Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Save Eli Stone

What can you do NOW to save Eli Stone?

There are plenty different things that you can do while we gather our forces!
First, Get Watching! Get your friends, family, neighbors to tune in to Eli Stone too. More than ever now, it is crucial that we all tune in to watch Eli Stone on TV to send a message to ABC that their is definitely a viable fan base behind the show. Any spike in the ratings will undeniably make the ABC Board reconsider their decision.
Second, you can directly contact ABC to leave them a message about why you think Eli Stone should stay (try to avoid threatening / annoying / spamming them - it would only result in them blocking your ip/e-mail and it would also undermine our credibility)

ABC Site :
Third, you can start signing the online petition sites that we can later use as a proof of the amount of people who are standing behind this decision:
ABC Eli Stone Forum :
Petition Online:
Petition Site :
TV Series Finale :
iPetition :
Petition Spot :
GoPetition :
Fourth, viral sites will be a major turning point in our campaign. It will definitely attract the attention of an increasing population.
Your favorite Forum / Online Social Networking Site - Even if it is unrelated to tv/eli stone, it is very important to get the word out by any means possible.
Digg -
Yahoo Buzz-Up - Yahoo Eli Buzz Up
I understand that this might be annoying and tedious, but in the long run it could be a major asset to have a lot of sites to testify our commitment to the show!
Thank you again!

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The Master plan – Phase One: Online Rallying
By admin
Ok, I manage to squeeze in a few hours today to write up a draft master plan of what we can do altogether to make a difference.
After having reviewed some history about canceled shows, ABC’s policies, and the power of the masses, I am fairly sure that we can make our voice heard if we act swiftly and simultaneously; our primary goal at this very moment is to make this website the epicenter of the Eli Stone fanbase. (I am only rallying everyone to this site because there has been no other platform completely devoted to Eli Stone yet, should one better pop up I wouldn’t have any problems rallying there.)
Just a few ideas from Deborah & others on how to rally our fanbase together:

Facebook, Myspace, hi5 & other Social Networks – Try to get your friends to get involved in saving Eli Stone; A lot of people love to spend a few minutes to support a cause… with some chance it might even pique their curiosity to follow the show!
Forums & other types of Message Boards – Those are our most powerful tools; spreading the word about Eli Stone and getting the attention of a much wider audience would tremendously boost the next phases of our agenda. I will try working on a generic message that could help in making our voice better heard.

REMEMBER: We do not want to spam / annoy / disrespect others in this endeavor. Try to make a judgment call before mass mailing your friends / advertise this site on forums, etc… We are trying to save Eli Stone, but we aren’t trying to make enemies in the process J
Best of luck to everyone! If you have any comments / suggestions about this please do not hesitate to ask!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Recycling in a season of giving

It's the holiday season and that means it is the season of charity. I am hoping that this "economic crisis" does not bring out the scrooge in us in this time of giving.

Recycling is an all encompassing term. It might mean the milk jug in your blue bin at the end of your driveway. It might mean making a craft out of a paper towel roll. It might mean using scrap fabric and making and donating a quilt to the linus project. If you havent heard of the Linus Project here is their mission statement copied form their site.
"The Project Linus Mission
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:
First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Together we have distributed over two million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995."
Giving handmade blankets to termally ill children, Now that is recycling at it's finest!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Make Art

I found this new artist Michelle Brand out of the UK. Her art is amazing. She reuses the bottoms of pastic bottles to make these these stunning pieces of art. Check out her website

The following is from her about page...

"The root of my interests lies in sustainable waste management.

At present it has manifested itself into a designer maker practice.

I have designed an aesthetic and decorative fabric from which most people in the
western world would perceive to be waste/rubbish.

The fabric is composed of plastic drinks bottle bases, which have been cut,
sanded and then tagged together.

I love seeing design opportunities where most people only see problems "

Friday, November 7, 2008

I Love Trash

It hit me today, as I was singing every Sesame Street song I knew so lull my little one to sleep, that Oscar the Grouch was the first celebrity recycler. Yes he was a bit grumpy, but he epitomized the phrase "One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Treasure".

Now, we can change our 'tude and shower more often but Oscar should be a role model to us all!

Thursday, November 6, 2008


Ya know, I just have nothing to say about this : )

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stop the 18 inch receipt madness

I was at Starbucks the other day ordering my very lengthy but super good coffee, and the lady and behind the counter asked my if I wanted my receipt. I said, "No, but thank you for asking first!"
My purse gets filled with miscellaneous receipts. Receipt for a pack of gum, a receipt for a sub, or 3 stapled together for a return, or whatever. Things I obviously don't need receipts for, things (Like my coffee) that I am not going to return. Why do I need a receipt for my Chinese take out (Lets not even get into how many extra menus are floating around my house, cuz they stick them in everything.) And they have gotten so gosh darn long too. These receipts are now three feet long. You know who is the worst receipt offender, Blockbuster. Three receipts for the movie that you just rented and put together they are as tall as I am! Another Long Receipt offender. CVS Pharmacy. OH MY GOODNESS, they have long receipts! Why are they wasting so much paper? Coupons, Surveys, Sale Reminders, Tings in multiple languages, Total Savings. They junk up my purse until I go through it and it all makes it 's way to be big blue recycle bi. Say no to receipts!

Oh, and while I am ranting... I think that you should be fined for putting flyers underneath my wind shield wipers! You are littering. In my opinion you should get a ticket just as you
wouldl it you threw paper or anything else out the window on the highway.
You know half of them are just thrown on the parking lot. The ones in my car junk up the back seat until they make it home and to my blue bin. Do I look like I am interested in spray tan, dating service or whatever else you are putting on my car? If I am I will come to you and ask you for a brochure. It just annoys me to no end that in the midst of whatever else I am doing juggling (a wiggly 7 month old baby, a $4 coffee, a SoyJoy and my purse Etc) that I have to reach around to grab the junk that has been put under my wipers. Could this be a good form of advertising? I can't imagine. I probably wouldn't buy whatever you were peddling just because I am so annoyed with your solicitation, besides you'd probably give me 18 inch receipt anyway!
Who have you found to be the long receipt offender??

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Repurposed Building

For years I have known about Quaker Square. I graduated from high school in North East Ohio and my best friend and I would drive over to Quaker Square to shop at all of their cool little stores.

I got to thinking about it the other day. What a great idea. Repurposing a building. It doesn't happen as often as it should. I see so many lifeless former Wal-Marts around. Or level it and rebuild. This is the ultimate in building-repurposing. You can find it in Akron, Ohio, the former Quaker Oat hub. This luxurious hotel has been converted from a behemoth silo that once houses over 1.5 million grain bushels.

It has fantastic ROUND rooms.
The ultimate in repurposed buildings.

The Quaker Square Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Check it out next time you are there or take a look at

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Voyage of Junk

Where have I been that I only heard about this yesterday...
With 15,000 plastic bottles, an old Cessna fuselage and a whole lot of gumption, marine scientist Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Joel Pashal just arrived in Hawaii from California in order to raise awareness about the land fill type conditions of the Pacific. This crossing took them 3 months to make.
Along with land-bound communications manager Anna Cummings (who you would email if you would like to help fund the project) they came up with the idea after an trip to the North Pacific Gyre. This convergence of currents spins debris like a giant potty that doesn't flush.
You can follow their adventures. Their blog post is linked to the left and you can donate to their cause. You can also watch them as they travel from Vancouver to Mexico on amphibious bikes in the spring.
It is creative, raises awareness and uses repurposed materials you really have got to love this story!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I am most like recycled paper

"What item symbolizes me most" was the prompt for my 7th grade daughter's Language Arts class. I am so proud of her essay. I think it is cute and funny and I wanted to share. Sometimes I wonder where she comes up with this stuff. And sometimes I wonder how she totally memorized my coffee order!

"What item Symbolizes Me Most" By Audrey

“Woo hoo!” I shouted gaily as my face lit up like an invention by Mr. Edison. From the expression on my face many would have thought that I had just brought home Olympic gold. I was, instead, headed to the office supply store. The thought of going and finding colored staples, sticky notes, cash registers and an array of sharpies in the colors of the rainbow warmed my heart. As we filed into the car and headed to the Office Supply Wonderland, I was filled with eagerness and excitement. When we got there I grabbed a short yellow cart and raced my mom and my sister to the back wall. There I found colored, parchment, construction and lined papers filled in boxes and packages made of the same material all on the back wall. I thought to myself, “Wow, I am a lot like paper”. The thing that symbolizes me most is a piece of recycled paper, because I feel that I am simple and eco-friendly.

To begin with, I like to think that I am most like a piece of recycled paper because I am plain and simple. One day I was at the swankiest coffee house in town. It was filled with velveteen walls and paisley booths and had some soft jazz playing in the background. My mom and I were there for her usual morning roast. We hopped in line behind a grandpa, three business women, a soccer mom and a couple of construction workers. To top it off the waitress behind the cash register thought that the elderly bald guy who was giving his order was a nuisance for changing his order four times. I hopped out of line and went to the oasis on the other side of the cafĂ© where a lit cooler was standing with my favorite bottled tea. I pulled out a Ginger Peach Tea and swiftly jumped back in line with my mom. When it was our turn I gave the barista the tea to ring up and my mom stated her lengthy, but simple if you were listening, order. “I’ll take a Venti Half Caff, Non-Fat, Iced Mocha, One pump of Hazelnut and No whip, Please”. The cashier gave my mother a blank stare followed by a dumbfounded look and simply inquired “What?” with a half sarcastic and half annoyed facial expression. I also stood there to the side and saw the barista say to my mother “That order was far more complicated than that of your daughter’s,”. Later, I heard about that one. Obviously, I am most like paper because I am plain and simple.

In addition, I am most like a piece of recycled paper because I am environmentally conscious. For instance, I was at summer camp at Lake Woebogon. It was basically all of these cabins out in the middle of the woods centered around this mighty oak tree. None of my activities involve the coniferous beast Then, I had heard the news from the bottom bunk of our cabin that they were chopping down Mertle. “Who is Mertle,” the top left bunk questioned. “Mertle is the oak,” I thought, at first that I would give my best effort to stick up for that tree, but then I found out that it had a name and it was a done deal right there. So I did a little research on my old, wheezing, monstrosity of a laptop computer and I found out that “Mertle” was where Andrew Jackson had his first home stead. Therefore, I took it upon myself to send a letter to Woebogon city hall with the customized stationary my mom gave me before I left home. The day the builders were supposed to come, instead, the head of the zoning department came and cemented a plaque in front of Mertle that stated that she was an official landmark. Obviously, recycled paper is just like me because we are both environmentally friendly and we like saving trees.

In conclusion, the thing that symbolizes myself the most is a piece of recycled paper because it is simple and it is environmentally friendly. As I picked up a box of 100% recycled paper, my mom rushed after me and stated out of breath “You, my dear, have got some wheels,” I looked down at the paper and I said “Maybe I am a lot like paper, maybe, if only because paper wins 33.333% of the time, in that famous game, too.

Monday, October 6, 2008

I'm feeling like some Autumn Crafts

Oh how I wish I lived where there were beautiful changing fall leaves. But I don't ...

As a kid, I remember going out back and gathering fall leaves and bringing them in to my mom. She would arrange them in between two pieces of wax paper and iron them on a low setting. The wax paper would seal as it heated and would encase the leaves, making a fall leaves place mat.

So as I look around at my palm trees and beach sand and sign, I need to show my daughter the beauty of autumn. I think I will gather the old crayons that I have in hidden drawers, tubs, pouches and cases and make my own leaves.

I take my old crayons in reds, oranges, yellows and greens, pull out my trusty old sharpener and start shaving crayons in all of the fall colors. I pull out my handy dandy wax paper and when my piece of wax paper is covered in shavings, I pull out another piece of wax paper to lay on top of my shavings and iron. All of the pieces of crayon color melt together and mix like autumn colors. Then you cut out leaf shapes and hang them with fishing line from the ceiling or do whatever with them.

Since my girls are Floridians and a cool crisp autumn evening means 70 degree weather, I think tomorrow we will make some crayon leaves and add them to our front door wreath to make us feel like fall.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

The Price of Integrity

Ah, recycled paper. It is creeping up into the mainstream. You can find reams of it, boxes of it at most of your local stores.

But ... it is still so flipping expensive. I was at Office Max the other day, getting what else but, some office supplies. I got some envelopes. 30% post consumer was the best that they had and they were 4 something for 50. Not even comparable to the non post consumer kind. What can ya do. So I went for my paper. The 30% post consumer was $5.49 a ream and the 100% recycled $8.99! Yikes!

I even stood there for a minute thinking... Trying to justify... It IS 30%. I mean that's something. Nope, my integrity won, thank goodness, and I signed a heavy sigh and bought the 100%.

The more I thought about this the more I wondered. Is someone making a HUGE profit off of the environmentally conscious? Is it THAT much more labor intensive to make paper out recycled paper as opposed to regular stuff? Or do they see tree huggers and think large profit margin?

For goodness sakes. They don't even need to crop down a tree. OR replant a tree, OR spend the the big bucks advertising that for every tree they are chopping down they are replanting one.

I am glad that recycled products are out there. I just wish people could look at the selection of products and choose recycled more because of that it is and what it means and not avoid it because of the inflated price tag.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I Love Publix

I love Publix. Maybe it's because I lived several years in their hometown of Lakeland, Florida. Maybe it's because my daughter and nephews trick or treated at the founder's son's house. Maybe it's because I saw how they match employee donations to a local Lakeland school. Maybe because their 2 story store in Fort Lauderdale has a cart escalator. Maybe it's because they are always sampling and cooking recipes in store. Maybe because they aren't a big giant super store that makes me feel like I should shop wearing my pedometer. Maybe it's because I read that they are one of the top companies to work for. Maybe because I know a cute story that a friend at work told me about her husband who was the produce manager.

Want to hear it ... My friend's husband was a produce manager at Publix which required him to get up really really early to get to work when the produce arrived. One morning she stirred as her husband fumbled around to get himself together in the dark. He woke her up, "Honey, is there something in my eye?" He took his glasses off and she groggily looked, "No, I don't see anything." He put his glasses back on still fidgeting because his one eye was a blur. She went back to bed. He got to work and asked a fellow employee, "Is there something in my eye?" "No" and he went on about his day, rubbing his left eye asking people if they could see anything wrong. He gets home from work and starts complaining about how his eye was bothering him all day. His wife looks at him puzzled. She stares. He says, "What?" She says, " Do you know you are missing a lens?"

Probably because they have comfortable stores, friendly associates and great deals (Gotta love the buy one get one). But I really think it is because they are opening Greenwise Stores. I have been noticing their selection of Greenwise products growing through the years. (They are the only place around that I can purchase recycled toilet paper, paper towels and napkins). I have also noticed a growing organic section in their produce department, but on Earthday I was poking around the Museum of Discovery and Science and there was a Publix Greenwise booth with samples of organic lemonade and other such yummies. I heard them then tell of a new Greenwise Market! So I went to their website.

How exciting!

Yeah! I can't wait til they open one by me!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Walmart buys local

I'm not a big fan of the super-size mega-giant Walmart stores. I do shop their on occasion, but it's the back to school and pre-Christmas shopping chaos that really keeps me away.

However, I read about their new investment into local rural communities by buying locally grown produce and I must say, bravo.

You know it really makes me think about how things go full circle. Back in the day, we bought locally, from the fruit market or farmer's market. Then everything went to crap and now here we are again, where organic and home grown are becoming popular again.
Read about the good things they are doing

Good for Walmart, good for a giant retailer to make a good choice. Call me cynical but I don't think they would do it if they weren't planning on saving some serious dough because of it, but ya know, so what.

It is always nice to see big companies doing good things without having to be told to!

Speaking, of companies doing good things, don't get me started on how I love Publix!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Audrey's new fave things

Have you seen these new Ugly Dolls. Well, they aren't really new, but they are new to us. My daughter Audrey loves them. My daughter Amelia loves eatting on Plungo's little tiny feet! And we love the story behind them. Ya gotta love a good entrepreneurial/love story!

From their website...

From the creative minds of two love struck artists David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim emerge the Uglydoll family! What started as a drawing of a playful orange character known as Wage has turned into a whole new world of fun! In 2001, when David's soon to be wife and creative partner Sun-Min had to return to Korea, he sent her many "I miss you" letters with his little Wage character drawn at the bottom. Sun-Min sewed Wage into a push doll and sent him to David as a surprise gift. David asked Sun-Min to sew a couple more for the Giant Robot store in Los Angeles and they sold out in one day! A very excited Sun-Min sewed many more and those sold just as fast! Sun-Min and David then began to pull more characters from the Uglyverse, a universe where UGLY meant unique and special, to translate into plush Uglydolls. They both met again at their very first Uglydoll Toy Fair booth (a small 6x6 booth made of felt and wood) in New York, where they would go on to win Toy Of The Year 4 years later!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Diet Coke Necklace

I've noticed it popping up on several blogs lately! It's The heart Diet Coke necklace made by one of our artists!

I am thrilled for her! Orders have come in from Sweden and Australia just this past weekend!

Whether you are blogging about how you love Diet Coke, Coke Memorabilia or Recycled Products, Jennifer and love that you have added her necklace!

For more of Jennifer's line of recycled aluminum jewelry visit her page at

Sunday, September 14, 2008

One of my favorite things - LUSH Porridge Soap.

My daughters and I love going into our local Lush Handmade Cosmetics store. Although I have to admit the smells sometimes overwhelm my nose buds.

We went in during the Olympics, they were having a Lush Olympics. My 12 year old daughter won the 400inch dash and got to choose a free bath ball. (She was so happy). has their full line of cosmetics. They are hand made, cruelty free, vegan, organic and all of that good stuff.

I tried their porridge soap. It is fabulous! There is something about that smells so comforting. Oatmeal and Orange juice... it's breakfast soap! The lathers is nice. It has little scrubby bits of goodness. It leaves you feeling lovely. It's not cheap that's for sure! But it is one of my new favorite things!

Their ingredients are listed on their website as this:

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"Throwing" out recycleables

Are there others out there like myself that cringe when they see someone throwing a recyclable in the garbage?

We are recyclers. Luckily, our county even has mandatory business recycling. (I'm curious as the consequences because I there sure are a lot of businesses that still don't)

I have been known to pick up bottles and cans that I have found in parking lots, put them in my car, only to have them roll around the floor until I take them home and throw them in the recycle bin.

My grandparents don't have ANY recycle pick up at their home in rural Tennessee. I had to be talked out of my filling my suitcase with recyclables this summer and bringing them home with me.

But when I see people deliberately throw things away because of laziness it really irks me. I have a friend who refuses to separate her garbage because she thinks it is so much extra trouble. I get so bent out of shape. "The bins are right next to your garbage shoot, you don't even have to walk outside," I tell her.

My husband has a bad habit of assuming everything goes into the garbage. I take things out and put them in our recycle bin. We have an understanding at this point. If he throws away something that should have gone in the blue bin, I will pull it out of the garbage and give him the stink eye. He knows what that means. It means start running, because our understanding is that if he threw away a recyclable then I get to throw it at him. Plastic is not so bad, even diet coke cans, but if he throws a glass bottle in the garbage I will look up at him and he smiles the -uh-oh-I-did-something-bad smile and says"Oh Crap!" and he takes off running.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sit Bag Recycled Suitcase chairs

From Maybe design. I think these chairs are fabulous.

Sit bags is what they are called. Clever chairs. They have a bit of a 60s retro look to me, maybe it's the colors they picked. I'd put one in my office. Made from recycled suitcases. Lord knows there are tons of those floating around.

Inventive. Original.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Seriously, a solar panel bra?

The Japanese company Triumph has made this new Solar panel bra. It is still in the development phase. It does still get damaged by water/rain, and that is a bummer because they also include two strategicly place water holding devices. (So you don't have to carry plastic bottles with you, of course). It will hold enough power o charge your cell phone or ipod.

So I guess when you get thirsty you reach into your shirt and drain one boob??

I just don't understand.

Was there a calling for this?

I also read that this company is developing a reputation for innovative, eco-friendly lingerie. They have already made bras that turn into a reusable shopping bag, and a bra designed to encourage the use of reusable chopsticks.

Well... I really appreciate the innovation. But this invention leaves me saying ... "Uhm, Ok."

Again I ask, were we looking for such products?

I can just picture it...

"Paper or Plastic, Miss?" "Oh, neither." She says as she pulls her arms into her arm holes and whips out her bra that converts to a bag in the middle of the grocery check out line.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Already started my Christmas List

I LOVE simple shoes. I adore their Eco Sneaks and Mary Janes. It seems that a couple times a month I get emails from them with new products. Recycled tires for soles, organic hemp. Also they list the materials they have used to make the shoes. LOVE THEM!It's already on my list. I can't wait till Christmas!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 April Newsletter

We, at, encourage you to attend some of the events going on all around the country this month. Here are a few that we have found. Show your support and GO GREEN!

Try our organic teas, support our artists that work in recycled, reclaimed and repurposed materials. See our hundreds of eco chic pieces! There is always something new in store! Enjoy $10 off of any purchase $50 or more this month! Use code - EarthDay08

If you are going to be around the Kansas City area April 19, why not participate in the EarthWalk beginning at 9 am and the Earthfest from 10-2. Check out to register or for more information.

April 19th is an exciting day in Harrison County, Kentucky! Cynthiana is hosting a group of young environmentalists and other enthusiastic individuals are coordinating an inaugural Earth Day celebration.

April 19, if you are in the Holland, Michigan area, come to the Earth Day Community Picnic. Bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs and all weather gear. Highlights include: free trees, live animals, Earth-friendly displays and info.

The California Earth Day Run and Walk, in Sacramento, California, on April 19, will be a great event for runners, walkers and kids. Help us raise money for environmental education, conservation, and restoration efforts in the Greater Sacramento area. Please also consider bringing a lunch and helping with the river clean-up.*

April 19th will have an EarthDay event in Jupiter, Florida like none before. Just North of Turtlefest on A1A something exciting will happen. 3 large beach tents, lots of banners and Kite*s flying high. Visit

In the San Diego area on April 20? Visit the Earthfair in Balboa Park from 10-5. With expected attendance to be around 60,000, this event includes a children*s parade, a clean car concourse, exhibitors, eARTh gallery and more.

Cleveland*s Metroparks Zoo will be hosting their annual Earthfest on Sunday April 20. The event includes booths of eco friendly products, education and conservation. The festival will be held on Zoo grounds from 10 am * 5pm. Visit for event info.

Sunday April 20, Earth Fest will be held in Key Biscayne Florida. A large festival of bands, businesses and green products, Earthfest expects to draw thousand visitors in Crandon Park this year. Admission is free with $5 parking.

Earth Day and Arbor Day will be celebrated at Ben Brenman Park Sat, April 26 10am-2pm in Alexandria, Virginia. Earth Day has become an important educational experience for our city's youth involved in environmental programs.

April 26, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Party with Hogle Zoo and other zoo*s and aquariums around the nation as we celebrate the planet. Learn about what Hogle Zoo is doing to help the planet, from recyclable plates in our concessions to solar panel use, and what you can do at home too!

On April 27, between 12-4, Learn about climate change and how to protect the environment at the South Shore Natural Science Center's Earthday celebration in Norwell , MA, there will be Green Fun for the whole family with kids' crafts and games, musical entertainment, nature walks, live animals, environmental exhibitors and demonstrations.

For more information about Earth Day events and what you can do to participate go to

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 Big Sping Sale, the eco friendly online retailer specializing in hand made items made from recycled reclaimed and repurposed materials, is having a big Spring Sale! is doing some spring cleaning. Many of our favorite products are on sale this month to make room for the new Earth Day line.

Check out the popular children's book purses. "Richard Scarry's Please and Thank You", "The Velveteen Rabbit" and "Green Eggs and Ham" are in stock and on sale !

Kitchen accessories, like napkins rings and glass bowls are one of a kind eco friendly items that are on sale.

Home furnishing items such as decorative pillows and select furniture are marked down.

Hurry! These items are one of a kind and when they are gone, they are GONE!

Friday, February 29, 2008 March Newsletter and Coupon

March Newsletter - New Artists, New Products and Coupon for you!

Once again, this month we have made great changes in our website. We would like to introduce these new artists and their products to you...

New in February...

Laura has added a new line of the Bottled Up Designs! Beautiful new colors and styles of depression and reclaimed glass shaped into pedants and earrings! A must see, the designs of the etched depression glass shine through and are simply stunning!

Dolly and her line of hand painted reclaimed glass. These pieces have a variety of uses and have each been hand painted and given new life as beautiful works of art.All of Dolly's glass line can be found under "Glass ware" in the "Home Goods" Catagory

Gene and Karessa and their line of recycled notebooks. These notebooks are made from common items, from board games to shoe boxes but have now been turned into pop icon upcycled notebooks in a variety of sizes with 30% post consumer paper inside. A must see!Gene and Karessa's line of notebooks can be found under "Desktop" under the "Home Goods" Catagory

Paula and her internationally acclaimed line of eco friendly textiles and jewelry. Paula's pieces are all handmade and one of a kind. She is known the world over for her green art and we are happy to have her as part of the family!Paula's lines can be found in both "Paula's Designs" catagory under "Fashion Accessories" and the "Art" catagory under "Home Goods"

Jean Pool ... An evolution in denim! Our new line of denim dungarees with a green attitude. These jeans have been reclaimed and refashioned into one of a kind works of hand stitched and beaded art! Each one is as unique as you are! Jean Pool is an exclusive line!Jean Pool can be found in "Eco Friendly Fashion" catagory

We have also veared away from our handmade items to introduce a a new catagory to our site...


We have proudly opened up this catagory in order to feature ...

Tea Largo's line of organic loose leaf teas! In many different varieties and flavors. Each tea has instructions listed, health benefits and comes with it's own storage

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Have you checked out the new web site call They offer a method to recycle many electronic devises and the consumer may receive money to recycle. PCs, Laptops, Monitors and PDAs!

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Friday, February 1, 2008's February Newletter

Hello From!

Alot has happened around here since the holidays!

We have put some our favorite red and pink and lovable items as 10% off now through Valentine's Day!

We have added several new artists that we are excited about!
We are pleased to welcome...

Charlotte from Hand Candy Mittens and her line of adorable cozy mittens made from recycled sweaters

Laura from Bottled Up Designs and her line of beautiful earrings made from reclaimed glass

Bill from Ozark Lake Decor and his line of hand made hummingbird feeders and garden decor made from reclaimed copper and recycled glass

Gretchen from Junk Mail Gems and her line of one of a kind beads, wallets, bookmarks, coin purses, handmade paper and more all made from Recycled Junk Mail

Suzanne from Ja Ja Ja Purses and her line of adorable purses made from recycled fabric

Jennifer from Made from the Heart and her line of distinctive bracelets, earrings, necklaces and more made from recycled aluminum soda cans.

Check out all of the artists and their unique recycled goods. We are so proud to have them as part of our team!

More New artists coming soon so keep an eye out!

Know an artist that works in recycled goods?Do you know an artist that works in recycled, reclaimed or repurposed goods that might be interested in selling their art online. Send them over. We have an easy to use contact form for potential artists on our website and we are always looking for new "green" goods.

Valentine's Day
That Pink and Red Heart Shaped, Chocolate covered, Red Rose Filled day is coming soon. Some people hate it and some people love it. Whatever side you are on, tell someone, whoever they might be, that you love them. It's easy and it makes you both feel good!

Things you might not know were recycleable
(Pasted from Co-Op America Website, along with our own 2 cents)

1. Appliances: Goodwill accepts working appliances,, or you can contact the Steel Recycling Institute to recycle them. 800/YES-1-CAN,
2. Batteries: Rechargeables and single-use: Battery Solutions, 734/467-9110, Check with your local recycler to see if they collect batteries too.
3. Cardboard boxes: Contact local nonprofits and women’s shelters to see if they can use them. Or, offer up used cardboard boxes at your local listserv or on for others who may need them for moving or storage. If your workplace collects at least 100 boxes or more each month, accepts them for resale. Check with your local recycler, some collect cardboard along with other recycle pickup.
4. CDs/DVDs/Game Disks: Send scratched music or computer CDs, DVDs, and PlayStation or Nintendo video game disks to AuralTech for refinishing, and they’ll work like new: 888/454-3223,
5. Clothes: Wearable clothes can go to your local Goodwill outlet or shelter. Donate wearable women’s business clothing to Dress for Success, which gives them to low-income women as they search for jobs, 212/532-1922, Offer unwearable clothes and towels to local animal boarding and shelter facilities, which often use them as pet bedding. Consider holding a clothes swap at your office, school, faith congregation or community center. Swap clothes with friends and colleagues, and save money on a new fall wardrobe and back-to-school clothes. Check out or contact to donate an old prom dress to a student who might not otherwise go to her event, with this worthwile and meaningful cause, and if you really want somethingto tug on your heart strings, read the story about how got started
6. Compact fluorescent bulbs: Take them to your local IKEA store for recycling: 7. Compostable bio-plastics: You probably won’t be able to compost these in your home compost bin or pile. Find a municipal composter to take them to at
8. Computers and electronics: Find the most responsible recyclers, local and national, at
9. Exercise videos: Swap them with others at
10. Eyeglasses: Your local Lion’s Club or eye care chain may collect these. Lenses are reground and given to people in need.
11. Foam packing: Your local pack-and-ship store will likely accept foam peanuts for reuse. Or, call the Plastic Loose Fill Producers Council to find a drop-off site: 800/828-2214. For places to drop off foam blocks for recycling, contact the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers, 410/451-8340,
12. Ink/toner cartridges: pays $1/each. (link on our website) will give you various amounts depending on the type of ink cartidges, or they will donate that money to a charity of your choice.
13. Miscellaneous: Get your unwanted items into the hands of people who can use them. Offer them up on your local or listserv, or try giving them away at or giving or selling them at will also help you find a recycler, if possible, when your items have reached the end of their useful lifecycle.
14. Oil: Find Used Motor Oil Hotlines for each state: 202/682-8000,
15. Phones: Donate cell phones: Collective Good will refurbish your phone and sell it to someone in a developing country: 770/856-9021, Call to Protect reprograms cell phones to dial 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims: Recycle single-line phones: Reclamere, 814/386-2927, (link on our website) will also refurbish them and give them to charitable agencies.
16. Sports equipment: Resell or trade it at your local Play It Again Sports outlet, 800/476-9249,
17. “Technotrash”: Project KOPEG offers an e-waste recycling program that can help you raise funds for your organization. Use Project KOPEG to recycle iPods, MP3 players, cell phones and chargers, digital cameras, PDAs, palm pilots, and more. Also, easily recycle all of your CDs, jewel cases, DVDs, audio and video tapes, pagers, rechargeable and single-use batteries, PDAs, and ink/toner cartridges with GreenDisk’s Technotrash program. For $30, GreenDisk will send you a cardboard box in which you can ship them up to 70 pounds of any of the above. Your fee covers the box as well as shipping and recycling fees. 800/305-GREENDISK,
18. Tennis shoes: Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program turns old shoes into playground and athletic flooring. One World Running will send still-wearable shoes to athletes in need in Africa, Latin America, and Haiti.
19. Toothbrushes and razors: Buy a recycled plastic toothbrush or razor from Recycline, and the company will take it back to be recycled again into plastic lumber. Recycline products are made from used Stonyfield Farms’ yogurt cups. 888/354-7296,
20. Tyvek envelopes: Quantities less than 25: Send to Shirley Cimburke, Tyvek Recycling Specialist, 5401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Spot 197, Room 231, Richmond, VA 23234. Quantities larger than 25, call 866/33-TYVEK.
21. Plastic grocery bags: Many local grocers have large donation boxes at the front of their stores to collect plasic grocery bags. Locally, I have Publix and Albertsons that offer donation points.
22. Crocs: Check out to see where you can donate or ship your old Crocs. Recycled Crocs will be sorted cleaned, ground and made into new Soles United footwear. See the site for more information on what happens then and where they get shipping to.
23. Stuff you just can’t recycle: When practical, send such items back to the manufacturer and tell them they need to manufacture products that close the waste loop responsibly.

Do you have any fun recycling ideas? Can you add to this list, email us and let us know so that we can spread the word! As always, we'd love to hear from you!

If you have any questions, comments or anything you'd like to get off your chest please drop us an email

Happy Valentine's Dayfrom the Team

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Global Warming : Fact or Fiction

Is Global Warming Fact? Did we as mankind have anything to do with it?

My short answer : Does it matter?

My long answer: Taking the time and the energy to be neater, cleaner people on this planet could not possibly be a bad thing. Does it matter the reason that you are buying recycled products and composting? It couldn’t hurt. You are reducing your waste, does it really matter why? You are reusing whenever you can, could that ever be an issue? You have started recycling everywhere you go, could that in any way be a problem? Shopping your local fruit farm or market? What’s wrong with that?
The way I see it, these are all healthy good habits to be in regardless of your reasons for doing it. Even, if you believe it is a conspiracy and all of the researchers and scientist are phony, does that mean it is a bad idea to starve a landfill? Or to eat things that aren’t covered in pesticides? Or to turn off your lights when you leave a room?
I just can’t see where any of this political finger pointing matters. Didn’t we learn in kindergarten that if you make a mess, you need to clean it up? Being a responsible person should carry over to how you live your life, in your home, in your neighborhood, on your planet. So be responsible, for no other reason than you should. It’s the right thing to do.

So go ahead and buy a hybrid, starve a landfill, shop for solar panels and look for things made from recycled goods (like’s line of handmade recycled art). After all, as long as we are thinking first about what we do, consume and waste, regardless of your political or scientific affiliation, how can we go wrong?

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Christmas Gift Wrap Contest Winner

*****Christmas Gift Wrap Contest Winner*****
We posed a Question Last month...
What do you do with all of your left over Christmas wrapping paper?
Some ideas are..
* Mat a Xmas Picture on it
* Make a paper chain for your tree
* Make party hats
* Start a fire in your fireplace
* Cover your plants during a frost
* Make Paper Dolls
* Stuff in hats to keep their shape
* Shred and use to pack breakables
* Wrap around your ornaments for packing
* Shred & fill gift bags without tissue paper

and our favorite suggestion was submitted by Peggy Pierpoint of Big Sandy Tennessee. She wins for her Decopaged Glass Plates made with Recycled Wrapping Paper!

Here is how you make these decorative and festive Holiday Plates...
Cut out pictures from your paper. (Xmas cards also work) paint on Modge Podge or watered down Elmers to the picture part of your paper and adhere to the backside of a clear glass plate (think thrift stores or Goodwill for those) so that the pic showsthrough to the front. Ad another layer of adhesive to the back of the pic for reinforcement. Smooth all of the bubbles out. Let it dry. Now you can flip the plate upside down and spray paint the entire back of the plate to give extra support and a finished look. These plates are not dishwasher safe and you should only hand wash the top, but they make great cookie trays, hostess gifts or room decor. There are many variations on this Idea. We used silver spray paint, but any color will do. Use your Imagination. And Congrats Peggy!
Our runner up was one of our own artists, Fran, who took a piece of old barn siding, then took wrapping paper and cut out each image that she wanted 5 times. She then hot glued and stacked the images making a 3-D effect. She arranged them to make a 3-D Winter Scene. Very Rustic, very charming.