Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Metal Frame Purse Challenge~

Folks, I 'm a little embarrassed to admit, but I'm a tad scared!

Christopher, the manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company's gift shops, approached me about making some coin satchels using metal purse frames. I have never used them before in my life! However, I do like some challenges, so I *finally* ordered a few frames and set about trying to figure out how to make these bags.

I ordered a small variety of frames from CottonTouch on Etsy. They were coming all the way from Thailand, but were great prices and most items had free shipping. I just had to wait three weeks... well, yesterday, the box arrived. I was excited to see what they looked like and try to make them work. The fact that the box didn't have tape, but was tied with string was intriguing...I got everything I ordered, though, so the sender seems to know what she's doing.

I found some pretty clear and well illustrated instructions online about how to make these cute little bags from U-Handbags. Now, I just have to get to it!

Off to make some bags~ I'll post photos when I'm finished~Jen

Green Tip~ Get help from some friends~

You *want* to get better with your environmental habits, but it is just toooooo much to figure out yourself. You need someone(s) to figure it out for you ans compile it, right? Right! There are many, many books, websites and other resources to find out what to do, buy, go and not, that will make your new year's resolutions much easier...

Some of my favorites:

The Big Green Purse~
Also a book, this site has updates on products that help and hurt you and your family, new inventions and *very simple* lifestyle changes that have a big impact.

Forecast Earth~
News, science and debate advancing sustainable life on a changing planet.

Eco- Chick~
LOTS of great resources for the modern, stylist, earth focused woman. Don't want to eat only bulgar and wear hemp sack dresses? You can find solutions to your issues, get feedback from others and become more educated.

And, my most recent favorite~

The Lazy Environmentalist~
"Discover easy, stylish and super convenient ways to green your lifestyle". And, their logo is a green arm chair. Doesn't this say it all??

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dancin' on a Love Train in the Street~

Photo By Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post
I'm to the far left.

I have been practicing dancing in the streets by taking Salsa dancing classes at the Chevy Chase Ballroom with Willie Hendricken. It is so much fun so far, but we have only done it in class...not had real life dance floor fun. However, I might have the chance tomorrow!

I didn't go to the concert yesterday, but I plan to go to the parade. Long johns, down coat, hats, scarves and of course a camera!


Ever notice how people- the media, individuals, me- use oldies songs for celebration when great historic events come along. I was just listening to 'Love Train' by The O'Jays.

"People all over the world
Join hands
Start a love train, love train
People all over the world
Join hands
Start a love train, love train"

Doesn't this just say it all? No matter your personal politics, one can't deny this truly historic happening. Being here in the DC area, there is a buzz, a vibration of excitement. (Or is that helicopters?) I went to two inauguration parties on Saturday night and everyone was so pumped. As my friend Jenny said, "I'm so proud to be an American." I know many people who feel the same way.

I don't know if I truly feel this, but I do feel excited to be here and be a part of it. ....What will tomorrow bring? A love train, I hope...

Look for me in the crowd shots~Jen

Green Tip~
When planning your inauguration party, if you are going to use 'disposable' plates, forks and cups, buy and use biodegradable items. According to WorldCentric, "The latest reports indicate that the planet's bio-capacity has already been exceeded by 20%." You can do your part in helping to get our consumption under control. Wouldn't it be great to start the new year by turning a new leaf?
Why vote for change if you don't live for it?...

Monday, January 5, 2009

I just gave birth to Etsy twins!

New year, new Etsy Mom!

Just like many people out there, I am putting my energies into new things for this new year.

So, today, I just opened two new Etsy shops! will feature vintage fashions for the body and home. It will has clothing, accessories, home decor, knick knacks and other assorted vintage yummies! will feature fun and usable supplies to rock out your art. This could include vintage fabric, buttons, paints, trims and the like.

These, along with, makes me a busy mom, taking care of these twins and a toddler. ;) However, I commit to try to post one or more items on each site, every day, at least to get started and get some items up.

Stay tuned, I have some really funky leather platforms, handworked vintage lace, shell buttons, 70's belts, bright orange candy dishes, fruity glasses...what else?! Who knows...

Oh, and, I will be posting more of my own, handcrafted items up, like these great new convertible hats I whipped up in mid-December. More fingerless gloves, polar fleece scarves, jazzy bags...

Here's the down low~ ~Where Earth, Art and Fashion Collide! ~ Vintage Fashions for the body and home. Supplies to rock out your art.

Thanks for looking~Jen

Green Tip~
From "Green Office News" E-letter from Greenline Paper Company

It is often said that the first thing we should do to green our offices is to use recycled paper. Real recycled paper that is, not just 30% recycled as the EPA defines. The fight against global warming now includes keeping paper out of landfills where it creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Much of our landfill-headed paper could be diverted and made into quality, 100% recycled copier paper--now that's recycling!"

Sunday, January 4, 2009



Stay tuned for new and exciting things ahead!~Jen