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Natural blackberry beads

by Timber Press on February 1, 2017

in Craft, Design

Wool fleece soaks in a cold deep purple blackberry dye bath. All images by Tristan Davison.

Knowing your neighborhood can lead to beautiful dye colors! Blackberries can be foraged in both wild and urban areas. Blackberry leaves and stems produce shades of yellow to gray-greens to dark teal-gray, while the berries offer deep purples and pinks. Transform your textiles into treasures—wood beads, wool yarn, a silk dress, or preowned sweaters—starting with this simple DIY project.

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Photos by the authors.

Drying is the oldest and geographically universal way to preserve pepper pods, and it works well for most peppers—except for the very meaty ones such as jalapeños, which are smoke-dried and called chipotles. Using dried peppers, store-bought or grown and preserved from scratch, you can add delicious heat to any dish.

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DIY hosta leaf mosaic

by Timber Press on February 1, 2017

in Craft

All images by Justin Myers.

Though this leaf design is a simple-moderate mosaic project, it gives you the opportunity to play with grout lines and color values and more deeply explore the beautiful range of hues found in hosta plants.

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This shiny, sleek planter—actually a modified length of pedestrian galvanized gutter—takes up little room on a tiny balcony but contributes flash and a lively mix of color and texture. The resulting contemporary composition is stylish and hip—a far cry from planting an old boot.

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Most early spring perennials aren’t as big as summer bloomers, but they are every bit as welcome. Go for yellows for farthest visibility, and bolster the garden with tulips and other bulbs. All photographs by Matthew Bartmann.

New to gardening or starting fresh with a new space? Spend fewer hours and a minimal amount of money by tackling one small area of your yard at a time. Sally Roth shares her quick tips and tricks for beginning to beautify those problematic corners.

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Lush, plant-filled rooms are as stylish as they are rejuvenating, but it can be hard to care for an urban jungle. Add a splash of green and garden-inspiration (without a watering can, fertilizer, or direct sunlight) with these elegant, minimalist anthotype photograms from Caitlin Atikinson’s Plant Craft: 30 Projects that Add Natural Style to Your Home.

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Mayacoba Bean Salad

by Timber Press on January 26, 2017

in Food, Gardening

Image from Rancho Gordo, edited.

You may have heard of Steve Sando and his company Rancho Gordo from features and recipe roundups in everything from The New York Times to Bon Appétit. Thomas Keller of The French Laundry swears by Sando’s products, but the leader of the heirloom revolution says it best himself:

As you cook these heirloom beans and other grains and ingredients, keep in mind….what you are doing isn’t exotic and esoteric. It’s continuing traditions that are well-established for a reason….rather than constantly trying to reproduce English gardens or European wine, it’s nice to know what’s from here and discover ways of incorporating these ingredients into your kitchen. New World food is exciting, tasty, healthy, romantic, and possibly, easier on the earth.

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All photos by Kate Bryant.

There is no shortage of Pinterest-worthy inspiration for decorating with plants or books, but what about innovative ways to spotlight plants and books? Enter the magical, miniature worlds of Terrarium Craft. With two crafts combining plants and books together, our home décor can flourish with life and literature.

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Photos by Sarah Culver for The Chinese Kitchen Garden.

Chinese vegetables play a large, enchanting role in symbolic meals and traditions, especially around the Lunar New Year, which always falls near the end of winter and is the biggest celebration in Hong Kong, China, and much of Asia.

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All included images by Karen Chapman.

Even if the winter weather is keeping you indoors, it’s time to start planning your upcoming garden designs. With the fun and fresh combination of fir, bushes, lilies, and dahlias in Gardening with Foliage First, Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz show how the right foliage palette can make your garden shine with color and texture year-round.

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