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Green but Blue :: Check out this Freebie! by Laura
March 31, 2009, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

Get your free sample of Emergen-C BLUE and free stickers!

The new BLUE product is GREEN, because:

“…a percentage of Emergen-C BLUE’s profits support the Surfrider Foundation® – dedicated to cleaning up the world’s oceans, waterways, and drinking water for 20 years.”


A Tutorial on a Tuesday :: Modern Flowers by Laura
March 31, 2009, 10:24 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

I confess: I’m a lazy crafter…I’m also a busy lady, so in my head, being a lazy crafter is okay. But sometimes I actually want to start and finish a project within a reasonable amount of time, and relax doing something creative.

Recently, I keep mulling over a handful of “make your own paper flowers” tutorials – mainly this one drew me into wanting to make some of my own. I wanted to simplify things, and of course, to make it green.

I even saw some cute ones yesterday, after I engineered my own, and I think they’re just as easy and cool as mine (ok, maybe not as cool, lol). Download the Paper Irises PDF here.

BUT, I conquered the project, and put together some photos (by moi) and a short little tutorial. I did not get down and detailed, since there is a load of room for creative license.

6This shows you what is possible, and what my result is…please use as much creativity as possible, and make it your own masterpiece! Click on any of the photos for a larger image.

8Step 1: Find/Acquire a vase. I pulled a vase outta my collection, look around for those free ones that come with flowers you receive, OR I found a handful of nice long vases with skinny necks at Ikea- that’s where mine came from (I got it for another flower set that didn’t fit in it). They range from $0.79 and up. I do highly recommend recycling or reusing something you already have.

Step 2: Get some “stems”. I got some of those fun curly sticks from a craft store for $3. I am in Florida, so I don’t have cool sticks laying around the yard, but feel encouraged to look around your yard, at work, what-have-you. This is where you’re creativity can “bloom” – fit it to your own style.

Step 3: Find your flower materials. I obviously was obsessing over this tutorial, so I had my mind on it for a week or more. (me? obsess? never!) But look around, look at your junk mail, your little scraps of craft paper, wrapping paper, product packaging, anything that would or could end up in the trash pile. I used some of my craft paper scraps, some junk mail postcards, and a cool packaging from some gadget my boyfriend bought. I suggest more sturdy materials, but the light thin papers go well sandwiched in between a few harder papers – and gives it a nice dainty floral look.

Step 4: Download my handy PDF. This has all of the modern floral shapes already drawn out, so you can trace away!

Step 5: Trace, cut, trim… Make as many as you want/need. I used about 3 shapes per flower, but feel free to use less or more. I even used some of the same shape, just rotated them around, and bent them differently.

Step 6: Pair the flower shapes together. I went with coordinating colors, but it would also be gorgeous with all of the same color paper. This is, again, where your creativity “blooms”. tee hee. Once you have these paired, use the end of your scissors or a small pointy object (a protractor, possibly) and poke a very small hole in the middle of each piece.

Step 7: Meet Brad. I picked up a tiny pack of 100 itty bitty brads for about $3 at a craft store, varied colors, have fun picking them out – or use what you have around. (Trust me, get a few extra, a few went flying and a few went missing) Run the brad through all of the flower shapes, and expand the 2 “legs” out, so it keeps them together. Once you have this done, wrap them around the “limb” or stick you want it on in your arrangement.

Step 8: Arrange your flowers. Only once you get the flower on the stem/limb will you be able to effectively play with your flowers. Getting them on the stem manhandles the flower a little, so it goes flat. Once you have it secured, curl the edges, bend them up or down – whatever the material responds to, and looks good. I just curled mine with my finger and bent the inner parts up.

Step 9: Step back and enjoy! How easy was that?

Here are some close-ups of my flowers, to give you ideas on how to make yours!


Green & Making a Scene :: Walmart & Electric Cars by Laura

I believe Meghan is out today, since she is probably either still busy with, or recovering from being the Maid of Honor at a wedding this weekend – so you get me instead!

What’s one of the big companies that’s doing well in this economy? Walmart. Not a huge surprise, but at least they are making a “green” effort as of late.

They now have a great section of their website dedicated to this “earth month 2009”.  With tips and ideas on how to Live Green:

Give-Away :: Help Cute Kitties! by Laura
March 27, 2009, 9:04 am
Filed under: Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

The Give-Away Diva is having another fantastic give-away for a great Etsy shop who donates a percentage of her sales to help needy kitties. Who can say no to that?

Check out this fun Give-Away, AND Lucy’s Friend Etsy Shop is offering FREE shipping on your order to Give-Away Diva’s readers. I know I’m in love with Jesse Jane’s scrabble tile pendants, but you can love more than one! (PS. Have you seen all of the new adorable Spring pendants she has?)

The Giveaway Diva :: Great Finds by Laura

thegiveawaydivalinkbuttoncopyBeing Thrifty Thursday, I wanted to add a blurb about this blog (how funny does that sound? lol), The Giveaway Diva.

I stumbled upon this today, and it’s a very useful and fun blog which works with a lot of Etsy shops – promotes everyone involved while doing a fun giveaway, with a ton of chances to win.

I’ve even added some of the Etsy shops that are currently doing giveaways to my del.icio.us links. Speaking of….I’ve been added a ton of useful, fun and cute links every day. You could probably waste a ton of time playing around with them all!

Back on track: The Giveaway Diva actually has 2 contests going on right now:
{sweeter than me} designs (Gorgeous jewelry)
Disconsolator(Eco-friendly Journals!)

Good Luck!!

Thrifty Thursdays :: Nature’s Source Cleaning Products by Laura
March 26, 2009, 9:03 am
Filed under: Thrifty Thursdays

I received a great email today from Nature’s Source cleaning products – thought I’d share, since it’s Thrifty Thursday!

Click here to save $1 on any Nature’s Source™ product.

They have a host of products available, check out their website, they are now also available at Target.

You can join their community, or just peruse the site. They have a TON of great projects and ideas, from fun things to do with your family, to gardening to finding out what “biodegradable” means.

Waggin’ Wednesday :: Cooking isn’t just for humans! by Laura
March 25, 2009, 10:34 am
Filed under: Waggin' Wednesdays

Recently my co-workers and boyfriend have been calling me Betty Crocker…I’ve had the baking itch…

So today’s Waggin’ Wednesday’s post is about home cooked or close to home cooked food for your pets.

I’m not a “fan” of Rachael Ray, but her magazine actually has some decent stuff in it, and I liked her back in the day before she got all loud and annoying. She does have a great archive of pet stomach-friendly treats. Check out the recipes for things from meatballs and casseroles to even cupcakes. There has been some good reviews for the Peanut-Carob Isabooscotti (her dog is named Isaboo) – seems like a fun baking project for Christmas presents.

Secondly, I was watching the Food Network (I could watch Ace of Cakes all day everyday, and not get tired of it) and saw a great company, The Honest Kitchen. This great place has dogs running around as ‘testers’ and develops all of this fantastic food for dogs and cats.

“Our food bridges the gap between raw, homemade and commercial, ‘kibbled’ pet foods. We start with fresh, raw ingredients and gently dehydrate them so that almost all the valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes remain. Dehydration makes food completely safe even for pups, and senior pets with compromised immune systems. Our finished products are nutritious, delicious, and healthy – some even call them gourmet!”