I heart pesto. Basil Pesto. Sundried Tomato Pesto. Cilantro Pesto. Spinach Pesto. If it’s green, garlicky and full of “heart healthy” fats, I’ll eat it. So imagine my geekish glee when I learned the incredibly invasive garlic mustard weed can be turned into pesto. It’s cliche but true: If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em, and … More From the Weed Patch: Garlic Mustard Pesto
I promised to share some of the highlights of the Philadelphia Flower Show. The theme? Springtime in Paris. Some of the participants followed this concept, albeit loosely. Others did not bother, as far as I could tell. Some of the guests really got into it, with Paris-themed shirts and accessories. Forgive the graininess of the … More Springtime in Philadelphia… er Paris.
Another Snow Day? Your kids are probably under your feet chanting “I’m Bored. I’m Bored. I’m Bored.” Or your neighbors/siblings/cousins/mail carriers were in a pinch and dropped their kids on your doorstep because you have nothing better to do. Either way, it’s time to get crafty! First, send the kids to gather some woodland stuff, like … More Snow Days Are For Cleaning Out Your Junk Drawer And Being A Kid Again
Holiday Gift Wrapping Dilemma #4: How to make gifts look pretty without sending wad after wad of paper (not to mention cardboard rolls) to the trash? This year I used peppermint themed dish linens. They’re bright, colorful, and help cushion breakables during shipment. The giftee can use them in the kitchen, or wrap a gift in … More The Attack of the Peppermints (I ran out of Wrapping Paper Again)
GIFT WRAPPING DILEMMA #3: TEENY TINY BOXES FROM OLD GREETING CARDS Unable to find a jewelry box small enough to fit my Sweetheart Necklaces, I crawled the web in search of the perfect origami box pattern. After testing eight different patterns, I found these adorable little flower boxes. For my purposes, it was necessary to adapt the original … More The Flying Chicken Box
You are out of wrapping paper. Or, if you’re like me, you just refuse to buy it because it takes a chunk out of your gift budget and usually ends up wadded up in the trash can only moments after being torn ruthlessly from your carefully wrapped gift. I sometimes wonder why we bother wrapping … More Holiday Gift Wrapping Dilemma #2
Finding ways to be environmentally conscious can be difficult in a product-driven world. And let’s face it, I love products. Who doesn’t? I’m a designer, and it’s my job to create, whether it’s nature inspired jewelry and gifts, an urban park, or a simple stone wall in the landscape. All of these things consume resources and … More What’s Green at the Bauble Garden?