Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mesh clutch purse

I made this bag out of 2 plastic bags and a one of those pieces of plastic mesh that the cutie satsumas are packaged in. The bag turned out pretty well, but there are a few parts of it that didn't. The mesh was pretty hard to work with but I think I'll do better with it in the future. So it wasn't really good enough to post on my etsy. But then I didn't know who to give it to so I thought, why not have a give away on the blog? Just comment on this post about your favorite post on this blog. I will enter you a second time if you tell somebody about this giveaway and they mention you in their comment. I will draw a winner on the eighth of January (of 2010!!!!)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

holiday green facts

  • if every American family wrapped just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
  • if everyone sent one card less, we would save 50,000 cubic yards of paper.
  • if every American family reused 2 feet of ribbon, we could tie a bow around the earth.

-Anna and T.Y.

Monday, December 21, 2009

what to do with your old nylons/ stockings/ pantyhose/ nylon stockings...

Hello dear people,

I realize we haven't had a particularly interesting post for quite some time. Of course, we have had Eleonor's Starbucks love thing, and my green holiday gifts post, but neither of those were things about what we have been doing. Alright, I will admit this is a roundup of uses for pantyhose/ nylons/ stockings/ etc. found on the Internet, but at least it's more than 20ish words.

Anyway, I shall proceed. So, my mom uses stockings/ nylons/ the most easy-to-get-holes in-things in the world for work, which means I have a pile of the things on my bedroom floor. Do not worry, it's not like she's dumping them on me. I actually specifically asked her to give them to me. I couldn't bear to see them, perfectly good pieces of fabric (at least to me), going to a landfill. I digress. I did a little bit of googling to bring to you, dear reader, the 10 best uses for old stockings/ yeah...I'm not writing that again.

1. Use the foot as a hairnet (only if there aren't any holes in the toes)

2. Use the foot to strain lumpy paint(then you have colorful pantyhose feet!)

3. stick the last little piece of a bar of soap in the foot and tie a knot so you can be green by being green!

short Q&A before we continue:

Q: did that make any sense to you?

A: No.

Q: is it possible to use more than just the foot of the nylons?

A: Of course it is!

4. reuse the elastic in the waist

5. If you drop something on the floor and you just can't find it, rubberband a little peice of pantyhose to the end of the vacume cleaner and vacume away! Whatever you dropped will stick to the fabric rather than go down into the deep, dark, stomach of the vacume cleaner. Expect to find all sorts of things you thought you had lost forever.

6. fold a leg into a nice little square and CLEAN stuff.

7. put a leg over a broom and be amazed at how much stuff is picked up that usually is ignored by your broom.

8. use little wads of the material to remove nail polish instead of using cotton balls.

9. put a peice of stocking over the bristles of your brush, and when your brush gets full of hair, you can just pull off the peice of fabric and with it comes your hair!

10. cut off the legs, tie them together, and knit or crochet with them!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Startbucks LOVE project

Hey peoples!
This is a really cool video by Starbucks! it raises awareness about AIDs. show it to EVERYONE you know! Here is the link:


it is so amazing how people from all over the world can come together to do something like this.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

random green tip #10

Pencil shavings are compostable, so empty your pencil sharpener in the yardwaste bin. Also, use hand powered pencil sharpeners whenever possible. Not only do they save energy, but they don't eat up your pencil as much so your pencils last longer!

random green tip #9

You can compost anything made out of natural fibers like cotton or wool. Preferably fabric with little or no chemicals.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

we have a pretty header!

Made by our very own Finn, we have an absolutely amazing new header. Also, thanks to Lindsey(our art teacher for those of you who don't know her) for teaching me how to put a picture on the header.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

random green tip #8

cotton and wool are compostable as long as you cut off any tags, elastic, ect. However, before you compost something, see if it can be given away or given to goodwill.