Posts tagged ‘green’
say what?! i heard on the radio today that walmart now offers organic cotton clothing. and despite some troubles, they’re selling organic produce. never though i’d see the day. i’m a target girl (mainly ’cause it’s closer to us) and did you know that if you bring your own bags, they give you 5 cents off your total per bag? for me, the biggest benefit is not having so durn many empties kickin’ around the house. but i love saving money, too! keep bags in your car or hanging on your door so you always have them with you (or remember to take them with you).
hate all those produce bags, too? here’s a cool tip from sprouts, our local store for bulk foods: hang onto clean bags for produce and bulk foods; keep them neat by stuffing them into an empty paper towel tube. then just pop them into your cloth bags, and voila! handy, eh?
sure, you opt out of the whole “paper v. plastic” debate by bringing your own cloth bags to the grocery store. you combine your trips to minimize gas; or maybe you take public transportation or use your own power to get places. (personally, i miss living close enough to everything to make this more feasible.) you recycle, even those little bits of paper that others might throw out. you reduce by buying bulk and limiting packaging. you reuse your brains out. but i bet there are tons of little things you do that help out, too.
kudos for those who keep a bucket by their shower and use the “warming up water” for their plants. yay for brooms and dry mops with reusable cloths instead of swiffers and vacuums every time. yippee for refinishing an old piece of furniture instead of buying new. woohoo for xeriscaping. and can i hear it for letting it mellow?
what other little things do you do that reduce waste and recycle/reuse? what little things do you do for mother earth? here’s one of my contributions for today. plus it totally helps me out when the heat comes on and i want an iced coffee–but am never together enough to actually make stronger coffee–the coffee ice cube!
why pour that coffee down the drain when you don’t finish it? okay, admittedly, that doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, freeze the leftovers in ice cube trays and cool down coffee drinks without diluting them! keep the cubes in a reusable container and whip them out for a refreshing beverage. mmmm!
head on over to dollar store crafts, where you’ll find a contest for those who participate. inspiration, too! here’s my first stash busting project: a cute little pillow made from orange velveteen, organza flowers, fiberfill, and little green beads from my stash–i swear, i already had it all! the velveteen from a stuffed elephant (used for the inside of the ears); fiberfill from same elephant; the organza from a curtain i whipped up to hide an ugly view at our last apartment; green thread purchased for some burning man costume; and glass beads from the stash.
ps: you may recognize these little flowers from a plan i hatched up a few weeks ago and only just got around to. big or small, these flowers are a great way to use up little scraps of fabric and they’re super simple to make. check out some inspiration and a little tutorial here. use them on a pillow, turn them into pins, or sew them onto a t-shirt for some fresh style without spending a lot or having to buy new materials. especially if you have a shameful stash like i do!
when i saw this cast sterling silver branch, i knew i had to have it. when it arrived in the mail, i spent a long time thinking about how to do it justice. i wanted to highlight it’s delicate nature and organic form but i didn’t want to overwhelm it’s simple elegance.
so i decided to hang some wire-wrapped gemstones from the branch: a single rock crystal and three peridot drops. to bring out the beautiful green of the peridot, i added more wire-wrapped peridot to the sterling silver chain all the way around and i finished it with a sterling silver lobster clasp.
it’s available at my etsy store for $42 USD.
i got inspired to make some tumbled beach glass jewelry over the weekend. being somewhat allergic to matchy-matchy, i made each piece so that it stands on its own; they are united by the materials used, though. get the whole set for just $100 USD at my etsy store–a $24 savings; like getting the earrings for just $4!–details at each listing, just click on any picture.
the necklace is made of tumbled sea glass and rock crystal, green peridot rounds, and sterling silver. strung on nylon coated stainless steel wire for durability and a little shape. it measures 17 inches long and is available at my etsy store for $58 USD.
the bracelet is also made of tumbled sea glass and rock crystal, but i’ve added green peridot drops and aqua blue apatite. it’s finished with a sterling silver toggle clasp and measures just over 8 inches. available at my etsy store for $38 USD.
the earrings are made with tumbled sea glass, rock crystal, peridot and apatite, all wire-wrapped with sterling silver wire onto sterling silver earwires. they measure 1 and 1/2 inches long, including earwires and are available at my etsy store for $28 USD.
i really like how this one turned out! i even managed it with a mangled hand! well, now i have a matching bandage on my left index finger, but it’s all good. this time it was my fault. i forgot how sharp those exacto blades can be…
i found this sweet vintage frame at an antique store. separated from all its bits and pieces, it looked kind of sad but like it had potential. so i took it home. well if that isn’t just the story of my life.
i cleaned it up and added a few details: i sewed a brown velveteen strip onto a rich taupe silk shantung at the bottom (very secure!); the pocket has an elastic band so it makes a great pocket for rings and bracelets. i added two strands of grosgrain ribbon for earrings to hang from and 14 brass hooks at the bottom of necklaces. the brads and buttons at the top are the place for hoops and i include 10 pearl top pins for leverback earrings. shazam!
the center is foam core, but i’ve added a sheet of thick chip board on the back to give it a finished feel and so that pins don’t poke through. the frame hangs from a matching grosgrain ribbon; over a nail, a hook, or a door knob. it even has little rubber bumpers on the back to keep it from scratching your walls.
new to dogwood & poppy: storage with a side of snark. for those of us have been accused of having too much crap and/or leaving it all over the place.
i created this one-of-a-kind upcycled tray from a thrift store find (the silver plate tray) with some paper, stickers, and ink. i decoupaged the paper onto the tray, added the stickers and then stamped it so that it reads: “yes, but it’s MY crap”. then i sealed it, so you can wipe it down with a damp cloth when needed.
i think it’s perfect for storing jewelry or whatever else you need: keys, cell phone, ipod, loose change, whatnot. put it in your bathroom and keep make-up or soap in it. give it as a gift to your messy valentine. or for someone who has it all…and now needs a place to put it. i can think of some men who would benefit from a place to put their crap…
the tray measures 9.5wide x 5.75high and is about half an inch deep. that’s a lot of room for crap! it’s available at my etsy store for $22 USD plus shipping & handling.
sorry, the tray does not come with my crap; you have to supply your own. the necklace doesn’t come with the tray either, but you can buy it through my etsy store if you want.
i felt like it needed a little something, so i added a tiny peridot to swing from the branches, wrapped with oxidized sterling silver wire. in keeping with the simple, timeless theme, i knotted it on a thin black leather cord. i wanted to keep it spare and classic.
it’s available at my etsy store for $26 USD.
and i’m still donating $5 to red cross for every item purchased from my etsy store!
so I got inspired by a custom piece that i have been working on to make these pretty blue cluster earrings (left, available at my etsy store for $36 USD)…and then i got a little carried away with the cluster theme and i just couldn’t stop (center, pink, available at my etsy store for $42 USD). i just kept going…and going…(right, green, available at my etsy store for $28 USD).
it’s winter, it’s cold (ok, not in sickeningly sunny southern cal, but we do have some deciduous trees that have lost their leaves–so what if it’s from drought), and i love the iconic image of a lone tree biding her time for spring. when i saw this cool pendant, i knew i had to incorporate it into a necklace. i like to think i did it justice with this combo of copper, leather, and silk.
a handmade copper pendant hangs from a chain made of copper loops, hand sewn sea green silk cord, and tan leather ribbon. clasp is copper as well.
necklace measures 19.5 inches in length.
it’s available at my etsy store for $42 USD plus shipping & handling.