Archive for October, 2012

Mystery Prize Giveaway

October 31st, 2012

Happy Halloween!   Or shall i say, Merry… er…..Happy….. er…. I don’t know.    All I know is I’m getting holiday gifts really early in the mail.

In the spirit of tricking and treating or in the spirit of the holidays, I’m doing a giveaway.

In my possession is an unopened box from our friends at Method cleaning products.    It says THE GIFT OF CLEAN and it must contain—to my best guess—their holiday scented products.

Who wants to win the mystery box?  It will literally go unopened and reshipped to you.

Leave a comment for a chance to win.


Costume Ideas

October 30th, 2012

Here are some of my favorite upcycled Halloween costumes from Upcycling Celebrations. This “bat dog” piece still ranks up there: cardboard, chalkboard paint, chalk and ribbon…. that’s all you need!

A butterfly costume any girl would love.   It’s cardboard from an old box covered in paint, stickers and glitter…

Popcorn boy!   Upcycled cardboard and old styrofoam peanuts to make the popcorn…

And the easiest one of all: Angry as Hell mask.    Cereal box painted black, wire, and an old pillow ripped open and twisted around the wire.

Yep, and that’s me.    But I’m not really angry as hell.

The Today Show

October 29th, 2012

I’m on the Today Show in the 4th hour (1oAM) with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford today sharing some fun craft projects today, so please tune in if you can!

Because I’m in New York and with Halloween right around the corner, I thought this would be a fun upcycling project to share:  spooky ghost candle holders.

It’s so easy:   Start with a glass bottle that will hold a taper candle snugly and securely.  Paint it white (spray paint or you can hand paint with regular latex paint).    Then use black spray paint to make spooky eyes and a mouth; be quick and fast with the black spray paint but if it streaks a little don’t worry: it will look even spookier…….

Thanks Whole Living!

October 26th, 2012

The current issue of Whole Living magazine included my Danny Seo recycled steel herb grinder in their round-up of eco-finds for the kitchen!

I’ve been getting dozens of emails from readers who are interested in buying it and, sadly, you can not order it directly from this blog or my website at

All of our inventory is actually in stores right now and the best place to find them are stores like HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls (or retail partner for the Danny Seo line).

But when you do find it, you’ll love what it does:  it gently chops up herbs into a fine consistency all without bruising them.   Make wonderful fresh herb mixes that you can sprinkle or turn into rubs for all sorts of things.

Good luck and thank you Whole Living for the mention!!

Have a great weekend!

Seed Pods

October 25th, 2012

When I was in Costa Rica a few years ago, I found these dried up seed pods on the ground and brought them back home with me.    They’ve been sitting in a copper bowl on my dining room table for some time now and I just love that they are a souvenir from a trip that I absolutely loved.

When I was down in Mexico last week, I saw they, too, had the same seed pods and used them to decorate the resort.   Here they are casually inside mounted pots on the wall.

And here they are mounted to the wall to make a pretty design.    This seating area is a shaded part right next to the plunge pool outside my villa.    Sigh…the Banyan Tree Resort is incredibly over the top (in a good way).

What else could I do with these seed pods?   Thinking they could be gold leafed, a small hole drilled at the top, and then used to decorate the Christmas tree this year… hmmm.