Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I love makeovers of just about anything from people to things. A couple of weeks ago, I found this tray that someone started to make as a craft.
I loved the idea but it looked boring. I replaced the paper with one of my orchid photos. I took off the corner embellishments and replaced them with pearls. Then I took a chartreuse satin ribbon and attached it to the side to hide a few scratches on the frame and viola....
I recreated this beautiful piece. I can't help but get a sense of satisfaction that with a few tweaks, I can create something beautiful.
It's available on my Etsy store...
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
If you want the step by step instructions, go to http://www.readymade.com/projects/awesome_pendant_lamp
Monday, October 10, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
I received my Paper Crafts magazine (Nov/Dec) edition today and I was pleased to pass along a great idea they featured.
Glass sugar dispensers often used in diners are the perfect size to hold twine and even ribbon. Loved the idea because it useful in organizing craft spaces.
You can find these dispensers often in thrift shops. Amazon also sells them but they would probably be much cheaper at thrift shops. Paper Crafts Magazine said they saw the idea from Etsy.com but didn't specify if it was from an article or a shop.
I might use this idea myself to organize loose ribbon I have in my drawers. I'll have to keep an eye out the next time I visit a thrift store.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I have a wonderful local publication that I pick up at the grocery store called Natural Awakenings. In their September issue, they had an article that gave ideas to extend the life of a tea bag. They stated that discarded tea bags add up to 1,500 tons of landfill waste annually. I personally compost mine (after removing the metal staple) but I am inspired to try some of these ideas before they go to the compost pile.
- Tea bags can be used as a compress for bee stings, bug bites, sunburn and bruises. It is supposed to help with pain and reduce inflammation.
- Make plantar warts disappear by pressing a warm, wet tea bag directly to the area for 10-15 min. Then let the area dry naturally. After a few days of repeated treatment, the wart should go away. Hmmm? Not sure about that one.
- Green tea bags can be put in warm bath water and soaking in green tea is supposed to give you soft skin.
- Puffy eyes can be helped with cold used tea bags. The tannin in the tea is supposed to help with this.
- Razor burn can be relieved by pressing a tea bag to irritated skin.
- Dabbing skin with a moist tea bag is supposed to dry up the rash.
- Opening the bag and mixing the contents in soil can perk up acid-loving plants like ferns, roses, hydrangea, azaleas, etc.
These ideas were adapted from a website called ChasingGreen.org
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
I plan on buying them next time. There's a pretty good selection. Thought I would share because I know I have some followers who have Etsy stores and may be interested in ordering these for their items.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
For fun I do sweepstakes and I came across this one. If you volunteer to make your community a greener place, you might qualify.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Here's how it works:
- You go online and either print a free shipping label or request a free mailer bag to be sent to you.
- Put your phone and mail it back to them. They sell the recycled materials (metals) and the money is used to buy trees that will be planted. You receive an email as to how many trees were planted because of your contribution. I guess some cell phones contain more recyclable materials than others or metals that are worth more.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I often felt guilty when I bought new sheets and comforters because of the packaging. Before I had kids I would keep them until they would pile up never knowing what to use them for, then my intolerance for clutter outweighed my guilt, I would end up throwing them away because they couldn't be recycled.
When I became a mom, my kids received toys with lots of pieces. Sometimes, I secretly suspect that some people purposefully gave my kids gadgets with lots of annoying noises and toys with lots of little parts to drive us crazy.
There wasn't much I could do about the noisy toys but I could tackle the clutter before we were buried in it. When I bought sheets for my son's toddler bed, I realized these sturdy plastic packages finally had a use. This package contains books and cartridges for an electronic reader. The bigger bags come in handy to contain games like Connect4, Chess/Checkers, etc. after the boxes disentigrate from heavy use. And when you're kids outgrow them, they can easily be displayed on a table for your next yard sale or go into the drop off box for Good Will, etc.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK - EARTH DAY - POSTER CONTEST - Nationwide - Restrictions - Ends 4/18/11POSTED ON 3/25/11 (Enter also by mail. See rules online for details.)
(3) One-per-grade-category. Grade appropriate books to the classrooms of one winner and one runner-up in each of the three grade categories. Value $125. LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON OR CLASS. (students gradEs K-6 with a teacher sponsor)
VOID in: PR. Five finalists in each of three grade categories will be determined by judging and their entrieswill be posted online for public voting from 4/21 to 4/27/11.Most votes wins. Winners notified approx. 5/2/11.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
2. Package it - packaging will be reused or recycled.
3. Ship it - Send via United States Postal Service parcel post (usually the cheapest way), to the address below.
Shipping Address:Recycle Your Mat1323 SE 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97214
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Goodwill or the Salvation Army are good places to donate your old coats.
There are two ways you can participate. You can type in your zip code to find a coat drive near you. I tried a couple of different zip codes and it seems that bigger towns/cities have drives that are closer than if you live in a smaller town.
Another way to participate is run a coat drive yourself. The website provides detailed instructions on how to coordinate one in your town.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Recycle and give Great Danes a second chance for a loving home.
The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League has been running an inkjet and toner fundraiser for at least several years now. Please check out the following links to find out how to participate. It's easy and all of the money is used to feed, foster, and find homes for homeless Great Danes.
Monday, February 28, 2011
So if you can't beat them, make it easy and/or cheap for them to do the right thing. I tried to talk my dad into getting one of those compost bins but he wasn't interested and he didn't want an unsightly pile in his small yard.
With this in mind, I bought my dad a compost pail for Father's Day. He's always cooking and throws away tons of compost. When I make my weekly visits with my kids, I just bring him a clean, empty one and take the full one home. He gave me a smile understanding my ulterior motives but conceeded. Now I get a very full, heavy pail of compost for my pile which is good for me too. Basically, I've created a symbiotic relationship with composting with my family and it's become an ingrained habit that we've managed to keep up with.
P.S. The composting pail I use is one from Gardener's Supply Catalog. It's stainless steel and it really does a nice job keeping my kitchen from being stinky. I put it in the dishwasher to sanitize it and it's been holding up well for two years.
If you are in the market for a great pail, go to www.gardeners.com and look for the Brushed Stainless Steel Compost Pail - Item #38-560 $19.95. There are liners you can buy, but I've been using it without them and the interior gets some staining.
This is a photo of the one I use. It's under my kitchen sink, attached to the inside of the cabinet door. I bought one for my parents from Bed, Bath, and Beyond to hang on their garage wall. I noticed the pile that was cluttering the doorway which is why I chose that one for them. I gave it to them for Christmas.
You might be thinking, why I haven't been able to convert them into using cloth bags like me. All I can say is that I have learned that you can't force people to do the right thing. I have taken the great Mahatma Ghandi's words to heart, "be the change you want to see in the world." I can only lead by example and step in to make a difference even if it's a small one when I can.
So when I visit once a week, I collect the plastic bags and put them in with my cloth ones. So the next time I go grocery shopping, I put them in the plastic bag recycling bin. Weis/Kings and Giant have these receptacles for plastic bags. Do you know of any other stores in your area that have a similar program? Feel free to post a comment if you want to add to this list.
As a mom, I used the Diaper Champ and reused grocery plastic bags to line the interior instead of buying a box of plastic bags for the pail. I dreaded changing the bag and sanitizing it in between changes became a huge chore. With my second child, I didn't even use it. And by that time, I began to use cloth bags for my groceries so I collected very few plastic bags anyway.
I threw the pee filled diapers directly in our garbage. But I used bread bags and veggie bags for the poo poo diapers. They were easy to tie off on the end and I threw it in the garbage outside to avoid a stinky diaper pail.
Other bags I found useful were Thomas' English Muffins, cereal bags, and even the plastic bags that held diapers. I just rolled them up in a tight ball or reused a twistie tie close it.
Are there ways you reuse packaging that isn't environmentally friendly? How do you store it? Feel free to add to this post.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Spring is in the air and it won't be long until you will be cleaning out your closets. What to do with all of the old, yucky sneakers no one is wearing anymore. You don't have to throw them out in the garbade because Nike has a recycling sneaker program and the best part is that they will recycle any brand of sneaker.
http://www.nikereuseashoe.com/ to find a drop off location. If you don't have one close enough, don't worry, I didn't have a drop off location near me either.
You can mail the sneaker (s) to
Nike Grind Processing
8400 Winchester Rd
Memphis, TN 38125