Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Poem and A Picture :: Nest

Fine Art Photography by EAGMe on

Phoebe. Spring Nesting

It would be easier if I could have a conversation—
explain myself to you, phoebe.
You, who have inhabited our joists (or are they yours
by squatter’s rights?) for so very many years.

What I want to say is, simply, I mean you no harm.
I will go out of my way to ensure your safety, that your nest
is undisturbed, that when I pass you needn’t fly away.

I admire you. You exhibit characteristics beyond rebuke.
You are an example of selfless living, devoted, as you are, to your brood.
Your manner is mild, your athletic ability magical,
as you swoop and snap yet another tiny fly for your babes.

Most of all, it is your endurance that I admire—
not only the day by day effort you display, but the year by year.
I will tread softly, and I will watch you for another year. Lord willing.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Eco Tutorial: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

I found this fabulous post on the Eco Etsy blog about how to make your own laundry detergent. It has the recipe and simple instructions, including adding an essential oil for scent. I love finds like this!

Upcycling for Gardeners :: Silver Garden Markers

Upcycling for Gardeners!!

Check out these Custom Vintage Silverware Garden Markers from Monkeys Always Look on They are silver plated, so as they age, they tarnish more and more, adding to the character. How lovely! These will definitely outlast the marker & popsicle sticks I am using right now. Should I be embarrassed about that?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Last Straw (you might ever need)

Eco Straws :: Yet Another Way to Go Green!
This is such a fabulous idea! Straws by Carli on Etsy sells these super durable, reusable straws made of glass. They come in various sizes, some big for smoothies, some typical for just a regular beverage. They are made of the same glass as Pyrex, so these babies are extremely tough. The best part? (besides being green)... They are dishwasher safe!!!