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thank goodness it’s may.  i made it through a whole month of april stash bust, meaning that i did not buy any craft supplies during the month of april.

do you know how hard that is?!  maybe not for a normal person, but for me…let’s just say it was very difficult.  i would see something online that i was just dying to make and start running through a craft shopping list in my head, thinking about where stuff would be on sale…and then i would remember my promise: only work from the stash.  a quick mental inventory would reveal i didn’t have what i needed.  hard to imagine with all the craft crap i possess, but still, it happens to the best of us.

so…not only is it the first of may but there’s a sale at joann’s and i have coupons.  first up, the felt flowers above by sara at creative jewish mom and the gorgeous felt dahlia by megan of not martha on holidash.  woohoo!

i have to say, though, thanks to heather at dollar store crafts, i am a changed crafter.  this experience, though challenging, made me realize how much i love new craft supplies.  and how i can make it a whole month without them.  which means i can probably cut back on some craft purchases, altering the existing ginormous stash of paper and cardstock, stickers and doodads, fabric and knick-knacks, beads and baubles that i already have.  and often, making cooler stuff just based on inspiration.

i actually plan on carrying this new philosophy through the rest of the year, beginning with some transformations of clothes that i already have in my wardrobe.  i’ll have to get some matching thread, but i’m excited to be adding to my use-able wardrobe without having to make my credit cards (and hubby) sweat.  so thanks, heather!

May 1, 2010 at 8:21 am 1 comment

big box goes eco-friendly

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?

April 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

it’s the little things that count

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!

April 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

bust some stash

what are you doing to honor earth day (april 22nd)?  how about pledging not to buy any craft supplies during the month of april!  this could be a tough one.

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.

frightening, i know.  hence the need to bust some stash.  let me know what you’re working on!

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!

April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am 5 comments

another upcycled jewelry board!

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.

it’s available at my etsy store for $46 USD as part of the ‘where to put it all’ collection.

February 17, 2010 at 12:34 am Leave a comment

sneak peek!

revery, (rv-r), n.

1. an act or state of absent-minded daydreaming to fall into a reverie
2. (Music, other) a piece of instrumental music suggestive of a daydream
3. Archaic a fanciful or visionary notion; daydream

i’m really pleased with how this new addition to my upcycled jewelry storage collection turned out.  in its old life, it was a candle plate.  but with a little paint, a decoupaged bee, and a hand written quote, it becomes a jewelry storage tray worthy of your boudoir.  i added a quote from emily dickinson to this upcycled plate:

To make a prairie, it takes a clover and one bee

One clover and a bee and revery.

The revery alone will do,

If bees are few.

a daily reminder to dream a little dream.  once i get a few more coats of sealant on it, you can find it at my etsy store.  coming soon!

February 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

sneak peek!

sneak peaks of my newest upcycled/repurposed jewelry storage and display.  they’re one of a kind (in more ways than one, though obviously as happily-stumbled-upon thrift store finds, i can’t make more than one!)

you got your bowl o’ bugs made from a silver plate bowl that i decoupaged with a nice bright grass background and topped with reproductions of neato dragonfly, beatle, and bee stamps from around the world.  bonus feature (not shown in photo): it comes with a plastic bowl insert so you could even serve food in it! creep out your friends!  horrify your mother in law!

also pictured is a former soap dish that i decoupaged a reproduction vintage map into and then added the quote from Tolkien: “not all those who wander are lost” and a sweet little bird in flight.  i can imagine this being the perfect place for his jewelry: just the right size for a watch and some cufflinks.  the bowl is copper-plated and sits on four little feet like an old claw-foot bathtub.  i was very excited to find it at the thrift store and give it a new  life.  collecting cool quotes is yet another favorite pasttime of mine, so i thought i’d bring that aspect of me into this creation.

they’ll be up at my etsy store soon with the rest of the where to put it all collection!  i just need to get some good sunshine so i can take some rockin’ photos.

February 6, 2010 at 7:04 pm 1 comment

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