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Vintage restyling and recycling October 1, 2009
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.
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.
The power of yarn August 7, 2009
During our recent move, I found a box of yarn that I had been using to make afghans that I forgot about – not surprising, right? We managed to locate a local church that accepted items for women (some with children) who lost their homes and we stopped by with a few items. The organizers were thrilled when they saw the yarn. Their enthusiasm came as a surprise at first. Previous donations at other places never created this kind of joy. They reminded me that it wasn’t just yarn – it was a chance to create a present for the holidays, a much needed sweater for a child, an afghan for the winter, or to create something wonderful to sell and that the donation of yarn had reached the perfect home. Hooray! Just a little reminder for us all to share our new found yarn and a season of mindful kniting and crochet.
Marg (grateful, gleeful, and groovin’ to the power of yarn)
Autumn/Winter Trends Forecast 2009/2010 August 3, 2009
OMG! I’m so in Love! Having seen some of the beautiful designer wear on the catwalks and runways for 2009/10, I’ve suddenly become all doe-eyed and can feel my heart skipping a beat. This years autumn/winter trends have got to be some of the most divine creations I’ve seen yet! My personal trend favourites are:
Loran Scrugs – Recycled art toys & whistles July 27, 2009
Meet Loran Scruggs who designs marvelous fun art toys and whistles from tin cans, bottle caps and found objects! Loran is one of the newest merchants in the Reclaimed to Fame Market. Her shop can be found at http://www.1000markets.com/users/loranscruggs.
Loran has been making things since her earliest memory of making a dragonfly out of smartie (candy) wrappers. And to this day she is still using food packaging in her art. She makes whimsical toys, art and whistles from colorful tin cans, bottle caps and found objects. She enjoys how time stops when she is in the ‘flow’ of creation. She says “I’m interested in joy. Color is joyous for me so I use painted tin cans for their color and glint. A lot of my work reference childhood and play, for myself play is a time of being in the moment, no past or future worries, a time of joy. I hope that my work puts an amused smile on peoples faces, for when we smile we are in the moment, engaged, attentive and happy.”