White dappled milk jug
Handmade from English stoneware clay it’s distinctive bulbed shape was created by working with my potters wheel. You can still feel the gentle texture of throwing rings where my hands have drawn the clay upwards. details »
Olive Linen Rose with Lavender/Eggplant and Olive Semi Precious Jade Nuggets/ Statement Necklace
An olive handmade linen rose with Czech eggplant/purple glass seed beads in its center. These beads were neatly hand sewn on top of a fabric covered button. I also used semi precious nugget stones which have been wired into a brass chain to form a cluster. details »
Mini Steamer Trunk
The inspiration for this little box comes from the old flat top steamer trunks.
Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials
Escape or Explore Ring (above) in recycled eco-friendly fine silver, by Happy Go Licky.
The car is tuned-up, gassed-up, packed-up, and you’re finally on the road…now what? Is it possible to get to your destination without making a huge impact on the environment and your wallet? Getting better gas mileage is the key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions and saving money.
It should go without saying that you should keep your cool behind the wheel, but did you know that aggressive driving causes you to use extra gas? Simply by accelerating and decelerating smoothly and slowly, you can increase your gas mileage by as much as 30% for highway driving. And, as a bonus, you won’t annoy everyone around you!
You’ve heard the expression “speed kills”. Well, it should come as no surprise that it wastes gas, too. Driving over the speed limit is not only unsafe; it is a huge drain on the fuel tank. Consider taking secondary highways to help keep your lead-foot in check. Not only are posted limits lower, the temptation to speed is reduced when others aren’t whizzing past you like Kimi Raikkonen. (Tip: if you have cruise control, use it to help maintain a constant speed.) Optimal fuel economy will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 100 km/h, so take your time, enjoy the scenery and put all of that saved gas money in this upcycled seatbelt wallet, above, by Interrobang.
Many urban centres are cracking down on idling and for good reason – idling vehicles contribute to pollution (both air and noise) and get zero kms /litre. It’s a myth that restarting your car uses more fuel than leaving it running, so turn off your engine when packing or unloading your car and while waiting in the seemingly endless line-ups for ferries, highway road crews, accidents, etc. To keep your little passengers happy (and quiet) while you wait for the all-clear, give them something fun to do. These little lap-sized, portable Creativity Wallets (above) by Ducks in a Row Boutique keep paper, crayons and artwork organized and at your child’s fingertips. Ideal for the backseat, they’re also perfect for keeping kids entertained in restaurants and waiting rooms.
And, finally, pack light. Before you add the weight of passengers and luggage, remove unnecessary heavy items from your vehicle. An extra 50 kilograms of cargo in your vehicle could reduce your gas mileage by up to 2%. This, of course, affects smaller vehicles more than large, but any little bit helps. Plus, you’ve gotta leave room for souvenirs! The locket set pictured above, cleverly made from a recycled auto part, saves space by giving you three looks in one, simply by switching between the three magnetic lids. I love the vintage travel theme, but there are literally hundreds of attractive options (pun intended) available in the Polarity shop.
Next week: A Movable Feast
Sunflower Hooked Pillow
Get the cottage ready! Or the sun porch. Or your favorite reading chair. This primitive style hand hooked pillow will brighten your home on even a rainy day. I used a variety of different width wool strips to make this, giving it some great visual interest. I love the… details »
Lemon Blueberry Tart Charm
100% handmade miniature fruit tart charm. Atop the pastry shell sits a delicious assortment of lemons and blueberries! YUM!
Reversible Baby Bib
This reversible baby bib can used as a feeding and dooler bib. It is handmade in two corridinating Amy Butler cotton prints with matching cotton bias piping. The riboon closure insures that it will fit for a long time, from infant to toddler years. details »
Earth Day is fast approaching and, while it might not spring to mind as a holiday that you would give gifts for, I found some awesome, eco-friendly handmade items that will make you want to buy Earth Day gifts for other people and for yourself.
Let’s start with the now ubiquitous “green” tote bag. Sure, you can buy one in the checkout line at the grocery store, but would that have adorable owls on it like this great tote from The Craft Pantry? Not only is this bag tote-ally cute (ha!), but it is also made of 100% recycled cotton.
Continuing with the owl theme is this onesie / tee from Sweet 3 Leaf Prints. I love that you can share your affection for mother Earth in such a fun way with your kids!
Next up on the Earth Day wish list are these fabulous bowls created by Cinderelish. These bowls come in multiple colors and I love the fact that the way she writes eARTh puts the emphasis on Art!
So, let’s say you really want to go all out on earth day, and get something special for an important man in your life. I recommend these beautiful mother of pearl cuff links from The Cuft Lynx. What a stylish and savvy way for your guy to show his commitment to the environment! Makes me wish my hubby ever wore cuff links!
And, while we’re on the subject of adding a little sparkle to your outfit, here is a gorgeous recycle necklace, made by the Heather Curry Collection. Simple, sophisticated, and eco-conscious!
Maybe you’re looking for a small token to remind you of the importance of Earth Day. Perhaps something you will use frequently and love every time you look at it! I recommend this wonderful Little Bird measuring tape made from felt that is 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. Drop in at Malama Kids to see this and other fun felted pieces.
Apparently I was hungry when I was looking for Earth Day items, because one of my favorite selections this week is this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough soap made by Savor. Now if only I could convince myself to not eat it!
Want to do more than buy organic or recycled items? How about making your own laundry detergent? Even if you don’t feel up to making it from scratch, you can order this Vegan laundry soap base from Shower Treat Soap. They’ll even include recipes for you!
And while you are patting yourself on the back for doing something great for the earth, why not do some planting too, with these sunflower seed implanted hang tags from Romeo 2 Juliet. Just imagine the lovely blooms that you will soon be enjoying!
Hopefully, these products help you to see how easy it is to by earth friendly on earth day, and every day! Next week we’re going to get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!