Category Archives: Viva Verde

Natural Car Air Freshener–Viva Verde

This week I was gifted an inspiring idea.  I went to visit friends Eugene and Deborah’s productive garden to talk about their rain water cistern for a magazine article.  As I pulled up, Eugene handed me a green bundle and … Continue reading

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Support Your Local Christmas Tree Farm–Viva Verde

How quickly the fall season has transitioned into the “holiday” season.  The speed from which we go from autumn color to wreaths is mind blowing.   Time already to contemplate getting our Christmas tree.  In the hustle and bustle of the … Continue reading

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The No Plastic Shopping Bag Challenge–VIVA VERDE!

The challenge: Can you come home from shopping without a single plastic bag? I have gotten used to taking cloth shopping totes; a motley selection of different sizes and styles hangs out in the back of my car awaiting both planned … Continue reading

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Perplexing Plastics–Viva Verde

Whenever I make a purchase, I try to be conscious of what I am buying and I am sure you are no different.  I come at the decision from so many angles–financial, ecological, political, aesthetic, and so on.  Is it … Continue reading

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NW Flower & Garden Show–Rain Barrels of Fun

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show opened Wednesday and I was thrilled to get out of the rain and enjoy some garden theatre at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle where inside it is already spring!  As always, the … Continue reading

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GET REAL: Choose a fresh-cut Christmas Tree—VIVA VERDE

Did you know that the first embellished Christmas tree originated in Latvia in 1510? It’s remarkable to think that the tradition that I’ll be engaging in this weekend spans 500 years.  If only the individual who with serendipity decorated that … Continue reading

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Recycled Glass that Rocks!

Do you like to make things?  Are you on the lookout for interesting garden art? Do you use salvaged materials?  If so, you ought to know about Bedrock Industries inSeattle. Always worth the ferry trip, a visit to Bedrock stirs … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Summer: Better Late than Never

My list of summer pleasures here in the Northwest includes a laundry line.  A break from the hum and heat of the drier; I love to hang my clothes out to dry.  It’s easier on the environment and the clothes, … Continue reading

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Biodegradable Coffee Stir Sticks–Viva Verde!

This past week, while enjoying a latte at Hot Shots Java in Poulsbo, my friend Gayle pointed out something so clever, I have to share it: Pasta (linguine it appears to be) used as coffee stir sticks!  What a great … Continue reading

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Reuse & Recycle Holiday Crafts–Make It

Don’t you love the gorgeous ecosystem stamps the Post Office has been putting out for several years now? The most recent release was the Hawaiian Rainforest, which was naturally, lush and colorful.  The problem is there are only 10 stamps … Continue reading

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