Thursday, January 28, 2010

A cool Eco Blog!!

I just came across this awesome blog today called Reduce Footprints. The owner is actually a member a handmade group I recently joined called Inspiration Ave. Anyways she does a blog post called change the world wed. and it's a challenge. I thought it was such a wonderful idea, that I wanted to share it. I am defintley going to give this weeks a try. Here is the link if you're interested on how you can change the world a little a time.

Monday, January 25, 2010

This Weeks Featured Seller Shabby Chic Boutique

I am totally all about hanmade, but I am also about recycling. So this weeks feature is a super great vintage shop.

Hi, my name is Kerri and I own a vintage shop on Etsy. I am a stay at home mom of two beautiful girl, 2 years and 7 months and wife to one hubby. I love going to thrift shops, the Salvation Army and yard sales. I love the prices and I enjoy knowing that I am living an eco-friendly lifestyle by reusing, reducing and recycling when I buy vintage.

My vintage style definitely varies. I would say kitchen items are my favorite, but there are a lot of things I love. I like Pyrex, melmac dishes and retro cannisters, but I also love shabbychic floral napkins, tablecloths and teacups. I love vintage jewelry too. I think my shop reflects my wide range of vintage taste.

I get my inspiration from a lot of places. Sometimes just walking into a shop, I fall in love with something immediately. I also get inspiration from some of the blogs I like to read: deardaisycottage, blondiensc and Rue's peanutbutterandjellylife to name a few.

I love all of the items in my shop, otherwise they would not be there. But a few of my favorites include the retro checkered apron, shabby chic floral teacups and the angel candleholders.

One item I bought the other day I am not selling in my shop (or at least not for now!) is a set of 8 pretty floral china dishes with a matching serving tray. It was half off that day, so I only spend a total of $8 on everything!

I hope you check out my shop. Everything is 10% off and includes a free gift with purchase until Valentine's Day.
If you would like to visit her shop please go here


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recycle Those Plastic Bags & Make Something Useful!!

I absolutley hate the amount of plastic bags I have!! Luckily in here in Europe we have to buy them from the grocery store reminding us to bring our own, but we still get them when we buy clothing, or shoes or other goods. I saw this on TV a while back and thought it was a brilliant idea to use up those extra plastic bags and have a cool new item too, win win!!! I gave this a try the other day and gave it to my daughter use and she seems to like it.

Introducing the plastic bag pillow!!!!
You can make it any size or shape make a small travel pillow, or if you have tons of bags like me make a big one for your bed!! :)

1) Start out with 2 pieces of fabric the same size, if you're a novice sewer go for a square or rectangle.

2) With right sides together sew all the way around leaving a hole, you may want to around twice for extra durablity.

3) Turn the pillow right side out and stuff those bags in as many as you can!!!!

4) sew up the hole and voila you are done, now you have a brand new pillow and saved some plastic bags from a landfill somewhere!! Dosen't that feel good??

Be Sweet Retweet!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

This Weeks Featured Seller Baba Yagada

I have 12+ years experience as a textile andgraphic designer along with being an illustrator.My Etsy Shop is offering for sale high quality prints of my original digital and mixed media artworks.I works in a variety of mediums, constantly experimenting with a new techniques ; often mixing customized photos and textures, my pencil or ink drawings and also found objects with digital manipulation.I've been lived in Israel almost 18 years (I have russian origins and my native language is Russian).Actually the most of my ancestry trace their descent from Ukraine and Poland,inspite of they lived also in a different regions : Uzbekistan in Middle Asia and Caucasus.I was born and raised in Georgia ( this's the country in Caucasus region which was a soviet republic in the time of USSR and a part of Russian Impire before the revolution of 1917).So, this melting pot of languages and cultures could be considered my majorinspiration.With all my art works I'd like to share my special fascination with complication and mystery of our reality. My nickname Baba Yagada is the invention which came from therussian folk tales but in fact it has more complex meaning.Baba Yaga is a character of ugly old witch. She lives in a deepenchanted forest in a hut with a gigant chicken legs."Baba" isa demotic word which means "woman"."Agada" means "tale" in Hebrew. "Yagoda" is "berry" in Russian( some russian folk idiomatic expression tells "baba yagodka"which means "young attractive woman"). Thank you very much and I hope this isn't too boring..!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

And The Winner Is....

The winner of Decembers Giveaway the pendant necklace, is comment #7 Khaski!! Congrats, be sure to give me your address so I can get it to the seller. You can also choose ANY necklace from her shop. Hope to hear from you soon!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pendant Giveaway extended!!

This is absolutley the last day to enter Decembers giveaway for an awesome pendant necklace by LD Photography!! I was not on the computer much through out the holidays, and I forgot to choose a winner. So I am extending it through the end of today. I will choose the winner tomorrow by and post here. To enter the contest go here

This Weeks Featured Seller Brownsco

We are Mike and Donna Brown a husband and wife artist team. We are located in Adamstown a small town in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I work with wood, chalkware, clay and papier mache. My wife works with dried, fresh and artificial flowers and hypertufa. These creative passions led us in 2008 to start Brown’s Country Originals. The name came from our one of kind work, living in the country and our last name.Besides the paper mache and chalkware we have a line of garden items my wife makes country/primitive hypertufa birdbaths, flower planters and flower pots. Hypertufa is a lite weight concrete. I make country/primitive wooden potting benches, planter and garden stakes.Our inspiration comes from nature, life events, historical work and old vintage pieces.Besides our ETSY shop you can find are work on the following websites:

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