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Earth Day Crafters and Crafts

Reported by Anam Stubbington

With everything going on in the world these days combined with the financial considerations that people are having to make, more and more people are turning to eco-crafting to reduce their impact and their spending.

Most of us know the basics, but also want something funky and fun to go with the functional and plain – so I thought I’d share what is in my bookmarks with you 🙂

The following are individual people who continuously make me want to create!

Camilla Fabbri:  this girl’s ideas just stun me every time – I am so taken with her tiny vases right now – awesome ideas!

April Denise:  April is a whizz when it comes to re-purposing furniture or creating the mega dollar fittings from Thrift store items with the use of a little imagination. The Goodwill lamp just blew me away.
Michelle Pacey:  Michelle is amazing crafter who produces beautiful things from a lot of half circles – love her flowers, necklace and especially her milk tote!

Lisa Kercher: Lisa has a post every Friday with something DIY to make for yourself or for your craft. I am in love with her Tie Headbands!

Tali Butcher:
Tali has some awesome ideas for kids and home decor on her blog – I fell in love with her toilet roll wall artwork and stayed for the food.

Melissa Esplin:  Melissa shows off so many easy to do ideas that I have her as a daily read. Her leather bow cuff and her loop garland are some of my favs!

Michelle Reader:  Michelle is a UK artists who only uses recycled products – I love her work – especially her daffodil!

Mini-Eco:  this is one of my favourite sites to use in relation to my kids. Tons of crafts and beautiful tutorials. I love her guitar and her scenery.

There are a vast number of websites out there that are full of interesting ideas to try. Here are some of my personal favorites:

Recyclart is an amazing resource for ideas – I love the tire toy box! It’s like a flickr for Art from repurposed materials.

Another Gallery of Inspiration is the collection – just so many ideas.
– the beaded chandelier is still one of my all time favorites right next to the duct tape rolled bead bracelets! Kelli & Kristi bring so many new crafty people and ideas to my attention. They are link heaven! And their own tutorials are just as awesome – i love their felt necklace and their state Love one is so precious!– one of the biggest places to be inspired. Katy brings so many good people to my attention. Natalie brings so many good ideas to the front. Magda Knight runs this amazing source of cool funky craft ideas. I love her Egg carton NoticeBoard! this is a good resource for finding out ideas on how to reuse product. Kathreen makes beautiful quilts and shares some awesome eco-crafting ideas that make me smile. Her links are wonderful to find crafters who do more eco-crafting. ways to reuse or change Ikea furniture to make it even more awesome.
while this is a store selling products, it has a huge resource of tutorials and ideas to do with eco-crafting, especially for children.
this is a website with gorgeous photography and great ideas. I adore their hanging lightbulb vases.

There is a wealth of ideas, inspiration and resources out there for you to take advantage of and start your own eco-crafting revolution in your own home.

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Trend Spotting Report – April 2011

Reported by Simone Collins

Each month I spy and spot the latest trends in fashion, design, and pop culture which often determine the hottest trends in craft. This is your monthly Trend Spotting report of the hottest trends spotted online. 

Upcycled and Recycled Crafts
Earth Day is less than a week away, but it’s no secret that upcycled and recycled crafts are popular year-round. With companies like Delta Creative and Eco Green Crafts making earth-friendly craft products, it’s apparent that crafters want a planet-friendly way to craft. So gather up those old books, sweaters, and tin cans to create some of these great projects:

1. Crafting 365 – Day 117, 2. Upcycled notebook , 3. Cuff Bracelet, 4. Recycled tin can, 5. Recycled glass jar candle!, 6. Recycled Newspaper Advent Calendar, 7. Recycled Paper Beads, 8. Candy wrapper pouch, 9. flirty flowers

Exercise and Fitness
Bikini and swim trunk season is right around the corner, so getting in shape is on everyone’s mind. It’s no surprise that every week I see fat-free foods and work-out clothes in all my sales flyers. This trend translates to the crafting community in crocheted water bottle holders, handmade yoga mats, and healthy little clay fruits:

1. Melbear, the fitness Panda, 2. Water bottle cozy., 3. Healthy Fruits, 4. Heart Health , 5. 6 Anti-Diet Bottle Cap Magnets, 6. Morning Glory Yoga mat bag, 7. Live Well Pendant, 8. Don’t Diet Live It T-shirt, 9. yoga mat and bag plushie

Checkered Patterns
Gingham and checkered patterns are everywhere these days, from fashion to home decor. Crafting is no exception, with Melissa FrancisOctober Afternoon, and Graphic 45 making checkered patterned papers and embellishments. Take a look at these great projects featuring this popular style, including soaps, Blythe doll clothing, and cool fabric button earrings:

1. Gingham Daisy Pin, 2. Knit Pouch for your Pens, 3. Checker Soap Chunks, 4. Checkered Black and White Pendant, 5. Fabric Covered Earrings, 6. Checkered pink tote, 7. Blythe Stuff Colorful Checkers Dress, 8. Panda Bag, 9. Pepito the Little Horse

These are just a few of the current trends. Are you using any of these trends in your latest projects? What are your favorite current trends? We’d love to know.

And if you are one of the great crafters who have a project featured in this article, feel free to share this with your friends on your blogs and websites with this handy dandy logo. Keep up that amazing work, we love sharing it!

See you next month!

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CHA Paints: Delta Creative

Delta Creative had some interesting new releases, our favourite being their new SOY range of stains and paints!

The Soy Paints range had a large colour selection, and the vibrancy of the colours was impressive. We were delighted to see that they are perfect for even young children to use. The sample Canvases they had on display were gorgeous at showing off the colour coverage.

Details from their website states:
Soy Paint uses pigment containing a bio-based soy ester resin and other recycled natural materials. Soy Paint is: • The first TRUE “Green” decorative paint on the market! • Non-Toxic and safe • Great for arts, crafts & home décor projects • Low-to-No VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) • Low odor • Easy clean-up with soap and water • Durable and long-lasting finish.

With the Soy Stains, we liked the velvet finish to the stains and the warm depth to the colours.

from their website:
Soy Stains have convenient wide-mouth jars makes for easy application • Works GREAT on soft woods such as pine – typically more difficult to stain with conventional stain products • Low odor • Long lasting, durable finish • Provides “Deep Penetration” on porous surfaces, also serving to seal & protect • Enhances the look and feel of the wood …as well as preserving keepsake items • Easy clean-up with soap and water • Premium Quality • Low VOC • Great for home décor projects

We feel these SOY Paints and Stains are a welcome addition to the Creative Paint industry and think that the quality and usability of the paints is right there with art acrylics, especially as they have no smell and come with an impressive claim to “prime, coat and seal” in one.

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