driftwood

Driftwood is a part of my daily life…approaching our home you can’t help but notice our rather large collection outside and once inside you’ll find driftwood mirrors, sculptures and furniture throughout the house…you see, I co-own a small driftwood based business with my partner, Michael. He collects, designs and then builds art and furniture from this found wood and I take care of all the ‘business’ stuff. That’s not to say I don’t help out with the design end of things, I certainly do; we collaborate, he builds. This weekend he just completed an incredible folk art style running horse for a client in DC. It’s pretty cool that he takes pieces like this (below)…

And turns them into this…

This piece needs to be packed and shipped out early next week so thankfully the weather was perfect yesterday for a photo session – not too windy and not to cloudy. We set-up the barn for the shoot and I photographed throughout the day utilizing the natural light coming through the open barn doors…

while I was shooting I also needed to ensure our son (who is 2 and a half) was happily busy…Michael had the brilliant idea to turn the photo paper tube into a ‘tunnel’ for Finn’s toy car collection – Finn kept busy ‘working’ behind the scenes…

while I captured some incredible shots of this beautiful piece…

Finn also couldn’t help but take a peak around the corner…he loves to ‘help’ – he is a part of everything we do from gardening to cooking to furniture making to finding treasures at our local transfer station.

We are the ultimate recycling family…what do you love to recycle?

enjoy.

saved from the wood chipper

Here is a photo of a ‘gem’ in disguise…I picked it up, literally right out of the back of a pick-up a truck. I was driving into my transfer station to drop off a few things and pulling in ahead of me was a truck with this in the back – I instantly thought to myself, “I want that shelf!” So, once she parked, I parked and jumped out of my truck to approach her to ask if she was getting rid of the shelf, she replied yes and then helped me unload the piece from her truck into mine! I was so psyched. I realize not many people would be excited about a shelf in the state it was in, but I could see its’ potential…

After a good scrub, removal of a few screws (I didnt’ even need a screwdriver they were that loose), a light sanding and a few coats of white paint, voila’ – a much needed fun shelf – saved from the wood chipper it was destined for…

growing and growing

The baby’s are growing up – the baby plants that is…the basil is becoming so incredibly fragrant (and big), the tomato plants have that wonderful green tomato smell which reminds me so much of summer, the parsley leaves are a good inch across, the sunflowers are getting taller, the marigolds are growing steadily, cilantro is just starting to take off and the cucumber seeds were just planted yesterday…Outside things are really taking off too – not at all like indoors, but seedlings are finally beginning to appear (I was beginning to worry…) the swiss chard is just popping it’s crimson head through the soil, the kale seedlings each have two leaves, the lettuce is really beginning to look like lettuce allowing me to know for sure, they aren’t just weeds growing, the beets are also pushing through…oh I love beets – homegrown roasted beet, goat cheese and walnut salad – YUM!

OK, I love most vegetables – roasted fennel, green beans slightly steamed and then topped with lemon butter (fennel + green beans planted when warmer), swiss chard sauteed with caramelized onions topped with ricotta on puff pastry, kale and potato soup, spinach with nearly everything, freshly picked corn on the cob, vine ripened fresh from the garden (not the stuff trucked across America) tomatoes sliced and sprinkled with just a bit of sea salt – WOW – or even better – the classic, thickly sliced just picked tomato topped with thinly sliced fresh mozzarella (not the shredded stuff) and then ribbons of basil tossed on top with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil – divine – this is why I grow vegetables – it’s a labor of love – plant seeds, tend them, eat, be happy.

Baby basil then…

Baby basil now…

I use recycled cardboard egg cartons topped with plastic wrap (I re-use plastic wrap for additional plantings) to start the seedlings, then I transplant into plastic pots which I picked up at my local transfer station for free – recycling at its best. Even the plastic boxes holding all the individual boxes were recycled, as were the wooden crates I use to house other fledgling plants until the are ready to move outdoors…

I thoroughly wash each pot after each season and store away to use for the next season…even my garden shovel, wheelbarrow, hose and nozzle, the gate to the entrance of my garden and the posts on either side and some of my fencing have been free via my local swap shop…if you buy potted plants, give the plastic pots to someone who grows their own or try and re-use them yourself or ask the garden center when you purchase, if they recycle pots…get creative.

dump shopping

Check out the new page added – ‘le dump’ for further explanation –  but for now have fun perusing the objects I have come across at my local ‘freebie barn’… I love re-purposing, recycling, and simply finding fun stuff for free…who doesn’t?

Yes, the chair I picked up on it’s way to the dump.

And this entire set of Chinese dishes I found still in its packaging – I also picked up a wok on the same day – (still need to photograph that (: ) – yes, they are from the ‘dump’…

Just a few of the children’s books we now enjoy at home…

Clay pots and galvanized pots also found – the tools I scored at Liberty Tool, in Liberty Maine – great resource for old and well made tools of all kinds.

Metal cooling racks – love these, I use them all the time – I’ve also found newer ones but I favor these old ones…

Picked up this fruit/veggie basket just as I was in need of one…

A variety of glassware always makes for a playful table setting … the fun of free stuff!