So my neighbors started composting

So I guess I'm a composting now? Here's what I've learned

So my neighbors started composting and lucky for me they created a VERY large composting box..which means it’s time to take my recycling and earth-friendly habits to the next level.

To be honest, when they first told me that this box was being created, I didn’t know much about composting. I mean, I knew it cut down on garbage/waste and helped with growing a garden, but that’s kind of sad, basic information, right? After a quick google search I can formally share that “Composting is the transformation of organic material (plant matter) through decomposition into a soil-like material called compost”.

Okay, so how do you do it?

You start by getting yourself a composting bin. My neighbors took care of this for us by making one out of pallets. You can also choose to follow the DIY route, or you can buy one. Then you just start filling it up!

Different websites take different approaches. Some are very methodical (think layering different kind of organic material and putting leaves through a paper shredder), others are a little more natural. We’re heading down that second road, throwing in various items as they become available and taking care of the pile as we go.  The big thing to remember of course, is that the point is for this organic material to break down and create this nutrient-rich soil or compost. As we all know, all waste is not created equal and therefore all waste can not just be tossed in your bin.

Here is a quick list of organic materials you can add:

  • Leaves/grass
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Coffee grinds/filters
  • Tea bags
  • Egg shells
  • Garden soil
  • Newspaper (with no color print)
  • Saw dust
  • Soil
  • Herbivorous animal waste (no meat eaters, please!)

Things you can NOT add:

  • Pet waste
  • Meat scraps/bones
  • Disposable diapers
  • Plastic
  • Synthetic fibers
  • Dead plants
  • Anything with dairy

I also learned that it’s a good idea to keep a healthy mix of the “yes” items above. Most things that I read split this list up into two categories: Green and Brown materials. They break down in different ways and produce different materials. It’s a good idea to water and turn your pile regularly, to keep air flow and discourage any foul odors.

To be honest I’m a little nervous about this endeavor. South Florida is known for an early summer and I’m just going to guess that heat and humidity probably play a rather smelly part in decomposition… sooo wish us luck! If you have tips, please leave them in the comments.. I’m sure I’m going to need them.

 

Photo via ManMade

Building a Gift Closet

keep an eye out for good sales and keep extra gifts on hand for emergencies

Confession: I spend way too much money on gifts. Finding great gifts and making people feel good is one of my favorite things to do, but it’s just not always financially practical. So I started a gift closet! Okay, it’s not a full closet, but it is a space where I put all the cute stuff that I randomly find and buy when I’m  not supposed to be shopping for myself. It makes me feel better about my casual shopping habits and it’s made me a more productive human being– so it’s totally a win-win!

Basically when I’m rummaging through Marshalls/Homegoods/Target/Anywhere-I’m-Not-Supposed-To-Be, I use this as a great excuse to buy all of the cute things that I just can’t walk away from. I typically keep my purchases pretty general, but every so often I see things that I just have to buy for someone specific.  Sometimes you just need to give a little gift, you know? Bewteen holidays, birthdays, dinner parties, new homes, engagements, and “miss you’s” a good gift never goes to waste. Dean thinks it’s silly, but he never complains when we get invited somewhere and I have a gift ready in under 2 seconds.

Since I feel like I’m always looking for ideas like this, maybe  you are too. Here are a few of my favorite little gifts to have on hand:

  • Stationary
  • Frames
  • Tea Towels
  • Cards
  • Jewelry
  • Soaps/Lotions
  • Books
  • Candles
  • Ring Holders/Jewelry Bowls

 

The possibilities are endless! Does anyone else do this or am I the only one looking for extra ways to spend my money?

 

PS- Give a homemade body scrub!

PPS-The perfect gift basket for your friend who just bought a home.

 

 

Original photo via

Last Minute Thanksgiving DIYs

This year Dean offered to cook a little Thanksgiving dinner for us here at home. We bought a little turkey and I’ve been hunting down some recipes for side dishes, but something seemed a little off. And then it hit me: WE HAVE NO DECORATIONS UP. We’re wearing shorts and running around a non-decorated home. Thanksgiving turkeys just don’t seem to fit in. Sooooo we went a little nuts and purchased a Christmas tree early.Don’t worry, we decided to leave the tree TBD (to be decorated) until after Thanksgiving, but it just gives the house such a great smell and the perfect, winter feel. I know everyone doesn’t agree, but I like winter/holiday decorations for Thanksgiving. I think it all kind of fits together.  But if you don’t, have no fear! There are much easier, more “thanksgiving-y” options available to you. Here are some of my favorites.

 

 

simple gold paper garland.

 

Here we have a cute paper garland project. I like this DIY because it’s so simple to put together, but it makes a large impact. How cute would this look strung up on a mantle or across a cute bookshelf?

 

 

 

cinnamon candle

 

Add some cinnamon sticks to common candles! It gives off a light scent, but it’s definitely not overpowering. Most importantly they look super cute! I get compliments on these guys every season (they also make cute and cost effective gifts!)

 

thanksgiving printable

 

There’s nothing better than a free printable! How much easier can life get, right? This quote is offered both as a utensil holder or for your favorite frame.

 

 

thanksgiving ideas

 

Gold paint! Paint a pumpkin or a little turkey figurine, either way it’s going to look a little more elegant and a little more grown up in gold.

 

 

thanksgiving ideas

 

Speaking of gold, how great would these look on your dinner table with a gold candle or a cute cold bow tied around the vase? Such a simple way to literally take your cranberries from you Thanksgiving table right into the holiday season.

 

 

Do you have some easy DIY’s that you’ll use to decorate for Thursday? Please share! I’d love to hear 🙂

Shop Update

Knitting Ain’t Easy is up and running smoothly!!I’ve been home, in cars, and visiting family with my knits and things to fill orders and get ahead and it’s a pretty great feeling.Most recently I’ve been working on beanies, mug cozies, and shop facebook pages.

handmade beanies- knittingainteasy.etsy.com

 
handmade mug cozy- knittingainteasy.etsy.com

 

I selfishly like the cozies because they’re cute but practical. They’re the perfect way for me to finish up small balls of yarn. To push them out to etsy shoppers, I’ve added the option of adding on a mug cozy to any order for just $2! The best part is that when you add up shipping costs, the cozy ends up being FREE! (Follow my math here…. shipping on a single item is $5. If you buy multiple items, the shipping changes to $3 per item instead. HOWEVER. Shipping on the cozy is free. so it really only adds $2 to your order, while bringing the shipping down to $3. New $3 shipping plus new $2 cozy = one $5 shipping price!)

 

What kind of knitting projects would you like to see next? Any colors you’d like to see added? I’d love your feedback!

 

PS- ONE MORE DAY TO ENTER. Get yourself some free glasses, won’t ya?

ETSY SHOP: Survey & a free printable!

ME & YOU- free print

So you know that I recently started an Etsy shop, right? Well last week I had my first sale & this week I have a new deal in the making- yahoo! I’m so excited and super motivated to create more!

Dean was recently asked to be a best man in a wedding next year, so I’ve started playing around with some little lovey prints first. It started as a simple gift idea, but now I’m thinking maybe other people would be interested too! But here’s where you come in: What about you? Would you be interested in buying these kinds of things?

Here’s a simple print that I made as an example. This one is FREE for you, my favorite reader and friend. Want it customized? Let me know and we’ll chat about some options. I’m thinking that I can put downloadable prints for something super reasonable, maybe $4 for an instant print. Then it ups to $6 for the same download but with 2 customized names (instead of me and you)….. additional customizations TBD. So help me out- would you buy something like this?