Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Help Michigan's Economy

I have gotten several e-mail's recently about how to help Michigan during these economically challenging times. The crux of the message is that Meijer and Kroger are Michigan stores that buy Michigan produce. That's true. The e-mail encourages readers to spend $10 a week on Michigan grown fruits and vegetables and urges the reader to shop at Meijer and Kroger for their produce needs.

This is where I differ with the sender about what will help Michigan's residents. The best way to help Michigan's farmers is to buy produce from the farmer directly. This reduces your carbon footprint. You won't spend as much in fossil fuel to purchase your food. You help the local economy. You eat what's in season. You get to ask questions to the person that probably picked the food from their fields and drove it into town for sale like , "what's the best way to prepare this cabbage."

What a concept. Talking to the person that grew what you will eat.

This is not to say you shouldn't frequent Michigan based companies like Meijer. (Kroger is not based in Michigan) or those with stores in the great state with two peninsula's. If you have a choice, choose fresh. Choose products picked that morning.

Want to find out if there is a Farmer's Market near you? Click here for a listing of markets based on where you live in the State of Michigan.

Cut out the middleman and buy direct.

Monday, July 28, 2008

IKEA Hacker Blog

I love using found objects for other purposes. This site shows how to take items and repurpose them.Check it out.
IKEA Hacker

Chocolate Mint Necklace and Earrings

Wasn't feeling the best today. I think it was something I ate considering my symptoms. I had a fever and chills, upset stomach. And it's summertime! I hate being sick in summer.

Anyway, before I was under the weather, I made a necklace and earring set from turquoise and black beads that my friend Stacy gave me for my birthday. The necklace sits nicely at the collarbone with five strands of beads hanging from the main necklace. It's held together with fishing line and silver wire. The clasp is magnetic. Take a look!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ying Yang Necklace

Choices, choices, choices. Our lives are filled with choices. Some of us have more difficult decisions to make, while others just need to decide which pair of black shoes to wear. Here it is...finally! The Ying-Yang necklace. I originally wanted to make the necklace entirely from recycled materials. I played with the design and actually made several prototypes. This is the version that worked the best. The necklace consists of waxed linen cord with silver wire that's coiled and that also holds resin discs in contrasting black and white colors. (Technically, neither black nor white are colors) No price on this baby since it took forever to complete. Another project that was worth the effort though.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Free CFL Bulb

What a great idea. A free CFL bulb that reduces energy consumption. Yes, I know, it contains a small amount of mercury. When disposed of properly, this shouldn't pose a health hazard. Want to register? Here's the site

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Back to Blogging

I took a bit of a vacation from blogging to purchase a car; a Ford Focus. So far, I got 29 MPG in the city. Not too shabby for an automatic.

I entered some of my writing into a local fair. It's a children's book I wrote and illustrated. I'll let you know the results of the judging soon.

My beading is coming along. There is a black and white necklace and matching earrings to match the ying-yang bracelet you will see here in a few days. Although, it's so tempting to just enjoy the sunshine and wonderful weather rather than make jewelry.

Perfect days this past weekend. High temperatures in the 80's with cool evenings - great for sleeping. We are so fortunate here in the Great Lakes region that the terrible storms moved around us. With any luck, the farmers will have a good crop of corn and soybeans. That will help not only our local economy, but supply food for others in the Midwest.