Archives for the month of: February, 2011

There are so many cool and crafty people out there making neat eco friendly things that I’d like to take some time to appreciate what they are doing to make the world a little greener. Here are a few of my favorite picks for the month of February:

Check out these adorable clutches from Elegant Green — a mother-daughter team that uses upcycled fabrics like old blouses and pillow shams to make their wares. Cute!!

Or how about these awesome bottle glasses made by bottle crop. In an earlier life they were blue sky vodka bottles, and now they are totally cool kitchenware for you!

Need something comfy to tide you over until spring? Snuggle up in this beautiful butterfly coat made from recycled sweaters , so you’re ready to dash out the door whenever the snow finally melts (I wish, I wish, I wish!!).

Finally, my last favorite pick at the moment: Get your garden tools ready and add a little upcycled whimsy this year with these hand-stamped garden markers made out of vintage silver spoons, by Vintage Garden. (LOVE these!!).

What are your February Favorites? 🙂

So as you know, my mission for the next year is to explore the terrain of eco-possibilities in crafting! I am slowly realizing all of the different things that can go into this (supplies, packaging, shipping, gifting, etc, etc). For this post I’m going to focus on beads and sparkly bits that make for oh-so-pretty craftiness.

Where do our beads ‘n things come from and how can we make sure we are sourcing them fairly and sustainably? I know that I use a lot of beads and crystals and other accents when I craft, so this can be a major aspect of crafting to think about in terms of eco-options and human/animal friendliness. I imagine that a lot of beads can be sourced back to factories that don’t have fair or quality working conditions for laborers and companies that don’t necessarily have eco-friendly policies. So what is a crafter to do? Here are a few tips for making your craft-habit a bit more green and friendly:

1. Hunt through the thriftstore for great vintage finds or use items that have been salvaged from vintage treasures, like these great finds from Etsy supply sellers:

Beautiful golden freshwater pearls salvaged from vintage jewelry.

Amazing pistachio vintage beads salvaged from a broken necklace. These make me hungry!

An awesome butterfly pendant reclaimed for a second life. There are some really great possibilities through salvaging!!

2. Find a crafting supplier that makes or upcycles their own beads or other pretties, like this delicious beach seaglass (these make me think of spring jellybeans…), or these funky rolled paper beads. I’m pretty sure the paper beads I made in Girl sScouts forever ago did NOT look this cool!

3. Try your own hand at making beads.

See here for a great tutorial on making beads from plastic bottles. Ok, that’s pretty ingenious…

This blogpost by Blisstree has all sorts of neat-o links for DIY bead-making.

Finally, if you’re brave or more experienced (and a grown-up!!!), there are also tutorials on making your own glass beads. P would NOT like this – he gets very nervous when my crafting involves fire…or blowtorches…

Happy eco-crafting! I’m waiting for all my salvaged treasures to come in the mail :).

OK, V-Day is just around the corner! I know, I know, I wrote my last post about it too, but I figured there were so many fun things out there that I needed another place to showcase them!

Now I’m not really a gift-inclined Valentine person (note the avocado in previous post), but some of these crafty things are begging to have a reason for gifting. Need some sweet eco-friendly ideas for your Valentine? Check out a few of these babies:

Score some points with this lovebird necklace (made out of vintage recycled metal!!).

Snuggle up some love with Carson , the eco-friendly pogo pal made out of repurposed wool. Ok, SO cute! What exactly is a pogo?

Pretty up your house with this Sugar and Spice Valentine banner made out of vintage and upcycled fabrics! I’m starting to adore all of these things that can hang around my house…Yes, it’s a problem. 🙂

Gratuitous plug for my own V-day craftiness (!)…check out my little wool heart pins upcycled from a felted wool sweater that was left in very sad shape at the thriftstore:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66114863/my-little-wool-heart-pin-green-and-blue

 

Finally, for all you people who will boringly propose to your guy or gal on Valentine’s Day (yes, you know who you are) at least liven things up with something like…

A cool ring made from an antique spoon !

Or a steampunk ring made out of a vintage mechanical watch (neat-o!!).

So…maybe try to be a little sweeter to the earth this year on V-Day without having to be less sweet to your Valentine :).

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