'Fresh Morning'  Recycled Paper Dangle  Earrings

‘Fresh Morning’
Recycled Paper Dangle Earrings

I’ve been wanting for a while to do a post about recycled things that are attractive. So many recycled products are not very pretty and, although we may want to buy them to support companies or artists who use recycled products we don’t buy them because we don’t actually like them.

So, here are some products made with recycled materials that, at least in the eye of this beholder, are esthetically pleasing.

RELIQUE

You can find Relique’s line of products using recycled materials here.

Some of my favorites are the Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

and the Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror (both currently on sale). Also check out their lighting section.

Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror

Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror

NOVICA

Novica is an organization that sells products made by artists in developing countries so not only are you supporting them you are also helping to save the planet. How much more virtuous could you get??

I particularly like two products made from iron and recycled glass by Dan Quaynor, an artisan from Ghana. One is a  coat hanger and the other is a chandelier. Click on the links to read more about the artist and see his other products.

Iron and recycled glass coat rack, 'Bloom in Blue'

Iron and recycled glass coat rack, ‘Bloom in Blue’

Recycled glass chandelier, 'A Fine Light'

Recycled glass chandelier, ‘A Fine Light’

If you are into jewelry – like I am – there is a pair if earrings made out of recycled paper that are prettier than you would ever think paper could be. Go back to the top of this post and take another look at the image at the very beginning. Yup, those are the earrings. They are made by Akwele Suma, also from Ghana. She made this necklace, which I love, as well as other items you can check out on the web site.

Knotted Sideways Necklace

Knotted Sideways Necklace

Francis Oliviera makes this necklace from recycled paper, brass rings and unique gemstones.

Serpentine long eco-necklace, 'Story of Hope'

Serpentine long eco-necklace, ‘Story of Hope’

This beautiful piece is not made from recycled materials but from reclaimed materials.  It is a silver and beach glass choker made by Warren and Robin Designs. According to the artists the sea glass came from “World War II sailors drinking Cokes while getting ready for the battle of Guadalcanal.”

Sterling silver choker, 'Ocean Gift'

Sterling silver choker, ‘Ocean Gift’

ETSY

Etsy is another great place to find unique recycled products.

Will Wagenaar has on his Etsy store a lovely farm table made from reclaimed wood. The table was made from an old wooden tool box and flea market found porch railing balustrades.

Recycled wood - FARM TABLE - Reclaim2Fame

Recycled Wood Farm Table

Will also made this beautiful glass bowl using an Art Deco lampshade and other recycled glass parts.

Recycled Art Deco Glass Bowl

Recycled Art Deco Glass Bowl

At the Mycentir Mosaics Store I found these gorgeous coasters.

The coaster are made from recycled stained glass. All pieces have been sealed to protect against scratches and stains and have felt bottoms to protect furniture.

Picasso Inspired Stained Glass Coasters

Picasso Inspired Stained Glass Coasters

At the Stone Arrow store I saw these beautiful earrings made from recycled glass. The  fern frond image is sandblasted onto a piece of tumbled glass from a green wine bottle.

The artist says “if you buy 20 pairs of Stone Arrow Eco-Earrings for every bottle of wine you drink you will be carbon-wino neutral!”

Recycled Glass Earrings

Recycled Glass Earrings

From the BootsNGus store I found this wonderfully delightful chandelier made out of Mason Jars.

Waterfall Splash Mason Jar Chandelier

Waterfall Splash Mason Jar Chandelier

At Etsy’s Lampada store you can find lighting fixtures like this one made from recycled coffee filters. The natural stains of the coffee filters and a touch of yellow color are what make this lamp so beautiful.

Rustic Hanging Light Drum Shade

Rustic Hanging Light Drum Shade

GoGoGarden makes this bird feeder from pieces that store owner picks up at garage sales and thrift stores.

Hanging Teacup Birdfeeder-Welcome Spring

Hanging Teacup Birdfeeder-Welcome Spring

Heather Montgomery paints the rings of trees that have been felled because of environmental reasons, clearing for construction and power lines or because they were diseased or about to die from other natural causes.

12 Tree Rings

12 Tree Rings

If nothing else you have to love the name of this piece, “The Trash Is Out, made from recycled paper at the Chocolate Negro Design Store.

There are lots of other great products I came accross but, honestly, my fingers are too tired to keep going. But, if I get feedback that people liked this post I’ll certainly do another.

 

Cindy Meredith, owner of The Herb Cottage, has a list on her web site of plants for a Butterfly Garden.

The above plant, Discliptera subpelta, also known as Uruguyan Firecracker Plant and King’s Mantle, puts out red flowers from summer to fall.

Another species in the genus Dicliptera is resupinata. It has waxy green leaves and small lavender flowers.

For more information about these and other herbs and interesting plants in general go to Cindy’s web site, The Herb Cottage or take some time to read her blog.

Many people who live in hot, dry climates have a tough time growing things in the garden. They think it’s because they don’t have a green thumb. They think it’s because they neglect their pants or that there is some gardening secret that eludes them.

This is usually not the case. Most of the time they are planting the wrong plants.

Plant Select® is administered cooperatively by The Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University along with horticulturists and nurseries to identify plants that are adapted to the particular climate of the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Range.

The web site provides a wealth of information from insightful articles about plants to a searchable plant database, examples of actual gardens and downloadable garden designs for you to use in your own garden.

There is an abundance of information on the site even for the gardener who is not  in the Intermountain or Rocky Mountain region. You can sort through the database for plants using all kinds of criteria.

And don’t think this site is only useful to those living in dry, hot areas. We are all trying to use less water to irrigate our landscapes which makes this site particularly useful as it focuses mainly on plants that can survive on little water.

It truly is a worthwhile resource.

Rare Albine Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Photo taken by 15 year old Marlin Shank

I wanted to introduce you all to The National Association of Professional Women in Landscape. The organization, based in Orange County, CA, was started about a year and a half ago to increase professionalism, profitability and expertise for women in the landscape and green industries.

NAPWL intends to increase the number of women in landscape and green businesses in a number of ways: by establishing innovative and effective change in the practice of the industry’s culture; by building equitable partnerships, alliances and strategic bonds within various disciplines; and by promoting economic development within the landscape community.

The photograph above was taken by a fifteen year old nature lover and gardener. Hopefully, through the efforts of the National Association of Professional Women in Landscape her generation will have fewer obstacles to overcome.

For more information go to napwl.org or visit our National Linked In page or The Texas Chapter page.

The Genius Of The Place

April 22, 2012

Burlington waterfront

Burlington waterfront (Photo credit: Lens‌cap)

In ancient Rome a Genius loci referred to the protective spirit of a place. In the Western world it came to refer to a place’s atmosphere or spirit.

It was Alexander Pope who linked the concept to landscaping. In a letter to Richard Boyle, Earl of Burlington, in 1731 Pope wrote:

Consult the genius of the place in all;/That tells the waters or to rise, or fall;/Or helps th’ ambitious hill the heav’ns to scale,/Or scoops in circling theatres the vale;/Calls in the country, catches opening glades,/Joins willing woods, and varies shades from shades,/Now breaks, or now directs, th’ intending lines;/Paints as you plant, and, as you work, designs.

Happy Earth Day

Historically a Green Wall was used to describe a row of hedges or low growing trees that were used to form a border or boundary. Theses days, however, the term has taken on a whole new meaning.

Green Walls, also referred to as Living Walls and Vertical Gardens, are basically gardens that grow up rather than out. Up a previously built wall or a wall that was created specifically for thee purpose of planting.

Perusing the LandscapingNetwork.com‘s facebook page I saw what I thought was a particularly imaginative and well executed Green Wall. It was done by Blooming Desert Landscapes in Bend,Oregon.

Blooming Desert Landscapes' Green Wall

According to their facebook page it is made from old pallets. I love when recycling and great esthetics come together.

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