Cork Planter Magnets

We are wine people and therefore there's a pretty excessive stock of wine corks lying around the house at any given time. I also have a slight obsession with house plants...but our apartment has minimal natural light, which inevitably means that most of my plants die. This is depressing for obvious reasons, so I've been brainstorming ways of keeping house plants alive - even if it's just clippings from bigger plants outside. The best solution I've found so far is to put clippings of low-light plants into bottles filled with water - no soil...they seems to be perfectly happy. But in experimentation mode, I was inspired (by this blog post I stumbled upon) to try out some wine cork planters. And then I made 'em into magnets, since our fridge faces a direct light source and all. I'm just going to try watering it with a dropper once a week and see how it works! Here's a little DIY tutorial for you. 20120626-200548.jpg





Sine Qua Non

The art of Manfred Krankl brings a new meaning to "under the radar" - it is almost exclusively found adorning the bottles of his highly sought after wine. Each year, a mere 3,500 cases of Sine Qua Non wine are handcrafted and produced within the warehouse district of Ventura, CA's Westside. The cult following of Manfred and his wife Elaine's enterprise is a sight to behold - with a rumored six-year waiting list to get on the actual list to obtain the wine, they have their work cut out for them. thehussyfront




Manfred's label art ranges from mixed media to paintings and photography. The labels vary in size, shape, and complexity. I am partial to those pieces with original script, and sassy catch-phrases, explanations and titles.








My personal favorite (front and back below) tells you exactly who Manfred and Elaine Krankl are; not just as creators, artists, and business/life partners, but also as the fantastic people they so obviously are.



Although the winery does not have a website and there is little to no information or archived home base for Manfred's work, you can learn more about Sine Qua Non here, here and here.

All above images are property of Sine Qua Non and are not to be reproduced.