Earth Day is Everyday

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Today is Earth Day. One of my favorite days. It reminds us to stop what we are doing and celebrate our world and all of creation.

But we need not have a special day on the calendar to remind us.

Around here, we like to live as if everyday is Earth Day. Everyday we seek to notice the beauty on this Earth – to climb her trees, to explore her creeks, lakes, rivers, and ponds.

To watch the tiniest of ants to the biggest of animals do what they were created to do.

We watched a really amazing special on PBS the other day. (We don’t have cable TV anymore – but this was at a relatives’) It was all about Beavers. How they hear the sound of rushing water and it causes them to be alerted to start creating a dam.

Their instinct tells them what to do. And when they are finished with their day and night engineering, the water levels rise, and they keep the ecosystem running smoothly.

They even can make deserts that were completely dry heal and hold water again. There is something really beautiful about their story and how they help hold the ecosystem together by creating these amazing structures – adding strength to the river bottom and securing their future in the land.

We each can do our part – no matter how small – to keep our Earth’s ecosystem running properly. We can recycle, reduce our consumption and spending, repurpose, teach our children to care for the Earth, and generally take sustainable actions to heal the land.

Every little bit helps.

If you want to read more about saving our Earth – check out The Story of Stuff. It’s eye-opening.

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And this post I reposted from Holistic Moms Network back in 2009 talks about some ways we can help save the Earth.

I hope you take some time today to go exploring out in nature with your children. Discover a new place locally to get outdoors. Have fun and be grateful for the beauty of nature – today, and always!

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*If you like:

simple living,

nature,

getting outdoors with your family,

exploring,

holistic living,

holistic mothering,

hiking,

canoeing,

kayaking,

family fitness,

bike riding,

cooking over an open fire,

slow food,

local and real food,

gardening,

camping,

fishing,

DIY projects,

natural living, and

green living –

then you’ll LOVE this new project I’m starting.

I’ll be sending out emails, photos, videos, and more with great places to adventure, explore, and see with your children, and lots of great ideas to live the simple life you yearn for.

Want to be included? Sign up here!

Leave a comment below after you sign up listing some topics you’d like me to explore or naming your favorite outdoor adventure location! Thank you!

 

{Cosa Verde & Modish Earth Day Giveaway}

screenhunter_01-apr-14-1311I’m so excited to announce that I am participating in the Cosa Verde & ModishEarth Day Giveaway!

There are 39 artists participating for a total of  $1375.00 worth of handmade eco-friendly goodness! The contest runs from now, until Earth Day, April 22nd.

I donated my Men’s Organic Tree of Life shirt, with large double-sided print, valued at $36.00 I have a similar Mens’ shirt in  Royal Blue in my shop right now.

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You can read more about the giveaway here. Enter to win today! There will be 4 winners chosen. Happy Earth Day!

{Vintage Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs}

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I just found this post on GoodyBlog (A Parents.com blog) about Making The Easiest Easter Eggs of All:

(Reposted it below:)

Last year, when my friend Lea invited me to help make Easter eggs with her daughter, I almost laughed in her face. Everything at Lea’s place—from the couch, to the tablecloth, to the cushions on her kitchen chairs—is white; it’s about as dye-unfriendly as apartments come. But it turns out that this super-prudent (and creative!) mama wasn’t planning on coloring her eggs in spillable pots of neon liquid—instead, she was planning on doing it dye-free, using silk ties she’d picked up for pennies at a stoop sale.

I’d never before heard of the “tie dye” egg method—but after spending an afternoon trying it out, I can vouch that not only is it completely mess- and hassle-free, the results look amazing. In fact, this weekend, I’m planning on hitting the flea market to pick up a few silk neckties for my own eggs.

Want to give this technique a try? Here’s how:

What you’ll need:
-Silk ties
-Eggs
-White rags (like an old t-shirt or sheet)
-Rubber bands
-Household Vinegar

What to do:
1. Cut silk ties into square pieces of fabric (large enough to cover an egg).
2. Cut even larger squares out of the white rags.
3. Place egg in center of a silk square, with the printed side facing the egg. Wrap fabric around the egg.
4. Place silk-wrapped egg on white square. Gather  edges and secure the “sack” with a rubber band.
5. Place eggs in large non-aluminum pot. Fill with enough water to cover the eggs.
6. Add a few glugs of vinegar to the pot; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat; let simmer 25 minutes.
7. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from water and let cool before removing the fabric.
8. For more vibrantly colored eggs, wipe with a little vegetable oil once dry.

Gorgeous photos via The Little Red Hen.

{Giveaway: Handmade Organic Baby Quilt}

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We’re giving away this precious baby blanket by Canadian Etsy seller, SewnNatural . It’s an organic, handcrafted crib-size quilt (31″x43″) is cream-colored with delicate pink swirls. It promises warmth and comfort with a tightly woven organic cotton batting inside.

Organic means great for baby and great for the earth. This quilt makes a great surface for diaper changing, is a soft clean place for baby away from home, and would be perfect for lining a crib. Can also be used as a blanket for a toddler.

***HOW TO WIN IT:

  1. Visit SewnNatural.etsy.com & choose your favorite item from her shop
  2. Leave a comment on this post about which item you choose & why (include your name & email address in case you are chosen as the winner)
  3. Tell me why or how you decided to start living more “green”
  4. Get extra credit if you post about the giveaway on Twitter. (you must put your twitter URL so we can check)

Good Luck! Contest ends at 12 noon on Monday, March 23rd.
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SewnNatural makes handcrafted modern eco designs for babies, kids and the whole family. Using all natural fabrics (wool, cotton, silk, bamboo) and many organic and upcycled, vintage materials is one of the ways I put eco-forward thinking into action.

“I use these gorgeous, often very colorful sustainable materials to make designs that are durable and functional – my version of sustainable design. I also work to ensure that my towels, toys, quilts, mobiles, wall art and clothing made out of organic and natural fibres are affordable and accessible.”

Look for her feature in the upcoming May/June issue of Mothering magazine.

{Call For Submissions: “A Greener Spring” :: indie marketplace}

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There’s still time to apply for the “A Greener Spring” Cloud9 Emporium! The deadline is tomorrow, Feb. 27th. I’m looking for indie artists & indie designers that make earth friendly goods that reflect the Spring theme….or evoke a nostalgic feeling of Spring.

The Emporium will run from March 13th until Earth Day, April 22nd. The cost to participate is $40.00

This indie marketplace is a juried (or curated – which means you must be accepted in based upon selection criteria) online emporium with the goal of promoting emerging indie artists & designers & introducing high quality environmentally friendly wares to a broader audience.

There have been some astounding applicants that have just blown me away! I’m really looking forward to putting this together!

If you are interested in applying; please e-mail me your Etsy shop URL, and a brief summary of how & why your shop is earth friendly & how it fits into the “A Greener Spring” theme!

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{Cosa Verde :: earth-friendly marketplace}


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Cosa Verde has selected Cloud9 Design to open up a shop with them! You can see my new cosa verde shop here.

“Cosa Verde is a new marketplace connecting independent and emerging artists with environmentally-conscious consumers”

Their slogan is…”think big, shop small” and they plant 10 trees for every new shop that is opened! 😉

Cosa Verde is a web-based market where independent artisans and craftspeople showcase their environmentally-friendly wares. Visitors to the site can buy handcrafted goods directly from the artists, shortening the supply-chain and helping small businesses thrive. Shoppers can browse by product categories or by ideology—browsing or narrowing searches by criteria such as “cruelty-free” or “recycled.” {via the site}

I’m really excited to be a part of this new marketplace, and many of my EcoEtsy Street Teammates are on Cosa Verde as well! {chakrapennywhistle, 2ReVert, plum, infusion, & more!}

If you are an artist or designer that makes things that suit the Cosa Verde site, please CLICK HERE and I will receive referral credit and you may even receive credit $$ toward your account.

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{hurt not the earth} for she is your mother

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My Tree of Life tee is featured in an Etsy treasury, {hurt not the earth} for she is your mother – check it out.

Here is the shirt featured. The image is a largescale, hand-drawn tree. You can get it here for $29.00.

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