Visible Mending

Only a few generations ago, socks were routinely darned, sweaters mended and pants patched. I feel like it is time to get back to our old ways and mend the world, not trash it. Sashiko, the Japanese form of decorative reinforced stitching invented in the early 17th century, is as popular as ever. While visible mending dates back to the Edo period of the history of Japan, there are more and more makers incorporating the hand-stitching technique into their wardrobes, which means less clothing making their way to the landfill! In Japanese, sashiko translates to “little stabs” referring to ...

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Vintage Tea Party

High tea as most North Americans think of it (a dainty meal of tea, scones, finger sandwiches, and sweets) is more correctly known as "afternoon tea." Regardless of what you prefer to call this afternoon meal of tea and snacks, I think it is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day or a birthday. Here are some tips on how to throw your very own vintage tea party! DRINKS Tea - As you plan your afternoon tea menu, don't forget to select a few teas to pair with your food. An obvious choice is Earl Grey as it is the world's most famous flavored black tea. The natural sweetness of Earl ...

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SoulFull Hearts

These soulful hearts came to be because I just felt that sometimes the people in your life need a little pick-me-up. You can drop a little soulful heart in a lunch bag, pocket, suitcase or anywhere it fits, to let them know you are thinking about them. The bigger ones have pockets so you can tuck little notes in them and leave them out to be found. Since these hearts are made from upcycled fabrics and sewing notions, it makes them that much more special. Supplies Old SweatersThrifted or upcycled fabricsRecycled FeltEmbellishments (lace, buttons, etc.)Embroidery FlossEmbroidery ...

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DIY Eco Fire Starters

Who doesn’t love a good campfire? In an effort to avoid dousing logs with chemicals, I thought I would show you how to make some eco-friendly, yummy smelling fire starters to use or give away as gifts.  The concept is simple: fill an egg carton with good-smelling and flammable botanicals and cover them with wax. Materials An empty egg carton (I used an 18 egg one)Dryer lint or wood shavingsBeeswax/soy candle nubs or beeswax/soy cakes for meltingA tin can or a metal pitcherA small saucepanCotton wickingPine cones, evergreen branch pieces or any other dried herbsCinnamon ...

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DIY All-Natural Cleaners – Vinegar & Baking Soda

Some of the items in your pantry, like baking soda and vinegar, work as effectively as all-purpose cleaners. Not only are they more sustainable, they cost next to nothing. So, the next time you're out of your favorite cleaning product, don't run to the store — try mixing up one of these DIY homemade concoctions. Vinegar Scented All-Purpose Cleaner – Combine one part white vinegar, one part water, lemon rind and rosemary sprigs. Pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the natural solution to remove hard water stains, clean trash ...

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