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      Valentines + Covid + Sending Love

      Valentines + Covid + Sending Love

      Seriously, not a big Valentine's Day fan.  Ten years ago, on a cold, snowy Feb 14th I signed the first of many divorce papers.  But something happened this year- perhaps its the almost 2 years of Covid craziness but I felt the need to send a bit of love out into the universe.

      Image of hearts cut out of old magazines for handmade Valentine cards

      I decided to make my own Valentines.  I put on some music, found some old magazines, a glue stick and random bits of paper.  Just like a 12 year old working on a fun school project I had a blast.  

      Make your own cards with scissors, old magazines and a glue stick.

      You don't have to make cards.  Buying cards from local artist is a great way to support talent.  There are so many cute small batch cards.

      Of course, you don't need to make "Valentine" cards.  It's always appropriate to send a message of cheer to a family member or friend.  I love to send and receive mail.  It's so much fun to open your mail box and instead of a bill or letter from the IRS, there's a card from a friend.

      XXOO

      Beginning Mending- Tools to Get Started

      Beginning Mending- Tools to Get Started

      We hope you’ll join us with our Mend Along.  There are so many reasons to get into mending but the best part is turning clothes that fit and flatter into pieces you will treasure and love.

      I often put off a project or activity I know I’d enjoy because I lack the tools.  We've put together a list of tools for beginning menders that's designed to help you over this hurdle.

      The first and most important tool you need is a positive can-do attitude.  When you are a beginner in anything it can be very intimating to see examples of projects completed by experts.  Social media has amplified this.  You are mending clothes that you love and clothes that fit and flatter.  You are adding a bit of your personality to a garment.  You are adding a layer of story and memory.  Embrace any imperfections.  Don't worry about crooked cutting or uneven stitches- it's all part of the beauty.

      Our first mends are going to be denim.  We all have a pair of jeans that could use a patch and hopefully a pair of jeans that can be turned into patches.  If you don’t have jeans for patch making- look around for a piece of sturdy cotton.  Gather the jeans together along with a sharp hand sewing needle, some embroidery thread, scissors, a ruler or tape measure.  Another tool I would add to the beginning mending kit is a sweater comb.  This is such an easy and fun way to refresh sweaters.  I keep my tools in a sweet bag so whenever I want to mend I only have to find the bag not all the tools.

       

      Of course, once you get started with mending you’re going to love it and there are tools for every job.  But- you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get started, in face, one principal behind mending is to make do and be creative. 

      Beginning to Mend Tool List-

      • fabric for a patch
      • sharp hand sewing needle
      • a few pins
      • scissors
      • embroidery thread
      • marker or pencil 

       

      Tips for Beating Back the Time Change Blues

      Tips for Beating Back the Time Change Blues
      The "Fall Back" time change is coming.  It's a seasonal change that I always find challenging and this year with all the upheaval I'm dreading the early onset of darkness. Seasonal Affective Disorder is real for a lot of folks and we hope our tips can help. 

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      Seaweed Sugar Cookies and Holiday Baking

      Seaweed Sugar Cookies and Holiday Baking
      Here's one of our favorite cookie recipe- just in time for holiday baking.  What do you love to make to celebrate the season?  Leave a comment below and we will pick a random winner after Christmas.  Our gift will be a collection of our favorite eco kitchen goods plus a seaweed spice.  You have a great chance of winner as we don't get a lot of comments and you'll be helping us build community and grow our business.  Happy Baking!

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      Sustainable Love- Planet Friendly Valentines

      Sustainable Love- Planet Friendly Valentines
      Tips for celebrating Valentine's Day sustainability and giving the gift of love to yourself as well as friends and family.

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