Fridays are for Favorites

fridays are for favorites

I have drastically limited my time on my personal Facebook page anymore. Sometimes I’ll post a photo of Cecilia so our family members who don’t get to see her often can get updates. Aside from that, I agree that it can be a major time suck, and I don’t get the fulfillment out of it that I used to. My blog page is a completely different story! I truly believe in the power of social networking now. If I see someone I follow post about a new place, page or community…I check it out to see if it’s something I’d like. And more of than not, it is. That’s just what happened when I found the Delta Workshop.

Photo from Delta Workshop

Photo from Delta Workshop

Delta Workshop is a studio located in Midtown, Sacramento, a city I frequent every weekend. They offer a variety of classes, like a knitting class for the next two weekends, and a blockprinting class in a couple weeks. There is an online gallery where you can see artists’ work, and a shop. Since moving to Stockton, I’ve been a little out of the loop with the art scene in Sacramento so I was stoked to see this! I’m definitely checking it out this weekend or next to see what it’s all about.

Another awesome find on Facebook…the Handmade Directory on Handmadeology!

Photo from Handamdeology

Photo from Handamdeology

Timothy Adam from Handmadeology  – a website dedicated to spotlighting different handmade shops and sharing creative business tips and resources. Awesome, right? –  launched the Handmade Directory. In the Directory, you can find crafty events and list your own event, you can shop by category and/or location, and you can add your own shop. Tim is offering a FREE listing for a limited time with the code 50OFFNOV. Get more updates on the Handmadeology Facebook. There are currently 75 listings and he’s shooting for 100 by the end of the day.

I was so inspired by what I saw, I got in contact with Tim and signed up as a Contributing Writer! Let me know if you post your business in the Handmade Directory and I will write a profile on you and your business to be posted on the Handmadeology site!

Photo from TrashN2Tees

Photo from TrashN2Tees

Jenelle Montilone, the wonderful woman behind TrashN2Tees, has started something new. It’s called Take Action Tuesdays, a series where Jenelle will share one way to take action – tutorial or tip, sharing a campaign, or a clip of pure human awesomeness – every Tuesday. If you haven’t checked out TrashN2Tees yet, then this will be the perfect opportunity. It’s a handmade line made completely out of recycled clothing, plastic, and pretty much anything she can recycle. She also features a Clothing Recycling Program and a Create Change app.

This find was from the wonderful handmade community that I am so happy to be a part of – Oh My Handmade Goodness.

Photo from Out of the Dark

Photo from Out of the Dark

Out of the Dark was founded by brothers Jay and Jade Blades as an extension to their charity Street Dreams that they founded 13 years ago. According to the website, Out of the Dark is a charitable enterprise that recycles, restores and revamps salvaged furniture as a means to train, educate and employ young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Their projects are all about supporting young people achieve a better life and steer away from crime, and this project brings in the element of craft, DIY and work skills. Not to mention the development of self esteem and confidence. They also offer workshops and they feature an online store.

What are your favorite things that happened this week? Share them in the comments and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #fridayfavorites to simply tag me in the post! Find more Friday Favorites inspiration on my Pinterest!

Fridays are for Favorites

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So, I’m trying a little something new. I’ve always wanted to learn how to create a Photoshop photo collage, and with the help of Pugly Pixel, I was finally able to create one! Woo hoo! Now, this is my first collage so don’t judge too hard. Today’s list of favorites is surprisingly not from Pinterest (hey, there’s a first time for everything). It’s actually from Etsy.

I realized how little I use my Etsy account and what rad stuff they have there. Today, I looked up eco-friendly and voila! All these cool little shops appeared out of nowhere. I always hear complaints about how expensive their clothes are but they’re not really different than any other shop I’ve seen online, and they make you feel all good and warm inside.

So, after perusing for a good couple of hours (in between feedings, burpings, and playing), here are some of my favorite eco-friendly shops on Etsy.

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1. KindLabel – All of the clothes are made by graphic designer Stacy Lauren, who works alongside her dog. Sales from the clothes support Humane Society of the US, Fender Music Foundation, and The Adventure Project.

2. Enter The Sun – Owner and designer Janelle Warren started making jewelry in her vegetable oil-powered van. Her studio has moved from the van to her apartment and she has broadened her design horizons by making clothes as well.

3. nicandthenewfie – Nicola and Bren are a couple who make everything, from handprinted clothing, to reclaimed wooden clocks. They sell their clothes on the streets of NYC, but live and work together in Connecticut.

4. Wisher21– Cool family-run handmade clothing company. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to buy that shirt for Cecilia for when she gets a little older.

5. TrashN2Tees – Really cool clothing and accessories, all made from recycled items. The shop owner said that the clothing line has stopped over 20 tons of clothing from ending up in a landfill.

If you know of any eco-friendly companies worth checking out, please mention them in the comments below and happy shopping! Thank you again to Katrina of Pugly Pixel for the cool tutorial! Your site is amazing.