order monthly fruit tree sale with pick-up at the Urban Harvest farmers market. Every month, there will be a selection of fruit trees specifically for that month, depending on availability from the local growers. We suggest you check the availability monthly and place your order for that month. Your selection may only be available that one month.

How

There are two methods to pre-order.

Go to the Urban Harvest website (urbanharvest.org) and follow the links to download an order form, which you will email back to Urban Harvest.
Visit the farmers market (3000 Richmond Avenue at Eastside, in the back parking lot) on Saturday mornings between 8 a.m. and noon, and order at the Urban Harvest Greeter’s Booth.

When

Pickup will be at the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon, on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month for which you are ordering. Please plan to have someone pick up your trees, if you are not able to do it yourself. We have no way of storing the trees if they are not picked up.

Questions

For questions, email fruittreesales@urbanharvest.org