Thursday, April 30, 2009

Etsy shop love...


DebbieAremDesigns makes these a very cool and funky pencil box made recycled circuit boards these pencil boxes are her newest product just released in the fall of 2008!
Also, beginning in March 2009, several of her green office products are on permanent exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Smart Home 2009 Exhibit! On the desk in the "Home Office" room is one of her pencil boxes, a circuit board clock, a mouse pad and several clipboards - all made from recycled circuit boards. Click here to view more. Frances ;o)

Its Petunia...

Hi guys! Let me introduce you to Petunia!
She is a special little girl that dreams of being a ballerina! But that will never be, you see one of her legs and feet is so much bigger than the other that she is not as graceful as she wishes she was. She would make someone a great friend because she is GREAT at keeping secretes!

She is 8" tall, hand sculpted and one of a kind! She is made of polymer clay, with chenille hair, and pretty cotton dress.

Available now in our Miadu store, only $15.00 just click here


Monday, April 27, 2009

YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!! Mexican Lasagna

Supper yummy and super easy!
I don’t have a specific recipe but this one is pretty close to what I use. The great thing about this lasagna is that it is so versatile you can change it around and it will still be great. You can add all of your family’s favorites and really make it your own. I hope you guys try it out and let me know how you like it!

My Tips: I use a bag of tortillas (flour or corn) hard or soft whatever is on sale, I prefer ground turkey but you can use beef (use what you have around), I also use the Tostitos brand Queso and a bag of frozen green, yellow, red pepper stir fry mix. Since most of the ingredients are already cooked all you need is to leave it in the oven 20 minutes or so to melt the cheese. You can make extra ground turkey on the weekend, and make the lasagna during the week.

Mexican Lasagna:
· 3-4 flour tortillas
· Salsa
· Cheddar cheese, grated
· Refried beans
· Black beans
· Frozen sweet corn, thawed
· Tomatoes, diced
· Black olives, sliced
· Green onions, sliced
· Fresh cilantro, chopped
· Guacamole
Turkey Filling:
· 1 lb lean ground turkey
· 1 tsp olive oil
· 1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
· 3 cloves of garlic, minced
· 1 tsp paprika
· 1 tsp chili powder
· 1 tsp dried oregano
· 1 tsp ground cumin
· 1 tsp garlic powder
· Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
For step by step directions you can go here. This blog has great pictures for every step.

Frances ;o)

How cool is this idea? I ran across this on the website! It looks so beautiful and cool! I think I want to make one for my patio! I have some broken umbrellas hanging around! This is a prefect Super Green DIY project! Here's the link

Julie :)

Spring is here, what do you do with your old coat?

DIY: Recycle Your Winter Wear - Turn Your Coat into Diaper Covers

How awsome is this! Here’s what you can do with your outgrown, or worn out, winter coats… turn them into diaper covers! For all the intructions and details go here!

Frances ;o)

Friday, April 24, 2009

DIY: Belt to Bondage Anklets

Ok, I'm really in love... DIY and Shoes enough said! Check out how you can make your own at clutch 22
Julie :)


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Etsy shop love...


Her items are made with recycled finds that is what makes these items one of a kind and unique. This would be a great gift as a sketchbook, scrapbook, journal or autograph book. What a great fun way to express yourself!
Check her out here. Frances ;o)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day!!!!!

Remeber guys we can all do a small part to keep our mother Earth clean. So turn off lights, turn off the water when you brush your teeth, turn off the computer when you go to bed, paper vs. plastic. We can all pich in!
;o) frances & julie

Monday, April 20, 2009

DIY: Hemp Pendant Lamps

Hey guys its 4:20 today!!! (cough, cough) And I thought that you might like a super cool DIY you can make with Hemp Twine! Check out these Super Cool Hemp Pendant Lamps! The gracious people over at the Crafty Nest Have a tutorial that walks you thru the steps! I think I just might have to make some!!! Here's the link.

Julie :)

My new MANTRA...

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”

William Morris.

Yogurt cups = Disposible Sippy cups

How great is this!

Disposable sippy cups made out of plastic yogurt containers. All you need to do is cut a small x on the top of the lid and pop a straw in it. Done. Even if you don’t have kids, you might want to keep some on hand for little visitors. Your floors will thank you for it. Blogged about here on Zakka Life.

Frances ;o)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Come to Earth Fest 2009!

Hey Guys! don't forget all the Earth Day activities going on around town this weekend! We'll be at EarthFest 2009, April 19th , 2009 Crandon Park - Key Biscayne Fl

Hope to see you there!!!

Julie & Frances!!!

( and if you come by and mention the blog, there just might be something FREE in it for you!!!)

Business cards...

Hi Guys,

We are ordering our business cards for the first time... Like real business cards! Not ones we printed out can you believe it! Let us know what you think! Too much pink??


Thanks! Julie

DIY: Martin Margiela Sandal Booties

I cam across this on the Mundochica website! Its in Spanish, so sorry for all you non Spanish speakers but its a totally AWESOME website! You can check it out here. Its all about cool products and fashion!

We they led us to clutch22 and this amazing DIY! Aren't these booties Awesome! Maybe I'll have to go thrifting for boots to cut up, I can't even think about cutting up my old fav's!!! Here's the link to the original post!
See ya!
Julie :)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Etsy shop love

Burrobranch’s shop.

These are absolutely stunning! A series of vases, cake stands and bowls. Click here to go to Burrobranch's shop.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What not to crochet

Ok, I'm not sure where of the hundred or so blogs I regularly read did I run across this but this is so hysterical i just had to pass it on. The blog is What not to crochet. And wholly cow do you need to check it out. Below is an example of what you will find there... Absolutely what NOT to crochet!
All i can say is WTF!!???

Monday, April 13, 2009

SNEAK PEAK: look what we've been working on...

Little Princess cuffs... & Hair Clippies!

You can pick up yours at EarthFest 2009, April 19th , 2009 Crandon Park - Key Biscayne Fl Cooper City Founder's Day Arts and Crafts Show

See you there!!!

Julie :)

What do we do with old T-shirts?

Now, don't you have all kinds of old shirts you don't use anymore? Instead of throwing them a way, turn them into kid sized messenger bags!

We made these super cute bags from old t-shirts! Aren't they adorable? These are part of the new items we've been working on, they'll make their debut at Earth Day 2009! Come join us and get yours!

Earth Day April 19th , 2009 Crandon Park - Key Biscayne Fl


What can I do to go green? If you are like me, you don’t have thousands of dollars to spend and are looking for frugal and simple ways to change. I came across a list on a blog recently about a few simple and easy ways to make you life a little greener. These are a few that we are working on…

Green Bag It
Try to minimize your use of plastic bags, and if you use them take them back to the store and recycle them. If you’re going to the mall don’t get a bag at every store, there is no reason to have five bags with one thing in them. At our local IKEA store we bought a bag for .50 cents and use it every time we go. I love it, it’s huge and I can take it everywhere and use it for everything!

Take a Power Shower
I learned this the hard way; our nephew was staying with us and would take an hour long shower. Sometimes I would knock on the door to see if he was asleep. We changed our shower heads for a more eco-friendly one; we also changed the shower head in our bathroom for one that has several heads that have an option to close. That way we have the option to use 1, 2 or all three shower heads.
The water department in our city will even give you a credit towards the purchase of a new one or exchange yours.

Ditch Plastic Water Bottles
Make your life greener, ditch the plastic water bottles and pick up a cute reusable one. Yes they are accessible and easy, but they are also harmful and expensive. While pregnant I would go thru 2 cases of 24 bottles a week. That’s a staggering 1,920 bottles. How many do you use?

Computer Shutdown
My husband told me this one. They are trying to conserve energy and money at his office. He has been able to lower his light bill by half. He turns off the computers and printers and air conditioning at the end of every day.

Dress up your table
Use cloth napkins instead of paper. I realized how many I was using when I watched my 4 yr old nephew for a week. Between my daughter and nephew we went thru a bag of 500 napkins in a week. It’s amazing how many times they spilled something or knocked something over. I ripped up and old sheet that we didn’t use, and stored them in the pantry.
Frances ;o)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Recycling the Crafty way...

Hi Guys, Check out this list of links from by way of Home Made Originals. Check out all the cool ways you Recycle the crafty way! For a full list inculuding pictures click here!

Easter basket from recycled boxes
Reusable coffee cup sleeve
Reusable bulk food bagsRecycle a sweater into a chair cover
Make newspaper into yarn Eco friendly corsage
Recycle magazines into jewelry
Unique trash can from magazinesa hot bikini out of t-shirts


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Etsy Shop love...

Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon Soap

How awesome is this! Breakfast Soap!!! This will definitely get you going in the morning, even if it’s just to the kitchen for breakfast! I love soap, really good soap the kind that leaves you feeling clean and fresh smelling. Fresh & flowery in the morning and warm comfort scents before bed like chocolate, and vanilla, warm cookies, and vanilla mint. They’re great for snuggling ;o) Did I mention she makes them vegan friendly... Click here to go to Sunbasilgarden's Shop and check her out the rest of here yumminess… Frances ;o)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Got a T-Shirt? Make a rose!

Do you have a shirt that needs a little something? Maybe a skirt? or a bag? This rose is so pretty and super easy to make! I found the tutorial on sewtakeahike's blog. I have a couple of old stained t-shirts that I think are going to find a new life as a roses...

You can check out the toutorial here: Knit fabric roses...
Julie :)


Look what we've been working on!
He so pitifully ugly, he's cute!

Did you know ... Amazon now has Frustration-Free™ Packaging...
Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging, a multi-year initiative designed to alleviate "wrap rage," features recyclable boxes that are easy to open and free of excess materials such as hard plastic clamshell cases, plastic bindings, and wire ties. The product itself is exactly the same—we’ve just streamlined the packaging.

For more info check out the letter, Amazon, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote to customers the day the initiative launched. Now you can feel better about shopping online again.
Frances ;o)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Got pair of old pants? You got a messenger bag!

I finally finished my Brother-in-law's messenger bag. Can you believe its from his favorite old pair of pants, an old belt, and some scrap fabric? He loved these pants sooo much we couldn't tear him away from them. He literally wore them out. But now they have a new life as a messenger bag! The pockets and buckles were so cool I had to save the pants! This is such an awesome way to reuse an old pair of pants. You know I'm going to be going thrifting to find a pair of pants to make one for me!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Etsy shop love...

LuckyLucy Chocolates's Shop

I had the awesome pleasure of tasting some of Lucy’s great chocolates at a show back in February. I love them some much I bought a box for my mom and daughter as a Valentine’s Day gift! The key lime pie, pistachio and pina colada were our favorites. Instead of the generic box, try something new, Lucy loves her chocolate and you can taste it. You can get some for your self here! Frances ;o)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

YOU CAN MAKE IT:Capiz Shell Lampshades!

I lOVE LOVE Capiz Shell everything!
They are so pretty and fragile looking! But everytime I get close to buying a sweet little lamp for my room, I think I can make that… I've been racking my brain trying to figure out a crafty DIY way to do them, and then I stumbled on the Crafty Nest website! They have tons of tutorials for crafty ways to make you house a home. Even one on how to make this AWSOME lampshade! Just follow the link to get the tutorial, or click here to check out her website!

Julie :)

Happy April everybody!

April 22, is Earth Day and we will celebrate all month long by featuring “green" items, shops, tutorials and tips.