10 Ways to Treat Every Day Like Earth Day

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Happy (belated) Earth Day! Earth Day was on Sunday, and I know it’s not a big deal for most people, but I can never forget the holiday because it’s also my husband Steven’s birthday. To celebrate, I made him his favorite cake, carrot cake, and we had a picnic in a nearby park. While we were walking home, I started thinking about Earth Day, and how we can all make small changes to live more sustainable lives year-round. Over the years I’ve incorporated several sustainable habits into my life, and some of them are totally second-nature by now, but I’m always on the lookout for new ones. So I thought I’d share my tips, and I’d love to hear yours!

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DIY Inspiration: Modern Embroidery

If you’ve been following along on my Instagram, you may have caught that I was in London and Edinburgh last week. Do you bring a craft project when you’re on a trip? I find when I don’t, even if I have other things to keep my mind occupied, my hands are restless. And it gives me something to fidget with during nerve-wracking bits of a flight, like takeoff and landing. My go-to travel craft used to be knitting, but I haven’t knit anything in a long time, mostly because I have all the handmade knitwear I need and want right now. Plus, it tends to take up too much room in my bag. So, inspired by a new crop of modern embroidery artists, I tried out a new craft on my trip: embroidery.

Embroidery inspiration

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Blood Orange Poppyseed Loaf Cake

Buying produce because of how pretty is it is something I try not to do too often, but once in a while I give in. This time the lure wasn’t so much the produce itself, but the knowledge of what I could make with it. And this blood orange poppyseed loaf cake didn’t disappoint. I mean, come on, that pink icing is ridiculous.
Vegan blood orange poppyseed loaf cake is a showstopper with that pretty pink icing. #vegan #baking #eggfree #dairyfree #recipe

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Quick Plant Stand Hack

I know I’m not the only one who has trouble resisting the dollar spot area at Target. It’s just too good, right? Often I avoid them entirely because I know I might get sucked in, but this time I was glad I did, because I spotted the perfect item to hack for plant stands.

This super quick plant stand hack helps you give your plants a little extra height. #plant #plants #houseplants #DIY

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Make a DIY Round Pillow with Exposed Zipper

I couldn’t really decide what to call this this DIY round pillow. Half-and-half round pillow? Half-split round pillow? Let me know if you think of a good name for it! Whatever you call it, it’s a fun way to play with pattern and color, and use up scraps of cute fabric. Or have an excuse to buy more fabric, which we always need 😉
This DIY round pillow with exposed zipper is a fun way to play with pattern and color, and use up scraps of cute fabric! #DIY #sewing #homedecor #tutorial #pillow #cushion
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Keeping up with DIY in PDX

Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

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Like a lot of people, lately I’ve been struggling to figure out the best ways to connect with other people online. Social media and the internet seem to be in a really weird place right now, and I’ve been trying to figure out how I want to participate (or not). My personal choices are complicated by needing to connect people with DIY in PDX, so I thought I’d go over the best ways to keep up with me and my projects.

If you’re like, “What’s an RSS feed?” I’ll go over some of these options and my thoughts below, but here’s the short version.

Best Ways to Keep Up with DIY in PDX Blog Posts

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