'Fresh Morning'  Recycled Paper Dangle  Earrings

‘Fresh Morning’
Recycled Paper Dangle Earrings

I’ve been wanting for a while to do a post about recycled things that are attractive. So many recycled products are not very pretty and, although we may want to buy them to support companies or artists who use recycled products we don’t buy them because we don’t actually like them.

So, here are some products made with recycled materials that, at least in the eye of this beholder, are esthetically pleasing.

RELIQUE

You can find Relique’s line of products using recycled materials here.

Some of my favorites are the Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

Handmade Recycled Metal Chain Bowl

and the Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror (both currently on sale). Also check out their lighting section.

Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror

Recycled Rubber Tire Mirror

NOVICA

Novica is an organization that sells products made by artists in developing countries so not only are you supporting them you are also helping to save the planet. How much more virtuous could you get??

I particularly like two products made from iron and recycled glass by Dan Quaynor, an artisan from Ghana. One is a  coat hanger and the other is a chandelier. Click on the links to read more about the artist and see his other products.

Iron and recycled glass coat rack, 'Bloom in Blue'

Iron and recycled glass coat rack, ‘Bloom in Blue’

Recycled glass chandelier, 'A Fine Light'

Recycled glass chandelier, ‘A Fine Light’

If you are into jewelry – like I am – there is a pair if earrings made out of recycled paper that are prettier than you would ever think paper could be. Go back to the top of this post and take another look at the image at the very beginning. Yup, those are the earrings. They are made by Akwele Suma, also from Ghana. She made this necklace, which I love, as well as other items you can check out on the web site.

Knotted Sideways Necklace

Knotted Sideways Necklace

Francis Oliviera makes this necklace from recycled paper, brass rings and unique gemstones.

Serpentine long eco-necklace, 'Story of Hope'

Serpentine long eco-necklace, ‘Story of Hope’

This beautiful piece is not made from recycled materials but from reclaimed materials.  It is a silver and beach glass choker made by Warren and Robin Designs. According to the artists the sea glass came from “World War II sailors drinking Cokes while getting ready for the battle of Guadalcanal.”

Sterling silver choker, 'Ocean Gift'

Sterling silver choker, ‘Ocean Gift’

ETSY

Etsy is another great place to find unique recycled products.

Will Wagenaar has on his Etsy store a lovely farm table made from reclaimed wood. The table was made from an old wooden tool box and flea market found porch railing balustrades.

Recycled wood - FARM TABLE - Reclaim2Fame

Recycled Wood Farm Table

Will also made this beautiful glass bowl using an Art Deco lampshade and other recycled glass parts.

Recycled Art Deco Glass Bowl

Recycled Art Deco Glass Bowl

At the Mycentir Mosaics Store I found these gorgeous coasters.

The coaster are made from recycled stained glass. All pieces have been sealed to protect against scratches and stains and have felt bottoms to protect furniture.

Picasso Inspired Stained Glass Coasters

Picasso Inspired Stained Glass Coasters

At the Stone Arrow store I saw these beautiful earrings made from recycled glass. The  fern frond image is sandblasted onto a piece of tumbled glass from a green wine bottle.

The artist says “if you buy 20 pairs of Stone Arrow Eco-Earrings for every bottle of wine you drink you will be carbon-wino neutral!”

Recycled Glass Earrings

Recycled Glass Earrings

From the BootsNGus store I found this wonderfully delightful chandelier made out of Mason Jars.

Waterfall Splash Mason Jar Chandelier

Waterfall Splash Mason Jar Chandelier

At Etsy’s Lampada store you can find lighting fixtures like this one made from recycled coffee filters. The natural stains of the coffee filters and a touch of yellow color are what make this lamp so beautiful.

Rustic Hanging Light Drum Shade

Rustic Hanging Light Drum Shade

GoGoGarden makes this bird feeder from pieces that store owner picks up at garage sales and thrift stores.

Hanging Teacup Birdfeeder-Welcome Spring

Hanging Teacup Birdfeeder-Welcome Spring

Heather Montgomery paints the rings of trees that have been felled because of environmental reasons, clearing for construction and power lines or because they were diseased or about to die from other natural causes.

12 Tree Rings

12 Tree Rings

If nothing else you have to love the name of this piece, “The Trash Is Out, made from recycled paper at the Chocolate Negro Design Store.

There are lots of other great products I came accross but, honestly, my fingers are too tired to keep going. But, if I get feedback that people liked this post I’ll certainly do another.

 

3 batches of Maple Syrup

3 batches of Maple Syrup (Photo credit: astanleyjones)

Just a quick post about an article in the Wall Street Journal I found interesting. According to the article, written by David George-Cosh, thieves recently made off with about 10 million lbs of maple syrup worth an estimated 30 million Canadian dollars or US$ 30.4.

As a way to protect producer’s harvests The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers keeps a certain amount of maple syrup in reserve.

Go here to read the full story in the Journal

Artichoke and Euphorbia in Brooklyn Garden

To me this image says Urban because it combines an ornamental plant, Euphorbia, with an edible plant, Artichoke. It is an example of how, even in a small urban space, we can plant gardens that are both interesting, unique, useful and practical.

Twig Plant Markers

June 9, 2012

Twig Garden Markers

I saw these great  garden markers on Urban Gardens and just loved them. They are made by Jo in Edmonton and sold on her Etsy store.

Jo makes these from Manitoba Maple twigs she finds in her yard. The ink is heat stamped to make them okay for outdoor use.

You can also ask Jo to customize a set for you if you want different names on them.

Five are $20

Recently I was nominated by Shannon at dirt n kids for not one but two blog awards. So, first of all thank you to Shannon. If you haven’t yet visited her blog, you should. The first award is the Kreative Blogger. And the second is the Versatile Blogger.

The rules for both awards ask that you nominate seven other bloggers for the award and share seven fun or interesting facts about your self. Since I got nominated for two awards I am going to do 14. You may fall asleep.

Here we go… 14 fun filled facts about me.

1. I can spend about four or five days completely by myself before I get lonely.

2. I purposely keep my nails short so they are easy to clean after gardening.

3. I am a Sherlock Holmes junkie.

4. I have seen every episode of Bones at least three times.

5. My favorite poem is A Man Said To The Universe by Stephen Crane.

A man said to the universe:

“Sir I exist!”

“However,” replied the universe,

“That fact has not created in me

A sense of obligation.”

6. In high school I was on the Junior National Ski Team and was offered a spot on the U.S. Development Ski Team (which I declined).

7. I spent a semester abroad in Nepal and have traveled to India, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Guatemala, Montserrat, Kauai, Canada, Russia, Scotland, and England.

8. My family lived in England for a year when I was a baby.

9. I was recently asked to be the chair of the Austin Chapter of the National Association of Professional Women in Landscape and, yes, this is a blatant promotion of the group whose web site is napwl.org.

10. Before I became a landscape designer I did lighting for feature films.

11. After marrying into a family of cooks I have finally started trying to cook and found I don’t hate it. In fact, I kind of like it.

12. I once had a client in Brooklyn whose wife, while planting pansies in the back yard, found a gun buried there.

13. I can weld.

14. I have two cats I found as stray kittens living in the basement of the Trump Tower. I named them Osiris and Tamuz

Okay, on to the other bloggers for nomination. Here we go…

1. Sublime Palate

2. The Boxcar Grocer

3. Urban Roots

4. 222 Million Tons

5. Plant Select

6. Rantings of an Amateur Chef

7. Transplanted North’s Blog

8. The Garden Zealot

9. arignagardener

10. The Incredible Lightness of Seeing

11. The Soulsby Farm

12. wasteisblank

13. GRDNBKLYN

14. Vickster’s Vine

If you made it this far thank you for sticking with it. If you have a chance I highly urge you to take a look at at least a few of these blogs. Of course not everyone will like all of them but I bet all of you will like at least one enough to start following it.

cause.it

May 11, 2012

This topic isn’t exactly the kind of thing I usually write about but I was so impressed by the concept I couldn’t resist.

A new smart phone app called cause.it lets businesses, people and non-profits come together in a unique way.

Here is how it works. Businesses partner with non-profits. People volunteer for these non-profits and in exchange get discounts to use at the businesses the non-profits are partnered with.

Right now cause.it is only available in a few cities but the company is growing quickly.

There is a very good video on the web site that explains things in full detail.

Earth Day at Whole Foods 4.22.08 010

Earth Day at Whole Foods 4.22.08 010 (Photo credit: lsgcp)

As with produce and meat there is a lot of jargon that gets thrown around when it comes to seafood.

Just this past Earth Day Whole Foods stopped selling red-rated fish. What is red-rated fish you ask?

Whole Foods has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and The Blue Ocean Institute. These two institutions have created a color-coded sustainability rating system to tell you how sustainably certain kinds of seafood are harvested. Green is best, then yellow, and last red. Whole Foods is no longer selling any red-rated seafood.

If, like me, you could eat sushi day and night (which I did for a week in Tokyo once) go to The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s sushi guide. And you can download a sushi specific green, yellow, red pocket guide for the next time you are at your favorite sushi place. Go here and look for the link on the bottom right.

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