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Happy Holiday Snow Globes

Happy Holiday Snow Globes

Happy Holiday Snow Globes

I really like giving handmade gifts, they are much more special than anything you can buy. This season is perfect for handmade gifting as most people usually have a long list to get for! You can usually give handmade gifts to teachers, co-workers, friends, neighbors, friends and family members!. I have been seeing DIY snow globes and ornaments all over the place lately even in jewelry. I thought this was the perfect gift idea because you can totally personalize the gift. You can put a little something extra in there that is perfect for the receiver. I changed a few things around but found this super cute project here if you want the original project.

Supplies:
Empty baby food jars
Mini fake trees (or any other decorations you might be able to use)
Goo Gone or Rubbing Alcohol
Glycerin
Glass and Bead glue or Epoxy
Glitter
Distilled water

Directions:
1. Remove the labels off the jars and clean off the glue with Goo Gone. You can also rubbing alcohol as well.
2. Spray paint the lids gold {or desired color}.
3. Put a little glue on both the inside of the lid and the bottom of the fake tree. Allow to dry for 1-2 minutes and then press the tree onto the lid.
4. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
4. Add about 1 teaspoon of glitter into each jar.
5. Fill with distilled water and add 5 drops of Glycerin. {5 drops seemed to work the best.} Screw the lid {with the tree} onto the top and you’ve got yourself the cutest mini snow globe ever!

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/baby-food-jar-snow-globes-tutorial

December 2013 Save Your Green!


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The holidays are here and as per usual I am late with your amazing deals and discounts. I have been so super busy and I am beyond sorry for neglecting my wonderful greenies!! I will do my best to bring you some of the best deals I can find to help you save as much as you can this holiday season! Happy Holidays Greenies!!! I hope everyone has everything they have ever wanted already but if you don’t let me help a little!!

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Gordon Set of 3 Multicolor Jeweled Handcrafted Candleholders

 

How beautiful are these candle holders!!  When I first saw them I thought they were made from recycled magazines but they are actually made from mango wood.  Mango wood is considered the new bamboo because of its ability to renew itself.  It isn’t hard enough to be used as flooring but can have many other decorative uses.  Apparently once a mango tree reaches 5 ft in diameter and over 90ft tall it no longer bears fruit.   The Gordon Jeweled Candle Holders are great for a gift or to decorate your home.  They can go with almost any color scheme.  The candle holders are a bit on the pricey side but for sustainable handcrafted home decor the price is quite reasonable.

Product Description: These eco friendly and exotic candle holders feature bright jewel tone accents. Spice up any setting!
Mango Wood is a sustainable wood. Asian farmers plant this tree for its fruit, which is picked and exported. Only when the tree stops producing fruit does it get timbered.

- Made by Gordon
- Each holds 1 pillar candle (not included)
- Large: 10″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Medium: 8″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Small: 6″ high x 4.5″ diameter
- Made of Mango Wood

 

RSVP International – Endurance Stemless Wine Glasses

I received these as a gift for the holidays and am sooo in love! Stemless wine glasses are my favorite! In my eyes yo ucan never go wrong with giving party type gifts. RSVP International wine glasses are made of stainless steel making them green and sustainable. You can even recycle them if ever you need. Save 50% on the Eco Friendly Product of the Week at GreenCupboards.com. Shop Now!
Product Description: Limit 2 per customer. These wine glasses – minus the stem – are beautiful for serving red or white wine while holding the beverage’s temperature longer than glass or crystal. Made from 18/8 stainless steel with a beautiful satin finish exterior, mirror interior and 18-ounce capacity. Use them not only for wine, but also for juice and frozen drinks. Perfect for use at the poolside, on a boat, camping or on picnics! The glasses have an 18 oz. capacity, keep white wine chilled longer. They can be used not only for wine, but also for juice and frozen drinks. RSVP stemless wine glasses are dishwasher safe.
What Makes these Green (from the site)

Mission
RSVP International strives to make quality products that are eco-friendly, safe for culinary use and long-lasting.

Why Stainless Steel?
Stainless steel is rust resistant because of its chromium content. Since stainless steel doesn’t rust or corrode like other metals and because the metals in stainless steel (nickel, chromium, molybdenum) don’t leak into your food when heated, dented or scratched, stainless steel products are used and recommended by chefs all around world. Stainless steel is a durable metal that keeps its integrity longer than most other cooking materials so you can keep your cooking utensils longer while adding less to landfills. Although many people don’t know this, stainless steel is 100% recyclable unlike many other cooking materials. In fact, on average 60% of the metal in each stainless steel product is obtained from recycling. It can be melted down and recycled, while other materials usually get put into land fills due to a lack of recycling facilities or an inability to recycle certain materials.They make products that stand the test of time, reusability is essential.
RSVP recycles and composts at their manufacturing facility whenever possible, keeping cardboard boxes and paper out of landfills. They have a large container/crusher that they call Chewboxa. Once Chewboxa is full, it is taken to a local recycling center for processing. RSVP is also conscious of their use of plastic and paper in the packaging of products. They use as little as possible while still sufficiently protecting products from damage.
RSVP analyzes green trends in order to make eco-friendly products of the future, available now. For instance, RSVP has been making their stainless steel one gallon composter since 2000, long before composting was so popular.

Banana Honey Dog Treats

Brie's Banana and Honey Dog Treats

Banana Honey Dog Treats

 

The holidays are as usual a time of giving but can get expensive! A thoughtful gift for someone who you don’t know what to give or for pet lovers is homemade dog treats. I always find it more thoughtful to make a gift. I know we are all very busy this time of year so here is a simple recipe that is healthy for the pooches. Our pets take such good care of us it is only right for us to show them appreciation during the time of year when everyone is spending time with their loved ones.
I found this recipe here at Allrecipies.com which had a variety of other simple dog treats to choose from.

 

 

 

Ingredients:
2 Cups of Water
2 Organic Bananas Mashed
2 Tbs Raw Honey
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Organic Egg
4 1/4 Cups Organic Flour (adjust for any allergies)
1 Tsp Baking Powder

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Lightly grease 2 large baking sheets.
3. Combine water, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla, and egg in a large bowl.
4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
5. Beat dough with an electric mixer on medium speed until ingredients are thoroughly combined for about 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky, 5 to 8 minutes.
7. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness and cut into mini shapes with your favorite cookie cutter.
8. Place dough shapes on prepared baking sheets.
9. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
10. Turn off the oven and leave cookies until thoroughly dry and crisp, 30 to 40 more minutes.
11. Remove baking sheets from oven and allow cookies to cool on pans for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to fully cool.

 

 

Get Ethical For Kids This Holiday Season

The holidays are coming up once again and gift buying is clearly in full swing. If you have to make purchases you know I always say to make them ethical. I have found quite a few really cute gift ideas that won’t hurt your wallet or our environment. Gift giving shouldn’t just be about having stuff, they should be meaningful. Make your presents have a statement. You could help recruit a new greenie or even just open someones eyes. Being ethical says you care for not only for our environment but the person you are giving the gift to.

Clean Spirited features Free Range by Autonomie Project EcoFriendly Organic Kids Bib

 

How cute is this bib seriously!!! I want one for myself. I am not at all afraid to admit I too can sometimes get messy when I eat. Autonomie Project’s  made with 100% organic, Fair Trade certified cotton. The bib was stitched in a fair trade facility with high ethical standards.

 

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Did you say edible face paint? Yes please! Wee Can Too’s edible art supplies are seriously some of the funnest ideas ever for art supplies. I am not sure why this company isn’t taking over the world but that is another article. What kids don’t like getting their faces painted. The paints are made using plant dyes and can be used on the face, body and even as regular paint on paper or projects. This is a great gift for even adults.

 

 

KidKraft Children's Fire Hydrant Night Stand

 

I think the KidKraft Fire Hydrant Night Stand is just a super cool night stand. It ships for free which is amazing and is only $60! The night stand is made from rubberwood which is ecologically sustainable timber making it an eco friendly choice! The bright colors and design of the hydrant are super fun. The stand has plenty of storage space.

Natural Train Letters – made in USA

How fun is this!!!??? You can get the train personalized! Growing up nothing ever had my name on it and I was always disappointed after searching endlessly and my name would never be there. I am not sure why personalized gifts are always so exciting but I feel like it adds a little something to the purchase.
You can show your support for the planet with an ethical and safe toy for your child or if you are giving it as a gift. You can never go wrong with that! The Name Train is also made in the USA which as you know is becoming more and more important by the day. Support our country and products made in it. The more we purchase the more opportunity we have to bring manufacturing back to our nation.  You can also recycle the train when you are finished with it.
You can use up to 8 letters which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Get a personalized Name Train. Engine, caboose, and 3 letters of your choice (add more letters for $4.75 each)
Ages 3+, made from hard maple with non-toxic finish.
Made in USA

You can find this an other great items at Our Green House.

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

Conch Shell Succulents

 

 

I was looking for some summer crafts to do since we decided against our garden this year as our outdoor fuzzy friends refuse to even give the garden a chance and everything we have tried doesn’t keep them out. I still love me some greenery and didn’t want to slack while the weather is so nice. I have been seeing succulents and succulent projects all over the place.  After much searching I have found a project that I love love love!!
Since it is summer and I know everyone knows at least one person who goes to the beach regularly and collects shells why not make great use of them. You have used sea shells as decorations before but why not as a planter right? This is an excellent way to upcycle! You can give the the conch shell planters away as gifts, do it as a party craft or even save it for next school year for a craft project. Conch shell planters can make beautiful decorations for inside or outside of your home. You can brighten up your office even! Here is all you have to do:
1. get and clean a conch shell
2. buy a pot or if you already have a pot of succulents you can use them
3. spoon

Make sure your conch shell is clean and big enough to give your succulent room to breath. You can really use any plant you want if succulents aren’t your thing.  I am really into the look of succulents lately here in NY you don’t really see them very often as decor.  I really like the look of them and there happens to be a wide variety to work with. Use your spoon to gently dig the plant out by the roots.  Once the roots and plant are out add a little soil to the bottom of the shell to make sure the roots will be covered.  Add the plant then the rest of the soil.  Make sure the soil and plant are packed tight enough to not fall out and there you have it! Your conch shell planter is ready.  I have seen some crafts where you can add wire or twine to hang the planter which is also a super cute idea!

 

Since Dads Are Often Cheesy

Since Dads Are Often Cheesy

Since Dads Are Often Cheesy

 

Fathers Day is around the corner and you know how they love handmade gifts from their loved ones. Handmade gifts and ties right? They always want ties. Here is a creative and yummo way to show Dad that you love him.

Ingredients:
Organic rectangle shaped crackers
Organic sliced cheeses (you can use any kind even possibly spreadable but that might get messy)
Organic red or green bell pepper
Organic pepperoni (you can use vegetarian pepperoni as well)
Organic sliced cold cuts (you can use vegetarian cold cuts as well)
Organic scallions
Organic yellow mustard
Organic olives (green or yellow)

 

Directions:

1. For each shirt, top a cracker with a rectangle of cheese or cold cut.
2. Next, cut shirt details, such as a collar, pocket, tie, or button seam, out of olives, cheese, peppers, cold cuts or pepperoni.
3. Use thinly sliced scallions or dots of yellow mustard for buttons.
4. Get creative with it. You can make other things as well that remind you of dad. Cut out a wallet or a mug maybe a television.

Dad will get a kick out of your creativeness. It will be yummy too. You can try other foods such as hot dogs, pretzels, bread, ketchup, anything really. You can make a bunch of Dad shaped things.

Happy V-day Pencil Toppers

Valentine's Day Pencil Toppers

Valentine's Day Pencil Toppers

 
 

These Valentine’s Day Pencil Toppers are a quick and cute way to show someone you care about them! The pencil toppers go great with a cute card or little sweet treat. This craft is great for kids you have large classes or Valentine’s parties to go to! This way no one is left out and everyone gets to feel a little special.

 

 

 

Materials:
Scissors
Craft foam
Permanent markers
Pipe cleaner
Pencils

Instructions:

1.Cut a 1- to 2-inch heart from craft foam. With a permanent marker, print a short message on the front and the name of the giver on back.

2.Poke an inch of the pipe cleaner through the bottom of the heart, bend it down, and twist it back around the remaining length of pipe cleaner.

3.Coil the pipe cleaner tightly around the pencil. Then gently pull up on the heart so that part of the coil bobs freely above the pencil, with several loops anchored around the eraser end.

4. Add any of your own decorations you want. If you have glitter, stickers, buttons, left over material use it! Go crazy and make these pencil toppers original! You can do whatever you want to them!