Winter has come! A lovely site for those surrounded by snow, but sometimes it’s only lovely from a distance… Depending on where you live, winter can be tough. However, it can be a great time to catch up on some reading, to finish that puzzle on your kitchen table, and to drink way too much hot chocolate. So when you aren’t skating on the pond, sledding down the mountain or eating shaved ice, it’s best to stay indoors next to the warm fire with the people you love. (TIP: If you don’t have a fireplace, Youtube has some great fireplace videos that you can play on your big screen. It’s not quite the same, but it will do the trick!) So here are some awesome items from the artists on Etsy to help you stay cozy this winter. Read more
Are you a creative person? Are your friends and family creative? Do you want to show someone how much you care by making them a gift instead of just giving them one? Or do you want to give the gift of a beautiful experience while doing a craft project together? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re in the right place! Here I have put together an amazing list of DIY gift kits that will surely be a hit over the holiday season! A ton of unique and fun ideas to enjoy the holiday season with the people you love, and to give a gift that your loved ones will truly enjoy. Read more
So you’ve completed your Permaculture Design Certificate. You’re probably full of emotions; sad to say goodbye to a group you grew close with but excited to apply your new permaculture knowledge in real life situations. But… What exactly are these real-life situations? And do you even feel finished with learning? Where can you apply this knowledge? Where can you get more!? Oh, the feeling of a lost little puppy is pretty normal, I think, for a lot of people coming out with their Permaculture Design Certificate. It happened to me (actually it continues happening to me), and I have spent a lot of time on research on how I can further my education in Permaculture, and where I can start applying and practising my skills. So here you have the ultimate list that can help you figure out what exactly to do after you complete your Permaculture Design Certificate.
Ok crazy houseplant people!
If you don’t already know Etsy, it’s the only place I will shop online. It is full of artisans, vintage collectors, and entrepreneurs trying to support themselves. It also just so happens to be FILLED with amazing planters and houseplant pots. I collected some of my FAVORITE planters and put together this amazing list to share with you all. (The animal planters are my favorites… shhh….)
Just click the photos to be taken to the original page.
ENJOY! And happy planting! Read more
It’s finally summertime! After a lengthy Spring here in Canada the rain is finally taking a break and the sun is burning hot. So when you’re not at the beach, in the garden or on the patio, it might be a good idea to spend a moment indoors and cool off. I’ve gathered together some awesome DIY kits from the wonderful Etsy for some ideas on what to do in your spare time. Just click on the title or the photo to be taken to the Etsy page. Read more
It’s Canada Day coming up and just like every other holiday, there is a lot of controversy around it. So before going through some of my favorite items from the Etsy Editor’s Picks for Canada Day, I thought it would be good to talk about some of this controversy.
I highly recommend reading this article that was posted on CBC called “What I Choose to Celebrate on This Day Called Canada Day.” Read more
““If the entire world sought to make itself worthy of happiness rather than make itself happy, then the entire world would be happy.”
― Criss Jami,
Connection, acceptance, patience, laughter, frustration, joy, overwhelming feelings of joy. These are just some of the feelings that may rush through your body during your first on-the-field permaculture earthworks experience. Week 6 of my Permaculture Design Certificate, we spent the weekend with a client looking to create an alpaca permaculture farm. We got the chance to learn about and practice with various tools to mark contour lines, practice a real client interview, and build a swale. Finally! A chance to build a real swale! Read more
Well, friends, we are already at week 5 out of 7 of my Permaculture Design Certificate. It is bittersweet. The end is soon near, but it is not the end at all, it is just the beginning! I can’t wait to exit the program with an entirely new vocabulary of knowledge and skills and apply them to the world. Read more
Week 5 into my Permaculture Design Certificate course already and we are discussing different climate zones. Starting with the one we are in; humid cool-cold climates. We covered a lot of topics in the section. We talked about what classifies a humid cool-cold climate, structures, houses, frost-free sites, all the different gardens, how to extend the season, nurseries, animal systems, successional systems, farm forestry, fire prevention, heating systems, and the list goes on and on and on… Read more
Like the air we breathe, it is unexpendable. It is the life beneath our feet. It is a habitat for our decomposing friends and a home to the flowers we love. It balances temperatures and stores water. It is soil. And believe it or not, it is a huge contributing factor to climate change. Let’s start with a short video Read more