Monday, August 3, 2009

Back To School On The Brain...

I got my official teaching assignments today, and my school is only 2 weeks away...Oh my! So I've had school supplies on the brain.

Check out these eco friendly back to school finds!

A chunky, wooden 1971 Fisher Price puzzle piece takes on a new purpose when turned into a fun charm for your zipper, keychain, or bookbag!

Awesome vintage train case jazzed up with an elephant. Wouldn't this be great for a college student?

What a cute idea! Organic linen makes this lunch set eco friendly! The set comes complete with two(2) sandwich/snack bags 7.5" x 7.5" (21cm x 19cm), also lined with the food safe liner and sporting the sweet little blue bird and matching napkin 11" x 11" (28.5 cm sqaure) to keep lunch nice and neat.

Friday, July 31, 2009

OSU Fan Apparel ~ Feminine Style

On the suggestion of my wonderful hubby, I decided to try out my eco flower pin in an scarlet and gray color scheme. Perfect for game day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Leaf Textured Silver Ring

I love this! What an earthy yet beautiful piece of jewelry!

This ring is up for grabs from SilverGarden on Etsy.

Introducing Frugal Fridays

Stop by The Green Lizard Etsy Shop for Frugal Fridays!
Each Friday, an item will be listed for twenty cents plus shipping!
What an economical deal!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Freebie for You!!

I've been working on a passport pouch for a friend, and you get to reap the benefits! Up for grabs is this little pouch made from 60's vintage floral fabric. A cute vintage button adds style and a velcro closure makes it easy to use.
So what do you have to do to make this eco chic little pouch yours?

Just take a minute to comment on one of the posts on this blog, and you'll be entered in the random drawing that will take place on Sunday, 7/26. Then, just check back on Sunday night to see if you are the winner!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Fantastic Esty Find

I just adore this necklace! Crafted from vintage jewelery bits, it makes an eco chic statement. What a creative idea to take old clip on earrings and create new jewelry pieces!

Owl & Tree Pincushions

I was lucky enough to find several of these amazing vintage linen napkins. The print is earthy and adorable. And I love that I can use every bit of it.

After reserving a couple napkins to use in a baby quilt for my friend Shauna, I decided to make some pincushions (since I am forever having pins laying around everywhere!). And I love, love, love these little cuties!

The backs are brown organic cotton, and they are stuffed full of bamboo/organic cotton fluff. Since I only used a small portion of the vintage napkin, I made some extra pincushions, which will soon be up for grabs in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Eco Friendly Kids' Pocket Pillow

I love this vintage fabric for kids! I sewed this cute pocket pillow thinking it would be a great travel accessory for a little one. The pocket is large enough for softie, crayons, a small book, etc. Since I have more fabric, I think I'll craft another with a carrying handle.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Improv Sewing

I bought this vintage fabric off someone on ebay, but when I got it there was some yellowing in spots. These were drapes at one time. I loved the pattern so I decided to chance it...I cut my bag pattern in an area I thought was spot free.

Not so much. So I've decided to improvise by painting
the 2 problem flowers with shimmery fabric paint. Hopefully, it will turn out and look splendid!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Recycled Coffee Bags

I have been wanting to purchase hemp fabric to make some bags since it's pretty durable, but it's surprisingly expensive. I was totally stoked to come across these used coffee bags! What could be more durable than these bags that haul 150 pounds of raw coffee beans? And I love the fact that these will give me the opportunity to repurpose something in a creative way! I can't wait to get to work on this project!

Freebie Winner!!!

Thanks to everyone who entered! I really appreciate all the positive comments! Everyone was given a number and picked the winner...If you didn't win check back soon for another give away!!!

1-Jessica A.
2- Kim H.
3- Kim C.
4- wrestling kitties
5- Erin B.
6- lct78
7- cassie46544
8- islandrogue
9- Sandra
10- mujenn
11- tscrapper
12- djziegler
13- SassyTimes
14- Kay

And the winner is... djziegler

Congrats! Please email me your mailing address at

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Awesome Vintage Fabric

This 1960's vintage fabric is fabulous! Since I got such a good deal on so much of this fun floral fabric, I've decided to list some of it in my Etsy Shop for purchase. While other vintage fabric is going for much more, this is a steal at $6 a yard!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Freebie for You!!

This turquoise vintage fabric from 1967 is so groovy, I just have to share it! So this all purpose tote is up for grabs. Easy to wear on the shoulder or carry by hand, it's the perfect medium size tote.

So what do you have to do to make this eco chic bag yours?

Just take a minute to comment on one of the posts on this blog, and you'll be entered in the random drawing that will take place on Sunday, 7/12. Then, just check back on Sunday night to see if you are the winner!

Dimensions excluding handles: 15W x 11H

Fantastic Esty Find

I love Gaia Conceptions on Etsy, an environmentally conscience clothing line, Andrea's clothes are unique, versatile, and so comfortable! Offerings include organic cotton, fleece, and hemp as well as natural plant dyes! Who knew being environmentally friendly and stylish could go together so well?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Simple Softie Sewing Tutorial

This is an easy little softie to whip up in an hour or less. Your little softie can be embellished as you see fit.

-stuffing (I like the bamboo/organic cotton kind.)
-fabric or wool felt, two 8x12 pieces
-wool felt scraps for ear, arm, and face bits
-buttons for eyes (Note: Please do not use buttons on
this if it will be used by a small child under three. Embroider, applique or use a decorative stitch on your machine.)

Simple Softie Pattern

Step 1:
With wrong sides facing place the smaller ear shape on top of the larger ear shape and sew the pieces together. You could do this by with embroidery floss as well. Repeat with the other ear and arms.

Step 2:
From the fabric, cut out 2 shapes similar to Grimace (the Mc Donalds character), narrow at the top for the head and thicker at the bottom for the body.

Lay the back piece right side up. Place all softie bits where they belong pointing in towards the middle. Lay the front piece right side down, pin, and sew. Leave a 1-2 inch hole for turning right side out.

Step 3:
Pink edges, and turn your softie right side out. Stuff your softie with batting, turn edge under and hand stich closed.

Step 4:
Now is the time to add any details to the face!! As you can see above, I added a little mask for my ninja softie. You can add eyes, whiskers, or whatever your little one will like.

These make a cute gift for a little one, a great last minute creation!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Pencil Wrap

I've been busy trying to create my own pattern for a pencil roll up. As a teacher, I know how wonderful this could be for kids trying to get organized!

However, I don't like the idea of ribbon and having to tie the roll up closed each time it's used....not easy to do as we're rushing to clean up and the bell rings. This is what I've seen offered in a roll up.

So, after several tries I've come up with my own pattern and idea for these organizers. It's a great back to school find! Pencil boxes or zipper bags are gross! I have seen so many nasty pencil boxes and bags; the lead rubs off on everything and gets all over inside. My roll ups are great alternative!

Now available on Etsy!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New To Me

Some "new to me" vintage fabrics and a piece bamboo fleece headed for the washer...

I am especially excited about the really large floral vintage barkcloth in the lower right corner. I have a feeling it will end up being my back to school tote bag for my new job!

I'll be doing a give away with the vintage turquoise and white floral print in the top right corner so check back for that soon!

Eco Friendly Flower Pin

These little beauties are so versatile! I've been pinning mine
to all kinds of things...

And I can't wait until a birthday rolls around so I can use one in place of a bow!

The thing I enjoy most about creating these little flower pins is getting a chance to use all those little left over bits of vintage fabric I love! I hate to see things go to waste!

Available for purchase in my Esty Shop!