Sunday Sustainability: Recycled Strand Scarves by EstelleShop

This week I don’t have a particular tip to share, other than to remind you that one of the best ways to take care of our environment is to buy recycled, repurposed and renewable items whenever possible.

What I DO want to share however is a shop I stumbled across on Etsy in my continual search for gorgeous organic, natural and recycled items.

Heather, the creator behind the scarves of Estelle Shop, uses entirely 100% repurposed material. They are eye-catching and comfy looking scarves, that really also could serve as necklaces as well. I love how they are so versatile and can be worn many ways, and additionally have a variety of colors in each, making them very easy to coordinate with different outfits.

I think my favorite is the scarf in shades of gray, maroon and white. Though if another color scheme strikes your fancy you are likely to find one to suit you in the shop as well.

Recycled Strand Scarf by Estelle Shop. $19.00


Monday Modern Nature: 22pages

I love functional art. I love nature. I especially love when the two things are combined. 22pages manages to do both with a shop full of glassware and china such as teapots, platters and votives adorned with handmade illustrations.

As if the lovely art isn’t enough, there’s the bonus that purchases are lovingly wrapped with sustainable materials before shipping. Excellent!

Sunday Sustainability: Natural Cleaning Tips

It’s encouraging to see that many home product companies are finally hopping on the environmental bandwagon and making home cleaning products that are more friendly to the environment and less toxic. Perhaps this is because a larger majority of consumers have started to become very wary of the amount of chemicals in the products they are using. However, it really should be no secret that you can make your own cleaning products that are just as effective for far less money using some very basic ingredients.
All you really need to get you started is baking soda, white vinegar, and possibly some natural castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s, reusable cloths and spray bottles and you’ll have a major cleaning arsenal with numerous possibilities right at your fingertips.
Here you can download a handy little printable sheet of a few major natural cleaning recipesNatural Cleaning Tips

In addition to the printout here’s a few other tips to consider:

*To kill mold and mildew naturally try vinegar, grapefruit seed extract or tea tree oil.
*Sprinkle baking soda to freshen carpets.
*Simmer a few drops of essential oils in water on the stove for a natural air freshener.
*Use lemon and orange rinds to get rid of a stinky garbage disposal smell.
*Get rid of rust by using salt and lime juice(let it sit 1-2 hours) and a little elbow grease.
*Repel moths natural with a sachet of dried lavender or rosemary or cedar wood blocks.
*Use natural sponges and towels instead of synthetics and paper towels.
*To eliminate a large majority of dirt and dust in the home be sure to take those shoes off a the door!
*Remember baking soda and vinegar can be used in numerous ways to clean just about anything.

You can find a variety of wonderful renewable or earth friendly resources to help you clean such as these bamboo towels:

Bamboo Dish Cloths/Wash Cloths , $14.00 by SweetMemoriesQuilts on Etsy

Make a Blanket Brunch

Today I had the pleasure of joining in on an event hosted by my friend, Mary, who is the proprietress of Cherub’s Blankets and makes super soft, organic baby blankets. As part of her company’s efforts to support the community Mary hosted a blanket making event to benefit Project Linus and the Hitchcock Center for Women.

Here’s a few photos to show the progress and a couple of the successful results.
You can also visit Cherub’s Blankets find out more about Mary’s philosophies and sustainable efforts.

Monday Modern Nature: White Earth Studio

This week the modern nature feature is incredibly elegant and stunning in design and form. The artist, Nancy Monsebroten, is a veteran porcelain artist who hails surprisingly from Wisconsin. Though, she has an impressive and extensive education that has led her through numerous locales and countries. Online you can find Nancy’s work under the shop name “White Earth Studio“. I believe the following images should be all the impetus you need to visit her shop to view more of her gorgeous, organic porcelain. I myself will be filling my piggy bank and putting several items on my own personal wishlist.