Ecosystems and Covered Stones

I have to be honest with you even if I'm being a downer for a hot second - the oil spill has really been weighing on me. I'm so enraptured with nature, animals, the element of water, and the serenity and peace that it all brings my body and mind. Seeing our precious ecosystem in balls-up chaos breaks my heart.  I'm trying to make a difference in the smallest of ways, and you can too. Since I don't have any funds to give monetarily, I'm donating things like old towels and dishsoap to supply drive drop-off points like the one happening in Orlando at Ethos Vegan Kitchen for The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary.  And as tar balls are already washing up on Florida's beaches and the slicks appear to be not too far off, I am going to start volunteering in any wildlife clean-up efforts I can.

My good friends at Crywolf out of Toronto are helping out by donating 10% of their online sales to Audubon and the gulf coast oil disaster. Another friend, Jess, sent this video on microbe management, a proclaimed non-toxic and fast solution, to a regional radio show in hopes of getting the word out on alternative clean-up methods. What can you do? Go here for ideas.

HOWEVER...I feel newly inspired today after stumbling across some photographs of crochet-covered stones I found on Etsy from Knitalatte, and equally as inspired by the quote she has under her shop's announcements. Symbolic and beautiful.

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright

See more here.

Wunderkammer: a handmade cabinet of curiosity

I love to crochet, but since moving to Florida I've pretty much stopped making scarves and half-mitts completely. My good friend Angela has been trapped inside of her house lately due to massive dumps of snow in Michigan, so she taught herself to crochet! She found these cute designs in jpolka's Etsy store: Wunderkammer. il_fullxfull117978336

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After seeing these treasures, I'm pretty sure I feel inspired enough to start crocheting again! Weeeee.

Check out jpolka's blog here.

Plants You Can't Kill.

Since all of my cactus babies keep dying (possibly because I bought them from Ikea?), I'm going to get some homemade fake ones to replace them! il_fullxfull_104440816

Love Shannon Gerard's stuff...and her humor. For my sister's birthday last year I bought her a plushstache and a boobie pin.

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Other favorite in Shannon's "Plants You Can't Kill" series:

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A sprouting avocado pit! Which I actually don't need because I have an avocado tree in my backyard....NBD!

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Check out her Etsy store here.