Archive for May, 2010

Quote of the Week

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -St. Francis of Assisi

So… the big news here- we’re moving.  So this week I’ll be busy packing for the movers arrival on Friday.  Hope you enjoy the quote of the week and stay with me… regular postings will resume shortly!

Live Creatively!


May 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

This Blog is Carbon Neutral

Print: Lucky Bluebird Art

How much carbon dioxide does a blog create?

According to a study by Alexander Wissner-Gross, PhD, physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. Assuming an average blog gets 15,000 visits a month, it has yearly carbon dioxide emissions of 3,6kg (8lb.). This can mainly be tracked back to the immense energy usage from (mainframe) computers, servers, and their cooling systems.

How much carbon dioxide does a tree absorb?

Unfortunately, no precise answer is possible. The carbon dioxide absorption of a tree can differ a lot. The amount of carbon dioxide that a tree can absorb depends on the type of tree, light exposure, length of the vegetation period, latitude, water balance, and the soil conditions.

There are many different calculations for the saving potential of a tree. The assumed values vary between 10 and 30kg (20 and 70lb.) for a tree each year. It is certain however, that in its first two to three years a tree absorbs relatively little carbon dioxide. In the growth phase following this, the absorption rate increases rapidly. During this time, the tree safes a considerable amount of carbon dioxide. The absorption rate decrease again from the age of 18.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) assumes a yearly absorption of one tree of approximately 10kg (20lb.) carbon dioxide emissions. “Make it green”, the environmental programme of kaufDA, is using a yearly absorption value of 5kg (11lb.) for its “My blog is carbon neutral” initiative. This is a very conservative calculation, ensuring that the neutralisation of each blog is achieved.

One tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of the blog

As demonstrated in the above calculation, the atmosphere can be relieved by an average of 5kg (11lb.) carbon dioxide every year by planting one tree. An average blog causes 3.6kg (8lb.) of carbon dioxide emissions. Consequently, a tree neutralises the carbon dioxide emissions of a blog. Since a tree lives for an average of 50 years, carbon dioxide emissions of the blog can be completely neutralised for this time period.

Information and Images Source: Kaufda

Live Creatively!

May 6, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Worldly Wednesdays: My world is flood damage.

So the flood damage is taking a bigger toll than I first anticipated.  I usually dedicate Wednesdays to world issues, style, or crafting but right now all I can focus on is my world!  I’ve attached some pics… try to bear with me; posts will be a bit slower as we work through the clean up and figure out what to do next.  Many thanks to everyone for their support!

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May 5, 2010 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Spring Treat: Peanut Brittle

So in my first post, I said that I wanted to bake more … this isn’t really a baking dish but its desserty so it counts, right?  In any case,  I’m making this Peanut Brittle to share with friends and family as a thank you for all their love and support (especially after the rain).  Its easy to break up and place in cute little spring time packages as gifts.  I hope you like the recipe… it was lots of fun to make!  A special thanks to The Nut Factory in Greenacres, WA for the recipe!

Traditional Peanut Brittle

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup water
2 cups raw Spanish peanuts
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
2 tsp. baking soda

Heat and stir sugar, syrup and water in a heavy 3-quart saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Add salt. Cook over medium heat to soft ball stage (234 degrees). Add peanuts at 250 degrees. Cook to hard crack stage (290 degrees), stirring often. Remove from heat.

Quickly, stir in butter and soda. Beat to a froth for a few seconds. Pour at once onto 2 well-buttered 15-1/2×10-1/2×1-inch pans, spreading with spatula. If desired, cool slightly and pull with forks to stretch thin. Break up when cold.

May 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Moustache May & Quote of the Week!

“A man without a mustache is like a cup of tea without sugar.” – English Proverb

I grew up with moustache man…

He’s been rockin’ the stache since the 60s.  Now we have a whole month to celebrate dudes like my Dad.  It’s officially Moustache May!

Join in on the mania…

Black Moustache Ring – Tatty Devine

Moustache Disguise – Lupin

Moustache Sock Monkey-  BlackBird Fashion

Leather Moustache Pink- YummyPocket

Moustache Heart Necklace- Lsette

Moustache iPhone Cozy- YummyPocket

May 3, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Project Monday: Flood Damage

Happy Monday… or more like soggy Monday.  My weekend was filled with Target, keys locked in my car in the pouring rain, oh and my sewing studio flooded in 2 ft. of water.  Yes, 2 FEET of water.  We were lucky that despite the downpour, most of my sewing items were saved as well as my closet (which is also on the lowest level of my home).  Today will be about working on the first of the clean-up.  I’ll be posting my original post next, but keep us in your thoughts and wish us luck on the clean-up!

Live Creatively (&dryly…haha)!

May 3, 2010 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

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