Posts Tagged ‘green’

Granny Square iPod Case

This is my new iPod case, that I have been working on with my 20 minutes of crafting a day. I seem to have gone a bit mad about granny squares, they are so easy and so addictive. The lining is some fleece that belonged to some of the babe’s jammies that she no longer fits in. I am always a big fan of practical and pretty and I’m pleased with how this turned out. My next project to work on is a little something for two of my kiddos that are restless sleepers. Yesterday was full to the brim of baking and cooking with lots of help from my little ones. I’m excited about sharing the recipes with you soon. Even though it is not planned, it seems as though Monday ends up being our big baking/cooking day as we seem to run out of things over the weekend. Do you guys have planned baking days, or do you just bake throughout the week?

crochet, green, sewing • Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 • 15 Comments »

One Small Change

For the most part, I consider our family pretty green. We try to eat organic as much as the budget allows. We use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, and hankies. When the weather allows, I dry our clothes outside on a line. We keep the thermostat low and just add a sweater or an extra pair of socks. We shop for most of our clothes at the thrift store and donate the things that we don’t use anymore. When we are in need of something I try to find it used before resorting to buying it new. Like anything, there are always ways that we could improve. I recently joined up for the One Small Change challenge. Each month from now till April we will be picking one area to focus on becoming greener. The summer before I got pregnant with the babe, I made a bunch of cloth shopping bags and we were really good at using them all the time. I even made the kids their own kid size cloth bags. They loved carrying their own load of groceries, and they always got lots of comments. Since then, I have been getting lax and though I still do use them it is not every single time we shop for something. So, January is our month to make sure that we do not use any plastic bags at all. I have my stash all ready to go and so far, so good. The hard part for me is to remember them. We have them in the van, but with getting four kids out of the car, watching them in the parking lot and just generally making sure they don’t get run over, sometimes I forget. They say it takes a month to develop a habit, so here we go. I was so good before I got pregnant, but lots of things changed very quickly and now I want to get back into the habit. I would highly encourage you to join the challenge and make one small change that can make a world of difference. Hope you all had a good weekend. We’re still not sure about the van, but it is looking like it is a much more minor problem, so fingers crossed.

gifts, green, thrift store finds • Monday, January 18th, 2010 • 12 Comments »

Tawashi

tawashi Most of yesterday was spent struggling with a migraine that just wouldn’t go away. By the time the kid’s bedtime came, I was really desperate for some quiet. After getting the babe to sleep, I curled up on the chair with a cup of tea and some cotton yarn and a hook. I have seen different versions of tawashi (Japanese scrubbies) all around the internet lately. They are so cute, and best of all, practical. Washing the dishes is part of every day, so why not do it with something cute. This is the tawashi pattern I used for these. They are really simple, and I was able to make two of them really quickly. There are lots of other patterns and variations out there, and I am looking forward to trying out some other types as well. These work up really quickly, and you can make them out of small amounts of yarn, so perfect for using up scraps. With Christmas around the corner, these would make fantastic stocking stuffers as well. Who doesn’t need to wash dishes? They could also be used instead of washcloths for the little ones provided that you use a soft yarn. There are so many uses and they can just be tossed into the wash when they need to be cleaned. Sounds like a win-win to me. I know that I will be working on quite a few of these in the next few weeks, aren’t they great?

crochet, green, home • Thursday, November 19th, 2009 • 17 Comments »

Cloth Diapers

cloth diapers.jpgSo many things that are better for us and the environment are so much more expensive than the alternatives. As a family of six on a pretty tight budget, we can’t always do the better choice. We try where we can, such as starting to garden and grow our own food, lowering the thermostat and just wearing extra clothes etc. One decision we made was to use cloth diapers, we switched over when our now five year old daughter was a year old. I have never regretted this decision. When I found out exactly what is in disposable diapers I never wanted to put them on her tender tush again. I talked my hubby into switching and got to learning the basics. We went with prefolds and covers instead of the all in one diapers as these were much, much cheaper. Even now with our fourth baby, I still prefer prefolds as I personally think they are easier to clean and still much, much cheaper. Even the bigger size that we use on our 15 month old was still only $2 dollars a diaper. Granted she grew so much so quickly when she was little, we were buying new covers in bigger sizes for a while, but that evened out and we haven’t bought anything new since she was about six months old. When all is said and done, we have probably spent $150 total and these will last until she is potty trained. When we had babies in disposables, we spent $150 in less than four months and that was on the cheapest disposables available. I have been so thrilled knowing that it is so much better for the babe, the environment, and most definitely the wallet. I get such a thrill whenever we are in a store that sells diapers, just thinking that we aren’t paying a cent. Even when she is out of diapers, they will still make great cleaning rags, so they just keep giving. As far as laundry goes, on average, it’s only two extra loads a week, so not much extra time at all. When the weather is nice, there is something about hanging them all on the line, something strangely peaceful and calming. Call me strange, it’s ok. This is one choice that we have made that we really love, and any chance I get, I tout the benefits of cloth diapering. For a while when we first switched, I was the only one in our town that did, so I had several people calling and asking questions. It was a lot of fun, and now quite a few other people cloth diaper as well. If you still have little ones in diapers, perhaps you can consider switching, you won’t regret it.

family • Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 • 29 Comments »