Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Floraly Earthy Twiggy Supplies

Ok, so the name Save on Crafts doesn't do this place justice. Do yourself a favor and go right to the Lavender, Naturals, Branches link. Oh, good fun! I was looking for some branches like the ones below and found this awesome site. They have great earthy items on the cheap! Some of the things below remind me of the scanner art that Katherine Lamm created. I think I'm going to get some of those green fan looking stems to decorate my barren dining room... And most def will create some pottery inspired by the fans. I'm always inspired by earthly items!

Monday, March 30, 2009

GE's Smart Grid

GE's Smart Grid microsite discusses and illustrates so nicely the logic behind updating the power grid. It shows how alternative energy and smart meters work together to reduce co2 emissions, and use power in smarter ways, thus creating the Smart Grid. I'm quite excited because I've started investing in (and using) wind power and other green energy funds with my green financial advisor, Mark Cheeley at Ameriprise.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Guinness Cupcakes

For St. Patty's day I made some Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes. Wow! I will never make regular chocolate cupcakes out of a box again. These are the most amazing cupcakes even if you don't like beer. Try them. Guinness is good for you!

Ornamental Rhubarb

I noticed some Ornamental Rhubarb in Vancouver last fall and loved the huge leaves and fragrant tropical red flowers towering above. This variety below is good for zones 3-6, grows quickly to 6' tall and 6' wide in sunny areas or partly shady areas. 

Great Gunnera is similar to the Ornamental Rhubarb. The leaves can grow to 5 feet across! The plant can reach up to 9' tall and 12' wide, grows quickly and likes full sun and lots of moisture!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Sheela the Cupcake Lady

If you'd like to indulge in the best cupcakes ever, Sheela of Miel y Leche is your gal. She dreams up the best and most interesting cupcake flavors and admits to not sleeping much as a result of her over-active cupcake imagination. I love the Tres Leches with Honey Buttercream. Some other flavors I'm amazed at are Chocolate Salted Caramel, Lemon with Orange Chili curd, Citrus Bomb, Blackberry Lime, Snowball, Banana's Foster, Chocolate Rose, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Chocolate Whiskey and Vanilla with Lime Curd and Basil Buttercream. Oh dear, that's an amazing line-up! She bakes different flavors each week and you can get them at The Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday, The Golden Fig on Friday and Mitrebox on Saturday. Check out her blog for the flavors and locations of the week.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friends School Plant Sale

The Friends School Plant Sale catalog is online! It's my very favorite place to find my plants for my Garden of Megan. It's often much cheaper than the garden centers and it benefits the cute little Friends School. And the cover is quite cutely designed this year. I'll be volunteering in the rare plants area on friday from 3:30 til 8. Stop by and I'll wow you with my knowledge. One of the cooler new plants this year is a black pussy willow. Coooool! I highly recommend going on friday as early as you can, as the good plants sell out quickly. And you can see me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Girl Cave

The Girl Cave is nearing completion. This is where I will be creating my pottery now. I tried to girl it up so that it seems less "basementy" and has good atmosphere for being creative. I'm planning on jig-sawing a fun shaped chalkboard for the bare wall in the background. Then I can draw my pottery ideas while I'm rocking out in my girl cave. Watch for more pottery coming soon on etsy.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Another place I want to be...

La Cucina Que Canta cooking school/organic farm/spa/retreat in mexico. Hmmm. Yes, totally want to be there and make everyone call me Margarita (and serve them to me) for a week! I even saw a 5 day pottery class on the calendar! Hot damn.

Happy Spring

I want to be in this adorable tent right now smelling the flowers, reading a girly book and eating a lemon popsicle. My dog would, of course, join me because he is obsessed with following me. And my husband would be running around outside being hilarious and trying to get my attention. Or sitting in a kiddie pool. Both are very realistic and tempting options for him.

Maybe in a month or two I can try making this tent, but for now I am spring cleaning and admiring the brownish dog poo tinted grass and grey skies. Cripes. Maybe I'll have to settle for a lemon popsicle and a book indoors. Check out my favorite new blog Make Grow Gather for some domestic cuteness where I found this dreamy tent!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Flourish Pottery

I've been working on my pottery lately and have some new photos to share. My etsy shop is also open for business. Mother's day is coming up and I'm sure Mom would love a vase and flowers to brighten up her day!