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Friday, 19 January


Distributed Farm/Community Network

The following ideas sprang from a long discussion with long-time blog contributor Ajarn Richard. Richard has traveled the world and is now planning a tour of US sustainable farms in his new van. Part of his plan is to do WWOOFER farm work on organic farms in exchange for learning, meals and parking his van.

Everyone needs community. However, its getting increasingly hard to find a community of people that you really get along well with. Richards plan is to get to know people on a number of farms, and then hopefully build lasting relationships with those he gets along best with.

Starting a homestead is a serious long term commitment that requires a sizable investment in terms of money, time and effort. Richard feels that its somewhat risky to sink everything into a homestead. For instance, fracking companies or a big agra industrial feedlot could move into your area and upset the balance of the environment and local community, increase crime, pollution, etc.

Richards plan of working with multiple organic farms in a distributed network spreads these risks. If things dont work out at Location A, you go to Location B or C. After all, things are always changing. One area could get wiped out in a flood, fire or hurricane. Instead of losing your homestead youd simply relocate in your van, skoolie, tiny house on wheels, etc. to another site.

Key to the success of a plan like this is first developing skills learn valuable skills such as how to boost soil quality and crop productivity with natural farming/permaculture techniques, knowing how to optimally plant trees, grow microgreens, etc. ***Create enough value and like-minded people will naturally coalesce into community.



Downgrading the ol bike to Funky Junk Interiors

As the regular readers of this blog will already know, this is kind of a big week in my imperfect little world. I was scheduled for the pulling of a failed tooth and an upcoming surgery I talked about in THIS post. So while Ive been fussing and worrying and preparing and trying to forget []

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A Colorful House In Sweden That Grew to Welcome Family Design*Sponge

sa Nordlf and her partner Ludvig Svartz live in Skne, Sweden with their two children. sa and Ludvig each work at advertising agencies she as a production manager, and he as an art director. sa also loves photography and jokingly refers to herself as a professional amateur photographer. Before the couple began to look for houses that would one day accommodate a family, they lived in a stunning apartment they were in love with. We rented a fantastic apartment in Malm. A beautiful, centuries-old apartment with high ceilings and stucco. We probably had a little separation anxiety to move. But living in a rental apartment had its limitations we did not dare to paint or renovate. We could not make the apartment fully our own style and design. As well as the fact that there [were] three long levels up without an elevator, I did not see any future for baby prams and heavy food bags. We dreamed of something special with a garden, something we owned, something we could decorate, something we could form a family in. We wanted to take the step to a family life.

sa and Ludvig found just what they had been dreaming of with their home in Skne, Our little village is close to the sea but also close to the train and the highway, which makes it easy to travel to larger cities, like Helsingborg, Malm or Copenhagen. The village is both cute, old and scenic, they share. The home was a charming brick house from the 30s (which sa instantly felt was theirs upon walking in the door), but it was a little small. When the couple bought the house six years ago, they were beginning to plan their future and thinking about a home for children but little did they know, their daughter was already in attendance. In fact, after their daughter was born they actually debated buying a larger home, and toured 76 other homes, to be exact. None gave them the feeling their own home did, so they decided to build an addition to give them some more room to expand. It took a year just to get the permits and finalize the house plans. When the building began, their goal was first for the children to have bedrooms and more room to play, then to incorporate a more natural integration of the garden with the house...


Parenting in the Creative Industry, Pt. 2: Obstacles, Life Hacks, Fostering Creativity & Advice Design*Sponge

Last week in Part One of this essay series we laid it all out: you can have children and a creative career (with all its unpredictable demands), but it will be a constant and worthwhile balancing act.

Ive interviewed and examined the wisdom of textile designer Hana Getachew of Bol Road Textiles, June & January CEO Amy Richardson-Golia, designer Justina Blakeney, and novelist Rumaan Alam (whos also writing on behalf of his husband photographer David A. Land). Their own experiences and outlooks have completely reenergized me as a working parent (as I write this piece with a six-month-old baby strapped to my chest).

For me, some days feel endlessly stacked with tasks both parenting- and work-related, but when I step back to look at what Ive accomplished, I marvel at how much I can juggle now that Ive adapted to parenthood. The early days of uncertainty in my capabilities to handle all I want from life seem far away as Ive grown into my creative roles with children at my side.

Parenthood may change you profoundly, but youre still yourself, Rumaan points out. Those early days with an infant can feel so consuming and impossible, but they do pass. And having a kid can be a process of re-prioritizing that is good for you and your work the things that dont matter fall away quickly, and can make you more focused and efficient than you might have expected.

In Part Two, were discussing overcoming daily obstacles, fostering creativity at home, life hacks learned along the way, and advice for future parents (or reaffirmations for those who already have children). Kelli



ArcAttack Helps You Add Music To Your Projects With StringTheory Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

No need to become a musical expert, ArcAttack has your back. By using StringTheory, you can create music for any project you might have.

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Nintendo announces Labo: A Cardboard Creator Kit for Kids Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

This cardboard kit for makers works with the Switch to empower users to create interactive hardware and games.



Edible Innovations: Nima Sensors Increase Transparency at the Dinner Table Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Nima sensors help those who struggle with various food allergies and sensitivities and are tired of always wondering if food is safe to eat.

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Thursday, 18 January


Tips for Less (and Better) Screen Time Treading My Own Path | Zero Waste + Plastic-Free Living

This year I want to focus more on returning to living a little more simply, and feeling less busy, rushed and stressed. When I think about what this looks like in my life, Ive realised one area Id like to work on is the amount of time I spend online: Id like to spend less []


Ryobi Dream Workshop Miter Saw Cart

I say the most essential tool for a home woodworker is the miter saw.  Having a miter saw allows you to make precise cuts quickly and easily.  If you can get something cut out fast (and right), that's half the battle.  And who can just sit around and look at a pile of already cut boards for a project?  Not me - once the pieces are cut, I've gotta see the project through. If you can win the cutting, you win the project.

But the miter saw is a heavy tool, and is very cumbersome to move.  It also takes up a ton of space, since sliding miter saws need up to 36" of depth - that's a full foot deeper than a standard kitchen cabinet. I'd never recommend 36" deep cabinets - stuff would get lost in the back.

Ryobi recently asked me to help design the ultimate Dream Workshop, and I immecdiately knew the miter saw was the first piece to tackle, and that all else should be built around it.

Simplicity and storage won -

I designed the miter saw on a 24" deep plywood box on casters. When turned and slid forward, the miter saw fit perfect.

The cart tucked neatly inside built in shelving.

To use, you simply pull the miter saw cart away from the wall, lock the casters, and start chopping.

For longer length wood pieces, the side "feed" carts act as supports for your lumber.

I put these plans together for Ryobi Nation, so download the Miter Saw Cart plans here.  And also check out the entire Ryobi Dream Workshop here.

Build and do share!

XO Ana








Healing the Soil With Natural Farming IMO and EM

Introducing ultra-low-cost agriculture for everyone. Jadam Korean Natural Farming Method as trained and practiced on Kaua`I, Hawaii. Locally sourced and produced methods for fertilization, pesticides, and bio-remediation of farms and land. Very low-cost organic farming methods. Indigenous people, the world over, have used similar practices since farming began.

They say you can farm organically at $100 per acre a year using this method with only minimal use of inputs from off the farm. Use what is locally available and free: pristine soil samples and culture samples from under undisturbed old trees, wild grass, weeds, spoiled fruit, fruit peels, left over egg shells and fish bones, old leaves, worm castings, fungi, biochar, mulch, etc.

Tips from the video: All mixtures are sustainable, super safe and nontoxic, but please wear a mask when spraying to avoid getting too many organisms in your face and lungs. Mixtures are typically made from concentrates and then mixed with rainwater at ratio of one teaspoon per gallon. Use pure rainwater in the formulations. Plant Sesabania Grandiflora as nursery trees to provide shade for new trees in your forest garden. Later, grind them up and use as mulch around the fruit trees. Minerals from seawater or diluted sea salt can be used to help replenish garden soil. Natural pesticides (more like repellents) are made with materials such as neem leaves, garlic and onion. Bio-remediation can be done in a patchwork across the land, and over time the beneficial organisms will spread into surrounding areas. Fungi are effective at bio-remediating legacy industrial and agro chemicals in the soil. Its good to cover the soil with thick mulch to help keep the soil moist and help the microbes grow.

They recommend this natural farming book: JADAM Organic Farming & Gardening : ULTRA Powerful Pest and Disease Control Solution, Make all-Natural Pesticide, The way to Ultra-Low-Cost agriculture! Paperback 2016 This book has very good reviews. I plan on buying it.
Related: Korean Natural Farming
Its best to get firsthand experience to truly learn the process. Once youre good at it you can turn dead/abandoned land into fertile soil and make a good profit. This process is better than turning lead into gold. Youll be creating low cost organic food to feed communities that are slowly being killed with toxic supermarket foods.



DIY Faux Cement Tile Stenciled Wall Shanty 2 Chic

Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! We have had so many questions about the stencil wall we recently did in the shop renovation. Today, we are showing you how we did it! Its super easy. Check out the how to video HERE or below! How cute did this wall turn out! ?! Here are the links to

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Before & After: Jenny Komendas Studio Makeover (& tips for personalizing your space!) Design*Sponge

Blogging years seem to fly by at lightning speed, so I can hardly believe that Ive been reading Jenny Komendas blog, Little Green Notebook, for over ten years. Jenny has always had an amazing eye for color, pattern, and creative DIY hacks (these bookshelves are a team favorite), so when she told us about her latest office makeover, I knew it would be gorgeous. Her design work as Juniper Studio in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ has become known for its sophisticated take on trends and this office project is a great example of how Jenny taps into popular styles without feeling cookie-cutter or overdone.

Read on to see the full makeover and check out Jennys tips for personalizing your space. xo, Grace

Photography by Tiffany Haynes

Jennys new office space is part of Juniper Studios new brick-and-mortar location. She needed a separate space for calls a...



Digital Sand is a Mesmerizing Display of Physics and LEDs Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

These DIY physics toys allow you to play with digital LED sand. They're fun and easy to make, and mesmerizing to watch.

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