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The Alchemy of Making Paint From Dirt & Sand

stella maria baer digging dirt

Hello, my name is Stella Maria Baer, and I am a painter and photographer. I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I live in Colorado with my husband Seth, our boys Wyeth and Whitman, and our sheepdog. In my work, I explore the mythology of the desert and the cosmology of space. In my paintings, I work in watercolor and oil. In my photographs, I look at the relationship between how we see women’s bodies and how we treat our land. Six years ago, I started asking more questions about where the paint I use comes from, how it’s made, and what it is made from. These questions led me to start making paint from dirt and sand – to create work not just inspired by a landscape but made from the land itself.


5 Sustainable Gift-Giving (& Wrapping!) Ideas

Sustainable gift giving and gift wrapping ideas on local milk blog with Beth Kirby and Kristine Claghorn of Cabin Vintage

Photo by Mark Harrison | Hat by Cabin Vintage | Dress by OR

Hello! I’m Kristine Claghorn! I am a creative producer and owner of the online vintage shop, Cabin. I live in Los Angeles by way of Indiana and am a Midwesterner at heart.

As a highly sentimental person, the holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the warm drinks, twinkling lights, and the sense of togetherness that colder weather brings. There’s nothing better than spending time with the ones you love (and giving them the perfect gift). As we approach this season of giving, I’ve been challenging myself to find better solutions with giving (like sustainable gift wrapping) to offset the tremendous amount of waste that unfortunately accompanies this magical time. That is why I rounded up 5 sustainable gift-giving (and wrapping) ideas for you this holiday season.


The Guide to Designing A Slow-Living Inspired Home

How to Design A Slow-Living Inspired Home from Ingredients LDN, guest poster on Local Milk Blog by Beth Kirby

Hello! I’m Nina, and I am the founder of online homewares store INGREDIENTS LDN. We offer a selection of soulful objects made of natural materials for people with a thoughtful approach to homemaking. 

I am grateful to be able to share a few thoughts that present our philosophy on homemaking and offer some my guide and inspiration for designing a slow-living inspired home. 


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