April inspiration

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Natural materials sculpture (grape wood, reindeer moss, dried fern, dried & dyed wood mushrooms)
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Using the Do-It-Yourself Potting Table
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Lilac bath salts & Cymbidium blooms
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Echeveria in Raku pot
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Garden sculptures and pots
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Proud of her terrarium!
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Locally made clay sculpture
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Inspirational touchstones in glazed clay
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Zebra stripe Haworthia, can tolerate lower light
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one of our favorite echeverias
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Thai vases: delicate, perfect for airplants or single stem blooms
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Who doesn’t love Mermaids?! These are mini sized in cast iron.
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Driftwood wreath w/airplants & natural mosses. Year-round beauty.

November 2013: Kite Bag Founders visit!

Pete & Laurel
Pete & Laurel

Laurel Eastman & Pete Richardson graced us with a visit to the shop & brought us some more awesome kite bags.

My sister & I serendipitously discovered Laurel’s kiteboarding school in the Dominican Republic last year & were thrilled to be able to bring some of her colorful & clever Kite Bags home to sell in the shop.  We were even more excited to learn of her non-profit mission supported by sales of the Kite Bags.

Kiters4Communities was created by Laurel & Pete as a way of bringing work to an impoverished Haitian community (just outside of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic) while also saving kite material otherwise bound for the landfill.  Laurel is a pioneer of kiteboarding, one of the first female world-class competitors!  Pete, who serves as Executive Director, opted to develop Kiters For Communities as an alternative to joining the Peace Corps.  Their dedication  to the project is truly inspiring.

Before & After:  New school, community center/church & sewing workshop built with proceeds from kite bag sales & donations
Before & After: New school, community center/church & sewing workshop built with proceeds from kite bag sales & donations

Kite Bags, Kiters4Communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiters4Communities project continues to strive to bring more employment opportunities, education & improved quality of life to the Haitian communities they work with.  You can help support their mission by buying a kite bag from the shop or visiting their website to learn more & make a donation:  http://kiters4communities.org/

OCT 2013 FRESH FINDS

4"x4" fine art prints of original paintings mounted on wood.  By Maggie Hurley, Oakland, CA.
4″x4″ fine art prints of original paintings mounted on wood. By Maggie Hurley, Oakland, CA. The detail on these is exquisite.

 

 

Aromatherapy misters.  Made with 100% pure essential oils.  A mother's cottage industry hand-blended in CA.
Aromatherapy misters. Made with 100% pure essential oils. A mother’s cottage industry hand-blended in CA.

 

Extra special soy candles.  Natural aromatherapy blends in beautiful, reusable glass jars w/tin lids.
Extra special soy candles. Natural aromatherapy blends in beautiful, reusable glass jars w/tin lids.
Lots of new airplants in stock, many in bloom or bud.
Hand-thrown mugs by S. Cal. potter, Betsey Carter.  Other options:  Imagine, Love, Namaste, Goddess, Gratitude, Green Thumb
Hand-thrown mugs by S. Cal. potter, Betsey Carter. Other options: Imagine, Love, Namaste, Goddess, Gratitude, Green Thumb

 

Hand-stamped, soft leather men's wallets.  My husband's is over 3 yrs old & gets even better w/age.
Hand-stamped, soft leather men’s wallets. My husband’s is over 3 yrs old & gets even better w/age. Artisan made in North Carolina.

 

Finally, a Potting Shed t-shirt!  But much nicer than a regular t.  Extra soft & lightweight w/a loose fit.
Finally, a Potting Shed t-shirt! But much nicer than a regular t. Extra soft & lightweight w/a loose fit.

 

Our friend, Jennifer, models our t-shirt!
Our friend, Jennifer, a beautiful model for our t-shirt!

 

Roller perfumes in heavenly garden scents.
Roller perfumes in heavenly garden scents.
Recycled metal whale garden art. LARGE!
Reclaimed wood birdhouse.  Made in Monterey.
Reclaimed wood birdhouse. Made in Monterey.
Recycled metal rooster garden art. Made from recycled oil barrels.
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Buddha fragment faces made by mother & son sculptors in CA. Will weather beautifully in the garden.

 

Garden plaque goddess.  Local artist.
Garden plaque goddess. Local artist.  Coming soon!

 

Succulent Classes last weekend, May 2013

As usual, succulent classes last weekend were a big hit.  We are always amazed at the talent & creativity!  Check out these photos of some of the participants.  More classes to come this year in July, September & October.  Stay tuned for dates…

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Spring Classes 2013

P1000681Succulent classes are back…Spring is almost here!

Dates (choose one): Saturday March 16, Sunday March 17, Saturday May 18 or Sunday May 19, 2013

Time:  10am – 11:30 am-ish. 

Weather dependent.

Pre-registration required. 

Go to the classes page for more details.

 

BAFcoverBAforage101113_009-200x300WILD FOOD FORAGING WALK & TASTING

Come explore the edible landscape in the Cascade Canyon area of Fairfax (5 minutes from the shop).  Class will focus on plant-based knowledge and respectful harvesting techniques followed by an outdoor kitchen tasting.   Our guide will be Mia Andler, local author & environmental educator.  

Saturday, April 13, 2013  

12-3pm, rain or shine!  Call the shop for registration details. 

 

 

 

 

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for HIM and flowers, of course

 

We will be open on Valentine’s Day from 10am – 7pm with a selection of cut flowers in addition to an assortment of potted arrangements and other sweet gifts.  Since you already know we have plenty of gifts for HER, here are some gift ideas for HIM:

 

Moss rocks.  Great for his desk.
Moss rocks. Great for his desk.  Drought-tolerant.

 

Wood burl boxes in different sizes and woods.
Wood burl boxes in different sizes and woods.
Wood burl boxes in different sizes and woods.  Made in Petaluma.  For odds and ends on his night table.
Made in Petaluma. Perhaps for odds and ends on his night table?

Airplant terrariums.  No two are alike.  Come in and assemble your own for him!
Airplant terrariums. No two are alike. Come in and assemble your own for him!

 

 

This was my husband's clever idea.  Airplant perch cut into the top of birch.  Simple.  Beautiful.  Low maintenance.
This was my husband’s clever idea. Airplant perch cut into the top of birch. Simple. Beautiful. Low maintenance.

 

 

 

 

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