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April inspiration

Natural materials sculpture (grape wood, reindeer moss, dried fern, dried & dyed wood mushrooms)
Using the Do-It-Yourself Potting Table
Lilac bath salts & Cymbidium blooms
Echeveria in Raku pot
Garden sculptures and pots
Proud of her terrarium!
Locally made clay sculpture
Inspirational touchstones in glazed clay
Zebra stripe Haworthia, can tolerate lower light
one of our favorite echeverias
Thai vases: delicate, perfect for airplants or single stem blooms
Who doesn’t love Mermaids?! These are mini sized in cast iron.
Driftwood wreath w/airplants & natural mosses. Year-round beauty.

November 2013: Kite Bag Founders visit!

Pete & Laurel
Pete & Laurel

Laurel Eastman & Pete Richardson graced us with a visit to the shop & brought us some more awesome kite bags.

My sister & I serendipitously discovered Laurel’s kiteboarding school in the Dominican Republic last year & were thrilled to be able to bring some of her colorful & clever Kite Bags home to sell in the shop.  We were even more excited to learn of her non-profit mission supported by sales of the Kite Bags.

Kiters4Communities was created by Laurel & Pete as a way of bringing work to an impoverished Haitian community (just outside of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic) while also saving kite material otherwise bound for the landfill.  Laurel is a pioneer of kiteboarding, one of the first female world-class competitors!  Pete, who serves as Executive Director, opted to develop Kiters For Communities as an alternative to joining the Peace Corps.  Their dedication  to the project is truly inspiring.

Before & After:  New school, community center/church & sewing workshop built with proceeds from kite bag sales & donations
Before & After: New school, community center/church & sewing workshop built with proceeds from kite bag sales & donations

Kite Bags, Kiters4Communities









The Kiters4Communities project continues to strive to bring more employment opportunities, education & improved quality of life to the Haitian communities they work with.  You can help support their mission by buying a kite bag from the shop or visiting their website to learn more & make a donation:


This living sculpture is called the “Mud Maid”.  She can be found at the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, UK.   I hope to see her in person someday, but even better would be to create some semblance of her in my own woodland backyard.   First I have to convince my husband that she isn’t creepy.  How could he think that?!