Wednesday, February 27, 2008
So what I did was joined my local chapter of The Freecycle Network. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.
I use some of the baby food containers to store & freeze baby food that I make myself, but I don't have a use for the other containers and cans. So I listed my items, waited for someone to reply with interest and then arranged for them to come to my house to pick them up! I just placed them on my porch and off they went to a good home. An art teacher, and a couple of local charity groups got dibs on the formula cans and I hope that someone into beading or other craft snags the lidded containers! They are clear and are the perfect size to store beads, buttons, and other findings.
Another way to avoid using items that aren't recycled by your township is to reduce the amount of non-recyclable products that you buy. At the grocery store, simply look on the bottom of the container and if your town doesn't take it, choose another brand that packages the item in something recyclable!
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Most stores these days are offering 99 cent reusable bags AND they're paying YOU to use them! That's right...Shop Rite, for example, pays you 2 cents per bag that you bring back to the store. Even if you bring 10 and fill up only 2, they still give you 2 cents per bag that you brought. I've seen these bags several stores so far and they are usually green (Wegmans has froo-froo black ones) and have the stores' names on them. Sometimes the cashiers don't even know where they keep them but they're usually on and end cap or right near the registers. Costco even sells a set of three large ones for about $3.50 for your bulk items.
After using my canvas and green reusable bags for quite a while, I kept getting angry at myself for using the plastic produce bags. So I ordered some of these great mesh ones made by remarket of Etsy. They have a nice draw string on them and they are see-through so the cashier can read the produce stickers. I love them and plan on never using plastic bags at the grocery store again. Oh, and don't stop at the grocery store...I take my reusable bags everywhere I shop...Target, the fabric store, Kohl's, etc.!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Speaking of optimism...I was a sucker and bought a book that was discussed on the Oprah show the other day. The book is called Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't by Michael J. Losier. Basically, the more positive vibes you give out to the universe, the more positive things the universe will give back to you. It sounds hokey, but since I've been reading the book and practicing a bit of what it has to say, I have sold two handbags and two custom banner an avatar sets from my Etsy shop. Those two handbags have been sitting unsold for quite some time now. I determined my desire (to have more sales), focused on it and gave it attention (took several new photos of them) and while I was laying in bed trying to fall asleep I imagined opening up my email the next day and getting sales. Turns out that it has worked for me two days in a row. I know, I know, it's a coincidence...it's the new pictures that got me the sales. But coincidence is another term we often use to explain the almost inexplicable phenomenon that is the Law of Attraction. "Believe it or not!"
Thursday, February 7, 2008
This is how Etsy developers described what it's all about. "So our vision is to be the eye — to be a kind of organizing principle. We do not want Etsy itself to be a big tuna fish. Those tuna are the big companies that all us small businesses are teaming up against." Read the full article here.
So, get out your wallets and shop Etsy.com...your place to buy all things handmade. Take the handmade pledge and give your money to someone who has taken the time and love to make something by hand just for you!
The EcoEtsy Street Team is banding together and making many Swimmys out of all recycled items to send to Etsy so they can create a large display of the little black Swimmy with all his red friends. I'll post a pic of mine once I have him finished.
Swimmy Photo by Etsy user Rokali.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
1. Similarly to my sister, I sleep with a stuffed Pound Puppy named Lucky (since I was 8 years old). Along those same lines, I'll tell you another embarassing secret. For some reason, I've always felt like stuffed animals have feelings. Like, I get upset when I see a dirty ratty old stuffed animal strapped to the front grill of a tractor trailer. I imagine what it would be like to be that poor thing! And if I'm picking out a stuffed animal or doll for someone at a store, I absolutely HAVE to buy the first one I pick up because I would feel so terrible putting it back down again.
2. After college, I drove across the country with three other girls. The most memorable part of the trip was when we camped at this dinky little camground in Cody, Wyoming surrounded by mountains and cowboys (yummy). My friend Rebecca and I slept under the starry sky and made these rediculous plans to live out there one day. Looking back at that night I crack up at how rediculous I was but I will always remember how I felt. Good times.
3. I have had more than one steamy sex dream about Adam Sandler. I know, why Adam Sandler? I don't know. I just think he's so funny and I have always fallen for guys that make me laugh.
4. I cloth diaper my son Cooper. I even use cloth wipes. Apparently, I'm a member of a rare breed. My pediatrician, who is a member of a large, multi-office practice, says that I'm the only one he's seen who cloth diapers. Not one of my friends, not even my environmental co-workers use them. I don't understand it! My mom thinks I should hold a seminar through my pediatrician's office. Haha!
5. I am constantly doing stupid things and making dumb mistakes. Luckily I just laugh it off instead of getting mad. Like, "I'll just paint this thing in my good jeans...I won't get paint on them because I'll be really careful." Ruined jeans. "I'll put this piece of fabric aside so I don't cut it because it's my last bit." Picked it up 2 minutes later thinking "ooo, I have more of this fabric", and cut it up. Or, "I'll put this soda right here next to my sewing machine. I won't spill it because I'll be extra careful." Spilled soda, ruined project.
Now I have to tag someone else! Look out, it might just be you!
Monday, February 4, 2008
My mom is it town from Florida so she can visit with my grandmother, who is not well. I've been helping her set up her own Etsy shop. It's called Green Baby Goods. She wants to get back into sewing and crafting and so she's been making some cloth baby wipes and burp cloths and selling them as gift sets. This is her most recent set, which has cute little owls on it. Check her out if you need a great baby shower gift. I made some of these for myself and I use them every single day.Today is a gray kind of day and I'm still in my PJs. I think I might just stay in them all day long! I'm sure my baby Cooper won't mind one bit. :)