JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers

October 17, 2012 by  
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The British design team JAMESPLUMB is known for its ingenious one-of-a-kind furnishings and interiors created from antiques, cast-offs, and found objects. We were struck by these beautiful and useful chests of drawers made from vintage suitcases. Each suitcase is repaired and relined, and sets are installed in antiqued cases of steel and wood that are custom-built to fit the suitcases’ dimensions. Read the rest of JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , antique , Art , bureau , Chest , Design , Drawers , eco design , green design , green interiors , james plumb , recycled , Recycled Materials , suitcase , upcycle , vintage

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HOW TO: Pickle Beets In Just 1 Hour

October 17, 2012 by  
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Beets come in all shapes and sized, from dark red and pink striped to light orange and everything in between . We used a bunch of gorgeous organic Chioggia beets from the farmer’s market. Chioggia beets are recognizable by their distinctive pink and white striped flesh. Unfortunately, the stripes don’t stand out very much after you’ve cooked your beets in preparation for pickling, so if you’re hoping for the bright fuschia color that some pickled beets have, make sure you choose the dark red variety. Here’s what you need to do to start pickling some tasty beets: STEP 1: Gather your ingredients One or more bunches organic beets (6-8 small beets will fill two jelly-jar sized canning jars; double that for a large quart-size jars White vinegar Sugar and salt Cinnamon and cloves Canning jars or clean, sterilized recycled jars (salsa jars work well) STEP TWO: Trim, boil and dice Trim off the leafy beet greens and set them aside – they are a delicious and iron-packed veggie that tastes great sauteed with a little lemon and butter! Drop the beets into a saucepan of water and bring them to a boil. Simmer the beets for about thirty minutes, or until soft all the way through (you can test with the tip of a sharp knife or a fork). Save the beet cooking liquid, which you’ll use to make the pickling liquid. Peel and dice the beets. Once cooled, the peels should come right off in your hands. Dice the beets into wedges or coins, as you prefer. STEP THREE: Prepare the pickling liquid Here is where you’ll need to determine how many jars of beets you want to make. We fit about 6 small beets in a 10-ounce canning jar along with about 2/3 cup of pickling liquid. To make two small jelly-jars of beets, you’ll need about 2/3 cup liquid and about 6-8 beets, and to make a quart size jar, you’ll need 1 cup of liquid and about 14-16 small beets (adjust accordingly depending on the size of the beets you have). Now that you know how much pickling liquid to prepare, all you need to know is that the ratio of beet cooking liquid to white vinegar is 1:1 (so for a quart jar, you’ll measure out 1/2 cup of the beet cooking liquid and add another 1/2 cup of white vinegar). In a bowl, measure out your white vinegar and warm beet cooking liquid that you saved earlier. Add in 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt per half cup of liquid. Add a few cloves, and either a cinnamon stick or a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the mix. Stir the liquid until the salt and sugar have dissolved. STEP FOUR: Jar the beets Jar the beets and pour the pickling liquid right up to the very lip of the jar, making sure to cover the beets completely. Place a piece of parchment paper over the beets and screw on the lid. Pop them into the fridge and wait three days so you can do your first taste-test! Here are some fun additions and variations you can try: Have dark red beets? Add thinly sliced rings of onion to add a spicy flavor and score some hot-pink onions to boot. Add more sugar and less salt for a sweeter beet that tastes great with cheese and in salads. Add fresh ginger slices for a spice-infused pickled beet that works well with Asian-inspired dishes .

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SkateBack iPhone Cases By MapleXO and Grove Are Crafted From Recycled Skateboards

June 5, 2012 by  
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If you’re looking for a new way to brighten up your iPhone, check out these cool SkateBack cases made from recycled skateboards ! The colorful designs for iPhone 4 and 4S are another awesome collaboration between Grove and Lindsay Holmes of MapleXO , and they’re made from 100% repurposed manufacturing waste. Read the rest of SkateBack iPhone Cases By MapleXO and Grove Are Crafted From Recycled Skateboards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: grove , iphone case , MapleXO , recycled skateboards , reused materials , skatebacks

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Spunky Tiny Traveling Theater is Topped With Recycled Coal Scuttles

June 5, 2012 by  
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Gaes Hearing Aid Factory Protected by a Mobile Louvered Facade in Barcelona

June 5, 2012 by  
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Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

December 31, 2011 by  
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Wondering how to celebrate the new year with a bit of eco-festivity?  Try out this awesome one-size-fits-all top hat, made from repurposed, office waste paper.  The staff of architectural firm  ClarkeHopkinsClarke made quite the entrance with these pleated masterpieces at a recent event and agreed to share their secrets with you, lucky readers!  So click ahead, follow this how-to, and rock whatever New Year’s Eve plans you have tonight! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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700-Meter Vertical Commute and Other Crazy Bike Rides in Swiss Alps! (Videos)

April 4, 2011 by  
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Including a 700-Meter Vertical Commute So you liked the awesome camera-on-helmet mountain bike videos from Chile and British Columbia ? Here’s more, this time from the Swiss Alps.

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Top 5 Awesome Apps to Keep Your Kids Entertained

October 15, 2010 by  
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If you’ve ever been on a roadtrip with a kid in the car, you know that the key to keeping them quiet (and yourself sane) is to distract them with something fun to do. Well, if you’ve got a smartphone, you’re already equipped with some of the most innovative toddler-shushing technology – fun mobile games! Check out our list of the top 5 colorful, engaging apps out there that will keep the little ones entertained so you can finally get something done! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apps to keep kids entertained , blackberry , green technology , iPhone , kids apps , mobile apps

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Back to School Backpack + School Supplies!

August 21, 2010 by  
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Will you soon be sending your tot off to school for the first time? Apart from the separation anxiety you’re bound to feel when you leave your little one in front of the schoolhouse, getting all the right clothes, shoes and supplies can be quite the daunting task for an unseasoned parent. So to help ease some of those pesky back to school blues, we’ve teamed up with Instinctive and  Stubby Pencil Studio to outfit one lucky little guy or girl with some eco-friendly garb! Almost too cool for school, our prized green package includes a nifty 100% recycled backpack and a $100 gift certificate for Stubby Pencil Studio to fill that bag full of eco-friendly  colored pencils , PVC-free  lunch bags , recycled cardboard  pencil sharpeners ,  soy crayons , recycled newspaper  pencils ,  banana paper notebooks and so much more! Don’t miss out on your chance to win this awesome prize! ENTER TO WIN HERE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: back to school , eco friendly school supplies , eco-friendly backpack , green back to school , green school supplies , instinctive , recycled backpack , recycled toddler backpack , stubby pencil studio , trunk pack

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Recycle Your Waste at the Hester Street Fair THIS WEEKEND!

July 22, 2010 by  
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One of the latest and greatest additions to the NYC community market scene has been the Hester Street Fair , opening up just this past May . If you haven’t already had a chance to check out this awesome fair filled with a bounty of incredible crafts and tasty treats, mark your calendar for this Saturday or Sunday (or both!) and join in all the fun

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