Sunday, February 28, 2010

Post & Plant For A Carbon Neutral Blog

Do blogs grow on trees? My educated guess would be no, as I've never heard of a blog tree. But it now seems that blogs can help plant trees. So let's talk about outdoor decorating, mother nature style. Help us decorate a forest with more trees!

I recently received an email from a German organization called kaufDA, asking me to participate in an initiative that helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by planting a tree for every blog that posts about it. I do get a lot of scam emails so I did a little research before starting this post. Thanks to the tireless efforts of blog owners like, who wrote many emails requesting verification of this organization's claims before joining the bandwagon, I feel safe in joining the cause. Anything that can positively affect the environment is worthwhile to me.

KaufDA's plan is to plant these blog-supported trees in the
Plumas National Forest in Northern California with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation. You can read more about why this Californian forest needs help and joining the cause by visiting

The German organization's site claims that planting one tree for your blog will neutralise its carbon footprint for the next 50 years. Whether this is a scientific fact or not, I am certain that every tree that gets planted is more than worth the effort of writing about it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Jim Shore Easter Collectibles

March is just around the corner so spring cleaning and spring decor is on the way. The Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Collection has some springtime favorites, starting with these classic Easter collectible figurines.

Jim Shore Bunny Pushing A Carriage- This proud looking bunny is pushing a classic baby carriage. It has the signature quilting detail in the bunny's clothes. Hidden inside the egg in the carriage is a cute baby bunny!

Jim Shore Heartwood Creek Bunny/Wheelbarrow Figurine- This well dressed rabbit has been working hard on the farm, possibly harvesting carrots in his extravagant wheelbarrow. This piece measures 8.75".

Jim Shore Nesting Box
set of 4 Eggs- The beautifully decorated large egg measuring 5.25" has the two smaller eggs and chick nesting inside.

Jim Shore Heartwood Resurrection Figurine- This beautiful angel shows the scene where Jesus' body has disappeared from the cave he was entombed in on the morning of his resurrection. She is made of stone resin and stands 12.5" tall.

Jim Shore Nesting Box set of 4 Bunnies- It just doesn't get any cuter than this! These three adorable bunnies, the largest measuring 3.25" x 6", nest inside each other with a decorative Easter egg for the final surprise.

Jim Shore Hallelujah Easter Angel-
This is another gorgeous angel Jim created in his unique folk art quilted pattern that he is so well known for. She measures 3.75" x 10.25".

Monday, February 8, 2010

Amazing Iron Art From Designer Gary L. Russell

The newest artist/designer of hand made rustic lighting, furniture and decor being featured at HomeTreasureCove is Gary L. Russell, owner of The Iron Gallery. Gary has been creating his unique art and home decor since 1976. Gary cuts and styles his metal art using the traditional method of a hand held flame torch. He has become highly skilled at creating unusual patinas that give the metal he's working with such vivid colors. At home in the Colorado Rockies, Gary's rustic style shows the natural beauty of this rugged area. Here are some examples of the hand made decor available for purchase online now:

Colorado Sunset Wall Hanging- These amazing wall hangings are made from 14 gauge flat steel. Gary hand cuts the trees and welds them on. The vivid colors are made from a special technique of oxidizing patinas. This one is 32" x 32" and the mounting brackets are supplied with the order.

Don Quixote Wall Hanging- Here is a great image of Don
Quixote riding through the desert. The artistic image is welded on. This piece measures 16" x 20".

Still Standing Wa
ll Hanging- I really like the striking colors of this one. It reminds me of sunsets I've seen when the smoke from a distant forest fire that has cleansed the land, creates brilliant fiery colors as the sun slides lower in the horizon.

Coffee Table with Mountain Scene- This beautiful coffee table has mountains that are carved into the thin steel plate and the trees and moon are welded on. A clear coat has been applied to protect the finish. This table stands 18" tall and measures 24" x 48".

Sofa Table- This table stands 32" tall and measures 18" x 54". The images are hand cut with a flame torch from 1/4" steel. Gary then polishes, details and colors them.

Arrow Floor Lamp- This 60" tall lamp features hand made arrows and a hand made shade cut from sheet metal. Gary creates the arrow designs on the shade using his torch. Clear coating will ensure the color remains intact.

Hanging Lights- These unique hanging lights are made from pipe that is hand cut and polished. The inside is coated with mica. You can choose from three different designs and sizes.

Wolf Rack-
The wolf coat rack is 36" long. This would also make a great place to hang your handbags, hats, scarves or even long necklaces.

Arrow Towel Bar- This simple yet elegant arrow towel bar is all
hand made and detailed. It can be ordered in three different sizes or can be made any custom size.

You can see more of Gary's gorgeous rustic decor here. I will be adding more of his rustic art throughout the month.