Mike’s T-Shirt Yarn

•January 11, 2012 • 1 Comment

During one of my many late-night adventures in online craft sites, I came across a new favorite shop and I had to share – Mike’s T-Shirt Yarn (Etsy).  For some reason, t-shirt yarn is still flying under the radar of a lot of eco-crafters. Perhaps that’s because creating the yarn is a craft in itself.

T Shirt Yarn Recycled Green 36 Yards Super Bulky Crafting Cord

Aside from a crisp, clean appearance, Mike’s yarns are very handy for a wide array of projects. He mentions pot holders and scrubbers as great candidates for this sturdy, easy to clean yarn, but I absolutely love the knotted bracelets he makes.

“Each ball of yarn is made using a clean, no longer wanted T shirt. I accurately cut each shirt into a continuous ribbon of fabric (never any knots or seams). Next, I stretch the ribbon of fabric into the beautiful, smooth yarn that you see in my shop. I am always careful to make sure that the sides of the ribbon roll over nicely so that there are no cut edges showing. Each skein will come to you in a convenient, ready to use, center pull ball.” 

 

I especially love the fabric woven through the center of the bracelet. Keep up the great work, Mike!

The Teal Cat Project

•November 12, 2011 • 3 Comments

No home is complete without an ocean bright kitty companion. The Teal Cat Project, established by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Denise Muller, and Anna Dorfman, works towards decreasing feral cat populations. The most recent TCP campaign was based in NYC, with proceeds of all Teal Cats and other items going towards NYC Feral Cat Initiative.

 

How It Works

Teal Cats are vintage ceramic cats that have been donated to the TCP and then painted, numbered, and labeled. Each one is not only a beautiful collector’s item, but a symbol of the greater effort in helping save cat lives. The funds raised from selling the Cats fuel local trap-neuter-release (TNR) missions, thus reducing the number of feral cats which fall victim to natural predators, inclement weather, scarce food sources, and other dangers of homelessness.

The Cats

Each Teal Cat is unique in many ways. Here are just few of them:

All of the past Teal Cats have been “adopted”, but TCP has some more on the way.  Head over the Blog for some good reading while you await the new litter! TCP is on Facebook, too.

November is Love Your Turkey month

•November 1, 2011 • Leave a Comment

November is Love Your Turkey Month! How will you show your love for these amazing birds?VegForTurkeys supports awareness and promotion of turkeys as a species, as opposed to a meal option. Sharing information about their social and emotional lives, cognition, and conditions living on turkey farms are our goals.How can you help? You can start by spreading the word.Share scientific articles about turkey’s social habits, emotional needs, and amazing cognitive abilities.Spread the word that “free-range” and “organic” farm conditions are still inhumane and torturous. Many don’t know that baby turkeys’ beaks are surgically altered, that most turkeys don’t live past 4 months of age, and that many birds are stunted mentally and emotionally due to overcrowding. The anxiety and fright that these birds endure is extremely cruel and certainly unnecessary. We can prevent it.Write your thoughts about what you can do, or what you are doing, to improve living conditions for turkeys and to help save more turkey (and other animal) lives.Recommend great books on factory farming and animal rights.Post away here!Thank you for your love of the turkeys.

Over at VegForTurkeys, a new Tumblr blog dedicated to promoting awareness about turkeys, readers are allowed to share their own turkey love posts. I can’t wait to see all of the submissions and the future for VFT.

How can you help? You can start by spreading the word.

  • Share scientific articles about turkey’s social habits, emotional needs, and amazing cognitive abilities.
  • Spread the word that “free-range” and “organic” farm conditions are still inhumane and torturous. Many don’t know that baby turkeys’ beaks are surgically altered, that most turkeys don’t live past 4 months of age, and that many birds are stunted mentally and emotionally due to overcrowding. The anxiety and fright that these birds endure is extremely cruel and certainly unnecessary. We can prevent it.
  • Write your thoughts about what you can do, or what you are doing, to improve living conditions for turkeys and to help save more turkey (and other animal) lives.
  • Recommend great books on factory farming and animal rights.
  • Post away here!

    Head over and add your own post dedicated to the turkeys. I’m hoping to collect some beautiful photos next time I visit the farm.

Hello weekago friends!

•October 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hello, MoFo’ers and other folks! It’s been a week since I’ve posted and I apologize for the delay. With wedding plans and other family matters to tend to, it was hard to squeeze in writing quality posts. I have several drafts awaiting a fate, fear not!

 

In other news, the winner of the Spindle Bell Veg*n Bracelet giveaway did not claim the prize, so I will be selecting again. Feel free to pop and say hi here if you’re (still/newly) interested. Thanks!

Veg*n Giveaway Winner!

•October 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Spindle Bell Veg*n Bracelet giveaway winner has been selected…

Congratulations, MMMorgans!

Please send an email to greenlightvegan[at]gmail[dot]com with your shipping location.

Thank you to everyone who participated! As the first giveaway that I have featured on GLV, it was an exciting time. I am also excited about trying out everyone’s great product recommendations. Be sure to stay posted for details about Giveaway #2.

Wishing I had enough bracelets to give away, too. I just might have to send some simple little e-freebies to all of the giveaway participants, too… Once I concoct something worthy enough! Requests? I’m wondering if some folks might like some vegan cupcake topper graphics to print and use. Throw it my way and maybe I can throw it back!

Happy MoFo!

Don’t forget!

•October 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Deadline for Giveaway #1 is today at 6pm!

Good luck!

Sugar, Sugar for festive tea and sweets

•October 4, 2011 • 3 Comments

There is a time for sweets in this mixed up, muddled up, shook up world. If you have a sweet tooth, or twenty eight of them, you may appreciate these little fancy treats as much as I do.

Vanessa of Nifty Thrifty Things made some of her own decorative sugar “cubes”! With a few kitchen staples and candy mold (or ice tray), you can play around with your own sugar creations. Thank you for such a cute and easy idea, Vanessa! Nifty Thrifty Things is one of my newest favorite blogs.

If you’re looking for larger quantities quickly…

Gourmet Sugar Company‘s adorably packaged vegan sugar, in the shape of fleur de lys, are perfect for adding a little something special to your morning tea or to a dessert and coffee table at a celebration. Paired with some exotic tea, these would make great favors, too!

Our Vegan sugar comes snowy white in the shape of the fleur de lys. It has the same great taste as regular sugar. Our vegan sugar goes through a 100% animal-free carbon deactivation process to decolorize. This carbon is a mineral and therefore, a non-animal source.

Based in L.A., the shop ships nation wide for both custom orders as well as bulk purchases.

Happy Festive Baking!