Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A New Chapter

I have officially started a little side business, and I'm super excited/nervous/anxious/giddy about it.  My husband and I have just closed on our house, as of yesterday, so everything is kind of happening at once.  We are looking for land, building a house soon, all while moving our whole home, and moving in with my parents.  *GULP*  I know it will ALL work out, but it will just take some time.  In the meantime I am currently working on recovering some chairs for a client, and I am really excited to see how they turn out. I will post pictures soon. Now that we have officially closed on the house, I feel like I can breathe a bit and be creative again. 

Another way I am trying to relax a bit is by learning to crochet.  I found this video on Extreme Crochet--I hear a monster truck announcer in my head as I type that--EXTREME CROCHET.  It really helps me, being a visual learner and all, to see it on such a large scale.  The video teaches how to make a granny square, which I adore. They have such a sweet appearance and are very versatile.  I hope to make a pin cushion soon with one.  Click on the pic below and it will take you to the video so you can learn for yourself.  I hope you all have an amazing day!  Do something that makes you happy!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Different Way to Wrap

  A Different Way to Wrap

It’s a scene most of us can see in our heads—a room full of wrapping paper and boxes on Christmas morning.  It’s something I remember fondly from my childhood.  It was almost part of the fun of the day, to have the huge mess afterwards.  Now that I’m older though, this mess feels like a very wasteful one.  I want to talk about a way to still have the fun of unwrapping the joys of the season, without it all going in the trash.  

As much as half of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume every year goes toward packaging, wrapping and decorating goods. Also, wrapping paper and shopping bags alone account for about 4 million tons of trash annually in the U.S.  These numbers were pretty staggering to me.  “But I recycle my gift wrap, so it’s ok,” I would think to myself.  Unfortunately though, I found out that it can often be difficult to find a location to recycle your wrapping paper because the materials are typically non-recyclable.  So even though I’ve been sending my wrapping paper to my city’s recycling facility, they may not even have the ability to process it.  According to this site, there are quite a few reasons why the paper usually cannot be recycled. 
  • Wrapping paper is often dyed and laminated.
  • It can also contain non-paper additives, such as gold and silver coloring, glitter and plastics.
  • It can be very thin and contain few good quality fibers for recycling.
  • It usually has tape on it from the gift wrapping.
Some cities and organizations do recycle wrapping paper or hold large collections each year. Check with your local recycler to see what is accepted in your program.

Now let’s talk about the many, many different ways you can wrap a gift instead of the usual wrapping paper.  My personal favorite is a fabric bag.  I promise it’s not difficult, and it makes the gift so much more special.  Here is a super simple tutorial on how to make one.  The great thing about it is that you can even reuse the same bags for years to come.  And you’re also spreading the idea to your friends and family to do the same with their gift-giving.  Another great tool in wrapping is using butcher/craft paper.  It’s super cheap, recyclable and so versatile.  You can write on it, stamp it and even sew on it—see this blog.  You can also use newspaper, paper bags and so much more.  Here is a great blog that has ten gorgeous ideas!  Paper tags are even a breeze with the help of this blog, which has free printables.  I also LUV this idea of a paper ribbon that doubles as a name tag!  

Another plus to wrapping in a different way is the savings.  Consumers can save big when it comes to dollars, and the planet, if they reduce their consumption of the non-recyclable materials that are normally used. According to Eco-Chick.com, if every American family wrapped just three presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.  Again…staggering.  So use those resources that are available and be creative and smart with your gift wrapping this holiday season.  Go green!  *Click on the pics at the top for even more ideas!*