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Saturday, 20 January


DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 411 Funky Junk Interiors

Welcome to DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 411 Every Friday, 7 PM through Wednesday 11 PM Pacific A big hello and a happy junk weekend to you! Im a little jealous of all your fabulous creations. Ive had a busy self-care kinda week Ive already blogged under 4 Brave Things HERE filled with appointments and even an []

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Krave the Adventure Bus Barnwood Kitchen

Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

This kitchen popped up randomly in a search engine image search of skoolies (buses converted into tiny houses). I was immediately impressed with this extremely beautiful kitchen, and was very surprised to learn that it was built with reclaimed barnwood. Its incredible that free, salvaged/recycled materials can be turned into a kitchen that looks so great.
Another view of the Krave the Adventure Bus barnwood kitchen

Barnwood kitchen made with recycled wood.

Salvaged barnwood is often available for free in exchange for tearing down old buildings and cleaning up the building site. Check the wood carefully. Many times old barnwood is beyond use. Other times it can be a gold mine as in this case. Just for fun try a quick image search of barnwood kitchen in your favorite search engine and youll see most kitchens built with barnwood are gray and rather dingy.



Grocery Bag Dispenser Holder

Finally a solution for those disposable grocery bags!

This DIY Grocery bag dispensers stores, dispenses and holds bags - the perfect solution for reusing those plastic grocery bags.

We are donating a Warm Up Shack to our Community Ice Rink.  There is no budget for daily janitorial, so I knew better than to include a trash can without having a designated means to take the trash out.  So I racked my brain - How could we create a system that enabled people to pack their own trash?  And one that doesn't cost our community any extra money?

Of course we use reuseable grocery bags, but inevitably, everyone ends up with some plastic grocery bags.  I can't stand throwing them away, so will use them in bathroom trash cans and keep a few in the car and in my diaper bag (when we are in the diaper years).  They can be quite handy for dealing with trash.

So I came up with this - 

Plastic grocery bags can be stuffed in from the top.  Bags can be dispensed out the front.  And two knobs can be used to hold the bag up when in use as a trash can.

We've already used it a few times, and the system works!  It's too easy to pack your own trash this way, and I'm confident this system will be very help to users of the Skate Shack.

You can watch me build it in this video -

Since then I've stained the outside Rustoleum Dark Walnut -



10 Streaming Shows To Watch This Weekend Design*Sponge

The weather in our town isnt expected to top six degrees this weekend. Add that to the foot of snow from earlier this week thats now solid and specked with bits of dirt, sand, and salt and youve got what I call a recipe for staying inside all weekend. Since we brought Bananagrams into our house over the holiday break, Ive been watching less TV and spending more time looking up words with Xs and Qs (thank you, Xenon and Quixotic!), but I still find myself sinking into the sofa at some point to indulge in some easy entertainment. Since so many of us are spending these cold winter days indoors, our team decided to share our recommendations (with specific episodes!) for our favorite streaming shows things you can watch on your phone or computer of the season. We hope these can provide a little inspiration and entertainment on cold winter days. Until Monday, have a safe and warm weekend! xo, Grace

Chewing Gum on Netflix

Graces pick: Michaela Coel can do no wrong in my book. She is a comedy genius. Every second of this weird and wonderful show makes me laugh and I seriously cannot get enough of Tracy (Michaelas character) and her sister Cynthia (played by Susan Wokoma). Their super-religious upbringing leads to some hilarious moments with their mother and Tracys best friends mom, Esther, is incredible.

Notable episode (spoiler alert!): Season 1, episode one: I dont know if Ive ever laughed as hard as Tracys attempted hookup with Connor. The nose-kissing scene still makes me roll on the floor in laughter....


Coconut Tamarind Curry from The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook Design*Sponge

In the process of collecting and recording stories for In the Company of Women, I was so lucky to meet so many incredible people making meaningful and impactful changes within their communities. One of those people I consistently look up to and admire for their work in the world of food and social justice is chef Preeti Mistry.

Preeti is the chef at Juhu Beach Club and Navi Kitchen in Oakland, CA, both of which she co-owns with her wife, Ann Nadeau. Her first cookbook (along with co-writer Sarah Henry), The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook, is an ode to the people and food behind her beloved Oakland restaurant. Preeti explains,

When we started this little restaurant we had no idea how it would evolve. Its more than the sum of its parts. To me it is a unique story that needs telling because our stories are not told enough. The cookbook world could use more diverse voices, and I am always down for speaking up.

I could not be happier about this book and the delicious food inside. From chutney masala and chai-spiced bacon to warming curries, the recipes inside arent just inviting, theyre also paired with meaningful personal stories. As an out queer woman, Im so thankful for (and it means so much to) see Preetis personal stories and recipe headnotes about her talented co-owner and wife, Ann. Its not often that we see stories of LGBTQ families and relationships in the food world, so this book means so much to me for so many reasons. Today were thrilled to share Preetis Coconut Tamarind Curry, which is the perfect food for a cold winter weekend like the one ahead of us. I hope youll enjoy this recipe, and The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook, as much as we do. Grace

Photography by Alanna Hale


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



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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

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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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