Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm giving thanks today for all the wonderful artists and crafters on the web that have made Eco Craftiness possible!

In particular, I want to thank those of you who have joined up to the EcoCraftiness Flickr Group and posted photos of your beautiful creations! Here are just some of the fabulous items shared to the group.

Click here if you'd like to join the EcoCraftiness Flickr group too!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


If you dig my blog's background, you should definitely go to Simply Chic Blog Backgrounds. She offers some awesome free blog backgrounds, along with great instructions on how to install them properly. They are mainly for blogger blogs, but you could probably modify them to fit other blogs as well if you have the know-how. All she asks in return is that you spread the word about her site! So that is what I'm doing now. So again, a HUGE thanks to Simply Chic Blog Backgrounds for this great new look for my blog!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Heart Handmade

Literally, handmade hearts that you can wear! These adorable brooches are recycled from vintage fabric. While I'm personally no fan of the mixture of chocolate and mint flavors, I'm 100% for the mixture of these colors! This wonderful design is by pouch and is quite affordable at $4.50 a brooch.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Cyber Monday Sale from EtsyNJ!

The EtsyNJ Street Team is having a cyber Monday sale coming up! There are a TON of great deals from Etsy shops located in New Jersey, and my own shop, ShutterKate, is among them. So check out all of these great deals and get going on your Holiday shopping on Monday, December 1st!

At my shop, any purchase throughout Cyber Monday (December 1st) will get you a free knitted key fob like this one currently for sale in my shop. These make GREAT stocking stuffers!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Speaking of Bowls...

bowl by earthmamahyde

I love cloth bowls. Their wonderful textures and decorative qualities make them entirely appealing to me. On top of that, this one happens to be made from an old flannel sheet, turned into cloth yarn and crocheted into this beautiful bowl! The colors are perfect for this time of year. I kinda wanna live in it...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Map Your Meal

With a metro map bowl!

Ok, maybe you shouldn't put food in it, so much as decorate your place in an awesome way with it. Here's the down-low on the bowl:

This decorative bowl is hand molded from paper pulp made from recycled waste paper—in this case recycled paper packing material, with a copy of an old map of Washington DC lining the inside.

Check this one and more out at picapicadesign.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Envelopes made from surplus map pages! Annarubyking adds her own art and style to these, to give them that extra eco-appeal.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Micro Madness

Dioramas are taken to a new scale with this micro mini tiny city by sparklerama! I would have DIED for something as cute as this as a kid. Let's face it, mini = marvelous...
Extra props for making this out of an old matchbox!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

If you're a fan of our little feathered friends, you might just really dig some of these eco-friendly handmade items:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Squeal for Teal

I'm in love this this color. This has been true for so long that I'm almost positive my love for it will never fade. Tell me you don't love it too...I dare ya.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Right Round Baby

Coasters don't get any rounder and cooler than this set of 4 wooden coasters made from an old skateboard! 2Revert has taken recycled skateboards to a new level of ingenuity and I gotta say, I quite like it...


Friday, November 7, 2008

Mirror Mirror

On the wall... Who's the eco-friendliest of them all?

It's this contemporary circles mirror by BululuStudio!

This decorative mirror is not only aesthetically beautiful, but being as it's made from reclaimed pine wood, it's a wonderful "green" piece that you can and SHOULD add to your home.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Let's Spoon

With a vintage spoon turned mirror! I can totally picture the Little Mermaid sporting one of these under the sea...

Mirror by TaDahpdx

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Felted Beauty

Tanisalexis created this beautiful hand felted vessel, which has as many uses as the mind can imagine! I love the idea of putting a potted plant in it especially. This piece would add color and vibrance to any room!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mixed Tapes Live On!

You too can kick it old school with goodkarma's mixed tape pouch!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Orphan Love

One of my husband's co-workers found out that I was a knitter when she saw him carrying around an iPod sock I'd made for him. A few months later she asks him if I'd be interested in some yarn that she had from when she herself tried taking up knitting. She had no need for it anymore because knitting didn't really stick for her.

Of course I said yes to her yarn. I'm not some sort of monster who'd let perfectly good yarn end up in a landfill or something. So husband-man brought home a whole plastic tote worth of this orphaned yarn for me. It's not the kind of yarn I generally gravitate towards in stores, but I feel an obligation to try to make something suiting out of every kind of yarn I have. And so here is what I recently made out of one of the orphaned skeins I received:

The yarn used for this chain link scarf is acrylic, and ends up being great for this purpose because it keeps the links in a wonderful oval shape, and the scarf is still quite comfy, not to mention stylish!

Do you use any orphaned materials you come across or are given? I'd love to hear about what they are, where they're from, and what you turn them into!