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Holiday | The Green Beagle

Reclaimed, Upcycled & Recycled Holiday Gift List

I came across some home decor items recently that I love! These reclaimed items make some of the cutest gifts for the holiday season.  These particular ones are all handmade and made in the U.S.A.  Etsy is a wonderful place to find items like this and you are helping support the Handmade Holiday, Shop Small, and Shop Local movements I am sure you have been seeing around.  I hope you enjoy the items I have found as much as I have finding them.  All of these items were found at Maiden Long Island’s Etsy shop. They currently have a coupon code GIFTS14 to receive 20% off of your purchase of $5 or more. Offer valid today through December 7th.

 

 

Recycled Glass Pendants

Recycled Glass Sugar Skull Pendants

I love these Recycled Glass Sugar Skull pendants! They are one of a kind and just plain perfect. The pendants have been made from recycled glass and melted at a high heat to form a smooth surface.The skulls on the pendant are flawless beautiful. The designs of the skulls are very intricate. The pendants are $15 a piece

 

 

 

Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired Screen Frame

Shabby Chic Vintage Inspired Screen Frame

 

 

 

 

How adorable is this reclaimed frame! Once a picture frame this gorgeous shabby chic design frame has been upcycled and turned into a super fab jewelry organizer! Hang earrings, necklaces or even hair accessories on it. You can even use it as a piece of decor and hang it where ever you want. This is a great idea for old or broken frames. Instead of throwing them away make them useful! This frame in particular is only $20. This is a very versatile gift that many people would love.

 

 

 

 

Reclaimed Vintage Framed Chalkboard

Reclaimed Vintage Framed Chalkboard

 

 

 

 

It seems that chalkboards are all the rage. I have seen them everywhere and on everything. I would think giving one as a holiday gift would be a wonderful idea. Maybe even as a gag gift for a teacher! Who knows! This particular vintage inspired frame makes for a perfect sized chalkboard to hang in your home for a to-do list or even more important a chore list, daily reminders, even for recipes while cooking. This frame is $25!!

 

 

 

Olaf Painted Vinyl

Olaf Painted Vinyl

 

 

 

 

Another super popular holiday them is Frozenof course. I know everyone needs, wants and must have. This is a lovely item that is not only very adorable it is also upcycled. This is a hand painted Olaf the snowman on an old vinyl record. This is an exceptional idea. Use it as a wall hanging or find clock parts and BOOM a clock for your home. The artist also takes custom orders so choose anything you want.

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

Earth Day 2013

 

Happy Earth Day Greenies!!!! It is the 43rd annual Earth Day and we should all be celebrating. Not with a party or making a mess but with intelligence. Today make sure you let everyone you come across know what day it is. Try to learn something new about how you can help our world be a better place. Everyone, including this Beagle right here can give you all of the tips and ideas on how to make your Earth Day/everyday greener and more Earth friendly but the only real answer to helping is education. Today to celebrate you should try to show someone who generally doesn’t know about or care about the holiday why it is so important. Even if you can convince them to make one tiny change in their life that is more than enough.

Also make a point of educating yourself. Learn something new about being greener and try to implement that in your daily routine.  All of the fun activities and books and green purchases are great but if you aren’t keeping yourself educated what is the point.  It is easy to forget or be complacent especially when you see others not making an effort.  Ideally we should consider everyday Earth Day but on days like today we should make a point of letting our green show!  Make a point today of letting people know what day it is and share even the smallest tid bit of greenness with them.  Sharing is caring!!!

Great Easter Greeting Card

Thumpers Easter Greeting Card

Thumpers Easter Greeting Card

 

 

I have been seeing this craft around everywhere and really like it. I think this is a super fun project that makes really creative ideas. Easter has a ton of pretty colors to make fun swirls out of. If you have any kind of paper that you have been wanting to use and didn’t know what to do with it now here is your chance. I found this great Easter project from one of my favorite websites FamilyFun.com

 

 

 

Supplies:

Note card or cardstock folded into a card
Construction paper or other lightweight colored paper
Scissors
Craft scissors (optional)
White glue or glue stick
Paintbrush with a thin handle or wooden kitchen skewer
Toothpick
Colored pencil
Buttons (for added decor if you like)
Glitter (because why not)
Ribbons (if you feel your card could use them)

Directions:

1. First, create a simple landscape scene on the note card by cutting grassy hills and/or patches of garden soil from the colored paper and gluing them in place. Or, have your child draw or color a scene.

2. Now you’re ready to start quilling. To create the rabbit, begin by cutting strips from the colored paper that measure 1/4-inch wide and about 12 inches long. You’ll need 5 gray or brown ones, 3 white or tan ones, and 2 pink ones.

3. Glue the ends of 2 gray or brown strips together to form a single extra long strip. (Note: A toothpick comes in handy for applying the glue.) Wrap that strip around the paintbrush handle or skewer.

4. Slide the finished coil off the handle or skewer and let it expand into a circle that’s about 1 1/4 inch in diameter. Apply a drop of glue to the end of the strip and stick it in place. Gently pinch the top of the circle to form a raindrop shape. This will serve as the rabbit’s body.

5. Next, use a 12-inch strip to make a 3/4-inch circle and use it to create a teardrop shape for the rabbit’s head. Tear an 8-inch length from another strip and make a smaller teardrop for the rabbit’s foreleg. Set the remaining gray or brown strips aside for now.

6. For each of the rabbit’s ears, coil one of the pink strips into a circle and then pinch both the top and bottom. If you like, wrap a piece from the remaining gray or brown strips around each ear and use a couple spots of glue to secure it.

7. Use 2 of the white or tan strips to create the rabbit’s large hind feet in the same manner you did the ears.

8. Finally, use an 8-inch length from the remaining white or tan strip to coil a small tight circle for the tail.

9. For carrots, coil strips of orange paper (6 to 8 inches long). Pinch the bottom of the circle and then pinch the upper circle in two places. For carrot tops, simply fold short strips of green paper in half to form a V shape. Apply a bit of glue near the fold to hold the shape and then loosely coil the ends of the strip.

10. For the finishing touches, add a big round sun to the upper corner of the card. Then draw motion lines under one of the rabbit’s feet so that he appears to be “thumping,” and have your child print his or her holiday greeting inside.

Being Thankful 2012

Ethical Thanksgiving

Ethical Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and I am beyond excited. This is a great time for the family to get together and spend time. I feel like we get so consumed with cooking and entertaining that we forget to just be thankful. I know you have all of these options to buy less, cook less, use less, recycle more, reuse and reduce but what about remembering what this pretend holiday was invented for. In all of the confusion and orders we forget to be thankful for all of the good we have. We forget that we are lucky enough to have a holiday devoted to being thankful where that option is valid for us.
I know I can sit here and tell you all of the wonderful ways you can be green and save our environment but what I think we all forget is the spirit of tomorrow and what we can all do to be thankful.
Be glad you have people to spend the holiday with. Be happy you have food to enjoy and most of all enjoy the memories that Thanksgiving will create. Those are things that stay with you and what make holidays worth having. Even if your family annoys you, stresses you, makes you cry they are yours and you can make the best of it. Be thankful this year for everything you do have and for anything you want to have or be.

Green Halloween 2012, Tell Me Your Ideas

Green Halloween 2012

Green Halloween 2012

It’s that time of year again! One of my most favorite holidays of the year and one of the most wasteful holidays as well. We all know to recycle our decorations, swap or handmake costumes and purchase things with as little packaging and wrapping as possible. As educated Greenies we also know to make sure if we have to make a purchase to make it as ethical as possible. So what are some other ideas for making your Halloween green? I am fresh out to be honest. I have searched far and wide and besides the endless list of craft ideas I don’t see much but the same recycled information. So this time I am asking my faithfull Greenies to give me ideas! I want to know what you do or what you think we can all do to make our Halloween more ethical! No idea is to small or silly! I want to hear them all.

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

2012 Tips For Greening Your 4th

 

 

The 4th of July is upon us again. I have been scouring blogs, articles and newscasts to find new green tips for your 4th. Here are some things that have been mentioned before and some new things I didn’t even think of.

1.We know Fireworks are no beuno! Besides the noise that scares outdoor animals and are harmful for the environment not to mention dangerous, did you also know that the 4th of July is the #1 day pets run away? I was unaware but I did recently find this out.

2.You know to make sure to use reusable/recyclable utensils for the event. If you are having a big party there is no need to have big garbage. There are plenty of affordable options for serving.

3.Make as little waste as possible. Give away left overs and don’t over cook. I know for parties people are always concerned about not having enough food. Purchase items you and your family will eat even after the holiday. You don’t have to make everything right now all at once. Make food in shifts. If people are still hungry you can always make more. You also don’t have to leave all of the food out. People will eat just because food is sitting there. Put out smaller portions. You can save on money and waste.

4. No one likes bug and this time of year there are plenty especially when there is food around. Try using natural insect repellents such as natural citronella candles, or essential oils such as cinnamon, castor oil, rose geranium and orange oil. You can find plenty of DIY repellent recipes online.

5. You know going local, organic and as meat free as possible is a great way to lower your carbon foot print. Make sure to do your best to adhere to those rules but also remember having to travel a far distance or spending money on expensive products sort of defeats the purpose so be reasonable with your decisions.

6. As your evening winds down you will be tempted to turn on all sorts of lights and light all kinds of fires. As tempting as fire side snacks seem there are many carcinogens released into the air depending on what you are using to start this fire. Use natural products ie plain old wood from your back yard. The same goes for the charcoal on your grill people, propane is a much more green alternative! Keep solar lights handy. If they are already outside of your house during the day you won’t need to turn on any additional lights. You can save on your energy bill as well.

7. Hand make and save your decorations. If you must purchase decor then go for sturdier options that will last for years instead of ones that might get ruined or not last the day. Making the decorations is a super fun option and activity everyone can share in. You can make it a fun family tradition.

Green Gifts For Dad

Green Father's Day

Green Father's Day

 

 

Father’s Day is almost here and I thought some of you might need some assistance in finding great green ideas for dad that aren’t ties. I know my dad always appreciates small things that are creative and from the heart like most parents but there is no reason you can’t go green too.

1. Try fixing something of his that is broken. I am sure your father has something/s lying around that he has been meaning to get fixed. If you can fix it do it. If not find someone who can.

2. Make him a craft out of things your father loves from around the house. I don’t mean to take apart his gadgets or hobbies but if you know there are certain colors, materials, products etc he favors why not make him something he can truly enjoy. Creativity can help you save money and share a moment with dear old dad.

3. Bamboo Wall art at 40% off from Paper Culture. Use ‘BAMBOODAD’ at checkout. Ends June 3rd. Shop today!

4. Save Green For Father’s Day! Get $10 Off ANY $50+ Order at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!

5. Save $15 on SolarGorilla Portable Charger for Netbooks, Laptops and phones.

6. 15% off Everything in the Eco Coffee Shop

7. Spend $5 on GiftsWithHumanity.com for free. No minimum purchase or catch. Just enter the $5 off coupon code at checkout and get $5 on us.

8. Does your Father like wine? Get him a sample pack of Organic Wines for Father’s Day.

9. Do dad’s regular house chores like outdoor work or maybe the garbage.  Even dad’s don’t like doing them and they deserve a day off.

10.  Good ol’ breakfast in bed is always a pleaser.  Make your dad his favorite meal out of green and local products.  Why not bring all of his meals to him for the day.  Get dad his favorite snacks and foods to enjoy on is special day.

Happy May May Day

May Day

May Day

Don’t laugh but I know I have heard of May Day but to be honest I had no idea what it was. Today I decided to Wiki it. This is what the almighty Wiki says:

Traditional May Day celebrations

May Day is related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic festival of Walpurgis Night. May Day falls exactly half a year from November 1, another cross-quarter day which is also associated with various northern European pagan and the year in the Northern hemisphere, and it has traditionally been an occasion for popular and often raucous celebrations.
As Europe became Christianized, the pagan holidays lost their religious character and either changed into popular secular celebrations, as with May Day, or were merged with or replaced by new Christian holidays as with Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and All Saint’s Day. In the twentieth century, many neopagans began reconstructing the old traditions and celebrating May Day as a pagan religious festival again.
Origins
The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. It is also associated with the Gaelic Beltane. Many pagan celebrations were abandoned or Christianized during the process of conversion in Europe. A more secular version of May Day continues to be observed in Europe and America. In this form, May Day may be best known for its tradition of dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. Various Neopagan groups celebrate reconstructed (to varying degrees) versions of these customs on May 1st.
The day was a traditional summer holiday in many pre-Christian European pagan cultures. While February 1 was the first day of Spring, May 1 was the first day of summer; hence, the summer solstice on June 25 (now June 21) was Midsummer. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary’s month, and in these circles May Day is usually a celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this connection, in works of art, school skits, and so forth, Mary’s head will often be adorned with flowers in a May crowning. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours’ doorsteps.

Personally I see this as being quite interesting…celebrating nature…I know a scary concept but I like it.  I like the idea of celebrating nature and spring.  It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside so today I will say Happy May Day and spread the warmth!

Eco-Lovely V-Day Gifts

I was perusing some of my fave stores to find some gifts I would like to receive on this day of our love Feb, 14,2012 and I think I found some super awesome stuff! Don’t forget you can show your love while shopping responsibly! Love your Valentine and our Planet!!

Aromatherapy Gift Set Candles

Aromatherapy Gift Set Candles

 

Set the mood for your romantic evening with these super cute beeswax candles!The gift sets scents are Harmony (Lavender & Geranium), Rapture (Patchouli & Cassia) and Sensuality (Palmarosa & Geranium). Talk about great combo right! Beeswax is a renewable resource that cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions. Who knew right? BuyGreen.com – Your Trusted Source for great Valentine’s Gifts

Gerbera Daisies

Gerbera Daisies

 

 

I’m not a fan of roses but Organic Bouquet offers a wide array of beautiful bouquets to choose from. You can never go wrong with flowers on this awesome holiday. Organic Bouquet is the place to go if you do go the flower route. They harvest their flowers sustainably and even ship them greenly. Eco-Elegant Valentines Day Flowers & Gifts Starting At $29.95- OrganicBouquet.com!

Valentine's Ganache

Valentine's Ganache

 

 

Is there any better way to tell someone you love them then by giving them chocolate? I am pretty sure not! These beautifully hand panted chocolates are filled with super delish cherry puree, made from organic ingredients. Organic Bouquet never goes wrong with great eco-gifts!Free Gourmet Chocolates with Purchase of One Dozen Sweet Romance Roses! OrganicBouquet.com!

Organic Truffles & Sangria Lovebird

Organic Truffles & Sangria Lovebird

 

 

Ok jewelry and chocolate that is probably the winningest combo for a V-day gift ever! From War to Peace has packed up their amazing Peace Jewelry and combined it with organic truffles! Omg to die I say to die!! Get yours fast before the day of love is over!

Great Green Gifts for Her

The holidays are right around the corner and in case you are wondering what she wants here is a small list of awesomeness that I know I want and I am sure she will love too!!
Remember if you must purchase please do so as greenly as possible! I know it is difficult and some people you know and love my still be boycotting the green scene but try to change their minds!

Kaia House Gift Guide I have recently stumbled upon Kaia House and their gift guide has gifts for everyone at excellent prices! Kaia House bath and body gifts look soo delish I cannot wait to try them for myself so I know she will love them too!!

Save up to 40% off on Last Minute Gift Sets forHer. Find exactly what you need at Juara.  I have written about a few of  Jaura’s amazing products like their Coffee Body Scrub which is totes to die for! Juara offers an amazing selection of  Vegetarian skin and body care products that smell and feel sooo good! Perfect for any lady that likes pampering!

Pure Citizen or LovingEco are two of my fave places to shop and play! If you have seen all of the VIP sites like Beyond the Rack, Gilt or even Shoe Dazzle which sell fur, leather and other animal bits & pieces where you know the merchandise is less than ethical LovingEco & Pure Citizen are much better options! She can choose from cosmetics, accessories, clothes and even make donations if she chooses!! Get her a gift certificate from LovingEco and she will have regular access to soo many amazing ethical/green brands!

Fun gifts for her from Ecoist I know you are probably convinced that I work for Ecoist but I do not! I just love their accessories! If she isn’t in to purses look at their accessories or creative home decor ideas! I promise she won’t be disappointed if you get her a gift from here! Shoot even a gift certificate might just be the ticket!

FREE UPS GROUND Shipping From 12/8 Thru 12/19 On Any Order Now At Coyuchi.com! Click Here! Have you ever slept on organic cotton sheets? If not you needs to ASAP. They are the smoothest, comfiest, classiest sheets I have ever dreamed on! I promise you she will love them too! Easy to clean, great to sleep on and clearly excellent for the environment!

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