I've dreamed of opening my own herb/spice/tea shop/cafe for years. Now I know it doesn't align with my life right now, and if it happens, that it won't happen for years, but my research on the subject is a daily passion. (Long-time readers might remember my frugaliTEA write-ups, I may need to resurrect that.) I love surrounding myself with my herbs and spices and keeping them accessible for daily experimentation. I adore the herb wall at my herbalism school and considered stealing a wall from my living room/dining room/office area, but luckily, I created a small one for $5.00 recently via organic osmosis!
The jars and large black basket at the bottom were from a yard sale for a combined $5.00. (Save for the larger jars, which I bought years ago from WalMart.)
The big black shelf was found in the trash on my street on the way home before I bought the small screw-top jars and it ended up being the perfect size! The black basket will be perfect for holding fruits and veggies you store outside the fridge or fruits that need to ripen.
The biggest jars at the bottom are holding beans and lentils I purchased from the bulk-buy section at a natural food store. I love having this all out and accessible versus stuffed into my cabinet. Keeping it out and visible from my work desk (the apartment's open concept, my desk is pretty much next to the kitchen) keeps my goals on-mind and visible. And it's been fun to experiment with dishes like fenugreek/ginger/fennel beans (the herbs prevent bean-bloat) or cardamom clove chia seed pudding.
The endless experimental possibilities keep me hooked on healthy living experimentation. That, and it all smells and tastes amazing! I have a list of my go-to herbs and spices here, but this shelf currently hosts: skullcap, red raspberry leaf, catnip, alfalfa, oatstraw, nettle, ginger, peppermint, crampbark, allspice, clove, red lentils, black beans, and my delicious hair growth, cold healing/prevention, and digestion/beautifying tea mixes. I'm doing my master herbalism thesis on nutritious teas and spice blends- and possibly adding that option to my business! Yum!
-Spice Rack / New Mod Furniture Use / "Shopping" at Mom's
-Decoupage Skeleton Tray
-IKEA Hack: Professional Photography Rollerblind Set-up
-DIY Gameboard Shelves
-Mod Shopping Basket Planter
-3 Thrifty Ideas for Hanging Artwork
-Easy DIY Fabric Back-Drops
Have you been modifying any free (or close it) finds? Next on my list, some big art pieces, fixing another tray, transplanting my propagated succulent babies...