Author Archives: Ann Smarty

5 Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Cut Flowers

March 7th, 2013 | by Ann Smarty

Want to celebrate a friend's or family member's accomplishment, or say "I love you" to that special someone? While cut flowers are the gift of choice in these situations, there are alternatives that don't involve damaging or killing plants. Here are five options


4 US Meetups Bringing American Gardeners Together

January 16th, 2013 | by Ann Smarty

Gardening's often a solitary endeavor, but sometimes you want to swap stories and tips with fellow planting enthusiasts. These four meetups around the United States provide opportunities for socializing with other gardeners


5 Green Shopping Tools

December 6th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

Not ready to green every aspect of your life? Your choices as a consumer make for a relatively painless way to start living more responsibly... and these five online tools can help you do it


6 Upcycled Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Backyard

October 29th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

Decorating for the holidays is a pastime treasured by many, perhaps even most, of us, allowing us to celebrate fun-filled events like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas in unique style both inside the house and out. Outdoor decorating, in particular, presents nearly unlimited possibilities for stylish holiday celebration. Get in the holiday spirit with these six upcycled holiday ideas for your backyard


3 iPhone Apps For Indoor Gardening

September 26th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

Don't have yard space for a garden? You can still grow your own vegetables and flowers indoors, and these three iPhone apps can help


4 Gardening Instructional Graphics

September 11th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

Looking to get started as a gardener, or add a little design flair to your efforts? These instructional graphics give you all the details for four very cool (and very different) gardening projects


7 Best DIY and Upcycling Meetups Around the World

June 27th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

If getting together with other crafty folks in order to share thoughts, ideas, tools and materials sounds like your cup of tea, here are six of the best DIY and upcycling meetups around the world


5 Eco-Friendly Options for a Cool Bath Mat

June 15th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

Your bathroom may be the least appealing room in your house by definition of purpose but that doesn't mean that it can't serve as an oasis of peace and solitude! While many aspects of your water closet determine exactly how appealing it is, there is no denying the power of the bath mat in setting a tone of design and usefulness as your bathroom's centerpiece


Top 5 Green Events to Attend in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2012

February 13th, 2012 | by Ann Smarty

If you're an environmentally minded person then there may be no better city to live in than beautiful San Francisco, California. Well known for its strong political stance on many "green" issues and sporting a population long admired for its liberal ideas and social conscience, San Francisco offers some of the best events available to broaden your environmental horizons by educating, teaching skills and organizing like-minded people via a broad array of fun, appealing events



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