Friday, May 25, 2018

Air Plant Love

Hello Friends!!

We've recently had a lot of questions about our air plants, and I wanted to share a little bit of information on how air plants work -- and some ideas of easy and fun ways to display these sweet little bits of green!  At the shop, we have hanging globe terrariums, handmade wood bases, and miniature macrame hangers for your air plant displaying!

Air Plants, or Tillandsia, originate in more tropical climates but can adapt to inside living just about anywhere!  There are hundreds (over 600!) varieties, and many will flower at least once in their lifetime.  In my own experience, they are pretty slow growing, and some are slightly easier to care for than other varieties.  This is a link to a great care guide online, and below are some display ideas for your little plant buddies!  

The best part of air plant ownership is that they are so versatile -- no soil required, just a little light and let your creativity flow!

Local Places to Find Air Plants:
- We have small - medium air plants available for purchase at the shop, but there is also a wonderful place in the Dayton Farmer's Market and our friend Hope of Hopeful Things also sells them inside Dressed Up Threads in downtown Dayton.  Be sure to check these amazing local spots out sometime soon!!!  

Until Soon,
Sara XX
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day 2018!


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With Earth Day around the corner, it's a great time to stop and think through the small and the big ways that we can help reduce our own waste and contribute to the larger-scale efforts to conserve our earth!

In celebration, this Saturday + Sunday, simply request no bag for any purchase and we will donate $1 for every bag not used to the Wildlife Conservation Network!!!


On a personal note, I have to confess that reducing waste can be a bit daunting.  I thought it might be helpful for me to share some of the easy ways I've learned to reduce the amount of waste that comes out of my own home.  Have further suggestions and ideas?  I'd love to hear them!!

1.  Reusable glasses, cloth napkins, silverware: If I'm going out for a meal with friends, I pack a small extra bag with a glass jar, aluminum straw, and a cloth napkin.  It's an easy way for me to give up a plastic glass, plastic straw, and paper napkin.  If you think you might have leftovers, bring a clean "to-go" container from home!
2.  Recycling: With the City of Harrisonburg no longer offering single-stream recycling, I've been saving my glass/plastic/aluminum/paper for about a month and taking over my bin!  The closest center to Downtown Harrisonburg is located at 2055 Beery Road, link to a map here.
3.  Composting: It's a little impractical for me to start my own compost pile in my current neighborhood, but thankfully there is a local compost drop off provided by Black Bear Composting.
You can either keep a small compost bin on your kitchen counter, or keep a bag in your fridge/freezer and fill with weekly kitchen scraps, peels, shells, etc.  For a guide on what is / isn't compostable, see this helpful list.
4.  Buying locally: We live in such a beautiful and rich farming area, and it's easy to purchase lots of food and supplies from local farms and families.  The Harrisonburg Farmer's Market, local CSA shares, and farm stands all over the Valley are easy ways to start.  Bring your own bags or a basket and start shopping!
5.  Grocery Shopping: Aside from using reusable grocery bags, there are also reusable produce bags, or bring your own jars for dry/bulk goods.  Most grocery stores will weigh your reusable containers prior to filling so that you're ready to shop!

Other great resources:
- Bring Your Own: A locally owned store in Downtown Harrisonburg that offers everything you need to make practical changes to reduce waste.
- Friendly City Food Co-Op: Lots of local options here beyond produce (dry goods, honey, beverages, etc.), also carry options for earth-friendly products.
- WithSimplicity Beauty: Natural skin-care and beauty items (they also offer free recycling on all finished bottles/jars)!

Read more here:
https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/37-ways-to-reduce-trash

Happy Earth Day, Friends!

Until Soon,
Sara XX

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Shopping Small: Notebooks + Journals

Hello!

One of my long-time goals has been to bring in more independently-made goods into the shop.  We're one step closer with these newest vendors, and now our journals and notebooks all support small companies + their artists/designers.

I'd love to know what other kinds of styles of journal you'd like to see!

Until Soon,
Sara XX

Welcome to:

Archer + Olive (Bonnie Kuhl + Jen Krause, Texas) // Dot-Grid Notebooks


Pen + Pillar (Illustrator Taylor Mahlke, North Carolina) // Lined, Spiral Bound



Ruff House Art (Brian + Jill Shephard, Kansas) // Letterpress, Spiral Bound



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Jane Turns 242!!

Happy Birthday, Jane!  Join us to celebrate our favorite shop girl -- more details on our FB event here.

Until Soon,
Sara, XX


Monday, November 20, 2017

Dried Wreath Workshop (Sold Out)

Join us for a Dried Wreath Workshop in collaboration with Breathe and the Friendly City Merchants!


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