Thursday, February 16, 2017

I'm Back!



After a much needed break (2 years) I'll be back at junk Evolution as Urban Mountain Traders starting on March 17 and 18th.

Life is to precious to be spent sitting....waiting.  We love the energy of special events like a First Friday or a weekend Art/Craft show, where it's a whirl wind of activity,  "Buy now or cry later" type of show.  

junk Evolution was about to throw their hat in the ringer and retire. Then Linda had the idea to shrink it down to a monthly market and we were all in.  The Market @ junk Evolution was born!  Beginning March 17th (Lucky St. Patricks day!) and March 18th the shop will be open 2 DAYS A MONTH.  That's where the Buy now, cry later part comes into play.  

We hope that it inspires us to have more time to be creative, and get back to the original "Evolution" of junk, not just struggling to keep the shop filled.  Our merchandise will be of the utmost quality, and we hope the shop will be new and different every month.  This will also give Char and Linda more time for Design work, so let us know if you need help with upcoming projects, Interior Design, party planning, wedding decor etc...you know how we love a challenge!

We are also partnering with the other shops at Hill and Colfax in this endeavor so CircaArts Gallery, Inspire Me!  and Piser Designs will also be open late on the 3rd weekend.

We won't be offering any refreshments because we are planning to meet you for an After Party at The General Store Cafe, just down the street on Jefferson.  We can't wait to see all of our customers and friends!
 We will keep you posted for more information as it develops.

Friday, February 3, 2017

UMT Style


For people who love ADVENTURE
NATURE
CABINS,
CAMPING,
SIMPLE LIVING






New Flannels and jewelry are loaded into the Etsy shop.  
You can click to the link on the right side of this page.  

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Conquering Fear




I'm not very good with heights.  I could never climb this tower at Bonneville
Mill county park in Bristol, IN.  My children loved it and just watching them climb to 
the top would almost do me in.  There was another similar tower at Ox Bow Park, and it was
the same thing for me,  I would try, but the slightest wiggle of the tower made me run
for the safety of the ground.
Twelve years ago I went through a very tough time. A divorce.  You never think it will happen
to you and when it does you go through about every emotion known to mankind. 

When I realized there was nothing more I could do for the marriage and it was time to move on, I 
wanted to do something I had never done before.  Climb to the top of the towers.  It was a small feat for some, but something I had to do for my mental well being.  If I could conquer this, I knew I could 
get through everything else I had to deal with.  It wasn't something I shared with anyone, just something I had to do.  I know it sounds kind of silly, but once you face your biggest fears it gives you courage you never knew you had.

At that time my daughter Rose was a cross country runner and The Raiders would practice at Ox Bow park.  One day while I was waiting for her I just did it.  No body else was with me.  It was me and my fear. 
Step by step I slowly climbed the stairs, hanging on to the rail with my life.  When I reached the top it was if a weight had been lifted from my heart.  Every time I face an ordeal that I really don't want to face it takes me back to the towers.  (I did them both that week.)

My Intro to Environmental Designs students have their big jury next Tuesday.
I have never seen such a talented group all in the same class.  From the research, to
the beautiful renderings of their room designs.  They are all hoping to get The Best
of Show award, and let me tell you, it's going to be a tough decision so I'm glad that
I don't have to make it alone.  

One of my  students said she was ready to quit so she didn't have to go though this part of the class.  I told her I saw the perfect quote for her,
 "Your passion must be stronger than your fear."  
This is a big part of the job as a designer.  You must be able to sell your designs, your ideas and yourself.   

I remember my first jury.  I was so confident but when I stood in front of the Advisers my legs were
shaking uncontrollably.  Ed Harding (the one that was probably making them shake!) asked me if I would like to sit down.   I said "No thank you."  I did just fine even with the shakes, and it never happened again.

I wish there was something I could say that would help but it's just the doing of the task that will render the fear.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tiny House Living in Small Bus



Remember my friend Emily Swift who hiked the AT last year?  (click on the link to read about it).  Well, here she is with Chris (her boyfriend that she met on the trail:) and they are ready to launch into a whole new nomadic adventure-Living large in a tiny bus while traveling the states.

Chris bought the bus at a school auction and converted it to run on used cooking oil.  This is not a cheap endeavor, but the reward is once it's done you can pretty much run for free.  If cooking oil is not available they also can switch over to run on diesel fuel.   Most small restaurants have to pay to have this waste product hauled away, so it's a win, win situation most of the time, and it's recycling!  They live to support small local business and hope to make some great connections in their journey.  We met for a crafted brew at the Crooked Ewe and everyone knew them there.  They let them fill up the bus while I filmed.

As a Union electrician Chris can go just about anywhere and find a job that pays a decent salary as  temporary help.  His job at IUSB just ended so they are headed to Memphis, TN his hometown to finish up the interior of the bus in a warmer climate.  They are making some custom cabinets to house  the already purchased appliances.  Will be adding solar panels, and a compostable toilet.

Emily will just go with the flow, take care of the dog and bus and work when needed.  She's thinking about something that she might be able to do out of the bus, like a handicraft, she's a creative gal and I'm sure she'll figure something out.

I'm hoping that they start blogging so that we will all be able to go on this fun journey with them!

Here's a personal tour of the bus and how it works.  Hang on tho,  I'm not that great with a hand held camera!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Mock Baked Oatmeal Recipe


When the weather turns cold my breakfast turns hot and sustains me until lunch time.  I love baked oatmeal but when I'm read to eat I don't want to wait for something to bake so I came up with this quick dish.  

I start with (my homemade cranberry) granola and pour (almond or whatever milk you like) milk over it just to barely cover it.  Then I nuke it for a minute.  The milk will be absorbed into the oats.

While that is cooking, chop a couple of apples and saute in a small amount of butter,  add a handful of walnuts and sprinkle with cinnamon, stir until coated.  I always make more and have some for the next day.  Cook until desired tenderness and top granola with a few spoonfuls of this apple nut mixture.  Your home will smell like you've been baking apple pies!

The sauteed apples can be heated later and topped with Greek yogurt then a sprinkling of granola, as a healthy dessert, or another breakfast option.  They are also great cold (keep refrigerated until ready to use) I also just made a wonderful kale salad using the apples and dried cranberries with a olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing.  Having cooked apples on hand makes me think of different creative ways to use them.

It's fall y'all !  Eat what's in season, and take it to a health new level.










Sunday, October 2, 2016

Future Designers Field Trip to Chicago

Getting out of your comfort zone is always a great learning experience.  Most everyone has been to Chicago but very few have visited The Chicago Merchandise Mart, and what a great experience it is! The building itself is iconic.  Here's a brief history borrowed from their website...
The MART has been an icon in Chicago’s history since the 1930s. It was developed by Marshall Field & Co. to create a central marketplace where retailers could come to buy their wares all under one roof.Today, theMART is the world’s largest commercial building, largest wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations. The Chicago icon encompasses 4.2 million gross square feet, spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories.

For a designer we strive to find things that are of the best quality and items that you just can't find anywhere.  Visiting the Mart makes us realize that some of the best interiors are not a mix of all new furniture, but a mix of old and new.  We were also surprised to find many of these showrooms make the furnishing right here in the USA.  





We were all bright eyed and ready for the day.
The ride home was a different story after walking
6 miles!


We take the south shore train and enjoy the time
getting to know each other.

The students outside of the Mart

My inspiration for my bathroom remodel!

a great pipe leg bakers table

My favorite store in the Mart, Mike Bell.  He offers lots of
custom made pieces made with recycled materials and unusual antiques
 (go figure!)



This reminded us all of Cindy-our student that couldn't join us.
She loves pink and purple!

Interiors can have humor


Edgar blending in with the patio furniture at Woodward, Made in
Michigan!

Utensil and knife drawer in a custom kitchen

Water Gardening

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Tea Time



The days are getting shorter and the nights cooler.  Thats when I start to prepare for the long winter months that we all don't really want to think about quite yet.  I'm a coffee drinker in the wee hours but then I switch to a non-caffeinated tea so that I can sleep at night.  We keep our house at a pretty cool temperature in the winter, so if you aren't moving around you are covered by a blanket or drinking tea!  My fav is lemongrass and ginger.  It not only tastes great, but there are lots of healthy benefits to drinking natural herb teas.  I found a great link here for this tea. with all the great benefits.

Last summer I planted lemon grass in my herb garden and in the fall I cut it all off and stuck the grass in my freezer.  So all winter long I made the tea.  I also keep my ginger in the freezer so it doesn't spoil.  and just cut or use a peeler to shave off what I need.  You can even use the outside layer for tea so dry it or freeze it for later.  This summer I looked high and low for the lemongrass plant and potted it so I can bring it in this winter.  It's an annual so in our area it doesn't come back in the spring.  It's great with chicken cooked in coconut milk as well!

I cut about an inch of ginger into smaller pieces and use
a stem or two of the lemongrass, just wind it up in a ring
to fit inside your tea pot.  Steep for 3 minutes and remove.

I keep my pot under a tea cozy to keep it warm for a long
while.  Then you can microwave the reserve or drink it on ice.