People Make Amazing Things

The more and more I get into this craft community (and, believe me, I am just getting started), the more and more I am witnessing what amazing things people are capable of creating.

With two hands.

Some time.

And a handful of supplies.

At last weekend’s Urban Folk Circuit I was totally blown away by a few of my neighbors.

Seriously amazing terrariums by Alapash Terrariums. The only reason one didn’t follow me home is because of the two little people that currently live with me. Beautiful, breakable terrarium and babies just don’t seem to mix.

And then there was this extraordinary alphabet book by Amelia Kieras.

This one will be ours at some point because I can’t.stop.thinking.about.it. I can’t.

And then this jewelry by Muggy Tuesday. Crocheted. Seriously.

And if it wasn’t enough to be so inspired (er, tempted) while at shows, I am tempted everyday in my virtual space as well.

How cool is that Chicago print by albiedesigns?!

And this apron, by Spool + Sparrow,

In love.

And the thing is, I could go on and on (and on and on and on). People make amazing things. It’s awesome.

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Make a Worm Bin

We are apartment dwellers. Urban apartment dwellers doing our very best to live lightly on this earth. Aside from reducing the trash we produce by being cognizant of what we buy, we also try to reduce the amount that hits the bin by composting our food waste.

Composting?

Apartment?

City?

Do these things really go together? Sure they do! If you have a worm bin! While you can buy some fancy systems and set-ups, you really only need a few things to make one of your own.

Materials

  • 2 – 70 quart rubbermaid tubs, one with a lid
  • Power drill with small and large bits
  • Bedding
  • Water
  • Red Wiggler Worms
  • Food Scraps

Directions

  • Buy your two rubbermaid tubs. You’ll only need one of the lids.

  • Using a larger drill bit, drill bunches of holes through the lid of the tub. There needs to be plenty of circulation.

  • With the larger bit, again, drill a line of holes about 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of one of the tubs. This will be the bottom tub and will be used to catch any drainage. The holes will help the drainage vent and evaporate, though you will have to empty this bottom tub from time-to-time.

  • On the second tub, the one without any holes yet, use a small drill bit to cover the bottom of the tub with drainage holes. You’ll want the holes to be big enough to allow moisture to pass without encouraging the worms to escape. I used the smallest bit in our set and made lots of holes.

  • Nest the two tubs. On the bottom is the drainage tub with the line of holes around the bottom, next is the tub with all the holes on the bottom, then the lid with holes goes on top.

  • Fill the tub with bedding. You can use shredded newspaper, egg cartons, paper grocery sacks, dried leaves. Stay away from shiny and glossy papers, worms don’t like those!

  • Moisten the bedding. You don’t want it to be sopping wet, you don’t want it to be dry. Remember, you can always add a little more water later.

  • Add food scraps to one side of the bin. I feed our worms all the food scraps we’ve collected on a weekly basis, alternating sides. This works for us. You’ll find a system that works for your family. Here’s a nice list of things that worms like and don’t like.

  • Bury the food scraps with the bedding and add the worms. You can order red wigglers online. I used worms from our other worm bin. With the amount of composting we do we are switching from a one-bin system to a two-bin system. The worms will expand and reproduce to respond to the amount of food waste you give them. Each week that I do a feed, I am always amazed to find that they really have, in fact, eaten our garbage.

Not only is this a really great way to compost in an apartment-setting; it isn’t stinky, honest. It is also a really fun way to let toddlers explore and investigate. Ewan is fascinated when he comes with to feed the worms and loves to check out the happenings. I’m really looking forward to watching him become even more involved as he grows and looking forward to the many conversations we’ll have about how the whole thing works.

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This Moment

Inspired by Amanda over at Soulemama, I’ve chosen to spend Fridays taking the chance to record a single moment from the everyday around here. One moment that I just don’t want to forget.

Ewan discovering the wonders of pumpkins that are just his size. So exciting this year, to be approaching the holidays with a little one that seems to get the joy and wonder of it all. So.much.fun.

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Flashback

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I happened upon the Nursing is Normal, Madison project.

Almost 11 months since we had our photos taken.

Almost 10 months since I first saw, and was amazed by, the slideshow.

And now, today, look what landed in my inbox.

(All photos were taken by Lea Wolf. If you’d like to see more, check out the flickr set.)

It is hard to believe that he was, truly, that tiny. Less than a year ago. Really.

I’ve gotta say, these are shots that I will cherish. Forever. As soon as I saw them, it just brought it all back. All those memories and moments. Those uncertainties as a new mama. The trust you have to have when nursing. It all came flooding back and it was just as clear to me today as it was the day those photos were taken.

Now, as I nurse my toddler, seeing these photos reminded me how very different the experience is. How different, but how important, it has been for my boy through all the months of his life.

I’m not sure where our nursing relationship will go from here or how long the path will be, but I’m so very grateful that I’ve gotten the chance to nourish him, body and soul. 16 months, and counting.

Thank you Lea. Thank you for capturing those moments, thank you for sharing them with us. Thank you for the trip I took down memory lane today and that I’m sure I’ll take so many times in the future. It is, truly, a great gift.

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Right Now

Exploring

exploring new textures

Embracing

embracing the mess, knowing that it is evidence of a night spent with good friends

Designing

designing a little vest for my little man, hoping that it will be ready in time for spring

Drinking

drinking whole bunches of chai tea using the concentrate i read about over there

Relishing

relishing the return of the light and not having to turn the lamps on until dusk

Watching

watching Ewan explore seashells in the best way he knows how, by putting them in his mouth

Trusting

trusting that he will make good choices if given good options

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