It was inspiring to meet so many talented people and to see their amazingly creative work. Plus we had some holiday shopping to do and there is nothing like handmade and/or local to counteract the frenzy going on all around this time of year.
Visit their sites by clicking on the photo, and even order some things if you likey, too :). We vouch for the quality of all that we’ve included in this post. Have fun surfing…we did.
This week we are excited to feature a very special guest posting by two friends who specialize in the restoration and design of Craftsman homes. Ellen Mirro and Howard Miller are both associated with The Johnson Partnership, a local Seattle architectural firm noted for their architectural, historic renovation, and low impact “green” services. They have graciously written a short piece for us on Craftsman trim, a very distinct and traditional style of trim found in many Seattle homes of the early 1900 vintage. We hope you enjoy it!
The Flower and Garden Show, Seattle, February 2012
Seems like lots of us keep trying to find a use for the humble pallet! I like this one– it’s not stuffed with plants so you can see the rough wood/plant contrast, the long leaves give more dimension and interest, and it’s hanging which somehow makes it more appealing.
Wondering how to make it? These directions from Life on the Balcony seem reasonable. I would add a board across the bottom, to hold the soil better.
What Can Go Wrong:
I did a little research regarding pallets. I started with an inquiry at Washington Toxics Coalition, one of my all time favorite resources. Here’s what I’ve found so far:
Pallets can pick up contamination or bacteria during their travels so be cautious of oily, moldy, or excessively dirty wood. (food prep table, kid’s toys– no!). QA
Pallets made for international shipping must be either heat treated (HT) or fumigated (methyl bromide, used infrequently). They will be stamped or branded with a mark of compliance (MB or HT). Wikipedia
What Can Go Right:
Pallets made for domestic shipping are heat treated only and will bear an “HT” stamp. (No chemicals used) I’m looking for these! Grist.org
Only a few percent of the pallets used for international shipping are treated with methyl bromide (MB).
It’s best if you know where your pallets have been.
So, be an informed up-cycler – do your homework, check the stamps, and use for appropriate projects!