Green Grocery Bag Challenge

Well, I’ve been a bit AWOL from the blogging world, but I just had to get some Christmas projects done! My son’s advent calendar, a wreath, and some more fabric gift bags…. Still have more to do, but am taking a break tonight to blog….

Have you heard about the Green Grocery Bag Challenge? The ladies at Sew, Mama, Sew are hosting a Holiday Sewing Project Benefiting Mother Earth, the Green Grocery Bag Challenge.

Last year I started making my own gift bags for Christmas and then realized I have a wall full of fabric… Fabric that can be used for gift bags all year long.  And then I came up with a fun fabric bag for books, too.  Tutorials of both coming soon!

I just thought it was a good idea to help get rid of all the trash that goes along with Christmas presents and kids birthday parties. But this year, after seeing Sew, Mama, Sew’s sewing project and their facts about our trash. I’m inspired to keep it up!!! My bags aren’t technically grocery bags, but they are multi-use re-usable bags… 

Check this out:

US consumers generate 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bag waste during the holiday season alone.

and

The US goes through 100 billion single-use plastic grocery bags every year.

Gross!! Are you motivated?

Handmade Holiday Giveaway

It’s up and online! Register yourself or Nominate an organization close to your heart.

Jessika from Oh My Handmade has put together an awesome giveaway this holiday season. Two baskets brimming over with handmade goodness! Check out the website for links to all the contributors. There are over 30 handmade businesses represented. Amazing things!

My little rocket ship wallet made into Basket #2, along with tons of great stationary, a cool book and and and… The list goes on. Check it out and mention da-a tis for your chance to win.

Friday Link Lovin’ is Lovin’ Downloads

It all started with a post on Oh My Handmade, a printable download for a Christmas card.  Much cuter than anything you can get on the photo websites. I always do my own cards in Photoshop, so I loved not having to start from scratch. Yep, that was the starting moment…

Next thing I knew printable downloads were everywhere I looked. They were jumping out at me! (well, kinda…) Beautiful downloads. There are so many amazing artists blogging and sharing their art with us! I had pulled a few things for this weeks link love, but when these downloads kept appearing to me, I took that as a sign that I need to link to these today!

Here are a few of my favorites,

1. Via Sew Mama Sew, I came across these great tags for reindeer food at Crafty Carnival. We are going to have a few holiday parties this year and what a great idea for a hostess gift to give! There is also a Dear Santa Letter and a Mrs Claus Cookie Label.

2. Awesome Art from Free Your Soul: the free art project, like this one by Naoko Stoop.

3. Owl Lovers Paradise! Have you seen this awesome 2011 calendar from My Own Barn?? It’s really cool. From 30 owl images, you make your own calendar. One of a kind!

4. I am a sucker when it comes to Dr. Seuss! Visit Kind Over Matter for  this inspirational download with a Dr. Seuss saying from 74 Lime Lane

5. A website full of beautiful downloads is the online magazine NONPAREIL. While I was ordering my Christmas cards, I ordered some note cards using this Chocolat Inspired Printable! I can’t wait to get them!

6. And the piece that started it all…..  Name Your Design’s Christmas card download, via Oh My! Handmade.

7. A year of free downloads! Yes, I had to read it twice, too. It’s almost too good to be true! Oohmoon is uploading a new image every day for a year. I got hooked by this lovely winter owl.

8. Ok, ok, I have to stop… But I can’t stop before I show you the gift tags I’ll be using this year. They are perfect for my color scheme! The artists at We Love to Illustrate shared these with us. And last but not least the adorable deer. ahhhh….

Ok, must go work on my advent calendar. Yes, running late on that project!

Oh My! Handmade Holidays Giveaway

‘Tis the Season to be Giving! I was thinking the other night about how much I love this time of year and how giving everyone is. If only it happened all year. Anyway, that’s a whole ‘nother story that is not what this post is about!

We have a few family holiday traditions around giving at Christmas. One of them I started with my son on his first Christmas. My son picks out toys to give to other’s who might not have as many presents under their tree. He’s only two, so he might not actually get the whole thing yet, but hey! I’m starting early!

Then there’s the OH! MY HANDMADE: Holiday Giveaway.

 

Ok, Ok, this is the first year that I submitted and was selected to participate, but I hope this is another start to a wonderful tradition!

This Christmas over 30 handmade businesses from around the world have joined together to offer a unique giveaway experience to Oh My! Handmade readers.

Inspired by the season of giving, on December 5th readers will be encouraged to nominate themselves and up to five charities, non-profits & organizations for a chance to win one of two prize baskets. Valued at over $500 the baskets are filled with beautiful handmade goodies.

Here’s a peek!