Out of money and time? Try these budget-friendly DIY gift ideas …
The Best of Indie Sewing Patterns December 13, 2009
Read the latest DIY Design column for the top picks in indie sewing patterns. Click here.
Organic Envy blog: Modern Green Living+Spa Wisdom September 14, 2009
I just found a great new organic blog, an offshoot of Organic Spa magazine:
Welcome to Organic Envy! After launching Organic Spa Magazine in January 2007, we felt it was time to open the doors to communication even further. The mission of the magazine is to bring spa wisdom home, as well as to highlight the spas that are leading the organic way. Is there something special you do to find that elusive balance we all seek? We love to share ideas and exchange thoughts revolving around a healthier planet and a healthier you. Please join us in the conversation.
Organic Envy belongs to the Organic Spa Magazine, if you love the publication you will enjoy this green blog.
Get the skinny on seriously organic beauty products September 13, 2009
Our hand-crafted all-natural Organic Bath and Body products are truly unsurpassed. skinnyskinny’s line now includes organic soap, bath salts, lip balm and body oils and more. Our nutrient-rich and incredibly gentle products work so well because we use really great ingredients (extra-virgin olive oil, unrefined butters, and pure essential oils). Try these luxurious products for yourself to see what a difference this makes.
See more skinnyskinny …
DIY Designer: Find your sewing friends online September 11, 2009
Say hi to dbDesigns! August 31, 2009
One of our newest merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market is dbDesigns of Fleming Island, Florida. Danielle Blumenberg creates beautiful jewelry from antique flatware and coins. She is very aware of her environmental footprint and does much in her work to reuse and repurpose. She also does a lot for charity. Here’s her story! “Hi! I’m Danielle Blumenberg, owner and designer of db Designs in sunny Fleming Island, Florida. I am a military wife (for 20 years), who has had the privilege to live all over the world. The great part has been getting to experience the cultures of different places every 2 to 3 years; the not-so-great part was never being able to have a career of my own… Until recently “I started my jewelry design business a little over 5 years ago, and my how it has changed! What began as just a little bit of beading quickly grew into wirework, and then metal-smithing. For the most part, I am self taught (and consider myself very much a novice) with tons still to learn! I have been able to take some great workshops with incredibly talented artisans, but not nearly as many as I need or want! “Much of what inspires me and fires my imagination is trying to use old
commonplace items in new ways. I love working with many mediums, but mostly metal. Specifically, “upcycling” or “repurposing” antique and vintage solid silver flatware and coins into unique wearable art! As I anneal, saw, forge and bend the vintage components into fabulous pieces of jewelry, I wonder about the possible history of the components. For example, while I was working on the WWII era Mercury dime necklace, I couldn’t help but muse about whether any of the coins were in the pocket of an American G.I. as he defended our country.
“I have an environmentally friendly, but VERY messy, studio in my home, and recycle and reuse everything I can. I use natural chemicals, such as eggs for patina, and citric pickle, to try to reduce my environmental footprint. I also make every effort to purchase from fair trade vendors, as opposed to free trade vendors for my findings and beads. When founding db Designs, I wanted to strongly support the community and those who strive to make a difference. In an effort to do that, I contribute merchandise and a portion of all sale proceeds to a variety of charities. As db Designs continues to grow, so will my efforts to make a difference. To date, db Designs has donated over $8,000!!! For a list of some of the charities that have benefited, you can contact me via email at Danielle@designedbydanielle.com or visit http://www.designedbydanielle.com/aboutus.html.”
Check out dbDesigns here at 1000 Markets at http://www.1000markets.com/users/dbdesigns.
Drought-Resistant Landscape Plan July 28, 2009
Learn Landscape Design in Stella’s Yard July 25, 2009
I’ve discovered a wonderful site for the DIY gardener. Stellasyard.com offers free landscape plans (with wonderful articles that explain the basic concepts of landscape design) and tips on earth friendly gardening. More here …
Organic Gurus July 13, 2009
Isn’t that just what we need in this confusing green world? This cleaner vs. that one, what are the p.c. beauty products and so forth. Well, there’s a new web site that’s just that: Organic Gurus offers everything from bath and body stuff to eco books. Their tagline is “Getting you green” and if that doesn’t just make me heave a big, ol’ sigh of relief, ‘cuz it sounds so painless. Get green here. Visit the Facebook fan page here.