Friday, October 30, 2009
I am in the process of opening up a second store called Mommy and Me clothing. It has taken some time but it is slowly coming together. The store features matching Mother Daughter outfits available in custom sizing.
I am so happy to be finally doing this - it has been in the back of my mind for a while and it is great to see it coming together.
I think it is such a unique bonding experience for any mother daughter relationship. Oh, and no cheese-ball stuff either. I am sticking to trendy styles!
You can check it out here
Friday, September 25, 2009
Good to Go Eco is a mother-daugther team who have been searching for and creating eco-friendly products to help people live the lifestyle they desire. They make products out of washed, re-claimed fabrics chosen for their design and style.
When they use new materials, they try to stick with organics.
A great example of this are their Cup Cozies. A cup cozie simply wraps around your mug that allows for maximum heat resistance and insulation (and helps your hands from being burned when your cup is too hot!) The awesome thing about this style is that it features an elastic band and button fastener that will fit around many mug handles in all different sizes. Even the buttons used on the Cup Cozies are recycled!
Another great example is their Electronic Sleeves. These are also made from reclaimed fabrics and lined with 100% organic cotton batting. These are great for protecting things such as your Ipods. The protective sleeve is lined which makes it super snug but super easy to just slide your iPod right in.
Their products truly make daily activities and family outgoings a lot easier and at the same time, strive to be environmentally responsible. A shop definitely worth checking out!!
You can find them here at
Friday, August 28, 2009
Mary Ellen sells handmade accessories that are not only functional, but sustainable.
Her designs are all handmade out of reclaimed natural fiber fabric that is 100% cotton, wool or linen. "As you can see from my shop, I repurpose thrifted and cast-off garments that would otherwise be destined to landfill oblivion."
As for her business practices, she has made the commitment to use what she already has. From Wrist Cuffs made out of recycled t-shirts to felt coasters made out of recycled sweaters, she offers a wide variety of sustainable product.
When shipping her products, she keeps pride in her presentation while still being eco-friendly. She uses sewing pattern tissue for wrapping paper and ties the package up with a pretty bow made from thrifted and reclaimed ribbon. She also makes stickers from out-of-print garden magazines and give them as a thank you gift.
Mary Zoom is currently having a sale from now until August 31. Buy any item from her shop at regular price and receive a wrist cuff wallet of your choice for 50% off PLUS free shipping.
Check her out now!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Natalie from Recupe Fashion recuperates old, unwanted , end of the line stuff and turns them into new and beautiful items. Everything she sells is Earth Friendly. She takes old material and turns them into new items ... now THAT is recycling! She will repurpose everything in order to give a second life to another item. It is beautiful! Her shop has a lot to offer with a large variety of recycled goodies!
You will find Tea Wallets and hankies (made from vintage shirts and sheets), little fabric bags which are great for jewelry storage and gift wrapping (also made from recycled fabrics.) Her headbands and key chains are a unique find made with fabric left overs. "When I make aprons it's the same, I use some shirts, sheets, or whatever I can find that I think will be useful for me in the fabrication of the aprons."
Natalie loves to crochet and offers a variety of these things also. "I love to go hunting to buy some cotton yarn, weather I buy it in balls from left over projects, or take shirts apart. I do roam flea markets and yard sales like crazy and support Etsy shops by buying from sellers who supply what I need."
She also makes silk tie purses with all the silk ties she can come up with. They are her favorite items (and mine too!). She carries some really cute bags made from recycled sweaters and embellishes vintage purses to make them look great again!
Not only does she sell all of the above but loves to throw in spa bath sets every once and a while. Her sets include bath puffs, facecloths/dishcloths, eye make up remover or face scrubbies. With these lovely items comes a bar of soap that she makes herself or buys from another Etsian artisan.
"I create new wonders. Whatever my hands may fall on I will create something from it. I'm always coming up with ideas. Can't stand still, gotta keep busy."
Check her out at http://www.recupefashion.etsy.com
You can see her other two eco friendly stores here
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Online Etsy boutique Rosy Und Posy is run by a mother / daughter duo from Vancouver Island in Canada (Yay Canada!) This is a boutique that really knows what it is to be green!
They handcraft and sell reusable cotton sandwich and snack bags that are lined with 100% unbleached muslin for a completely 'plastic free' alternative for packing your lunch in.
Not only do they sell these bags but also have cloth lunch bags and silverware caddy's so that there isn't any wasted when you are done your lunch. "Just pack it at home, wash it up and use it again tomorrow *grin*."
With the enormous amount of plastic bag waste that falls into our landfill each year this is a fantastic way to help reduce it. Rosy Und Posy have "Also started making cloth market totes as well out of jute which is an extremely versatile vegetable fiber known for its strength and durability :)"
You really need to check out this store. The bags are really trendy and cute! They also have really cute aprons for any chic who likes to spend time in the kitch!
You can tell that this boutique is passionate about creating a greener way to help reduce plastic waste produced each and every year!!!
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Melody from Kinder Cotton makes eco friendly baby items. She sells bibs, shoes, burp cloths, hats, hooded towels, washcloths and wipes.
Her items are adorable, super soft and high quality. Most importantly, all of her items are made from fabric that is organic and fair trade certified.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Traditionally grown cotton accounts for 25% of the worlds pesticides.
Although fabric with a continence costs a little more, you can be rest assured that 'the people who produced the fabric we paid fairly and not exposed to harmful pesticides, fertilizers, or dyes.'
Melody is a work at home mom who started sewing for her baby when she wanted her to have cute, organic baby products. "I love the creative process and working with the fabrics, which meant that I kept sewing once I had plenty of supplies for her. I know that sewing your own isn't an option for most moms, so I hope that I can provide cute, practical, durable items for your baby, too!"
You can check out Melody's store at
Her prices are extremely reasonable, especially for using organic cotton!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Nicole not only has one eco friendly boutique, but 3.
Brizel Handcrafts focuses on One of a kind (OOAK) special occasion items such as Brigit Crosses; Silk Tapestry Hip & Table Pouches, Silk Tapestry Boxes & mini Rugs, Hip Button Belts, Key Message Bracelets & Tagua Nut jewelry.
Brizel Supplies has colorful vintage buttons from around the world and beautiful handwoven sashes from Guatemala.
Brizel 4 The Animals contains beads, charms, buckles, fabric, destash goodies, vintage and estate items, interesting books and other quality items !
Wow! Talk about a busy and dedicated woman! Not only does she manage all 3 boutiques, but she does them in an environmentally aware frame of mind.
"I approach everything that I do and make... with a consciousness and awareness... that is focused on the well being of everything and every being that might have been effected in producing any and all components that were used in making the product. Its a tough process... because essentially there is an impossibility to this task... every action has an impact, for better or for worse. I try to be concerned not only for the environment but also for animals and humans. Being a green business, to me, means that I want to minimize that impact as much as possible."
When Nicole buys crafting supplies, she is environmentally aware. Some are made of something that was reclaimed; like the Silk Sari Yarn she uses. She also rescues items from being thrown away; like the Guatemalan sashes. If it a vintage item that wants to be re-used; especially the buttons she uses, she takes every opportunity to recycle it.
Not only does she stick to the 3 R's (Recycle, reuse, reduce) but she uses eco-friendly products too; like the renewable tagua nut wood. Her ceramic clay beads or silk yarn made from banana fibers are all natural materials. Finally, she also uses local materials like the apple wood that she grows and prunes herself.
"Then I also apply those sensibilities to how I package my products- both in presentation and shipment." Jewelry goes into handmade draw string bags that will be cherished and re-used by the new owners. "I try to find packaging supplies that are made from recycled materials and that would also be easily recyclable or reusable by the recipient." Nicole reuses packaging materials as extra measures: such as bottle caps, gently used bubble wrap & envelopes, paper & plastic bags and colorful pasta boxes.
With that in mind, she never compromises on the beauty of the presentation as she wants to keep everything looking lovely and on a professional level. "I love what I do and I want it to show :)"
Lastly, Nicole tries not be excessive about anything because she believes that being green is about being humble with all resources !
You can check out Nicole's Eco friendly stores here
Check out her blog!
You can also find her on Flickr
These are some unique places definitely worth checking out!!