Monthly Archives: April 2009

Recycled Note Of The Week: Purple For Maddie

Today is little Maddie’s funeral, and in remembrance her parents have asked everyone to sport a bit of purple for the day, in memory of a beautiful little girl who left this world too soon, but left it brighter, warmer.

For this week’s Recycled Note Of The Week I wanted to sport a bit of purple, too, and so here are some lovely cards of the purple persuasion that happen to be made from recycled materials, too.

White Spring Flowers

Sweet, unique, blooming flowers wrap-around both sides of this set of 4 note-cards. Solid purple inside.
Card Size: 4.25 X 5.5
Printed on 100% recycled paper.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent!

In my opinion, the word “reinvent” should absolutely be added to the “R’s” of recycling- as in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent!

Okay, I know, it is similar to reuse, but really, when I think of the word “reuse” it just implies to me that I should use the same thing repeatedly-such as cloth grocery bags. Recycle is also a similar term, but it always conjures images in my head of blue curb-side bins and pop cans. Reinvent, on the other hand, involves giving new spunk and life to an old, or apparently unusable, item to make it useful once more!

Recently I have come across some fun ideas that will hopefully inspire you to look for ways to reinvent items in your own home.

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Recycled Scarf Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the recycled scarf giveaway is commenter #2, The Green Yak!

Congratulations, and happy! Monday.

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Recycled Note Of The Week: The Craft Pantry

Every week or so we use this space to feature a recycled note or three from some of our favorite online sources. This week’s recycled note of the week comes from The Craft Pantry, a Pacific Northwest etsy shop featuring a variety of recycled goods perfect for your home or office.

Here are a few of my favorites from the shop:

Folklore Garden Cards (set of four)

Folklore Garden is designed using my own original digital drawing. A set of 4 Cards, top fold, blank inside, logo on back of card. Cards measure 4.25″ x 5.5″ & include envelopes.

I use the finest materials when making my cards.

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Circle The Wagons In Memory Of Madeline

Yesterday April 7th Heather and Mike of The Spohrs are Multiplying* lost their two-year-old little girl.

As Susan and Janice announced this morning, today the online community is mourning a loss so genuinely and heartbreakingly felt, but what is more, we are spreading the word about donating in Maddie’s name, so that more children can benefit, survive, and thrive with the help provided every day by the March of Dimes.

You can read more about Maddie here, and donate in her name to the March of Dimes using the widget to the left, or by visiting her page, here.

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Cloth for Mama-Are You Crazy?

Yes, you heard me, in addition to the last few weeks talking about using cloth for your kiddos, now I want to talk about cloth for you!

Alright, before you freak out and think, “Now this woman has totally lost it!” Hear me out!

Shouldn’t the same reasons we use for cloth diapering our little ones (reducing trash, avoiding toxins, saving money, pure comfort) be the reasons we consider using cloth for ourselves during that certain time of month?

Once again, I understand the aversion and used to have the same one!  I used to think, “Wow, that is just way overboard and definitely only for hard-core hippie women.” Then I had my son and ended up using disposable pads for eight straight weeks after his birth.

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Recycling Yarn For Green Knitting (And A Giveaway!)

As MacKenzie touched on in her February 5th article, knitting is a great and relatively green hobby. My mom has found a way to make it even more eco-friendly –- by using recycled yarn.

Recycled yarn can be purchased, but she takes more of a do-it-yourself approach, buying sweaters at thrift stores to unravel and reconfigure. Watching my mom and sister shop for sweaters to recycle is pretty funny. They barely look at the clothes, instead walking down the row and touching a sleeve of each sweater. If a garment feels soft enough to meet their standards, they’ll stop and examine it, looking at the color, the label (if it has one), and the seams.

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Recycled Note Of The Week: Moderne Motive

Every week or so we use this space to feature a recycled note or three from some of our favorite online sources. This week’s recycled note of the week comes from Moderne Motive, a shop that specializes in eco-friendly stationary and other fun paper goods.

I was instantly drawn to this shop because of the clean and lovey-dovey designs, and here’s where I show you my three favorites from the shop:

Psst, I love you…

– listing is for 1 card/envelope
– measures approximately 4.25” (W) x 5.5” (H) folded
– printed on 100lb FSC certified 100% PCW cover stock in cool white*
– partnered with a 80lb FSC certified 100% PCW envelope (A2) in cool white*

Krafty Hellos


From the seller:

This card set is perfect for everyday use.

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