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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Calendar Pages

Why did I wake up this morning thinking about calendar refill pages?

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Franklin Covey has some nice pages that will fit both my Mead and DayRunner binders from 1997 and 2001, respectively. I bought those binder-style calendars thinking "I'll reuse these over and over." It's only taken me a few years to get back around to them. :D They are still in excellent condition. Here are the pages I'd like to reorder for those calendar binders. Mind you, I do only need one planner per year. I'll have to make a desicion.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Local Farm: Ray Family Farms

One thing that I do constantly need more and new of is FOOD! I love food. I just found a farm that is closer than almost any grocery store and I'm so excited. They are only open Friday and Saturday and I need to get there Friday for the milk!! 

www.rayfamilyfarms.com

Ray Family Farms

Stacks and Stacks

I have SO many boxes of fabric and yarn. I've decided that the most organic and local thing I can do right now is to use these fabrics and yarns before I purchase more. As of yesterday, we moved all of our stuff out of the storage unit and into the house. I need to stop searching for new and more and use up what I have on hand.  :D

Organic Fabrics Source

http://www.madehereinamerica.com/Pages/FabricsWholesale.aspx

Here's a place with a long list of fabric wholesalers. 

This one is out of Asheville, NC: http://organiccottonplus.com/

Organic Cotton Plus

One Without Limits, responsible clothing

Here's a company that is thinking it through. They make clothing from sustainable, organic fabrics from the USA. In fact, I taught this designer to sew. :D And we share these ethics. I'm so proud of what he has done with this company. I need to find out where he's getting his fabric. :D  Please visit and shop www.onewithoutlimits.com 
Adult Lightweight Hoodie

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Natural Fiber Yarns

What do you do with "roving" yarns, please tell me? Perhaps weaving, or spinning?

The LB Collection by Lion Brand Yarns has a nice assortment organic and natural yarns. I found a couple of other sites worth returning to: 

I'm still on the hunt for:

WOOL

  • Here's an eBay search for "wool yarn". The interface and search options are nice to select the types of yarn available. I didn't realise eBay is so hip to its yarn community.
  • Baby Wool Yarn by Lion Brand Yarn, retail: $6.99 for 1.75 oz
  • Alpine Wool by Lion Brand Yarn, retail $8.29 for 3 oz (only solid colors are 100% wool)
  • Patons Wool on Joann.com $5.24 for 3.5 oz/223 yd

BAMBOO

  • Bamboo yarn from the Phillipeans on eBay: 99C for 50gr 70% bamboo/ 30% cotton

ORGANIC COTTON


The more I search for yarn, the more I realize that there is very little information of the origins of any of these yarns. Perhaps, I'll start looking into locally spun yarns, but you know they are going to be expensive. Man oh man, what a world. 

Convertor

  • Here's a great converter! Sweet! Thanks, Google!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Fisherman's Wool: Natural Yarn

WOOL

  • Fisherman's Wool by Lion Brand -  All 100% virgin, undyed wool (except the "Birch Tweed").  Sold in 8 oz skeins with 465 yards. 
  • Retail value $12.99.
  • Craftsy -40% =$7.80. (free shipping on $99 orders)
  • Amazon = $8.19 and free shipping on $35 orders.
  • Etsy: YarnShop4U = $8.25. (Combine shipping on her other 4 shops, too.)
  • fabric.com = $8.48 (free shipping on $35 orders)
  • Joann = $8.24. (free shipping on $60 orders)
  • Review from Joann: "OK, WONDERFUL yardage for the money. That's pretty much where the love ends here. I found in just a single skein several knots and broken plies, thin spots, and odd (what's this sorts of color blobs). Yes, its *natural*, but the quality here is a little lacking. My finished shawl is going to take a lot of work to block into softness and wearabilty. (A little bit more money and you could get something MUCH softer.) Defnitely not a next-to-the-skin wool. Thinnish for a wosted weight. I imagine this would be great for felting however, and I love the natrual color range."

Times are changing

In the past, I've used this platform to write about ways to waste less resources. Now, I'm going to start entering information I find while researching online. This will help me to eliminate repeated searches and save a lot of precious time. Time is the one resource that is absolutely non-renewable. Use it the most wisely.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Toothbrushes

I save all my old toothbrushes. They are great for cleaning corners and cleaning trims and textured picture frames. I also use them to polish up my tortoise's shell. I do throw them away once they become discolored or the bristles, bent. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Unplugged. Phone Charger

I unplug my phone charger when my phone is charged. I don't know if chargers continue to pull energy or not, when there is no phone. My charger has a little light that stays on as long as it's plugged into the outlet, so it must be pulling at least a little energy for that.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Bedtime Routine

At night, before bed, I save time by washing my face while rinsing my teeth with mouthwash. I rinse the sink for both activities at the same time.  I save more water by turning off the faucet while brushing my teeth.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cat Water

We give our cats fresh filtered water twice a day.  When it's time to fill their water bowl, there is always a little water left. Instead of pouring this filtered water down the drain, I pour the water into a second bowl in a different location. Our cats will drink the second bowl dry! This "reuse" of water reduces our water filter use. Thanks, cats, for your help reducing waste! :*

P.S.  Can you tell me where to recycle my water filters?

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Plastic bags

When I go shopping I ALWAYS take my re-usable shopping bags. ...But, sometimes I forget :( Not to fear! Regular plastic shopping bags make great trash bin liners for the bathroom or other small trash cans. The smallest shopping bags are great for pet waste. The giant shopping bags fit in my kitchen garbage bin (which is less than half the size of my kitchen recycling bin).

Don't just throw those bags away! Throw all your trash away in them! :D

There are so many great things I've seen made out of plastic bags, including reusable shopping bags! My favorite reused plastic bag project is still crocheted hammocks!!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Unplugged. Appliances

I unplug appliances when I'm not using them.

In my little apartment, I can unplug my oven too. It's combination gas and electric and the nearest outlet is over the sink! Weird, I  know. So the range is unplugged when we're not using it.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Turning off the lights

I turn off the light everytime I leave a room. I can't  stand having lights on when there is no one in the room that needs to see things.

It's not always easy. In the kitchen, there is no switch. I  have to pull the string and walk half-way through a dark room. Sometimes, my hands are full. And sometimes, I have to go back to turn it off.

I take full advantage of the day light hours. I don't turn lights on during the day. And, in the mornings, before the sun has come up, I flex my night vision. Hey, my cats don't need any light, those eco-friendly beasts have superior night vision.

Rags and newspapers instead of paper towels.

I use rags to clean my house. I wash them and reuse them for a long time. Most of my rags are cut from old towels.
I can't remember the last time I bought paper towels!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Food containers

I save half of the food containers we would recycle and use them for holding and organizing items in our house. One of my favorite discoveries had been that dry - erase markers fit in tall olive jars and you can put the lid on! This will save my dry - erase markers from drying out this winter!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Steamy clean

I love to clean my bathroom with the steam from a hot shower. Even the water marks from the previous showers come up with a wash cloth and steam. No cleaner is needed!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Toilet paper rolls

I save my empty toilet paper rolls in a plastic bag on the bathroom.  It simplifies collecting them. When a crafting or organizing project comes up that requires TP rolls, I'm ready to go! ;)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Rubbish Bins

My recycling bin in my kitchen is twice as large as my garbage can. This encourages us to recycle more and keeps RRR in in mind when we do put something in the trash. We hope to start 2nd-floor apartment composting soon, which should eliminate about half of our garbage.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Labels and stickers.

I save all sticky labels and use them to remove cat hair from my clothes. I've had one of those handled sticky-rollers for a couple of years now.