Tuesday, February 24, 2009

burlap :: moss

Hi Friends! It's a busy day for me, but I wanted to peek in and share a couple of things. First off are a couple of business related items: I just listed the sachets in my shop and scheduled my buckets for 1pm on Friday the 27th.

Next, I wanted to respond to several readers who asked about coffee sack care. I am extremely selective with each sack I choose. I only pick ones in beautiful condition... they might have holes here and there, but are clean and not dusty. I air them on the line before I store them in a container. Wet burlap is not my favorite smell, I therefore recommend spot cleaning on all of my products. My buckets are lined with a freshly laundered cotton using a hypo-allergenic and biodegradable detergent. If you have a piece of burlap that must be washed: soak in warm water with a gentle detergent, rinse, and let drip dry. Drying them in the sun or in front of the wood stove has been very effective. The graphics will fade quite a bit... they're not usually stamped with permanent inks. This is one of the main reasons for spot cleaning. Hope this helps, I'm thrilled to hear you've been inspired to work with burlap. It's a challenging material at first, but I love it's versatility and all the rugged character it holds.

Next up, I'm excited to show you a give-away I won from Jackie at SMOOTHPEBBLE!
I've never had a terrarium, but it seems so perfect in my home.

We are loving watching our moss grow. Look at the sweet little toadstools she hand painted for tucking inside.

My daughter claimed the heart one, of course. These pictures were taken directly after it had traveled many miles to our front porch... what a spring gift! Go here for her tutorial on making your own moss terrarium... and some lovely photos. She also included one of my favorites of her beautiful paper cuts... isn't this amazing!?

You may already know Jackie, but if she's new to you please stop by and say" hi". She's an amazing crafter, gifted writer, wonderful photographer and inspiring mother of three boys. She's also been a blogging friend since my early days and I'm so grateful for her friendship. Just another reason I'm so happy to be a part of this community. Pin It


  1. hey congrats on winning this fab giveaway ! I def. have to make a terrarium once we'll have moved, as I'm pretty sure we won't have a garden. The papercut is to die for too ! :) lots of hugs your way, my friend ! oxox

  2. lucky you! what a sweet little world under glass...

  3. I'm with your daughter - I'd pick the heart one too! That papercut is amazing! I'm heading over to Smoothpebble now. :)
    Thanks for the burlap tips, I haven't picked any up yet but it's on my to do list.

  4. You are so lucky. I don't think I have one a single giveaway yet and it isn't for a lack of trying.
    I can't wait to be able to hang things out on the line again. I did see a tree filled with robins this morning. Any sightings in your area?

  5. Oh, I see that moss growing at your house! Did the newspaper in the bowl keep it intact or did you have to resettle everything?
    It's so funny to think of our "early days" of blogging. It has been a joy and privelege to get to know you and see where you've traveled with your blog Maya!

  6. Wonderful giveaway - lucky you! Your bags are wonderful - hope I am able to buy one at the end of the week!

  7. Hello Maya,
    I just discover your blog and it's absolutely amazing what you can do. I wish I had 1% of your talent! It would be good so that I could entertain my 2 children in a simple and earthy way. All you do is beautiful. When do you find time to do all these wonderful creations? Brava!!!!

  8. The heart toadstool is my favourite too.

  9. those toadstools are adorable! my girls and i agree - we love the little heart on one of them! congrats!