Seed Bombs

Perhaps you’ve seen them in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Woman’s Day magazine or while wandering around an Anthropologie store.  These seed bombs are actually made by VisuaLingual, a little design studio in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.   With the popularization of guerrilla gardening in the spring of 2010, the bombs took off and Anthropologie ordered a few thousand.  VisuaLingual documented their initial adventure in mass-production on their blog, and you can read the article here.  It looks like an insane amount of work, since each bag is hand-screenprinted and then filled with instructions and five little clay and seed-packed balls.  I love the photo of Maya looking un-enthused about the whole finished ordeal. 

What are seed bombs? They are weapons of mass-beautification and interesting accessories in the world of guerrilla gardening.  Guerrilla gardening is sort of a quiet anarchy: cleaning public or unclaimed spaces and planting food or trees or flowers in the space.  Seed bombs lend themselves to a drive-by attack on disgusting landscapes.  VisuaLingual‘s seeds are packed in a clay mixture, and this disintegrates, effectively planting the seeds and nourishing them simultaneously.  So you can really just toss them out your car window and witness the effects a few weeks later.  There are many kinds of handmade seed bombs (filling eggs with soil and seed works) and I’ve even seen someone selling clay/seed compressed into the shape of a hand gun.

However, I appreciate VisuaLingual’s seed bombs because of their attention to the difference in climate and native wildflowers of each region of the U.S.  They also sell herb bombs and bombs that contain cat and dog friendly plants, such as catnip, wheat and rye.  I have tossed the bombs in my own garden to try them out and…they work great!  There were little clusters of New England wildflowers where the bombs had landed.  So, looking for an inexpensive way to beautify a neighborhood eyesore?  Or add a bit of spontaneity to your garden?  VisuaLingual‘s seed bombs are have been thoughtfully put together and are a moderately priced idea.  I am considering experimenting with my own seed bomb recipe, so look out for that to come in the coming months.

All photos in this article belong to VisuaLingual.


Happy International Women’s Day!

May this holiday become more popular and recognized in the United States in the future.  Image is “Afrocentric“, by widely-known street artist Shepard Fairey.

This lamp shade is so cute and creative!  It looks like a cinch to make as well, by just poking the umbrellas through a plastic ball.  I guess I’ll have to throw lots of parties so I can make lamps….

Find the full how to here:    http://crafttutorials.net/2010/08/cocktail-umbrella-lamp-shade/

Irina Werning

This is the photo project of Irina Werning, entitled “Back to the Future“.  Irina is a photographer based in Buenos Aires.  Irina has asked people to recreate their childhood photographs.  I love childlike enthusiasm, so this is just awesome.  I may need to team up with my little sister and make my own!

the Story of Stuff

Have you seen the Story of Stuff yet?  It is worth setting aside 21 minutes to watch, take in, and understand.  Writer and narrator Annie Leonard takes us through the complexities of modern consumerism: from Extraction of materials and resources, to Production of the “stuff”, to Distribution at stores, to Consumption in whatever capacity that is, and finally Disposal.  The film looks at the sustainability of the Extraction and Disposal and is critical of using up the world’s resources to make stuff that will soon be thrown out and dumped in the ocean or the soil or burned and then turned into air pollution.

Leonard explains the process of consumerism as well how the government and big businesses factor in, all using simple cartoons.  This film is highly informative, and I can’t recommend it enough if you haven’t seen it.

Vote for handmade, organic and well-made goods with your wallet.  And, buy and consume and dispose thoughtfully!


Happy Valentine’s Day

Today, I bring you… Etsy Valentine’s Day goodies! While I truly believe in loving my friends and family every day, it’s nice to have a day in snowy February to dedicate to all things red, chocolate and made with love.

Tomiffy‘s headband: super, super cute.  It’s available in a rainbow of colors to choose from, but I rather fancy the cranberry.


In Me Up reveals what a softy our favorite early spring bird really is.  This is a hand-pulled lino-cut print of a European Robin.


KnockKnockStudio‘s simple embroidery makes a visual statement and an adorable design.  This pillowcase even caught the eye of Amy Sedaris!

Roll On

My Etsy favorite this week comes from Robin from Birds of Oregon.  Robin applies her original illustrations to vintage lockets using resin.  This necklace comes on a long brass chain, so it makes for a great “layering accessory necklace”.  Such cute spring colors!