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Friday
Apr222011

tweet tweet, feed feed

As trees begin to bud, the sounds of songbirds
of all varieties can be heard while venturing out
of their nests in search of food for their young.

Just like everyone else, different birds prefer different types of foods. To learn what bird seeds or blends specific birds like best, check out the National Bird-Feeding Society—with a focus on research and education of backyard birds, they’re dedicated to helping make the bird feeding and bird watching hobby a better backyard experience.

There are a few standard ingredients in bird food such as sunflower seeds, corn, thistle, milo, safflower seeds, millet—other types are suet, nectar, fruit or insects. For example, orioles and mockingbirds are attracted to fruits like apples, oranges and raisins while bluebirds are partial
to insects like mealworms.

Once you’ve determined what types of birds are indigenous to your area, and which ones you’d
like to attract, visit your local pet or garden store
for the proper mix to make sure they’re well fed. The tweet bird feeder holds one quart of seed
but packages come in many blends and sizes.

Happy bird watching, Happy Earth Day and
Happy Easter!

Wednesday
Apr202011

sunlight = vitamin D

Did you know that vitamin D is produced naturally in the skin when exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays? Similar to a steroid in molecular composition, vitamin D circulates as a hormone and promotes healthy bones and muscles while boosting the immune system.

According to research by the Mayo Clinic, it’s believed that “vitamin D may offer protection from type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis by reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system.”

The trick is getting enough rays for a good supply of vitamin D, but using sunblock as protection against too much sun—if you’ll be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. It’s all about balance—and getting outdoors.

Tuesday
Apr052011

material world: aluminum

Aluminium, or aluminum, is a silvery white chemical element that happens to be the third most abundant element after oxygen and silicon. It is however the most abundant metal since it accounts for about 8% of Earth’s solid surface weight.

Similar to iron, aluminum is extracted from other elements—mostly bauxite ore via electrolysis—and can be found combined in almost 300 different types of minerals.

photo by: libbyrosot

It’s one of the most versatile materials—lightweight and pliable as a thin sheet of foil, or dense, sturdy and heavy when cast.

Cast aluminum, left and below, is a fairly Medievil process where aluminum is heated to a liquid form, then carefully poured into a mold—or packed sand which has been shaped by a mold pressing.

It does however take time and talent to create the molds, to shave or sand off excess aluminum, to solder pieces together, then to polish the rough casting to a mirror-like finish.

photo by: außerirdische sind gesund

As an extruded aluminum tube, shown right, it falls in the middle since it’s lightweight and incredibly sturdy—making it an ideal material to use for furniture and bicycle frames.

With a melting point of 1220°F, aluminum is perfect for cookware and bakeware. Whether as a muffin cup, anodized aluminum pots or foil baking pans, they all conduct heat well but remain fairly cool.

Salts can oxidize the finish—actually creates a protective surface, passivation, which acts as a barrier and protects the aluminum underneath; and aluminum doesn’t rust so it’s particularly favored by the aerospace industry, for many types of outdoor furniture, and as aluminum siding and trim for buildings and homes.

photo by: blondewarningAluminum has been produced for commercial use for just over 100 years but during Napoleon III’s time—1848-1852—it was considered a precious metal even more valuable than gold.

During Jimmy Carter’s Presidency, beer can collections gained popularity and value when his brother Billy Carter introduced Billy Beer.

It was around that time that fully detachable tabbed openers gave way to the current attached version since many had been ‘stored’ in the can, then swallowed accidentally.

Since the late 1960s, when beverages switched from tin cans, aluminum has again achieved superior status since transportation costs are less due to the lighter weight and more recycling can be done instead of mining virgin aluminum.

100% recyclable with very little prep or stripping to be done, aluminum is one of the most recycled materials since it’s easy to gather, cost-effective to recycle—it takes about 5% of the energy to process vs producing virgin material—and when recycled, aluminum maintains most if not all of its natural properties.

Because of these inherent characteristics, a high percentage of cans, vehicles and construction materials, like siding, are consistently recycled throughout the world.

Monday
Apr042011

how did we get here: the tie-1-on sectional

What’s the story behind the tie-1-on sectional?

We started here, last year, in Milan…

got comfy thinking about it here…

then talked about it over a few of these…so we added a few of these…hence, the name.

Thursday
Mar242011

vertical woolly pocket herb garden how-to

During our summer catalog shoot, our stylists created a woolly pocket vertical herb garden
or pantry for a foodie!

We used fernleaf lavender ‘lavandula pinnata’ and two types of rosemary—‘rosmarinus tuscan blue’ and ‘rosmarinus prostratus’—but any preferred herb or edible flower should work
just fine.

For instructions on how-to create a large woolly pocket vertical garden, go here.

Thanks to curtis and april, CB2 catalog, for making us look so good!