Herbal Wreath

I make an herbal wreath every year with garden clippings. It’s useful as well as decorative. Bonus: it’s zero waste and free!

If you don’t grow your own herbs, maybe someone you know does and they might need a trim before winter.

I started with long lavender stems that were arranged into somewhat of a circle shape.

Then I used some kitchen string to secure those branches together.

The remainder of herbs consisted of thyme, sage, and a tiny bit of rosemary.

Charming! My sister got me a gift wrapped with ribbon for my birthday so I reused that ribbon. I wouldn’t normally have ribbon on hand but I like it both with and without ribbon. I’ll keep the ribbon for reuse.

If I need any herbs, I can pull some from here. At the end of the season I can put the dry herbs into spice jars, and compost any remaining pieces.

Do you have any zero waste decorating tips for the holidays?

I’m planning on making sugar cookies and naturally-dyed frosting to take to my students.

Peace and love,

Kristan

The Power of Mending

Having a few skills can help one have a feeling of control over one’s own life. I enjoy learning new skills and using skills I have had for most of my life. My mother taught my sisters and me to sew early in our lives. We would choose projects to complete and were challenged to do our best. I still love sewing projects; even the most mundane.

My favorite pair of thrifted jeans burst some pocket seams. I kept putting my phone in there and was surprised when it would end up on the floor. Now that I’m on a week break, I feel I have time to catch up on those little things that make a big difference.

The thread is some my husband had already (he’s a better sewer than me) so it’s not a perfect match, and it’s definitely not a perfect mending job, but now I can put my phone in my pocket and not walk around with raw edges poking out on my backside.

Hopefully this photo doesn’t scare anyone away! I look so moody, but I cannot smile for a camera. I took this wearing said jeans with a Polaroid Land Camera 360 using FUJIFILM FP-3000b film. This was taken when the olive tree was full and before my seams had unraveled.

Peace and love,

Kristan

Made in November

A couple pieces of art or craft that have been made in the past couple days.

My favorite washcloth pattern from Purl Bee was gifted to my best friend.

A pottery piece with lots of (ahem) character. I also made a similar shaped one that was gifted to my friend. That one is pink!

More pottery pieces are at home with me, but this one is calling my name today and so I happened to get a photo of it.

Peace and love,

Kristan

Thrift Finds

It’s been a while since I’ve thrifted significantly. Once I gave up my vintage Etsy store I didn’t have as much desire to go on hunts to find treasures. This past weekend, however, I was out with my husband and we found some great items.


I’m trying to not be a mindless consumer and buy what is marketed and forced upon me. It is a scary reality that most restaurants have multiple televisions and, because we don’t have a television, that is when I witness commercials galore that are trying to sell products that have no value whatsoever.

These chairs caught my husband’s eye and then mine so we decided we should probably get them. We don’t need anymore outdoor chairs, but I dig the design and comfort of these.


Also, new dresser pulls! I’ve searched for a full set of eight that would be Art Deco and not clash or be too garish for my simple dresser. There was a hideous painted black dresser that actually resembled mine under all that paint with these beautiful, perfect condition handles. I ruminated for a couple days, then went back to purchase the dresser, disassembled the handles and actually ended up letting another shopper take the dresser sans pulls. It was honestly serendipitous. I know the dresser isn’t perfect, but I have had it for about thirteen years, ever since I lived with my parents, and I like taking care of the items I have. I took this opportunity to rub a bit of oil + beeswax mixture into the wood for some moisture and sheen. 🙂


Pasta and zero waste aren’t exactly best friends. I can get really good quality, organic pasta in an almost completely cardboard box, and that’s awesome. However, I love soba and ramen noodles also, which I’ve never seen without plastic wrapping. Idaho is not the best state to get ramen or soba at a restaurant, either. So I’ve thought about getting a kitchenaid pasta attachment for a while, but didn’t want to spend the money. Then this beauty appeared befor my eyes at the same thrift store for the reasonable price of $15.50! It looks barely used and came with a cleaning brush, but no manual, which is fine with me. Let the pasta making begin! Yes, I do plan on becoming a “pasta queen” as the package says. 😉

I’m happy to support local business and have been trying to not make purchases via the internet. I need to remind myself constantly that I have enough.

What I checked out at the library (the books you see on top of my dresser) will be my next post!

Peace and love,

Kristan