Don’t miss the first summer edition of Urban Craft Uprising, August 1 & 2, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Me love this huge, huge, huge indie craft show and workshop extravaganza. Admission is FREE, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

See you there, craftastic people.

Hey, Cupcake.

July 21, 2009

Cupcakes get the royale treatment at Cupcake Royale, Seattle’s small biz cuppycake and coffee hotspot, set to open a new Capitol Hill location — TOMORROW. I am just so excited I could eat my hat, and then a dozen of their Lemon Drop cuppies, too.

Check them out at 1111 E. Pike. They start serving at 6 a.m. (Too early for cupcakes? Perish the thought.)

WHO: Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez

WHERE: Sugar Creek, Wisconsin, by way of Beardstown, Illinois

WHAT: An itty-bitty weekend retreat, rescued from certain destruction

SIZE: 121 square feet

11 x 11: a prime example of petite perfection.

It may not be Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez’s home base, but this teeny-tiny lakeside retreat smacks of Small living, stem to stern. Once part of a 1920’s-era cabin court adjacent to Surratt’s grandmother’s house in Illinois, this 121-footer had certainly seen better days: the abandoned cabins were a set of sad little structures, completely dilapidated and ready to be razed.

But Surratt and Hernandez saw potential; “History has value,” she tells Chicago Home + Garden‘s Gina Bazer. So, in 2006, the couple plunked down $500 for the tiny place, trucked it to their lakeside Wisconsin property, and set to work restoring the space to its original Roaring ’20’s glory, complete with vintage furnishings and old-school details. See for yourself: Chi H + G‘s got a pair of slideshows, one cabin-focused, the other zeroed in on the Smalls.

Via AT.

Apartment Therapy caught my eye last week with a quick survey on trash can liners. Looks like the majority of AT readers don’t use ’em, except for in the kitchen, where they are deemed an M-U-S-T.

We Smallers don’t use trash can liners anywhere, even in the kitchen. Our compost bucket gets the food scraps, so the kitchen bin ends up with the odd popsicle wrapper or those icky banana stickers or maybe a wayward twist tie. (Full disclosure: like everything in our house, our kitchen can is small, so maybe it doesn’t have the space or time to get too grody.) This seems the Smaller route; but if the liners are reused? That’s Small, too, I suppose.

So: do you use trash can liners? If yes, what do you use? If no, wherefore?

Topsy Turvy Tomatoes

July 12, 2009

After all my waxing and whining about growing our own food, the Smallers have taken a size-appropriate step: tomatoes and basil, planted in what’s known to the infomercial world as a Topsy Turvy:

My mother-in-law gifted us with this hanging collapsible planter which snugs in perfectly under our front gable, where the majority of our southerly sun hits.

It’s a Small move, sure. Maybe next year we’ll be prepped to go bigger, perhaps with a P-Patch plot, or, with the help of the new Urban Garden Share program, a neighbor’s undeveloped lawn. Or even some more vertical veggies in — get this! — a store-bought shoe storage rack, like Instructables contributor pippa5.

Until then, though, we’ll be satisfied with little tommies and freshmade pesto.

What’s your small space garden solution?

Special Bloggie Love to the Central District News’ series of urban farming posts. Check them out.