Category: life

Upcycled seed starters

Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comI’ve read that planting seeds is a sign of optimism. It’s pretty cool watching a little thing grow into a living, flowering or fruit-producing plant so I’m in. My garden space and amount of sunshine it gets is minimal so I’m sticking to few herbs and sweet peas. It’s still a bit chilly here so I whipped up some seed pots and started these inside. I’m not at all a fan of recycling crafts (I actually refused to do them when I taught kids craft camps), but I’m making an exception here. Yes, these are made from toilet roll tubes – totally biodegradable and plantable right into your garden. Start saving yours now or ask your neighbours to help you out, then make yourself a bunch.
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comYou need one empty toilet roll per seed starter. Here’s how:
Cut 4 slits about an inch and a half up one side.
Fold one side in to the centre and give it a little pinch to make a crease. This will help the fold to hold. Fold in the opposite side, then the two remaining sides. Voila! A tiny pot, perfect for one or two seeds.
If you find these a bit tall, simply cut an inch off the bottom of the entire tube then start the instructions from the beginning. Although they seem tippy, they flatten out once the weight of some soil goes inside. Add your soil, seeds and give them a misting!
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comSeed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comI’ve got mine sitting in a plastic tray that my ground turkey came in, washed out of course. You could also use an empty milk carton or line a little box with plastic wrap…maybe a tissue box. Someone stop me…the recycling bug has bitten.
Seed starter DIY www.nestinthewest.comOnce your seeds have sprouted and your wee plants are ready to go into the ground, plant the whole tube to keep the young roots intact. It’ll break down over time. Easy, peasy! Feel free to show your optimism with a little planting of your own!

Enjoy the long weekend and Happy Easter friends.

Spring bucket list

spring bucket list www.nestinthewest.comThe days are definitely getting longer and brighter! It’s slowly warming up and my beloved sun is visiting more regularly. I love Spring and all the great colors and smells that come with it.
spring bucket list www.nestinthewest.comI’ve made a little bucket list of things I’d like to do to celebrate this season. Here it is:

  • hang lights on the front patio
  • start and finish the 21 Day Fix program
  • plant seeds and grow an herb garden
  • swim once a week
  • have a thrift shopping day
  • make a ‘scrappy’ bunting and wreath for the front patio
  • send out some random happy mail
  • make marshmallows from scratch
  • keep running twice a week and run a 5 km race
  • do a ‘paint your own ceramics’ session with Sydney
  • go on a photo-taking day trip

spring bucket list www.nestinthewest.comWhy make these seasonal bucket lists, you ask? I find that time goes by so fast and there’s gotta be more to life than just going to work. I make these to keep me on track with things I want to do and places I want to go and as a reminder to have fun and live more in the moment. Plus they’re a great excuse to be still and color! What about you? What’s on your list for Spring? Whatever you’re up to, I hope you enjoy it and all this season has to offer!

Previous lists are here and here!

Attachments – a book review

I get the best book suggestions, and often actual books from my co-workers. Not-so-coincidentally this latest read was emailed from one of them and is about office friendships and romance. Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Attachments’ is the sweetest chick-lit book I’ve read in ages.
Book review www.nestinthewest.comSet in 1999 at the office of the Courier newspaper, it centres around 3 main characters: Beth and Jennifer are best friends and co-workers who email each other often and shamelessly. They are honest and hilarious – these girls would totally be your friends and make your workplace better. They ‘chat’ about everything from work to boyfriends, husbands, babies and family drama even though they know the company is against personal emailing. Enter Lincoln, the IT guy hired to track and read employee emails, then warn and report those breaching the strict workplace email rules. He knows he should report these two gals but can’t bring himself to. He gets their jokes and likes their spirit. You can guess where this is going, right? He follows their emails, albeit guiltily, until he realizes he has feelings for one of the writers. And it may be reciprocated…except that they’ve never met.
Book review www.nestinthewest.com“Do you believe in love at first sight?”
“Do you believe in love before that?”
This is definitely an easy, light read yet cleverly done. References to pop culture, the dreaded Y2K, a stereotypical foreign task force and D&D all added humour and created layers of likeablility to the characters. If it were a movie, it’d be a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks deal. So, take it for what it is and enjoy!
Book review www.nestinthewest.comCan we talk about e-readers? I have one, I love it. Here’s my 2 cents worth. E-readers are awesome for travel because you can carry so many books easily. I normally need reading glasses but love that I can just bump the font size up on my Kobo and do without. That being said…nothing will ever take the place of holding a book and turning the pages for me. Plus, I have a really great collection of bookmarks! What’s your opinion?