Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Instead of plastic bags, use reusable bags for groceries and produce:
Check out the counter at the top of this website, click here
That is a lot of bags. So using reusable bags can make a difference and buying them handmade is even better:
bagsforelephants has this awesome tote
Or how about giving a card made from recycled paper that can be planted and grows beautiful flowers. This card is from recycledideas:
Or, you can buy something that was made from an item headed to the dump, like this wallet in my shop that was created from an old pair of my boots:
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
- a magnet from CRV photography. I have always loved this image and have used it in treasuries.
- kiwi earrings I have been drooling over forever from inedible jewelry
- and barrettes and a fabric scrap bag from The Monkey and Me which you can see in the photo above
I saw so many of my favorites, I love going to craft shows where etsy is going to be represented. I kind of feel like I am seeing famous people. Some really amazing artists who I adore and were there:
- aekeith who has the most amazing stained glass creations and is also cute as a button.
- gemmafactrix who has been a favorite of mine for so long. She has these amazing new rings made with glasswork beads that are so beautiful. Keep an eye on her site for those.
- beeskneesstudios aka otter and the bee beautiful and whimsical illustrations and now felt critter maker extrordinaire. I got a button in my swag bag of one of her little farm animal prints... umm, can we say happy dance?
- modernjune was right next door and her little kids' aprons were so adorable, but I think my favorite was the adult cupcake apron.
I could go on and on.... It was just an awesome show... I know, you are jealous, LOL.
Friday, April 18, 2008
The craft show is at Plant Zero. What an awesome looking place. I saw wished I had followed my gut in high school and gone to college for a degree in the arts. I thought people would laugh at me and call me silly. So, off I went to Virginia Tech (which is an awesome school) as a Veterinary Medecine major. That did not go quite as planned, but it is funny how life tends to lead us back to where we are supposed to be. Now that I am a SAHM, I have the opportunity to follow my heart and focus on creating things. Yikes! I have digressed.
So, on Sunday, I will be at the craft show!!! Yay!
First I have to get through Saturday, which consists of me having a Yard Sale in the morning and helping host Ladies NIght Out at church in the evening and celebrating my sister's birthday somewhere in between.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Come and shop the SNS Sale Thread!!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Today I joined the EtsyRecycle Yahoo Group. The reason it happened today was due to my genetics. Yes, that is right, my genetics. I have hoarding in my genes. I hate to throw things away. My grandfather's shed was like a farming museum... but that is not the worst of it. My dear Great Aunt (that is pronounced "Ant", remember I am a country girl) Virginia was a for real hoarder. And she was also a collage artist and up-cycler before it was cool. Every Christmas, each family received from her a Reader's Digest, but it was not any old Reader's Digest, it was a transformed Reader's Digest. All year long, she would cut out clippings from magazines and newspapers and glue them to the pages of the Reader's Digest and create a new book. And it is not until this instant that I realize how for granted we took those books. I can not even imagine the amount of time she spent cutting and gluing and I am not sure I ever read any of them. It hurts my heart and makes me wish I had one right now to read. Anyway, back to the hoarding, she would hoard magazines, newspapers... all kinds of stuff, it was piled all around her house. And she had a terrible husband who was mean and scary (he really was a mean man) and would smoke his pipe and fuss at us kids and he was missing a lot of fingers and he was always dirty.... anyway, I digress... where was I? Oh, yes, Aunt Virginia's books... it is in my genes to be a mixed media artist. My Aunt, who we thought was crazy and maybe a little scary, put so much time and energy into those books, and being ungrateful little kids, we thanked her (my family was strict on manners) but we never appreciated those books like we should have.
So, back to the point, I had to do a flyer for Ladies Night out at the Movies for church and I used this really nice card stock. Well, when I cut the paper in two it bugged me that the image was not centered so I cut each flyer to center it. This left me with a huge pile of cardstock strips. Being the pack rat I am, I could not stand the thought of throwing perfectly good card stock strips away, so I posted a thread in Techniques and Materials and somebody pointed me to the Yahoo group, EtsyRecycle. So, I am now an official member and I am looking forward to participating. And, tonight, I am going to say a little prayer to my Aunt and thank her for all the time and energy she put into those books each year and hopefully one of my Mom's sisters kept one because I would love to have one to remember my aunt by and acknowledge the fact that I am probably a lot more like her than I ever realized.
Monday, April 7, 2008
I think it comes down to my one major hang up: an inability to focus! But like I said, once I get going that is not a problem. So, tomorrow, seeing as my Bible study is cancelled, it gives me the perfect opportunity to grab something and commit. Hopefully, my update tomorrow will be all about my work in progress.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Well, I purchased the above tooth chips from Rose of Sharon Acres back before Christmas. The description of them in the listing made a lot of sense. Also, since it is handmade, I know the ingrediants that are used to make it, I know where it is being made, unlike the stuff on the grocery shelves. Not to mention the benefit of the lack of expensive, landfill filling packaging.
So, since I bought these back before Christmas, I bet you are wondering why I am just now getting around to reviewing them. Well, I have to admit, the thought of putting soap in my mouth kind of goes against a lot of deep seeded dislikes... like the taste of soap in my mouth... or at leat the thought of it. But, I finally decided I was being silly and tried these.
So, I followed the directions and found out soap foams up very easily with a tooth brush. It was simple to get a good sudsing and a thorough clean. I rinsed three times like the directions said. I must admit, the taste was definitely not "oh, yum, cinnamon!" but it also was definitely not "oh, I think I am going to be sick", it just kind of tasted soapy with a not so bad taste of cinnamon on top. So, I figure for all the benefits I am gaining, a not so great taste is really not that big of a deal. I am liking the tooth chips!! Definitely giving these a thumbs up! They come in a variety of flavors, with or without neem oil.