Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Etsy Recyclers Guild Twitter Makeover & Team Treasury


The new look for the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Twitter account! It features our team blog banner and an updated matching profile photo pulling together a cohesive appearance that's very GREEN! I want to send a special thank you to Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Leader Cindy of Etsy shop RetroChalet for creating our team's Twitter page! She's so awesome!

In celebration of the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Twitter makeover, I've created a green inspired team treasury spotlighting 100% upcycled creations and retro renewed vintage treasures from members of the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team! Reduce, Reuse, and Reminisce!...Uncover the Hidden Mysteries of the Green Guild!

This blog article was contributed by the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Captain Jessica Woody of Eco-Friendly Freckles

Monday, July 18, 2016

An Upcycled and Vintage Wonderland Inspired by Alice Through the Looking Glass!

Have you seen Alice Through the Looking Glass? Are you absolutely mesmerized by the wacky whimsical film?! Invite Lewis Carroll's books' enchantment and a curious Tim Burton twist into your home and wardrobe with these handmade upcycled creations and retro resurrected Etsy treasures and trinkets inspired by the fanciful movie and legendary tale of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland! Included here are two one-of-a-kind hand-painted upcycled decoupage art pieces by Etsy Recycler's Guild Team Captain Jessica Woody of Eco-Friendly Freckles as well as a set of fabulous vintage lovelies from Team Leaders Cyn Marie of Etsy Shop Retro Chalet and Andrea Scott of Storybook Artifact...along with other vintage and handmade treasures from Etsy Recyclers Guild Team members!


Hand-Painted Upcycled Decoupage Alice in Wonderland Inspired Art Canister "Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk" by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Captain Jessica Woody of Etsy Shop Eco-Friendly Freckles


Vintage Plastic Skeleton Keys Melmac Swizzle Sticks by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Leader Cyn Marie of Etsy Shop Retro Chalet


Mad About You Tea For Two - Antique Plum Vine Teacups and Saucers by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Leader Andrea Scott of Etsy Shop Storybook Artifact


Upcycled Glass Bottle Teardrop Geode Necklace (in an "Alice Blue" color and reminiscent of Alice's tears) by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team members Kelly and Leslie of Etsy Shop reVetro


Purple Cat Bangle (reminds one of the Chesire Cat!) by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team member Jolanda of Sweet Lake Jewelry


"Only Felt in the Heart" Wood Collage (reminiscent of the Queen of Hearts) by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team members Ami and Pam of Etsy Shop ArtRepurposeDaz


Vintage Lithograph Print of the 1896 Harpers Magazine Cover by Artist Edward Penfield featuring the March Hare by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team  member LaOohLaLa Boutique

Hand-Painted Upcycled Decoupage "Twisted Alice" Art Canister by Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Captain Jessica Woody of Etsy Shop Eco-Friendly Freckles

This blog article was contributed by the Etsy Recyclers Guild Team Captain Jessica Woody of Eco-Friendly Freckles

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Greenerprinter Sustainable Printing Services

Greenerprinter Kraft Paper with Soy Inks
Kraft Paper, Eco Inks at Greenerprinter.com

Greenerprinter is an environmentally friendly printing and graphic company who helps companies promote themselves in more eco friendly and sustainable ways. From business cards to printing soft bound books, they have taken major steps in their business to be less harmful to the environment and achieving a multitude of certifications along the way.  When you order something, you can rest assured you've done something good and enjoy fair pricing. 

Gable Box Green Printing template at Greenerprinter.com
Templates help you choose what you need - make your designs come to life!

Greenerprinter prides themselves on using Soy and Vegetable based inks !   By taking initiatives to rule out harmful petroleum based inks, this company showed a a major step in helping the environment.  They have their own Recycling Program for unused inks and cartridges and a strict program to control just how much to order and when. Eco Audits keep things running smoothly. 

Eco Friendly Printer greenerprinter.com
Inside the Greenerprinter building , state of the art equipment.

They use Carbon Neutral Shipping which you can read more about this shipping here.    They are "Lean and Clean" in a chem-free environment! Having state of the art equipment helps production run more efficient, and creating less footprint .  As mentioned above, they strive for all kinds of certifications including currently they are part of the  Green-e Marketplace, Sustainable Green Printing Partnership, have been named a Certified B-Corp,  Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody Certification, FSC, and work with CarbonFund.org to name a few.  

Green Printer GREENERPRINTER eco friendly print jobs
Hang Tags are a specialty at Greenerprinter.com

It takes extra effort for people to go greener.  These efforts started in 1987 and continue advancing today.  One would imagine paying extra for such services, but thanks to Greenerprinter having so many happy clients pricing to customers is more than fair, I did my own comparisons. 

Greenerprinter.com  uses soy and eco based inks

Don't take my word for it, see for yourself, could you ever imagine getting a digitally printed soft bound full color book 25 copies for under $210? (*excludes shipping, but see below)  Just see the template here.    Still, this would make even the small business want to utilize their services or even the individual , can you imagine an easy Christmas gift this year - printing recipe books for all your friends and family? 

***Their Facebook page and instagram  is bustling with free coupon codes, sometimes discounts off orders or free shipping, so please LIKE them on Facebook or follow on Instagram and find coupon codes there:
Facebook - Greenerprinter

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note: This was a sponsored post by Greenerprinter, as companies sometimes pay for mentions, but after researching the company the author @iramency was completely thrilled and the ideas her own. I will use this company for future needs. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

5 Great Upcycled Gifts from Etsy

Old Silverware makes upcycled Cheese Markers from Etsy
These old utensils have found a new use at Curbside Pickins set $20

Upcycled & Recycled Love 

These gifts are great for any time of year. Upcycling starts with using items and repurposing them into something else. Lisa and Andy from Charlottesville Virginia have found good use for old utensils.  They also use old encyclopedias to make pendants and ornaments as well.  Who would have thought mismatched 
silverware would look so great? 

Eco Friendly Freckles Upcycled Canister
Pop Art Canister would look great in the art room Eco Friendly Freckles $95

Jessica from Oklahoma takes old cans and makes them into functional art canisters, great for storing your gardening , sewing , or craft supplies. With a pop art look these would make great one of a kind gifts! In her shop you will also find upcycled cassette tape business card holders!  

RetroGrandma Upcycled CookBook Purse
RetroGrandma Upcycled CookBook Purse $45 

RetroGrandma has been upcycling cool things on Etsy for sometime, including records into functional clocks. This cookbook purse is not only funky but would make a statement for the chef in your life. Imagine the comments you would get.  Her items are made with love from Canada. 

HodthePods Fire Hose Coasters
HodthePods uses old firehose to make these coasters $24.95

Fireeeee!!!! Well, there goes the fireman hose, upcycled into functional art coasters to hold your tasty beverage. A set of four run you $24.95 and have a great look to them. Not all are stenciled but the material makes them look so retro and great for your home!  Felted back and great guy gift! Made by Mike from HodthePods a shop out of  New Jersey. 

Paint Mirror on Etsy shop Rebecca Steen Crafts
Rebecca Steen Crafts Paint Mirror $55

How cool is this? Paint scraps that were left over on Rebecca's palette would be scraped into the trash can, or tiny dried remnants otherwise unused, have been affixed to this 12x12 mirror and would look great for the art room!   What a way to upcycled, from Riverside, California.

Etsy has a great plethora of upcycled and recycled gifts!



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