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It is Valentine’s week everyone! How fun!!! I have done my best to find you some great deals to get for the ones you love! While you should treat the ones you love like every day is Valentine’s Day it is nice to step it up a bit this time of year. You don’t have to go broke doing it so here is my part to help you save money! Enjoy!

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Make Your Own Super Cool Book Covers

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

DIY FABRIC BOOK COVER

 

Back to school season is here and one of my favorite parts of school supplies was definitely book covers. I know many of us have fabric laying around that we hate to part with but have no use for. Now you do! I can’t believe I have never thought about doing this before! You can also totally personalize the covers when you are done and who knows this might make your kids want to crack open their text books! I found this fun project that is great for students or just DIY-ers like myself right here. There are plenty of photos to help you along the way if you get confused.

Supplies:
Books
fabric
glue gun
scissors
butter knife
spray adhesive

Any bows, buttons, ribbons, odds and ends you have been needing something to do with to jazz up your book covers.

Directions:
1. Iron the fabric you intend to use.
2. If the book has a jacket take it off and put it in a safe place.
3. When cutting the fabric make sure to leave about 1-2 inches of overhang all the way around the book.
4. Make sure to cover the surface you are working on with something you don’t mind getting sticky. Spray adhesive is an evil substance akin to Aquanet times infinity!
5. Spray the adhesive on the back book cover and spine. You don’t need too much as a little goes a long way and that stuff really is sticky.
6. Turn the book over, position it on the fabric how you want it, press down, turn it over so the back is now facing you, and smooth it out with your hand.
7. Do the same for the front cover.
8. Cut 2 slits on the spine so that you can fold them over into the spine (to be explained later)
9. Add some glue along the longer edge of fabric where it will meet up with the book. Do not go completely to the edges of the fabric. Fold over onto the inside cover to hid the edges.
10. Put a dab of glue where the fabric meets on the corner. Press the fabric together and hold for a few seconds.
11. Run some glue along the edge of the fabric and make sure to secure the fabric to the inside of the cover.
12. Fold the outer corners in a little bit and glue them into place.
13. For the spine cut the fabric to 1/2 inch to make sure enough is there to fold over.
14. Get a butter knife and use it to fold the piece of fabric into the spine. You can use a little dab of glue to secure the fabric if you want.
15. Once the cover is finished and set to dry for a little bit you are free to finish decorating the book anyway you want! Use your imagination and have fun with it!.

Some Great Stuff For Your Home Made in The US of A

It has been a while since I have posted in one of the most important sections of this entire blog! I am always on the look out for great stuff you can find that has been made right here in our little own country! It has been more difficult as the years go on to find anything that is made in the America and when you do the price is so much higher and let’s be honest not always of the best quality either.  I am happy to see the pace of this Made in the USA trend pick up.  That is the exact reason why I feel like it is important to search out what ever Made In The USA products and businesses I can find!

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes

 

Flip Flop Nesting Boxes $120

I think these are super cute and love almost anything made from recycled flip flops.  I know I get good use out of mine every summer.  It is exciting to know that when I recycle them they do go to good use.  Spring is right around the corner and I cannot wait to break out my flip flops, now especially after seeing these.  The  only thing I don’t necessarily love is the price however it is hand made and I can only imagine how long that takes so I can let it go.

Product Description: Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

Bring the flip flop love into your home with these upcycled nesting boxes. Flip flop flotsam from flip flop factories (say that three times fast!) is wasted more than you might expect, but you can make a difference in the fate of such fun material by gracing your home with these nesting baskets. Each upcycled basket is comprised of patiently wired together pieces of flip flop, resulting in a colorful pattern.
Use indoors or out, these boxes are fit for anything from toys to towels.

 

 

Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle

Vinyl Record Jigsaw Puzzle

 

 

Vinyl Jigsaw Puzzle $35

I don’t know many people who are willing to part with their vinyl but I can say I have recently seen some of the most creative uses ever come out of recycling them.  I think the jigsaw puzzle is an excellent way to upcycle them.  You can still use and almost honor the record.  This is a perfect gift for the hipster you know that you know.

Product Description:
This 31-piece puzzle is lots of fun and a great conversation piece. Looking for a way to delight puzzle junkies or vinyl lovers? We gotcha covered.
Made from Classic Rock LPs that celebrate the best of the 60s & 70s. Let us pick out a good one for you.
Comes packaged in a sturdy, clear round box.

 

 

Concrete Hexi-Bowl

Concrete Hexi-Bowl

 

Concrete Hexi Bowl $95

I think this bowl is super cool.  The design is very modern/minimalist but the coolest part is that 40-70% of the bowl is made from reclaimed stone! Besides the fact that it is hand molded which just sounds like a ton of fun to have that job!  I know this is a little pricey for a bowl but hand made upcycled items are becoming more fashionable so sooner or later the price of conscious products will go down.

Product Description: Molded by hand, this is one unique serving bowl! Comprised of an advanced concrete mix that has been fine tuned over years of experimentation, it contains anywhere from 40 to 70 percent of reclaimed stone dust obtained from tile and counter top manufacturers. A great conversation piece and an easy way to display in-season fruit or your favorite holiday bulbs!
Because cement essentially cures continuously over time, these actually increase in durability over the years.
Each hexi bowl develops a unique patina as it ages.
Sealed to resist stains with carnauba wax.
Available in your choice of gray or white

 

Shades Bud Vase

Shades Bud Vase

 

Shades Bud Vase $55

This I have to say is probably one of the simplest resolutions to recycling glass bottles that I really never thought about before.  I would like to announce I would appreciate a little more decoration on the bud vases but over all this is a great idea! It is so simple and obvious I am ashamed I haven’t even thought of this before.  I really, really love this idea!

Product Description: Flower arrangements can be lovely, but why shell out fifty bucks when you can use this bud vase over and over again? These vases provide just as much of an impact on a room’s freshness with just four flower buds as an entire arrangement! Made of four upcycled glass bottle tops mounted on a glass pane, these glass vases are sealed to prevent leakage. Need a table centerpiece? These are the perfect size to hold taper candles- and the curved nature of the bottle easily catches any candle drippings!

Synergy Peacock Skirt

Synergy Peacock Skirt

Synergy Peacock Skirt

 

 

I love peacocks! Their colors are beautiful and every time I see them I want to go right up and squeeze them. When ever I see something with either a peacock design or feathers I fall in love. Which is basically what happened right here with the Syngergy Peacock Skirt! I love love love it!! Perfect for spring and summer and since the colors are muted you can carry it right into fall if you want. The Synergy Peacock Skirt is handmade with organic cotton by artisans in Nepal using Fair Trade practices as well as using minimal carbon foot print practices ie using low impact dyes for the skirt. The only set back is the skirt does run a little small in sizing so please make sure to go up in size when ordering. If you want your very own Synergy Peacock Skirt from Element EcoWear click right here!!!

The Lavender Necklace

Lavender Necklace

Lavender Necklace

 

 

 

 

Just so you don’t think I am too partial to Ecoist bags I decided to give you another eco-fashion that I am currently crushing on Hello Purtty!!! The Lavender Necklace by Lotus Jayne has style and originality written all over it. The colors are quite fall/winter and can go with a dressy out fit or you can dress it down.

About:Looking for a special gift, or perhaps just for you? Well, we think we’ve found it in this very unique necklace, so delicate it looks as though a forest spirit wove it. Crafted from cut glass crystal, glass pearls, and seed beads by Guatemalan women in a beading tradition passed down from mother to daughter for hundreds of years. Handmade in a fair trade workshop in Central America.

Spring Bamboo Clock

Spring Bamboo Clock

Spring Bamboo Clock

Oh how I swoon over the Spring Bamboo Clock! The Bamboo Clock  is spectacularly beautious! I would like to say that is is a little pricey but to be honest it is hand made in the USA, made from bamboo and is under $100. Comparing that to many other eco-living sites that really isn’t bad. The Spring Bamboo Clock literally made me jump for joy when I came across it. I am positive I must have the Bamboo Spring Clock like yesterday! I am pretty sure you know someone who needs it too! It is back to school season after all, maybe a new college student or teacher needs a little gift before the school year gets into full swing? Keeping summery things around helps ease the pain of the realization that summer is coming to a close shortly. That makes everyone a little sad.

About the Spring Bamboo Clock:

This clock emanates the feeling of Spring time and was inspired by Japanese paper cutting art. All images have to be connected in order to allow the laser cutting technique used to cut out the image as a single piece.
Hand made in the USA
The white part is ivory acrylic and it is backed by eco-friendly bamboo to bring out its elegant and intricate design. Clock hands are in chocolate brown. Clock requires one AA battery to operate.
Materials: Bamboo, Acrylic, Clock parts
Made per order, please allow 1-2 weeks to leave the studio.

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Recycled Art

Banjo Gecko's

Banjo Gecko's

These recycled statues are a great gift for someone in the office or for someone who likes a laugh. This could even be something to get for someone that you have no idea what to get them. I know Christmas has passed but in case you need to get some gifts for people later one this is a cute idea. Even something for someone to start of their new year being greener! These Gecko’s can be a reminder to reduce, recycle and reuse!
The Banjo Gecko’s are great to put on a desk at the office or display at home. A teacher or caregiver might that you needed to get a little something for might appreciate the cute design.

Product Description:
Made from colorful strips of recycled aluminum drink cans, these geckos are sure to bring a smile to your face. Stick them on your office desk or hall entrance table… they make a great eco-friendly decorating touch to any décor. Each creation is hand made in Capetown, South Africa and provides training and a sustainable income for local young people.  Each gecko is sold separately – colors vary according to tins collected.

This Months 5 Items Made In the USA

For quite a while now I have been looking for products that proudly read Made In America. This is not an easy task. Usually when you try to Google Made In America the website for American Apparel shows up. Not only have I found products that are Made in America but I have found green and environmentally friendly products!! This is some of the most exciting news I’ve heard in a long time! I have compiled a list of products I hope you appreciate just as much as I do.

1. Nature’s Inventory  Wellness Oils are produced in the USA instead of exporting to China as many businesses do for cheap labor. Nature’s Inventory prides themselves in creating jobs for US citizens. Even more importantly Nature’s Inventory Wellness Oils are an excellent alternative to ingesting tons of toxic chemicals. Many people are wary of Eastern medicine, if you are one of those people start small. They offer wellness oils for Sweet Dreams which was developed because an employees daughter was having nightmares. Rub a few drops on your neck and chest instead of chugging down a of bunch pills. If your dreams are in fact sweet move on to their Back Soothe Wellness Gel and see how it feels. No harm in using products that come from nature.

2.Houndstooth 100% Recycled Polyester Dog Collars  These Westminster Pet Products earth-friendly collars are made in America using recycled plastic bottles, so less energy and petro-chemicals are used to produce the yarn. This helps to preserve the environment, keep trash out of landfills and conserve natural resources. The Westminster durable collars feature an assortment of sizes and colorful printed patterns, all of them proudly made in America. The Collars are also available in Small Dog & Cat sizes, and in an assortment of other colors and styles.

3. Wooden Gnome Home gives hours of imaginative play outside or inside. Each of our Gnome Homes are hand made one at a time from a single piece of reclaimed Walnut then hand rubbed with mineral oil. Children will have a great time setting up the Gnome home in different and amazing ways plus that Gnome is just plain cute. 10″ tall by 10″ wide, 5 Tunnel pieces, 1 Gnome 3″ tall, & Made in USA.

4. Sleep better at night knowing that your bed is eco-friendly as well as being Made in America. This Solid Wood Platform Bed Frame is clean, unfinished, chemical free, & Made in USA!!! This green bed is perfect for the newly environmentally conscious or for those who want to to maximize their very own green environment. The wood used to make this bed comes from our very own Southern States! The eco-friendly bed comes with a 10 year warranty and boasts underbed storage as well as trundle. There are even more advantages, extra slats and height options are available also! This is way better than any bed besides a eco-friendly one! The best part is since this bed is unfinished you are free to decorate the bed anyway you like!!!

5. Eco-chic boutique has some super cute green items including the 6-pack coasters. Yet another product Made In America people! In Oakland, CA as a matter of fact. The coasters are 100% rubber and include 30% industrial waste!! Waste not want not is right folks!!!! Gorgeous and Green has taken the steps to provide you with this tiny bit of green goodness designed after a 6-pack! Check out Gorgeous and Green to see what other bits of green you can pick up to make your home and life more sustainable.

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