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natural dyeing with pomegranates

these pure and earthy, vibrant fibers have been colored with natures own botanical dye- pomegranates. the recipe comes from folk fibers, where maura grace ambrose dyes all of her own fabrics and uses only natural materials in her beautiful quilts. she lives in austin, texas where she organically grows, harvests and forages for natural dyes around the area.  you can also grab the recipes for using osage oranges, onions (yellow & red) and wild mushrooms as natural dyes, each with breathtakingly beautiful results!

natural dyeing with pomegranates

 

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5 vegan foods + 2 products i've been loving lately

1. this vegan aged white cheddar popcorn by earth balance has been totally rocking my world lately. it’s every bit as good as pirate’s booty version, if you’ve ever had it. it has that sharp white cheddar taste and is the perfect snack- it’s also gluten free, non gmo and contains no trans fat. woohoo!

2. having whipped topping around is just one of those small pleasures i gave up a long time ago.. until i found this soy whip by soyatoo! they also make a rice whip that is equally amazing, if you’re watching your soy intake. it’s perfect on desserts, hot chocolate, pancakes and more!

3. i’ve been using regular vegenaise for a long time (i can’t tell the difference between it and regular), but have recently tried this gourmet chipotle vegenaise and can’t get enough of it! it makes for a delicious dipping sauce and a great spread for wraps and sandwiches, too. i like to mix in a spoonful to a bowl of salsa just to give it a creamy kick. be careful, this one is addictive!

4. this somewhat-new cheddar style wedge from daiya is the best vegan cheddar cheese i’ve ever had. it melts beautifully and makes a killer grilled cheese sandwich.

5. it’s been hard to find a vegan marshmallows- some of the brands that health food stores carry substitute fish pectin for gelatin which isn’t any better, plus it leaves the marshmallow tasting kind of fishy. ew. however, these vegan marshmallows by dandies are our new best friend! they are dangerously delicious and taste way better than even regular marshmallows. they make great rice krispy treats, s’mores, topping for hot chocolate and also make for a great sweet snack by themselves.

6. i’m ashamed to say that i’ve been using a not so eco-friendly hair mousse since i was in high school. it’s the one thing i could never find a good alternative to, and couldn’t stand going with frizzy gross hair all the time. all my curly headed friends have been in the same boat and we’ve been looking for a healthy curly hair product together for years. luckily, one of my best friends recently discovered beautiful curls and told me to try it. for the first time (ever), i switched brands and have never looked back. this healthy, shea butter based gel leaves curls bouncy and soft, defined and smooth. finally!

7. it’s also been a struggle to find a healthy toothpaste that didn’t taste like baking soda. we recently discovered JĀSÖN’s natural sea fresh toothpaste though, and love it! it contains no sulfates, preservatives, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, saccharin or propylene glycol. thank you!

i’ve been able to find all of these products easily at our small, local health food store. if you live near a larger store like whole foods, you’ll have no problem at all! many smaller health food stores will also happily carry products for you by request, just ask!

what have you been loving lately?

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baby’s breath typeface

January 10, 2013

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baby's breath typography

baby's breath typography

baby's breath typography

baby's breath typography

this baby’s breath typeface by keziah chong is made from gypsophila, affectionately know as baby’s breath. gypsophila means to miss, to adore, and to give, and though it often serves a supporting role, it becomes the star of this typeface. it has a feeling of freshness, graciousness, and tenderness- all of which i adore.

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the new general store

October 17, 2012

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the new general store (2)

the new general store is an online shop featuring home furnishings, pantry provisions and garden supplies galore! all boast a beautiful natural and ‘clean’ look that makes you feel fresh and summery. you’ll find white sponges, rosemary olive oils, teak serving boards, linen aprons, wooden garden tools, blackberry jam and mint tea. ahhh.

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a homesteading style

March 5, 2012

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lived in. rustic. antique. simple. natural. muted. this is my most favorite kind of style, one that gives you a sense of warm summer days and aprons blowing in the breeze.

rustic honey pot in ivory | mini french bread boards

ceramic still life | honeycomb linen pillow

lavender sachets | wooden spoon rack

peaches and blueberries | french country linen tea towels

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le voyage creatif necklaces

February 24, 2012

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le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

le voyage creatif

after visiting le voyage creatif, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled the world! marte marie’s beautiful photography will take you from berlin to st. tropez and back, and show how truly universal this beautiful jewelry is. to me, this style says comfy weekender, world traveler and organic chic. head on over to their shop or blog to start your voyage. :)

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lumafina

July 5, 2011

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lumafina

lumafina

i love the organic feel to lumafina’s beautiful jewelry. with hand cut pieces of metal, patina colors and the use of naturally shed deer antlers i think her pieces look feminine, natural and easy to wear. i especially love these dotted hoops and sweet chevron necklace.

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image: organic ground cinnamon from Twig and Leaf Botanicals

This Spring, like last Spring, we have ants entering our apartment. Since we don’t own the building, there isn’t much we can do to the foundation or the yard to keep them out, but as I’ve discovered, there are many tricks you can do inside to keep the ants away.

I have small children, and have had pets in the past, so I am very nervous to use pesticides to deal with insects. I have tried many natural methods to combat an ant problem – these three methods have been most effective for me:

Sprinkle ground cinnamon around. I had heard this for years, and finally gave it a try. I tested it around ants on the floor, and they did everything they could to avoid it. It doesn’t appear to hurt them – they just can’t stand cinnamon. I suggest sprinkling it where ants are entering a room, or where food is kept.

Spray surfaces with vinegar. Scout ants lead the colony to a food source through scented trails.Vinegar will destroy that trail, preventing ants from relocating a food source in your home. This also does not kill the ants, but diminishes their efforts.

Create a bait with borax and powdered sugar. The sugar will attract the ants, and the borax will kill them via dehydration. Mix about 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of borax; place in shallow dishes (such as jar lids), and keep them in a safe place near the ants, such as in a cupboard, under the sink or under an appliance. The point is that the ants will hopefully take this mixture back to the colony, and killing all who eat it.

It’s been almost two weeks now since I tried the cinnamon method, and I haven’t seen an ant since. Last year was worse, and the borax sugar trap took care of the problem. Do you have a natural method for ridding your home of ants or other insects?

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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