Kintsugi and boro. What’s not to love?

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What I did last night, instead of knitting!
I have always loved the Japanese concept of kintsugi and the look of boro. So last night I took one of our rather raggedy looking towels and spiffed it up. Yes, I could buy new ones, but where is the fun in that? Besides, we had these towels for about 6 years now and they are juuuust getting good lol
I think it looks really distinguished and nice now. I shall do it to our other towels as well and get a few more years of wear out of them. (keeping things out of landfills is my hobby )
‪#‎recycle‬, ‪#‎upcycle‬ ‪#‎reuse‬

Boro

Wreaths

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I love a good wreath! I made these here for gifts, from base to finish.

Just a few twigs from a willow tree and pine cones. I twisted the branches to make the wreath base and then went wild with my glue gun. A pretty bow and a few tiny bells, et voilla!

Gifts

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We made coffee cup cozies as presents for fellow volunteers! A few more adjustments and the elastic button loops and they are done to be given out! :)

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New wreath for my bed-alcove.

Made from the clematis vine outside my bedroom window.

Tutorial? well..

  1. Cut a bit of clematis vines off. The length depends on how big you want the wreath to be in the end. If you want a thick wreath, grab more than just a handful of vines.
  2. Then have someone hold one end, while you carefully twist the other end, to make it slightly more compact.
  3. Now just close both ends to round, use some nice ribbon to tie it all in place. (you could use packing string, or anything else you like… Bakers twine? Why not!)
  4. Once you have your desired shape, start “cleaning” it a bit. By that I mean deal with the little twigs and stuff that stick up in places where you don’t want them to stick up. You can either clip them of, or try and work them into the wreath.
  5. if you want a bit more stiffness to your wreath, because you plan to hang heavy things in it, then I suggest you find some fresh willow branches to twist together with the clematis. They are nice and pliable, but not as slinky as the clematis. Make sure they are fresh branches, as they bend better without breaking. Use as many or as little as you like/need to make your wreath as stiff as you like/need.
  6. You can also use an old dry cleaning hanger to wind your clematis around. This way you can have all kinds of shapes to your wreath, other than round. Just bend the wire to the desired shape first, then cut clematis and wind them around the wire. Tie in strategic places and presto!
  7. Now decorate to your hearts content.

Review: Fermented Vegetables: From Arugula Kimchi to Zucchini Curry, a Complete Guide to Fermenting More Than 80 Herbs and Vegetables

Fermented Vegetables: From Arugula Kimchi to Zucchini Curry, a Complete Guide to Fermenting More Than 80 Herbs and Vegetables Fermented Vegetables: From Arugula Kimchi to Zucchini Curry, a Complete Guide to Fermenting More Than 80 Herbs and Vegetables by Kirsten Shockey My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book for review from Storey Publishing

Ok… I have a confession to make. I love Storey books! I love, love, love them.

I know, every time I get a book published by them, that it will be awesome (only ONE book so far, that I haven’t liked, but that was the subject, rather than the layout, or the writing).

This book was no exception. Wonderfully detailed, step by step instructions and explanations of the why and hows of fermenting. Clear and inspiring pictures throughout the book. You just want to run out and get started!

My husband and I have been trying to eat more seasonal. Alas there are things we simply LOVE and want year round. So we have also been thinking about fermenting. Sure, we have made Kraut before, but that was about the extent of it.(We shall not speak of the wine, that accidentally turned to vinegar.)

We knew there must be more out there, but to be honest, we “didn’t have time” do do all the research to find out the what and hows. Then a bunch of my friends got interested in fermenting at the same time and my husband noticed this title in the Storey catalogue and I asked if I could have it. A few days later, the postman brought the book. WOW did it ever open our eyes!

Not only did we now have all the research right at our fingertips, without having to search all over the internet, but it came with easy to understand instructions, was portable to the grocery store (yes, we still don’t have “internet on the go”, we don’t have iPhones…we live like cave men around here), and gave us suggestions, we would never have dreamed up to search for. Wonderful recipes, not just instructions on how to ferment things, but what to make with it afterwards! Fermented Breakfast anyone? No.. don’t ferment your breakfast, but have some Kimcheese, or sauerkraut frittata, maybe… RIGHT??? You would NOT think of these things!!! We didn’t either, but boy oh boy are we now!

We set right out and tried the Kimchi recipe from the book, as we really never found a Kimchi we liked any place around to buy. It. Is. Amazing! We will stick with it from now on. We did change just a wee little bit, but not much…We left out the fish sauce, since we forgot to get it lol and we left out the pepper flakes, since I can’t do spicy (one of the main reasons we haven’t found any we like and eat) Other than that, we stuck to the recipe as suggested and it was delicious! 2014-10-28 12.32.45 2014-10-28 14.20.40 Next we will do grape leaves!!!

If you have never fermented before and are really afraid to try it, get the book! It will take the fear out of you and give you confidence in trying your hand and feeding you family worth while food. Also: it is not as much work as you might think and only requires a minimum of tools (who doesn’t have Kerr glasses around the house and if not, what is your excuse?????)

This book is once again a home run. It is absolutely true to Storey’s mission statement. To serve their customers by publishing practical information that encourages personal independence in harmony with the environment.

Thank you for finding these wonderful, talented and knowledgeable authors!!! Put together with the most inspiring photography it makes for great reading and successful recreating! I encourage you to try your hand at fermenting and providing healthy food for your family, while being in charge of every ingredient.

Storey Publishing and their wonderful authors take the scary out of doing things from scratch, if you don’t have family around to help, or teach you!