The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

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How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

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We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Sew an Eco-Friendly Bag From Your Old Strappy Shirt

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Here’s a little guide on how to repurpose your old shirt with straps. Being washed countless times your shirt has probably lost a great deal of color and shape. Instead of using it to mop your floor and throwing it away afterwards, it’s much better to give it a new life by turning into something else – your own hand sewn bag. This is an easy project, great for beginners. To sew your eco-friendly bag you will need: Spaghetti straps {Read More}

Rescue & Reinvent: DIY Eco-Friendly Envelopes

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To make envelopes that are eco-friendly and (hopefully) charming means simply diving into your creative wells, digging into storage boxes and visiting potentially dusty corners. Here are six ideas for do-it-yourself envelopes that can be brought to life by using your own supplies that are both simple and within reach. Card without envelope #1 If you make a card using heavy construction paper or light cardboard paper (like I did to make paper collage cards), you may skip the envelope! {Read More}