The Broken House: Square paper mache boxes, painted white, bright red, and black. They have been sanded and stained for a time worn look. These are great for storage or your little keepsakes:)
Pastel Hippy Upcycled notecardsThese 4 darling butter yellow cards measuring approx. 2.5 x 2.5 inches (6.5 x 6.5 cm), are accented with salvaged wrapping paper in a pastel, retro motif, a crumply distressed paper bag square with a heart hand stamped on the front and a lovely pastel pink bow.4 matching… → details
Rainbow BrightThree strands of multicolored small glass beads – no particular pattern or order. Approximately 7″ → details
Fireworks Barrel BagThis bag is hand knit in a cylinder shape, black yarn is used throughout and mixed with a rainbow of colors (gold, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and green) all of pure wool. It is then topped with a fluff black eyelash yarn to give it a flirty look.… → details
Fluted ceramic little wren flower vase by little wren pottery
This fluted vase was handmade from white Devonshire stoneware clay. Its outwardly curving shape was created by working with my potters wheel, a throwing rib was used to skim the surface of this pot as it was being created to give a smooth finish.
The perfect necklace
This beauty is made from hand forged pieces linked together to make the perfect necklace.
Jasmine, Lilac and Freesia Hand Rolled Soap
This alluring soap is a blend of jasmine oil with just a touch of lilac and freesia to deepen and really bring out the scent of the jasmine. This is an all-natural, detergent free vegan soap made with organic ingredients. details »
April 22nd is Earth Day. For 40-years, activists and non-activists have been using it as a platform to raise environmental awareness. It has evolved over the years into a month-long event, where on any given weekend in April, you can volunteer to help clean up the parks, beaches, forests, any green stretch of earth; or plant new earth.
Here at Try Handmade we have our own resident Going Green guru, but in the spirit of Earth Day, I decided to find out for myself what fabulous things other people do in the spirit of recycling and renewing.
The most popular act (aside from separating recyclables) that anyone can do is to bring your own market bag shopping with you, passing on plastic bags whenever possible. There are so many options to choose from, like this cool, upcycled coffee bag tote from Its Our Earth. Similar to Sea Bags (one of my favorite shops, located in Maine; they create bags from discarded sails), Its Our Earth uses discarded burlap coffee bags to create everyday bags.
If you want something less earthy, but still 100% repurposed, there’s a bag for you, too, like this tote, that uses a vintage army laundry bag, repurposed leather straps, and vintage blue and white cloth.
Some people happily recycle their trash, but aren’t as quick to buy recycled and refurbished products because they think they look used. Some of the most fabulous finds are these exact products. These white baskets from Tuuni are one example.
Some items aren’t what they seem at all, but still exquisite. This stunning chandelier from Metamorphosi is made of recycled plastic.
Crafters are some of the best resources you can find for people who creatively repurpose, recycle, and recreate. I’m repeatedly amazed at the outcome.
When I was in grade school the city held an annual Halloween costume parade at the local park. Adults would walk around and give a one dollar bill to the kids with the best costumes. The first year I remember the parade, I dressed up as a crayon box with a red pointy hat. I must have been pretty convincing because I got a dollar and a pat on the head! Every year after that for as long as the costume fit, I was perfectly content to be a crayon box, fully expecting to get a dollar at the parade. My mom was happy to oblige as it saved her the trouble of making a costume.
This sweet and clever costume from Embroider Me Boutique is sure to get some special recognition. The felt outfit pulls over the child’s head, making it easy to put on and comfortable to wear. It is stuffed with batting for a three dimensional shape and can be customized with your little one’s favorite color icing and sprinkles.
Once I outgrew my crayon box costume, I always wanted to be the characters from my favorite stories and fairy tales. This sweet Little Red Ridinghood costume by Lover Dovers Clothing has some great details that even an adult can appreciate. The red and white gingham dress features a sweet blue bow and matching apron with rows of blue ric rac and sweet floral ribbon. A red hood lined in white ric rac can be purchased separately to put the finishing touch on the costume.
How adorable is this feathered costume by DIP Designs? It can be ordered in white or yellow for a baby chick or pink for a flamingo–how clever! The outfit includes a beak hat, leggings and little orange feet–just precious!
All of these sweet and original costumes are sure to make your little one’s Halloween memorable. Next week, we’ll pick a few Halloween costumes out for the little boys.
**The Little Goblins Folk Art print featured at the top of this post was created by Kims Cottage Art.