Friday, October 30, 2009

Treasury Days Continue!

Thanks to WhoaItsMe, we have another Treasury to share today...I love the variations of blue that come together in this collection.It expires tomorrow, so go take a look!! (Click the treasury photo to be taken to there)



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Team Treasury Kick-off

Nancy has gotten the ball rolling on our November participation challenge by snagging a Treasury! It will expire on October 30, so visit and promote in the forums, and hopefully your items will be soon on their way to happy new owners.Click the photo or (here) to be taken to the treasury listing. If you would prefer to copy and paste, here is the location:

Happy Hoarding!



Tuesday, October 20, 2009

November 2009 Challenge

In case you missed it on the Yahoo Groups page, or have not visited our forum thread on Etsy, I am posting the challenge for this month here on the blog as well:

I think we should do a participation challenge for November. With the holidays
around the corner and all of us busy as bees in summer, I am not going to make
it a "create" challenge. So, here it is:

1. Team Treasuries: if you know how to get treasuries, let's try to have at
least one team treasury for each week of November. I haven't even tried for a
treasury in some time, but I will start working on that one.

2. Sharing the treasuries and other promo info on the Etsy forum: let's have a
team thread for the month that lists thoughts, projects, treasuries, blog posts, we can all stay inspired and we can help each other with stash
suggestions. Here is the link to the thread:

3. Communication on the Yahoo Groups forum:
I would love it if we had more discussion here in the forums. What do you like?
What are your gripes about selling, creating, whatever? What do you do to stay
organized? You can even just put up good news and links to features about your

I hope you will all check in on the forums and let me know you are in for
the participation points for the month of November! (figurative points, of course!)



Friday, October 16, 2009

Our first team treasury!

Thanks to WhoaItsMe for creating this treasury on Treasury West! There are some wonderful finds here, and I think they fit very well together. Let's spread the word and get all the items sold!



Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Change The World Wednesday

It's that time again. Are you ready?
Last week's challenge was a piece of cake. Just pick up litter wherever you find it. I, personally, am going to make it an everyday challenge.

Now, for this week with a twist:

This week's Change The World Wednesday challenge is a bit different from our usual challenges. Rather than do an activity for an entire week, we're going to do one thing ... on one day ... with bloggers all over the world. Are you intrigued? Here it is:

Tomorrow, October 15th, participate in Blog Action Day by writing a post on Climate Change. That's it! (Click the picture above to get some ideas for posts and to read more about the Blog Action Day movement .)

Imagine ... bloggers all over the world talking about the same subject ... a lot of people with one voice! Brilliant!



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Before the Plastic Bin...

(photo via Martha

Here is what I want to know: what did people use to get organized before the advent of The Plastic Bin? Wood? Cardboard? Bookshelves? Other shelving?

I have too many items for the size of my home. Of course. That is the entire reason for this group/Etsy team in the first place. My problem with plastic bins is that they do not leave my items accessible to use. So, I keep a lot of items out for easy use, and that creates clutter.

Also, if the bins are stacked on top of each other, their lids eventually bow inward, and they no longer fit correctly. They also allow the bins on top to lean over time. Plastic bins are created in planned obsolescence, so break down over time and then clog up landfills.

Why do I use them? I do not have a lot of extra money to purchase shelving, and I don't have the room to put shelving if I had some. Plastic bins are cheaper in the short run. Cloth bins are too expensive and don't have lids. But I bet Martha would suggest Metro Shelving with cloth bins stacked on the shelves. Wouldn't that be nice?

How do you stay organized?


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Change The World Wednesday

(if you are new to the challenge, click the logo above to go to Reduce Footprints' site)

I must admit that I have been less than diligent in recent weeks about following the challenges every day of the week. However, I am happy to report that I did not use any plastic wrap or foil last week, but instead I did use shower caps to cover food. (Though they are plastic, they are not plastic wrap.) I keep these on hand for covering leftovers in bowls (glass bowls) in the fridge. I got them new, in their packaging, over a period of years. I wash and REUSE them, so they do not offend green living principles. Weird? Maybe. But they are great for covering rising bread dough.

This week, MY SUGGESTED CHALLENGE is featured, so I will have to step it up in the diligence category! How have you been faring?

This week's challenge was suggested by two people ... Judi from Living Green & Natural (a Delphi Forum) and Sinclair at Sharing Our Gifts. I think it's a great idea ... and, because I'm sure that there is always a need, there won't be two levels to this challenge. Here we go: Put on your walking shoes because this week we're going to walk ... not just idle walking ... we're going to clean as we go.

Yep, this week, please go for a walk ... at least once ... and pick up litter as you go. If you're feeling ambitious, go every day. Once you've got your bag of litter, recycle what can be recycled before tossing the rest in the trash bin.
Isn't that a great challenge? Not only will we get some exercise and breathe in some fresh, fall air ... we'll be cleaning up trash as we go. We can all agree that litter is an eye-sore ... but if you're wondering why litter is bad for the environment, read about it HERE. *************************


Monday, October 5, 2009

Maggpie's Hat

I have received this very Smart Hat from Maggpie on Ravelry. It is called Smart Hat, and the pattern is available for free download on Ravelry. It is like Christmas in October around here, but I get to have the dual excitement of receiving the gifts and opening the mail packages AND playing St. Nick and delivering them to their future owners.

I LOVE mail, I LOVE yarn, I LOVE textures, and I LOVE giving. Now, I have it all wrapped up on one project. I am loving this arrangement. I will not be the direct mail recipient for all the projects, so will not always get to have such fun and excitement from the post box.

Thank you, Maggpie, for this wonderful hat! It is soft, bulky, and a wonderfully manly color. I am certain that the Veteran receiving this one will appreciate all your hard work.

How are your projects working up?
Have you tweeted the Project today?