Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Monster Made Me Do It!

TOO Many Things Going On To Write Full Sentences!

*Had a warm and fun day in Crofton this past Saturday. Thanks to all the folks that braved the mid summer heat in April to come out. Had so much fun being next to Cat of Clay Monsters Pottery. She's cool and chill and has *GREAT* work. The above guy came home with me, but will be a gift for someone, not meant to stay with me. She and her husband make so....well, not cute, because monsters can't be cute, but approachable, creatures. I can't wait to get one for myself.

*The above little guy, Blazer, told me that having a fan page on Facebook is totally cool. So I made one. Go and check it out. I know you're there anyway, easy to click over.

*Still on~ email or comment on this post with your green earth saving tip. Two random winner will be selected to receive a re-usable Jen-A-Fusion Fashion Accessories shopping tote. Newland (above) is telling you to enter! He's nice, but don't make him mad...

Working working working on some new stock of little bags for this (wet) weekend in Richmond. Looking forward to it, even given the rain forecasted! Let your friends and family in the state capitol region know that Arts in the Park will be this weekend~Jen

**Green Tip**~I'm going bananas!

I have been bananas for bananas lately. Smoothies, on granola, ice cream, pudding, salads, the cat (kidding, just wanted to make sure you were still listening) However, I end up with some really brown and mushy specimens. Someone told me about this and it works pretty well. Cut up the bananas that are turning and put them in the freezer. I ended up putting them in a plastic container, with a piece of saran wrap in between layers. Then, you don't have one huge chunk. This allows you not to waste food!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Circles, Circles Everywhere, but not a Square, I think

Sunny Circles Purses~ Vinyl applique~ Works in progress

I am obsessed with circles, have been for a while now. I have always been more drawn to geometric patterns than to florals, but for the past year or so, it has narrowed down more to just circles.

Once in a while, an oval or marquee sneaks in there, then I get a new scarf with big red circles and BAM, I am making a great new purse with sunny cylindrical shapes.

Why? Perhaps it really is merely a pleasing image to me, but likewise, it could mean a lot more... I don't really know, maybe advertising has seeped into my brain. Images of the planet earth, our sun, and moon, both vital to our existence. The idea that 'everything that goes around comes around'. The interconnectedness of our society and life. Lion king and the circle of life? Crop hoax?

For many ancient civilizations, circles represent these things and so much more. The heavens, prosperity, fertility and hope were common themes when it comes to this shape. Very commonly known are Celtic symbols that abound with ornately interlocked circles. Other images from ancient runes are the peace symbol, yin yang and pentagram, each with its own positive or negative connotations, or sometimes, both.

During an internet search for "circles ancient meanings" I found According to them, "To earth-centered religions throughout represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space."

For whatever reason I feel drawn to this circular image, I think I'll keep working with it and have it around me. Now, more than ever, do we need to honor the earth and create a 'sacred space' for ourselves.


And, what a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by entering a contest! Ok, so it is a bribe, but it is also a great way for you to challenge yourself to become one step closer to be a 'greenie'.

Now, through the end of the month, I will be taking earth saving tips from people. Each tip gets you entered into the contest. This means you can enter as many times as you would like. Two winners will receive Jen-A-Fusion Re-usable Shopping totes, that can be taken to the farmers market, the drugstore, the beach, wherever!

I would show you a picture of them, but I haven't made them! So, this is a challenge for me as well, to create these bags. However, I will tell you that they will be made from 100% recycled materials, dark green cotton or nylon, with longish straps and a hand-printed logo. A variety of shapes and sizes will be available. Once I have a bunch made, they will be for sale at all my markets, $8 each, or $5 with a purchase of another item.

More about the contest: Friends and Family are able to win, encouraged to enter. You can enter by leaving a comment to this or any other post. Or, by emailing me at The eco tips can be anything that helps reduce, recycle and reuse. You don't have to do this yourself, but it does have to be green.

Tips will be posted here in the future! It will be fun to see what people have to suggest. Happy tip hunting!~Jen

GREEN TIP~ Create Your Own Water Saving Toilet!

I am not original. I know this. I put my own spin on things, but I'm not really an inventor. I am a solver, which often means taking someone else's idea and making it different, sometimes better. I entered a contest much like this a few years back and won "Big Green Purse". Here was part of my entry into that contest~

Make your own water saving toilet. Fill up a large water jug or juice bottle. Take the lid off the back of the toilet. Flush the toilet (best to do at a time when you need to flush, not wasting the water) and place the bottle/jug in the tank as it is filling up. Now, every flush will use that much less water. Great solution for older models and eco-renters.